1Jesus called together the 12 disciples. He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to heal diseases.2Then he sent them out to announce God’s kingdom and to heal those who were ill.3He told them, ‘Don’t take anything for the journey. Do not take a walking stick or a bag. Do not take any bread, money or extra clothes.4When you are invited into a house, stay there until you leave town.5Some people may not welcome you. If they don’t, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet. This will be a witness against the people living there.’6So the 12 disciples left. They went from village to village. They announced the good news and healed people everywhere.7Now Herod, the ruler of Galilee, heard about everything that was going on. He was bewildered, because some were saying that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead.8Others were saying that Elijah had appeared. Still others were saying that a prophet of long ago had come back to life.9But Herod said, ‘I had John’s head cut off. So who is it that I hear such things about?’ And he tried to see Jesus.
Jesus feeds the five thousand
10The disciples returned. They told Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him. They went off by themselves to a town called Bethsaida.11But the crowds learned about it and followed Jesus. He welcomed them and spoke to them about God’s kingdom. He also healed those who needed to be healed.12Late in the afternoon the 12 disciples came to him. They said, ‘Send the crowd away. They can go to the nearby villages and countryside. There they can find food and a place to stay. There is nothing here.’13Jesus replied, ‘You give them something to eat.’ The disciples answered, ‘We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. We would have to go and buy food for all this crowd.’14About 5,000 men were there. But Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Have them sit down in groups of about 50 each.’15The disciples did so, and everyone sat down.16Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke them into pieces. Then he gave them to the disciples to give to the people.17All of them ate and were satisfied. The disciples picked up 12 baskets of leftover pieces.
Peter says that Jesus is the Messiah
18One day Jesus was praying alone. Only his disciples were with him. He asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’19They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.’20‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘God’s Messiah.’
Jesus speaks about his coming death
21Jesus strongly warned them not to tell this to anyone.22He said, ‘The Son of Man must suffer many things. The elders will not accept him. The chief priests and the teachers of the law will not accept him either. He must be killed and on the third day rise from the dead.’23Then he said to all of them, ‘Whoever wants to follow me must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross every day and follow me.24Whoever wants to save their life will lose it. But whoever loses their life for me will save it.25What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses or gives up their very self?26Suppose someone is ashamed of me and my words. The Son of Man will come in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Then he will be ashamed of that person.27‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Some who are standing here will not die before they see God’s kingdom.’
Jesus’ appearance is changed
28About eight days after Jesus said this, he went up on a mountain to pray. He took Peter, John and James with him.29As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed. His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.30Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in shining glory. Jesus and the two of them talked together.31They talked about how he would be leaving them soon. This was going to happen in Jerusalem.32Peter and his companions had been very sleepy. But then they became completely awake. They saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him.33As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter spoke up. ‘Master’, he said to him, ‘it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters. One will be for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ Peter didn’t really know what he was saying.34While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them. The disciples were afraid as they entered the cloud.35A voice came from the cloud. It said, ‘This is my Son, and I have chosen him. Listen to him.’36When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept quiet about this. They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
Jesus heals a boy who is controlled by an evil spirit
37The next day Jesus and those who were with him came down from the mountain. A large crowd met Jesus.38A man in the crowd called out. ‘Teacher’, he said, ‘I beg you to look at my son. He is my only child.39A spirit takes hold of him, and he suddenly screams. It throws him into fits so that he foams at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him. It is destroying him.40I begged your disciples to drive it out. But they couldn’t do it.’41‘You unbelieving and evil people!’ Jesus replied. ‘How long do I have to stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you?’ Then he said to the man, ‘Bring your son here.’42Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him into a fit. The boy fell to the ground. But Jesus ordered the evil spirit to leave the boy. Then Jesus healed him and gave him back to his father.
Jesus speaks a second time about his coming death
43They were all amazed at God’s greatness. Everyone was wondering about all that Jesus did. Then Jesus said to his disciples,44‘Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you. The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men.’45But they didn’t understand what this meant. That was because it was hidden from them. And they were afraid to ask Jesus about it.
Who is the most important person?
46The disciples began to argue about which one of them would be the most important person.47Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he took a little child and stood the child beside him.48Then he spoke to them. ‘Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me,’ he said. ‘And anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. The one considered least important among all of you is really the most important.’49‘Master’, said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name. We tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.’50‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘Anyone who is not against you is for you.’
