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Luke 9 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jesus Sends Out His Apostles

Jesus summoned together his twelve apostles[a] and imparted to them authority over every demon and the power to heal every disease. Then he commissioned them to preach God’s kingdom realm and to heal the sick to demonstrate that the kingdom had arrived. As he sent them out, he gave them these instructions: “Take nothing extra on your journey.[b] Just go as you are. Don’t carry a staff, a backpack, food, money, not even a change of clothes. Whatever home welcomes you as a guest, remain there and make it your base of ministry. And wherever your ministry is rejected and not welcomed, you are to leave that town and shake the dust off your shoes as a testimony before them.”[c]

The apostles departed and went into the villages with the wonderful news of God’s kingdom realm, and they instantly healed diseases wherever they went.

Herod Perplexed

Now, Herod, the governor, was confused and perplexed when he heard the reports of all the miracles of Jesus and his apostles. Many were saying, “John the Baptizer has come back to life!” Others said, “This has to be Elijah who has reappeared or one of the prophets of old who has risen from the dead.” These were the rumors circulating throughout the land.

Herod exclaimed, “Who is this Man? I keep hearing about him over and over. It can’t be the prophet John; I had him beheaded!”[d] Herod was very eager to meet Jesus.

Jesus Feeds Thousands

10 Months later,[e] the apostles returned from their ministry tour and told Jesus all the wonders and miracles they had witnessed. Jesus, wanting to be alone with the Twelve, quietly slipped away with them toward Bethsaida.[f] 11 But the crowds soon found out about it and took off after him. When they caught up with Jesus, he graciously welcomed them all, taught them more about God’s kingdom realm, and healed all who were sick.

12 As the day wore on, the Twelve came to Jesus and told him, “It’s getting late. You should send the crowds away to the surrounding villages and farms to get something to eat and find shelter for the night. There’s nothing to eat here in the middle of nowhere.”

13 Jesus responded, “You have the food to feed them.”[g]

They replied, “All we have are these five small loaves of bread and two dried fish. Do you really expect us to go buy food for all these people? 14 There are nearly five thousand men here, with women and children besides!”[h]

He told his disciples, “Have them all sit down in groups of fifty each.”[i]

15–16 After everyone was seated, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, and gazing into the heavenly realm he gave thanks for the food. Then, in the presence of his disciples, he broke off pieces of bread and fish, and kept giving more to each disciple to give to the crowd. It was multiplying before their eyes! 17 So everyone ate until they were filled, and afterward the disciples gathered up the leftovers—it came to exactly twelve baskets full!

Jesus Prophesies His Death and Resurrection

18 One time, when Jesus was praying in a quiet place with his disciples nearby, he came over to them and asked, “Who do people think I am?”

19 They answered, “Some are convinced you’re the prophet John who has returned. Others say you are Elijah, or perhaps one of the Jewish prophets brought back from the dead.”

20 Jesus asked them, “But who do you believe that I am?”

Peter said, “You are the Anointed One, God’s Messiah!”

21 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell this to anyone yet, saying, 22 “The Son of Man[j] is destined to experience great suffering and face complete rejection by the Jewish leaders and religious hierarchy.[k] He will be killed and raised back to life on the third day.”

What it Means to Follow Jesus

23 Jesus said to all of his followers, “If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’[l] as your own, and surrender to my ways. 24 For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more of true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep. 25 Even if you gained all the wealth and power of this world, everything it could offer you, yet lost your soul in the process, what good is that? 26 So why then are you ashamed of being my disciple? Are you ashamed of the revelation-truth[m] I give to you?

“I, the Son of Man, will one day return in my radiant brightness, with the holy angels and in the splendor and majesty of my Father, and I will be ashamed of all who are ashamed of me. 27 But I promise you this: there are some of you standing here right now who will not die until you have witnessed the presence and the power of God’s kingdom realm.”[n]

The True Glory of Jesus

28 Eight days later, Jesus took Peter, Jacob, and John and climbed a high mountain to pray. 29 As he prayed, his face began to glow until it was a blinding glory streaming from him. His entire body was illuminated with a radiant glory. His brightness[o] became so intense that it made his clothing blinding white, like multiple flashes of lightning.

30–31 All at once, two men appeared in glorious splendor: Moses and Elijah. They spoke with Jesus about his soon departure[p] from this world and the things he was destined to accomplish in Jerusalem.

32 Peter and his companions had become very drowsy, but they became fully awake when they saw the glory and splendor of Jesus standing there and the two men with him.

33 As Moses and Elijah were about to return to heaven, Peter impetuously blurted out, “Master, this is amazing to see the three of you together! Why don’t we stay here and set up three shelters: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah?”

34 While Peter was still speaking, a radiant cloud of glory formed above them and overshadowed them. As the glory cloud enveloped them, they were struck with fear. 35 Then the voice of God thundered from within the cloud, “This is my Son, my Beloved One.[q] Listen carefully to all he has to say.”

