III. The Ministry of the Man-Savior
in His Human Virtues
with His Divine Attributes
1. Proclaiming the Jubilee of Grace
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the 1aSpirit into bGalilee. And 2creports about Him went out through all the surrounding region.
15 And He 1ataught in their 2bsynagogues and was 3glorified by all.
16 And He acame to bNazareth, where He had been brought up, and according to His ccustom He entered on the dSabbath day into the esynagogue and stood up to fread.
17 And the scroll of the prophet aIsaiah was handed to Him. And He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 a"The 1bSpirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has canointed Me to 2dannounce the gospel to the 3epoor; He has sent Me to proclaim frelease to the 4captives, and 5recovery of sight to the 6gblind, to send away in release those who are 7hoppressed,
19 To proclaim the 1acceptable year of the Lord, the year of jubilee.''
20 And when He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant, He sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21 And He began to say to them, Today this Scripture has been afulfilled in your hearing.
22 And all bore witness to Him and amarveled at the 1words of bgrace proceeding out of His mouth, and they said, Is not this 2cJoseph's son?
23 And He said to them, Surely you will say this proverb to Me, Physician, heal ayourself! What we heard happening in bCapernaum, do here also in Your own country.
24 And He said, Truly I say to you that no prophet is acceptable in his own country.
25 But in truth I say to you, There were many widows in Israel in the days of aElijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land;
26 And to none of them was Elijah sent, except to the city of 1aSarepta of bSidon, to a 2woman who was a widow.
27 And there were many alepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them were cleansed, except bNaaman the Syrian.
28 And all in the synagogue were filled with aanger when they heard these things,
29 And they rose up and acast Him out of the city and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built so that they might throw Him down the cliff.
30 But He, 1passing through their midst, awent away.
2. Carrying Out His Fourfold Commission --
Teaching, Casting Out Demons,
Healing, and Preaching
31 And He acame down to bCapernaum, a city of Galilee. And He ctaught them on the dSabbath.
32 And they were aastounded at His teaching, because His word was with 1bauthority.
33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had a 1aspirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice,
34 1Ah! 2aWhat do we have to do with You, Jesus, bNazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I cknow who You are -- the dHoly One of God.
35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be aquiet and come out from him. And throwing him down in the midst, the demon came out from him without harming him at all.
36 And amazement came upon all, and they spoke to one another, saying, What is this word? For with 1aauthority and bpower He orders the unclean spirits, and they come out.
37 And 1areports went out concerning Him into every place of the surrounding region.
38 And He rose up and went from the synagogue and aentered into the house of Simon. And 1Simon's mother-in-law was 2suffering with a high 3fever, and they asked Him concerning her.
39 And standing over her, He arebuked the fever, and it left her. And she instantly rose up and served them.
40 And when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He alaid His hands on each one of them and healed them.
41 And demons also came out from many, acrying out and saying, You are the bSon of God! And He rebuked them and would cnot allow them to speak, because they knew that He was the dChrist.
42 And when aday came, He departed and went into a bdeserted place. And the crowds csought Him, and they came up to Him and tried to hold on to Him so that He would not go away from them.
43 But He said to them, I must 1aannounce the gospel of the 2kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for 3this I was sent.
44 And He 1preached in the asynagogues of 2Judea.
3. Attracting the Occupied
1 And as the crowd pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He was astanding by the 1lake of bGennesaret.
2 And He 1saw two boats lying by the lake, and the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing the nets.
3 And He got into one of the aboats, which was 1Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and from the boat taught the crowds.
4 And when He ceased speaking, He said to Simon, Put out into the deep and let down your anets for a catch.
5 And Simon answered and said, 1Master, through the whole night we toiled and caught anothing; but based on Your word I will let down the nets.
6 And when they did this, they enclosed a great number of afish, and their nets began to tear apart.
7 And they signaled to their companions in the other boat to come and assist them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 And when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a asinful man, Lord.
9 For amazement had taken possession of him and all who were with him, because of the catch of the fish which they took;
10 And likewise also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were 1partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid. From now on you will be 2acatching men alive.
11 And when they had brought the boats to the land, they aleft all and bfollowed Him.
4. Cleansing the Contaminated
12 And while He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a 1aman full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he bfell on his face and begged Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You can cleanse me.
13 And stretching out His hand, He touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 And He charged him to tell ano one: But go away, show yourself to the bpriest, and offer the gift for your cleansing, even as cMoses directed, for a dtestimony to them.
15 But the word concerning Him spread abroad all the more, and agreat crowds came together to hear Him and to be bhealed from their infirmities.
