After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand. So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. 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 7:1-9
Think about what Jesus went through. His brothers did not believe Him. In fact they practically dared Him to go to the Feast in Judea to prove Himself. They people that had been following Him had left after they failed to understand His teaching and the Jewish authorities wanted to kill Him.
Talk about your bad days. I often wonder why Jesus just said to heck with us and left. Why put yourself through all this grief for a bunch of ungrateful people. And I always come back to love, a love so great that He came down from heaven to live a life full of torment, hate and scorn. Not for a few days but for three years. He walked hundreds of miles on dusty roads knowing that He must continue until the appointed time.
He did all this knowing what lay in store for Him, a death on a Roman cross. So He went where He needed to go and taught those who listened. He knew that most would leave Him dissatisfied with what He taught or what he did or how He did not live up to their expectations. He did all this because He loves us and it was the only way He could bring us back into God’s flock
Have a blessed day,