John 6

John 6

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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 what I want.

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 to eternal life 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--that I should raise them at the last day."

41 Then the people* began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, "I am the bread from heaven."1

42 They said, "This is Jesus, the son of Joseph. We know his father and mother. How can he say, `I came down from heaven'?"

43 But Jesus replied, "Don't complain about what I said.

44 For people can't come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them from the dead.

45 As it is written in the Scriptures, `They will all be taught by God.'* Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to me.2

46 (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)

47 "I assure you, anyone who believes in me already has eternal life.

48 Yes, I am the bread of life!

49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died.

50 However, the bread from heaven gives eternal life to everyone who eats it.

51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; this bread is my flesh, offered so the world may live."

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 assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.

54 But those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them at the last day.

55 For my flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink.

56 All who eat my flesh and drink my blood remain in me, and I in them.

57 I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live because of me.

58 I am the true bread from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever and not die as your ancestors did, even though they ate the manna."

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

60 Even his disciples said, "This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?"

61 Jesus knew within himself that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, "Does this offend you?

62 Then what will you think if you see me, the Son of Man, return to heaven again?

63 It is the Spirit who 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 don't believe me." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who didn't believe, and he knew who would betray him.)

65 Then he said, "That is what I meant when I said that people can't come to me unless the Father brings 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 going to leave, too?"

68 Simon Peter replied, "Lord, to whom would we go? You alone have the words that give eternal life.

69 We believe them, 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 betray him.

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1: Greek Jewish people; also in 6:52.

2: Isa 54:13.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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