John 7:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:6, NIV: "Therefore Jesus told them, 'My time is not yet here; for you any time will do."

John 7:6, ESV: "Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here."

John 7:6, KJV: "Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready."

John 7:6, NASB: "So Jesus *said to them, 'My time is not yet here, but your time is always ready."

John 7:6, NLT: "Jesus replied, 'Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime."

John 7:6, CSB: "Jesus told them, "My time has not yet arrived, but your time is always at hand."

What does John 7:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus' response to His brothers' mocking provides an important perspective. Their teasing assumed that Jesus was merely seeking attention, and so He should want to go out in public and put on a show. However, Christ's intent was not to simply draw a crowd, but to explain the truth (John 6:25–29). For many people, that conflicts with their preferences, causing them to ignore the message (John 6:66).

In addition, Jesus has been keeping away from Jerusalem in order to delay the inevitable conflict with the Jewish religious leaders (John 7:1). His time to be publicly proclaimed as Messiah is yet in the future (John 12:12–15), as is His sacrificial death (John 19:18). Jesus' brothers, on the other hand, are already fulfilling their purpose—their time had already come. Jesus has greater concerns to keep in mind.

In parallel with this, Jesus' brothers did not face the same spiritual hostility as He did. Jesus' life and ministry were focused on exposing the sin of the world, pointing to a need for a savior (John 7:7). When, where, and how His brothers attended such festivals was unimportant. Christ, on the other hand, had to carefully consider how He presented Himself, and when.