Day 32 (Tues, Sept 9, 2014)

Bread of Life Discourse

50 total verses: John 6:22-7:1

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

97. Bread of Life discourse in John 6:22-7:1

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

John 6:22-7:1. After Jesus and the disciples landed on the other side of the sea, people saw him, and when they sailed to the other side, they told the crowds that they saw Jesus across the sea. So the crowds followed him. And when they arrived and came to him, he started talking about bread. And by the time we get to verses 54 and 55, he tells people that not only to people need to eat his flesh and drink his blood, but that his flesh is real food and his blood true drink… This confuses people and drives them away from Jesus. But the disciples tell Jesus that they have nowhere else to go.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I had forgotten how difficult this particular chapter is. Not only does Jesus say things that seem to be intentionally provocative, but because He speaks in metaphors, there is disagreement among sincere followers of Jesus what He meant. I will be glad to talk about any of the difficult or confusing parts.

There are so many rich things in this chapter, which I bet is among the longest chapters in the New Testament. I chose as my favorite John 6:35, “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'” (NIV). I like that Jesus is emphasizing that for true life, in the fullest extent of what that means, He is the Source. He is saying that as I come to Him with everything I am and everything I have, and as I learn to rely on Him and walk with Him, all of my needs (my hunger and my thirst) will be met by Him. I think this really implies food and drink, along with the more elusive joy, peace, fulfillment, and contentment.

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