New Testament
Lesson 12
“I Am the Bread of Life”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us look to Jesus Christ as "the bread of life," the source of everlasting life (John 6:47–48).

Scripture references for study:  John 5–6; Mark 6:30–44; Matthew 14:22–33
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Lesson 12 Handout (PDF format)


A Man Healed On The Sabbath

John 5:1-16 tells the story of a man with an infirmity who waited by the pool of Bethesda.

"The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day." (John 5:15-16)

"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God." (John 5:18)

IMPORTANT TRUTHS REGARDING THE SON'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER FOUND IN JOHN 5:19-31.

READ JOHN 5:31-39. Witnesses of Jesus.


The Feeding Of The 5000

Jesus and the Twelve left Capernaum and sailed across the sea of Galilee to Bethsaida-Julius.

READ JOHN 6:1-14. The feeding of the 5,000.


Jesus Walks On The Sea of Galilee

READ MATTHEW 14:22-33. Jesus goes to his disciple on the water.

WHAT OUGHT WE TO DO WHEN OUR FAITH WAVERS AND WE ARE STRUGGLING?


The Sermon on the Bread of Life

READ JOHN 6:24-26. The people find Jesus.

"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."  (v27)

"Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (v28-v29)

"They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat." (v30-31)

"Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread." (v34)

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."
     "But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
     "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
     "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
     "And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
     "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
(v35-40)

"The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?" (v41-42)

"Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves....
     "I am that bread of life.
     "Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
     "This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
     "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
(v43,48-51)

"The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" (v52)

"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
     "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
     "For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
     "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
     "As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
     "This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
     "These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum."
(v53-59)

"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
     "When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
     "What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
     "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
     "But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
     "And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
     "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
     "Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
     "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
     "And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
(v60-69)


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Daily we labor for bread which enables us to continue here in mortality. It is part of our mortality. But we also need to labor for "the bread of life," that which will nourish our souls more completely than the physical bread that nourishes our bodies. Unlike physical bread, the "bread of life" nourishes our souls so completely that it goes with us into the eternities.

Record your thoughts on the great miracles of the Lord. What does the sermon on the bread of life mean to you?


Resources Used In This Lesson

A Wonderful Flood of Light by Neal A. Maxwell.

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).

Lord, Increase Our Faith by Neal A. Maxwell.

The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown edited by Edwin B. Firmage.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 2, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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