The apostles commissioned
19.1-6: Mt 10.1, 5, 7-11, 14; Mk 6.7-12; Lk 10.4-11.And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal. 3And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. 4And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 59.5: Acts 13.51.And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
79.7-9: Mt 14.1-2; Mk 6.14-16; Lk 9.19.Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, 8by some that Eli'jah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen. 99.9: Lk 23.8.Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.
Five thousand fed
109.10: Mk 6.30-31; Lk 10.17; Jn 1.44.On their return the apostles told him what they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a city called Beth-sa'ida. 119.11-17: Mt 14.13-21; Mk 6.32-44; Jn 6.1-14; Mk 8.4-10.When the crowds learned it, they followed him; and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and cured those who had need of healing. 12Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely place.” 139.13: 2 Kings 4.42-44.But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 14For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each.” 15And they did so, and made them all sit down. 169.16: Lk 22.19; 24.30-31; Acts 2.42; 20.11; 27.35.And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
The great confession
189.18-21: Mt 16.13-20; Mk 8.27-30; Jn 1.49; 11.27; 6.66-69.9.18: Lk 3.21; 5.16; 6.12; 9.28; 11.1.Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” 199.19: Lk 9.9; Mk 9.11-13.And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Eli'jah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” 20And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 229.22: Mt 16.21; Mk 8.31; Lk 9.43-45; 18.31-34; 17.25.saying, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
239.23-27: Mt 16.24-28; Mk 8.34–9.1.And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 249.24-25: Mt 10.38-39; Lk 14.27; 17.33; Jn 12.25.For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it. 25For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 269.26: Mt 10.33; Lk 12.9; 1 Jn 2.28.For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 279.27: Lk 22.18; Mt 10.23; 1 Thess 4.15-18; Jn 21.22.But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
289.28-36: Mt 17.1-8; Mk 9.2-8; 2 Pet 1.17-18.9.28: Lk 8.51; 3.21; 5.16; 6.12; 9.18; 11.1.Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. 309.30: Acts 1.9-11.And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Eli'jah, 31who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem. 329.32: Jn 1.14.Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 339.33: Lk 5.5; 8.24, 45; 9.49; 17.13.And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah”—not knowing what he said. 34As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 359.35: Lk 3.22; Jn 12.28-30.And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen;9.35 Other ancient authorities read my Beloved listen to him!” 369.36: Mt 17.9; Mk 9.9-10.And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
379.37-43: Mt 17.14-18; Mk 9.14-27.On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38And behold, a man from the crowd cried, “Teacher, I beg you to look upon my son, for he is my only child; 39and behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him till he foams, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. 40And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42While he was coming, the demon tore him and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 439.43-45: Mt 17.22-23; Mk 9.30-32; Lk 9.22; 18.31-34; 17.25.And all were astonished at the majesty of God.
The Passion foreshadowed
But while they were all marvelling at everything he did, he said to his disciples, 44“Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
469.46-48: Mt 18.1-5; Mk 9.33-37.And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side, 489.48: Lk 10.16; Mt 10.40.and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
499.49-50: Mk 9.38-40; Lk 126.96.36.199: Lk 5.5; 8.24, 45; 9.33; 17.13.John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.” 50But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.”
On the way to Jerusalem
519.51-56: Mk 10.1; Lk 17.11; Jn 4.40-42.When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 529.52: Mt 10.5; Jn 4.4.And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; 53but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 549.54: Mk 3.17; 2 Kings 1.9-16.And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?”9.54 Other ancient authorities add a as Eli'jah did 55But he turned and rebuked them.9.55 Other ancient authorities add a and he said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of; for the Son of man came not to destroy men's lives but to save them” 56And they went on to another village.
579.57-60: Mt 8.19-22.As they were going along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60But he said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 619.61: 1 Kings 19.20; Phil 3.13.Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
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