Luke 9

Luke 9

 
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1 One day Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases.

2 Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the coming of the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

3 "Don't even take along a walking stick," he instructed them, "nor a traveler's bag, nor food, nor money. Not even an extra coat.

4 When you enter each village, be a guest in only one home.

5 If the people of the village won't receive your message when you enter it, shake off its dust from your feet as you leave. It is a sign that you have abandoned that village to its fate."

6 So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.

7 When reports of Jesus' miracles reached Herod Antipas,* he was worried and puzzled because some were saying, "This is John the Baptist come back to life again."1

8 Others were saying, "It is Elijah or some other ancient prophet risen from the dead."

9 "I beheaded John," Herod said, "so who is this man about whom I hear such strange stories?" And he tried to see him.

10 When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida.

11 But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. And he welcomed them, teaching them about the Kingdom of God and curing those who were ill.

12 Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, "Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this deserted place."

13 But Jesus said, "You feed them." "Impossible!" they protested. "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?"

14 For there were about five thousand men there. "Just tell them to sit down on the ground in groups of about fifty each," Jesus replied.

15 So the people all sat down.

16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God's blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people.

17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!

18 One day as Jesus was alone, praying, he came over to his disciples and asked them, "Who do people say I am?"

19 "Well," they replied, "some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead."

20 Then he asked them, "Who do you say I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Messiah sent from God!"

21 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about this.

22 "For I, the Son of Man, must suffer many terrible things," he said. "I will be rejected by the leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. I will be killed, but three days later I will be raised from the dead."

23 Then he said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.

24 If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.

25 And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose or forfeit your own soul in the process?

26 If a person is ashamed of me and my message, I, the Son of Man, will be ashamed of that person when I return in my glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels.

27 And I assure you that some of you standing here right now will not die before you see the Kingdom of God."

28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a mountain to pray.

29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothing became dazzling white.

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Notes:

1: Greek Herod the tetrarch. He was a son of King Herod and was ruler over one of the four districts in Palestine.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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