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 

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