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Immanuel = God With Us

And the Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  Matthew 1:22,23

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  Hebrews 10:5-7

And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. Isaiah 8:8

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  Revelation 21:3

He came unto His own

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.  John 1:10,11

Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?  For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no good looks or majesty. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn’t respect him.  Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he didn’t open his mouth.  He was taken away by oppression and judgment; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people?  They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he will see his offspring. He will prolong his days, and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand.   After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will give him a portion with the great, and he will divide the plunder with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was counted with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  Isaiah 53

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Numberer of secrets or Wonderful Numberer

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  Galatians 4:4,5

Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  Hebrews 9:10-12

Unto us a Savior

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.  Hebrews 2:16-18

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:5-11

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  I Timothy 3:16

But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:24,25

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.   Philippians 3:20-21

Desire of ALL Nations & The Consolation of Israel

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:  And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.  Exodus 4:22,23  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.   Exodus 13:1,2

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;  Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.   Numbers 3:11-13

And having an high priest over the house of God;   Hebrews 10:21  But this man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Hebrews 7:24   God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.   Hebrews 1:1-4

Star of Jacob

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.  Numbers 24:17   The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis 49:10  

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  Matthew 2:1,2

He Shall Be Called a Nazarene

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After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions.  All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  When they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you.”  He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:46-49

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The Word

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  John 5:39

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  John 1:1-4

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  Revelation 19:11-13

Jesus Increased

And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth. He was subject to them, and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:51,52

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.  With my whole heart, I have sought you. Don’t let me wander from your commandments.  I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Blessed are you, Yahweh. Teach me your statutes. With my lips, I have declared all the ordinances of your mouth.  I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches.  I will meditate on your precepts, and consider your ways.  I will delight myself in your statutes. I will not forget your word. Psalms 119:9-16

My son, don’t forget my teaching; but let your heart keep my commandments: for length of days, and years of life, and peace, they will add to you.  Don’t let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:1-3

To Prepare His ways

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.  But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years.  Now while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.  The whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.  An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.  But the angel said to him, “Don’t be afraid, Zacharias, because your request has been heard, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.  You will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.  For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.  He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God.  He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to prepare a people prepared for the Lord.”   Zacharias said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”   The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God. I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news.  Behold, you will be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things will happen, because you didn’t believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”  The people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple.  When he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple. He continued making signs to them, and remained mute.  When the days of his service were fulfilled, he departed to his house.  After these days Elizabeth, his wife, conceived, and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus has the Lord done to me in the days in which he looked at me, to take away my reproach among men.” Luke 1:5-25

Horn of Salvation

His father, Zacharias, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,  “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people; and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David  (as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who have been from of old), salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; to show mercy towards our fathers, to remember his holy covenant,  the oath which he swore to Abraham, our father,  to grant to us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, should serve him without fear,  In holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.  And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways,  to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins,  because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dawn from on high will visit us,  to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the way of peace.”  The child was growing, and becoming strong in spirit, and was in the desert until the day of his public appearance to Israel.  Luke 1:67-80

Make Ready the Way of the Lord

In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,  “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”  For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.”  Now John himself wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.  Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him.  They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance!  Don’t think to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. “Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.  I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:1-12

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Behold, The LAMB of God

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! John 1:29 & 35,36

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.   Genesis 3:21

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.   Genesis 22:7,8

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.  Hebrews 11:17-19

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.   Isaiah 53:7

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  Revelation 13:8

Son of God

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.  The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”  But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”  Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you.’ and, ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don’t dash your foot against a stone.’”  Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’” Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.  He said to him, “I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.’”  Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.  Matthew 4:1-11

Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.   I Corinthians 15:57,58

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.  For this is loving God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous.  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.  I John 5:2-4

Be subject therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4:7

Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn’t fall.  No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.   I Corinthians 10:12,13

Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Pay your vows to the Most High. Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”  Psalms 50:14,15

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We have found the Messiah!

And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.   The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.  And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!  Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.   Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.  And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.  John 1:37-51

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Revealed His Glory

The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there.  Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the marriage.  When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.”  Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.”  Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews’ way of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece.  Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” They filled them up to the brim.   He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast.” So they took it.  When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn’t know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!”  This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11

Blessed is everyone who fears Yahweh, who walks in his ways.  For you will eat the labor of your hands. You will be happy, and it will be well with you.  Your wife will be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of your house; your children like olive plants, around your table.  Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears Yahweh.  May Yahweh bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.  Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel. Psalm 128

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In His Temple

He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  Luke 2:49

To those who sold the doves, he said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!”  His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will eat me up.”  The Jews therefore answered him, “What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?”  Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  The Jews therefore said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?”  But he spoke of the temple of his body.  When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.  John 2:16-22

