59. Later Words with the Apostles
61But Jesus, knowing in himself that his apostles murmured, said to them, “Do you take offense at this?
62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending where he was before?”
63“It is the spirit that quickens, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But there are some of you that do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him.)
66After thisa many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
67Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”
68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, you have taught us the words of eternal life; 69and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
(Jn. 6:61–64, 66–69)
a “After this”—After Jesus refused the crowd’s effort to make him king and the Jerusalem religious leaders openly opposed and denounced him, many of his followers turned away, and Jesus no longer enjoyed popular favor.
Jn. 6:61 his apostles murmured, (Ch. 22, fn. a) / his disciples murmured, (RSV) • murmured, said / murmured at it, said (RSV)
Jn. 6:63 that quickens, the (KJV) / that gives life, the (RSV)
Jn. 6:64 knew from the first who / knew who (RSV)
Jn. 6:68 Lord, you / Lord, to whom shall we go? You (RSV) • have taught us the / have the (RSV) (153:5/1715–6)