Jesus Goes to the Festival of Tabernacles
7Â After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2Â But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3Â Jesusâ€™ brothers said to him, â€œLeave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4Â No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.â€ 5Â For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
6Â Therefore Jesus told them, â€œMy time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7Â The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8Â You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.â€9Â After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.
10Â However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.11Â Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, â€œWhere is he?â€
12Â Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, â€œHe is a good man.â€
Others replied, â€œNo, he deceives the people.â€ 13Â But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.
Jesus Teaches at the Festival
14Â Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15Â The Jews there were amazed and asked, â€œHow did this man get such learning without having been taught?â€
16Â Jesus answered, â€œMy teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.17Â Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.18Â Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19Â Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?â€
20Â â€œYou are demon-possessed,â€ the crowd answered. â€œWho is trying to kill you?â€
21Â Jesus said to them, â€œI did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22Â Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23Â Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a manâ€™s whole body on the Sabbath? 24Â Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.â€
Division Over Who Jesus Is
25Â At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, â€œIsnâ€™t this the man they are trying to kill? 26Â Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27Â But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.â€