Bible: John 7:17-39

7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 1  he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 2  7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 3  desires 4  to receive honor 5  for himself; the one who desires 6  the honor 7  of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 8  and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 9  the law! Why do you want 10  to kill me?

7:20 The crowd 11  answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 12  Who is trying to kill you? 13  7:21 Jesus replied, 14 I performed one miracle 15  and you are all amazed. 16  7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 17  (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 18  on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 19  is circumcised 20  on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 21  why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 22  on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 23  but judge with proper 24  judgment.”

Questions About Jesus’ Identity

7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 25  began to say, “Isn’t this the man 26  they are trying 27  to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 28  and they are saying nothing to him. 29  Do the rulers really know that this man 30  is the Christ? 31  7:27 But we know where this man 32  comes from. 33  Whenever the Christ 34  comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 35 

7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 36  cried out, 37 You both know me and know where I come from! 38  And I have not come on my own initiative, 39  but the one who sent me 40  is true. You do not know him, 41  7:29 but 42  I know him, because I have come from him 43  and he 44  sent me.”

7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 45  but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 46  had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 47  believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 48  comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he? 49 

7:32 The Pharisees 50  heard the crowd 51  murmuring these things about Jesus, 52  so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 53  to arrest him. 54  7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 55  and then 56  I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 57  but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”

7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 58  said to one another, “Where is he 59  going to go that we cannot find him? 60  He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 61  among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 62  7:36 What did he mean by saying, 63 You will look for me 64  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, 65  Jesus stood up and shouted out, 66 If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 67  Just as the scripture says,From within him 68  will flow rivers of living water.’ 69  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, 70  because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 71 

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