The “Dinner Impossible” Episode Never Seen on the Food Network

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(1-7)  Jesus and the disciples were resting on a hill by the Sea of Galilee (or Sea of Tiberias).  A huge crowd had followed them.  Jesus wanted to feed all the people.  He already had a plan, but he tested Philip by asking him where they could buy bread to feed everyone.  Philip replied that they would not have enough money to buy all that bread even if they worked for months.

(8-9) There was a young boy there with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish.  The disciples are thinking, okay, but how does that solve the multitudes of hungry people?

  10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

 14 When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!”  15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

**LESSONS from John 6:1-15:

1)     Don’t underestimate what God can do.  Everything is possible with God.

2)    God can take what little we have and turn it into something great. 

**Before we go on, a reminder that italicized words or sections were copied directly from Bible, New Living Translation, unless otherwise noted.   Everything else is a paraphrase or a commentary/note/lesson.   Regarding the font size – I write these in Word in Arial font and copy them.  Lately it seems the font is smaller than it was previously.  Please zoom if you have trouble reading it.  Next time I’ll remember to write in larger font in Word.


 16 That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here.]21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!

**LESSON (6:16-21):  The disciples thought Jesus was a ghost and were terrified….but it should not have been a shock.  They had seen what He could do.   —Expect God to act!


The crowd crosses the water to Capernaum, looking for Jesus. They find him and ask when he got there.  26a …… you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. (NLT)  He goes on, as copied from the Message version of the Bible:  27“Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.”

 28To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works?”

(29) He asks them to simply believe in the one he has sent.  God does not want works.

30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
(32-33) Jesus corrects the people – it was His Father who provided the bread/manna (wafer-like food)*. Now he offers them the true bread – the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.

(34)  “Give me that bread every day”, the people say. 

 35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me.  Skip to 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.

39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.

**Note on 6:39:  Christ will not let those who commit their lives to him as Savior be overcome by Satan and lose their salvation.  This is a significant verse.

 41 Then the people[h] began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”     

 43 But Jesus replied, “Stop complaining about what I said. 44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.

 (6:47-51) Jesus points out that their ancestors ate manna, but they still died.  Eating the bread from heaven will mean eternal life. 


51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

 52 Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.

 53 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. (skipping some verses here.) 56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. (59) He was teaching at a synagogue in Capernaum when he said these things.

**Note:  The bread, flesh, and blood are symbolic for accepting Christ and uniting with him.  He permanently provides what we need for life – eternal life – if we accept and unite with Him.


(60) Many of his disciples were very confused about what Jesus was saying and wondered how anyone could accept it.

 61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? 63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) 65 … “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”  

 66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. 67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”

 68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.[j]

 70 Then Jesus said, “I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil.” 71 He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would later betray him.

NOTE (I’m having trouble un-bolding the rest):  It was likely that followers deserted Jesus for one or more reasons:  1) He  was not going to be a conqueror they expected; 2) he stood firm against self-centered requests; 3) emphasized faith, not deeds; or 4) because he taught with words that were offensive to them and difficult to understand.


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