(105) Is Jesus the Messiah?
Then some of the people of Jerusalem said, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? But look! He is speaking boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Have the rulers concluded that this is indeed the promised Christ?”
“But we know where this man is from,” others said. “When Christ comes, no one will know where He comes from.”
Then Jesus, as He taught in the temple, cried out, “You both know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but He who sent me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent me.”
Then they tried to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. But many in the crowd believed in Him, and said, “When Christ comes, will He do more miracles than this man?”
The Pharisees had heard the people muttering such things concerning Him, so they and the chief priests sent officers to arrest Him. But Jesus said to them, “I am to be with you only a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent me. You shall seek me, but not find me; for where I am, you cannot come.”
Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where is He going that we won’t be able to find Him? Will He go to the Dispersion among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What does He mean when He says: You shall seek me, but not find me; for where I am, you cannot come?”
On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said: Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” (But He was speaking of the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit had not been given yet, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)
When the people heard this, many of them said, “Truly this is the Prophet.”
Others said, “This is the Christ.”
But some said, “Will Christ come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”
So there was a division among the people because of Jesus. Some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid a hand on Him. Then the officers went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring Him?”
“No one has ever spoke like this man,” the officers said.
“Are you also deceived?” the Pharisees replied. “Have any of the rulers or Pharisees believed in Him? But these people do not know the law and are cursed.”
Now Nicodemus (the one who came to Jesus in the night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?”
To this, they replied, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look at the Scriptures; for no prophet will arise from Galilee.”
And everyone went to his own house.
(105) Is Jesus the Messiah?
John 7:25-53, KJV
25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. 28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me. 30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? 32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. 33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. 35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come? 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. 41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. 45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? 46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. 47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. 50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? 52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 53 And every man went unto his own house.
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