1Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. 2Then he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick, 3after saying to them, “Take nothing with you for the journey: no stick, no beggar's bag, no food, no money, not even an extra shirt.4Wherever you are welcomed, stay in the same house until you leave that town;5wherever people don't welcome you, leave that town and shake the dust off your feet as a warning to them.”
6The disciples left and travelled through all the villages, preaching the Good News and healing people everywhere.
7When Herod, the ruler of Galilee, heard about all the things that were happening, he was very confused, because some people were saying that John the Baptist had come back to life. 8Others were saying that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. 9Herod said, “I had John's head cut off; but who is this man I hear these things about?” And he kept trying to see Jesus.
10The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done. He took them with him, and they went off by themselves to a town called Bethsaida. 11When the crowds heard about it, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the Kingdom of God, and healed those who needed it.
12When the sun was beginning to set, the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the people away so that they can go to the villages and farms round here and find food and lodging, because this is a lonely place.”
13But Jesus said to them, “You yourselves give them something to eat.”
They answered, “All we have are five loaves and two fish. Do you want us to go and buy food for this whole crowd?” 14(There were about 5,000 men there.)
Jesus said to his disciples, “Make the people sit down in groups of about fifty each.”
15After the disciples had done so, 16Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, thanked God for them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17They all ate and had enough, and the disciples took up twelve baskets of what was left over.
21Then Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell this to anyone. 22He also said to them, “The Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. He will be put to death, but three days later he will be raised to life.”
23And he said to them all, “Anyone who wants to come with me must forget self, take up their cross every day, and follow me.24For whoever wants to save their own life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will save it.25Will people gain anything if they win the whole world but are themselves lost or defeated? Of course not!26If people are ashamed of me and of my teaching, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.27I assure you that there are some here who will not die until they have seen the Kingdom of God.”
28About a week after he had said these things, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a hill to pray. 29While he was praying, his face changed its appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfil God's purpose by dying in Jerusalem. 32Peter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke up and saw Jesus' glory and the two men who were standing with him. 33As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not really know what he was saying.)
34While he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid as the cloud came over them. 35A voice said from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen — listen to him!”
36When the voice stopped, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about all this, and told no one at that time anything they had seen.
37The next day Jesus and the three disciples went down from the hill, and a large crowd met Jesus. 38A man shouted from the crowd, “Teacher! I beg you, look at my son — my only son! 39A spirit attacks him with a sudden shout and throws him into a fit, so that he foams at the mouth; it keeps on hurting him and will hardly let him go! 40I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn't.”
41Jesus answered, “How unbelieving and wrong you people are! How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”
42As the boy was coming, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a fit. Jesus gave a command to the evil spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43All the people were amazed at the mighty power of God.
The people were still marvelling at everything Jesus was doing, when he said to his disciples, 44“Don't forget what I am about to tell you! The Son of Man is going to be handed over to the power of human beings.”45But the disciples did not know what this meant. It had been hidden from them so that they could not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about the matter.
46An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them was the greatest. 47Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he took a child, stood him by his side, 48and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, also welcomes the one who sent me. For the one who is least among you all is the greatest.”
49John spoke up, “Master, we saw a man driving out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn't belong to our group.”
50“Do not try to stop him,” Jesus said to him and to the other disciples, “because whoever is not against you is for you.”
A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus
51As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind and set out on his way to Jerusalem. 52He sent messengers ahead of him, who went into a village in Samaria to get everything ready for him. 53But the people there would not receive him, because it was clear that he was on his way to Jerusalem. 54When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”
55Jesus turned and rebuked them.56Then Jesus and his disciples went on to another village.
57As they went on their way, a man said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lie down and rest.”
59He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But that man said, “Sir, first let me go back and bury my father.”
60Jesus answered, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
61Someone else said, “I will follow you, sir; but first let me go and say goodbye to my family.”
62Jesus said to him, “Anyone who starts to plough and then keeps looking back is of no use to the Kingdom of God.”
Jesus Sends Out the 72
1After this the Lord chose another 72 men and sent them out two by two, to go ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2He said to them, “There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.3Go! I am sending you like lambs among wolves.4Don't take a purse or a beggar's bag or shoes; don't stop to greet anyone on the road.5Whenever you go into a house, first say, ‘Peace be with this house.’6If a peace-loving person lives there, let your greeting of peace remain on him; if not, take back your greeting of peace.7Stay in that same house, eating and drinking whatever they offer you, for workers should be given their pay. Don't move round from one house to another.8Whenever you go into a town and are made welcome, eat what is set before you,9heal the sick in that town, and say to the people there, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near you.’10But whenever you go into a town and are not welcomed, go out in the streets and say,11‘Even the dust from your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. But remember that the Kingdom of God has come near you!’12I assure you that on Judgement Day God will show more mercy to Sodom than to that town!
13“How terrible it will be for you, Chorazin! How terrible for you too, Bethsaida! If the miracles which were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would long ago have sat down, put on sackcloth, and sprinkled ashes on themselves, to show that they had turned from their sins!14God will show more mercy on Judgement Day to Tyre and Sidon than to you.15And as for you, Capernaum! Did you want to lift yourself up to heaven? You will be thrown down to hell!”
16Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
The Return of the 72
17The 72 men came back in great joy. “Lord,” they said, “even the demons obeyed us when we gave them a command in your name!”
18Jesus answered them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.19Listen! I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the Enemy, and nothing will hurt you.20But don't be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven.”
21At that time Jesus was filled with joy by the Holy Spirit and said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned. Yes, Father, this was how you wanted it to happen.
22“My Father has given me all things. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23Then Jesus turned to the disciples and said to them privately, “How fortunate you are to see the things you see!24I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, but they could not, and to hear what you hear, but they did not.”