The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

XV. The Crisis at Capernaum

56. Sermon on the Bread of Life

        23Boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.a 24When the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
        26Jesus said to them, “You seek me because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Labor not for the food which perishes, but for the (spiritual) food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give you.”
        28Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”
        29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe him whom He has sent.”
        30So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? 31Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”
        32Jesus then said to them, “I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33The bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the men of the world.”
        34They said to him, “Lord give us this bread.”
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life, he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes me shall not thirst. 36You have seen me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me shall come to me, and him who comes to me I will not cast out.”
        (Jn. 6:23–24, 26–37) (continued)

a   “the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.”—This refers to the feeding of the five thousand, which probably occurred at Magidan Park south of Bethsaida-Julias. (See map on page 24.)

Jn. 6:23  Boats / However, boats (RSV)
Jn. 6:24  When / So when (RSV)
Jn. 6:26  Jesus said to them / Jesus answered them (RSV) • them, “You / them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you (RSV) • me because / me not because (RSV) • you ate / you saw the signs but because you ate (RSV)
Jn. 6:27  Labor not for (KJV) / Do not labor for (RSV) • the (spiritual) food / the food (RSV) • Man shall give (KJV) / Man will give (RSV)
Jn. 6:29  believe him / believe in him (RSV)
Jn. 6:32  them, “I / them, “Truly, truly, I (RSV)
Jn. 6:34  bread.” / bread always.” (RSV)
Jn. 6:35  believes me / believes in me (RSV)
Jn. 6:36  You / But I said to you that you (RSV)
Jn. 6:37  me shall come (KJV) / me will come (RSV)   (153:2/1710–1)