John 6:45-71 The Message Bible

45  This is what the prophets meant when they wrote, 'And then they will all be personally taught by God.' Anyone who has spent any time at all listening to the Father, really listening and therefore learning, comes to me to be taught personally - to see it with his own eyes, hear it with his own ears, from me, since I have it firsthand from the Father. 46  No one has seen the Father except the One who has his Being alongside the Father - and you can see me. 47  "I'm telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. 48  I am the Bread of Life. 49  Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert and died. 50  But now here is Bread that truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever. 51  I am the Bread - living Bread! - who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live - and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self." 52  At this, the Jews started fighting among themselves: "How can this man serve up his flesh for a meal?" 53  But Jesus didn't give an inch. "Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh and blood, the flesh and blood of the Son of Man, do you have life within you. 54  The one who brings a hearty appetite to this eating and drinking has eternal life and will be fit and ready for the Final Day. 55  My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56  By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you. 57  In the same way that the fully alive Father sent me here and I live because of him, so the one who makes a meal of me lives because of me. 58  This is the Bread from heaven. Your ancestors ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread will live always." 59  He said these things while teaching in the meeting place in Capernaum.

The Words of Eternal Life

60  Many among his disciples heard this and said, "This is tough teaching, too tough to swallow." 61  Jesus sensed that his disciples were having a hard time with this and said, "Does this throw you completely? 62  What would happen if you saw the Son of Man ascending to where he came from? 63  The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don't make anything happen. Every word I've spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. 64  But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this." (Jesus knew from the start that some weren't going to risk themselves with him. He knew also who would betray him.) 65  He went on to say, "This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father." 66  After this a lot of his disciples left. They no longer wanted to be associated with him. 67  Then Jesus gave the Twelve their chance: "Do you also want to leave?" 68  Peter replied, "Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. 69  We've already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God." 70  Jesus responded, "Haven't I handpicked you, the Twelve? Still, one of you is a devil!" 71  He was referring to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. This man - one from the Twelve! - was even then getting ready to betray him.

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