1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the sea of Galilee, or Tiberias. 2 And a vast crowd continued to follow Him, for they pressed on to view the wonder-works which He performed for the sick people. 3 And so Jesus went up on the hill and was sitting there with His disciples.
4 Now the Passover, the Jewish feast, was approaching. 5 So Jesus looked up and saw that a vast crowd was coming toward Him, and said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6 He was saying this to test him for He knew Himself what He was going to do.
7 Philip answered Him, "Forty dollars' worth of bread is not enough to give them all even a scanty meal apiece."
8 Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him, 9 "There is a little boy here who has five barley loaves and a couple of fish, but what are they among so many?"
10 Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was plenty of grass at the spot; so the men, about five thousand, threw themselves down. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks, and distributed them among the people who were sitting on the ground; so too with the fish as much as they wanted.
12 When they had plenty, He said to His disciples, "Pick up the pieces that are left, that nothing be wasted." 13 So they picked them up and filled twelve baskets with the pieces that were left from the five barley loaves, which were more than the eaters wanted.
14 When the people, therefore, saw the wonder-works that He performed, they began to say, "This is surely the prophet who was to come into the world." 15 So when Jesus learned that they were going to come and carry Him off by force to crown Him king, He again retired to the hill by Himself.
16 When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea 17 and got into a boat and started across the sea to Capernaum. Now it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. 18 The sea was getting rough, because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terror-stricken.
20 But He said to them, "It is I; stop being afraid!" 21 Then they were willing to take Him on board, and at once the boat came to the shore it was making for.
22 Next day the people who had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there was only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gotten into it with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone away by themselves. 23 Other boats from Tiberias had landed near the place where the people ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they got into boats themselves and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus.
25 So when they had crossed the sea and found Him, they asked Him, "Teacher, when did you get here?"
26 Jesus answered them, "I most solemnly say to you, you are looking for me, not because of the wonder-works you saw, but because you ate the loaves and had plenty. 27 Stop toiling for the food that perishes, but toil for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for God the Father has given Him authority to do so."
28 Then they asked Him, "What must we do to perform the works that God demands?"
29 Jesus answered them, "The work that God demands of you is this, to believe in the messenger whom He has sent."
30 So they asked Him, "What wonder-work then are you going to perform for us to see and so believe in you? What work are you going to do? 31 Our forefathers in the desert ate the manna, as the Scripture says, 'He gave them out of heaven bread to eat.'"
32 Then Jesus said to them, "I most solemnly say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the real bread out of heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the real bread out of heaven, 33 for the bread that God gives is what comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world."
34 Then they said to Him, "Give us that bread always, sir!"
35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread that gives life. Whoever comes to me will never get hungry, and whoever believes in me will never get thirsty. 36 But I have told you that, although you have seen me, yet you do not believe in me. 37 All that my Father gives to me will come to me, and I will never, no, never reject anyone who comes to me, 38 because I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me. 39 Now the will of Him who sent me is this, that I should lose none of all that He has given me, but should raise them to life on the last day. 40 For it is my Father's will that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and that I shall raise him to life on the last day."
41 Then the Jews began to grumble about His saying, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven." 42 And they said, "Is He not Jesus, Joseph's son, whose father and mother we know? So how can He say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?"
43 Jesus answered them, "Stop grumbling to one another. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him to me; then I myself will raise him to life on the last day. 45 In the prophets it is written, 'And all men will be taught by God.' Everyone who ever listens to the Father and learns from Him will come to me. 46 Not that anyone has ever seen the Father, except Him who is from God; of course, He has seen the Father.
47 I most solemnly say to you, whoever believes in me possesses eternal life. 48 I am the bread that gives life. 49 Your forefathers in the desert ate the manna, and yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down out of heaven, so that anyone may eat it and never die. 51 I am this living bread that has come down out of heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my own flesh."
52 But the Jews kept on wrangling with one another and saying, "How can He give us His flesh to eat?"
53 Then Jesus said to them, "I most solemnly say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in you. 54 Whoever continues to eat my flesh and drink my blood already possesses eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever continues to eat my flesh and drink my blood continues to live in union with me and I in union with him. 57 Just as the living Father has sent me and I live because of the Father, so whoever keeps on eating me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that comes down out of heaven; not as your forefathers ate the manna, and yet died. Whoever continues to eat this bread will live forever."
59 He said this as He taught in the synagogue at Capernaum.
60 So many of His disciples, when they heard it, said, "This teaching is hard to take in. Who can listen to it?"
61 But as Jesus naturally knew that His disciples were grumbling about this, He said to them, "Is this shocking to you? 62 Suppose you were to see the Son of Man going back where He was before? 63 The Spirit is what gives life; the flesh does not help at all. The truths that I have told you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not trust in me." For Jesus knew from the start who they were that did not trust in Him, and who it was that was going to betray Him. 65 So He continued, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me, unless it is granted to him by my Father."
66 As a result of this many of His disciples turned their backs on Him and stopped accompanying Him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, "You too do not want to go back, do you?"
68 Simon Peter answered Him, "To whom can we go, Lord? You have the message that gives eternal life, 69 and we have come to believe, yes more, we know by experience, that you are the Holy One of God."
70 Jesus answered them, "Did I not myself select you as the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil." 71 He was referring to Judas, Simon Iscariot's son, for he was going to betray Him, although he was one of the Twelve.