Jesus Reveals Himself to Be the Bread of Life (6:25-59)

Jesus has claimed to share God's prerogatives of life-giving and judgment and has demonstrated supernatural power. Now the claims in chapter 5 and the power demonstrated in chapter 6 are put in perspective through the series of teachings around the theme of the bread of life (vv. 25-59). The deeds of power are signs of something even more wondrous than the witnesses first thought, for Jesus speaks further of his role as the giver of eternal life and of how people are to share in this life he offers. The crowd's response to this teaching illustrates the judgment that is taking place through Jesus' ministry. In this section we also receive more revelation of the relation between the Father and the Son spoken of in the keynote address.

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