6:1After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (also called Tiberias).6:2Now a very large crowd followed him there, since they had seen the miracles he had performed on the disabled.6:3So he went up into the mountain and sat with his disciples.6:4This was just prior to the Passover festival of the Judeans.
6:5Then Jesus, looking up and seeing the huge crowd coming toward him says to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for them to eat?”6:6He said this to test him, since he already had in mind what he was going to do.
6:7“Eight month’s wages wouldn’t be enough to give each person a bite!” answered Philip.
6:8One of his disciples (Simon Peter’s brother Andrew) says to him,6:9“Here is someone with five barley loaves and two little fish, but what good are they for so many?”
6:10But Jesus said, “Have the people seat themselves for a meal.” There was plenty of grass in that area, so the people reclined. The number of men was about five thousand.6:11Then he took the bread, gave thanks, and distributed it to them. It was the same with the fish;6:12they got as much as they wanted. When everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces so that nothing is wasted.”6:13They did so and were able to stuff twelve wicker baskets with the leftover pieces of the five loaves.
6:14Seeing the miracle Jesus did, the people said, “Truly this is the Prophet, the Coming One!”6:15Then Jesus, knowing that they were about to come and seize him in order to make him king, withdrew into the mountain by himself.
6:16Now as evening approached, his disciples went down to the sea.6:17They boarded a ship and went across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already come but Jesus had not yet joined them,6:18and the sea was also churned up due to a strong wind.6:19When they had rowed about three miles,1 they see Jesus walking on the sea, approaching the ship, and they were terrified.6:20But Jesus tells them, “It’s me, don’t be afraid!”6:21They intended to take him on board, but suddenly they found themselves at their destination.
6:22The next day the crowd was standing on the other side of the sea. They knew that there had only been one other boat there, and Jesus did not leave with his disciples; they had gone off alone.6:23But boats from Tiberias arrived near the place where they had eaten the bread for which the Master had given thanks.6:24So, realizing that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and set off for Capernaum to look for Jesus.
6:25Finding him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
6:26Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, you didn’t come looking for me because of the miracles you saw, but because you filled yourselves with bread.6:27Don’t work for food that spoils, but food that endures into eternal life. This is what The Human will give you, the one certified by the Father.”
6:28Then they asked him, “What can we do, so that we are performing the work God wants from us?”
6:29Jesus answered, “This is what God wants you to do: to put your trust into the one he commissioned.”
6:30Then they said to him, “So then, what miracle will you do, so we can see it and believe you? What will you do?6:31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness just as it is written, ‘Out of the sky he gave them bread to eat.’ ”
6:32Jesus replied, “I tell you very truly, it wasn’t Moses who gave you bread from the sky, but my Father who has given you true bread from heaven.6:33For the Bread of God is the one descending from heaven and giving eternal life to the world.”
6:34So they said to him, “Sir, keep on giving us this bread!”
6:35But Jesus responded, “I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes toward me will in no way ever go hungry, and whoever puts their trust in me will never go thirsty.6:36But I told you that, yet you have watched me and don’t believe.
6:37“All that the Father gives me will reach me; I will absolutely not throw out any that come toward me.6:38The reason I came down from heaven was not to do my own will but that of the one who sent me.6:39And this is what he wants: that I would not lose one of them, but raise them up in the last day.6:40My Father’s will is that all who look to the Son and put their trust in him may have eternal life, and I will raise them up in the last day.”
6:41Then the Judeans grumbled about him because he said “I am the Bread of Life, the one coming down from heaven.”6:42So they said, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he say that he came down from heaven?”
6:43Jesus replied, “Stop grumbling among yourselves!6:44No one can come to me without being pulled by the Father who commissioned me, and I will raise them up in the last day.6:45It has been written by the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes toward me.6:46The Father has been seen by no one except the one from God.
6:47“I tell you very truly, that the one who believes has eternal life.6:48I am the Bread of Life.6:49Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness and died,6:50but anyone who eats this Bread from heaven will not die.6:51I am the living Bread from heaven; whoever eats this Bread will live forever. Now what I mean by ’bread‘ is my flesh, which I will give up so that the world may live.”
6:52Then the Judeans argued with each other and said, “How can he give us his flesh to eat?”
6:53So Jesus responded, “I tell you very truly that if you do not consume the flesh and blood of the Human, you have no life in yourselves.6:54The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that one up at the last day,6:55for my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.6:56The one who consumes my flesh and blood remains in me, and I remain in that one.
6:57“Just as the Father who commissioned me lives, I too live because of him. In the same way, the one consuming me will live because of me.6:58This is the Bread that came down from heaven; unlike our ancestors who ate and died, the one consuming this Bread will live forever.”
6:59He said these things while teaching in a meeting place in Capernaum.6:60But upon hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a harsh teaching! Who can listen to it?”
6:61Now Jesus, perceiving that his disciples were grumbling about this, asked them, “Is this tripping you up?6:62What if you were to watch the Human going up to where he was at first?6:63The Spirit is what gives life; the flesh is of no advantage. The things I have declared to you are spirit and life.6:64But there are some among you who do not believe.”
Now Jesus knew from the beginning who the unbelievers were, as well as who would betray him.6:65So he continued, “Therefore I have stated that no one could come to me without the Father granting it to them.”
6:66At this, many of his disciples turned away and no longer followed him.6:67So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Please tell me you don’t want to leave too!”
6:68Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom would we turn? You have the pronouncements of eternal life!6:69We trust you and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
6:70Jesus replied to them all, “Haven’t I chosen you Twelve? Yet one of you is a false accuser!”6:71(He was referring to Judas, son of Simon of Kerioth. Though one of the Twelve, he intended to betray Jesus.)
- 1Lit. 25-30 stadia. A stadion was just over 200 yards (just under 200 meters), so they had gone about three miles (five kilometers).