THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
c. To Forgive Sins
1 And stepping into a boat, He crossed over and came to His 1aown city.
2 aAnd behold, they brought to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And Jesus, 1seeing their bfaith, said to the paralytic, Take ccourage, child; your 2sins are dforgiven.
3 And behold, some of the 1scribes said within themselves, This man 2ablasphemes.
4 And Jesus, 1aknowing their 2thoughts, said, Why are you bthinking evil things in your hearts?
5 For which is 1easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, 2Rise and walk?
6 But that you may know that the aSon of Man has 1authority on earth to bforgive sins -- then He said to the paralytic, Rise, 2ctake up your bed and 3go to your house.
7 And he 1rose and went away to his house.
8 And when the crowds saw this, they afeared and bglorified God, who had given such authority to men.
4. Rejoicing with the Sinners
9 aAnd as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man sitting at the tax office, called 1bMatthew, and He said to him, 2cFollow Me. And he rose and 3followed Him.
10 And as He was reclining at table in the 1house, behold, many 2atax collectors and bsinners came and reclined together with Jesus and His disciples.
11 And when the 1Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, 2Why does your Teacher eat with the tax collectors and sinners?
12 Now when He heard this, He said, Those who are strong have no need of a 1physician, but those who are 2ill.
13 But go and 1learn what this means, a"I desire 2mercy and not bsacrifice,'' for I did not come to call the 3crighteous, but dsinners.
5. Being Incompatible with Religion
14 aThen the bdisciples of John came to Him, saying, 1Why do we and the Pharisees 2cfast 3much, but Your ddisciples do 4not fast?
15 And Jesus said to them, The 1sons of the bridechamber cannot mourn as long as the 2abridegroom is with them, can they? But bdays will come when the bridegroom will be 3taken away from them, and then they will cfast.
16 No one puts a patch of 1unfulled cloth on an 2old garment, for that which fills it up pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.
17 Neither do they put 1new wine into 2aold wineskins; otherwise, the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out, and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into 3bfresh wineskins, and both are preserved.
6. Signs with Dispensational Significance Repeated
18 1aAs He was speaking these things to them, behold, a 2ruler came and bworshipped Him, saying, My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.
19 And Jesus rose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
20 And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a 1ahemorrhage for 2twelve years 3approached from behind and touched the 4bfringe of His garment,
21 For she said within herself, If only I atouch His garment, 1I will be 2healed.
22 And Jesus, turning and seeing her, said, Take acourage, daughter; your bfaith has healed you. And the woman was healed from that hour.
23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's 1house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,
24 He said, Depart, for the girl has not died but is asleeping. And they laughed scornfully at Him.
25 But when the 1crowd had been aput out, He entered and btook hold of her hand, and the girl 2rose up.
26 And this areport went out into all that land.
27 aAnd as Jesus passed on from there, two 1blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, Have mercy on us, 2bSon of David!
28 And when He came into the 1house, the blind men came to Him; and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.
29 Then He atouched their eyes, saying, According to your bfaith, let it be cdone to you.
30 And their 1aeyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them saying, bSee that no one knows!
31 But they went out and aspread reports about Him in all that land.
32 And as they were going out, behold, they brought to Him a 1adumb man possessed with a demon.
33 And when the demon was cast out, the dumb man 1aspoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, Never has anything like this been bseen in Israel.
34 But the Pharisees said, By the 1aruler of the demons He casts out the demons.
D. The Enlargement of the Ministry
1. The Need of Shepherding and Reaping
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and the avillages, bteaching in their synagogues and preaching the 1gospel of the kingdom and healing 2every disease and every sickness.
36 And seeing the crowds, He was moved with acompassion for them, because they were 1harassed and cast away like 2bsheep not having a 2shepherd.
37 Then He said to His disciples, The 1aharvest is great, but the workers few;
38 Therefore 1beseech the 2Lord of the harvest that He would thrust out aworkers 3into His harvest.