John 6:22-44 Bible in Basic English

The People Seek Jesus

22  The day after, the people who were on the other side of the sea saw that only one small boat had been there, that Jesus had not gone in that boat with the disciples, but that the disciples had gone away by themselves. 23  Some other boats, however, came from Tiberias near to the place where they had taken the bread after the Lord had given praise. 24  So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, or his disciples, they got into those boats and went over to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

Jesus the Bread of Life

25  And when they came across him on the other side of the sea they said, Rabbi, when did you come here? 26  Jesus, answering them, said, Truly I say to you, You come after me, not because you saw signs, but because you were given the bread and had enough. 27  Let your work not be for the food which comes to an end, but for the food which goes on for eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you, for on him has God the Father put his mark.

28  Then they said to him, How may we do the works of God? 29  Jesus, answering, said to them, This is to do the work of God: to have faith in him whom God has sent. 30  So they said, What sign do you give us, so that we may see and have faith in you? What do you do? 31  Our fathers had the manna in the waste land, as the Writings say, He gave them bread from heaven. 32  Jesus then said to them, Truly I say to you, What Moses gave you was not the bread from heaven; it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33  The bread of God is the bread which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world. 34  Ah, Lord, they said, give us that bread for ever! 35  And this was the answer of Jesus: I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be in need of food, and he who has faith in me will never be in need of drink. 36  But it is as I said to you: you have seen me, and still you have no faith. 37  Whatever the Father gives to me will come to me; and I will not send away anyone who comes to me. 38  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my pleasure, but the pleasure of him who sent me. 39  And this is the pleasure of him who sent me, that I am not to let out of my hands anything which he has given me, but I am to give it new life on the last day. 40  This, I say, is my Father's pleasure, that everyone who sees the Son and has faith in him may have eternal life: and I will take him up on the last day. 41  Now the Jews said bitter things about Jesus because of his words, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42  And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we have seen? How is it then that he now says, I have come down from heaven? 43  Jesus made answer and said, Do not say things against me, one to another. 44  No man is able to come to me if the Father who sent me does not give him the desire to come: and I will take him up from the dead on the last day.

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