You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” For even his brothers didn’t believe in him. (John 7:4-5)
I used to coach Jr High football and we would always do a quick pre-game speech then a prayer. One season I coached a kid that would listen to pre-game speech then right before I prayed, he would say, “Coach, I didn’t hear no bell”. Obviously the kid was smart and knew my love of all things Rocky, but it slowly started to become our tagline for the year too. Anytime something was hard or not working the way we thought in practice…I would look over and without fail he would say “Coach, I didn’t hear no bell!” I have to smile and laugh even while typing this because I saw him at a game a few weeks back and you guessed it…that was the first thing he said. Sometimes we focus so much on the situation or the opinions of others that we allow them or it to bring us down or worse…even quit.
In this story by all outward appearances, Jesus’ ministry is in serious jeopardy. Not only has he seen a significant apostasy, with many of his disciples in Galilee falling away from following him (John 6:66), the Jewish leaders in Judea are still seeking to kill him (John 7:1) because he had not only healed a man on the Sabbath, but he made himself equal with God by calling God his own Father (John 5:18). His own brothers don’t even believe in Him. That’s a tough time that would be tempting to quit or give up.
If Jesus at this point hired a public relations representative, a marketing consultant, a political strategist, or a fundraising expert, he could get the best advice on the smartest, most effective next steps for him to take to turn around these losses that he has suffered and the bad momentum of his campaign. Jesus, however, refuses to do anything of the sort, and not because he wants to do things his way, no matter where it might lead him. In fact, his reasons for rejecting human opinions and wisdom have nothing to do with a lack of humility, since Jesus loves the glory of his Father more than anything else in this world. He is willing to lose everything in his life, so long as he glorifies his Father by accomplishing every bit of the work that his Father sent him to accomplish. He has not come to seek his own, personal, private glory, but to glorify his Father. In this passage, Jesus demonstrates that human glory-seeking seems good and strong, but is ultimately weak.
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