Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy!
We landed at Gennesaret, a plain that lay between Capernaum and Tiberias. It wasn’t long until word spread and people began arriving. Even some from where Jesus fed the multitude.
They were the ones who asked Jesus, who hadn’t left on the boat with us, instead he walked on water to meet us, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
We watched the back and forth begin.
Jesus answered, pointing towards where we came, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
Fair question, prophets came with miraculous signs, however, to not believe despite seeing them was looked down upon.
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
Life to the world, I wondered. What’s that?
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
Jesus came from heaven and will raise us on the last day when we’re bodily resurrected? We have to believe in him, and follow him?
I saw more coming towards us. They brought all their sick to Jesus and begged him to let the sick just
touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.