Again, a great throng of people met Jesus and the disciples as they came to shore in the land of Gennesaret near Capernaum. They brought many who were sick begging only to touch the hem of His garment. Those who touched it were made completely well.
The day after Jesus had fed the five thousand men, He taught them in the synagogue in Capernaum. Since He perceived that the crowd was looking for more food, He taught them a lesson on spiritual food that would endure for eternal life.
Jesus stated that He is the bread of life and that He was sent by His Father from heaven. Also, if they would eat of that bread and believe in Him, they would have eternal life.
The Jews could not understand this. They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then, that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
After Jesus had stated that His flesh must be eaten and that His blood must be drunk in order to live forever, many of His disciples (followers) “went back and walked with Him no more.”
At this time, Jesus asked the twelve apostles a sad question, “Do you also want to go away?”
Peter answered with an expression of the hope of mankind. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”