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6. Jesus Ministers in Galilee
Jesus Arrives in Galilee
Jesus Heals the Nobleman's Son
After the two days he
went out from there and went into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in
his own country.
John was taken into custody, Jesus
returned in the power of the Spirit into Cana
of Galilee, where he made the water into wine, and
news about him spread through all the surrounding area. He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
When he came into Galilee, the
Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did
in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast. From that time, Jesus began to
Good News of the Kingdom of God, and
to say, "The
time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent,
and believe in the Good News. Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Jesus is Rejected in Nazareth
There was a certain nobleman
whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee,
he went to him, and begged him that he would come down and heal
his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and
wonders, you will in no way believe."
The nobleman said to him, "Sir, come down before my child
dies." Jesus said to him, "Go your way. Your son lives." The man
believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. As he was now going down, his servants met him and reported,
saying "Your child lives!" So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better.
They said therefore to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour, the
fever left him." So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus
said to him, "Your son lives." He believed, as did his whole
house. This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out
of Judea into Galilee.
Jesus Comes to Live In Capernaum
He came to Nazareth, where he
had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the
synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened
the book, and found the place where it was written,
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering
of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat
down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began to tell them, "Today, this Scripture has been
fulfilled in your hearing."
All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words
which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, "Isn't this
He said to them, "Doubtless you will tell me this parable,
'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at
Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'" He said, "Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable
in his hometown. But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the
days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six
months, when a great famine came over all the land. Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the
land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the
prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the
They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they
heard these things. They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the
brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might
throw him off the cliff. But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way.
He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He was teaching
them on the Sabbath day
Jesus Calls Two Pairs of Brothers
Leaving Nazareth, he came and
lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah
the prophet, saying,
"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the
sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those
who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has
Jesus Heals a Demoniac on the Sabbath
Now it happened, while the
multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. He
saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone
out of them, and were washing their nets He entered into one of the boats, which
was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He
sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into
the deep, and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered him, "Master, we worked all night, and took
nothing; but at your word I will let down the net." When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of
fish, and their net was breaking. They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they
should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so
that they began to sink.
But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus' knees,
saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord." For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of
fish which they had caught; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were
partners with Simon.
said to Simon, "Don't be afraid. From now on you will be
catching people alive. (Follow)
me, and I will make you fishers for men."
They immediately left their nets and followed him. Going on a
little further from
there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and
John his brother who
were partners with Simon. They
the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He
called them. and immediately when
they had brought their boats to land, they
left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants. They all left
everything, and followed him.
Jesus Heals Peter's Mother-in-law
He came down to Capernaum, a
city of Galilee, and
entered into the synagogue and taught. He
was teaching them on the Sabbath day, and they were astonished at his teaching. His word was with
he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes. In the synagogue there was a man
who had a spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a
loud voice, saying, "Ah! (Let us alone;) what have we to do with you,
Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who
you are: the Holy One of God!"
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of
When the demon had thrown him down in their midst, the
unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice,
came out of him, having done him no
They were all amazed, so that
they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new
with authority and power he commands even the
unclean spirits, and they come out.
They obey Him!" News about him went
out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and
its surrounding area.
Jesus Must Preach in Other Cities
Immediately, when they had
come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and
Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's
mother-in-law was lying
a great fever, and
immediately they told him about her,
and they begged him for her.
And He came and stood
over her. Taking her
by the hand and
fever, He raised
her up. Immediately the
fever left her and she
rose up and served them.
When evening came, when
the sun was setting, they
brought to him all who were sick, and many who
were possessed by demons. All the city was gathered
together at the door.
He cast out the spirits with a
word, and he
laid his hands on every one of them who
were sick, and healed them.
Demons came out from many, crying out, and saying, "You are
the Christ, the Son of God!"
