Have you ever stood your ground and then wondered if you made the right decision? It’s especially easy to second guess yourself when those closest to you are trying to get you to take back what you said, to lessen your position, to reframe what you really meant. Let’s face it, it’s a lot easier to do the “win friends and influence people” routine than it is to stand up for what you know to be right.
Jesus’ situation was no different than the ones that we encounter, except He knew without doubt that His stand was spot on. In the first 5 verses of John 7 something significant is going on. Coming off of his his “eat my flesh” teaching, Jesus refuses to go into Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill him. His brothers weren’t down with this. They wanted Jesus to go to Judea and prove who he was. “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)
Bottom line, these guys wanted attention. They were with the man that everyone was talking about and they wanted to keep their status growing. The Gospel writer John calls them out though. “For not even His brothers were believing in Him.” (v.5) These guys didn’t really believe that Jesus knew what He was doing. They didn’t believe that He could gain a following and prove that He was God. They thought they had a better plan. Do we?