The Gospel According to John

Chapter 6


The Feeding of the Five Thousand
1 After this Jesus went over to the other side of the Lake of Galilee, that is, the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A great many people followed Him, for they had seen the wonderful cures that He had worked upon the ailing. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountain and sat down with His disciples. 4 The Passover, the great Jewish festival, was near.

5 Jesus looked around and, seeing the great crowd that was coming up toward Him, He remarked to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread to feed all these people?" 6 Jesus said this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do. 7 Philip answered him, "Forty or fifty dollars' worth of bread will not be enough to give each one even a bite."

8 One of the disciples - Andrew, Simon Peter's brother - said to Him, 9 "There is a lad here who has five barley leaves and two small fishes, but what is that among so many?" 10 Jesus thereupon said, "Have the people sit down." There was much grass at that place, so they sat down, about five thousand of them.

11 Then Jesus took the leaves and, having given thanks, gave them to the disciples, and they served those who were seated; and the fish was served in the same way, as much as they wished. 12 And after they had had enough, He said to His disciples, "Gather together the leftovers, so nothing will be wasted." 13 So they gathered the leftovers, and filled twelve hand-baskets with pieces of the five barley leaves, after all had eaten.

14 When the people saw the miracle that Jesus had done, they said, "Truly, this is the Prophet who was to come into the world."

Jesus Walks on the Sea
15 Since Jesus knew that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him King, He withdrew once more to the mountain, alone by Himself. 16 Meanwhile, toward evening, the disciples went down to the lake. 17 They got into their boat and were going to cross over to Capernaum. It was already dark, yet Jesus had not come back to them. 18 And the sea was getting rough, due to a strong wind blowing. 19 When they had rowed three or four miles they saw Jesus walking on the sea and, as He came near the boat, they got frightened. 20 But He called to them, "It is I. Don't be afraid." 21 Then they willingly took Him into the boat, and the boat went straight to the shore for which they were headed.

Jesus Rebukes the Crowd
22 The next morning the crowd which was still on the other shore of the lake learned that no other boat had been there except the one in which the disciples had embarked; also that Jesus had not gone into the boat along with His disciples, but that they had left by themselves. 23 There were, however, other boats that had landed near the spot where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So, when the people understood that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there any longer, they also got into boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

25 And when they found Him there on that side of the lake, they said to Him, "Master, when did You get here?" 26 Jesus answered them and said, "I tell you truly, you are looking for Me not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the bread and had your fill. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but rather for the food that lasts forever, which the Son of Man will give you, for the Father has set His seal on Him."

28 "What does it mean, to do the works of God?" they asked Him. 29 "This is God's work," Jesus answered them, "that you believe on Him whom He has sent." 30 They said to Him, "What sign can you show us, so that we can see it, and believe you? What is your wonder-work? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written,'He gave them bread to eat from out of heaven'" (Exodus 16:15).

Jesus, the Bread of Life
32 Then Jesus said to them, "I assure you, Moses did not himself give you the bread out of heaven, but My Father gives you the true Bread out of heaven. 33 For the Bread of God is that which comes out of heaven and gives life to the world." 34 "Sir," they said to Him, "give us this bread always."

35 Jesus said to them, "I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes on Me shall not thirst. 36 Now I have told you - though you have seen Me, yet you do not believe 37 Listen: All whom the Father has given Me shall come to Me, and he who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

39 "This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that I should not lose one of those whom He gave Me, but that I should raise them up again on the last day. 40 Yes, this is the will of the Father who sent Me, that every one who sees the Son and believes on Him shall have everlasting life, and I shall raise him up on the last day."

The Jewish Objectors
41 The Jews therefore grumbled at Him for having said, "I am the Bread that came down from heaven." 42 And they argued, "is not this fellow Jesus, Joseph's son, whose father and mother we know? What does he mean by saying,'I have come down from heaven'?"

The Bread of Life Discourse Continued
43 "Don't grumble among yourselves," said Jesus to them. 44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draws him, and then I will raise him to life on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, 'They shall be taught of God.' 46 No one has ever seen the Father except He who is from God. He has seen the Father. 47 I say to you most solemnly, he who believes on Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the Bread of Life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 But this is the Bread which comes out of heaven, of which one may eat and never die. 51 I am the Living Bread that came out of heaven. Whoever eats of this Bread shall live forever. The Bread that I will give you is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

52 At this, the Jews argued among themselves. They said, "How can he give us his flesh to eat?" 53 Jesus spoke to them, therefore, as follows, "Most solemnly I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and do not drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is truly a food, and My blood is truly a drink. 56 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood, he shall be in Me and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father has sent Me, and I live through Him, so also shall the one who feeds on Me live through Me. 58 This is the Bread that came down from heaven. It is unlike that which your fathers ate, and yet died. Whoever eats of this Bread shall live forever."

59 He spoke thus while teaching in a synagogue at Capernaum.

The Offended Disciples Leave
60 Many of His disciples who had listened to Him then said, "This teaching is gruesome. Who can stand to hear it?" 61 Conscious that the disciples were complaining about His teaching, Jesus said to them, "Did this offend you? 62 Then what would you say if you should see the Son of Man go up to where He was before? 63 What gives life is the Spirit; the flesh is of no help. The words I speak to you are spirit and life, 64 But there are some among you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that did not believe, and also who would betray Him. 65 He said, furthermore, "So that is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father enables him to do so."

66 From that time on, many of His disciples turned back and no longer associated with Him.

Peter's Confession of Faith
67 Then Jesus asked the Twelve, "Do you also want to leave Me?" 68 And Simon Peter spoke up, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of everlasting life. 69 We believe and know You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." 70 Then Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil." 71 Here He meant Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, for he, though one of the Twelve, was planning to betray Him.


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