Jesus now called the Twelve and gave them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases.
He commissioned them to preach the news of God's kingdom and heal the sick.
He said, "Don't load yourselves up with equipment.
Keep it simple; you are the equipment. And no luxury inns - get a modest place and be content there until you leave.
If you're not welcomed, leave town. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on."
Commissioned, they left. They traveled from town to town telling the latest news of God, the Message, and curing people everywhere they went.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)