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1 Jesus now called the Twelve and gave them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases. 1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases,
2 He commissioned them to preach the news of God's kingdom and heal the sick. 2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3 He said, "Don't load yourselves up with equipment. 3 He told them: "Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.
4 Keep it simple; you are the equipment. And no luxury inns - get a modest place and be content there until you leave. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.
5 If you're not welcomed, leave town. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on." 5 If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them."
6 Commissioned, they left. They traveled from town to town telling the latest news of God, the Message, and curing people everywhere they went. 6 So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.
7 Herod, the ruler, heard of these goings on and didn't know what to think. There were people saying John had come back from the dead, 7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead,
8 others that Elijah had appeared, still others that some prophet of long ago had shown up. 8 others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.
9 Herod said, "But I killed John - took off his head. So who is this that I keep hearing about?" Curious, he looked for a chance to see him in action. 9 But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.
10 The apostles returned and reported on what they had done. Jesus took them away, off by themselves, near the town called Bethsaida. 10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida,
11 But the crowds got wind of it and followed. Jesus graciously welcomed them and talked to them about the kingdom of God. Those who needed healing, he healed. 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
12 As the day declined, the Twelve said, "Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We're out in the middle of nowhere." 12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here."
13 "You feed them," Jesus said. 13 He replied, "You give them something to eat." They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish--unless we go and buy food for all this crowd."
14 (There were more than five thousand people in the crowd.) 14 (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each."
15 They did what he said, and soon had everyone seated. 15 The disciples did so, and everybody sat down.
16 He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread and fish to the disciples to hand out to the crowd. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people.
17 After the people had all eaten their fill, twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered up. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
18 One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his disciples nearby, he asked them, "What are the crowds saying about me, about who I am?" 18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"
19 They said, "John the Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the prophets from long ago has come back." 19 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life."
20 He then asked, "And you - what are you saying about me? Who am I?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God." 20 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
21 Jesus then warned them to keep it quiet. They were to tell no one what Peter had said. 21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.
22 He went on, "It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the religious leaders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and on the third day be raised up alive." 22 And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."
23 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: "Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat - I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. 23 Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
24 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
25 What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? 25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self ?
26 If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I'm leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn't, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God." 27 I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."
28 About eight days after saying this, he climbed the mountain to pray, taking Peter, John, and James along. 28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.
29 While he was in prayer, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became blinding white. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.
30 At once two men were there talking with him. They turned out to be Moses and Elijah - 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah,
31 and what a glorious appearance they made! They talked over his exodus, the one Jesus was about to complete in Jerusalem. 31 appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.
32 Meanwhile, Peter and those with him were slumped over in sleep. When they came to, rubbing their eyes, they saw Jesus in his glory and the two men standing with him. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
33 When Moses and Elijah had left, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, this is a great moment! Let's build three memorials: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He blurted this out without thinking. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)
34 While he was babbling on like this, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them. As they found themselves buried in the cloud, they became deeply aware of God. 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
35 Then there was a voice out of the cloud: "This is my Son, the Chosen! Listen to him." 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."
36 When the sound of the voice died away, they saw Jesus there alone. They were speechless. And they continued speechless, said not one thing to anyone during those days of what they had seen. 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.
37 When they came down off the mountain the next day, a big crowd was there to meet them. 37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.
38 A man called from out of the crowd, "Please, please, Teacher, take a look at my son. He's my only child. 38 A man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.
39 Often a spirit seizes him. Suddenly he's screaming, thrown into convulsions, his mouth foaming. And then it beats him black and blue before it leaves. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him.
40 I asked your disciples to deliver him but they couldn't." 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not."
41 Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring your son here." 41 "O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."
42 While he was coming, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into convulsions. Jesus stepped in, ordered the vile spirit gone, healed the boy, and handed him back to his father. 42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father.
43 They all shook their heads in wonder, astonished at God's greatness, God's majestic greatness. 43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples,
44 "Treasure and ponder each of these next words: The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into human hands." 44 "Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men."
45 They didn't get what he was saying. It was like he was speaking a foreign language and they couldn't make heads or tails of it. But they were embarrassed to ask him what he meant. 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
46 They started arguing over which of them would be most famous. 46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.
47 When Jesus realized how much this mattered to them, he brought a child to his side. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.
48 "Whoever accepts this child as if the child were me, accepts me," he said. "And whoever accepts me, accepts the One who sent me. You become great by accepting, not asserting. Your spirit, not your size, makes the difference." 48 Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all--he is the greatest."
49 John spoke up, "Master, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn't of our group." 49 "Master," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."
50 Jesus said, "Don't stop him. If he's not an enemy, he's an ally." 50 "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."
51 When it came close to the time for his Ascension, he gathered up his courage and steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem. 51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
52 He sent messengers on ahead. They came to a Samaritan village to make arrangements for his hospitality. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;
53 But when the Samaritans learned that his destination was Jerusalem, they refused hospitality. 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.
54 When the disciples James and John learned of it, they said, "Master, do you want us to call a bolt of lightning down out of the sky and incinerate them?" 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them ?"
55 Jesus turned on them: "Of course not!" 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them,
56 And they traveled on to another village. 56 and they went to another village.
57 On the road someone asked if he could go along. "I'll go with you, wherever," he said. 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
58 Jesus was curt: "Are you ready to rough it? We're not staying in the best inns, you know." 58 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
59 Jesus said to another, "Follow me." He said, "Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father's funeral." 59 He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
60 Jesus refused. "First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God's kingdom!" 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
61 Then another said, "I'm ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home." 61 Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family."
62 Jesus said, "No procrastination. No backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day." 62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."