My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

John 6


Jesus fed five thousand with minimal food. The disciples then went off on a boat, and Jesus followed later walking on the water. That confused people trying to figure out where Jesus had gone.

They found him, and he explained that they came because he multiplied food, but they need to seek God's food. Jesus himself is God's food, and God's plan is for you to believe in him. In Jesus, all can be saved. You have to eat his flesh and drink his blood.

Many people couldn't believe this and left Jesus, but he didn't care. The twelve stayed with him, even though Judas would betray him.

Key verse:
35. Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

My thoughts:
John's point comes over and over again. Jesus is the only thing that is important. Everything else is secondary. All of God's will can be summed up in one word; Jesus.

Besides the resurrection, the feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracles in all four gospels. The walking on water isn't in Luke, I think, but it is recorded in both synoptic and johannine traditions. Only John had the dialogue following the feeding of the 5,000.

It appears that John is referring to communion in this passage, which is interesting, because John doesn't relate the last supper, but has the washing of the disciples feet in its place.


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