Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.” Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, “Where is that man?” (John 7:6–11, NIV 1984).
Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” (John 19:5, ESV).
My Musings – We pray for this and we pray for that, and often the answer does not come. Maybe the answer is no, and there would be a good reason for it being no. But often, God has determined that “the right time for me has not yet come.” Many times, we act as if this is just as bad as no. For us “any time is right,” which usually means right now!
World values keep eroding, with many turning away from the faith. There are wars and rumors of war. Famines and earthquakes in various places and with increasing frequency. Increased wickedness, love growing cold. And still the end does not come, because “the right time for [His return] has not yet come.” Scoffers will say “where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4, NIV). And still the end does not come. Why does He delay? “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NIV 1984).
But “as it was in the days of Noah,” the time will come to “close the door.” “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:42–44, NIV 1984). And then, we shall “behold the man!“
My Advice – Regrettably, in this case, for far to many people any time will not do. Because they are not ready. But one day, “at an hour when [we] do not expect him,” an angel sent by God will proclaim “there will be no more delay!” (Revelation 10:6, NIV 1984). Then it will be too late to get ready. We will either behold Him with joy or anguish. With praise or weeping and gnashing of teeth. If you are not ready, do not delay in getting ready. His delay may soon come to an end.