John 6



This chapter in John showcases several key events, including miracles, Jesus' teaching on the Bread of Life, and the challenge of understanding and accepting his spiritual teachings. It sets the stage for the increasing tension between Jesus and the religious authorities and the deeper exploration of themes related to faith and discipleship.


  1. Feeding the Five Thousand (John 6:1-15): Jesus performs the miraculous feeding of the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish, demonstrating his power over provision. The people, impressed by this sign, want to make him king by force, but Jesus withdraws to the mountain.
  2. Walking on Water (John 6:16-21): Jesus sends his disciples across the Sea of Galilee while he goes up the mountain to pray. During the night, he walks on water to join them in the boat, revealing his authority over nature.
  3. The Bread of Life Discourse (John 6:22-59): Jesus addresses the crowd, revealing himself as the true bread from heaven. He speaks metaphorically, stating that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood will have eternal life. This discourse anticipates the institution of the Lord's Supper and emphasizes the spiritual significance of believing in Jesus.
  4. Many Disciples Desert Jesus (John 6:60-71): Some of Jesus' followers find his teaching about eating his flesh and drinking his blood difficult to accept. Jesus explains that his words are spirit and life, and only those enabled by the Father can understand. As a result, many disciples turn away, but Peter affirms his belief in Jesus as the Holy One of God.