Rebuking them, he didn't allow them to speak, because they knew
that he was the Christ.
these things were done that
it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the
prophet, saying: "He took our infirmities, and bore our
Jesus Heals a Leper
Early in the morning, while it
was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a
deserted, uninhabited place,
and prayed there. Simon and those who were with him followed after him; and they found him, and told him, "Everyone is looking for
He said to them, "Let's go elsewhere into the next towns,
that I may preach there also, because I came out for this
The multitudes looked for
him, and came to him, and held on to him, so that he wouldn't go
away from them. But he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the
Kingdom of God to the other cities also. For this reason I have
Jesus went about in all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the
Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness and
casting out demons among
the people. The report about him went out into all Syria. They brought to
him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and
torments, possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and
he healed them. Great multitudes from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea
and from beyond the Jordan followed him.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
It happened, while he was in
one of the cities, that a
leper came to him. He was
a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he kneeled down and fell
on his face, and he begged and
if you want to, you can make me clean."
(And Jesus), being moved with
out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I
want to. Be made clean." When
he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and
he was made clean.
warned him to
tell no one, saying: "See
that you say
nothing to anybody, but
yourself to the priest and
your cleansing, the
to what Moses
commanded, as a testimony to them." Immediately He sent
But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread
about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into
a city, but was outside in desert places. So, the
report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes
came to hear him
and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
Jesus Calls Matthew (Levi)
some days, Jesus entered
into a boat, and crossed over, and again came
into Capernaum, his
own city, and it
was heard that he was in the house.
Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no
more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to
them. As he
were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come
out of every village of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power
of the Lord was with him to heal them.
And behold, four
to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed, When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they
removed the roof where he was. When they had broken it up, they
let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on.
Jesus, seeing their faith, said to
the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you."
of the scribes and
the Pharisees who
to reason in
their hearts, "Who
is this that speaks blasphemies? This
man blasphemes. Why does this man speak
blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil and reason
these things in
your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to
say, 'Get up, take
up your bed and
walk'? But that
you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to
forgive sins (then he said to the paralytic), I
tell you, arise, Get
up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house."
he rose up before them, and took
up the mat, and went out in front of them all,
glorifying God. And he departed
to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled. They
were all amazed, and
glorified God, who had given such authority to men saying,
"We never saw anything like this!" They were filled
with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
Jesus, Why Do Your Disciples Not Fast?
He went out again by the
seaside. All the multitude came to him, and he taught them. As Jesus passed by
from there, he saw a man called Matthew, Levi
the son of Alphaeus, sitting
at the tax collection office.
He said to him, "Follow me."
(And) he left everything. He
got up and followed him.
Levi made a great feast for him
in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and
others who were reclining with them. (And) it happened as Jesus sat at
the table, that behold, many
tax collectors and sinners sat down with Jesus and his
disciples, for there were many, and they followed him.
When the scribes
he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they murmured to
his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat and
tax collectors and sinners?"
When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy
have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and
not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance."
Jesus Heals a Lame Man
John's disciples and the
Pharisees were fasting. Then John's
disciples came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast and
but your disciples don't fast?" (And) Jesus said to them, "Can you
friends of the bridegroom fast and mourn while
the bridegroom is with them? As
long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can't fast. But
the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from
them, and then they will fast."
also told a parable to them. "No
one sews a
piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would shrink
away from the old garment,
and a worse hole is made. Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else
the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins
ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are
preserved. No man having
drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, 'The old is
Plucking Grain in the Fields
After these things, there was a
feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which is
called in Hebrew, "Bethesda," having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind,
lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel went down at certain times into the pool, and
stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the
stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had. A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight
years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick
for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to be made well?"
The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into
the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I'm coming,
another steps down before me."
Jesus said to him, "Arise, take up your mat, and walk."
Immediately, the man was made well, and took up his mat and
Now it was the Sabbath on that day. So the Jews said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath. It
is not lawful for you to carry the mat."
He answered them, "He who made me well, the same said to me,
'Take up your mat, and walk.'"
Then they asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take
up your mat, and walk'?"
But he who was healed didn't know who it was, for Jesus had
withdrawn, a crowd being in the place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him,
"Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse
happens to you."
