Bible: Luke 4:14-6:11
The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee
4:14 Then 1 Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 2 returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 3 throughout the surrounding countryside. 4 4:15 He 5 began to teach 6 in their synagogues 7 and was praised 8 by all.
Rejection at Nazareth
4:16 Now 9 Jesus 10 came to Nazareth, 11 where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 12 on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 13 He 14 stood up to read, 15 4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 16 unrolled 17 the scroll and found the place where it was written,
4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
and the regaining of sight 23 to the blind,
4:20 Then 28 he rolled up 29 the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on 30 him. 4:21 Then 31 he began to tell them, “Today 32 this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 33 4:22 All 34 were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They 35 said, “Isn’t this 36 Joseph’s son?” 4:23 Jesus 37 said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ 38 and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, 39 do here in your hometown too.’” 4:24 And he added, 40 “I tell you the truth, 41 no prophet is acceptable 42 in his hometown. 4:25 But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, 43 when the sky 44 was shut up three and a half years, and 45 there was a great famine over all the land. 4:26 Yet 46 Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 47 4:27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, 48 yet 49 none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 50 4:28 When they heard this, all the people 51 in the synagogue were filled with rage. 4:29 They got up, forced 52 him out of the town, 53 and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that 54 they could throw him down the cliff. 55 4:30 But he passed through the crowd 56 and went on his way. 57
Ministry in Capernaum
4:33 Now 66 in the synagogue 67 there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean 68 demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 “Ha! Leave us alone, 69 Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 70 of God.” 4:35 But 71 Jesus rebuked him: 72 “Silence! Come out of him!” 73 Then, after the demon threw the man 74 down in their midst, he came out of him without hurting him. 75 4:36 They 76 were all amazed and began to say 77 to one another, “What’s happening here? 78 For with authority and power 79 he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 4:37 So 80 the news 81 about him spread into all areas of the region. 82
4:38 After Jesus left 83 the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus 84 to help her. 85 4:39 So 86 he stood over her, commanded 87 the fever, and it left her. Immediately 88 she got up and began to serve 89 them.
4:40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives 90 sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. 91 He placed 92 his hands on every one of them and healed them. 4:41 Demons also came out 93 of many, crying out, 94 “You are the Son of God!” 95 But he rebuked 96 them, and would not allow them to speak, 97 because they knew that he was the Christ. 98
4:42 The next morning 99 Jesus 100 departed and went to a deserted place. Yet 101 the crowds were seeking him, and they came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them. 4:43 But Jesus 102 said to them, “I must 103 proclaim the good news of the kingdom 104 of God to the other towns 105 too, for that is what I was sent 106 to do.” 107 4:44 So 108 he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 109
The Call of the Disciples
5:1 Now 110 Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 111 and the crowd was pressing around him 112 to hear the word of God. 5:2 He 113 saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 5:3 He got into 114 one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 115 Jesus 116 sat down 117 and taught the crowds from the boat. 5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 118 your nets for a catch.” 5:5 Simon 119 answered, 120 “Master, 121 we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 122 I will lower 123 the nets.” 5:6 When 124 they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 125 5:7 So 126 they motioned 127 to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. 128 5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 129 for I am a sinful man!” 130 5:9 For 131 Peter 132 and all who were with him were astonished 133 at the catch of fish that they had taken, 5:10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. 134 Then 135 Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 136 you will be catching people.” 137 5:11 So 138 when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 139 him.
Healing a Leper
5:12 While 140 Jesus 141 was in one of the towns, 142 a man came 143 to him who was covered with 144 leprosy. 145 When 146 he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 147 and begged him, 148 “Lord, if 149 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 5:13 So 150 he stretched out his hand and touched 151 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 5:14 Then 152 he ordered the man 153 to tell no one, 154 but commanded him, 155 “Go 156 and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 157 for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 158 as a testimony to them.” 159 5:15 But the news about him spread even more, 160 and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 161 and to be healed of their illnesses. 5:16 Yet Jesus himself 162 frequently withdrew 163 to the wilderness 164 and prayed.
Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic
5:17 Now on 165 one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 166 and teachers of the law 167 sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 168 and the power of the Lord was with him 169 to heal. 5:18 Just then 170 some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 171 on a stretcher. 172 They 173 were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 174 5:19 But 175 since they found 176 no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 177 and let him down on the stretcher 178 through the roof tiles 179 right 180 in front of Jesus. 181 5:20 When 182 Jesus 183 saw their 184 faith he said, “Friend, 185 your sins are forgiven.” 186 5:21 Then 187 the experts in the law 188 and the Pharisees began to think 189 to themselves, 190 “Who is this man 191 who is uttering blasphemies? 192 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 5:22 When Jesus perceived 193 their hostile thoughts, 194 he said to them, 195 “Why are you raising objections 196 within yourselves? 5:23 Which is easier, 197 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 5:24 But so that you may know 198 that the Son of Man 199 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man 200 – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 201 and go home.” 202 5:25 Immediately 203 he stood up before them, picked 204 up the stretcher 205 he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 206 God. 5:26 Then 207 astonishment 208 seized them all, and they glorified 209 God. They were filled with awe, 210 saying, “We have seen incredible 211 things 212 today.” 213
The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners
5:27 After 214 this, Jesus 215 went out and saw a tax collector 216 named Levi 217 sitting at the tax booth. 218 “Follow me,” 219 he said to him. 5:28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 220 behind. 221
5:29 Then 222 Levi gave a great banquet 223 in his house for Jesus, 224 and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 225 at the table with them. 5:30 But 226 the Pharisees 227 and their experts in the law 228 complained 229 to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 230 5:31 Jesus 231 answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 232 5:32 I have not come 233 to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 234
The Superiority of the New
5:33 Then 235 they said to him, “John’s 236 disciples frequently fast 237 and pray, 238 and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 239 but yours continue to eat and drink.” 240 5:34 So 241 Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 242 fast while the bridegroom 243 is with them, can you? 244 5:35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 245 at that time 246 they will fast.” 5:36 He also told them a parable: 247 “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 248 it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 249 the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 250 5:37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 251 If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 5:38 Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 252 5:39 253 No 254 one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” 255
Lord of the Sabbath
6:1 Jesus 256 was going through the grain fields on 257 a Sabbath, 258 and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, 259 rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 260 6:2 But some of the Pharisees 261 said, “Why are you 262 doing what is against the law 263 on the Sabbath?” 6:3 Jesus 264 answered them, 265 “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – 6:4 how he entered the house of God, took 266 and ate the sacred bread, 267 which is not lawful 268 for any to eat but the priests alone, and 269 gave it to his companions?” 270 6:5 Then 271 he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord 272 of the Sabbath.”
Healing a Withered Hand
6:6 On 273 another Sabbath, Jesus 274 entered the synagogue 275 and was teaching. Now 276 a man was there whose right hand was withered. 277 6:7 The experts in the law 278 and the Pharisees 279 watched 280 Jesus 281 closely to see if 282 he would heal on the Sabbath, 283 so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 6:8 But 284 he knew 285 their thoughts, 286 and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” 287 So 288 he rose and stood there. 6:9 Then 289 Jesus said to them, “I ask you, 290 is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” 6:10 After 291 looking around 292 at them all, he said to the man, 293 “Stretch out your hand.” The man 294 did so, and his hand was restored. 295 6:11 But they were filled with mindless rage 296 and began debating with one another what they would do 297 to Jesus.