60 Jesus is the bread of life.

Exodus 16:4, 15; Psalm 78:24–25; Isaiah 54:13; John 6:22–71; 7:1

What did people do when they couldn’t find Jesus in the area where he fed the five thousand (John 6:22–25)? What hindered and what helped their search?

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What did Jesus say was people’s reason for wanting to find him (John 6:26)?

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What can be more satisfying than filling our stomachs (John 6:26–27)?

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How do we know what God wants from us (John 6:28–29)?

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People knew about the manna and saw the feeding of five thousand. What had they missed understanding about those events to want another sign (John 6:30–33)?

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What made Jesus the “bread of life” (John 6:35–38)?

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What does it mean to “see the Son and believe (John 6:39–40)?

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Why did some Jews object to Jesus calling himself “bread” (John 6:41–42)?

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How can we believe what we cannot see (John 6:43–46)?

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If God is unwilling for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9), how can anyone be lost (John 6:43–46)?

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What did Jesus mean when he said we should eat the “living bread” (John 6:47–58)?

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Why did people have trouble understanding what Jesus was saying (John 6:60)?

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Why were Jesus’ words “spirit and life” (John 6:61–65)?

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How did Jesus know who the nonbelievers were (John 6:64)?

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What was so offensive that many of Jesus’ followers left (John 6:66)?

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What reasons did the disciples have to continue to follow Jesus (John 6:68–69)?

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How might the disciples have felt when Jesus said, “One of you is a devil” (John 6:70)?

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Why was the threat against Jesus greater in Judea than in Galilee (John 7:1)?

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The day after five thousand men were fed with a few loaves and fish, the crowd that had been left on the opposite shore near Bethsaida realized that the disciples had taken the one boat and Jesus had not gone with them. Other boats from Tiberias came ashore near where Jesus had given thanks and the people ate bread. Since Jesus and the disciples were obviously not on their side of the sea, they got into the boats and went to look for Jesus in Capernaum. When they found him, they said, “Teacher, when did you arrive here?”

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John 6:22–25 The day after five thousand men were fed with a few loaves and fish, the crowd that had been left on the opposite shore near Bethsaida realized that the disciples had taken the one boat and Jesus had not gone with them. Other boats from Tiberias came ashore near where Jesus had given thanks and the people ate bread. Since Jesus and the disciples were obviously not on their side of the sea, they got into the boats and went to look for Jesus in Capernaum. When they found him, they said, “Teacher, when did you arrive here?”
King James

John 6:22–25 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

“The truth is, you were not searching for me because of the miracles but because I filled your stomachs with bread. Do not work for food that spoils. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. God the Father has sent me for this purpose.”

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John 6:26–27 “The truth is, you were not searching for me because of the miracles but because I filled your stomachs with bread. Do not work for food that spoils. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. God the Father has sent me for this purpose.”
King James

John 6:26–27 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

They said, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”

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John 6:28 They said, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”
King James

John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

“What God wants from you is to believe the one he has sent.”

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John 6:29 “What God wants from you is to believe the one he has sent.”
King James

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

“Show us a miraculous sign so we may see and believe. What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the wilderness. Scripture says Moses gave them bread from above to eat.”

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John 6:30–31 “Show us a miraculous sign so we may see and believe. What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the wilderness. Scripture says Moses gave them bread from above to eat.”
King James

John 6:30–31 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

“Moses did not give you bread from above. Actually, my Father did. God’s bread is the one who came down from Heaven to give life to the world.”

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Exodus 16:4 The Lord said to Moses, “Bread will come in showers from the sky. People are to gather only what they need for each day, and I will see how obedient they are.
Exodus 16:15 When the Israelites saw the flakes on the ground, they called it manna because they didn’t know what it was. Moses said, “This is bread that the Lord has given for you to eat.
Psalm 78:24–25 Manna came in showers for the people to eat, bread falling from the sky. They ate the food of angels, filling their stomachs with meat.
John 6:32–33 “Moses did not give you bread from above. Actually, my Father did. God’s bread is the one who came down from Heaven to give life to the world.”
King James

Exodus 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Exodus 16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
Psalm 78:24–25 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.
John 6:32–33 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

“Sir, give us that bread every day.”

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John 6:34 “Sir, give us that bread every day.”
King James

John 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry. Whoever believes in me will never thirst. You have seen me, but you have not believed me. Everyone the Father gives to me will come, and I will never reject one who comes to me. I came from Heaven, not to do my will, but to do the will of the one who sent me.

