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9 1Then Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Some of you people standing here will
see the kingdom of God come before you die. The kingdom of God will come with power."
Jesus with Moses and Elijah
2Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went up on a high mountain.
They were all alone there. While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed.
3Jesus' clothes became shining white. The clothes were whiter than any person could
make them. 4Then two men were there, talking with Jesus. The men were Moses and
Elijah.* 5Peter said to Jesus, "Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put
three tents here--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 6Peter did not
know what to say, because he and the other two followers were very afraid. 7Then
a cloud came and covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, "This (Jesus)
is my Son and I love him. Obey him!" 8Then Peter, James, and John looked, but they
saw only Jesus there alone with them. 9Jesus and the followers were walking back
down the mountain. Jesus commanded the followers, "Don't tell any person about
the things you saw on the mountain. Wait until after the Son of Man* rises from
death. Then you can tell people what you saw." 10So the followers obeyed Jesus and
said nothing about what they saw. But they discussed what Jesus meant about rising
from death. 11The followers asked Jesus, "Why do the teachers of the law say that
Elijah* must come* first?" 12Jesus answered, "They are right to say that Elijah*
must come first. Elijah makes all things the way they should be. But why does the
Scripture* say that the Son of Man* will suffer much and that people will think
he is worth nothing? 13I tell you that Elijah has already come. And people did to
him all the [bad] things they wanted to do. The Scriptures said this would happen
Jesus Heals a Sick Boy
14Then Jesus, Peter, James, and John went to the other followers. They saw many
people around them. The teachers of the law were arguing with the followers. 15When
the people saw Jesus, they were very surprised. They ran to him to welcome him.
16Jesus asked, "What are you arguing with the teachers of the law about?" 17A man
answered, "Teacher, I brought my son to you. My son has a spirit [from the devil]
inside him. This spirit stops my son from talking. 18The spirit attacks my son and
throws him on the ground. My son foams from his mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes
very stiff. I asked your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they could
not." 19Jesus answered, "You people don't believe! How long must I stay with you?
How long must I continue to be patient with you? Bring the boy to me!" 20So the
followers brought the boy to Jesus. When the [evil] spirit saw Jesus, the spirit
attacked the boy. The boy fell down and rolled on the ground. He was foaming from
his mouth. 21Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has this been happening to
the boy?" The father answered, "Since he was very young. 22The spirit often throws
him into a fire or into water to kill him. If you can do anything for him, please
have pity on us and help us." 23Jesus said to the father, "You said, 'Help him if
you can.' All things are possible for the person that believes." 24The father became
very excited. He said, "I do believe. Help me to believe more!" 25Jesus saw that
all the people were running there to see what was happening. So Jesus spoke to
the evil spirit. Jesus said, "You evil spirit that makes this boy deaf and stops
him from talking--I command you to come out of this boy and never enter him again!"
26The [evil] spirit screamed. The spirit caused the boy to fall on the ground again,
and then the spirit came out. The boy looked like he was dead. Many people said,
"He is dead!" 27But Jesus held the boy's hand and helped him stand. 28Jesus went
into the house. His followers were alone with him there. They said, "We could not
force that evil spirit out. Why?" 29Jesus answered, "That kind of spirit can only
be forced out by using prayer."
Footnotes: Moses and Elijah Two important Jewish leaders during the time of the
Old Testament. Son of Man A name Jesus used for himself. In Dan. 7:13-14, this is
the name for the Messiah, the one God chose to save his people. Elijah A man that
spoke for God about 850 B.C. Elijah must come See Mal. 4:5-6. Scripture Part of
the Holy Writings--Old Testament.
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Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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