Bible: Luke 9:37-62
Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
9:37 Now on 1 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 9:38 Then 2 a man from the crowd cried out, 3 “Teacher, I beg you to look at 4 my son – he is my only child! 9:39 A 5 spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 6 it throws him into convulsions 7 and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 8 him severely. 9:40 I 9 begged 10 your disciples to cast it out, but 11 they could not do so.” 12 9:41 Jesus answered, 13 “You 14 unbelieving 15 and perverse generation! How much longer 16 must I be with you and endure 17 you? 18 Bring your son here.” 9:42 As 19 the boy 20 was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 21 and shook him with convulsions. 22 But Jesus rebuked 23 the unclean 24 spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43 Then 25 they were all astonished at the mighty power 26 of God.
Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering
But while the entire crowd 27 was amazed at everything Jesus 28 was doing, he said to his disciples, 9:44 “Take these words to heart, 29 for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 30 9:45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 31 had been concealed 32 from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 33 they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
Concerning the Greatest
9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples 34 as to which of them might be 35 the greatest. 9:47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 36 he took a child, had him stand by 37 his side, 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 38 this child 39 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.” 40
On the Right Side
9:49 John answered, 41 “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 42 him because he is not a disciple 43 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 44 the days drew near 45 for him to be taken up, 46 Jesus 47 set out resolutely 48 to go to Jerusalem. 49 9:52 He 50 sent messengers on ahead of him. 51 As they went along, 52 they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 53 for him, 9:53 but the villagers 54 refused to welcome 55 him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 56 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 57 them?” 58 9:55 But Jesus 59 turned and rebuked them, 60 9:56 and they went on to another village.
Challenging Professed Followers
9:57 As 61 they were walking 62 along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 63 9:58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 64 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 65 9:59 Jesus 66 said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 67 “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 9:60 But Jesus 68 said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 69 but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 70 9:61 Yet 71 another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 72 9:62 Jesus 73 said to him, “No one who puts his 74 hand to the plow and looks back 75 is fit for the kingdom of God.” 76