By His own example when persecuted our Lord instructs us as to how to conduct ourselves in times of persecution.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to JohnJohn 7:1-13
At that time: Jesus walked in Galilee; for he would not walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. And so on.
Homily by St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.
28th Tract on John
In this chapter of the Gospel, my brethren, our Lord Jesus Christ hath much commended Himself unto our faith, as touching His Manhood. At the same time, His words and works were alway such as to give us to believe that He is both God and Man, yea, that God Who made us, and that Man Who hath sought us, yea, God the Son, Who, as touching His Godhead, is alway with the Father, John i. 18; iii. 13, and, as touching His Manhood, hath been with us in time. Matth. i. 23. For He had not sought the work of His hands unless He had been made His own work. John i. 14. Keep this well in mind, and let your hearts never forget it, namely, that Christ was not made Man so as to cease to be God. He, Who made the Manhood, took It into that Godhead Which is His from everlasting to everlasting.