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耶稣的弟弟不信祂

1之后,耶稣周游加利利,不愿去犹太地区,因为犹太人想要杀祂。 犹太人的住棚节快到了, 耶稣的弟弟们对祂说:“离开这里,去犹太过节吧,好让你的门徒在那里也看见你所做的啊! 因为人想出名,都不会暗地里行事,你既然可以做这些事,就把自己显给世人看吧!” 原来连祂的弟弟们也不信祂。

耶稣对他们说:“我的时候还没有到,你们什么时候都很方便。 世人不会恨你们,只会恨我,因为我指证他们行为邪恶。 你们先去过节吧,我现在还不上去,因为我的时候还没有到。” 耶稣说完这些话,仍留在加利利。

耶稣过住棚节

10 他们走了以后,耶稣避开了人们的注意,暗地里上去过节。 11 节期到了,犹太人到处查问:“耶稣在哪里?”

12 众人对祂议论纷纷,有些人说:“祂是好人,”有些说:“不,祂欺骗民众。” 13 不过,没有人敢公开议论祂的事,因为害怕犹太人。

14 节期约过了一半,耶稣来到圣殿教导人。 15 犹太人感到惊奇,说:“这个人没有受过教育,怎么懂得这么多呢?”

16 耶稣说:“我的教导不是出于我自己,而是出于差我来的那位。 17 如果你们愿意遵行上帝的旨意,就能分辨这些教导是出于上帝,还是出于我自己。 18 凭自己讲论的人是要寻求自己的荣耀,但人子真实无伪,毫无不义,祂是为了使差祂来的那位得荣耀。 19 摩西不是把律法传给了你们吗?你们却没有一个人遵守。为什么想要杀我呢?”

20 众人回答说:“你一定是被鬼附身了!谁要杀你啊?”

21 耶稣说:“我行了一件神迹,你们都感到惊奇。 22 摩西把割礼传给你们,你们也在安息日行割礼。其实割礼不是摩西定的,而是从祖先们的时代就有了。 23 为了避免违背摩西的律法,行割礼的那一天就算是安息日,你们还是照行。那么,我在安息日使一个病人完全康复,你们为什么责怪我呢? 24 不要根据外表来断定是非,要按公义的原则判断。”

耶稣是基督吗

25 有些住在耶路撒冷的人说:“这不是他们要杀的那个人吗? 26 你看祂这样公开讲道,居然没有人说什么,难道官长也真的认为祂是基督吗? 27 可是基督来的时候,根本没有人知道祂从哪里来,我们却知道这个人是从哪里来的。”

28 于是,耶稣在圣殿里高声教导人说:“你们知道我是谁,也知道我是从哪里来的。其实我来不是出于自己的意思,差我来的那位是真实的,你们不认识祂。 29 但我认识祂,因为我是从祂那里来的,差我来的就是祂。” 30 他们听了,想捉拿耶稣,只是没有人下手,因为祂的时候还没有到。

31 人群中有许多人信了耶稣,他们说:“基督来的时候所行的神迹,难道会比这个人行得更多吗?”

32 法利赛人听见众人这样议论耶稣,就联合祭司长派差役去抓祂。 33 耶稣对众人说:“我暂时还会跟你们在一起,不久我要回到差我来的那位那里。 34 那时你们要找我却找不到,你们也不能去我所在的地方。”

35 犹太人彼此议论说:“祂要去哪里使我们找不着呢?难道祂要到我们犹太人侨居的希腊各地去教导希腊人吗? 36 祂说我们找不到祂,又不能去祂所在的地方,是什么意思?”

活水的江河

37 节期最后一天,也是整个节期的高潮,耶稣站起来高声说:“人若渴了,可以到我这里来喝。 38 正如圣经所言,信我的人,‘从他里面要流出活水的江河来’。” 39 耶稣这话是指信祂的人要得到圣灵,但当时圣灵还没有降临,因为耶稣还没有得到荣耀。

40 听见这些话后,有些人说:“祂真是那位先知。” 41 也有些人说:“祂是基督。”还有些人说:“不会吧,基督怎么会出自加利利呢? 42 圣经上不是说基督是大卫的后裔,要降生在大卫的故乡伯利恒吗?” 43 众人因为对耶稣的看法不同,就起了纷争。 44 有些人想抓祂,只是没有人下手。

犹太官长不信耶稣

45 祭司长和法利赛人看见差役空手回来,就问:“你们为什么不把祂带来呢?”

