Jesus’ Expediency–John Chapter 7:1-13

I have studied and wrestled with John Chapter 7 for a week.  I have read it from many Bible versions so as to get differing nuances of meaning.  I wanted to get the best grasp of this chapter that’s possible for me to get at this particular time. What I come away with at this time is expediency.  It seems to me that Jesus was being expedient in the face of persecution. 

As I read and reread this chapter, it slowly dawned on me to ask a question of His brothers.  Were you all trying to have Jesus killed? Or was it just envy? My Life Application Bible says you all were embarassed by Jesus.  You were pushing Him to go on to Judea, where the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill Him. I imagine that you all were aware of that.  You made sarcastic comments to Him that, “You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world.” (John 7:4 NLT) Because you, his own brothers, didn’t even believe in Jesus yourselves. At least not just yet.
But Jesus told them, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime.” (John 7:6 NLT) But  after they left for the festival, Jesus then also went, though He went in secrecy, staying out of public view.
I looked at this verse and wondered to myself, did Jesus lie to them?
 My conclusion again is that Jesus was being expedient. Let me stop right here and provide a definition of the word.  From Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary, I get this definition:  1. expedient- adjective. Suitable for achieving a particular end in a given circumstance.  2. expedient- noun. Characterized by concern for what is opportune; especially: governed by self interest.
I believe He told His brothers only what He felt they needed to hear, and that He wasn’t going with them to the festival is what they needed to hear at that time.  Jesus’ intention was to continue teaching in the synagogue and doing the will of His Father, in spite of the persecution He was experiencing. Jesus was stirring up alot of people with His talk of the Kingdom and His Father’s will being done, and He was being careful concerning those who hated Him, mainly the Chief Priests and Pharisees.  They hated Him the most because they had the most to lose–their position and power and self promotion.  But Jesus slipped and slided and eased His way through and back and forth to continue to preach God’s Word and teach in the Synogogue.  Jesus was focused like a laser on the target of doing His Father’s will.  He was like bombs being dropped–boom! Here He is teaching God’s salvation! Boom! There He is preaching God’s love! Bam! Over there–He’s performing more miracles!  He was just gathering His new converts, His newly saved sheep as He went along! Jesus’ ministry was truly amazing and full of energy and power! He used all of His means, didn’t He?  He used every opportunity to teach, didn’t He?  He turned everything into a lesson!  He maximized His full potential on the earth! He was expedient when needed, angry when needed, patient when needed, vague when needed, and compassionate over all!  Blessings and Praises To the Lord Jesus Christ!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Just Be Real says:

    >Thank you for sharing dear one. Blessings.

  2. >I think they were calling His bluff. Think about it. He is the oldest, and He is perfect. So, they wanted to embarrass Him, I'm sure. We've probably all done something similar at one time or another.I'm going to crochet something now, Anna R. 🙂 Good evening and God's blessings! 🙂

  3. Bob West says:

    >I enjoyed visiting your blogGod Bless;

  4. >Hello! Forgive me, for intrusion into your life. Help me to return by a normal life. In detail about everything, I tell but page of the blog. Store you the God.

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