II. The Ministry of the Slave-Savior
for the Spreading of the Gospel
A. The Contents of the Gospel Service
1. Proclaiming the Gospel
14 And after John was adelivered up, Jesus came into 1Galilee, 2bproclaiming the cgospel 3of God,
15 And saying, The time is afulfilled and the 1bkingdom of God has drawn near. 2cRepent and 3dbelieve in the 4gospel.
16 And apassing beside the 1bSea of Galilee, He saw cSimon and Andrew, Simon's brother, 2casting a 3dnet in the sea, for they were fishermen.
17 And Jesus said to them, Come after Me, and I will cause you to become fishers of men.
18 And aimmediately leaving the nets, they 1bfollowed Him.
19 And going on a little, He saw James the son of Zebedee and aJohn his brother, who also were in their boat, 1mending the nets.
20 And aimmediately He bcalled them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, they 1went after Him.
2. Teaching the Truth
21 And they awent into bCapernaum, and cimmediately, on the Sabbath, He entered into the 1dsynagogue and 2taught.
22 And they were aastounded at His bteaching, for He taught them as One having 1authority and not like the scribes.
3. Casting Out Demons
23 And aimmediately, there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean 1spirit, and he cried out, saying,
24 1What have we to ado with You, Jesus, bNazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I cknow who You are -- the dHoly One of God.
25 And Jesus arebuked him, saying, Be bquiet and come out of him!
26 And the aunclean spirit, bconvulsing him and shouting with a cloud voice, came out of him.
27 And they were all aamazed, so that they discussed among themselves, saying, What is this? A bnew teaching! With 1cauthority He orders even the unclean spirits, and they dobey Him.
28 And aimmediately the report concerning Him went out everywhere into all the surrounding region of Galilee.
4. Healing the Sick
29 And immediately, going out of the synagogue, they came into the ahouse of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
30 And Simon's amother-in-law was lying down with a 1fever, and bimmediately they told Him about her.
31 And He came to her and raised her up, aholding her hand, and the fever 1left her, and she 2served them.
32 And when evening fell and the sun had set, they brought to Him all those who were ill and those who were demon possessed.
33 And the whole city was agathered together at the door.
34 And He 1healed many who were ill with various adiseases, and He 2cast out many demons and did bnot allow the demons to speak, because 3they cknew Him.
35 And rising very aearly in the morning, while it was still night, He went out and went away to a deserted place, and there He 1bprayed.
36 And Simon and those with him hunted for Him,
37 And they found Him and said to Him, All are seeking You.
38 And He said to them, Let us go aelsewhere into the nearby towns that I may 1bpreach there also, because for 2this purpose I ccame out.
39 And He went preaching in their asynagogues in the whole of Galilee and casting out the demons.
5. Cleansing the Leper
40 And a 1aleper came to Him, entreating Him and bfalling on his knees and saying to Him, If You are willing, You can ccleanse me.
41 And He was moved with 1compassion, and 2stretching out His hand, He touched him and said to him, I am 1willing; be 3cleansed!
42 And aimmediately the leprosy left him, and he was bcleansed.
43 And sternly acharging him, immediately He thrust him out,
44 And said to him, See that you 1say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the apriest and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
45 But he went out and began to aproclaim it much and to spread the 1matter abroad, so that He could 2no longer enter openly into a city, but He stayed outside in bdeserted places. And they ccame to Him from everywhere.
B. The Ways of Carrying Out the Gospel Service
1. Forgiving the Sins of the Sick
1 And 1He entered again into aCapernaum after a few days, and it was heard that He was 2at home.
2 And many were agathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even at the door. And He spoke to them the word.
3 And they came, bringing to Him a 1aparalytic carried by four men.
4 And being unable to bring him to Him because of the crowd, they 1removed the aroof where He was. And when they had dug through, they lowered the 2mat on which the paralytic was lying.
5 And Jesus, seeing their 1afaith, said to the paralytic, 2Child, your 3sins are bforgiven.
6 But some of the 1scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why is this man speaking this way? He is ablaspheming! Who can forgive bsins except One, 1God?
8 And aimmediately Jesus, 1bknowing fully in His spirit that they were reasoning this way within themselves, said to them, Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?
9 Which is 1easier: to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Rise and take up your mat and walk?
10 But that you may know that the aSon of 1Man has authority to forgive sins on earth -- He said to the paralytic,
11 To you I say, 1Rise, atake up your mat and go to your house.
12 And he 1rose and immediately 2took up the mat and 3went out before them all, so that they were all aamazed and bglorified God, saying, We have never seen anything like this!
2. Feasting with Sinners
13 And He went out again beside the asea. And all the bcrowd came to Him, and He 1taught them.
14 1And as He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the 2atax office, and He said to him, Follow Me. And he rose and 3followed Him.
15 And as He reclined at table in his house, many atax collectors and sinners were reclining together with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many, and they were following Him.
16 And the 1ascribes of the Pharisees, seeing that He ate with sinners and tax collectors, said to His disciples, Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?
17 And when Jesus heard this, He said to them, Those who are strong have no need of a 1physician, but those who are ill; I did not acome to call the brighteous, but 2sinners.
