Jesus’ “Hour”

Thursday, April 14, 2016

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come (John 2:4 KJV).

What did Jesus mean, “mine hour?”

Jesus’ “hour” (or His “time”) appears ten times in the book of John. It first appears in today’s Scripture. The best way to understand the idea is to look at the other references for an explanation.

John 7:6,8: “[6] Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. [8] Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come.” John 7:30: “Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.” John 8:20: “These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.”

John 12:23: “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.” John 12:27: “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” John 13:1: “Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” John 17:1: “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:”

In summary, Jesus’ “hour” was His “passion” (Acts 1:3)—His arrest, His crucifixion/death, His burial, and His resurrection. Jesus did not go down to Jerusalem and give Himself up to the authorities until it was the proper time. He did not die a moment too soon or too late. He died exactly when Father God had determined. There were many things Jesus had to do before Calvary (train the 12 apostles, form a believing remnant in Israel, perform miracles and teach God’s Word, and so on). Only after He accomplished those things did He give Himself up.