Sending Out the Twelve
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave
them power and authority over all demons, and to cure
He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal
the sick. 3
And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not
have two tunics apiece.
“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there
And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of
that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a
testimony against them.”
6 So they
departed and went through the towns, preaching the
gospel and healing everywhere.
Herod Seeks to
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was
done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said
by some that John had risen from the dead,
8 and by
some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of
the old prophets had risen again.
said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I
hear such things?” So he sought to see Him.
Feeding the Five Thousand
10 And the apostles, when they had returned, told
Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went
aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the
city called Bethsaida.
when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him;
and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom
of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to
Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the
surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get
provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
13 But He
said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two
fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.”
there were about five thousand men.
Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in
groups of fifty.”
they did so, and made them all sit down.
He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up
to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave
them to the disciples to set before the multitude.
they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the
leftover fragments were taken up by them.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
18 And it happened, as He was alone praying,
that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them,
saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some
say Elijah; and others say that one of the
old prophets has risen again.”
said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection
21 And He
strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no
saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be
rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes,
and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come
after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross
daily, and follow Me.
24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose
it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world,
and is himself destroyed or lost?
whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of
Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own
glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy
Jesus Transfigured on the Mount
But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who
shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.”
28 Now it
came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that
He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the
mountain to pray.
29 As He
prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His
robe became white and glistening.
behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and
who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He
was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when
they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two
men who stood with Him.
it happened, as they were parting from Him, that
Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be
here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You,
one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he
he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them;
and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.
35 And a
voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved
Son. Hear Him!”
When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But
they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of
the things they had seen.
A Boy Is Healed
37 Now it
happened on the next day, when they had come down from
the mountain, that a great multitude met Him.
Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying,
“Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my
only child. 39
And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries
out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth;
and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising
So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they
Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse
generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with
you? Bring your son here.”
42 And as
he was still coming, the demon threw him down and
convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean
spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his
Jesus Again Predicts His Death
they were all amazed at the majesty of God.
But while everyone marveled at all the things which
Jesus did, He said to His disciples,
these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man
is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.”
they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden
from them so that they did not perceive it; and they
were afraid to ask Him about this saying.
Is the Greatest?
46 Then a
dispute arose among them as to which of them would be
And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a
little child and set him by Him,
said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My
name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him
who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be
Jesus Forbids Sectarianism
Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone
casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him
because he does not follow with us.”
Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who
is not against us is on our side.”
Village Rejects the Savior
51 Now it
came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be
received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to
and sent messengers before His face. And as they went,
they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for
But they did not receive Him, because His face was
set for the journey to Jerusalem.
when His disciples James and John saw this, they
said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down
from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
55 But He
turned and rebuked them,
and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are
For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives
but to save them.” And they went to another
The Cost of Discipleship
57 Now it
happened as they journeyed on the road, that
someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever
Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the
air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to
lay His head.”
He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you
go and preach the kingdom of God.”
another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me
first go and bid them farewell who are at my
Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the
plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”