Day 6 • Bread of Life

John 6

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

1 After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. 4 (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

14 When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” 15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

Jesus Walks on Water

16 That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!

Jesus, the Bread of Life

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. 23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. 25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”

29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 Then the people[h] began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

43 But Jesus replied, “Stop complaining about what I said. 44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. 45 As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)

47 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 Yes, I am the bread of life! 49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. 50 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

52 Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.

53 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. 54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”

59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Desert Jesus

60 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?”

61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? 63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) 65 Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”

66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. 67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”

68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”

70 Then Jesus said, “I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil.” 71 He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would later betray him.

  • L. R. Griffin Jenkins

    I want to learn to “sit down” and wait until the Lord brings me my portion. In this world, in which success is indicated by monetary gain, status, pricey trinkets, talent, and education, I want to be a success at waiting on the Lord and desiring eternal things. I want to remain grounded, no matter what my lot in life may be–I want to know how to abound without drinking the elixir of arrogance and how to abase without eating the gruel of hopelessness and despair. My apetite for the world needs to wane and vanish while my hankering for “the bread of life” becomes more and more voracious. God, you are so good to me. As the old folks used to say back home, “you have brought me from a mighty long way.” It is not my job to quibble with non-believers and argue that you are real, it is my job to follow your example so that people can see you in me. Give me more surety and confidence, Lord. Keep my thoughts divine and holy. Order my steps. Teach me to sit down and get out of your way.I want to live forever, and I want life more abundantly, living with prosperity, making wise choices. Thank you for walking on water, Jesus. Thank you for your power.

  • http://? felecia courtright

    overwhelmed ,sumes it up for me, never had i heard this message in this way and i hear it in a time when it’s needed!!! i need not focus on what i see or don’t see in myself , but what GOD knows HE can do with what i am or am not!!! evil will try at every turn to point out my flows and what i;m not able to do ,but GOD can use even a rock to feed Mose’s and HIS poeple (am i at least as much as that rock)GOD ask’s me to believe in HIS son and HE will do the rest. please dear HEAVILY FATHER guard me from the daily attacks and give me the tools so i can believe through this fog that is in my life in JESUS name Amen!!!

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    I want Jesus to be the bread of my life for always. I want to learn how to be still and listen for that sweet voice to lead me in the ways that he want’s me to go. I do not want to ever turn from God again. I hunger for more of his love in my life. Thank you for bringing me this for Jesus work in me each and every day to understand your mighty love for us all. Amen!

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thank you Pastor kerry.

  • jeannette

    I recieved the message that there was more to be given from others than just what the boy had – but the boy gave all that he had and God used it to make a great miracle. God can’t use us if we don’t give Him anything to work with. BLess HIM!

  • Vera Wiseman

    GOD, CONTINUE TO ORDER MY STEPS AND LETTING YOUR PRESENCE BE SEEN IN MY LIFE. AS I GO THROUGH THIS DAY HELP ME TO REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE WITH ME AND YOU’RE MY BREAD OF LIFE. THINGS THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED THAT SEEMED TO OVERWHELM ME; REMIND ME THAT YOU’RE TESTING ME FOR A GREATER PURPOSE.

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  • John M.

    Dad (God), overwhelm me today with the opportunities I can’t possibly do without you. I welcome you into my life minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day to be my strength and my rock and my refuge.

  • Jimmy Rife

    Jesus has showed his abilities again TODAY. My brother-in-law was going in for surgery Friday morning to have stints, three in all, put in his heart. Just minutes before he was to go in for the surgery, all of his family members that were in the waiting room, which was about 10+, prayed for him to be healed and Jesus answered our prayer. He didn’t have to have surgery, no stints, nothing! HE WAS HEALED! PRAISE GOD!

  • Erin Hall

    Such a reminder to give EVERYTHING to Jesus. It’s so easy to try and fix thing’s myself when I face trials. I’m learning to give EVERYTHING to Him, even my daily small stresses. I need to remember that human effort accomplishes nothing! Give it to JESUS!
    I LOVE this study, and Pastor Kerry’s video’s. I’m really enjoying it.

  • http://yahoo.com Tiffany McKenna

    It bothers me that Jesus spoke in such metaphors. If you don’t have an analytical mind, and don’t understand how analogies work (and often this part of the brain isn’t fully developed until early 20′s), it can be very difficult. Then, he got upset with them for not understanding, it seems! It’s like he was teasing or taunting almost. I know there has to be a better explanation, but sometimes, that’s how it seems to me.

  • Kevin Mesusan

    It is that kind of questioning that I believe God Himself encourages within us. He is a Big God and can handle anything, often using our frustration and confusion to help drive home a very real truth.

    When trying to understand what Jesus was saying and why he spoke the way he did, we must realize that two opposing forces were at work. The goodness of God who, through his Son Jesus, was working to destroy death and the hold of sin in our world, allowing us to join him for an eternity, and the evil that Satan himself sought to infuse into our world as well, with his ultimate goal being to destroy Christ, and thus our ability to live eternally with our loving God.

    Jesus, being 100% man and 100% God (a difficult concept to grasp, I know), knew the hearts of those who would accuse or challenge him, he knew their motives and the true meaning behind their questions. He also knew whether they truly believed him, or if they just wanted to see miraculous sign so they could champion him as an earthly king. But Jesus was sent for a reason, and his rebuttals to them often served a dual purpose: cutting to the quick with those whose hearts he knew were not true, and speaking in ‘riddles’ to further confound Satan’s efforts to thwart Jesus’ ability to fullfill his purpose, which was to be the perfect sacrifice for all humanity, saving us from an eternity of death and separation from God, and allowing us an inheritance into God’s family, and granting us eternal life with Him.

  • Kevin Mesusan

    As a follow up, we have the ability to understand things that might seem ‘beyond’ us. God’s word directs us, that if in any situation we lack understanding, we need but ask Him, through earnest prayer, for understanding. This he gives to us. So then, what we don’t understand with our finite minds, God, though his Holy Spirit, enlightens us, according to His will and purpose.

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