After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.
But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?” And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.” However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.
“My time has not yet come,” this speaks to who Jesus is not what he does. The disciples who left him had wanted him to be king, now his brothers try to manipulate him into becoming a public figure; both views are of a man trying to become a leader, a public figure, important to his world. The problem here is that he is… He is all these things and more and only those who believed he was and is the Christ were aware of this. John presents us with a picture of Jesus the Christ. Jesus had purpose and meaning, a single-minded focus on his assignment from heaven. He was not influenced by public opinion, family suggestions, the manipulations of others’ who thought they knew better. He is firm and clear as to who he is and what he must do and why he came. “The world…hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.” When he states the world cannot hate you he is making an observation about his brothers’ position. They were not considering the spiritual conditions of mankind, they were considering a public relations maneuver. Jesus was concerned with the fallen condition of mankind, its need for a way of salvation from the sentence of death, a way to life with the Creator. His purpose was to showcase the evil in the world, and provide a way opposite to its influence and consequence. He was the fulfillment of prophecy, a prophecy that was often misinterpreted. The question that is beginning to shape and be debated by the people of this time, and still is, is this: Is Jesus the Christ? The answer was determined, and still is, many times by the individuals’ knowledge of God and scripture prophesying his coming. According to Jesus it also rests upon whether or not God is calling and the Spirit is leading in an individual’s life.
Take away – Jesus is firm, strong, has purpose and remains clear in his determination to accomplish what the Father has given him. His message at this time is to declare who he is and who sent him. His work is to do the work of the Father, to continue to call mankind back from their world of self and sin to one of love for Him and obedience to His commands. We can know who he is…