Bible: Luke 8:4-9:50
The Parable of the Sower
8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus 1 from one town after another, 2 he spoke to them 3 in a parable: 8:5 “A sower went out to sow 4 his seed. 5 And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds 6 devoured it. 8:6 Other seed fell on rock, 7 and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 8:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 8 and they grew up with it and choked 9 it. 8:8 But 10 other seed fell on good soil and grew, 11 and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” 12 As he said this, 13 he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 14
8:9 Then 15 his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 16 8:10 He 17 said, “You have been given 18 the opportunity to know 19 the secrets 20 of the kingdom of God, 21 but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand. 22
8:11 “Now the parable means 23 this: The seed is the word of God. 8:12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil 24 comes and takes away the word 25 from their hearts, so that they may not believe 26 and be saved. 8:13 Those 27 on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, 28 but 29 in a time of testing 30 fall away. 31 8:14 As for the seed that 32 fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 33 as they go on their way they are choked 34 by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 35 and their fruit does not mature. 36 8:15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing 37 the word, cling to it 38 with an honest and good 39 heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. 40
Showing the Light
8:16 “No one lights 41 a lamp 42 and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light. 43 8:17 For nothing is hidden 44 that will not be revealed, 45 and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light. 8:18 So listen carefully, 46 for whoever has will be given more, but 47 whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has 48 will be taken from him.”
Jesus’ True Family
8:19 Now Jesus’ 49 mother and his brothers 50 came to him, but 51 they could not get near him because of the crowd. 8:20 So 52 he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 8:21 But he replied 53 to them, “My mother and my brothers are those 54 who hear the word of God and do it.” 55
Stilling of a Storm
8:22 One 56 day Jesus 57 got into a boat 58 with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So 59 they set out, 8:23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm 60 came down on the lake, 61 and the boat 62 started filling up with water, and they were in danger. 8:24 They 63 came 64 and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, 65 we are about to die!” So 66 he got up and rebuked 67 the wind and the raging waves; 68 they died down, and it was calm. 8:25 Then 69 he said to them, “Where is your faith?” 70 But they were afraid and amazed, 71 saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, 72 and they obey him!”
Healing of a Demoniac
8:26 So 73 they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, 74 which is opposite 75 Galilee. 8:27 As 76 Jesus 77 stepped ashore, 78 a certain man from the town 79 met him who was possessed by demons. 80 For a long time this man 81 had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but among 82 the tombs. 8:28 When he saw 83 Jesus, he cried out, fell 84 down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 85 Jesus, Son of the Most High 86 God! I beg you, do not torment 87 me!” 8:29 For Jesus 88 had started commanding 89 the evil 90 spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, so 91 he would be bound with chains and shackles 92 and kept under guard. But 93 he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted 94 places.) 95 8:30 Jesus then 96 asked him, “What is your name?” He 97 said, “Legion,” 98 because many demons had entered him. 8:31 And they began to beg 99 him not to order 100 them to depart into the abyss. 101 8:32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 102 and the demonic spirits 103 begged Jesus 104 to let them go into them. He gave them permission. 105 8:33 So 106 the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the herd of pigs 107 rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned. 8:34 When 108 the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran off and spread the news 109 in the town 110 and countryside. 8:35 So 111 the people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus. They 112 found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 8:36 Those 113 who had seen it told them how the man who had been demon-possessed had been healed. 114 8:37 Then 115 all the people of the Gerasenes 116 and the surrounding region 117 asked Jesus 118 to leave them alone, 119 for they were seized with great fear. 120 So 121 he got into the boat and left. 122 8:38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go 123 with him, but Jesus 124 sent him away, saying, 8:39 “Return to your home, 125 and declare 126 what God has done for you.” 127 So 128 he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town 129 what Jesus 130 had done for him.
Restoration and Healing
8:40 Now when Jesus returned, 131 the crowd welcomed him, because they were all waiting for him. 8:41 Then 132 a man named Jairus, who was a ruler 133 of the synagogue, 134 came up. Falling 135 at Jesus’ feet, he pleaded 136 with him to come to his house, 8:42 because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. 137
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds pressed 138 around him. 8:43 Now 139 a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 140 for twelve years 141 but could not be healed by anyone. 8:44 She 142 came up behind Jesus 143 and touched the edge 144 of his cloak, 145 and at once the bleeding 146 stopped. 8:45 Then 147 Jesus asked, 148 “Who was it who touched me?” When they all denied it, Peter 149 said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing 150 against you!” 8:46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I know that power has gone out 151 from me.” 8:47 When 152 the woman saw that she could not escape notice, 153 she came trembling and fell down before him. In 154 the presence of all the people, she explained why 155 she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed. 8:48 Then 156 he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 157 Go in peace.”
