05/12/19 – John 7:1-30; Psalm 108:1-13; Proverbs 15:4

You have probably hard the expression “blood is thicker than water” which traditionally means that family bonds are closer than those of outsiders.

But often in our loves this is just not true — the bonds with our friends we develop over years may be stronger than those of family.  In today’s verses we see that in the life of Jesus.

John 7:1  After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want[a] to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do.No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

Jesus human brothers (or half-brothers: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas (from Matt 13:55) were, in all probability, additional sons of Mary and Joseph. His brothers at this time did not believe in him and per Coffman were saying   “Get on down to Jerusalem and perform some more miracles to encourage the people down there who believe in you.”

And we see Jesus set an example for all of us — regardless of the pressure or negativity we may feel from our earthly family our mission is to follow God’s will!

Therefore Jesus told them, My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. You go to the festival. I am not[b] going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.”