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Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am that Messiah.”
Later, Jesus taught the people, saying, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and follow Me. For what does it benefit a person if he gains the wealth of the whole world and loses his own soul?
Watch out! Beware of greed: for a person’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he owns, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting, and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing so many miracles. If we let Him continue, everyone will believe on Him: and then the Romans revoke our right to control the people.”
Meanwhile, Jesus taught with great authority. He went into the temple and threw out the merchants who were inside, buying and selling. He said to them, “It is written in the Scriptures, My house is the house of prayer: but you have made it a den of thieves.”
And He taught saying, “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who believes on the Son may have everlasting life, and I will raise up from the grave those who believe. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that did not believe, and who would betray Him.
So there was a split among the people because of Him. Among the chief rulers, many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess their belief since they were afraid they might be expelled from their religious meeting places. They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.