John 7:1-2,10, 25-30
Jesus moved about within Galilee;
He did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill Him.
But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.
But when His brothers had gone up to the feast,
He Himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.
Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
"Is He not the one they are trying to kill?
And look, He is speaking openly and they say nothing to Him.
Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
But we know where He is from.
When the Christ comes, no one will know where He is from."
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as He was teaching and said,
"You know me and also know where I am from.
Yet I did not come on my own,
but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
I know Him, because I am from Him, and He sent me."
So they tried to arrest Him,
but no one laid a hand upon Him,
because His hour had not yet come.
In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus and the apostles in Judea for the Feast of the Tabernacles. Jesus initially remained in secret because He knew the Pharisees wanted to kill Him. But then He put aside His intention of secrecy and began preaching to the large crowd of Jews gathered from all over the land of Israel.
Why does Jesus do this? Because God’s ways are higher than our own. Jesus may have wanted to remain a secret and avoid drawing attention to Himself, but God wanted Him to take advantage of the opportunity to spread His message to the crowd. Jesus acted out of obedience and with confidence because He knew it was all part of God’s greater plan and that His hour had not yet come. He set aside any human fear He might have had and acted as His Father wanted.
Think of your own life, do you restrain from acting charitably, courageously, or living your faith boldly because of fear? Maybe instead you tried to force your own will or was so focused on yourself that you got distracted from God’s plan. Due to our human nature it is natural for us to want to control things or to act in a way that is comfortable for us. Jesus did not do what was comfortable and safe, but Hw surrendered to God’s will. Today, pray to be more like Jesus in surrendering your fear, trusting God, and following how He is leading you.