37 1On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him.
38 And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, "Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only boy,
39 and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves.
40 "I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not."
41 And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long * shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."
42 While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father.
43 And they were all amazed at the 2greatness of God. 3But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples,
44 "Let these words sink into your ears; 4for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men."
45 But 5they did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.

The Test of Greatness

46 6An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.
47 But Jesus, 7knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side,
48 and said to them, "8Whoever * receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever * receives Me receives Him who sent Me; 9for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great."
49 10John answered and said, "11Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us."
50 But Jesus said to him, "Do not hinder him; 12for he who is not against you is for you."
51 When the days were approaching for 13His ascension, He was determined 14to go to Jerusalem;
52 and He sent messengers on ahead * of Him, and they went and entered a village of the 15Samaritans to make arrangements for Him.
53 But they did not receive Him, 16because He was traveling toward Jerusalem.
54 When His disciples 17James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to 18command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"
55 But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;
56 for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."] And they went on to another village.

Exacting Discipleship

57 19As they were going along the road, 20someone said to Him, "I will follow You wherever * You go."
58 And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but 21the Son of Man has nowhere * to lay His head."
59 And He said to another, "22Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father."
60 But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and 23proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God."
61 Another also said, "I will follow You, Lord; but 24first permit me to say good-bye to those at home."
62 But Jesus said to him, "25No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."