Unbelief And Hatred For Jesus
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 01 April 2017
1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. 9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. 10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. 13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.
26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
hough there was a growing conviction among some of His hearers concerning His deity and teachings (v.41), the leaders’ hatred for Christ was deepening (vv.1, 44). They harboured deadly intentions toward Him. So Jesus did not come to them. This is an important lesson for us: when Christ’s presence and guidance is lacking in one’s life, it can very well be a sign that He has noticed that person’s destructive ways towards His glory.
Jesus’ half-brothers came to encourage Him not to miss the limelight of Jerusalem, especially on a special occasion such as the Feast of Tabernacles. The brothers thought that it would give Christ a good opportunity for more popularity and fame. Though they appeared to be sincere in their advice, they were not spiritually motivated, for they did not believe in the Lord yet (cf. Mk 3:21). John clearly tells us that their thoughts were the result of their unbelieving hearts. Apparently, Jesus’ brothers did not become His followers until after His resurrection (Acts 1:14), after He revealed Himself to at least one of them personally (1 Cor 15:7). Jesus rejected their advice, saying, “My time is not yet come.” It means that the brothers’ opinion did not fit His Father’s plan, which He always followed. Jesus’ statement really indicates that man’s perception of what is the best is not important, but the Father’s timetable is to be regarded above all and to be followed strictly. So Jesus said again, “For my time is not yet full come” (v.8). Nonetheless, He later went “in secret,” or travelled alone rather than in a caravan (vv.9-10), thus rejecting His brothers’ plans.
Somehow, the Jewish rulers were anticipating Christ’s arrival for the feast. They were looking for Him, probably to arrest Him. The city itself was buzzing with rumours about Jesus. Some of the people insisted that He was a good man. Others said that He deceived the people. None of them spoke openly about Him, for they were afraid of the rulers. The displeasure of the unbelieving was intimidating the genuine followers!
Stop serving man’s desires when they contradict God’s will.
May I always be a God-pleaser, rather than a man-pleaser.