John 2:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 2:23, NIV: "Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name."

John 2:23, ESV: "Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing."

John 2:23, KJV: "Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did."

John 2:23, NASB: "Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name as they observed His signs which He was doing."

John 2:23, NLT: "Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him."

John 2:23, CSB: "While he was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in his name when they saw the signs he was doing."

What does John 2:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus would come to Jerusalem at least three times a year, as required for all Jewish males living in the area (Deuteronomy 16:16). These festivals were Passover (Unleavened Bread), Pentecost (Weeks), and Tabernacles (Booths).

After His resurrection, the disciples recognized Jesus' prediction from verse 19. This was further proof of His message. In the same way, people in Jerusalem are beginning to see the evidence which points to Jesus as the Messiah. In the gospel of John, there are seven specific "signs," or miracles, used to demonstrate that Jesus is God.

Unfortunately, most would reject what they saw in Jesus. A person's "name" was symbolic of their authority and power, which is why we use signatures—our names—for certifying important documents. However, many of the people who "believed in His name," were only interested in the miracles, not the message, as verse 24 explains. There is a huge difference between knowing something is true, and putting trust in what you know. Many who followed Jesus at this point are interested in entertainment, but they aren't committed to His message.