C. The Continuation of the Ministry
1. Signs with Dispensational Significance
1 And when He 1came down from the amountain, great bcrowds followed Him.
2 aAnd behold, a 1bleper, coming near, 2cworshipped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You can cleanse me.
3 And stretching out His hand, He 1atouched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 And Jesus said to him, See that you tell ano one; but go, 1show yourself to the bpriest, and offer the cgift which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
5 aAnd when He entered into bCapernaum, a 1ccenturion came to Him, beseeching Him
6 And saying, Lord, my servant is lying in the house paralyzed, terribly tormented.
7 And He said to him, I will come and heal him.
8 But the centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not fit for You to enter under my roof; but only speak a aword, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I also am a man under 1authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.
10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who followed, Truly I say to you, 1With no one in Israel have I found such great faith.
11 But I say to you that many will come 1afrom the east and the west and will recline at table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the 2kingdom of the heavens,
12 But the 1sons of the kingdom will be acast out into the 2outer darkness. In that place there will be the 3bweeping and the gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said to the centurion, Go. As you have believed, so be it adone to you. And his servant was healed in that bhour.
14 aAnd Jesus, coming into Peter's house, saw 1his bmother-in-law lying down and in a fever.
15 And He atouched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served Him.
16 And when evening fell, they brought to Him 1many who were demon possessed, and He cast out the spirits with a aword, and 1all those who were ill He healed,
17 So that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be afulfilled, saying, 1b"He Himself took away our infirmities and cbore our diseases.''
2. The Way to Follow the King
18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to 1depart to the other side.
19 aAnd a scribe came near and said to Him, Teacher, I will 1follow You wherever You 2go.
20 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven have roosts, but the 1aSon of Man has 2nowhere to lay His head.
21 And another of the disciples said to Him, Lord, apermit me first to 1go and bury my father.
22 But Jesus said to him, aFollow Me, and let the 1bdead bury their own 1cdead.
3. The Authority of the King
a. Over the Winds and the Sea
23 aAnd when He stepped into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
24 And behold, there arose a great 1atempest in the sea, so that the boat was covered by the waves; but He was sleeping.
25 And they came near and roused Him, saying, Lord, asave us; we are perishing!
26 And He said to them, Why are you acowardly, you of blittle 1faith? Then He arose and 2crebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a 3great dcalm.
27 And the men marveled, saying, What kind of man is this that even the winds and the sea 1obey Him?
b. Over the Demons
28 aAnd when He came to the other side, into the region of the Gadarenes, two possessed by demons met Him, as they were coming out of the tombs, so exceedingly fierce that no one was able to pass by on that road.
29 And behold, they cried out, saying, 1aWhat do we have to do with You, 2bSon of God? Have You come here 3before the ctime to torment us?
30 Now there was, a good way off from them, a herd of many hogs feeding.
31 And the demons 1entreated Him, saying, If You cast us out, send us into the herd of hogs.
32 And He said to them, 1Go! And they came out and went into the hogs. And behold, the whole herd 2rushed down the steep slope into the sea, and they died in the waters.
33 And those who were feeding them fled and went away into the city and reported everything, including what had happened to those possessed by demons.
34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they entreated Him to 1adepart from their borders.
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.