3. Causing His Followers
to Be Merry without Fasting
18 1And the adisciples of John and the Pharisees were bfasting. And they came and csaid to Him, dWhy do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?
19 And Jesus said to them, The sons of the bridechamber cannot fast while the abridegroom is with them, can they? For as long a time as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
20 But adays will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
21 No one sews a patch of unfulled cloth on an old garment; otherwise, that which fills it up pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.
22 And no one puts new wine into aold wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the wineskins, and the wine is ruined as well as the wineskins; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins.
4. Caring for His Followers' Hunger
Rather than for Religion's Regulation
23 1And He apassed through the grainfields on the bSabbath, and His disciples began to go along, picking the cears of grain.
24 And the 1Pharisees said to Him, Look! Why are they doing on the aSabbath what is bnot lawful?
25 And He said to them, Have you anever read what 1bDavid did when he had need and became hungry, he and those with him;
26 How he entered into the house of God during the time of aAbiathar the high priest and ate the bbread of the presence, which is not lawful for anyone to ceat except the priests, and he gave also to those who were with him?
27 And He said to them, The aSabbath came into being for man, and 1not man for the bSabbath.
28 So then the aSon of Man is 1Lord even of the Sabbath.
5. Caring for the Relief of the Suffering One
Rather than for the Ritual of Religion
1 1And He entered again into the synagogue; and there was a aman there who had a withered hand.
2 And they were awatching Him closely to see if He would heal him on the bSabbath, so that they might caccuse Him.
3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, Rise and stand in the midst.
4 And He said to them, Is it alawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to 1save 2life or to kill? But they remained silent.
5 And alooking around at them with 1anger and being greatly grieved with the bhardness of their heart, He said to the man, cStretch out your hand. And he stretched it out, and his hand was 2restored.
6 And the 1Pharisees went out and aimmediately took bcounsel with the cHerodians against Him as to how they might ddestroy Him.
C. Auxiliary Acts of the Gospel Service
1. Avoiding the Crowd
7 And Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the asea, and a great multitude from Galilee bfollowed; and from Judea
8 And from Jerusalem and from Idumea and beyond the Jordan and around aTyre and Sidon, a great bmultitude, hearing what things He did, came to Him.
9 And He told His disciples to have a little 1aboat ready near Him because of the crowd, so that they would not bthrong Him;
10 For He 1healed many, so that as many as had 2aafflictions 3pressed toward Him to btouch Him.
11 And the aunclean spirits, when they beheld Him, fell before Him and bcried out, saying, You are the cSon of God!
12 And He 1charged them many times anot to make Him known.
2. Appointing the Apostles
13 And He went up to the mountain and acalled to Him those whom He Himself wanted, and they went to Him.
14 And He 1appointed 2twelve, 3whom He also named apostles, so that they might be with Him and that He might send them to 4preach
15 And to have the aauthority to 1cast out the demons.
16 1And He appointed the atwelve: and to Simon He 2gave the name bPeter;
17 And James the son of aZebedee, and bJohn the brother of James, and He gave them the name, 1Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder;
18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and aMatthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,
19 And aJudas Iscariot, who also 1betrayed Him.
3. Not Eating because of the Need
20 And 1He came into a ahouse, and again a crowd came together, so that they could 2bnot even eat bread.
21 And when His arelatives heard about it, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, He is bbeside Himself.
4. Binding Satan and Plundering His House
22 1And the 2scribes who came down from aJerusalem bsaid, He chas 3dBeelzebul, and by the 4eruler of the demons He casts out the demons.
23 And He called them to Himself and said to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a 1akingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to stand;
25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand;
26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand but has come to an end.
27 But no one can enter into the house of the strong man and thoroughly aplunder his 1goods unless he first 2bbinds the strong man, and then he will thoroughly plunder his house.
28 Truly I say to you that all sins will be aforgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they bblaspheme,
29 But whoever blasphemes against the 1Holy aSpirit has no forgiveness forever, but is guilty of an 2everlasting sin.
30 He said this because they said, He has an unclean spirit.
5. Denying His Relatives and Acknowledging
Only Those Who Do the Will of God
31 And aHis 1mother and His bbrothers came, and standing outside, cthey sent word to Him and called Him.
32 And a crowd sat around Him, and they said to Him, Behold, Your mother and Your brothers and Your sisters are outside seeking You.
33 And He answered them and said, 1Who is My mother and My brothers?
34 And alooking around at those sitting in a circle around Him, He said, Behold, My mother and My bbrothers!
35 For whoever 1adoes the will of God, this one is 2My brother and sister and mother.
D. Parables of the Kingdom of God
1. The Parable of the Sower
1 1And again He began to 2teach abeside the bsea, and a very great crowd was gathered unto Him, so that He stepped into a cboat in the sea and sat down, and all the crowd was on the land, facing the sea.
2 And He taught them many things in parables and said to them in His ateaching:
3 Listen! Behold, the 1asower went out to 2sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell beside the way, and the birds came and devoured it.
5 And other seed fell on the rocky place, where it did not have much earth, and aimmediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
6 And when the sun arose, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered.