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(1) John 6:22-50
6:22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 6:24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
6:25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" 6:26 Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 6:27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal." 6:28 Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" 6:29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." 6:30 So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 6:31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 6:32 Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 6:34 They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."
6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 6:36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 6:37 Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; 6:38 for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 6:39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 6:40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day."
6:41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." 6:42 They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" 6:43 Jesus answered them, "Do not complain among yourselves. 6:44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 6:47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 6:48 I am the bread of life. 6:49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
RCL: Year B, Proper 13
ECUSA & RC: Year B, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
advanceWORD: Proper 13B
John Dominic Crossan
Stratum: II (60-80 CE)
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The commentary in The Five Gospels (p. 419) includes a cameo essay on the "I AM sayings in the Gospel of John:"
... the emphatic phrase "I AM" [Greek: ego eimi] was widely used in the Greco-Roman world, and would have been recognized by John's readers as an established formula in speech attributed to one of the gods. It is event possible that the author alludes to the famous self-revelation of God (Yahweh) in Exod 3:14: "I am who I am" ...
The essay lists the 7 I AM sayings in the GJohn:
6:35 I am the bread of life
8:12 I am the light of the world
8.58 I existed before Abraham ["before Abraham was I AM")
10:11 I am the good shepherd
11:25 I am the resurrection and the life
14:6 I am the way, I am truth, and I am life
15:1 I am the authentic vine