“Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles 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.” (John 7:3-5).
Jesus’ brothers were encouraging Him to put his miraculous power on display for all to see. They knew that everybody loved a good show and that Jesus could greatly increase his ratings if He ‘went public’. But John tells us that by saying this they were showing that they did not believe in Him.
We easily think that the way God would be made known is through great acts of power, impressive acts of generosity, or an outward display of goodness. But Jesus knew that the way that He was to be shown in his glory was through a cross. Through seeming failure – cursed by God and rejected by men.
But Jesus also knew that this cross was God’s way to save this world from sin and to give righteousness to all who would believe in Him.
Through the cross God deals with our true problem: sin which separates us from Him. Let us never become distracted by the outward show.