Psalm 75 • Jeremiah 5:20-31 • Romans 3:19-31 • John 7:1-13
At this time many people including his followers thought Jesus was a fake, crazy, or at best a provocateur. Because some thought of him as a threat to the religious and political status quo, his life was in danger. Therefore, when His followers wanted him to go to Judea for the festival Jesus did not choose to go because he thought people would be there who wanted to kill him. Jesus’ disciples were falling away and among his own people he was not recognized and his teachings were not believed. Jesus is increasingly sensing the hostility toward him and the rejection of his teachings.
Jesus tells the disciples “my time has not yet come, but your time is always here.” His brothers challenge him to prove himself in public, where there is disappointment, rejection and hostility. His enemies are searching for him and there is the threat and fear of death and betrayal. Jesus quietly goes to Judea and speaks at the temple. In a compelling way he challenges all to believe his difficult teachings. This leads to much discussion and debate among those who heard his words.
Faith calls us to dwell somewhere deeper where we can better understand Jesus’ teachings. It is about being called upon every day to turn within to that place of inspiration, insight, and love and to act on these.
— Glen Peterson