After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not wanta to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders1 there were looking for a way to kill him.22
But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles3 was near,
Jesus' brothers4 said to him, "Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works 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, "My time6 is not yet here; for you any time will do.7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me7 because I testify that its works are evil.88You go to the festival. I am notb going up to this festival, because my time9 has not yet fully come."9
Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.
However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus10 and asking, "Where is he?"
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 leaders.12
Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach.1315
The Jews14 there were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning15 without having been taught?"1616
Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.1717Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out18 whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.18Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory,19 but he who seeks the glory 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 amazed.22Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision24 (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs),25 you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath.23Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man's whole body on the Sabbath?24Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly."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 Messiah?2927
But we know where this man is from;30 when the Messiah 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 authority, 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 hour had not yet come.3731
Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him.38 They said, "When the Messiah comes, will he perform more 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 festival,46 Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.4738Whoever believes48 in me, as Scripture has said,49 rivers of living water50 will flow from within them."c5139
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 Messiah." Still others asked, "How can the Messiah come from Galilee?5642
Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David's descendants57 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 the Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"
"No one ever spoke the way this man does,"61 the guards replied.
"You mean he has deceived you also?"62 the Pharisees retorted.
"Have 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 a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?"
They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."6553
Then they all went home,"