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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 220/260: Peter

Read John 6:60-69

No Alternative

Jesus said some things that were difficult to understand, and some lost interest in Him because of that. There are things that Jesus teaches that are offensive to those who want to live their lives as they please without any guilt. He claimed, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53). He was not teaching cannibalism, but complete submission to His commands. The hard-hearted people who wanted to continue living in sin could not do what Jesus was asking.

“From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66). Initially, they wanted to learn from Him, and they wanted to be blessed by Him, but when they realized it was an “all or nothing” proposition—that they could no longer hold on to their selfish behaviors and desires—they “went back and walked with Him no more.”

At this point, Jesus asked His apostles, “Do you also want to go away?” (John 6:67). Can you hear the heartbreak in the Savior’s words? Rejected by so many, would He now be rejected by those closest to Him as well?

Peter spoke up. He stepped forward and answered on behalf of the group, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69).

Peter recognized that there was no alternative to following Jesus. The ways of the Pharisees were hypocritical and led nowhere. The polytheistic religions of the Greeks and Romans were nothing more than fanciful fiction. But Jesus was the real deal. He taught “the words of eternal life” because He is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

A superficial belief in Jesus will eventually result in departure when a “hard saying” comes along. Develop a faith like Peter’s, rooted in the foundational truth of Jesus’ identity.

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 218/260: Andrew

Read John 6:1-14

Tell Jesus About Your Problems

A couple of weeks ago, we studied the occasion of Andrew bringing his brother Peter to Jesus, recorded in John 1:35-42. That was on “Day 204,” if you need to refresh your memory. The thrust of those thoughts was the importance of bringing someone to Jesus. In today’s text, Andrew again brings someone to Jesus. This time, it was because of a problem that faced the disciples.

Mark, Luke, and John all indicate that there were about five thousand men present on this occasion. Matthew adds that this number was “besides women and children” (Matthew 14:21), indicating the actual number of the multitude was much greater. To feed such a great number would have been a monumental task, and Philip acknowledged that. “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little” (John 6:7).

Despite the problem they faced, Andrew brought a boy to Jesus who had “five barley loaves and two small fish” (John 6:9). Understand that these are not the loaves of bread you might purchase at the grocery store or bakery, but very small, flat cakes, and the fish were likely very small as well, used as a relish with the bread.

Andrew asked, “What are they among so many?” (John 6:9). Sure, it was food, but there were thousands of people there. The apostles didn’t have enough food for everyone, nor did they have enough money to buy food for everyone. But they brought the problem to the One who could provide an answer. They brought it to Jesus.

Just as important as bringing people to Jesus is bringing problems to Jesus. He wants to help us with our struggles. That is why He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Have you brought your problems to Jesus lately? “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). Take a moment now to thank Him for His love, and seek His answers to your troubles today.

I Am the Bread of Life (John 6)

I Am the Bread of Life John 6

John 6

I. Physical vs. spiritual

    A. They were not interested in Him as the Messiah (John 6:26-27)
    B. The work of God is that you believe in Him whom He sent (John 6:28-29; Hebrews 11:6)

II. Jesus’ works vs. Moses’ works

    A. They wanted physical bread (John 6:30-33; Nehemiah 9:15)
    B. Jesus challenged a higher focus, a deeper discipleship, an active faith (John 6:34-40)

III. The rejection of the Jews

    A. Offended at the suggestion of eternal existence (John 6:41-42)
    B. Jesus required 24/7 spiritual devotion (John 6:43-59)
    C. “This is a hard saying”…too hard for some (John 6:60-66)
    D. There is no alternative to Jesus (John 6:67-69)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 216/260: Read John 6

There are seven times in the gospel according to John that Jesus says “I am,” describing Himself in figurative terms. The first, found in John 6:35, is “I am the bread of life.” Notice what Jesus says next about those who desire to partake in that bread: “He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

There are many in the religious world that teach the concept of inviting Jesus into your heart, but the Bible teaches just the opposite. Jesus invites us to come to Him. We are the ones who must move. We are the ones who must make changes. We conform ourselves to His life, rather than trying to make Him fit into ours.

What does it mean to eat His flesh and drink His blood? It is impossible to escape the thought of the Lord’s Supper here, but there is much more to it. Jesus says, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” To eat His flesh and drink His blood is to take His words, believe them, and obey them. Then and only then can we truly abide in the Son of God.

He sets the terms. He is the Creator of the universe. He is the Savior of sinful man. We have no right to make demands on Him or to change what He has established in His Word.

At the end of this chapter, after many had left Him, Jesus asked His apostles, “Do you also want to go away?” Peter wisely answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

John 8:31. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”


Pray for the humility to accept God’s Word at what it says without trying to modify it to fit preconceptions.

“Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?”

Lord To Whom Shall We Go

John 6:66-69


    A. Corrupted Judaism (Matthew 15:8-9)
    B. Corrupted Christianity (1 Corinthians 1:10; John 17:20-21)
    C. Man-made religion (Buddhism, Islam, Scientology, Atheism)


    A. Perversions of the gospel are not another gospel (Galatians 1:6-8)
    B. Affirmed by Jesus (John 12:48; Matthew 7:24-27)
    C. The example of Peter and John (Acts 4:8-20)


    A. We must not ignore His revealed will in favor of our own desires
    B. Living in such a way that shows your faith (James 2:14-24)
    C. Obedience is prompted by faith (Hebrews 11)

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“This is a Hard Saying; Who Can Understand It?”

John 6:48-60


    A. The Jews refused to believe (John 6:41-42)
    B. We can partake of the bread of life because of His sacrifice on the cross (John 6:48-51; Philippians 2:5-8)
    C. The literal interpretation (John 6:52)
    D. Complete commitment: 24/7/365 (John 6:53-58)


    A. “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” (John 6:60)

      1. “Who can hear it?” (KJV)
      2. “Who can listen to it?” (ESV)
      3. “Who can accept it?” (NIV)

    B. A discouraging question – what’s the point in even trying? (Ezekiel 33:8-9; Galatians 6:1-10; James 5:19-20)


    A. Our responsibility to evangelize (John 6:63; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)
    B. It is not our ability, but God’s power (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 3:7)
    C. Consider what the Word does

      1. “Build you up and give you an inheritance” (Acts 20:32)
      2. We are “born again…through the word of God” (1 Peter 1:22-23)
      3. “Able to save your souls” (James 1:21)

    D. Is anyone too corrupt to be saved? (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

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