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Before Jesus went to Jerusalem (John 7), He lingered in the area of Galilee and told His brothers that He will not go up yet to the Feast of Tabernacles. When they asked why, He told them that as of yet, it was not the right time. He said, moreover, that what He does actually encourages people to be against Him. “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify about it, that its works are evil” (John 7:7). Did Jesus actually speak against the actions of the people? He did, but more than that, He lived a life in such a way that He disassociated Himself from the activities of the people that were contrary to the Lord’s way. This garnered a response of the people, like “Do you think you are better than us!?” Of course, Jesus’ intent was to teach and live righteously, and He knew there would be irrational responses to Him. Nevertheless, He chose His path, and it took Him to the cross. We, too, choose our paths. Have we chosen wisely?

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