Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem said, "Isn't this the man they want to kill? 26
But look at this! He's speaking in public, and no one is saying anything to him! Can it be that the rulers really know that this man is the Messiah? 27
However, we know where this man comes from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from." 28
Then, while Jesus was teaching in the temple courtyard, he said loudly, "You know me, and you know where I come from. I didn't decide to come on my own. The one who sent me is true. He's the one you don't know. 29
I know him because I am from him and he sent me." 30
The Jews tried to arrest him but couldn't because his time had not yet come. 31
However, many people in the crowd believed in him. They asked, "When the Messiah comes, will he perform more miracles than this man has?"
32The Pharisees heard the crowd saying things like this about him. So the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest Jesus. 33Jesus said, "I will still be with you for a little while. Then I'll go to the one who sent me. 34You will look for me, but you won't find me. You can't go where I'm going." 35The Jews said among themselves, "Where does this man intend to go so that we won't find him? Does he mean that he'll live with the Jews who are scattered among the Greeks and that he'll teach the Greeks? 36What does he mean when he says, 'You will look for me, but you won't find me,' and 'You can't go where I'm going'?"
37On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus was standing [in the temple courtyard]. He said loudly, "Whoever is thirsty must come to me to drink. 38As Scripture says, 'Streams of living water will flow from deep within the person who believes in me.'" 39Jesus said this about the Spirit, whom his believers would receive. The Spirit was not yet evident, as it would be after Jesus had been glorified.
40After some of the crowd heard Jesus say these words, they said, "This man is certainly the prophet." 41Other people said, "This man is the Messiah." Still other people asked, "How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42Doesn't Scripture say that the Messiah will come from the descendants of David and from the village of Bethlehem, where David lived?" 43So the people were divided because of Jesus. 44Some of them wanted to arrest him, but they couldn't.
45When the temple guards returned, the chief priests and Pharisees asked them, "Why didn't you bring Jesus?" 46The temple guards answered, "No human has ever spoken like this man." 47The Pharisees asked the temple guards, "Have you been deceived too? 48Has any ruler or any Pharisee believed in him? 49This crowd is cursed because it doesn't know Moses' Teachings." 50One of those Pharisees was Nicodemus, who had previously visited Jesus. Nicodemus asked them, 51"Do Moses' Teachings enable us to judge a person without first hearing that person's side of the story? We can't judge a person without finding out what that person has done." 52They asked Nicodemus, "Are you saying this because you're from Galilee? Study [the Scriptures], and you'll see that no prophet comes from Galilee." 53Then each of them went home.