TEXT: John 7:1-10
1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
2 Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come.
9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 84.
Randolph V. Tasker said, “Jesus’ brothers imagined His glory to be limited to demonstrations of His miraculous powers, whereas in reality it could only be supremely displayed by His crucifixion.”
After Jesus’ extended teaching on how the Jews should believe on Him, many of those who considered themselves His disciples turned away and stopped following Him. Many even became extremely hostile toward Him. As verse 1 tells us, “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.” This is not because Jesus was afraid of the Jews or afraid of being killed, but because Jesus was aware that this was not the time for Him to die.
The next verse informs us that “the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand.” The Feast of Tabernacles is also called the Feast of Booths. It was a time when Jewish families would travel to Jerusalem and camp out in structures made of tree branches for seven days as a commemoration of the time their forefathers spent in the desert. It was also a time when the Jews would celebrate the harvest.
As we have previously seen, it was Jesus’ custom to go to Jerusalem when these major feasts took place. However, now, He is staying away from the Jewish religious capital. Verse 3-5 read, “His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.”
These “brethren” are Jesus’ siblings born to Mary and Joseph. The Bible gives us their names — James, Jude, Joses, and Simon. They urge Jesus to go up to Jerusalem to the Feast and to do His miraculous works there. Jesus had spent most of His time in Galilee. Many of the Jews of Judea looked down on the Jews of Galilee and considered them second-class citizens. Since Jesus and His disciples were from Galilee, the Jewish religious leaders dismissed Him when it came to the idea of Him being the Messiah.
Jesus’ brothers apparently know of the many false Galilean “disciples” who left Jesus. They offer some advice for Him to win the crowds back to His side. They say, ‘Go up to Jerusalem now — when the city is packed with people coming to celebrate the Feast. Go up now and work your miracles before thousands. Hanging back in Galilee is not going to help you if you say you are the Messiah. If you are who you claim to be, tell the world.’ Now, from a PR perspective, these brothers are right. If you want to get a following, go where the crowds are. However, they have a worldly perspective on a divine plan that is being worked out. They think that having the devotion of the masses is important to Jesus. They themselves probably benefitted from Jesus’ popularity, and thus were adversely affected when the crowds began to turn on Him.
These brothers did not really care about Jesus’ ministry at the time. Their tone was one of mocking and disbelief. And John reveals, “For neither did his brethren believe in him.”
How does Jesus respond to this thinly veiled hostility from His brothers. Verse 6 says, “Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come…” Jesus was working on an entirely different time table — one His brothers could not even begin to grasp. Jesus knew that His journey on earth would end in crucifixion, and that God had already set up the day and hour when that would occur.
Just as the devil tempted Jesus to do, Jesus’ brothers wanted Jesus to pursue His glory now. They saw the growing unpopularity as a bad sign, but Jesus knew that everything was working out according to plan. He did not submit to the human pursuit of fame and glory at any cost. Rather, He stuck to the higher plan that God had for Him.
Jesus knew that He would indeed be revealed before all the world in Jerusalem, but it would not be as a miracle-working Messiah, but as a suffering servant, bearing upon Himself the sins of the world. And it is through that revelation, that He would be the Saviour of mankind.
If you are listening today and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, please know that the time is always right for you to believe in Jesus Christ and place your faith in Him. The saving work that He did on the cross is complete. Here is how you can be saved today.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.