16 But He Himself often withdrew in the awilderness and 1bprayed.
5. Healing the Paralytic
17 And on one of the days He was teaching, and there were Pharisees and ateachers of the law sitting there, who had come out of every bvillage of Galilee and cJudea and Jerusalem. And the dpower of the Lord 1was with Him to heal.
18 And behold, some men abrought on a bed a 1bman who was paralyzed, and they sought a way to carry him in and lay him before Him.
19 And since they could not find by what way they might carry him in because of the crowd, they went up onto the housetop and let him down with the cot through the tiles into the midst, in front of Jesus.
20 And seeing their afaith, He said, Man, your sins are bforgiven you.
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaks ablasphemies? Who can bforgive sins except God alone?
22 But Jesus, aknowing fully their reasonings, answered and said to them, Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
23 Which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Rise and walk?
24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to aforgive sins -- He said to the one paralyzed, To you I say, Rise and take up your cot and go to your house.
25 And he rose up at once before them and took up that upon which he was lying and went away to his house, aglorifying God.
26 And astonishment took hold of all, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen extraordinary things today.
6. Calling the Despised
27 And after these things He went out and beheld a 1atax collector named Levi bsitting at the tax office, and He said to him, Follow Me.
28 And leaving all, he rose up and afollowed Him.
29 And Levi gave a great reception for Him in his 1house; and there was a great crowd of atax collectors and others who were reclining at table with them.
30 And the Pharisees and their ascribes murmured at His disciples, saying, Why do you beat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?
31 And Jesus answered and said to them, Those who are healthy have no need of a physician, but those who are ill;
32 I have not come to call the arighteous, but bsinners to crepentance.
33 And they asaid to Him, The 1bdisciples of John cfast often and make petitions, likewise also those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink.
34 And Jesus said to them, You cannot make the sons of the bridechamber fast while the abridegroom is with them, can you?
35 But the adays will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.
36 And He also spoke a parable to them: No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise, 1he will tear the new garment, and also the patch from the new will not match the old.
37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be poured out and the wineskins will be ruined;
38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
39 And no one who has drunk the old desires the new, for he says, The old is better.
7. Breaking the Deformed Sabbatical Regulation
for People's Satisfaction and Liberation
1 1And 2one aSabbath He was going through the grainfields, and His disciples were picking and eating the bears of grain, rubbing them in their hands.
2 And some of the aPharisees said, Why are you doing what is bnot lawful to do on the Sabbath?
3 And Jesus answered them and said, Have you not even read this that aDavid did when he became hungry, he and those who were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and taking the abread of the presence, he ate it and gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests alone?
5 And He said to them, The aSon of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
6 And 1on another Sabbath He entered into the asynagogue and 2taught. And there was a bman there, and his right hand was withered.
7 And the scribes and the Pharisees were awatching Him closely to see if He would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to baccuse Him.
8 But He aknew their reasonings and said to the man who had the withered hand, Rise and stand in the midst. And he rose up and stood.
9 And Jesus said to them, I ask you, Is it alawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save a 1life or to destroy it?
10 And alooking around at all of them, He said to him, Stretch out your hand. And he did, and his hand was restored.
11 But they were filled with 1arage and bdiscussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
8. Appointing Twelve Apostles
12 And in these days He went out to the mountain to 1apray, and He spent the whole night in 2prayer to God.
13 And when it became day, He 1acalled His bdisciples to Him, and He chose from them twelve, whom He also named capostles:
14 aSimon, whom He also named bPeter, and cAndrew his brother and dJames and John and ePhilip and Bartholomew
15 And aMatthew and Thomas and James the son of Alphaeus and Simon, who was called Zealot,
16 And aJudas the 1brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became the traitor.
9. Teaching His Disciples the Highest Morality
17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a agreat crowd of His disciples, and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of bTyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases.
18 And those who were troubled by unclean aspirits were healed.
19 And all the crowd sought to atouch Him, because bpower was going out from Him and healing all.
20 And He alifted up His eyes to His disciples and bsaid, 1Blessed are the 2cpoor, for yours is the 3dkingdom of God.
21 Blessed are those who ahunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are those who bweep now, for you shall laugh.
22 Blessed are you when men ahate you and when they separate you from them and breproach you and ccast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.
23 aRejoice in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the bprophets.
24 1But awoe to you who are brich, for you have 2creceived your consolation in full.
25 Woe to you who are satiated now, for you shall ahunger. Woe to you who are blaughing now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false aprophets.
27 But to you who hear I say, 1Love your aenemies; do well to those who hate you;
28 aBless those who curse you; bpray for those who revile you.
29 To him who abeats you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
30 To everyone who asks of you, agive; and from him who takes away your things, do not require their return.
31 And just as you want men to ado to you, do to them likewise.