After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews1 there were waiting to take his life.22
But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles3 was near,
Jesus' brothers4 said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do.
No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world."
For even his own brothers did not believe in him.56
Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time6 for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me7 because I testify that what it does is evil.88You go to the Feast. I am not yeta going up to this Feast, because for me the right time9 has not yet come."9
Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.
However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him10 and asking, "Where is that man?"
Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others replied, "No, he deceives the people."1113
But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.12
Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach.1315
The Jews14 were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning15 without having studied?"1616
Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.1717If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out18 whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.18He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself,19 but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.19Has not Moses given you the law?20 Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?"2120
"You are demon-possessed,"22 the crowd answered. "Who is trying to kill you?"
Jesus said to them, "I did one miracle,23 and you are all astonished.22Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision24 (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs),25 you circumcise a child on the Sabbath.23Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath?24Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment."26
At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?2726
Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities28 really concluded that he is the Christb ?2927
But we know where this man is from;30 when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from."
Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts,31 cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from.32 I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true.33 You do not know him,29but I know him34 because I am from him and he sent me."3530
At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him,36 because his time had not yet come.3731
Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him.38 They said, "When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs39 than this man?"
The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time,40 and then I go to the one who sent me.4134You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."4235
The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered43 among the Greeks,44 and teach the Greeks?
What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"4537
On the last and greatest day of the Feast,46 Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.4738Whoever believes48 in me, asc the Scripture has said,49 streams of living water50 will flow from within him."5139
By this he meant the Spirit,52 whom those who believed in him were later to receive.53 Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.5440
On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet."5541
Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee?5642
Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's familyd57 and from Bethlehem,58 the town where David lived?"
Thus the people were divided59 because of Jesus.
Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.60
Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"
"No one ever spoke the way this man does,"61 the guards declared.
"You mean he has deceived you also?"62 the Pharisees retorted.
"Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?6349
No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law--there is a curse on them."
Nicodemus,64 who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked,
"Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?"
They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophete does not come out of Galilee."6553
Then each went to his own home.