Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2414
Joh 7:2 The Jewish Festival of Shacks was near.
Joh 7:3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave from here and go to Judea so your disciples can see your works that you are doing.
Joh 7:4 Because no one does anything privately while he’s seeking to be public. If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”
Joh 7:5 (Because not even his brothers believed in him.)
Joh 7:6 Jesus told them, “My time has not yet presented itself, but your time is always ready.
Joh 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it does hate me because I am testifying about it– that its works are evil.
Joh 7:8 Go up to the festival yourselves. I’m not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet completely come.”
Joh 7:9 After he had said these things, he stayed in Galilee.
Joh 7:10 But after his brothers had gone up to the festival, then he also went up, not openly but privately.
The word I translate privately in verses 4 and 10 is the Greek κρυπτός, from which we get our English word cryptic — a hidden message. Jesus chooses to go to the Festival privately — without calling attention to himself. He does so, not because he is ashamed of his words or ministry, but because it is not yet time for him to go public. His timing was designed to lead him to the cross. His circumstances and actions would conspire to have him slaughtered as our sacrifice to atone for our sins.
Also, don’t confuse the word time here with the word hour in chapter 5. In that chapter, Jesus contrasted two hours, the hour of evangelization and the hour of resurrection. In this section, Jesus contrasts two instances of καιρός (time to go public), saying that his brothers were free to do things publically, but he was not.
LORD, thank you for hiding yourself for a time, so that when you did reveal yourself, you did it to save us.