Jesus did not want to have everyone gossiping about the healing. Jesus was not into fame and recognition.
But isn’t this why Jesus healed people's bodies, one might ask? Actually, not. As we can see from this statement of Jesus, together with the previous one, Jesus was dealing with two particular people who had showed their trust in God’s ability to heal them. Thus the healing event took place between God, Jesus and these two faithful people.
Jesus was not trying to prove to anyone his ability to heal. His focus was on the service of the Supreme Being, and as part of his service, these two men were healed of their blindness.
Jesus' intent was to bring attention to God, not himself.
But that is not what the Supreme Being wanted. Here is the next verse from Matthew:
But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. (Matt. 9:31)Just as the loving servant of God wants to bring attention to the Supreme Being, the Supreme Being wants to bring attention to His loving servants. Jesus confirmed this here:
“If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me." (John 8:54)As such Jesus, being the loving servant of God, was being acclaimed across the country as a healer not because Jesus wanted the acclaim, but because the Supreme Being wanted to bring acclaim to Jesus. Why?
Because Jesus was focused upon serving God and passing out the message of God - the Teachings of the Supreme Being. Jesus confirmed this:
“My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent me." (John 7:16)
We might compare the situation to an ambassador of a government. While the ambassador himself may be a shy person, the government he represents will give him a special office in a special building - the embassy - in another country. The president he represents will also support him and promote him while he is representing the government. Why? Because the ambassador's focus is to serve the president, and the president wants to support those services.
This is similar with respect to God's representatives, except for the fact that the position of God's loving servant is not a paid position. It is based upon a loving relationship. God's representative loves the Supreme Being and thus acts on His behalf as loving service.
Furthermore, God has the ultimate ability to empower His representative. He does not need councils and assemblies to authorize His representative. Jesus was an exemplary representative of God. He was God’s confidential servant. Jesus sacrificed his entire life and existence to please the Supreme Being. He was willing to be tortured to please God. And he was willing to take on criticism from the institutions of those times in order to pass along God's message and glorify the Supreme Being. He confirmed this in this statement:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify You" (John 17:1)Glorifying the Supreme Being means praising Him. It includes stating his glorious nature and glorifying His Holy Names. Here is scriptural evidence of the importance of glorifying God's Holy Names.
(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Book of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus - translated from the original Greek texts.)