John 5:46—6:33 revolve 2010 one you hoped would save you. 46If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because Moses wrote about me. 47But if you don’t believe what Moses wrote, how can you believe what I say?”
More than Five Thousand Fed
After this, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias). 2Many people followed him because they saw the miracles he did to heal the sick. 3Jesus went up on a hill and sat down there with his followers. 4It was almost the time for the Jewish Passover Feast. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough bread for all these people to eat?” 6(Jesus asked Philip this question to test him, because Jesus already knew what he planned to do.) 7 Philip answered, “Someone would have to work almost a year to buy enough bread for each person to have only a little piece.” 8 Another one of his followers, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, 9“Here is a boy with five loaves of barley bread and two little fish, but that is not enough for so many people.” 10 Jesus said, “Tell the people to sit down.” There was plenty of grass there, and about five thousand men sat down there. 11Then Jesus took the loaves of bread, thanked God for them, and gave them to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, giving as much as the people wanted. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his followers, “Gather the left-
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over pieces of fish and bread so that nothing is wasted.” 13So they gathered up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left from the five barley loaves. 14 When the people saw this miracle that Jesus did, they said, “He must truly be the Prophetn who is coming into the world.” 15 Jesus knew that the people planned to come and take him by force and make him their king, so he left and went into the hills alone.
Jesus Walks on the Water 16 That evening Jesus’ followers went down to Lake Galilee. 17It was dark now, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The followers got into a boat and started across the lake to Capernaum. 18By now a strong wind was blowing, and the waves on the lake were getting bigger. 19When they had rowed the boat about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the water, coming toward the boat. The followers were afraid, 20but Jesus said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat. At once the boat came to land at the place where they wanted to go.
The People Seek Jesus The next day the people who had stayed on the other side of the lake knew that Jesus had not gone in the boat with his followers but that they had left without him. And they knew that only one boat had been there. 23 But then some boats came from Tiberias 22
and landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24When the people saw that Jesus and his followers were not there now, they got into boats and went to Capernaum to find Jesus.
Jesus, the Bread of Life When the people found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Teacher, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you aren’t looking for me because you saw me do miracles. You are looking for me because you ate the bread and were satisfied. 27Don’t work for the food that spoils. Work for the food that stays good always and gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give you this food, because on him God the Father has put his power.” 28 The people asked Jesus, “What are the things God wants us to do?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work God wants you to do is this: Believe the One he sent.” 30 So the people asked, “What miracle will you do? If we see a miracle, we will believe you. What will you do? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the desert. This is written in the Scriptures: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”n 32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven; it is my Father who is giving you the true bread from heaven. 33God’s bread is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 25
A Whole Approach
When you think of physical fitness and getting in shape, think about all of you, not just your jeans size! If your heart, mind, and soul aren’t all in good shape, you won’t feel good. And no amount of makeup or hair products can cover sad eyes and a lonely heart. Cuteness comes from within, and if your spirit is weak or your mind is dull you won’t be successful in your relationships or your schoolwork. Nurture your mind by reading books you enjoy or solving fun puzzles like crosswords or Sudoku. Soothe your spirit through prayer and quiet exercise—stretching or yoga. Boost your happiness levels by laughing with friends over coffee and good music! And work out those calves and abs on a vigorous hike with your girlfriends! If you remember to exercise all of you then all of you will be happy and healthy!
6:14 Prophet They probably meant the prophet that God told Moses he would send (Deuteronomy 18:15–19). 6:31 ‘He gave . . . eat.’ Quotation from Psalm 78:24.
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Published on Feb 4, 2010
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