Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

John 7:1-9 NLT
[1] After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. [2] But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, [3] and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! [4] You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” [5] For even his brothers didn’t believe in him. [6] Jesus replied, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime. [7] The world can’t hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil. [8] You go on. I’m not going to this festival, because my time has not yet come.” [9] After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee.

Reflection . . .

The world hates Jesus because he accuses it of doing evil. How true is that even today. People don’t want to hear the Good News of the Gospel because it shines truth and light in the darkness. Those who are not searching for God and don’t want to change their ways are not willing to accept anything that doesn’t fit with their own desires.

Another interesting point in this passage is that Jesus’ purpose did not include “becoming popular” with everyone. His goal was to become popular with the few, make an impact on their lives so they could testify to the transformation Jesus brings to those who believe in Him.

The Gospel is not about popularity with people! It’s about the transformation of people!