Now in the things which we are saying, the main point is this. We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a servant of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. Hebrews 8:1,2

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Only Begotten Son

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’  The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered him, “How can these things be?”  Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and don’t understand these things?  Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know, and testify of that which we have seen, and you don’t receive our witness.  If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.  As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.  He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.  This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.  For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”  John 3:1-21

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He Must Increase

After these things, Jesus came with his disciples into the land of Judea. He stayed there with them, and baptized.  John also was baptizing in Enon near Salim, because there was much water there. They came, and were baptized.  For John was not yet thrown into prison.  There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John’s disciples with some Jews about purification.  They came to John, and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, the same baptizes, and everyone is coming to him.”  John answered, “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven.  You yourselves testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before him.’  He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. This, my joy, therefore is made full.  He must increase, but I must decrease.  He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.  What he has seen and heard, of that he testifies; and no one receives his witness.  He who has received his witness has set his seal to this, that God is true.  For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the Spirit without measure.  The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.  One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son won’t see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:22-36

Living Water

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I know that Messiah comes….”I AM He”

So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being tired from his journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”  For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “How is it that you, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. So where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, as did his children, and his livestock?” Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I don’t get thirsty, neither come all the way here to draw.”  

Christ, the Savior of the World

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You said well, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband. This you have said truly.”  The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.  Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, will you worship the Father.  You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshipers.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah comes, he who is called Christ. When he has come, he will declare to us all things.”  Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who speaks to you.”  At this, his disciples came. They marveled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, “What are you looking for?” or, “Why do you speak with her?”  So the woman left her water pot, and went away into the city, and said to the people,  “Come, see a man who told me everything that I did. Can this be the Christ?”  They went out of the city, and were coming to him.  In the meanwhile, the disciples urged him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”  The disciples therefore said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.  Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.  He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to eternal life; that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you haven’t labored. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”  From that city many of the Samaritans believed in him because of the word of the woman, who testified, “He told me everything that I did.”  So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed there two days.  Many more believed because of his word.  They said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”  John 4:5-42

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Your son lives!

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.  So 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.  Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine. 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.  John 4:43-54

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Behold, you are made well.

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 healed 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 walked. 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.”  John 5:1-14

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He is the Son of Man

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.  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.  John 5:15-32

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The Father has sent Me.

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 my words?” John 5:33-47

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The Lord has anointed Me

John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?” When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptizer has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?’” In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight. Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.”  When John’s messengers had departed, he began to tell the multitudes about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?  But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.  But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ “For I tell you, among those who are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptizer, yet he who is least in God’s Kingdom is greater than he.”  Luke 7:19-28

The Lord Yahweh’s Spirit is on me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified.  Isaiah 61:1-3

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

 “Seventy weeks are decreed on your people and on your holy city, to finish disobedience, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. “Know therefore and discern that from the going out of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Anointed One, the prince, will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will be built again, with street and moat, even in troubled times. After the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off, and will have nothing. The people of the prince who come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end will be with a flood, and war will be even to the end. Desolations are determined. He will make a firm covenant with many for one week. In the middle of the week he will cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. On the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate; and even to the full end, and that determined, wrath will be poured out on the desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27

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Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and God’s Kingdom is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News.” Mark 1:14,15

He told them a parable. “See the fig tree, and all the trees.  When they are already budding, you see it and know by your own selves that the summer is already near. Even so you also, when you see these things happening, know that God’s Kingdom is near.  Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things are accomplished. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.  “So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly.  For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth.  Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:29-36

I AM the Bread of Life

Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”  Jesus therefore said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  They said therefore to him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don’t believe.  All those whom the Father gives me will come to me. He who comes to me I will in no way throw out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.  This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day.  This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:31-40

Anointed Me to Preach

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,  Luke 4:16-30

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I will make you fishers for men

Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.”  They immediately left their nets and followed him.  Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them.  They immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him.  Matthew 4:18-22

Now while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, 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. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be catching people alive.”  When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything, and followed him. Luke 5:1-11

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With Authority

He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority.  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! 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!”  Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down in the middle of them, he came out of him, having done him no harm.  Amazement came on all, and they spoke together, one with another, saying, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!”  News about him went out into every place of the surrounding region. Luke 4:31-37

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes. Matthew 7:28,29

You can make me clean

Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”  Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus said to him, “See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Matthew 8:2-4

While he was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and begged him, saying, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”  He stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him.  He commanded him to tell no one, “But go your way, and show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing according to what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”  But the report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.  But he withdrew himself into the desert, and prayed.  Luke 5:12-16