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John 6:35–38 “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry. Whoever believes in me will never thirst. You have seen me, but you have not believed me. Everyone the Father gives to me will come, and I will never reject one who comes to me. I came from Heaven, not to do my will, but to do the will of the one who sent me.
King James

John 6:35–38 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

“This is the will of my Father, who sent me: I will not lose any of those he has given me. All who see the Son and believe will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”

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John 6:39–40 “This is the will of my Father, who sent me: I will not lose any of those he has given me but will raise them up on the last day. This is the will of my Father, who sent me: all who see the Son and believe will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”
King James

John 6:39–40 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The Jews criticized Jesus because he said he was the bread from above. They said to one another, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he say, ‘I have come from Heaven’?”

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John 6:41–42 The Jews criticized Jesus because he said he was the bread from above. They said to one another, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he say, ‘I have come from Heaven’?”
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John 6:41–42 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

“Do not complain among yourselves,” Jesus said. “People cannot come to me unless the Father draws them, and I will raise them up on the last day. In the prophets, it is written, All your children will be taught by God. Everyone who hears and understands the Father will come to me. Except for the one who is from God, no man has ever seen the Father.

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Isaiah 54:13 All your children will be taught by the Lord, and they will greatly prosper.
John 6:43–46 “Do not complain among yourselves,” Jesus said. “People cannot come to me unless the Father draws them, and I will raise them up on the last day. In the prophets, it is written, All your children will be taught by God. Everyone who hears and understands the Father will come to me. Except for the one who is from God, no man has ever seen the Father.
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Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
John 6:43–46 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

“I guarantee, everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, and they all died. Let me tell you about the bread from above that a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread from Heaven. Those who eat this bread will live forever. This bread is my body that I willingly give for the life of the world.”

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John 6:47–51 “I guarantee, everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, and they all died. Let me tell you about the bread from above that a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread from Heaven. Those who eat this bread will live forever. This bread is my body that I willingly give for the life of the world.”
King James

John 6:47–51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The Jews argued among themselves. “How can he give us his flesh to eat?”

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John 6:52 The Jews argued among themselves. “How can he give us his flesh to eat?”
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John 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

“I am telling you exactly the way it is,” Jesus said. “Unless you commit your whole being to the Son of Man, as one who would eat his flesh and drink his blood, you cannot live. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I abide in them. I live because of the living Father, who sent me. Therefore, anyone who feeds on me will live because I live. I am not like the bread your ancestors ate. They died. I am the true bread from Heaven that people may eat and live forever.”

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John 6:53–58 “I am telling you exactly the way it is,” Jesus said. “Unless you commit your whole being to the Son of Man, as one who would eat his flesh and drink his blood, you cannot live. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I abide in them. I live because of the living Father, who sent me. Therefore, anyone who feeds on me will live because I live. I am not like the bread your ancestors ate. They died. I am the true bread from Heaven that people may eat and live forever.”
King James

John 6:53–58 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

He said all these things while teaching in the Capernaum synagogue.

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John 6:59 He said all these things while teaching in the Capernaum synagogue.
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John 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

Many of his followers said, “This teaching is difficult to understand. Who can figure it out?”

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John 6:60 Many of his followers said, “This teaching is difficult to understand. Who can figure it out?”
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John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

Aware of the murmuring among his disciples, Jesus said, “Is what I said bothering you? What if you saw the Son of Man ascend to where he was before? It is the Spirit, not the flesh, that gives life. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Yet some of you do not believe me. That is why I said, ‘Everyone the Father gives to me will come.’” From the beginning, Jesus knew who the nonbelievers were and who would betray him.

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John 6:61–65 Aware of the murmuring among his disciples, Jesus said, “Is what I said bothering you? What if you saw the Son of Man ascend to where he was before? It is the Spirit, not the flesh, that gives life. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Yet some of you do not believe me.” From the beginning, Jesus knew who the nonbelievers were and who would betray him. That is why I said, ‘Everyone the Father gives to me will come.'”
King James

John 6:61–65 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

After hearing this, many of his followers walked away and did not follow him anymore.

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John 6:66 After hearing this, many of his followers walked away and did not follow him anymore.
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John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Jesus turned to the twelve. “Are you going to leave too?”

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John 6:67 Jesus turned to the twelve. “Are you going to leave too?”
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John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Simon Peter said, “Sir, where would we go? You alone have the words that give eternal life. We are fully confident that you are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God.”

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John 6:68–69 Simon Peter said, “Sir, where would we go? You alone have the words that give eternal life. We are fully confident that you are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God.”
King James

John 6:68–69 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

“I chose all twelve of you,” Jesus said. “Yet one of you is a devil.” He was referring to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, because he knew which one would betray him.

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John 6:70–71 “I chose all twelve of you,” Jesus said. “Yet one of you is a devil.” He was referring to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, because he knew which one would betray him.
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John 6:70–71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

After this, Jesus ministered throughout Galilee, avoiding Judea because the Jewish leaders there sought to kill him.

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John 7:1 After this, Jesus ministered throughout Galilee, avoiding Judea because the Jewish leaders there sought to kill him.
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John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.