Earlier in John 6, Jesus multiplied five barley loaves and two fish into enough food to feed 5,000 men, with enough leftovers to fill 12 baskets (see vv. 12-13). This was an impressive miracle that convinced people Jesus was a prophet from God who should be their king. There’s a problem, though, with the kind of prosperity the people expected from Jesus: it doesn’t last.
- How do you think poor, hungry peasants would have felt about Jesus’ instruction in verse 27?
- What was the significance of Jesus’ calling Himself the bread of life?
- In verses 47-51, how does Jesus contrast the life He gives with the manna the Israelites received in the wilderness?
- How should the fact that many disciples no longer followed Jesus after hearing this “hard teaching” sober us?
- What does it look like to love Jesus for who He is, not for what He can give?
- In what ways are you like the crowd of people, asking Jesus to meet your physical needs but neglecting your spiritual needs?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Hebrews 3 • Numbers 11:1-17 • Isaiah 32:1-8 • Ezekiel 7:10-27 • Psalm 106:13-23 • Philippians 3.