The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who
had made him well. For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill
him, because he did these things on the Sabbath (day). But Jesus answered them, "My Father is still working, so I am
working, too." For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill
him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God
his own Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus therefore answered them, "Most certainly, I tell you,
the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father
doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does
likewise. For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all
things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than
these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even
so the Son also gives life to whom he desires. For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment
to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He
who doesn't honor the Son doesn't honor the Father who sent him".
"Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and
believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn't come
into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when
the dead will hear the Son of God's voice; and those who hear
will live. For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the
Son also to have life in himself. He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is
a son of man. Don't marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that
are in the tombs will hear his voice, and will come out; those who have done good, to the
resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the
resurrection of judgment. I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my
judgment is righteous; because I don't seek my own will, but the
will of my Father who sent me".
"If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid. It is another who testifies about me. I know that the
testimony which he testifies about me is true. You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I
say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to
rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John,
for the works which the Father gave me to accomplish, the very
works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me. The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You
have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. You don't have his word living in you; because you don't
believe him whom he sent."
"You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them
you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about
me. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life. I don't receive glory from men. But I know you, that you don't have God's love in yourselves. I have come in my Father's name, and you don't receive me. If
another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and
you don't seek the glory that comes from the only God?
"Don't think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is
one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote
about me. But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe
Healing a Withered Hand
At that time, Jesus went on the
Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry
and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat,
rubbing them in their hands. But the Pharisees, when they saw
it, said to him, "Behold, why
disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?"
But he said to them, "Haven't you
read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with
him; how he entered into the house of God, when
Abiathar was high priest, and
ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither
for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the
priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless?" He said to them, "The Sabbath
was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. But I tell you that one greater
than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not
sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. Therefore the
Son of Man is Lord even of
Jesus Heals Great Multitude By The Sea
(And when) he departed there, on
another Sabbath, Jesus went
into their synagogue and
taught. And behold there was a man and
his right hand was withered.
They asked him, "Is it lawful to
heal on the Sabbath day?" that they might accuse him.
The scribes and the Pharisees
watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that
they might find an accusation against him.
But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man who had the
withered hand, "Stand
up, and stand in the middle." He
arose and stood. Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you something: Is it
lawful on the Sabbath day to
do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?"
But they were silent.
He said to them, "What man is
there among you, who has one sheep, and if this one falls into a
pit on the Sabbath day, won't he grab on to it, and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore
it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day."
He looked around at them all with
anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts. He
(then) said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he
stretched it out, and his
restored as whole and healthy as
filled with rage, and talked with one another about what they
might do to Jesus. They went
out, and immediately conspired with
the Herodians against
him, how they might destroy him.
Jesus Selects Twelve Apostles
When Jesus perceived that
the Pharisees conspired
against him to destroy
him, he withdrew
to the sea with his disciples. And
a great multitude followed him from Galilee, from Judea, from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan, and those
from around Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude, hearing what
great things he did, came to him. He spoke to his disciples that a little boat should stay near
him because of the crowd, so that they wouldn't press on him. For he had healed many, so that as many as had diseases
pressed on him that they might touch him. and
he healed them all. The unclean spirits, whenever
they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, "You are the Son
of God!" He sternly warned them that they should not make him known. that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; my beloved in whom my
soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him. He will
proclaim justice to the nations. He will not strive, nor shout; neither will anyone hear his
voice in the streets. He won't break a bruised reed. He won't quench a smoking
flax, until he leads justice to victory. In his name, the nations will hope."
It happened in these days,
that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all
night in prayer to God. When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he
chose twelve, whom he also named apostles: that
they might be with him, and that he might send them out to
preach, and to have authority to heal sicknesses and to cast out
whom he also named Peter;
Andrew, his brother; James
the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James, and he surnamed
them Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder; Philip and Bartholomew (or Nathanael); Matthew the
tax collector; Thomas;
James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon
the (Cananite), who
was called the Zealot; Judas or Lebbaeus,
whose surname was Thaddaeus, the
son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who
also betrayed him and became
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