Jesus knew His purpose. Nothing was going to divert Him from that purpose. He came to give His life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45). And timing was everything. The gospel of John makes this perfectly clear. Seven different times we are told that “His time had not yet come” and then in the last 18 hours of His earthly life we read that Jesus knew that “His hour” had come just before the last Passover of His life (John 13:1).
John 2:4 “. . . My hour has not yet come.”
John 7:6 “. . . My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.”
John 7:8 “. . . My time has not yet fully come.”
John 7:30 “So they were seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.”
John 8:20 “These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour
…………….. . …..had not yet come.”
John 12:23 “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”
John 12:27 “. . . for this purpose I came to this hour.”
John 13:1 “Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this
………… …………world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”
Jesus knew what He was doing. He was working a plan determined by He and the Father and the Spirit before the foundation of the earth (Ephesians 1:4; Acts 2:23). Paul put it this way, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law”. (Galatians 4:4) Timing. The father and the Son and the Spirit worked from before the foundations of the earth to effect the reconciliation that He knew we needed. Why? The writer of Hebrews tells us not only why but how it should affect us: “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus who demonstrated His love for us (at the perfect time) while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).