Their aim was popularity.John 5v44 "How can you believe if you accept praise from one another yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?"Easy to confuse being in a right relationship with God with being liked by his people.Whose glory do I seek?
Whose approval am I satisfied with?He succeeded where we fail."The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory."
If we seek our own glory, we don't take with any seriousness the living God from whom comes our life and breath and everything else.Brothers sought their own glory through Jesus.
So, so easy to do, in so many different circumstances.
Remember why John wrote his book:
"These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the son of God, and that by believing you may have life through his name."
Not even his brothers believed in him - but believing in him is the point of John. Therefore they don't have life through his name.
Brothers wanted Jesus to make much of himself, but he redirects their admiration to his father.
We receive everything from him, and return everything to him in praise.
Whose approval am I satisfied with?
If we seek our own glory, we don't take with any seriousness the living God from whom comes our life and breath and everything else.
The Jews sought their own glory by publically making a big deal of how well they kept the law (when they wanted to kill him for breaking the Sabbath).
Look carefully at ourselves. Is there enough good and glory to please God? Of course not!
See and repent.
Look at Jesus - all goodness and glory.
Reflects glory to the father.
Giving himself to die for us.