Boarding a boat, Jesus crossed to the other side of the lake and went to his own city.
People brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a cot. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man who was paralyzed, "Be encouraged, my child, your sins are forgiven."
Some legal experts said among themselves, "This man is insulting God."
But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, "Why do you fill your minds with evil things?5 Which is easier—to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, ‘Get up and walk'?6 But so you will know that the Human One has authority on the earth to forgive sins"—he said to the man who was paralyzed—"Get up, take your cot, and go home."
The man got up and went home.
When the crowds saw what had happened, they were afraid and praised God, who had given such authority to human beings.
As Jesus continued on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at a kiosk for collecting taxes. He said to him, "Follow me," and he got up and followed him.
As Jesus sat down to eat in Matthew's house, many tax collectors and sinners joined Jesus and his disciples at the table.
But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
When Jesus heard it, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do.13 Go and learn what this means: I want mercy and not sacrifice. I didn't come to call righteous people, but sinners."
At that time John's disciples came and asked Jesus, "Why do we and the Pharisees frequently fast, but your disciples never fast?"
Jesus responded, “The wedding guests can't mourn while the groom is still with them, can they? But the days will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they'll fast. 16
"No one sews a piece of new, unshrunk cloth on old clothes because the patch tears away the cloth and makes a worse tear.17 No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If they did, the wineskins would burst, the wine would spill, and the wineskins would be ruined. Instead, people pour new wine into new wineskins so that both are kept safe."
While Jesus was speaking to them, a ruler came and knelt in front of him, saying, "My daughter has just died. But come and place your hand on her, and she'll live."
So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.
Then a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the hem of his clothes.
She thought, If I only touch his robe I'll be healed.
When Jesus turned and saw her, he said, "Be encouraged, daughter. Your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that time on.
When Jesus went into the ruler's house, he saw the flute players and the distressed crowd.
He said, "Go away, because the little girl isn't dead but is asleep"; but they laughed at him.
After he had sent the crowd away, Jesus went in and touched her hand, and the little girl rose up.
News about this spread throughout that whole region.
As Jesus departed, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Show us mercy, Son of David."
When he came into the house, the blind men approached him. Jesus said to them, "Do you believe I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied.
Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, "It will happen for you just as you have believed."
Their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them, "Make sure nobody knows about this."
But they went out and spread the word about him throughout that whole region.
As they were leaving, people brought to him a man who was demon-possessed and unable to speak.
When Jesus had thrown out the demon, the man who couldn't speak began to talk. The crowds were amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel."
But the Pharisees said, "He throws out demons with the authority of the ruler of demons."
Jesus traveled among all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, announcing the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, "The size of the harvest is bigger than you can imagine, but there are few workers.38 Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest."
He called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to throw them out and to heal every disease and every sickness.
Here are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, who is called Peter; and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee; and John his brother;
Philip; and Bartholomew; Thomas; and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; and Thaddaeus;
Simon the Cananaean; and Judas, who betrayed Jesus.
Jesus sent these twelve out and commanded them, “Don't go among the Gentiles or into a Samaritan city. 6Go instead to the lost sheep, the people of Israel. 7As you go, make this announcement: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, and throw out demons. You received without having to pay. Therefore, give without demanding payment. 9Workers deserve to be fed, so don't gather gold or silver or copper coins for your money belts to take on your trips. 10Don't take a backpack for the road or two shirts or sandals or a walking stick. 11Whatever city or village you go into, find somebody in it who is worthy and stay there until you go on your way. 12When you go into a house, say, ‘Peace!' 13If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if the house isn't worthy, take back your blessing. 14If anyone refuses to welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet as you leave that house or city. 15I assure you that it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than it will be for that city.
16“Look, I'm sending you as sheep among wolves. Therefore, be wise as snakes and innocent as doves. 17Watch out for people—because they will hand you over to councils and they will beat you in their synagogues. 18They will haul you in front of governors and even kings because of me so that you may give your testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19Whenever they hand you over, don't worry about how to speak or what you will say, because what you can say will be given to you at that moment. 20You aren't doing the talking, but the Spirit of my Father is doing the talking through you. 21Brothers and sisters will hand each other over to be executed. A father will turn his child in. Children will defy their parents and have them executed. 22Everyone will hate you on account of my name. But whoever stands firm until the end will be saved. 23Whenever they harass you in one city, escape to the next, because I assure that you will not go through all the cities of Israel before the Human One comes. 24“Disciples aren't greater than their teacher, and slaves aren't greater than their master. 25It's enough for disciples to be like their teacher and slaves like their master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, it's certain that they will call the members of his household by even worse names.
26“Therefore, don't be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won't be revealed, and nothing secret that won't be brought out into the open. 27What I say to you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, announce from the rooftops. 28Don't be afraid of those who kill the body but can't kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 29Aren't two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already. 30Even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31Don't be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.
32“Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. 33But everyone who denies me before people, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
34“Don't think that I've come to bring peace to the earth. I haven't come to bring peace but a sword. 35I've come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36People's enemies are members of their own households.
37“Those who love father or mother more than me aren't worthy of me. Those who love son or daughter more than me aren't worthy of me. 38Those who don't pick up their crosses and follow me aren't worthy of me. 39Those who find their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives because of me will find them.
"Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me.41 Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet's reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward.42 I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded."