John Chapter 6a

March 26, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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John 6:1-71 (NIV)
1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14 After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

This miraculous feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle included in all four of the Gospels, which points to its importance.

This was a spectacular miracle that had two significant implications, on the one hand it stirred up in people a hope that the Messiah had indeed come. On the other hand, in its aftermath, many of the people who had been following Him left.


There is a reference in these verses to the Jewish Passover. More than a chronological reference, the Passover reference would have the people thinking in terms of blood, lambs, and unleavened bread.

At this point in their history, the Jewish people were looking for a new Moses, who would deliver them from bondage, this time from the Romans.


Demonstrating the he is the Good Shepherd, Jesus made the sheep sit down in green pastures. There were five thousand men, plus women and children, which means that there could have easily been more than ten thousand people there.

This scene would be a lot like the scene in the wilderness where the people with Moses need a miraculous feeding.


As the disciples gathered the leftovers they would begin to realize that He is able to meet their needs.


As the people realize what has taken place, they are reminded of Moses prediction that a prophet like him would rise.

Deuteronomy 18:15 (NIV)
15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.

Moses had fed the people and he had led them out of bondage. Jesus had fed the people and they believed that He could lead them out of the hated Roman bondage.

This causes them to cry out, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Immediately they decided “to come and make Him King by force”.

This is a telling phrase; they wanted to take Him by force and make Him King! A king is one who rules, not is ruled by others.

These people didn’t want to follow and obey Jesus as their King, they wanted to use Him to get free from the bondage to the Romans. Jesus, knowing their motives, slips away.

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