John was a fisherman whom Jesus called to be an apostle. He was one of the inner circle of apostles who saw certain events that the other gospel writers did not, such as the raising of Jairus’ daughter. He called himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” His gospel begins by showing that Jesus was God. John was writing to all men with the primary purpose that they might believe. One of the key words is believe.
1. In the Feeding of Five Thousand (vv. 1-15), what is the reason for John being so specific about the amount of money they would need, the number of loaves and fish they had, and the size of the crowd?
2. What similarities do you see between Jesus and Moses that led the crowd to believe that Jesus was the Prophet that Moses described in Deuteronomy 18:15?
3. Why did the crowd ask (v. 30), “What sign do you do, that we may see and believe you?” if they just witnessed Jesus feeding the 5000?
4. What does Jesus mean when he says in verse 51, “And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh”?
5. What does Jesus mean when he says that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood? How is eating and drinking similar to having faith?
6. Why did the disciples in verse 60 say that what Jesus said was a “hard saying”?
7. In v. 66 why did some of the “disciples” walk away and why did the “Twelve” continue following Jesus?