His brothers said, "Why don't you leave here and go up to the Feast so your disciples can get a good look at the works you do?
No one who intends to be publicly known does everything behind the scenes. If you're serious about what you are doing, come out in the open and show the world."
His brothers were pushing him like this because they didn't believe in him either.
Jesus came back at them, "Don't crowd me. This isn't my time. It's your time - it's always your time; you have nothing to lose.
The world has nothing against you, but it's up in arms against me. It's against me because I expose the evil behind its pretensions.
You go ahead, go up to the Feast. Don't wait for me. I'm not ready. It's not the right time for me."
He said this and stayed on in Galilee.
But later, after his family had gone up to the Feast, he also went. But he kept out of the way, careful not to draw attention to himself.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)