First (1), please note that, at that time, “the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.” These were strongly religious people. Indeed, Jesus was eventually tried and condemned to death by a full-blown highly-religious institution (the Jerusalem Sanhedrin which included many Pharisees). Its sentence was carried out by the pluralistic Romans. Jesus and the Business Connect guest speakers shared common ground: evils have been done and are continuing to be done by organized and disorganized religion, including by those who follow the Christian religion….
Also (1), did you note that when “many followed him” Jesus “healed them all……” Jesus was a life restorer. In fact, the thing that turned the religious Pharisees into destroying conspirators against Jesus was the fact that he had, on a religious day, restored a man’s withered hand. What a contrast.
Second (2), Matthew records that Jesus “ordered them not to make him known.” That is rather strange. Matthew explains why by citing a BC 700 description about the Christ – about the promised Messiah who was to be the saviour of religious Israel. Yes, the religious needed (need) a saviour.
An almost complete copy of the Book of Isaiah was found in 1947 among the Dead Sea Scrolls (used in BC 100) is now in Jerusalem’s Shrine of the Book museum as well as in the Bible. Isaiah was told that God’s coming Messiah would thankfully be very different from the former religious leaders of the Jewish people. The promised Christ (2) would “not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not quench.”
In keeping with that Jesus (2) did not condemn adulterers (or any other perpetrator of harm or evil). Instead he came to make known God’s superb amnesty. He came to bring the realm of heaven to sinful men and women despite their brokenness and near exhaustion from evils around and within them. He did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Is it true followers of Jesus or followers of the Christian religion who will break bruised reeds or snuff out human lives?