What did Jesus mean by, “My time has not yet come?”

Q. What does Jesus statement mean, “My time has not yet come?”

I believe our caller has reference to Jesus’ statement in John 2:4, or perhaps John 7:30 or 8:20 where similar statements are made.  Let’s look at all three:

John 2:4

“And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet 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.”

Here the statement is apparently in reference to the hour for public manifestation of the Messiahship, meaning not the hour of his sufferings and death, in which sense he sometimes uses this phrase; as if the hint was, that it was not proper for him to work miracles as yet, lest it should provoke his enemies to seek his life before his time; but rather the time of his public ministry and miracles, which were to go together, and the one to be a proof of the other; though it seems to have a particular regard to the following miracle, the time of doing that was not yet come; the proper juncture, when all fit circumstances meeting together, it would be both the more useful, and the more illustrious:

Or his meaning is, that his time of doing miracles in public was not yet; and therefore, though he was willing to do this miracle, yet he chose to do it in the most private manner; so that only a few, and not the principal persons at the feast should know it: wherefore the reproof was not so much on the account of the motion itself, as the unseasonableness of it; and so his mother took it.

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