As they went out, behold, a mute man who was demon possessed was brought to him.  When the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke. The multitudes marveled, saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!”  But the Pharisees said, “By the prince of the demons, he casts out demons.” Matthew 9:32-34

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Glorified God

He entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city. Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you.”  Behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man blasphemes.” Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Get up, 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), “Get up, and take up your mat, and go to your house.”  He arose and departed to his house.  But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.  Matthew 9:1-8

When he entered again into Capernaum after some days, 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.  Four people came, carrying a paralytic to him.  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, your sins are forgiven you.”  But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,  “Why does this man speak blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason these things in your hearts?  Which is easier, to tell the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?’  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I tell you, arise, take up your mat, and go to your house.”  He arose, and immediately took up the mat, and went out in front of them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”  Mark 2:1-12

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Calling Levi-Matthew

As Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax collection office. He said to him, “Follow me.” He got up and followed him.  As he sat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.  When the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with 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.”  Then John’s disciples came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don’t fast?”  Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.  No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made. Neither do people put new wine into old wine skins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wine skins, and both are preserved.”  Matthew 9:9-17

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Lord of the Sabbath

He was going on the Sabbath day through the grain fields, and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain.  The Pharisees said to him, “Behold, why do they do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?”  He said to them, “Did you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry—he, and those who were with him?  How he entered into God’s house at the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the show bread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?” He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:23-28

I John, your brother and partner with you in the oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet saying, “What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:9-11

I gave them my statutes, and showed them my ordinances, which if a man does, he will live in them.  Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies them.  Ezekiel 20:11,12  I am Yahweh your God. Walk in my statutes, keep my ordinances, and do them.  Make my Sabbaths holy. They shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahweh your God.’ Ezekiel 20:19,20

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He called to Himself

He went up into the mountain, and called to himself those whom he wanted, and they went to him.  He appointed twelve, 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 demons:  Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);  James the son of Zebedee; and John, the brother of James, (whom he called Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder); Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. Then he came into a house.  Mark 3:13-19

In these days, 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:  Simon, whom he also named Peter; Andrew, his brother; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon, who was called the Zealot; Judas the son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who also became a traitor. Luke 6:12-16

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Taught Them

Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He opened his mouth and taught them, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. 
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. “Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew 5:1-12

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48

“Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.  Luke 6:36

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Speak the word only

When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him, and saying, “Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented.”  Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”  The centurion answered, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and tell another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and tell my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, “Most certainly I tell you, I haven’t found so great a faith, not even in Israel.  I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed.” His servant was healed in that hour.  Matthew 8:5-13

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He had compassion on her

Soon afterwards, he went to a city called Nain. Many of his disciples, along with a great multitude, went with him.  Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, one who was dead was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Many people of the city were with her. 
When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, “Don’t cry.”  He came near and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”  He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.  Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited his people!”  This report went out concerning him in the whole of Judea, and in all the surrounding region. Luke 7:11-17

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Son of David

Then one possessed by a demon, blind and mute, was brought to him and he healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.  All the multitudes were amazed, and said, “Can this be the son of David?”  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons.”  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then God’s Kingdom has come upon you.  Or how can one enter into the house of the strong man, and plunder his goods, unless he first bind the strong man? Then he will plunder his house.  “He who is not with me is against me, and he who doesn’t gather with me, scatters.  Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.  Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is to come. “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.  You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings out evil things.  I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Matthew 12:22-37

Son of Man

Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”  But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet.  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, someone greater than Jonah is here.  The queen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, someone greater than Solomon is here. When an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and doesn’t find it.  Then he says, ‘I will return into my house from which I came out,’ and when he has come back, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.  Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more evil than he is, and they enter in and dwell there. The last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Even so will it be also to this evil generation.”  While he was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to him.  One said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, seeking to speak to you.”  But he answered him who spoke to him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”  He stretched out his hand towards his disciples, and said, “Behold, my mother and my brothers!  For whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.”   Matthew 12:38-50

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The Son

At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants.  Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.  All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him.  “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:25-30

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, Yah, and teach out of your law; that you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit is dug for the wicked. For Yahweh won’t reject his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.  For judgment will return to righteousness. All the upright in heart shall follow it.  Psalms 94:12-15

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Cheer up!

While he told these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”  Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples. Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said within herself, “If I just touch his garment, I will be made well.” But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, “Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder, he said to them, “Make room, because the girl isn’t dead, but sleeping.” They were ridiculing him. But when the crowd was put out, he entered in, took her by the hand, and the girl arose.  The report of this went out into all that land. Matthew 9:18-26

Freely you received, so freely give.

