Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias),
and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs1 he had performed by healing the sick.
Then Jesus went up on a mountainside2 and sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish Passover Festival3 was near.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,4"Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"6
He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, "It would take almost a year's wagesa to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother,5 spoke up,
"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"610
Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).
Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks,7 and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."13
So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
After the people saw the sign8 Jesus performed, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world."915
Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king10 by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.11
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,
where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.
A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.
When they had rowed about three or three and a half miles,b they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water;12 and they were frightened.
But he said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid."1321
Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake14 realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.1523
Then some boats from Tiberias16 landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.1724
Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi,18 when did you get here?"
Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,19 not because you saw the signs20 I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures21 to eternal life,22 which the Son of Man23 will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal24 of approval."28
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe25 in the one he has sent."2630
So they asked him, "What sign27 then will you give that we may see it and believe you?28 What will you do?
Our ancestors ate the manna29 in the wilderness; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'c "3032
Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.33For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven31 and gives life to the world."34
"Sir," they said, "always give us this bread."3235
Then Jesus declared, "I am33 the bread of life.34 Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes35 in me will never be thirsty.3636But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.37All whom the Father gives me37 will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.38For I have come down from heaven38 not to do my will but to do the will39 of him who sent me.4039And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,41 but raise them up at the last day.4240For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son43 and believes in him shall have eternal life,44 and I will raise them up at the last day."41
At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."42
They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph,45 whose father and mother we know?46 How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"4743"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
44"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,48 and I will raise them up at the last day.45It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.'d49 Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.46No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God;50 only he has seen the Father.47Very truly I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.5148I am the bread of life.5249Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.5350But here is the bread that comes down from heaven,54 which people may eat and not die.51I am the living bread55 that came down from heaven.56 Whoever eats of this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."5752
Then the Jews58 began to argue sharply among themselves,59 "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh60 of the Son of Man61 and drink his blood,62 you have no life in you.54Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.6355For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.6457Just as the living Father sent me65 and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.58This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever."6659
He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
On hearing it, many of his disciples67 said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"6861
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?6962Then what if you see the Son of Man70 ascend to where he was before!7163The Spirit gives life;72 the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirite and life.64Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known73 from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.7465
He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them."7566
From this time many of his disciples76 turned back and no longer followed him.
67"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.7768
Simon Peter answered him,78 "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.7969
We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God."8070
Then Jesus replied, "Have I not chosen you,81 the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"8271
(He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot,83 who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)84