So His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go to Judea so that Your disciples also may see the works You are doing; for no one who wants to be widely known acts in secret."
The brothers giving Jesus advice are His cousins, the sons of His mother's sister (Rev. John Wesley). They encourage Jesus to leave that obscure place and go out into the wider world to show off His miracles. His cousins encourage Jesus to claim His fame!
Jesus responds, "My time has not come yet, but your time is always here." Jesus is on the Heavenly Father's time schedule and will follow it to the precise second. Yet these brothers are not on Heavenly Father time, they are seeking self glory time. Jesus is showing us how to be obedient to our Heavenly Father all the time .
Continuing to speak Jesus says, "The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify against it that its works are evil." Thus the hate we may experience for living as obedient Christians is really directed at Jesus. When you and I refuse the evil of the world, the self-glory focus this world advocates, then we are living on God's Glory time..
During Glory time our confidence builds. Our confidence is deep seated in truth-- Jesus' Truth. Lies will align you with satan. Jesus is what is best about us, shining out in truths we do and say, and we dare not claim it is us. All that is wonderful about us is truthfully all Christ. As to evil, Christ always has the victory.
To God be the Glory!
Rev. Patricia E. Walker,