The purpose of the Gospel of John is recorded in Chapter 20 and verse 31, "But these things [signs or miracles] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name" (NKJV).
Today, join with me in reading Chapter 7 with hundreds of others all across the United States and around the world in more than 22 countries:
7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for He would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill Him.
2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.
3 His brethren therefore said unto Him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that Thy disciples also may see the works that Thou doest.
4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and He himself seeketh to be known openly. If Thou do these things, shew Thyself to the world.
5 For neither did His brethren believe in Him.
6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
7 The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for My time is not yet full come.
9 When He had said these words unto them, He abode still in Galilee.
10 But when His brethren were gone up, then went He also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, Where is He?
12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but He deceiveth the people.
13 Howbeit no man spake openly of Him for fear of the Jews.
14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this Man letters, having never learned?
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent Me.
17 If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but He that seeketh His glory that sent Him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill Me?
20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill Thee?
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.
22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at Me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
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.
[Editor's comment: Notice in verse 51 that Nicodemus stood up for Jesus and defended Him. That took moral courage. Do you have that kind of moral courage to stand up for Jesus when all manner of men, professors in colleges/seminars are telling students that Jesus did not perform miracles, and deny His resurrection, the central truth--the key of the Gospel?
I stood up to witness to Jesus at Perkins School of Theology in the summer of 1971 when I was a resident student at Southern Methodist University. Dr. James Farmer told our class he did not believe in any of the so-called miracles in the Bible that were in his opinion nothing more than myths. He had bought into Rudolf Karl Bultman's mythology. Bultman was a German Lutheran theologian and professor of New Testament at the University of Marburg. He was one of the major figures of early 20th century Biblical studies and a prominent voice in liberal Christianity. I had studied about him and his mythology at Asbury Theological Seminary as a false teacher.
I challenged Dr. Farmer's teaching and told him and the class that I believe the Bible and the record of the miracles of Jesus. I asserted that I believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus and that we who are Christians who die in faith and are buried will rise again. I stated that my Biblical theology was set, and that neither he nor anyone else could change my belief. I went on to say that all the students in this class are ministerial students and one day will be pastors or teachers in the United Methodist Church. I was on a roll, and I told him and the class if I were the president of Southern Methodist University that I would fire you today.
I thought he would kick me out of the class and flunk me. I didn't care. I stood up for Jesus. He did not dismiss me from his class, but assigned me a lot of work. He wanted to know where I went to seminary and who taught me Greek. I told him Asbury Theological Seminary and that Dr. Harold Greenlee was my Greek professor. He listened up when I told him that. He assigned me more work than he did any other student, but it was good for me because I had to spend many hours studying the Book of Deuteronomy. This Old Testament Book is one that Jesus from which Jesus often quoted and used in His wilderness temptations.
I earned an A for his class in the Study of the Gospel of Matthew.]