Daily Lectionary: Job 16:1-22; John 7:1-13
“My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.” (John 7:6)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. It appears here in the Gospel of John that the movement Jesus started is falling apart. Jesus’ brothers give him some family advice: He should go back to Judea and do some miracles, “so that your disciples may see the miracles you do (John 7:3). Maybe the people would give Jesus a second chance if He just performed another sign.
This might look like a great statement of faith by Jesus’ brothers, but John sets us straight: “For even his own brothers did not believe in him” (John 7:5). Recognizing Jesus as a miracle worker does not make one a believer. And it’s never our job to offer the Son of God some way to make His work easier and more believable.
Those around Jesus assume He wants to be well-liked and have a large following. We behave the same way with Jesus at times. We ask in our prayers for the things that we selfishly want. We bargain with Him, saying that if He helps us or relieves us of our problem, we will believe in Him more. We even dumb down Jesus’ own words so that He might seem more acceptable or relevant to those around us.
Jesus does not need suggestions from others, even those closest to Him in His family. His plan is set in motion and His hour will be brought according to the Father’s plan. His hour is the hour of the Cross. Jesus says, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all men to myself” (John 12:32). Jesus draws us into His Cross. For there His wounds and His death provide healing and forgiveness for us. What we see in the Cross is God’s plan of action for us and our salvation. Taking on our unbelief, our doubts and fears, our own selfish ways, Jesus crucifies them and puts them to death so that we may know that God’s time is now for salvation. Jesus isn’t simply a “good man,” and He will never lead you astray. His time is now your time. He will never remain silent concerning you, but He will always speak to the Father on your behalf as He invites you to His feast. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
Drawn to the Cross, which Thou hast blessed With healing gifts for souls distressed, To find in Thee my life, my rest. (Drawn to the Cross, Which Thou Hast Blessed, LSB 560:1)