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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
43

The next day the crowd standing across the sea
saw that no other boat had been there except one,
and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples,
but his disciples had gone away alone;
other boats from Tiberias came near the place
where they ate the bread, the Lord having given thanks.
Therefore when the crowd saw
that Jesus was not there with his disciples,
they embarked in the boats
and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.

Finding him across the sea
they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"

Jesus answered them, "Amen, amen, I tell you,
you seek me not because you saw miracles,
but because you ate from the loaves and were satisfied.
Do not work for the food which spoils,
but for the food which continues into eternal life,
which the human son will give you;
for God the Father certified this one."

So they said to him, "What should we do
that we may do the works of God?"

Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God,
that you believe in that one whom he sent."

So they said to him, "Then what sign do you perform,
that we may see and believe you?
What work do you do?
Our fathers ate manna in the desert,
as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat."

Therefore Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I tell you,
Moses has not given you the bread from heaven,
but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven;
for the bread of God is the one coming down from heaven
and giving life to the world."

So they said to him, "Lord, always give us this bread."

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me does not hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
However, I told you that you have even seen me
and do not believe.

"Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me,
and whoever comes to me I will not throw out outside,
because I have come down from heaven
not that I may do my will,
but the will of the one who sent me.

"This is the will of the one who sent me,
that everyone whom he has given me
I shall not lose any of them,
but I shall raise them up on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone seeing the son and believing in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise the same up on the last day."

Therefore the Jews grumbled about him
because he said, "I am the bread coming down from heaven,"
and they said, "Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph,
whose father and mother we know?
How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"

Jesus answered them, "Do not grumble with each other.
No one can come to me
unless the Father who sent me draws one,
and I shall raise the same up on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God;

everyone having heard from the Father and learning
comes to me.

"Not that anyone has seen the Father,
except the one from the Father;
this one has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.

"I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and died;
this is the bread coming down from heaven,
so that anyone may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven;
if anyone eats of this bread, one will live into eternity;
and also the bread which I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."

Therefore the Jews quarreled with each other
saying, "How can this one give us his flesh to eat?"

Therefore Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I tell you,
unless you eat the flesh of the human son
and drink his blood,
you do not have life in yourselves.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I shall raise the same up on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in the same.

"As the living Father sent me
and I live because of the Father,
also whoever eats me,
that one will also live because of me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven,
not like the fathers ate and died;
whoever eats this bread will live into eternity."
These things he said teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum.

Therefore many of his disciples having heard
said, "Hard is this word; who can listen to it?"

But Jesus aware in himself
that his disciples were grumbling about this,
said to them, "Does this offend you?"
So what if you see
the human son going up where he was before?
The Spirit is life-giving;
the flesh benefits nothing;
the sayings which I have spoken to you
are Spirit and are life.
However, there are some of you who do not believe."

For Jesus knew from the beginning
who were the ones not believing
and who was the one giving him over.

He said, "Because of this I have told you
that no one can come to me
unless it is given to one from the Father."

From this, many of his disciples went away
into the things behind and no longer walked with him.

Therefore Jesus said to the twelve,
"Do you also wish to leave?"

Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the sayings of eternal life,
and we have believed and known
that you are the holy one of God."

Jesus answered them, "Did I not select you twelve?
and one of you is a devil."
He told of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot;
for this one of the twelve was intending to give him over.

43. The Bread of Life Harmony 43 * Interpretation 43
44. On Cleanliness and Food Harmony 44 * Synthesis 44 * Interpretation 44

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