John 7:41 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:41, NIV: "Others said, 'He is the Messiah.' Still others asked, 'How can the Messiah come from Galilee?"

John 7:41, ESV: "Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?"

John 7:41, KJV: "Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?"

John 7:41, NASB: "Others were saying, 'This is the Christ.' But others were saying, 'Surely the Christ is not coming from Galilee, is He?"

John 7:41, NLT: "Others said, 'He is the Messiah.' Still others said, 'But he can't be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?"

John 7:41, CSB: "Others said, "This is the Messiah." But some said, "Surely the Messiah doesn't come from Galilee, does he?"

What does John 7:41 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus' preaching is causing division and bickering among the people. Some of the crowd have seen Jesus' miracles heard His words, and concluded that He speaks the truth (John 7:31). Some think this makes Jesus the prophet predicted by Moses (John 7:40), others that this means Jesus is "the Christ," the Savior promised by God.

Others, however, do not believe that Jesus is from God. Among these are His own brothers (John 7:5), as well as the religious leaders of Jerusalem (John 7:1; 7:48), and a large number of people present in Jerusalem. One of the key arguments being raised against Jesus involves His family history. For His brothers, it's possible that they fell into the common expression "familiarity breeds contempt," meaning their daily contact with Jesus made it hard for them to see Him with objective eyes. For others, Jewish tradition seemed to suggest that the Messiah would be total anonymous (John 7:27)—those who know Jesus, but not the Scriptures, think this disqualifies Him.

Others, it seems, have a better understanding of what Scripture says about Messiah, but not a good grasp of where Jesus is from. Here, and in verse 42, the people point out that Messiah is supposed to come from Bethlehem. In their minds, Jesus is "from" Nazareth. However, as it turns out, Jesus was actually born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:15–17), making Him the fulfillment of that prophecy (Micah 5:2).