FACT: Jesus continuously discouraged and avoided use of the title “Messiah” throughout the length of His public ministry. In all four Gospels, not once does Jesus reveal Himself as Messiah to His fellow-countrymen.
So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. (Matthew 16:14-21)
The fact of the messiahship of Jesus is something the author and the readers know, but was hidden from the original participants. In all four Gospels, the Jewish people He heals are forbidden to tell about the miracles done for them. The only time in the entire New Testament that He reveals his messianic identity is in the scene with the Samaritan woman in John 4. Just think of that! The only time when He speaks of it, He isn’t speaking to a Jewish person, but to a Samaritan woman. Why? Why was Jesus silent about His messiahship? Read more…
Also see “The New Testament Quandary”