He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness.  Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, his brother; Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; Lebbaeus, who was also called Thaddaeus;  Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. 
Jesus sent these twelve out, and commanded them, saying, “Don’t go among the Gentiles, and don’t enter into any city of the Samaritans. Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.  Don’t take any gold, silver, or brass in your money belts.  Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food.  Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.  As you enter into the household, greet it.  If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn’t worthy, let your peace return to you.  Whoever doesn’t receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.  Most certainly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.  Matthew 10:1-15

His Household

“Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you.  Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations.  But when they deliver you up, don’t be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.  For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.  “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.  You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.  But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most certainly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come.  “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord.  It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! Matthew 10:16-25

You are of more value

Therefore don’t be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known.  What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.  Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.  “Aren’t two sparrows sold for an assarion coin? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father’s will, but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.  “Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword.  For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  A man’s foes will be those of his own household.  He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn’t worthy of me.  He who doesn’t take his cross and follow after me, isn’t worthy of me.  He who seeks his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.  He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.  He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. He who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.  Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most certainly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward.”   Matthew 10:26-42

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Enter His Rest

The apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and they told him all things, whatever they had done, and whatever they had taught.  He said to them, “You come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. They went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Mark 6:30-32

Let’s fear therefore, lest perhaps anyone of you should seem to have come short of a promise of entering into his rest.  For indeed we have had good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn’t profit them, because it wasn’t mixed with faith by those who heard.  For we who have believed do enter into that rest, even as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest;” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.  For he has said this somewhere about the seventh day, “God rested on the seventh day from all his works;” and in this place again, “They will not enter into my rest.” Seeing therefore it remains that some should enter into it, and they to whom the good news was preached before failed to enter in because of disobedience, he again defines a certain day, today, saying through David so long a time afterward (just as has been said), “Today if you will hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”  For if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterward of another day.  There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his.  Let’s therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.  Hebrews 4:1-11

This is truly the prophet

After these things, Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick.  Jesus went up into the mountain, and he sat there with his disciples.  Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.  Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?”  This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little.”  One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?”  Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in that place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.  Jesus took the loaves; and having given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down; likewise also of the fish as much as they desired.  When they were filled, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost.”  So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.  When therefore the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, “This is truly the prophet who comes into the world.”  Jesus therefore, perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself.  John 6:1-15

For Moses indeed said to the fathers, ‘The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him in all things whatever he says to you.  Acts 3:22

What kind of man is this?

When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Behold, a violent storm came up on the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep.  They came to him, and woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We are dying!”  He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. The men marveled, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Matthew 8:23-27

They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.  When he had come out of the boat, immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him out of the tombs.  He lived in the tombs. Nobody could bind him any more, not even with chains, because he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the fetters broken in pieces. Nobody had the strength to tame him. Always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and bowed down to him, and crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, don’t torment me.” For he said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”  He asked him, “What is your name?” He said to him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”  He begged him much that he would not send them away out of the country.   Now on the mountainside there was a great herd of pigs feeding.  All the demons begged him, saying, “Send us into the pigs, that we may enter into them.”  At once Jesus gave them permission. The unclean spirits came out and entered into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and they were drowned in the sea.  Those who fed them fled, and told it in the city and in the country. The people came to see what it was that had happened.  They came to Jesus, and saw him who had been possessed by demons sitting, clothed, and in his right mind, even him who had the legion; and they were afraid. Mark 1:1-15

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For God the Father has sealed him

On the next day, the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except the one in which his disciples had embarked, and that Jesus hadn’t entered with his disciples into the boat, but his disciples had gone away alone.  However boats from Tiberias came near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.  When the multitude therefore saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.  When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”  Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.  Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”  They said therefore to him, “What must we do, that we may work the works of God?”  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”  They said therefore to him, “What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do?  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”  Jesus therefore said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn’t Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  They said therefore to him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don’t believe.  All those whom the Father gives me will come to me. He who comes to me I will in no way throw out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.  This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day. This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”  John 6:22-40

I am the living bread

The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down out of heaven.”  They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, ‘I have come down out of heaven?’”  Therefore Jesus answered them, “Don’t murmur among yourselves.  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.  It is written in the prophets, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me.  Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.  Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life.  I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  John 6:22:41-51

Christ, the Son of the living God

The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  Jesus therefore said to them, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don’t have life in yourselves.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.  As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me.  This is the bread which came down out of heaven—not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever.”  He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.  Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?”  But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?  Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.  But there are some of you who don’t believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn’t believe, and who it was who would betray him.  He said, “For this cause I have said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.”  At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  Jesus said therefore to the twelve, “You don’t also want to go away, do you?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus answered them, “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”   Now he spoke of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for it was he who would betray him, being one of the twelve.  John 6:52-71

