Bible: Luke 9

The Sending of the Twelve Apostles

9:1 After 1  Jesus 2  called 3  the twelve 4  together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 5  diseases, 9:2 and he sent 6  them out to proclaim 7  the kingdom of God 8  and to heal the sick. 9  9:3 He 10  said to them, “Take nothing for your 11  journey – no staff, 12  no bag, 13  no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 14  9:4 Whatever 15  house you enter, stay there 16  until you leave the area. 17  9:5 Wherever 18  they do not receive you, 19  as you leave that town, 20  shake the dust off 21  your feet as a testimony against them.” 9:6 Then 22  they departed and went throughout 23  the villages, proclaiming the good news 24  and healing people everywhere.

Herod’s Confusion about Jesus

9:7 Now Herod 25  the tetrarch 26  heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 27  because some people were saying that John 28  had been raised from the dead, 9:8 while others were saying that Elijah 29  had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 30  9:9 Herod said, “I had John 31  beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 32 

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

9:10 When 33  the apostles returned, 34  they told Jesus 35  everything they had done. Then 36  he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 37  called Bethsaida. 38  9:11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 39  welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 40  and cured those who needed healing. 41  9:12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 42  so 43  the twelve came and said to Jesus, 44  “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 45  and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 46  9:13 But he said to them, “You 47  give them something to eat.” They 48  replied, 49 We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 50  we go 51  and buy food 52  for all these people.” 9:14 (Now about five thousand men 53  were there.) 54  Then 55  he said to his disciples, “Have 56  them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 9:15 So they did as Jesus directed, 57  and the people 58  all sat down.

9:16 Then 59  he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks 60  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 61  was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Peter’s Confession

9:18 Once 62  when Jesus 63  was praying 64  by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, 65 Who do the crowds say that I am? 66  9:19 They 67  answered, 68 John the Baptist; others say Elijah; 69  and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 70  9:20 Then 71  he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter 72  answered, 73 The Christ 74  of God.” 9:21 But he forcefully commanded 75  them not to tell this to anyone, 76  9:22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer 77  many things and be rejected by the elders, 78  chief priests, and experts in the law, 79  and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 80 

A Call to Discipleship

9:23 Then 81  he said to them all, 82 If anyone wants to become my follower, 83  he must deny 84  himself, take up his cross daily, 85  and follow me. 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 86  but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 9:25 For what does it benefit a person 87  if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 9:26 For whoever is ashamed 88  of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 89  when he comes in his glory and in the glory 90  of the Father and of the holy angels. 9:27 But I tell you most certainly, 91  there are some standing here who will not 92  experience 93  death before they see the kingdom of God.” 94 

The Transfiguration

9:28 Now 95  about eight days 96  after these sayings, Jesus 97  took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 9:29 As 98  he was praying, 99  the appearance of his face was transformed, 100  and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 101  9:30 Then 102  two men, Moses and Elijah, 103  began talking with him. 104  9:31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 105  that he was about to carry out 106  at Jerusalem. 107  9:32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 108  but as they became fully awake, 109  they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 9:33 Then 110  as the men 111  were starting to leave, 112  Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 113  one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah– not knowing what he was saying. 9:34 As 114  he was saying this, a cloud 115  came 116  and overshadowed 117  them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 9:35 Then 118  a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 119  Listen to him! 120  9:36 After 121  the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 122  they kept silent and told no one 123  at that time 124  anything of what they had seen.

Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

9:37 Now on 125  the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 9:38 Then 126  a man from the crowd cried out, 127 Teacher, I beg you to look at 128  my son – he is my only child! 9:39 A 129  spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 130  it throws him into convulsions 131  and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 132  him severely. 9:40 I 133  begged 134  your disciples to cast it out, but 135  they could not do so.” 136  9:41 Jesus answered, 137 You 138  unbelieving 139  and perverse generation! How much longer 140  must I be with you and endure 141  you? 142  Bring your son here.” 9:42 As 143  the boy 144  was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 145  and shook him with convulsions. 146  But Jesus rebuked 147  the unclean 148  spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43 Then 149  they were all astonished at the mighty power 150  of God.

Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering

But while the entire crowd 151  was amazed at everything Jesus 152  was doing, he said to his disciples, 9:44 Take these words to heart, 153  for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 154  9:45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 155  had been concealed 156  from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 157  they were afraid to ask him about this statement.

Concerning the Greatest

9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples 158  as to which of them might be 159  the greatest. 9:47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 160  he took a child, had him stand by 161  his side, 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 162  this child 163  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.” 164 

On the Right Side

9:49 John answered, 165 Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 166  him because he is not a disciple 167  along with us.” 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Rejection in Samaria

9:51 Now when 168  the days drew near 169  for him to be taken up, 170  Jesus 171  set out resolutely 172  to go to Jerusalem. 173  9:52 He 174  sent messengers on ahead of him. 175  As they went along, 176  they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 177  for him, 9:53 but the villagers 178  refused to welcome 179  him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 180  9:54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 181  them? 182  9:55 But Jesus 183  turned and rebuked them, 184  9:56 and they went on to another village.

Challenging Professed Followers

9:57 As 185  they were walking 186  along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 187  9:58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 188  have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 189  9:59 Jesus 190  said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 191 Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 9:60 But Jesus 192  said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 193  but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 194  9:61 Yet 195  another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 196  9:62 Jesus 197  said to him, “No one who puts his 198  hand to the plow and looks back 199  is fit for the kingdom of God.” 200 

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