On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of
the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His
disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away
however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks--
when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples,
they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him,
"Rabbi, when did You come here?"
Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but
because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
"Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to
everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."
Then they said to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?"
Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."
Therefore they said to Him, "What sign will You perform then, that we may see
it and believe You? What work will You do?
"Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them
bread from heaven to eat.'"
Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven,
but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
"For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the
Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always."
And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who
believes in Me shall never thirst.
"But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.
"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I
will by no means cast out.
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him
who sent Me.
"This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I
should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
"And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and
believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last
The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven."
And they said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, 'I have come
down from heaven'?"
Jesus therefore answered and said to them, "Do not murmur among yourselves.
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will
raise him up at the last day.
"It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.'
Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.
"Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
"I am the bread of life.
"Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
"This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this
bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I
shall give for the life of the world."
The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give
us His flesh to eat?"
Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and
drink His blood, you have no life in you.
"Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise
him up at the last day.
"For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who
feeds on Me will live because of Me.
"This is the bread which came down from heaven-- not as your fathers ate the
manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever."
These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard
saying; who can understand it?"
When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said
to them, "Does this offend you?
"What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I
speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
"But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who
would betray Him.
And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been
granted to him by My Father."
"I marvel that whereas the
ambitious dreams of myself, Caesar, and Alexander should have
vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant - Jesus should be able to
stretch his hands across the centuries and control the destinies of
men and nations." - Napoleon
I Bonaparte (1809)