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Planting of my Heavenly Father

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, “Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat bread.”  He answered them, “Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?  For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’  But you say, ‘Whoever may tell his father or his mother, “Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,” he shall not honor his father or mother.’ You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.  You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,  ‘These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.’”  He summoned the multitude, and said to them, “Hear, and understand.  That which enters into the mouth doesn’t defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”  Then the disciples came, and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?”  But he answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted.  Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.”  Peter answered him, “Explain the parable to us.”  So Jesus said, “Do you also still not understand?  Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body? But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn’t defile the man.” Matthew 15:1-20

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Yes, Lord

From there he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house, and didn’t want anyone to know it, but he couldn’t escape notice.  For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.  Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter.  But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  But she answered him, “Yes, Lord. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”  He said to her, “For this saying, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”  She went away to her house, and found the child having been laid on the bed, with the demon gone out.  Mark 7:24-30

He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.  Acts 17:26,27

Glorified the God of Israel

Jesus departed from there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.  Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet. He healed them, so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, the injured healed, the lame walking, and the blind seeing—and they glorified the God of Israel.  Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”  He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.  They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over. Those who ate were four thousand men, in addition to women and children. Then he sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala. Matthew 15:29-39

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God

Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”  They said, “Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.”  Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.  From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.  Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you.” But he turned, and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.”   Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.  For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?  For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.  Most certainly I tell you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”  Matthew 16:13-28

My Beloved Son

After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves.  He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.  Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with him.  Peter answered, and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let’s make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”  When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid.   Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and don’t be afraid.”  Lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone.  As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Don’t tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”  His disciples asked him, saying, “Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”  Jesus answered them, “Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things, but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they didn’t recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to. Even so the Son of Man will also suffer by them.”  Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptizer. Matthew 17:1-13

Lord, have mercy

When they came to the multitude, a man came to him, kneeling down to him, and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic, and suffers grievously; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “Faithless and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to me.” Jesus rebuked him, the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, “Why weren’t we able to cast it out?”  He said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  But this kind doesn’t go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:14-21

“I, Yahweh, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and make you a covenant for the people, as a light for the nations; to open the blind eyes, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.  Isaiah 42:6,7

Son of Man

While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised up.” They were exceedingly sorry. When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?”  He said, “Yes.” When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”  Peter said to him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt.   But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you.” Matthew 17:22-27

In My Name Receives Me

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”  Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the middle of them, and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.  Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea. “Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire.  If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire. Matthew 18:1-9

Your Father in Heaven

See that you don’t despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.  For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.  “What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine, go to the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray? If he finds it, most certainly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.  Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. 
“If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother.  But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector.  Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven. Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the middle of them.” Matthew 18:10-20

He is a good man

After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn’t walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.  Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.  His brothers therefore said to him, “Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do. For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world.”  For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.  Jesus therefore said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.  The world can’t hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.  You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled.”  Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.  But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.  The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, “Where is he?”  There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others said, “Not so, but he leads the multitude astray.”  Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.  But when it was now the middle of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught. The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How does this man know letters, having never been educated?” 

Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!  He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.” But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn’t yet glorified. 

John 7:1-15, 37-39

This is truly the Christ

Jesus therefore answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.  If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.  He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.  Didn’t Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?”   The multitude answered, “You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?”   Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.   Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.  If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath?  Don’t judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”  Therefore some of them of Jerusalem said, “Isn’t this he whom they seek to kill?  Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ? However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from.”  Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don’t know.  I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”  They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.  But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, “When the Christ comes, he won’t do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?”  The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.  Then Jesus said, “I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me.  You will seek me, and won’t find me; and where I am, you can’t come.”  The Jews therefore said among themselves, “Where will this man go that we won’t find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? What is this word that he said, ‘You will seek me, and won’t find me; and where I am, you can’t come’?”  John 7:16-36

This is the Christ

Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, “This is truly the prophet.”  Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?  Hasn’t the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the offspring of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”  So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.  Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.  The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him?”  The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!”  The Pharisees therefore answered them, “You aren’t also led astray, are you?  Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?  But this multitude that doesn’t know the law is accursed.” Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?”  They answered him, “Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee.”  John 7:40-52

Teacher

Everyone went to his own house, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now very early in the morning, he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him. He sat down, and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the middle, they told him, “Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act.  Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. What then do you say about her?”  They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger.  But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her.”  Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.  They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle. Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, “Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.”  John 7:53-8:1-11

