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The Disbelief Of Jesus' Brothers

NARRATOR.
After these things, Jesus remained in Galilee. He could not stay in Judaea because the Jews were out to kill him. As the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles drew near, his brothers said to him:
BROTHERS.
Why don't you leave this place and go into Judaea so that your disciples can see the works you're doing. Nobody does anything in secret if he's personally interested in being publicly recognized. If you're going to do these things, let the whole world see what you're doing.
NARRATOR.
For not even his brothers believed in him.
JESUS.
The season for me has not yet arrived and it is not the time. But your time and season are always at hand. The world can't hate you, but it does hate me, because I give the testimony about it, that the things that are done in it are evil. You go up to the festival; but as for me, the season when my time has fully ripened is still to come.
NARRATOR.
Having said this to them, his brothers left and went up to the festival while he stayed behind in Galilee. However, when they had departed for the festival, then he also went up to the festival but did so quite discretely, not drawing attention to himself. At the festival, the Jews were on the lookout for him.

John 7:1-11...

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The Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem

JEWS.
Where is he?
NARRATOR.
There was much murmuring among the people concerning him. Some said:
PEOPLE.
He's a good man...
NARRATOR.
Others said:
PEOPLE.
No, he's leading the people astray.
NARRATOR.
However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jews. Now when the feast was about half over, Jesus went up into the Temple and taught. The Jews were astonished and said:
JEWS.
How can this man read. He's never been taught?
JESUS.
My teaching is not mine, but comes from the one who sent me. If anyone is prepared to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it originates of God or whether I speak of myself. When a man speaks of himself, he is seeking his own glory (honor). But when he is working for the honor of the one who sent him, then he is sincere and no unrighteousness is in him. Didn't Moses give you the Law? And yet none of you keeps the Law? Why are you going around trying to kill me?
PEOPLE.
You have a demon, who's going around trying to kill you?
JESUS.
I've done one work and you all marvel. Moses ordered you to practice circumcision not because it was Moses', but originated with the patriarchs, and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath Day. If a man is circumcised on the Sabbath Day in order that the law of Moses shouldn't be broken, why are you angry at me, because I made a man whole and complete on the Sabbath Day? Don't judge according to appearances, but let your judgement be according to what's right.
NARRATOR.
Then some of the people in Jerusalem said:
PEOPLE.
Isn't this the man they want to kill? But look how boldly he speaks out and they don't say anything at all to him. Do the authorities know in fact that this is the very Christ? But we know this man and where he came from. However, when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.
NARRATOR.
Then as Jesus taught in the Temple he cried out:
JESUS.
Yes, you know me and yes, you know where I came from. Yet I haven't come of myself, but He that sent me, whom you don't know, is true. But I know Him, because I have come from Him and it was He who sent me.
NARRATOR.
They would have arrested him then; but, no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. And many of the people believed in [on] him.
PEOPLE.
When the Christ comes, will he give more signs than this man has done?
NARRATOR.
The Pharisees heard what the people were saying about him. So they and the chief priests sent the Temple police to arrest him. Jesus said to them:
JESUS.
I'm only going to be with you for a little while longer, then I will go back to the one who sent me. You will look for me and will not be able to find me. Where I am, there you cannot come.
NARRATOR.
Then the Jews spoke among themselves:
JEWS.
Where's he going to go that we won't be able to find him? Is he going to go to the people who are dispersed among the Greeks? What did he mean by saying, 'You will look for me and will not find me. Where I am, you cannot come!'
NARRATOR.
On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out:
JESUS.
If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, let him drink. For as the scripture says; 'Out of his breast shall flow rivers of living water.'
NARRATOR.
He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive. At the time this occurred, the Holy Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Many of the people who had heard this said:
PEOPLE.
For a certainty, this is the Prophet... This is the Christ... Will the Christ be from Galilee?... Doesn't the scripture say that the Christ would be a descendant of David and come from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
NARRATOR.
So there was a division among the people because of him. Some of them would have liked to have him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him. When the Temple police went back to the Chief Priests and Pharisees they were questioned by them:
PHARISEES/PRIESTS.
Haven't you brought him?
POLICE.
There's never been a man who spoke like him!
PHARISEES.
Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or any of the Pharisees believed in him? These people don't know anything about the law, they're damned!
NARRATOR.
One of them, Nicodemus, who had previously gone to Jesus by night, said to them:
NICODEMUS.
Does our law judge a man before it hears him and finds out what he is doing?
PHARISEES.
Are you from Galilee also? Look in the matter and see for yourself, there are no prophets to come out of Galilee.
NARRATOR.
And every man went back to his home.

