30 Then two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus.
31 They were glorious to see. And they were speaking of how he was about to fulfill God's plan by dying in Jerusalem.
32 Peter and the others were very drowsy and had fallen asleep. Now they woke up and saw Jesus' glory and the two men standing with him.
33 As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, "Master, this is wonderful! We will make three shrines*--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."1
34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud came over them; and terror gripped them as it covered them.
35 Then a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, my Chosen One.* Listen to him."2
36 When the voice died away, Jesus was there alone. They didn't tell anyone what they had seen until long after this happened.
37 The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a huge crowd met Jesus.
38 A man in the crowd called out to him, "Teacher, look at my boy, who is my only son.
39 An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It is always hitting and injuring him. It hardly ever leaves him alone.
40 I begged your disciples to cast the spirit out, but they couldn't do it."
41 "You stubborn, faithless people," Jesus said, "how long must I be with you and put up with you? Bring him here."
42 As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father.
43 Awe gripped the people as they saw this display of God's power. While everyone was marveling over all the wonderful things he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples,
44 "Listen to me and remember what I say. The Son of Man is going to be betrayed."
45 But they didn't know what he meant. Its significance was hidden from them, so they could not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
46 Then there was an argument among them as to which of them would be the greatest.
47 But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side.
48 Then he said to them, "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest."
49 John said to Jesus, "Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons. We tried to stop him because he isn't in our group."
50 But Jesus said, "Don't stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you."
51 As the time drew near for his return to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
52 He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival.
53 But they were turned away. The people of the village refused to have anything to do with Jesus because he had resolved to go to Jerusalem.
54 When James and John heard about it, they said to Jesus, "Lord, should we order down fire from heaven to burn them up*?"3
55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them.*4
56 So they went on to another village.
57 As they were walking along someone said to Jesus, "I will follow you no matter where you go."
58 But Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but I, the Son of Man, have no home of my own, not even a place to lay my head."
59 He said to another person, "Come, be my disciple." The man agreed, but he said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father."
60 Jesus replied, "Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead.* Your duty is to go and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God."5
61 Another said, "Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family."
62 But Jesus told him, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God."