c. The Bread of Life
(1) Seekers after the Perishing Food
22 The next day the crowd which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there had been no other small boat there except one, and that Jesus had not gotten into the boat with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone away alone.
23 But other small boats from Tiberias came near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, Rabbi, when did You get here?
26 Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, You seek Me not because you have seen signs, but because you ate of the bread and were filled.
27 aWork not for the food which perishes, but for the bfood which abides unto 1eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you; for Him has the Father, even God, sealed.
28 Then they said to Him, What shall we 1do that we may 1work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you 1believe into Him whom He has 2sent.
30 They said then to Him, What asign then will You do that we may see and believe You? What work will You do?
31 Our fathers aate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written, b"He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.''
(2) Food Abiding to Eternal Life
32 Jesus therefore said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses has not given you the bread out of heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.
33 For the bread of God is He who 1comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.
34 They said therefore to Him, Lord, give us this bread always.
35 Jesus said to them, I am the 1bread of life; he who comes to Me ashall 2by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.
36 But I have said to you that you have also seen Me, and yet you do not believe.
37 All that the Father agives Me will come to Me, and him who comes to Me I shall by no means cast out.
38 For aI have come down from heaven bnot to do My own will but the cwill of Him who sent Me.
39 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all which He has given Me I should alose nothing but should braise it up in the last day.
40 For this is the will of My Father, that every one who beholds the Son and believes into Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.
41 The Jews therefore murmured concerning Him because He said, I am the bread that acame down out of heaven.
42 And they said, aIs not this Jesus, the 1son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, bI have come down out of heaven?
43 Jesus answered and said to them, Do not murmur among yourselves.
44 aNo one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me bdraws him; and I will craise him up in the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, a"And they shall all be btaught of God.'' Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.
46 aNot that anyone has seen the Father, except Him who is 1bfrom God, He has seen the Father.
47 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes ahas eternal life.
48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the bread which acomes down out of heaven, that anyone may beat of it and not die.
51 I am the 1living bread which came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, ahe shall live forever; And the bread which I will give is My 2flesh, given 3for the life of the bworld.
52 The Jews then contended with one another, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat?
53 Jesus therefore said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His 1blood, you do not have life within yourselves.
54 He who 1eats My 2flesh and drinks My 2blood has eternal life, and I will araise him up in the last day.
55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.
(c) Resurrected to Indwell
56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood aabides in Me and 1I in him.
57 As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who 1eats Me, he also shall alive because of Me.
58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven, not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread ashall live forever.
59 He said these things in a synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
60 Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard this, said, This word is hard; who can hear it?
61 But Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were murmuring about this, said to them, Does this astumble you?
62 Then what if you saw the Son of Man 1aascending to where He was before?
(e) Becoming the Life-giving Spirit
63 aIt is the 1Spirit who gives life; the 2flesh profits nothing; the 3words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
64 But there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus aknew from the beginning who were the ones who did not believe and bwho was the one who would 1betray Him.
65 And He said, For this reason I have told you that ano one can come to Me unless it has been bgiven to him from the Father.
(f) Embodied and Realized
in the Word of Life
66 From that time many of His disciples went back to what they left behind and no longer walked with Him.
67 Jesus therefore said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away?
68 Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have awords of eternal life,
69 And we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.
70 Jesus answered them, Was it not I who achose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is ba devil.
71 Now He spoke of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, would betray Him.