- John 6:1-5
- John 6:1 (KJB)
- After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the
sea of Tiberias.
- Jesus had just finished His testimony to those in Jerusalem. He affirmed
His deity by healing the man at the pool and doing so on the Sabbath Day.
There must have been some time between Jesus leaving Jerusalem and crossing
over the Sea of Galilee. For the Sea of Galilee was about 70 miles or 113 km
north of Jerusalem. The Sea of Tiberias was the Roman name given in honor of
Caesar. In John 6 Jesus is going to give a discourse on being the Bread of
Life. The misunderstanding of John 6 has given way to the ungodly belief
called Transubstantiation which was used in the Middle Ages by the Roman
Catholic Institution in the Inquisition. They taught that the priest had the
ability to call down Christ from Heaven and turn the wafer and the wine into
the actual flesh and blood of Christ. Those true believers who refused to
kowtow to this heresy were murdered by torture and burning.
- John 6:2 (KJB)
- And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which
he did on them that were diseased.
- When the people knew that Jesus was back in their area, a great
multitude had followed Him, not because of salvation but because they saw
the great miracles that He did. These people were probably getting ready to
go to Jerusalem for the Passover and that is why they were already in a
crowd. Many today in charismatic churches seek Jesus because they think that
they are going to see great miracles and that is the wrong reason to follow
- John 6:3 (KJB)
- And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
- Jesus knew that there was going to be a great multitude which would be
coming out to see Him but at this moment He was sitting and ministering to
His disciples. There was very little rest or alone time with the Disciples
as the ministry of Jesus began to increase. There were many hills which
surrounded the Sea of Galilee and Jesus would make use of those hills since
they would make a great area for teaching because of the way they were
formed. Many hill formations make for good echo effect for speaking and that
is why amphitheatres are built that way.
- John 6:4 (KJB)
- And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
- This was the Passover which was one year before Jesus died so that would
place it at 32 A.D. This was the third Passover our Lord celebrated on
earth. Passover commemorated the deliverance of Israel from Egypt in 1447
B.C. Jesus would be crucified the next year during the Passover celebration
where He would become our Passover Lamb.
(1 Cor 5:7 KJV) Purge out therefore the old
leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our
passover is sacrificed for us:
- John 6:5 (KJB)
- When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come
unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may
- Jesus saw the great multitude coming at Him and He knew what He was
going to do in regards to the feeding of this multitude. Jesus often asked
questions of His disciples to test their faith and to teach them great
spiritual lessons. Philip had seen Jesus do many miracles and even brought
his brother Nathanael to Him. Here Jesus is questioning Philip to see what
his response would be, knowing that he witnessed the miracles of Jesus and
probably the turning of water into wine. Jesus wanted to see if Philip was
understanding who He was yet?