Monday, September 28, 2020
Have you ever tried to disguise your true feelings toward someone by making it appear you are working for their good when in reality you hope they get hurt? That’s exactly what the brothers of Jesus tried to do in John 7.
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. John 7:1-5
The brothers of Jesus were motivated by unbelief. They may have wanted to expose Jesus as a fake. They tried to convince Jesus to go public with His miracles. Either the public would turn against him as a fraud, or the Jewish leaders would kill Him. Either way, they would be rid of the one person who made them feel so insignificant.
If only they would believe and discover the eternal significance Jesus would give them. Then they could be men of integrity, and be honest with their feelings instead of trying to manipulate outcomes to their advantage.
We all desire those kinds of honest relationships.
They all start with a sense of significance.
Jesus offers significance to everyone who believes.