John 7:3-10 WEB
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.  Jesus therefore said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.  The world can’t hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.  You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled.”  Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.  But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.
This is a little humorous. Actually, It’s amazing. The Lord Jesus had brothers and he argued with them, and it’s in the Bible. This is one of those passages that show Jesus was a human. Yes, he is divine, but Jesus is also human. And he cut his brothers down like a pro.
Of course, Jesus is much more than an irritable, stressed brother. He is God. Being God, his divinity pops out even when he is being defensive with his family. In verse 6 of the above passage, Jesus says, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.” Jesus went right to the heart of the issue. He told his brothers they were full of themselves. He did not address their jealousy or critical spirits. Instead, he names the problem.
Pride. The brothers did not trust the Lord. They did what they wanted when they wanted, regardless of God’s timing. But Jesus did something different. He refused to think more highly of himself than he should. Jesus chose to wait for the Father’s timing. He was not in a hurry to go fluff up his audience. He wasn’t in a hurry. Jesus waited on the Father.
Lord Jesus, please forgive me for thinking too highly of myself. I repent of wanting things in my time and ask you to give me the grace to wait patiently. I trust you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
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