8:49 While he was still speaking, someone from the synagogue ruler’s 158 house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” 8:50 But when Jesus heard this, he told 159 him, “Do not be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 160 8:51 Now when he came to the house, Jesus 161 did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, 162 and James, and the child’s father and mother. 8:52 Now they were all 163 wailing and mourning 164 for her, but he said, “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” 8:53 And they began making fun 165 of him, because they knew 166 that she was dead. 167 8:54 But Jesus 168 gently took her by the hand and said, 169 “Child, get up.” 8:55 Her 170 spirit returned, 171 and she got up immediately. Then 172 he told them to give her something to eat. 8:56 Her 173 parents were astonished, but he ordered them to tell no one 174 what had happened.
The Sending of the Twelve Apostles
9:1 After 175 Jesus 176 called 177 the twelve 178 together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 179 diseases, 9:2 and he sent 180 them out to proclaim 181 the kingdom of God 182 and to heal the sick. 183 9:3 He 184 said to them, “Take nothing for your 185 journey – no staff, 186 no bag, 187 no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 188 9:4 Whatever 189 house you enter, stay there 190 until you leave the area. 191 9:5 Wherever 192 they do not receive you, 193 as you leave that town, 194 shake the dust off 195 your feet as a testimony against them.” 9:6 Then 196 they departed and went throughout 197 the villages, proclaiming the good news 198 and healing people everywhere.
Herod’s Confusion about Jesus
9:7 Now Herod 199 the tetrarch 200 heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 201 because some people were saying that John 202 had been raised from the dead, 9:8 while others were saying that Elijah 203 had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 204 9:9 Herod said, “I had John 205 beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 206
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
9:10 When 207 the apostles returned, 208 they told Jesus 209 everything they had done. Then 210 he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 211 called Bethsaida. 212 9:11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 213 welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 214 and cured those who needed healing. 215 9:12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 216 so 217 the twelve came and said to Jesus, 218 “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 219 and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 220 9:13 But he said to them, “You 221 give them something to eat.” They 222 replied, 223 “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 224 we go 225 and buy food 226 for all these people.” 9:14 (Now about five thousand men 227 were there.) 228 Then 229 he said to his disciples, “Have 230 them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 9:15 So they did as Jesus directed, 231 and the people 232 all sat down.
9:16 Then 233 he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks 234 and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 9:17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over 235 was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.
9:18 Once 236 when Jesus 237 was praying 238 by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, 239 “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 240 9:19 They 241 answered, 242 “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; 243 and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 244 9:20 Then 245 he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter 246 answered, 247 “The Christ 248 of God.” 9:21 But he forcefully commanded 249 them not to tell this to anyone, 250 9:22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer 251 many things and be rejected by the elders, 252 chief priests, and experts in the law, 253 and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 254
A Call to Discipleship
9:23 Then 255 he said to them all, 256 “If anyone wants to become my follower, 257 he must deny 258 himself, take up his cross daily, 259 and follow me. 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 260 but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 9:25 For what does it benefit a person 261 if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 9:26 For whoever is ashamed 262 of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 263 when he comes in his glory and in the glory 264 of the Father and of the holy angels. 9:27 But I tell you most certainly, 265 there are some standing here who will not 266 experience 267 death before they see the kingdom of God.” 268
9:28 Now 269 about eight days 270 after these sayings, Jesus 271 took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 9:29 As 272 he was praying, 273 the appearance of his face was transformed, 274 and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 275 9:30 Then 276 two men, Moses and Elijah, 277 began talking with him. 278 9:31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 279 that he was about to carry out 280 at Jerusalem. 281 9:32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 282 but as they became fully awake, 283 they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 9:33 Then 284 as the men 285 were starting to leave, 286 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 287 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying. 9:34 As 288 he was saying this, a cloud 289 came 290 and overshadowed 291 them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 9:35 Then 292 a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 293 Listen to him!” 294 9:36 After 295 the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 296 they kept silent and told no one 297 at that time 298 anything of what they had seen.
Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
9:37 Now on 299 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 9:38 Then 300 a man from the crowd cried out, 301 “Teacher, I beg you to look at 302 my son – he is my only child! 9:39 A 303 spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 304 it throws him into convulsions 305 and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 306 him severely. 9:40 I 307 begged 308 your disciples to cast it out, but 309 they could not do so.” 310 9:41 Jesus answered, 311 “You 312 unbelieving 313 and perverse generation! How much longer 314 must I be with you and endure 315 you? 316 Bring your son here.” 9:42 As 317 the boy 318 was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 319 and shook him with convulsions. 320 But Jesus rebuked 321 the unclean 322 spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43 Then 323 they were all astonished at the mighty power 324 of God.
Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering
But while the entire crowd 325 was amazed at everything Jesus 326 was doing, he said to his disciples, 9:44 “Take these words to heart, 327 for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 328 9:45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 329 had been concealed 330 from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 331 they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
Concerning the Greatest
9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples 332 as to which of them might be 333 the greatest. 9:47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 334 he took a child, had him stand by 335 his side, 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 336 this child 337 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.” 338
On the Right Side
9:49 John answered, 339 “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 340 him because he is not a disciple 341 along with us.” 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”