After he had performed a miracle, a crowd of people were looking for the Rabbi in the town of Kefar Nachum. He answered them and said,

"Amein, amein, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate my bread and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the son of man will give to you, for on him the Father, G-d, has set His seal."

Therefore they said to the Rabbi, "What are we to do to perform the actions of G-d?"

He answered and said, "This is the work of G-d, that you trust in him whom He has sent."

So they said to him, "What then do you do for a sign, so that we may see and trust You? What work will You do?  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'"

The Rabbi then said to them, "Amein, amein, I say to you, it was not Moshe who gave you the bread of heaven but it is my Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.  For the bread of G-d is that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world."

Then they said to him, "Rabbi, always give us this bread!"

He said to them, "I am the bread of life; theone who comes to me will not hunger, and the one who believes in me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me. This is the will of Him who sent me, that of all those He has given me I lose nothing, but raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who beholds the son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I myself will raise him up on the last day."

Those he spoke to were grumbling about him, because he said, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven." They were saying, "Is not this Yeshua ben Yosef whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?" Yeshua answered and said to them,

"Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT BY HASHEM.'  Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to me.  Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the one who is from G-d; he has seen the Father. Amein, amein, I say to you, the one who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  [i.e. they trusted HaShem to sustain their bodies for a time with physical manna.] This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. [i.e. you should trust HaShem to sustain your spirits for eternity with the spiritual manna embodied in me.]"

Then those in the crowd began to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"

So the Rabbi said to them, "Amein, amein, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves.  The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood [i.e. trusts and depends upon me to sustain him] has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.  Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me, he also will live because of me.  This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; the one who eats this bread will live forever."

The Rabbi said these things in the synagogue of Kefar Nachum and many of his talmidim [students], when they heard this said, "This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?"  But Yeshua, conscious that his students grumbled at this, said to them, "has this become an obstacle for you, even when you see the son of man going up to where he was before?  The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life!"


This is the life of the Rabbi.