John 7:...11-53

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The Woman Accused of Adultery

NARRATOR.
Jesus, went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning, he went into the Temple again and all the people came up to him. He sat down and taught them. The Scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman to him who had been caught committing adultery. They had her put right in the middle of the group he was speaking to and said to him:
SCRIBES/PHARISEES.
Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us that a person like this should be stoned. But what do you say?
NARRATOR.
They asked him this in order to put him to a test, looking for something they could use against him. Jesus bent down and started writing with his finger on the ground. When they persisted in questioning him, he looked up and said to them:
JESUS.
The one among you who is without sin, let him throw the first stone at her.
NARRATOR.
He again bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard what he had said and each one being convicted by his own conscience went out, one by one, beginning with the eldest and leaving until there was no one left except Jesus and the woman who was standing in their midst. When Jesus looked up and saw no one but the woman, he said to her:
JESUS.
Woman, where are the ones who are accusing you? Has no one condemned you.
WOMAN.
No one, Lord.
JESUS.
Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.
NARRATOR.
Jesus then spoke again to the people around him:
JESUS.
I am the Light of the World, anyone who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

John 8:1-12

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The Testimony of Jesus

NARRATOR.
The Pharisees upon hearing this said:
PHARISEES.
You're testifying on your own behalf, your testimony is not valid!
JESUS. [to the Pharisees]
It is true that I testify on my own behalf, nevertheless my testimony is still valid. For I know where I came from and where I am going. But you don't know where I've come from or where I'm going. You judge by human standards, I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgement is true, because I am not alone, the Father who sent me is with me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I am the one that gives testimony of myself and the Father, who sent me, is my witness also.
PHARISEES.
Where is your father?
JESUS.
You don't know me, nor do you know my Father. If you had known me, you would have know my Father also.
NARRATOR.
Jesus spoke these words in the Treasury while he was teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him, because his time had not yet come.

John 8:13-20

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The Unbelieving Jews are Warned

NARRATOR.
Jesus again said to them:
JESUS.
I am going away, and you will look for me and you will die in your sins. Where I am going, you cannot come.
JEWS.
Is he going to kill himself, is that why he said; "Where I'm going you cannot come?"
JESUS.
You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. That is why I said to you, "you will die in your sins." Because if you don't believe that I am he, you will die in your sins!
JEWS.
Who are you?
JESUS.
Even the same that I told you from the beginning. I have many things to say and condemn about you, but the One who sent me is truthful and I speak to the world those things that I have heard from Him.
NARRATOR.
They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father.
JESUS.
When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing of myself, but as the Father has taught me, I speak these things. The One who sent me is with me. The Father hasn't left me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.
NARRATOR.
As he spoke these words, many believed in him.

