GOSPEL of LUKE
Nine and Ten
He said to them, "But you - who do you say that
I am?" Peter answered, "The anointed one of God."
OF THE KING
called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over
all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them out to proclaim the
kingdom of God, and to cure those who were ill. He said to them,
"Take nothing for the road, neither a staff nor a wallet, nor bread
nor money, nor two tunics. Whatever house you go into, stay there,
and leave from there. As for whoever do not receive you - when you
leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as evidence against
them." So they went out, and they went through the villages, preaching
and healing everywhere.
Herod, the tetrarch,
heard about the things which were going on. He did not know what
to make of them, because it was said by some, "John is risen from
the dead"; and by some, "Elijah has appeared"; and by others, "One
of the prophets of the ancient days has risen again." But Herod
said, "John I myself beheaded. Who is this about whom I hear such
reports?" And he tried to see him.
FOR THE HUNGRY
apostles returned they told Jesus all that they had done. So he
took them and withdrew privately to a place called Bethsaida. When
the crowds found out where he was they followed him; and he welcomed
them, and talked to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those
who had need of healing. The day began to draw to a close. The Twelve
came to him. "Send the crowd away," they said, "that they may go
to the surrounding villages and countryside and find some place
to stay and get food because here we are in a desert place." He
said to them, "Do you give them food to eat." They said, "All we
have is five loaves and two fishes - unless we go and buy food for
all this people." - For there were about five thousand men. He said
to his disciples, "Make them sit down in companies of fifty." They
did so, and they got them all seated. He took the five loaves and
the two fishes and looked up into heaven and blessed them and broke
them and gave them to his disciples to set before the crowd. And
all of them ate and were satisfied; and what they had left over
was taken up and there were twelve baskets of the fragments.
It happened that
when Jesus was praying alone his disciples were with him. He asked
them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" They answered, "Some say
that you are John the Baptizer; others that you are Elijah; others
that one of the prophets of the ancient days has risen again." He
said to them, "But you - who do you say that I am?" Peter answered,
"The anointed one of God." Jesus warned and enjoined them to tell
this to no one. "The Son of Man," he said, "must suffer many things,
and must be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes,
and must be killed, and must be raised again on the third day."
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
said to them all, "If any man wishes to come after me, let him deny
himself, and day by day let him take up his cross and follow me.
Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it. Whoever loses his
life for my sake will save it. What profit is it to a man if he
gains the whole world and loses himself or has himself confiscated?
Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of
Man be ashamed when he shall come in his own glory, and in the glory
of his Father and of the holy angels. I tell you truly that there
are some of these who are standing here who will not taste death
until they see the kingdom of God."
MOUNTAIN TOP OF GLORY
eight days after these words, Jesus took Peter and John and James
and went up into a mountain to pray. While he was praying the appearance
of his face became different and his clothing became white as the
lightning's flash. And - look you - two men were talking with him,
who were Moses and Elijah. They appeared in glory, and they talked
about the departure which he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his friends were heavy with sleep. When they were fully
awake they saw his glory, and the two men standing with him. And
when they were going to leave him, Peter said, "Master, it is good
for us to be here. So let us make three booths, one for you and
one for Moses and one for Elijah," for he did not know what he was
saying. As he was saying this a cloud came and overshadowed them
and they feared as they entered into the cloud. A voice came from
the cloud saying, "This is my beloved Son, my chosen one! Hear him!"
And when the voice had passed, Jesus was found alone. They kept
silent in those days and did not tell anyone anything about what
they had seen.
DOWN FROM THE MOUNT
next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd
of people met him. And - look you - a man shouted from the crowd,
"Teacher, I beg you to look with pity upon my son, because he is
my only child. And - look you - a spirit seizes him and he suddenly
shouts out; he convulses him until he foams at the mouth; he shatters
him and will hardly leave him. I begged your disciples to cast out
the spirit but they could not do it." Jesus answered, "O faithless
and twisted generation! How long will I be with you? How long will
I bear you? Bring your son here." While he was coming the demon
dashed him down and convulsed him. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit
and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father; and everyone
was astonished at the majesty of God.
While they were
all wondering at the things which he kept doing, he said to his
disciples, "Let these words sink into your ears - the Son of Man
is going to be delivered into the hands of men." They did not know
what this word meant; and its meaning was concealed from them so
that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about
arose an argument amongst them as to which of them should be the
greatest. But when Jesus knew the thoughts of their hearts he took
a child and set him beside him. "Whoever," he said to them, "receives
this child in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives
him that sent me. He who is least among you, he it is who is the
LESSONS IN TOLERANCE
to Jesus, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name;
and we stopped him because he does not follow with us." Jesus said
to him, "Don't try to stop him, for he who is not against us is
When the days
that he should be received up were on their way to being completed
he fixed his face firmly to go to Jerusalem. He sent messengers
on ahead. When they had gone on they went into a village of the
Samaritans to make ready for him; and they refused to receive them
because his face was set in the direction of Jerusalem. When his
disciples, James and John, learned of this they said, "Lord, would
you like us to order fire to come down from heaven and destroy them?"
