Jesus Goes to the Feast of Tabernacles
1 After these events Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to stay in Judea, for the Jews were trying to kill Him. 2 Now the festival of the Jews, called the Feast of Tabernacles, was near: 3 Jesus' brothers therefore said to Him, "Leave this place and go to Judea; let Your disciples see the deeds You do. 4 For no one does things in secret if he wants to be in the public eye. And, since You are doing these wonders, show Yourself to the world." 5 Not even His brothers had any faith in Him.
6 Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but any time is suitable for you. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me, for I testify against it, that its works are wicked. 8 Yes, go on to the feast but I am not going yet, for My time has not fully come."
9 And having told them this, He stayed on in Galilee. 10 But after His brothers had gone on to the feast, He also went, not openly, but rather in secret.
11 Meanwhile, the Jews at the feast were looking for Him, and kept saying, "Where is He?" 12 And among the crowds there was much heated discussion about Him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others declared, "No! For he is leading the people astray." 13 Still no one expressed himself publicly about Him, for fear of the Jews.
The Source of Jesus' Teaching
14 Then, about the middle of the feast, Jesus came to the temple and taught. 15 The Jews, in wonderment, said, "How does this man know books if he has not gone to school?"
16 Jesus answered them, saying, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone is willing to do His will he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from Myself. 18 The man who speaks for himself seeks his own glory, but the one who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. 19 Did not Moses give you the Law? And yet, not one of you keeps the Law. Why do you try to kill Me?" 20 "You have a devil," the crowd shouted back at Him. "Who is trying to kill You?"
21 Jesus replied, "I did one deed which made you wonder. 22 Moses gave you circumcision for a purpose - no, it was not Moses, but the fathers before him - and you circumcise a child, even on the sabbath. 23 If you circumcise a child on a sabbath day in order that the Law of Moses shall not be broken, why are you bitter against Me for having made a man entirely well on the sabbath? 24 Don't judge according to appearances, but make honest judgments."
Jesus' Messianic Proclamation
25 Some of the Jerusalem people then remarked, "Isn't this the man they want to kill? 26 But look! He is speaking openly and they aren't saying a thing to him. Can it be that the rulers really think that he is truly the Christ? 27 No! We know where this fellow is from. But the Messiah - if He ever comes - no one will know from where He comes.
28 Then, as He was teaching in the temple, Jesus cried out loudly, "You not only know Me, but you know from where I come. I surely did not come of Myself. I was sent to you by One who is true, but you do not know Him. 29 But I know Him, for I came from Him, and He Himself sent Me."
30 Then they wanted to seize Him, yet no one laid hands on Him, for His time had not yet come. 31 But many of the people believed on Him and said, "When Christ comes, will He work more miracles than this man?"
32 The Pharisees overheard the crowd whispering these things about Him, so they and the chief priests sent officers to arrest Him. 33 Jesus therefore said to them, "I shall be with you only a little longer, then I shall go back to Him who sent Me. 34 You will search for Me but will not find Me, for where I go you cannot come."
35 At this, the Jews said to one another, "Where is he going to go that we cannot find him? Will he go to the Jews scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Creeks? 36 What does he mean by saying,'You will search for Me but will not find me', and 'Where I am you cannot come'?"
Jesus' Promise of the Holy Spirit
37 On the last and greatest day of the feast Jesus stood up and called out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 Out of the heart of the one who believes in Me there will flow rivers of living water, as the Scripture declares." 39 This He said about the Spirit who would come upon those who believed on Him. The Spirit had not yet been given, for Jesus was not yet glorified.
The Division of Opinion Among the People
40 On hearing His words, many among the crowds said, "Surely, this is the Prophet!" 4l Others said, "He is the Christ!" But others questioned, "No, the Christ was not to come out of Galilee, was He? 42 Doesn't the Scripture say that the Christ should come out of the seed of David, and from the little town of Bethlehem, where David lived?" 43 So there was a division among the masses concerning Him. 44 Some of them wanted to have Him arrested, yet no one laid hands on Him.
45 When the officers came back to the high priests and Pharisees, they were asked, "Why didn't you bring him back with you?" 46 Their reply was, "No man ever spoke as this man speaks." 47 The Pharisees exclaimed, "Have you, too, been led astray? 48 Consider, has anyone of the rulers believed on him, or any of the Pharisees? Have they? 49 And as for this rabble, it is ignorant of the Law, and accursed."
50 Nicodemus, one of them, the man who had visited Jesus one night, ventured to say to them, 51 "Our law does not condemn a man before he has had a hearing, does it, and before we know what he has done?" 52 "Well, well," they answered him, "so you, too, have come out of Galilee? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself that no prophet ever came out of Galilee." 53 Then everyone went home.