“Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come.” Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee. John 7:8-9
Jesus seems a little fickle in today’s reading. At first he tells the disciples he will not go, and then, mid-feast, he shows up at the festival. To understand what is going on, we have to look at two passages:
- My hour (hora) has not yet come… (John 2:4 – at the wedding feast of Cana)
- My time (kairos) has not yet fully come… (John 7:8)
At the wedding feast of Cana, Jesus speaks about his hour not yet coming to pass. Hora gives the sense of a destined hour, one which is not moveable and can not be avoided.
In John 7:8, the word kairos is used. Kairos is a word used to speak of the best opportunity. In other words, if Jesus went up with His disciples, he would not be choosing the best opportunity for which to be most effective with the people.
It takes a discerning heart to recognize the difference between hora and kairos; to seek to know if the situation before us is an appointed time that we must face now or never (hora), or if our action is done at the best opportune moment (kairos).
Jesus teaches us that there is a time for everything under the sun. As a culture, we worry a lot about time, and find ourselves frustrated when we are delayed because of obstacles that get in our way of accomplishing our tasks. Let us ask Jesus to give us hearts willing to see everything with its own time, and that perhaps our delays are God’s working our desires to unfold at His appointed time.
May God bless you.