John 7:28-53 The Message Bible

28  That provoked Jesus, who was teaching in the Temple, to cry out, "Yes, you think you know me and where I'm from, but that's not where I'm from. I didn't set myself up in business. My true origin is in the One who sent me, and you don't know him at all. 29  I come from him - that's how I know him. He sent me here." 30  They were looking for a way to arrest him, but not a hand was laid on him because it wasn't yet God's time. 31  Many from the crowd committed themselves in faith to him, saying, "Will the Messiah, when he comes, provide better or more convincing evidence than this?"

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32  The Pharisees, alarmed at this seditious undertow going through the crowd, teamed up with the high priests and sent their police to arrest him. 33  Jesus rebuffed them: "I am with you only a short time. Then I go on to the One who sent me. 34  You will look for me, but you won't find me. Where I am, you can't come." 35  The Jews put their heads together. "Where do you think he is going that we won't be able to find him? Do you think he is about to travel to the Greek world to teach the Jews? 36  What is he talking about, anyway: 'You will look for me, but you won't find me,' and 'Where I am, you can't come'?"

Rivers of Living Water

37  On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38  Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says." 39  (He said this in regard to the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were about to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.)

Division among the People

40  Those in the crowd who heard these words were saying, "This has to be the Prophet." 41  Others said, "He is the Messiah!" But others were saying, "The Messiah doesn't come from Galilee, does he? 42  Don't the Scriptures tell us that the Messiah comes from David's line and from Bethlehem, David's village?" 43  So there was a split in the crowd over him. 44  Some went so far as wanting to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him.

The Unbelief of Those in Authority

45  That's when the Temple police reported back to the high priests and Pharisees, who demanded, "Why didn't you bring him with you?" 46  The police answered, "Have you heard the way he talks? We've never heard anyone speak like this man." 47  The Pharisees said, "Are you carried away like the rest of the rabble? 48  You don't see any of the leaders believing in him, do you? Or any from the Pharisees? 49  It's only this crowd, ignorant of God's Law, that is taken in by him - and damned." 50  Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus earlier and was both a ruler and a Pharisee, spoke up. 51  "Does our Law decide about a man's guilt without first listening to him and finding out what he is doing?" 52  But they cut him off. "Are you also campaigning for the Galilean?

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53  Examine the evidence. See if any prophet ever comes from Galilee." Then they all went home.

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