He turned to them and rebuked them; and they went on to another
HONESTY OF JESUS
were journeying along the road, a man said to Jesus, "I will follow
you wherever you go." Jesus said to him, "The foxes have dens; the
birds of the air have places to roost; but the Son of Man has nowhere
to lay his head."
He said to another
man, "Follow Me!" "Lord," he said, "let me go first and bury my
father." He said to him, "Let the dead bury their dead; but do you
go and tell abroad the news of the kingdom of God."
said to him, "Lord, I will follow you; but let me first say good-bye
to the folk at home." Jesus said to him, "No man who puts his hand
to the plough and looks back is the right kind of man for the kingdom
FOR THE HARVEST
these things the Lord appointed other seventy men and sent them
out in twos ahead of him into every town and place where he intended
to go. "The harvest is great," he said to them, "but the workers
are few. Pray then the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for
the harvest. Go! Look you - I am sending you out as sheep in the
midst of wolves. Do not take a purse or a wallet or sandals. Greet
no one on the road. Into whatever house you go, say first of all,
'Peace to this house!' If it is a son of peace who lives there your
peace will remain upon it; but if not it will return to you. Remain
in the same house eating and drinking whatever they give you; for
the workman deserves his pay. Do not go from house to house. If
you go into any town and they receive you, eat what is put before
you. Heal those in it who are ill, and keep saying to them, 'The
kingdom of God has come near you!' If you go into any town and they
do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 'The very dust
which clings to our feet from this town, we wipe off against you.
But realize this - the kingdom of God has come near you!' I tell
you, things will be easier for Sodom in that day than for that town.
Woe to you Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! For if the mighty works
which have been done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they
would long ago have sat in dust and ashes and repented. But at the
judgment things will be easier for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
And you Capernaum - will you be exalted to heaven? You will be cast
down to hell. He who listens to you, listens to me; and he who sets
no value on you, sets no value on me; and he who sets no value on
me, sets no value on him that sent me."
MAN'S TRUE GLORY
returned with joy. "Lord," they said, "at your name the demons are
subject to us." He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning
from Heaven. Look you - I have given you authority to walk upon
snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the Enemy. Nothing
will hurt you. But do not rejoice in this - that the spirits are
subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
time Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit. "I thank you, O Father,
Lord of Heaven and earth," he said, "that you have hidden these
things from the wise and clever and that you have revealed them
to babes. Yes, O Father, for so it was your good pleasure in your
sight. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one
knows who the Son is except the Father; and no one knows who the
Father is except the Son, and he to whom the Son wishes to reveal
him." He turned to his disciples when they were in private and said,
"Happy are the eyes which see the things which you are seeing for
I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things
that you are seeing and did not see them, and to hear the things
that you are hearing and did not hear them."
IS MY NEIGHBOUR
- an expert in the law stood up and asked Jesus a test question.
"Teacher," he said, "What is it I am to do to become the possessor
of eternal life?" He said to him, "What stands written in the law?
How do you read?" He answered, "You must love the Lord your God
with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, and your neighbor
as yourself." "Your answer is correct," said Jesus. But he, wishing
to put himself in the right, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
"There was a man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell
amongst brigands who stripped him and laid blows upon him, and went
away and left him half-dead. Now, by chance, a priest came down
by that road. He looked at him and passed by on the other side.
In the same way when a Levite came to the place he looked at him
and passed by on the other side. A Samaritan who was on the road
came to where he was. He looked at him and was moved to the depths
of his being with pity. So he came up to him and bound up his wounds,
pouring in wine and oil; and he put him on his own beast and brought
him to an inn and cared for him. On the next day he put down 10p
and gave it to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and whatever
more you are out of pocket, when I come back this way, I'll square
up with you in full.' Which of these three, do you think, was neighbor
to the man who fell into the hands of brigands?" He said, "He who
showed mercy on him" "Go," said Jesus to him, "and do likewise."
CLASH OF TEMPERAMENTS
journeyed, Jesus entered into a village. A woman called Martha received
him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, and she sat at
Jesus' feet and kept listening to his word. Martha was worried about
much serving. She stood over them and said, "Lord, don't you care
that my sister has left me alone to do the serving? Tell her to
give me a hand."
the Lord answered her, "you are worried and troubled about many
things. Only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better
part, and it is not going to be taken away from her."
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