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John 6:25-59 (Today's New International Version)

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Jesus the Bread of Life

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi,1 when did you get here?" 26 Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,2 not because you saw the signs3 I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures4 to eternal life,5 which the Son of Man6 will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal7 of approval." 28 Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" 29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe8 in the one he has sent."9 30 So they asked him, "What sign10 then will you give that we may see it and believe you?11 What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna12 in the wilderness; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'a "13 32 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. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven14 and gives life to the world." 34 "Sir," they said, "always give us this bread."15 35 Then Jesus declared, "I am16 the bread of life.17 Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes18 in me will never be thirsty.19 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All whom the Father gives me20 will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven21 not to do my will but to do the will22 of him who sent me.23 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,24 but raise them up at the last day.25 40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son26 and believes in him shall have eternal life,27 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,28 whose father and mother we know?29 How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"30 43 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. 44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,31 and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.'b32 Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God;33 only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.34 48 I am the bread of life.35 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.36 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven,37 which people may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread38 that came down from heaven.39 Whoever eats of this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."40 52 Then the Jews41 began to argue sharply among themselves,42 "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" 53 Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh43 of the Son of Man44 and drink his blood,45 you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.46 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.47 57 Just as the living Father sent me48 and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever."49 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
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