No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret.
Here Jesus’ own brothers – who don’t believe in Him yet – attempt to goad Him into going public. You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.
For all His notoriety, Jesus wasn’t a publicity seeker. He preferred family, a small circle of close friends, remote areas and quiet evenings alone in prayer. Many students of Jesus identify with this.
Yet, His compassion drives Him to use His energy and power to help the poor and the sick. Naturally, His fame grows.
His brothers chide their humble Brother without mercy - Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.
Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.”
Jesus has a mission and in His time He will shine brighter than the stars. The cross is waiting. There will be an empty tomb and exaltation to the throne of heaven.
But not yet…
In this moment, we glimpse the path Jesus would have preferred to walk if not for His love of people. In fact, would He have ever left heaven in the first place if not for His love for people?
Our Teacher is a reluctant star, and He will choose the path less travelled. The difficult and treacherous way - The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
And He shines all the more brighter in our eyes because of this.