The Samaritans do not welcome Jesus
51The time grew near for Jesus to be taken up to heaven. So he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem.52He sent messengers on ahead. They went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him.53But the people there did not welcome Jesus. That was because he was heading for Jerusalem.54The disciples James and John saw this. They asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them?’55But Jesus turned and commanded them not to do it.56Then Jesus and his disciples went on to another village.
The cost of following Jesus
57Once Jesus and those who were with him were walking along the road. A man said to Jesus, ‘I will follow you no matter where you go.’58Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens. Birds have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’59He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’60Jesus said to him, ‘Let dead people bury their own dead. You go and tell others about God’s kingdom.’61Still another person said, ‘I will follow you, Lord. But first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’62Jesus replied, ‘Suppose someone starts to plough and then looks back. That person is not fit for service in God’s kingdom.’
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Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
1And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, (Mt 10:1; Mr 3:13; Mr 6:7)2and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. (Mt 10:5; Mt 10:7; Lu 4:43; Lu 9:11; Lu 9:60; Lu 10:1; Lu 10:9)3And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. (Mt 10:9; Mr 6:8; Lu 10:4; Lu 22:35)4And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.5And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” (Ne 5:13; Mr 1:44; Ac 13:51; Ac 18:6; Jas 5:3)6And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Mr 6:12)
Herod Is Perplexed by Jesus
7Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, (Mt 14:1; Mr 6:14; Lu 3:1; Lu 3:19; Lu 9:19; Ac 13:1)8by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. (Lu 9:7)9Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him. (Lu 23:8)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
10On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. (Mt 14:13; Mt 15:32; Mr 6:30; Mr 6:32; Mr 8:2; Joh 6:1)11When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. (Lu 8:40; Lu 9:2)12Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” (Jer 6:4; Mt 15:23; Lu 24:29)13But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” (2Ki 4:42; Mt 16:9; Mr 8:19)14For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”15And they did so, and had them all sit down.16And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. (1Sa 9:13; Mt 26:26; Mr 7:34; Mr 8:7; Mr 14:22; Lu 24:30; Joh 11:41; Joh 17:1; 1Co 14:16)17And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
28Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. (Mt 14:23; Mt 17:1; Mr 9:2; Mr 14:33; Lu 8:51)29And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. (Ps 104:2; Da 7:9; Mt 28:3; Mr 16:12)30And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah,31who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.32Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. (Da 8:18; Mt 26:43; Joh 1:14)33And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. (Ne 8:15; Mr 9:6; Mr 14:40)34As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. (Ex 24:15; 2Pe 1:17)35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (Ps 89:3; Isa 42:1; Isa 49:7; Lu 9:34; Lu 23:35; Ac 3:22)36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. (Mt 17:9; Mr 9:9)
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
37On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. (Mt 17:14; Mr 9:14)38And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. (Lu 7:12)39And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.40And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” (Mt 10:1; Mr 6:7; Lu 9:1; Lu 10:17)41Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” (Joh 14:9; Joh 20:27; Php 2:15)42While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. (Zec 3:2; Mt 8:26; Mr 1:25; Lu 4:35; Lu 4:39; Lu 7:15; Jud 1:9)
Jesus Again Foretells His Death
43And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, (Mt 17:22; Mr 9:30; Lu 9:22; 2Pe 1:16)44“Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” (Lu 9:43)45But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying. (Mt 17:13; Mr 6:52; Mr 9:10; Lu 2:50; Lu 18:34; Lu 24:16; Joh 10:6; Joh 12:16; Joh 16:17)
Who Is the Greatest?
46An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. (Mt 18:1; Mt 20:20; Mr 9:33; Mr 10:35)47But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side48and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” (Mt 10:40; Mt 10:42; Lu 22:26)
51When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. (2Ki 12:17; Isa 50:7; Jer 42:15; Mr 16:19; Lu 13:22; Lu 17:11; Lu 18:31; Lu 19:11; Lu 19:28)52And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. (Mt 10:5; Lu 10:1)53But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. (Lu 10:33; Joh 4:9; Joh 4:20)54And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (Re 13:13)55But he turned and rebuked them.56And they went on to another village.
The Cost of Following Jesus
57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” (Mt 8:19; Lu 9:51)58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”60And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Lu 9:2; Joh 5:25)61Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” (1Ki 19:20)62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Php 3:13)