John 8:21-30

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The Children Of Abraham

NARRATOR.
Jesus then said to the Jews who believed in him:
JESUS.
If you make your home in my word, then you are indeed my disciples. You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
JEWS.
We are descendants of Abraham and were never slaves of anyone, what do you mean, 'you will be made free?'
JESUS.
I tell you most solemnly, everyone who commits a sin is a slave of sin. Now a slave is not guaranteed a place in the house forever, but the son's place is always there. So if the son would grant you your freedom, you would indeed be free. I know you are descendants of Abraham, but in spite of that, you want to kill me because my word does not have a place in you. I speak about the things I have seen with my Father and you do the things you have seen with your father.
JEWS.
Abraham is our father.
JESUS.
If you were Abraham's children, you would do the things Abraham did. But now, you want to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, and this truth I have heard from God. Abraham didn't do this, you do the things your father has done.
JEWS.
We weren't born of fornication, we have one father, and that is God!
JESUS.
If God were your Father you would love me, because I proceeded from and came from God. Neither did I come because I wanted to, but He sent me. Why don't you understand what I'm saying, is it because you can't even hear my words...you are from your father the devil and the lusts of your father, you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and did not abide in the truth because there was no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, because he is a liar and the father of it and because I tell you the truth, you don't believe me. Which of you convict me of sin? If I speak the truth, why don't you believe me. The person who is of God, hear's God's words, you can't hear the words because you are not of God.
JEWS.
Are not we correct in saying that you are a Samaritan and possessed by a devil?
JESUS.
I am not possessed by a devil! No, I honor my Father and you dishonor me. I don't seek my own glory. There is someone who takes care of that and is the judge of it. I tell you most sincerely, whoever keeps my word will never see death.
JEWS.
Now we know you are possessed! Abraham and the prophets are dead and yet you say, 'If a man keeps my word, he will never taste death.' Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead...and the prophets, who are dead? Who are you claiming to be?
JESUS.
If I honor myself, my honor is nothing. It is my father who honors me, the one of whom you say, 'He is your God.' Yet, you have not known Him. But I know Him! And if I were to say, I don't know Him, I would be a liar just like yourselves. But I do know Him and faithfully keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad.
JEWS.
You aren't even fifty years old and you've seen Abraham?
JESUS.
I tell you most sincerely, before Abraham was, I am.
NARRATOR.
At this, they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and passed by them, going right through their midst and left the Temple.

John 8:31-59

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The Blind Man is Cured

NARRATOR.
As he went along, he saw a man who had been born blind from birth. His disciples asked him:
DISCIPLES.
Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?
JESUS.
Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. While it is still day, I must do the works that I was sent by Him to do. The night is coming when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
NARRATOR.
After he had spoken, he spat on the ground and made a paste with the spittle. He then smeared the clay on the eyes of the blind man and said: "Go and wash in the pool of Siloam" [a name which means - sent]. So the man went off and washed and away being able to see. His neighbors and people who had previously seen him and knew he was blind said:
PEOPLE.
Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?... Yes, it's the same man... No, it only looks like him.
BLIND MAN.
I am the one who was blind.
PEOPLE.
How then did you get your sight?
BLIND MAN.
A man named Jesus made clay, smeared it on my eyes and said; 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' I went, washed and I was given my sight!
PEOPLE.
Where is he?
BLIND MAN.
I don't know.
NARRATOR.
They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been on a Sabbath Day that Jesus made the paste and opened the man's eyes. The Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. BLIND MAN. He put a clay paste on my eyes, I washed and I can see.
PHARISEES.
This man can't be from God, he doesn't keep the Sabbath... How can a man who's a sinner produce signs like this?
NARRATOR.
And there was a division among them.
PHARISEES.
Since you were the one he gave sight to, what do you have to say?
BLIND MAN.
He is a prophet!
NARRATOR.
However, the Jews wouldn't believe that the man who now could see had been born blind until they verified that he had been born blind by directly questioning his parents. Calling his parents they asked:
JEWS.
Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? How is it that can see now?
PARENTS.
We know this is our son and that he was born blind. The reason he's able to see now, we don't know. He's old enough, ask him, he can speak for himself.
NARRATOR.
His parents spoke like this because they feared the Jews. Previously, the Jews agreed that anyone who would acknowledge that Jesus was the Christ would be expelled from the Synagogue. That's why the parents said, 'He's old enough, ask him.' Again, they called the man who had been blind and said to him:
JEWS.
Give God the praise, we know this man is a sinner.
BLIND MAN.
Whether he's a sinner or not, I don't know. I do know however that I was blind and now I can see.
JEWS.
What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?
BLIND MAN.
I've told you already, but you wouldn't listen. Why do you want to hear what happened again? Do you also want to become his disciples?
JEWS. [angrily]
You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. But as for this man, we don't know where he comes from.
BLIND MAN.
This is a wonderful [marvelous] thing that's happened, he opened my eyes and you don't know where he comes from? We know that God doesn't listen to sinners. But anyone who worships God and does His will, this person he will listen to. Since the beginning of the world, it has never been heard of that a man opened the eyes of someone who had been born blind. If this man wasn't from God, he could not do anything.
JEWS.
You were completely born in sins and you're teaching us.
NARRATOR.
The Jews drove the blind man out. When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, he went and found the man and said:
JESUS.
Do you believe in the Son of Man?
BLIND MAN.
Who is he Lord, so that I might believe in him?
JESUS.
You are looking at him and it is he who's speaking to you.
BLIND MAN.
Lord, I believe.
NARRATOR.
And he worshipped him.
JESUS.
It is for judgement that I've come into the world, so that those who cannot see, might see and those with sight, might be made blind.
NARRATOR.
Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words and said to Jesus:
PHARISEES.
Are we also blind?
JESUS.
If you were blind, you would have no sin, but because you say, 'we see', your sin remains.

