He warned them sternly not to make him known.  Can you imagine trying to keep a huge, exciting secret under wraps?   That is exactly what Jesus was doing.   As the Messiah, he came to bring healing, a new reign, and redemption, but he knew that the people would have a hard time understanding that the blessings would be released only after his death and resurrection.   That’s why it was so important to keep his “messianic secret” until the right...