The prophets wrote, "Everyone will be taught by God.' Anyone who hears the Father and learns from him comes to me. 1
This does not mean that anyone has seen the Father; he who is from God is the only one who has seen the Father.
I am telling you the truth: he who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died.
But the bread that comes down from heaven is of such a kind that whoever eats it will not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If you eat this bread, you will live forever. The bread that I will give you is my flesh, which I give so that the world may live."
This started an angry argument among them. "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" they asked.
Jesus said to them, "I am telling you the truth: if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in yourselves.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them to life on the last day.
For my flesh is the real food; my blood is the real drink.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I live in them.
The living Father sent me, and because of him I live also. In the same way whoever eats me will live because of me.
This, then, is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread that your ancestors ate, but then later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever."
Jesus said this as he taught in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Many of his followers heard this and said, "This teaching is too hard. Who can listen to it?"
Without being told, Jesus knew that they were grumbling about this, so he said to them, "Does this make you want to give up?
Suppose, then, that you should see the Son of Man go back up to the place where he was before?
What gives life is God's Spirit; human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you bring God's life-giving Spirit. 2
Yet some of you do not believe." (Jesus knew from the very beginning who were the ones that would not believe and which one would betray him.)
And he added, "This is the very reason I told you that no people can come to me unless the Father makes it possible for them to do so."
Because of this, many of Jesus' followers turned back and would not go with him any more.
So he asked the twelve disciples, "And you - would you also like to leave?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 3
And now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God."
Jesus replied, "I chose the twelve of you, didn't I? Yet one of you is a devil!"
He was talking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. For Judas, even though he was one of the twelve disciples, was going to betray him.