John 9:1-41

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The Good Shepherd

JESUS.
I tell you most sincerely, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but climbs up some other way is a thief and a robber. The one who enters the sheepfold by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. To him, the gatekeeper opens the gate. The sheep hear the shepherd's voice and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out his own sheep, he goes ahead of them and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They won't follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they don't recognize the stranger's voice.
NARRATOR.
Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they did not understand the meaning of the things he was speaking to them about. So Jesus spoke to them again and said:
JESUS.
I tell you most sincerely, I am the gate of the sheepfold. All others who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep do not hear them. I am the gate, anyone who enters in through me will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, to kill and destroy. I have come in order that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd and the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. But the hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep don't belong to him, when he sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep and runs away. The wolf catches them and scatters the sheep. The hired man runs away because he is a hired man and doesn't care for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep know me. Just as the Father knows me, even so, I know the Father and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep which are not of this fold, these also I must lead. They will hear my voice and there will be one fold, one shepherd. That is why my Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order that I might take it up again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down and I have the power to take it up again. This directive I have been given by my Father.
NARRATOR.
Again, there arouse a division among the Jews on account of the things he had said. Many of them said:
JEWS.
He's possessed with a demon and is mad, why do you listen to him?...These aren't the words of a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

John 10:1-21

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The Feast of Dedication

NARRATOR.
It was now winter and the Feast of Dedication, Jesus was at the Temple in Jerusalem. As he was walking in the Portico of Solomon, the Jews gathered around him and questioned him:
JEWS.
How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you're the Christ, tell us straight out [plainly]!
JESUS.
I have told you, but you didn't believe me. The works I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But you don't believe, because you are not of my sheep. I know my sheep, they hear my voice and follow me. I give them everlasting life and they will never perish, neither will anyone pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than anyone, and no one is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. The Father and I are one.
NARRATOR.
At this, the Jews again picked up stones to stone him.
JESUS.
I have shown you many good works from my Father, for which of those works are you stoning me?
JEWS.
We aren't stoning you for a good work, but for blasphemy. You're only a man and yet, you claim to be God!
JESUS.
Isn't it written in your law, 'I said, you are gods.' If He called the ones to whom the Word of God came, 'gods', then the scripture cannot be broken. Yet you say to him, the one whom the Father has sanctified [consecrated] and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming', and this because I said, 'I am the Son of God.' If I don't do the works of my Father, don't believe me. But if I do, even though you don't believe me; believe in the works; in order that you may know and believe that the Father is in me and I am in Him.
NARRATOR.
At that, they again sought to arrest him, but he escaped out of their hands. Jesus left Jerusalem and again went to the far side of the Jordan, where John had first baptized and he stayed there. And many people came to him and said:
PEOPLE.
John didn't perform any miracles, but all the things John told us about this man were true.
NARRATOR.
Many believed on him there.

John 10:22-42

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