What Jesus Did! 'They Just Don't Get It!' — John 7:2-5

Friday, May 20, 2022

But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, and Jesus' brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! You can't become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!" For even his brothers didn't believe in him.
— John 7:2-5 NLT

Key Thought

Imagine how hard it must have been for Jesus. His family just didn't get it. The Lord's physical half brothers and sisters didn't understand and didn't believe until after his resurrection. Jesus didn't perform miraculous signs to "show out" for his disciples but to give them a sign to look beyond what they were seeing and understand that he had come from God. [1] Jesus wasn't trying to be a public figure, but instead, he resisted the crowd's desires to make him king. [2] The things that would ultimately draw people to him would be the cross and the resurrection. [3] His signs, the very miraculous things his brothers tried to goad him to perform, brought a stronger faith to some, only more questions to others, and a determined rejection of him to even others. Jesus wouldn't be bullied, teased, or ridiculed into anything. He would follow God's timing and do things God's way.

[1] John 20:30-31.
[2] John 6:15.
[3] Jesus' brothers were among the believers after his resurrection (Acts 1:14).

Today's Prayer

Holy and faithful Father, please give me more patience to wait for the right moment to do what you want me to do and the courage to do it with passion and faith. Give me the strength to resist any negative peer influences upon me. Forgive me, loving Father, for the times I have gone with the crowd so I would be accepted and have not stuck to your plan, which I should have done no matter the cost. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 3:31-35
  • Acts 1:12-14
  • Luke 12:8-9


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Illustration of John 7:2-5 NLT — "Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! You can't become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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