John 6:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:36, NIV: "But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe."

John 6:36, ESV: "But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe."

John 6:36, KJV: "But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not."

John 6:36, NASB: "But I said to you that you have indeed seen Me, and yet you do not believe."

John 6:36, NLT: "But you haven't believed in me even though you have seen me."

John 6:36, CSB: "But as I told you, you've seen me, and yet you do not believe."

What does John 6:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus is clarifying the purpose of His ministry. Spectacular miracles and free food are not the point of His mission on earth. Nor are they meant to be the focus of our lives. Instead, we ought to be focused on eternal things. Most importantly, this means coming to saving belief in Christ (John 6:27–29). Jesus has contradicted the idea of salvation based on good works, teaching that salvation is found only by those who believe in the One sent from God.

In John chapter 3, Jesus explains to Nicodemus that he ought to recognize the means of salvation, since he was an expert in the Law (John 3:9–10). In John chapter 4, Christ refuses to let the Samaritan woman sidestep His message with appeals to controversies (John 4:19–21). In John chapter 5, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for having access to God's written Words, yet failing to recognize Him as Messiah (John 5:46–47). Here, Jesus points out that the crowd has seen more than enough—in the form of miracles—to realize the truth He is explaining. And yet, the people stubbornly refuse to believe. Instead, they ask for even more miracles, as if that would finally convince them (John 6:30).