On the last and most important day of the Festival of Booths, Jesus stood up in the temple (108). He proclaimed boldly, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me and drink. The inspired scriptures say that if you believe in me, streams of life-giving water will pour out from your heart & into the lives of other people.”
Jesus was speaking of God’s Spirit, which those who believed in Jesus would receive after he returned to heaven. But, at that time, the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet returned to heaven.
More people in the crowd began to say, “This man really is the promised prophet.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” But others said, “The Messiah won’t come from Galilee. The inspired scriptures say that the Messiah will be a descendant of King David & will be born in Bethlehem, the town where David lived.” So the opinion of the crowd about Jesus was divided. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
When the guards reported back, the Jewish religious leaders asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” The guards answered, “Nobody has ever talked the way this man does!”
“Did he fool you, too?” the Pharisees asked them. “Have you ever known one of the authorities or one Pharisee to believe in him? It makes no difference what that crowd thinks about him; those cursed people don’t know the law of Moses!”
But one of the Pharisees there was Nicodemus, the man who had previously met with Jesus under cover of night. He said to the others, “According to our law we can’t condemn a man before we have a hearing to find out what he has done.”
“Well,” the others answered sarcastically, “are you also from Galilee? Study the inspired scriptures and you will learn that no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”
(108) John 7:37-52