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.