Bible: John 6:22-71

6:22 The next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the lake 1  realized that only one small boat 2  had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 3  it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 But some boats from Tiberias 4  came to shore 5  near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 6  6:24 So when the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats 7  and came to Capernaum 8  looking for Jesus.

Jesus’ Discourse About the Bread of Life

6:25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, 9  they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here? 10  6:26 Jesus replied, 11 I tell you the solemn truth, 12  you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 13  6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 14  but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 15  which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 16 

6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds 17  God requires? 18  6:29 Jesus replied, 19 This is the deed 20  God requires 21  – to believe in the one whom he 22  sent.” 6:30 So they said to him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 6:31 Our ancestors 23  ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ 24 

6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 25  it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but my Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is the one who 26  comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 6:34 So they said to him, “Sir, 27  give us this bread all the time!

6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty. 28  6:36 But I told you 29  that you have seen me 30  and still do not believe. 6:37 Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away. 31  6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. 6:39 Now this is the will of the one who sent me – that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up 32  at the last day. 6:40 For this is the will of my Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up 33  at the last day.” 34 

6:41 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 35  began complaining about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” 6:42 and they said, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven? 6:43 Jesus replied, 36 Do not complain about me to one another. 37  6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, 38  and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ 39  Everyone who hears and learns from the Father 40  comes to me. 6:46 (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God – he 41  has seen the Father.) 42  6:47 I tell you the solemn truth, 43  the one who believes 44  has eternal life. 45  6:48 I am the bread of life. 46  6:49 Your ancestors 47  ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This 48  is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person 49  may eat from it and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread 50  that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

6:52 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 51  began to argue with one another, 52 How can this man 53  give us his flesh to eat? 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 54  unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 55  you have no life 56  in yourselves. 6:54 The one who eats 57  my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 58  6:55 For my flesh is true 59  food, and my blood is true 60  drink. 6:56 The one who eats 61  my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. 62  6:57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes 63  me will live because of me. 6:58 This 64  is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors 65  ate, but then later died. 66  The one who eats 67  this bread will live forever.”

Many Followers Depart

6:59 Jesus 68  said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue 69  in Capernaum. 70  6:60 Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, 71  said, “This is a difficult 72  saying! 73  Who can understand it? 74  6:61 When Jesus was aware 75  that his disciples were complaining 76  about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? 77  6:62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where he was before? 78  6:63 The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! 79  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 80  6:64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 81  6:65 So Jesus added, 82 Because of this I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” 83 

Peter’s Confession

6:66 After this many of his disciples quit following him 84  and did not accompany him 85  any longer. 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you? 86  6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 6:69 We 87  have come to believe and to know 88  that you are the Holy One of God! 89  6:70 Jesus replied, 90 Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil? 91  6:71 (Now he said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, 92  for Judas, 93  one of the twelve, was going to betray him.) 94 

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