John 7:1-5 WEB
After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn’t walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.  Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.  His brothers therefore said to him, “Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.  For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world.”  For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.
It is always amazing to see Jesus going through the same struggles many have today. Jesus was rejected by both his family and his countrymen. He had followers, but he also had naysayers. He had a call on his life, but those nearest did not believe. More, you can hear in the passage the brother’s jealousy for the attention Jesus has received. Can you see Mary and Joseph watching their miracle baby? They probably couldn’t take their eyes off him.
If I had a child fathered by the Holy Spirit I would be watching. Whatever the reason, Jesus’ brothers were jealous and spiteful. Worse, they were counseling Jesus. It is worse because they were attacking Jesus’ very ability to hear from the Father. They were mocking him as an attention seeker. They were mocking him as a fool for missing the publicity the feast would provide. Their counsel is the world’s wisdom.
At the same time his family is mocking him, the Jews had begun plotting to kill Jesus. The Lord is in an emotionally crushing moment. His family mocks him. His countrymen want to kill him. And everything he hears from the Father seems to promote all the hatred.
Jesus is crushed between mockery and death, and the Father’s challenging instructions. And in spite of all the pressure, he still shows us what perfect faith looks like. We cannot know if Jesus heard God perfectly all the time. But we do know that anything the Father asked, no matter how much it cost, Jesus said yes.
Lord, thank you for overcoming your challenges. Please help me overcome my challenges. In Jesus’ name, amen.