The Bread of Life, A story written by John (a disciple) John 6:1-71
Jesus the bread of life, journeyed across the lake in Galilee. With a large following behind him. They had seen the miracles of healing the sick and wounded. Jesus went up the mountain top and sat with his disciples. The time is near for the Passover Festival. Jesus looked and saw a large crowd coming towards him, so he asked Philip. “Where can we buy food to feed this many people?” (This was to test Philip; Jesus already knew the outcome.) Philip responded, “For everyone to have a little, we would need more than two hundred pieces of silver to buy enough bread.”
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. Said, “There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But it shall not be enough for all these people.” “Instruct the people to sit down,” Jesus told them. All the people sat; and there were five thousand men. Jesus then took the bread, gave thanks unto God, and passed it to the many people who were sitting. He also did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they desired. When they were full, he said to his disciples, “Gather all that is left over; let us not waste any.” So they gathered all and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left over, from the five barley loaves the people had eaten.
Seeing the miracle Jesus had performed, the people said, “Surely this is the Prophet who has come into the world!” Jesus was aware that they would to come and seize him, in order to make him king by force; so he went again to the mountain alone.
As evening fell, Jesus’ disciples went to the lake, entered the boat, and went across the lake to Capernaum. Night came, and Jesus still had not returned to them. Just then a strong wind was blowing and stirring up the water. The disciples had rowed about up to four miles when they saw Jesus walking on the water. As he approached the boat, they were terrified. “Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told them, “it is I!” They willingly took Jesus into the boat, and almost immediately the boat had reached the land at the place they were heading.
Next morning the crowd which had stayed on the other side of the lake, knew that there had been only one boat there. They realized that Jesus had not gone with his disciples, but that they left without him. Other boats, which were from Tiberias. Had come to shore near the place the crowd had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. When the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, or his disciples, they got into those boats and went to Capernaum, looking for him. After the people found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said to him, “Teacher, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: you have looked for me only because you ate the bread and had all you desired, not because you understood my miracles. You should never work for food that spoils; instead, work for the food that last for eternal life. This is food which the Son of Man will give you, because God, our Father, has put His mark of approval on Him.”
They then asked Jesus, “What shall we do, in order to do what God desires us to do?”
Jesus answered, “What God wants you to do is to believe in the one he sent.” They answered, “What miracle will you perform that we may see it and believe in you? What shall you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert. “I am telling you the truth,” Jesus said. “What Moses gave you was not the bread from heaven; it is my Father who gives you the real bread from heaven. “Sir,” they asked him, “give us this bread.” “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to me will never hunger; or those who believe in me will never thirst.
I have told you that you have seen me, but will not believe. Everyone who my Father gives me will come to me. I will never deny anyone who comes to me, because I have come from heaven to do not my own will, but the will of him who has sent me. It is the will of him who has sent me that I should not lose any, of all those he has given me. I should raise them all to life on the last day. For what my Father wants is that all who see the Son and believe in him, shall have life everlasting. And I will raise them to life on the last day.”
The people began complaining about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” So they said, “Isn’t this man Jesus son of Joseph? We know his mother and father. How, then, can he now say he has come from heaven?”
Jesus replied, “Stop your complaining amongst yourselves. People cannot come to me, unless the Father who has sent me draws them near to me; and I will raise them to life on the last day. The prophets begin to write, ‘Everyone will be schooled by God.’ Anyone who hears the Father and learns from him comes to me. This does not mean you have seen the Father; he who is from God is the only one who has seen the Father. I am telling you the truth: if you believe you will have eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but have died.
But the bread from heaven, is of such, that whosoever eats it will not parish. I am the true and living bread that came from the heavens. When you eat this bread, you will never die but shall live forever. This bread I will give you is of my flesh, that I give so that the world might 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 more.”
Jesus taught this as he spoke in the synagogue in Capernaum. Many of his followers heard this and responded, “This teaching is difficult. Who can listen to it?” Without being told, Jesus knew that they were complaining again about this, so he said to the people, “Does this make you want to give in? Suppose, then, you should see the Son of Man go back up to the place where he was before? God’s Spirit gives life; human power is no help at all. The words I speak to you bring God’s life-giving Spirit.
For some of you do not believe in Jesus teachings.” (Jesus was aware from the beginning the ones that would not believe and who would betray him.) He added, “This is the reason I tell you that no one can come to me unless the Father makes it possible for them to do so.”
Because of this, many of the followers turned back and would not go with him. He then asked the twelve disciples, “And what about you, would you like to leave also?”
Simon Peter responded him, “My Lord, to whom would we go? You are the one that gives eternal life. Now we believe and now know that you are the Holy One, who have come from God.”
Jesus answered him and said, “I have chosen the twelve of you, didn’t I? But one of you, are a devil!” He knew in his heart it was Judas, from the lineage of Simon Iscariot. For Judas, even though he was one of the twelve disciples, he was the one who betrayed Jesus.
“Abundant” in the Greek is perisson, “exceedingly, highly, beyond measure, superfluous, the abundance as to be considerably more than what we could believe or expect.” In other words, Jesus promises to us a life much better than we could even imagine, a concept reminiscent of 1 Corinthians 2:9: “ Eyes haven’t seen, nor ears heard, neither has it entered the minds what God prepared for those He loves.” The apostle Paul told us God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, and God does it by His power. The power that is at work in us and through us, if we believe in Him (Ephesians 3:20)
Encourage Yourself: Jesus let’s us know that He came that we might have life, and life more abundantly through eternity.