Several times in the gospels when Jesus healed someone, He tells them not to tell anyone. Of course human beings what they are, we tend to spill the beans, especially after something like this happens.
Jesus wasn’t a fan of publicity, and He didn’t do the things He did to get attention or man’s approval. He didn’t even care if it stirred controversy. Sometimes when He was around the crowds and controversies did come up He would simply set the matter straight and leave it be. Jesus was focused on obeying His Father’s will and He never wasted the time He had on trivial matters.
Publicity isn’t fun or healthy and Jesus knew it. Several times He wanted to get away from the gossip and the crowds pressing in to just rest, mourn (John the Baptist), pray etc., but He was always found. I can imagine the disciples would groan a bit when they saw the people pressing in, hoping to rest themselves. But Jesus set aside His own human desires and felt pity instead. People are still so lost and they long for Love, acceptance and healing. Who else but our Beautiful Outlaw?
Till Jesus wills it,