46 差役答道:“从未有人像祂那样说话!”

47 法利赛人说:“难道你们也被祂迷惑了吗? 48 哪有官长和法利赛人信祂呢? 49 这群不明白律法的民众该受咒诅!”

50 曾经夜访耶稣、属于他们当中一员的尼哥德慕说: 51 “难道不听被告申辩,不查明事实真相,我们的律法就定祂的罪吗?”

52 他们回答说:“难道你也是加利利人吗?你去查查看,就会知道没有先知是从加利利来的。”

The Message

John 7

11-2 Later Jesus was going about his business in Galilee. He didn’t want to travel in Judea because the Jews there were looking for a chance to kill him. It was near the time of Tabernacles, a feast observed annually by the Jews.

3-5 His brothers said, “Why don’t you leave here and go up to the Feast so your disciples can get a good look at the works you do? No one who intends to be publicly known does everything behind the scenes. If you’re serious about what you are doing, come out in the open and show the world.” His brothers were pushing him like this because they didn’t believe in him either.

6-8 Jesus came back at them, “Don’t crowd me. This isn’t my time. It’s your time—it’s always your time; you have nothing to lose. The world has nothing against you, but it’s up in arms against me. It’s against me because I expose the evil behind its pretensions. You go ahead, go up to the Feast. Don’t wait for me. I’m not ready. It’s not the right time for me.”

9-11 He said this and stayed on in Galilee. But later, after his family had gone up to the Feast, he also went. But he kept out of the way, careful not to draw attention to himself. The Jews were already out looking for him, asking around, “Where is that man?”

12-13 There was a lot of contentious talk about him circulating through the crowds. Some were saying, “He’s a good man.” But others said, “Not so. He’s selling snake oil.” This kind of talk went on in guarded whispers because of the intimidating Jewish leaders.

Could It Be the Messiah?

14-15 With the Feast already half over, Jesus showed up in the Temple, teaching. The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?”

16-19 Jesus said, “I didn’t make this up. What I teach comes from the One who sent me. Anyone who wants to do his will can test this teaching and know whether it’s from God or whether I’m making it up. A person making things up tries to make himself look good. But someone trying to honor the one who sent him sticks to the facts and doesn’t tamper with reality. It was Moses, wasn’t it, who gave you God’s Law? But none of you are living it. So why are you trying to kill me?”

20 The crowd said, “You’re crazy! Who’s trying to kill you? You’re demon-possessed.”

21-24 Jesus said, “I did one miraculous thing a few months ago, and you’re still standing around getting all upset, wondering what I’m up to. Moses prescribed circumcision—originally it came not from Moses but from his ancestors—and so you circumcise a man, dealing with one part of his body, even if it’s the Sabbath. You do this in order to preserve one item in the Law of Moses. So why are you upset with me because I made a man’s whole body well on the Sabbath? Don’t be nitpickers; use your head—and heart!—to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right.”

25-27 That’s when some of the people of Jerusalem said, “Isn’t this the one they were out to kill? And here he is out in the open, saying whatever he pleases, and no one is stopping him. Could it be that the rulers know that he is, in fact, the Messiah? And yet we know where this man came from. The Messiah is going to come out of nowhere. Nobody is going to know where he comes from.”

28-29 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. I come from him—that’s how I know him. He sent me here.”

30-31 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. 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?”

32-34 The Pharisees, alarmed at this seditious undertow going through the crowd, teamed up with the high priests and sent their police to arrest him. Jesus rebuffed them: “I am with you only a short time. Then I go on to the One who sent me. You will look for me, but you won’t find me. Where I am, you can’t come.”

35-36 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? 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’?”

37-39 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. 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.” (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.)

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

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.”

47-49 The Pharisees said, “Are you carried away like the rest of the rabble? You don’t see any of the leaders believing in him, do you? Or any from the Pharisees? It’s only this crowd, ignorant of God’s Law, that is taken in by him—and damned.”

50-51 Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus earlier and was both a ruler and a Pharisee, spoke up. “Does our Law decide about a man’s guilt without first listening to him and finding out what he is doing?”

52-53 But they cut him off. “Are you also campaigning for the Galilean? Examine the evidence. See if any prophet ever comes from Galilee.”

Then they all went home.