After this, Jesus traveled in Galilee, since He did not want to travel in Judea because the Jews were trying to kill Him.
The Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near,
so His brothers said to Him, "Leave here and go to Judea so Your disciples can see Your works that You are doing.
For no one does anything in secret while he's seeking public recognition. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world."
(For not even His brothers believed in Him.)
Jesus told them, "My time has not yet arrived, but your time is always at hand.
The world cannot hate you, but it does hate Me because I testify about it-that its deeds are evil.
Go up to the festival yourselves. I'm not going up to the festival yet, because My time has not yet fully come."
After He had said these things, He stayed in Galilee.
After His brothers had gone up to the festival, then He also went up, not openly but secretly.
The Jews were looking for Him at the festival and saying, "Where is He?"
And there was a lot of discussion about Him among the crowds. Some were saying, "He's a good man." Others were saying, "No, on the contrary, He's deceiving the people."
Still, nobody was talking publicly about Him because they feared the Jews.
When the festival was already half over, Jesus went up into the temple complex and began to teach.
Then the Jews were amazed and said, "How does He know the Scriptures, since He hasn't been trained?"
Jesus answered them, "My teaching isn't Mine but is from the One who sent Me.
If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am speaking on My own.
The one who speaks for himself seeks his own glory. But He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Didn't Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law! Why do you want to kill Me?"
"You have a demon!" the crowd responded. "Who wants to kill You?"
"I did one work, and you are all amazed," Jesus answered.
"Consider this: Moses has given you circumcision-not that it comes from Moses but from the fathers-and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.
If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses won't be broken, are you angry at Me because I made a man entirely well on the Sabbath?
Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment."
Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, "Isn't this the man they want to kill?
Yet, look! He's speaking publicly and they're saying nothing to Him. Can it be true that the authorities know He is the Messiah?
But we know where this man is from. When the Messiah comes, nobody will know where He is from."
As He was teaching in the temple complex, Jesus cried out, "You know Me and you know where I am from. Yet I have not come on My own, but the One who sent Me is true. You don't know Him;
I know Him because I am from Him, and He sent Me."
Then they tried to seize Him. Yet no one laid a hand on Him because His hour had not yet come.
However, many from the crowd believed in Him and said, "When the Messiah comes, He won't perform more signs than this man has done, will He?"
The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him, so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple police to arrest Him.
Then Jesus said, "I am only with you for a short time. Then I'm going to the One who sent Me.
You will look for Me, but you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."
Then the Jews said to one another, "Where does He intend to go so we won't find Him? He doesn't intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, does He?
What is this remark He made: 'You will look for Me, and you will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come' ?"
On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink!
The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him."
He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been received, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
When some from the crowd heard these words, they said, "This really is the Prophet!"
Others said, "This is the Messiah!" But some said, "Surely the Messiah doesn't come from Galilee, does He?
Doesn't the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from David's offspring and from the town of Bethlehem, where David once lived?"
So a division occurred among the crowd because of Him.
Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Then the temple police came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why haven't you brought Him?"
The police answered, "No man ever spoke like this!"
Then the Pharisees responded to them: "Are you fooled too?
Have any of the rulers believed in Him? Or any of the Pharisees?
But this crowd, which doesn't know the law, is accursed!"
Nicodemus-the one who came to Him previously, being one of them-said to them,
"Our law doesn't judge a man before it hears from him and knows what he's doing, does it?"
"You aren't from Galilee too, are you?" they replied. "Investigate and you will see that no prophet arises from Galilee." [
So each one went to his house.
At dawn He went to the temple complex again, and all the people were coming to Him. He sat down and began to teach them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, making her stand in the center.
"Teacher," they said to Him, "this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery.
In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say?"
They asked this to trap Him, in order that they might have evidence to accuse Him. Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger.
When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, "The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her."
Then He stooped down again and continued writing on the ground.
When they heard this, they left one by one, starting with the older men. Only He was left, with the woman in the center.
When Jesus stood up, He said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
"No one, Lord," she answered. "Neither do I condemn you," said Jesus. "Go, and from now on do not sin any more." ]
Then Jesus spoke to them again: "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life."
So the Pharisees said to Him, "You are testifying about Yourself. Your testimony is not valid."
"Even if I testify about Myself," Jesus replied, "My testimony is valid, because I know where I came from and where I'm going. But you don't know where I come from or where I'm going.
You judge by human standards. I judge no one.
And if I do judge, My judgment is true, because I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me [judge together].
Even in your law it is written that the witness of two men is valid.
I am the One who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me."
Then they asked Him, "Where is Your Father?" "You know neither Me nor My Father," Jesus answered. "If you knew Me, you would also know My Father."
He spoke these words by the treasury, while teaching in the temple complex. But no one seized Him, because His hour had not come.
Then He said to them again, "I'm going away; you will look for Me, and you will die in your sin. Where I'm going, you cannot come."
So the Jews said again, "He won't kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I'm going, you cannot come' ?"
"You are from below," He told them, "I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am [He], you will die in your sins."
"Who are You?" they questioned. "Precisely what I've been telling you from the very beginning," Jesus told them.
"I have many things to say and to judge about you, but the One who sent Me is true, and what I have heard from Him-these things I tell the world."
They did not know He was speaking to them about the Father.
So Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [He], and that I do nothing on My own. But just as the Father taught Me, I say these things.
The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him."
As He was saying these things, many believed in Him.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
"We are descendants of Abraham," they answered Him, "and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say, 'You will become free'?"
Jesus responded, "I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever.
Therefore if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.
I know you are descendants of Abraham, but you are trying to kill Me because My word is not welcome among you.
I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father, and therefore you do what you have heard from your father."
"Our father is Abraham!" they replied. "If you were Abraham's children," Jesus told them, "you would do what Abraham did.
But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this!
You're doing what your father does." "We weren't born of sexual immorality," they said. "We have one Father-God."
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn't come on My own, but He sent Me.
Why don't you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to My word.
You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars.
Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth, why don't you believe Me?
The one who is from God listens to God's words. This is why you don't listen, because you are not from God."
The Jews responded to Him, "Aren't we right in saying that You're a Samaritan and have a demon?"
"I do not have a demon," Jesus answered. "On the contrary, I honor My Father and you dishonor Me.
I do not seek My glory; the One who seeks it also judges.
I assure you: If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death-ever!"
Then the Jews said, "Now we know You have a demon. Abraham died and so did the prophets. You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste death-ever!'
Are You greater than our father Abraham who died? Even the prophets died. Who do You pretend to be?"
"If I glorify Myself," Jesus answered, "My glory is nothing. My Father-you say about Him, 'He is our God'-He is the One who glorifies Me.
You've never known Him, but I know Him. If I were to say I don't know Him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him, and I keep His word.
Your father Abraham was overjoyed that he would see My day; he saw it and rejoiced."
The Jews replied, "You aren't 50 years old yet, and You've seen Abraham?"
Jesus said to them, "I assure you: Before Abraham was, I am."
At that, they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus was hidden and went out of the temple complex.