“Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot 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 going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee.” (John 7:6-9)
Jesus’ statement to His brothers is similar to the His statement to His mother Mary in John 2:4. It also is His initial reason for not going to the Feast of the Tabernacles. It was not the Father’s perfect timing for Jesus to go, to be arrested and then to be executed by His enemies.
This reveals a biblical doctrine we must understand. Jesus was completely dependent and committed to the Father’s sovereign timetable for His birth, life, death and resurrection. John 8:20 validates this when John writes, “These words he (Jesus) spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.”
Since Jesus was completely dependent and committed to the Father’s timetable for everything which occurred in His life. So too must we, as Jesus’ followers, be completely dependent and committed to the Father’s timetable for everything which occurs in our own lives.
When Jesus told His brothers that their time is always here or always ready, He meant that since they were of the world, the purposes of God held no importance to them. Because of their unbelief (John 7:5), they did not listen or understand Jesus’ words, did not understand God’s timetable, and could not understand that God stood before them.
Perhaps this is a lot like looking for a new job or when you make a career change, or when one is made for you. You keep sending resumes, filling out applications and reading countless email notifications from Indeed, Jobcase or ZipRecruiter. More than once you receive a rejection notice regarding your application. It is easy to become frustrated and despondent.
It is then that you must remember God’s sovereign timetable. God’s timing has not yet arrived. In the meantime, serve the Lord where you are and when you can.
Jesus additionally tells His brothers that the world system and culture of sinful rebellion does not hate them as it hates Him. Why? It is because at this point in their lives, Jesus’ brothers are unbelievers and therefore belong to the world. The world loves them (John 15:18-19).
True disciples of Jesus Christ should experience the world’s hatred (John 15:18-25; 16:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:12). The world does not hate Christian bakers simply because they may choose to not make a cake for a wedding. The world hates Christian bakers because they are Christians: whether or not they make a wedding cake.
Jesus was not only completely dependent upon the Father’s timetable for His life, He also recognized that God the Father was not yet ready for the crucifixion of God the Son (Galatians 4:4). The fullness of time had not yet arrived.
We have covered a lot today concerning God’s timing and the world’s hatred: not only of God, but also of us. Therefore, we rest in God’s timing while we are presently serving Him in a world which not only hates Him, but us as well.
Soli deo Gloria!