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Jesus Sends His Apostles on a Mission
9 1Jesus called the twelve apostles* together. He gave the apostles power to heal
sicknesses and power over all demons.* 2Jesus sent the apostles to tell about God's
kingdom and to heal the sick. 3He said to the apostles, "When you travel, don't
take a walking stick. Also, don't carry a bag, food, or money. Take for your trip
only the clothes you are wearing. 4When you go into a house, stay there until it
is time to leave. 5If the people in the town will not welcome you, go outside the
town and shake their dust off of your feet.* This will be a warning to them." 6So
the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News*
and healed people everywhere.
Herod Is Confused About Jesus
7Governor Herod* heard about all these things that were happening. He was confused
because some people said, "John the Baptizer is risen from death." 8Other people
said, "Elijah* has come to us." And some other people said, "One of the prophets*
from long ago has risen from death." 9Herod said, "I cut off John's head. So who
is this man I hear these things about?" Herod continued trying to see Jesus.
Jesus Feeds More than 5,000 People
10When the apostles* came back, they told Jesus the things they had done on their
trip. Then Jesus took them away to a town called Bethsaida. There, Jesus and his
apostles could be alone together. 11But the people learned where Jesus went. They
followed him. Jesus welcomed them and talked with them about God's kingdom. He healed
the people that were sick. 12Late in the afternoon, the twelve apostles* came to
Jesus and said, "No people live in this place. Send the people away. They need
to find food and places to sleep in the farms and towns around here." 13But Jesus
said to the apostles,* "You give them something to eat." The apostles said, "We
have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Do you want us to go buy food for all
these people?" [There are too many!] 14(There were about 5,000 men there.) Jesus
said to his followers, "Tell the people to sit in groups of about 50 people." 15So
the followers did this and all the people sat down. 16Then Jesus took the five loaves
of bread and two fish. Jesus looked up into the sky and thanked God for the food.
Then Jesus divided the food and gave it to the followers. Jesus told the followers
to give the food to the people. 17All the people ate and were filled. And there
was much food left. Twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of food that were
Peter Says that Jesus Is the Christ
18One time Jesus was praying alone. His followers came together there. Jesus asked
them, "Who do the people say I am?" 19The followers answered, "Some people say you
are John, the Baptizer. Other people say you are Elijah.* And some people say you
are one of the prophets* from long ago that has come back to life." 20Then Jesus
said to his followers, "And who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the
Christ* from God." 21Jesus warned them not to tell anyone.
Jesus Says that He Must Die
22Then Jesus said, "The Son of Man* must suffer many things. He will be rejected
by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and teachers of the law. The
Son of Man will be killed. But after three days he will be raised from death." 23Jesus
continued to say to all of them, "If any person wants to follow me, he must say
'No' to the things he wants. That person must accept the cross (suffering) that
is given to him every day, and he must follow me. 24The person that wants to save
his life will lose it. And every person that gives his life for me will save it.
25It is worth nothing for a person to have the whole world, if he himself is destroyed
or lost. 26If any person is ashamed of me and my teaching, then I* will be ashamed
of that person. I will be ashamed of that person at the time I come with my glory
and with the glory of the Father and the holy angels. 27I tell you the truth. Some
of you people standing here will see the kingdom of God before you die."
Footnotes: apostles The men Jesus chose to be his special helpers. demon(s) Demons
are evil spirits from the devil. shake their dust off of your feet A warning. It
would show that they were finished talking to these people. Good News The news
that God has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him
forever. Herod Herod Antipas, tetrarch (ruler) of Galilee and Perea, son of Herod
the Great. Elijah A prophet that lived about 850 B.C. prophets People that spoke
for God in Old Testament times. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one
of God. 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. I Literally, "the Son of
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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