The Jews from Jerusalem who were at the Feast of the Tabernacles kept looking for Jesus. They asked:
Where is he?
There was a lot of murmuring and rumors among the multitudes about Jesus.
He is a good man.
No, he leads the people astray.
But no one spoke openly about Jesus for fear of the Jews of Jerusalem.
During the middle of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught. The Jews from Jerusalem were amazed:
How is this man so learned and wise since he has had no formal education?
Jesus told them:
The teaching is not mine, it comes from the one who sent me.
The person who speaks for himself is looking for his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him, is a man of truth and no unrighteousness is in him.
Didn’t Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keep the law? Why do you want to kill me?
The multitude answered:
You have a demon. Who is trying to kill you?
I did one work and you all marvel because of it. Moses gave you circumcision, and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.
If a man is circumcised on the Sabbath so the law of Moses is not broken, then why are you infuriated with me for making a man completely whole on the Sabbath?
Stop judging things by their appearance, but judge by what is right.
Some of the people in Jerusalem said:
Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? Look, he speaks openly and they don’t say anything to him. Could it be that the rulers know that he is the Christ?
How is it that we know where this man comes from? But when the Christ comes, no one will know where he came from.
Jesus, in the temple, said:
You know me and you know where I came from. I have not come of myself but the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him; because I am from him, and he sent me.
They tried to capture Jesus, but no one could lay a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.
Many in the multitude believed in Jesus, and they said:
When the Christ comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?
The Pharisees heard what the crowds were saying about Jesus, and they sent the officers to capture him.
Jesus knew that his time was short and said:
I am only going to be with you a little while longer, and then I will go to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me. Where I am going you cannot come.
The Jews from Jerusalem said to themselves:
Where will this man go that we cannot find him? Will he go to the be with the Jews who live among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?
What does he mean when he says, You will look for me but you will not find me; and where I am going you cannot come.
Now on the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying:
If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. The person who believes in me, as the Scriptures say, from within him will flow rivers of living water.
Jesus spoke these things of the Holy Spirit, which those who believe in him were going to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Some of the multitude, when they heard Jesus, said:
This is truly a prophet.
This is the Christ.
But some said:
What, does the Christ come from Galilee? Doesn’t the Scripture say that the Christ is going to come from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?
So there was a division among the people because of Jesus.
Some wanted to arrest him; but no man laid a finger on him.
When the officers sent to arrest Jesus returned empty handed, the chief priests and the Pharisees asked them why.
The officers said:
We have never heard a man speak like this man.
The Pharisees answered them and said:
Have you also been led astray? Have any of the rulers believed in him?
Have any of the Pharisees believed in him? The crowd is ignorant of the law and under a curse.
Nicodemus (the ruler who came to Jesus by night) said to them:
Does our law judge a man before it hears the case and learns the facts?
They answered Nicodemus:
Are you also from Galilee? Search the Scriptures and you will find that no prophet arises out of Galilee.