Gospel of John, chapter 6
Feeding the Five Thousand - Jesus Walks on the Sea - The Bread from Heaven - Rejected by His Own - Many Disciples Turn Away
The Gospel of John, chapter 6 After these things Jesus went away beyond the sea of Galilee (the sea) of Tiberias. And followed him a great multitude, because they saw his signs which he performed on those who were sick. Then he went up to the mountain Jesus and sat there with his disciples. Now it was near the Passover, the feast of the Jews. Then lifted up Jesus his eyes and seeing that a large multitude is coming toward him, he said to Philip; where shall we buy bread that these may eat? But this he said το test him; for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him; Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them so that every one of them may have a little. Said to him one of his disciples, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter; There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves and two small fish; but these what are among so many? Then Jesus said; make the people sit down; Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down in number about five thousand. And he took the loaves Jesus and when he had given thanks he distributed them to the disciples, and then the disciples to those sitting down; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. Now when they were filled, he said to his disciples; gather up the remaining fragments, so that nothing is lost. Therefore they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, having seen the sign that Jesus did, said that he is truly the prophet who is to come into the world. When Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he departed again to the mountain by himself alone. Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, and stepping into the boat they went over the sea toward Capernaum. And dark it was already and had not come to them Jesus, Then the sea because a great wind was blowing arose. So when they had rowed about twenty five furlongs or thirty they saw Jesus walking on the sea and near the boat drawing, and they were afraid. But he said to them; It is I; do not be afraid. Then they wanted to receive him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. On the following day the crowd who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that other boat was not there except that one which had entered his disciples, and that had not entered with his disciples Jesus in the boat, but his disciples alone had gone away; however other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks; when therefore the crowd saw that Jesus was not there nor his disciples, they themselves stepped into the boats and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. And when they found him on the other side of the sea they said to him; Rabbi, when did you come here? Jesus answered them and said; truly truly I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and you were filled. Labor not for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you; for on him the father has set his seal the God. Then they said to him; what shall we do that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them; this is the work of God, that you believe in him whom He sent. Therefore they said to him; what sign then will you perform that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert, as it is written; bread from heaven he gave them to eat. Then said to them Jesus; Truly truly I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my father gives you the bread from heaven the true one. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Then they said to him; Lord, give us always this bread. And Jesus said to them; I am the bread of life; He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst ever. But I said to you that although you have seen me yet you do not believe. All that gives me the father, will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will not cast out; for I have come down from heaven not to do the will of my own, but the will of Him who sent me. Now this is the will of the father who sent me, that of all he has given me I should lose of them no one, but I should raise them up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that everyone who sees the son and believes in him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Therefore the Jews complained about him because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven, and they said; Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, whose we know the father and the mother? How then does he say that from heaven I have come down? Jesus therefore answered and said to them; do not murmur among yourselves. No one is able to come to me, unless the father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets; and they shall all be taught by God. Everyone who has heard from the father and has learned comes to me; Not that the father has anyone seen, except he who is from God, he has seen the father. Truly truly I say to you, he who believes in me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And also the bread that I shall give, is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. They were quarreling therefore among themselves the Jews, saying; how can he give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them; truly truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is indeed food, and my blood is indeed drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As (He) sent me the living father and I live because of the father, so he who feeds on me will also live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not as (they) ate your fathers the manna and died; he who eats this bread will live forever. These things he said in the synagogue as he taught in Capernaum. Therefore many having heard this of his disciples said; hard saying is this speech; who can hear it? But knowing Jesus in himself that they complained about this his disciples, he said to them; (does) this offend you? What then if you should see the son of man ascend where he was before? It is the spirit who gives life, the flesh profits nothing; The words that I speak to you, are spirit and they are life. But there are of you some who do not believe. For he knew from the beginning Jesus who they were who did not believe and who was the one who would betray him. And he said; for this I have said to you that no one can come to me, unless it has been granted to him by my father. From that many went away of his disciples to their prior life and walked with him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve; do you also want to go away? Therefore answered him Simon Peter; Lord, to whom shall we go? the words of eternal life you have; And we have believed and have known that you are the Christ the son of the living God. He answered them Jesus; Did I not the twelve of you choose? And of you one is a devil. Now he spoke of Judas (son) of Simon Iscariot; for it was he who would betray him being one of the twelve.