So they were seeking to take him, and no one laid a hand upon him, in that his hour had not yet come. In fact many from the crowd believed into him and were stating, “When the Christ comes, he will not do more signs than this man has done.” The Pharisees heard the crowd arguing these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent out officials in order to take him.
Because he has made this plain the “they”, the authorities, self-motivated as they are, are seeking “to take him” (repeated). But, in all this opposition, “many from the crowd believed into him” seeing the multiple signs he did.
So Jesus said, “Still a little I am with you, and I am going towards the one who appointed me. You will seek me and you will not find. And where I myself am, you are not able to come.”
His response to the whole of this mixed crowd is to teach that (1) he is on his way to “the one who appointed” him, (2) he will not be able then to be found, and (3) they are not in any event able to come to where he is. On the matter of “Pitching of Tents”, he knows where he is. It’s where they are not.
So the Jews said to themselves, “To where is this one about to depart, that we ourselves will not find him? He is not about to depart into the diaspora among the Greeks and teach the Greeks. What is this word that he said, ‘You will seek me and you will not find, and where I myself am, you are not able to come’?”
This group within the crowds only think about where he will “pitch his tent” on earth. Their earth-centered viewpoint precludes their understanding. Jesus is “departing" to his appointor. They “are not able to come” to where he is.
In fact in the last day of the festival—the great day—Jesus had stood and he cried out, stating, “If someone may thirst, come to me and drink! The one believing into me, just as the scripture said, ‘Out of his interior will flow rivers of living water.’” In fact he said this concerning the spirit, whom those who believed into him were about to receive. Because spirit was not yet, in that Jesus was not as yet glorified.