7 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?” 12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.
In this passage I am struck by the peace and confidence of Jesus. He knows himself. He knows his father. He knows the right timing for his actions.
The brothers motivation here was that Jesus should come and show off his power and become famous. Maybe they were also seeking more signs themselves, so that they could be convinced of who he was.
But Jesus did not need convincing of who he was and he did not feel the need to prove himself. He did not seek fame. He knew who he was, Jesus the son of God! Saviour of the world! And he knew Gods peace and perfect timing. Jesus does not live out of self interest or independence. He lives in and out of his intimate relationship with his Father. He is compelled by love and a desire to bring glory of his father.
Jesus may I be convinced again today that I am who you say I am. That my greatest purpose will be fulfilled as I trust in you. Help me to walk with you, in your perfect timing. May your peace be my guide. And may I desire most to love you and my neighbour. That you may be glorified.
Written by Ps. Zoe Stewart