Bible Study John Chapter 6 Verses 25-35
John 6:25 – And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus had previously instructed His disciples to go Capernaum. As the disciples were on their journey, they encountered a storm, in the dark and at sea, they saw something coming towards them and they thought it was a ghost, but it was Jesus walking on the water. Jesus entered the boat and got them to their destination. The people had seen the disciples leave and Jesus wasn’t with them, so they begin to look for Jesus and when they found Him on the other side, they inquired where had He came from.
John 6:26 – Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Jesus knew their searching for Him wasn’t because they had seen the miracles, but they had eaten from the miracle. They were following Jesus with the wrong motives. Many in today’s Christian community, isn’t serving Him fully, they attend church to get the bless me message or how the Lord will fight for you, but they have not given themselves completely to the teaching of the Scriptures. They seek His presents and not His presence.
John 6:27 – Labor not for the meat [food] which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life which the \Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Jesus instructed the seekers not to labor for the food that would perish but seek the spiritual food that would endure forever. One Scripture states where your treasures are there also will be your heart. Many professing Christians treasure the things of the world and not the things of God. They are more focused on the world’s pleasures rather than setting their affections on things pertaining to heaven. We’re not in this world to live forever, each day we live we’re closer to the assigned day of our departure from this life. If one’s treasures are of the world when death comes in hell will they lift up their eyes because they choose to live according to the world rather than the Word of God.
John 6:28 – Then said they unto him, Wha shall we do, that we might work the works of God? After Jesus has told them He was aware of their motive, their motives were still in the wrong place. Rather than asking how do they receive the food that would be for everlasting life, they’re asking how to work the works of God. By their motives being in the wrong place, if they were given the opportunity to work miracles it would be for themselves and not for God or His kingdom.
John 6:29 – Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. Jesus informed them, Him being sent is the work of God and they should believe in whom the Father had sent. They had not seen any other person performed miracles, they believed in the prophets and the Old Testament foretelling the coming of Christ but they titled Him as a prophet and not the Son of God. They saw the miracles, had eaten of the miracle and yet they hadn’t perceived who He was.
John 6:30 – They said therefore unto him, What sign showest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? They wanted to see more signs other than the one they had already seen. Not only had they eaten of the miracle but they also had heard of the miracles He had performed in healing sick and diseased bodies. Since their hearts were not right no matter how many signs He performed they weren’t going to accept Him as the Son of God.
John 6:31 – Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. There was a tradition that said the Messiah would cause manna to fall from heaven as Moses did. The people probably also this “miracle worker” as the perpetual provider of physical needs rather than spiritual ones. Some had heard and seen Jesus feed the multitude with two fish and five loaves of bread, this was a miracle of itself.
John 6:32 – Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. The crowd misrepresented the truth, so Jesus corrected them. The manna had not come from Moses; it had been provided by God. The bread the Father had given them by Moses was to nourish their physical bodies, but the true bread that is eternal life came through expecting salvation through His Son, Jesus.
John 6:33 – For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Jesus was speaking about Himself, the true bread that came from heaven to give life to the world through His death and resurrection.
John 6:34 – Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. Their spiritual understanding was open and now rather than asking for bread for the physical body, they desire the bread that gives eternal life. This is why it is mentioned both in the Old and New Testament “Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”, physical bread nourishes the body, but when we read the Bible, this bread feeds out spirit bringing forth spiritual growth. As the believer continue to read and study the Bible and their submission to the Word of God, they will be made into the image of God and His Son.
John 6:35 – And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life, he that cometh to me shall never hunger and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. “Bread of Life” means bread which supplies life. Manna satisfies physical needs for awhile, Jesus Christ satisfies spiritual need forever as the believer continues to come to Him for He is both the Bread of Life and the Word that became flesh.