John 6

John 6

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1 After this, Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias.

2 And a huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miracles as he healed the sick.

3 Then Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with his disciples around him.

4 (It was nearly time for the annual Passover celebration.)

5 Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, "Philip, 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, "It would take a small fortune* to feed them!"1

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 ordered. So all of them--the men alone numbered five thousand--sat down on the grassy slopes.

11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full.

12 "Now gather the leftovers," Jesus told his disciples, "so that nothing is wasted."

13 There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat!

14 When the people saw this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, "Surely, he is the Prophet* we have been expecting!"2

15 Jesus saw that they were ready to take him by force and make him king, so he went higher into the hills alone.

16 That evening his 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 out across the lake toward Capernaum.

18 Soon a gale swept down upon them as they rowed, and the sea grew very rough.

19 They were three or four miles* out when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified,3

20 but he called out to them, "I am here! Don't be afraid."

21 Then they were eager to let him in, and immediately the boat arrived at their destination!

22 The next morning, back across the lake, crowds began gathering on the shore, waiting to see Jesus. For they knew that he and his disciples had come over together and that the disciples had gone off in their boat, leaving him behind.

23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten.

24 When the crowd saw that Jesus wasn't there, nor his disciples, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him.

25 When they arrived and found him, they asked, "Teacher, how did you get here?"

26 Jesus replied, "The truth is, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you saw the miraculous sign.

27 But you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose."

28 They replied, "What does God want us to do?"

29 Jesus told them, "This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent."

30 They replied, "You must show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What will you do for us?

31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! As the Scriptures say, `Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.'* "4

32 Jesus said, "I assure you, Moses didn't give them 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 of our lives."

35 Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst.

36 But you haven't believed in me even though you have seen me.

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1: Greek 200 denarii. A denarius was the equivalent of a full day's wage.

2: See Deut 18:15, 18.

3: Greek 25 or 30 stadia [4.6 or 5.5 kilometers].

4: Exod 16:4; Ps 78:24.

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

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