Mark said that Jesus strictly or sternly ordered, rebuked, chided, warned or admonished these unclean spirits (καὶ πολλὰ ἐπετίμα αὐτοῖς) that they should not make it known that he was the Son of God (ἵνα μὴ αὐτὸν φανερὸν ποιήσωσιν). This warning about the messianic secret can be found in all 3 synoptic gospels. Jesus, in some ironic way, did not want the people to know that he was the Messiah, the Christ, or the Son of God. Thus, the name “Jesus Christ” did not take hold until after his death and resurrection. Only these unclean spirits and a few elite followers of Jesus knew that he was the Christ messiah, the Son of God, much like a gnostic special knowledge. Somehow, Jesus had power over these unclean spirits.
This bridegroom story is almost the same as in Mark, chapter 2:19-20, and Luke, chapter 5:34-35. Jesus spoke directly in response to the disciples of John (καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς). He compared himself to a bridegroom (ὁ νυμφίος). The wedding guests or the sons of the bride chamber were not able to mourn (Μὴ δύνανται οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ νυμφῶνος πενθεῖν), while the bridegroom, Jesus, was with them (ἐφ’ ὅσον μετ’ αὐτῶν ἐστιν ὁ νυμφίος). However, when the days came when the bridegroom of Jesus was taken away from them (ἐλεύσονται δὲ ἡμέραι ὅταν ἀπαρθῇ ἀπ’ αὐτῶν ὁ νυμφίος,), after his death, then they would fast (καὶ τότε νηστεύσουσιν). Fasting would come when Jesus was gone.