3:7 Then 1 Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him. 2 And from Judea, 3:8 Jerusalem, 3 Idumea, beyond the Jordan River, 4 and around Tyre 5 and Sidon 6 a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 3:9 Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd 7 would not press toward him. 3:10 For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 3:11 And whenever the unclean spirits 8 saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 3:12 But 9 he sternly ordered them not to make him known. 10
[3:12] 10 sn Jesus did not permit the demons to make him known because the time for such disclosure was not yet at hand, and such a revelation would have certainly been misunderstood by the people. In all likelihood, if the people had understood him early on to be the Son of God, or Messiah, they would have reduced his mission to one of political deliverance from Roman oppression (cf. John 6:15). Jesus wanted to avoid, as much as possible, any premature misunderstanding about who he was and what he was doing. However, at the end of his ministry, he did not deny such a title when the high priest asked him (14:61-62).