When It’s Not the Right Time

John 7:1-9

After this, Jesus went to Galilee, going from village to village, for he wanted to stay out of Judea where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. But soon it was time for the Tabernacle Ceremonies, one of the annual Jewish holidays, and Jesus’ brothers urged him to go to Judea for the celebration.

“Go where more people can see your miracles!” they scoffed. “You can’t be famous when you hide like this! If you’re so great, prove it to the world!” For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.

Jesus replied, “It is not the right time for me to go now. But you can go anytime and it will make no difference, for the world can’t hate you; but it does hate me, because I accuse it of sin and evil. You go on, and I’ll come later when it is the right time.” So he remained in Galilee.

The Tabernacle Ceremonies, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, are described in Leviticus 23:33ff. This event occurred in October, about six months after the Passover celebration. The feast commemorated the days when the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and lived in tents (Leviticus 23:43).

The Evidence

Jesus’ brothers had a difficult time believing in him. Some of these brothers would eventually become leaders in the church (James, for example), but for several years they were embarrassed by Jesus. After Jesus died and rose again, they finally believed. Today we have every reason to believe because we have the full record of Jesus’ miracles, death, and resurrection. We also have the evidence of what the gospel has done in people’s lives through the centuries. We have no excuses.

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