Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for My time is not yet full come.
When He had said these words unto them, He abode still in Galilee.
Jesus’ time was completely submitted to the will and purpose of the Father, but His brothers had no understanding of what He had come to do. For them, any time was a good time to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate a feast; for Jesus, the timing was not yet right.
Verse 7 is a rather startling rebuke. What Jesus said, in essence, was that His brothers were of the same mindset as the world in which they lived. They agreed with the prevailing ideas of right and wrong, and were comfortable in the presence of ungodly behavior. There was no reason for the world to hate them. That would change later, as they began to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. But for now, they were not hated.
Jesus, however, had no inhibitions about confronting sin in all its forms, and that is why the religious leaders hated Him with a ferocity that is stunning, In spite of all the good He did, they hated Him for pointing out their sin, and speaking truth into their lives. Hated Him with a ferocious anger. They wanted Him gone.
How do we respond when God’s Word touches our own secret, treasured sin? Our reactions say a lot about our true relationship with God. Rebuke is not fun or easy; accepting it is a mark of maturity and godliness.
Jesus told them, “You go on and attend the festivities. I’m not going just yet. My time (God’s time) is not yet come.” And after His brothers left, Jesus remained for a while in Galilee.
His brothers wanted Him to go publicly, and do some mighty miracle in the presence of the crowds that surged through Jerusalem at any feast. That’s not what Jesus wanted, because it wasn’t time for Him yet to announce Himself in such a way.