"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 7 Jesus and the Passover


7.4 Reaction of the Disciples and The Twelve (Jn 6.60-71)


60Then many of his disciples who were listening said, 'This teaching is hard! Who can hear it?' 61But Jesus, realising that his disciples were muttering1 about it, said to them 'Is this a sticking point for you? 62Well if you see the Son of Man going up to where he was before, what will you think then263The spirit produces life, the flesh does no good. The sayings that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you that do not trust' -- for Jesus knew from the beginning who were the ones who did not have trust and who was the one who would betray him. 65And he said, 'Therefore I have told you that no-one can come to me unless the Father allows them to3.'

66From that point many of his disciples turned back and they did not go about with him any more. 67Then Jesus said to the Twelve, 'Don't you want to go away too?' 68Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, who shall we go to? You have the words of everlasting life 69and we have trusted and know that you are the holy one of God. 70Jesus answered them, 'Have I not chosen you Twelve? And one of you is an enemy4. 71He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot5; for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.

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1or grumbling (the same verb as in vv41 and 43)

2'what will you think then' is supplied.

3literally 'unless it is given to them by the Father'

4an enemy: or a devil; in Greek "diabolos"

5literally Judas of Simon Iscariot