God would have made a great pitcher. Just when you expect something high and inside, He throws a sinker Looking for heat? He throws a curve ball. God knows how to make the earth shake. But when He sent Jesus to save the world, He sent Him with stealth. It’s puzzling why Jesus, Who unleashed great power healing people, so often told them to keep it a secret. But this was the plan all along. Isaiah foretold it and Matthew watched the plan in action. He wrote:
… Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, warning them not to tell who he was. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. (Mt 12:185b-20)
If Jesus’ objective was to reach the whole world, why would He work so subtly and silently? Why not rent out a stadium and have a sound and light show? If His objective was “to bring justice to victory,” why not come with a show of military might?
Perhaps one reason is because Jesus ultimately comes to each of us, one at a time. Salvation is offered personally. You cannot decide for me; I cannot decide for you. A personal invitation is best done quietly, sincerely and without a lot of extraneous hoopla.
Someday Jesus will come back with great fanfare. He said everyone will be able to see Who He is. But until then, His invitation is personal.