The Light of the World

Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”  The Pharisees therefore said to him, “You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”  Jesus answered them, “Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you don’t know where I came from, or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one.  Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me.  It’s also written in your law that the testimony of two people is valid.   I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”  They said therefore to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me, nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”  Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.  Jesus said therefore again to them, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can’t come.” The Jews therefore said, “Will he kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going, you can’t come’?”  He said to them, “You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.  I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.”  They said therefore to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.  I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world.”  They didn’t understand that he spoke to them about the Father.  Jesus therefore said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.  He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn’t left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”  As he spoke these things, many believed in him.  John 8:12-30

I AM

Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.  You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  They answered him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, ‘You will be made free’?”  Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin.  A bondservant doesn’t live in the house forever. A son remains forever.  If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.  I know that you are Abraham’s offspring, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.  I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father.”  They answered him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.  But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn’t do this.  You do the works of your father.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God.”  Therefore Jesus said to them, “If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven’t come of myself, but he sent me.  Why don’t you understand my speech? Because you can’t hear my word.  You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.  But because I tell the truth, you don’t believe me.  Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?  He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don’t hear, because you are not of God.”  Then the Jews answered him, “Don’t we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?”  Jesus answered, “I don’t have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.  But I don’t seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges.  Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death.”  Then the Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, ‘If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.’ Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?”  Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.  You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, ‘I don’t know him,’ I would be like you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word.  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad.”  The Jews therefore said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM. ”  Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, having gone through the middle of them, and so passed by. John 8:31-59

A man called Jesus

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.  I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man’s eyes with the mud, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he went away, washed, and came back seeing. The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said, “Isn’t this he who sat and begged?”  Others were saying, “It is he.” Still others were saying, “He looks like him.” He said, “I am he.”  They therefore were asking him, “How were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.’ So I went away and washed, and I received sight.” Then they asked him, “Where is he?” He said, “I don’t know.”  They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees.  It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.  Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see.”  Some therefore of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was division among them.  Therefore they asked the blind man again, “What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”  The Jews therefore didn’t believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”  His parents answered them, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees, we don’t know; or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself.”  His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age. Ask him.”  John 9:1-23

“Lord, I believe!”

So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”  He therefore answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see.”  They said to him again, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I told you already, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t also want to become his disciples, do you?”  They insulted him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.”  The man answered them, “How amazing! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God, and does his will, he listens to him. Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?” They threw him out.  Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  He answered, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?”  Jesus said to him, “You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you.”  He said, “Lord, I believe!” and he worshiped him.  Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, that those who don’t see may see; and that those who see may become blind.”  Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?”  Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.  John 9:24-41

I Am the Good Shepard

“Most certainly, I tell you, one who doesn’t enter by the door into the sheep fold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But one who enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.  Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers.”  Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they didn’t understand what he was telling them.  Jesus therefore said to them again, “Most certainly, I tell you, I am the sheep’s door.  All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them.  I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be saved, and will go in and go out, and will find pasture.  The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who doesn’t own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and flees. The wolf snatches the sheep, and scatters them.  The hired hand flees because he is a hired hand, and doesn’t care for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own;  even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.   I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.  Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father.”  Therefore a division arose again among the Jews because of these words.  Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane! Why do you listen to him?” Others said, “These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn’t possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?” John 10:1-21

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I and the Father are One

It was the Feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem.  It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.  The Jews therefore came around him and said to him, “How long will you hold us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you don’t believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify about me.  But you don’t believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”  Therefore Jews took up stones again to stone him.  Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?”  The Jews answered him, “We don’t stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy: because you, being a man, make yourself God.”  Jesus answered them, “Isn’t it written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods?’  If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture can’t be broken), do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’  If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me.  But if I do them, though you don’t believe me, believe the works; that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”  They sought again to seize him, and he went out of their hand.  He went away again beyond the Jordan into the place where John was baptizing at first, and there he stayed.  Many came to him. They said, “John indeed did no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true.” Many believed in him there.  John 10:22-42

Son of Man

It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him.  They didn’t receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem. When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?”  But he turned and rebuked them, “You don’t know of what kind of spirit you are.  For the Son of Man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” They went to another village.  As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, “I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord.”  Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  He said to another, “Follow me!” But he said, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.”  But Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce God’s Kingdom.”  Another also said, “I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house.”  But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.” Luke 9:51-62

The Son

Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come.  Then he said to them, “The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest.  Go your ways. Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.  Carry no purse, nor wallet, nor sandals. Greet no one on the way.  Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’  If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.  Remain in that same house, eating and drinking the things they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Don’t go from house to house.  Into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat the things that are set before you.  Heal the sick who are therein, and tell them, ‘God’s Kingdom has come near to you.’ But into whatever city you enter, and they don’t receive you, go out into its streets and say,  ‘Even the dust from your city that clings to us, we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that God’s Kingdom has come near to you.’  I tell you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.  But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you.  You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades. Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me. Whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”  The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”  He said to them, “I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven.  Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you.  Nevertheless, don’t rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.”   Turning to the disciples, he said, “All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him.”  Turning to the disciples, he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and didn’t see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and didn’t hear them.”  Luke 10:1-24

