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The greatest problem with knowing the whole story is that you have to manage your steps, even though no one else will understand.  While all around wanted him to continue to build his fame and brand, Jesus knew he had to begin the walk toward sacrifice and away from stardom.  His brothers, who had watched him grow up and knew from their folks his mission and position, still failed to believe in him.  They wanted the benefits of his popularity, but had no idea they needed his wisdom and sacrifice—What a blow to Jesus.

Before judging them, one must reflect on his/her own life.  I know in my life, many times I have looked to Jesus for what he offers me, salvation, provision and protection; rather than looking to him for direction and wisdom…knowing the other things will follow.  God wants us to simply surrender to his leadership, accept his grace and walk with him.  He promises that as we do, he will add everything else we need.  He would not lie.  Matthew 6:33; Malachi 3:10-12

God Bless You

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want[a] to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. You go to the festival. I am not[b] going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.