What does it say?
John 6 is added to our chronological reading at this point because it is the only portion of John’s gospel that focuses on the later part of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, the peak of his popularity. Jesus’ Galilean ministry occupies the bulk of the synoptic (similar) gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, but only a chapter of John. We see here the fourth and fifth of the seven miracles of Jesus that John chooses to include, the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water.
We also see the famous discourse that Jesus gives in the synagogue in Capernaum identifying himself as the Bread of Life (6:22-59). Some of the things Jesus said are hard for even his disciples to accept or even understand. From this point many left off from following him. For the Twelve, this is the point of no return as Jesus confronts them directly asking if they also would go back. He also reveals that there is a Satanic implant among the Twelve.
What does it mean?
This chapter offers many lessons immediately transferable to our lives today. The feeding of the 5,000 shows that it’s not how much or how little we have, when we give it to Jesus, he miraculously multiplies for his missional purposes. The miracle of calming the stormy sea is a reminder that he is always coming to us above the storms of life. John 6:29 offers a wonderful definition of doing the word of God; it is simply to believe on him. Our walk with God should be faith-driven, not performance-driven. Meditate on Jesus’ discourse about being the Bread of life. What significance should that have for us today, to know that he is the very staple of life and without receiving nourishment from him, there is no life. Another singularly important statement appears in John 6:63. Every disciple of Jesus comes to a point of no return as we see here in John 6:66-67.
How will I respond?
What practical application does John 6:29 have for my life today in terms of how I serve God? How does my faithfulness (or lack thereof) to read the Bible relate to what Jesus says in John 6:63? Have I reached the point of no return in my walk with Jesus as illustrated in John 6:66-67? What has, or what will be my answer as compared to Peter’s words in John 6:68-69?