Love the Lord your God

Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”  He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”  He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”  But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”  Jesus answered, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’  Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”  He said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  Luke 10:25-37

We love him, because he first loved us.  If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother. I John 4:19-21

Son of Man

Being asked by the Pharisees when God’s Kingdom would come, he answered them, “God’s Kingdom doesn’t come with observation; neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, God’s Kingdom is within you.”  He said to the disciples, “The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will tell you, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Don’t go away, nor follow after them, for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.  Luke 17:20-25

“I have yet many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now.  However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming.  He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you.   All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes of mine, and will declare it to you.  John 16:12-15

Bringing to him little children

They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them.  But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for God’s Kingdom belongs to such as these.   Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.”  He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.  Mark 10:13-16

No one is good, except one—God.

A certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus asked him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one—God.  You know the commandments: ‘Don’t commit adultery,’ ‘Don’t murder,’ ‘Don’t steal,’ ‘Don’t give false testimony,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’”  He said, “I have observed all these things from my youth up.”  When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me.”  But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.  Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into God’s Kingdom!  For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into God’s Kingdom.”  Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?”  But he said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  Peter said, “Look, we have left everything, and followed you.”  He said to them, “Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for God’s Kingdom’s sake, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:18-30

I AM the resurrection and the life

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister, Martha.  It was that Mary who had anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother, Lazarus, was sick.  The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, “Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick.”  But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God’s Son may be glorified by it.”  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.   When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days in the place where he was.   Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let’s go into Judea again.”  The disciples told him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?”  Jesus answered, “Aren’t there twelve hours of daylight? If a man walks in the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of this world.  But if a man walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light isn’t in him.”  He said these things, and after that, he said to them, “Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep.”  The disciples therefore said, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”  Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep.  So Jesus said to them plainly then, “Lazarus is dead.  I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let’s go to him.” Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go also, that we may die with him.”  So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already.  Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away.  Many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.  Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.  Therefore Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.  Even now I know that, whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies.  Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.” When she had said this, she went away, and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying, “The Teacher is here, and is calling you.”  When she heard this, she arose quickly, and went to him.  Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met him.  Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”  Therefore when Mary came to where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.”  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They told him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus wept.  The Jews therefore said, “See how much affection he had for him!”  Some of them said, “Couldn’t this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?”  Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see God’s glory?”  So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, “Father, I thank you that you listened to me.  I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude standing around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Free him, and let him go.” John 11:1-44

He might also gather

The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, “What are we doing? For this man does many signs.  If we leave him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”  But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is advantageous for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”  Now he didn’t say this of himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.  So from that day forward they took counsel that they might put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but departed from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim. He stayed there with his disciples. John 11:47-54

To give His life as a ransom for many

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, kneeling and asking a certain thing of him.  He said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your Kingdom.”  But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to him, “We are able.”  He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with, but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”  When the ten heard it, they were indignant with the two brothers.  But Jesus summoned them, and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.  Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:20-28

To seek and to save

He entered and was passing through Jericho.  There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.  He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn’t because of the crowd, because he was short.  He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way.  When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”  He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully.  When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, “He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner.”  Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much.”  Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:1-10

Prepare Me for burial

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him having an alabaster jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.  But when his disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.”  However, knowing this, Jesus said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has done a good work for me.  For you always have the poor with you; but you don’t always have me.  For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.   Most certainly I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her.” Matthew 26:6-13

One of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. He entered into the Pharisee’s house, and sat at the table.  Behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment.  Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner.”  Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” He said, “Teacher, say on.”   “A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they couldn’t pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?”  Simon answered, “He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most.” He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” Turning to the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet.  You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.  Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”  He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”  Luke 7:36-50

Behold, your King comes

When they came near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethsphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,  saying to them, “Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them, and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and immediately he will send them.”  All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,  “Tell the daughter of Zion, behold, your King comes to you, humble, and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  The disciples went, and did just as Jesus commanded them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their clothes on them; and he sat on them.  A very great multitude spread their clothes on the road. Others cut branches from the trees, and spread them on the road.  The multitudes who went in front of him, and those who followed, kept shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  When he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”   The multitudes said, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-11

Hosanna to the son of David!

