Bible: John 7:14-52

Teaching in the Temple

7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 1  and began to teach. 2  7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 3  were astonished 4  and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction? 5  7:16 So Jesus replied, 6 My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 7  7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 8  he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 9  7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 10  desires 11  to receive honor 12  for himself; the one who desires 13  the honor 14  of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 15  and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 16  the law! Why do you want 17  to kill me?

7:20 The crowd 18  answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 19  Who is trying to kill you? 20  7:21 Jesus replied, 21 I performed one miracle 22  and you are all amazed. 23  7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 24  (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 25  on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 26  is circumcised 27  on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 28  why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 29  on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 30  but judge with proper 31  judgment.”

Questions About Jesus’ Identity

7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 32  began to say, “Isn’t this the man 33  they are trying 34  to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 35  and they are saying nothing to him. 36  Do the rulers really know that this man 37  is the Christ? 38  7:27 But we know where this man 39  comes from. 40  Whenever the Christ 41  comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 42 

7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 43  cried out, 44 You both know me and know where I come from! 45  And I have not come on my own initiative, 46  but the one who sent me 47  is true. You do not know him, 48  7:29 but 49  I know him, because I have come from him 50  and he 51  sent me.”

7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 52  but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 53  had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 54  believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 55  comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he? 56 

7:32 The Pharisees 57  heard the crowd 58  murmuring these things about Jesus, 59  so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 60  to arrest him. 61  7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 62  and then 63  I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 64  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”

7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 65  said to one another, “Where is he 66  going to go that we cannot find him? 67  He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 68  among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 69  7:36 What did he mean by saying, 70 You will look for me 71  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come?

Teaching About the Spirit

7:37 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, 72  Jesus stood up and shouted out, 73 If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 74  Just as the scripture says,From within him 75  will flow rivers of living water.’ 76  7:39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, 77  because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 78 

Differing Opinions About Jesus

7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 79  began to say, “This really 80  is the Prophet! 81  7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 82  But still others said, “No, 83  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 84  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 85  of David 86  and comes from Bethlehem, 87  the village where David lived? 88  7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 89  because of Jesus. 90  7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 91 

Lack of Belief

7:45 Then the officers 92  returned 93  to the chief priests and Pharisees, 94  who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you? 95  7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man! 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 96 You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 97  7:48 None of the rulers 98  or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 99  7:49 But this rabble 100  who do not know the law are accursed!

7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 101  before and who was one of the rulers, 102  said, 103  7:51 Our law doesn’t condemn 104  a man unless it first hears from him and learns 105  what he is doing, does it? 106  7:52 They replied, 107 You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 108  Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 109  comes from Galilee!

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