But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children who were crying in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the son of David!” they were indignant, and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes. Did you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing babies you have perfected praise?’”  He left them, and went out of the city to Bethany, and camped there. Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry.   Seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, “Let there be no fruit from you forever!” Immediately the fig tree withered away.  When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree immediately wither away?”  Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you told this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it would be done.  All things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”  Matthew 21:15-22

My House is a House of Prayer

He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of robbers’!”  He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him.  They couldn’t find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.  Luke 19:45-48

On one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the Good News, the priests and scribes came to him with the elders.  They asked him, “Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?”  He answered them, “I also will ask you one question. Tell me: the baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?”  They reasoned with themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’  But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”  They answered that they didn’t know where it was from.   Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”  Luke 20:1-8

My Beloved Son

He began to tell the people this parable. “A man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to some farmers, and went into another country for a long time.  At the proper season, he sent a servant to the farmers to collect his share of the fruit of the vineyard. But the farmers beat him, and sent him away empty.  He sent yet another servant, and they also beat him, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.  He sent yet a third, and they also wounded him, and threw him out.  The lord of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. It may be that seeing him, they will respect him.’  “But when the farmers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’   They threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy these farmers, and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!”  But he looked at them, and said, “Then what is this that is written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the chief cornerstone?’ Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but it will crush whomever it falls on to dust.”  Luke 20:9-18

Woes and Blessings

In the hearing of all the people, he said to his disciples,  “Beware of those scribes who like to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts; who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation.”  Luke 20:45-47

He looked up, and saw the rich people who were putting their gifts into the treasury.  He saw a certain poor widow casting in two small brass coins.   He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them, for all these put in gifts for God from their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had to live on.”  Luke 21:1-4

Sir, we want to see Jesus

Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.  These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”  Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus.  Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.  If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.  “Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this time?’ But for this cause I came to this time.  Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came out of the sky, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”  The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”  Jesus answered, “This voice hasn’t come for my sake, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”  But he said this, signifying by what kind of death he should die. The multitude answered him, “We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains forever. How do you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up?’ Who is this Son of Man?”  Jesus therefore said to them, “Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn’t overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn’t know where he is going.  While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light.” Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them. But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn’t believe in him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”  For this cause they couldn’t believe, for Isaiah said again,  “He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and would turn, and I would heal them.”  Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him. Nevertheless even many of the rulers believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they didn’t confess it, so that they wouldn’t be put out of the synagogue, for they loved men’s praise more than God’s praise.  John 12:20-43

See the Son of Man coming

Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all of these things, don’t you? Most certainly I tell you, there will not be left here one stone on another, that will not be thrown down.”   As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”   Jesus answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray.   For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will lead many astray.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you aren’t troubled, for all this must happen, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in various places.   But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.   Then they will deliver you up to oppression, and will kill you. You will be hated by all of the nations for my name’s sake.  Then many will stumble, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another.   Many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray. Because iniquity will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.   But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.   This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. “When, therefore, you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take out the things that are in his house.   Let him who is in the field not return back to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are with child and to nursing mothers in those days!   Pray that your flight will not be in the winter, nor on a Sabbath,   for then there will be great oppression, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever will be.   Unless those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved. But for the sake of the chosen ones, those days will be shortened.   “Then if any man tells you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There,’ don’t believe it.   For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.   “Behold, I have told you beforehand.   If therefore they tell you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ don’t go out; ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ don’t believe it.  For as the lightning flashes from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.   For wherever the carcass is, that is where the vultures gather together.   But immediately after the oppression of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.   He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.   “Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When its branch has now become tender, and produces its leaves, you know that the summer is near. Even so you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all these things are accomplished.   Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  “As the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and they didn’t know until the flood came, and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.   Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one will be left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and one will be left. Watch therefore, for you don’t know in what hour your Lord comes. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don’t expect, the Son of Man will come.  “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his household, to give them their food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes.  Most certainly I tell you that he will set him over all that he has.  But if that evil servant should say in his heart, ‘My lord is delaying his coming,’  and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunkards, the lord of that servant will come in a day when he doesn’t expect it, and in an hour when he doesn’t know it, and will cut him in pieces, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. That is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.   Matthew 24

He will sit on the throne

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.   I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’   “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?   When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?  When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’  “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’   Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink;  I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’  “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’  “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  Matthew 25:31-46

The Lord and the Teacher

Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came from God, and was going to God, arose from supper, and laid aside his outer garments. He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”  Jesus answered him, “You don’t know what I am doing now, but you will understand later.”  Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.”  Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”  Jesus said to him, “Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you.”  For he knew him who would betray him, therefore he said, “You are not all clean.”  So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me, ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You say so correctly, for so I am.  If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.  Most certainly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his lord, neither one who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.  John 13:1-17