36 When the thunderous voice faded away and the cloud disappeared, Jesus was standing there alone. Peter, Jacob, and John were speechless and awe-struck. But they didn’t say a word to anyone about what they had seen.

The Power of Faith

37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a massive crowd was waiting there to meet them. 38 And a man in the crowd shouted desperately, “Please, Teacher, I beg of you, do something about my boy. He’s my only child. 39 He’s possessed by an evil spirit that makes him scream out in torment and hardly ever leaves him alone. It throws him into convulsions and he foams at the mouth. And when it finally does leave him, he’s left with horrible bruises. 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out of him, but they didn’t have enough power to do it.”

41 Jesus responded, “You are an unbelieving people with no faith! Your lives are twisted with lies that have turned you away from doing what is right. How much longer should I remain here, offering you hope?”[r] Then he said to the man, “Bring your son to me.”

42 As the boy approached, the demon slammed him to the ground, throwing him into violent convulsions. Jesus sternly commanded the demon to come out of the boy, and immediately it left. Jesus healed the boy of his injuries and returned him to his father, saying, “Here is your son.”

43 Everyone was awestruck. They were stunned seeing the power and majesty of God flow through Jesus.

44 While everyone marveled, trying to process what they had just witnessed, Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “This is very important, so listen carefully and remember my words. The Son of Man is about to be betrayed and given over to the authority of men.”

45 But the disciples were unable to perceive what he was saying, for it was a veiled mystery to them, and they were too embarrassed to ask him to explain it.

True Greatness

46 The disciples began to argue and became preoccupied over who would be the greatest one among them. 47 Fully aware of their innermost thoughts, Jesus called a little child to his side and said to them, 48 “If you tenderly care for this little child[s] on my behalf, you are tenderly caring for me. And if you care for me, you are honoring my Father who sent me. For the one who is least important in your eyes is actually the most important one of all.”

49 The disciple John said, “Master, we found someone who was casting out demons using your name and we tried to stop him, because he doesn’t follow you like we do.”

50 Jesus responded, “You shouldn’t have hindered him, for anyone who is not against you is your friend.”[t]

Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem

51 Jesus passionately determined to leave for Jerusalem and let nothing distract him from fulfilling his mission there, for the time for him to be lifted up was drawing near.[u] 52 So he sent messengers[v] ahead of him as envoys to a village of the Samaritans. 53 But as they approached the village, they were turned away. They would not allow Jesus to enter, for he was on his way[w] to worship in Jerusalem.

54 When the disciples Jacob and John realized what was happening, they came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if you wanted to, you could command fire to fall down from heaven just like Elijah did[x] and destroy all these wicked people.”

55 Jesus rebuked them sharply, saying, “Don’t you realize what comes from your hearts when you say that? For the Son of Man did not come to destroy life, but to bring life to the earth.”[y]

56 So they went to another village instead.

The Cost to Follow Jesus

57 On their way, someone came up to Jesus and said, “I want to follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Yes, but remember this: even animals in the field have holes in the ground to sleep in and birds have their nests, but the Son of Man has no place here to lay down his head.”

59 Jesus then turned to another and said, “Come be my disciple.”

He replied, “Someday I will, Lord, but allow me first to fulfill my duty as a good son[z] and wait until my father passes away.”

60 Jesus told him, “Don’t wait for your father’s burial. Let those who are already dead wait for death. But as for you, go and proclaim everywhere that God’s kingdom has arrived.”

61 Still another said to him, “Lord, I want to follow you too. But first let me go home and say good-bye to my entire family.”

62 Jesus responded, “Why do you keep looking backward to your past and have second thoughts about following me? When you turn back you are useless to God’s kingdom realm.”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 9:1 As translated from certain Greek manuscripts and implied in the context.
  2. Luke 9:3 Why did Jesus tell them to go empty-handed? To trust and walk in faith. But also because they already had the five items they were told not to bring, as their spiritual counterparts are found in him (i.e., he is our treasure, our strength, our living bread, our provider, and our righteousness).
  3. Luke 9:5 Shaking the dust off their feet would be a statement against the people who had rejected the gospel, that the messengers would not be responsible for their fate. More than a metaphor, this was an actual custom of the day. However, the words “before them” can also be translated “against them.” Shaking the dust off their feet did not mean they were to stomp off offended and angry, but that they would move on with no defilement or unforgiveness in their hearts toward those who rejected their message. If they did not do that, they would take the “dust” of that offense to the next place they ministered.
  4. Luke 9:9 See Mark 6:14-29.
  5. Luke 9:10 Matthew infers that they had been sent north and east, possibly as far as Persia to preach to the Jewish residents there, which would take them months to return.
  6. Luke 9:10 Bethsaida means “house of fishing.”
  7. Luke 9:13 In the Greek text, the word you here is emphatic. Jesus told his disciples they had food to give to others. Because Jesus lives within us, we can give others the living bread and, if need be, multiply food for others to eat. We are to focus on what we have, not on what we don’t have.
  8. Luke 9:14 There were likely ten thousand people whom Jesus miraculously fed that day.
  9. Luke 9:14 There is an interesting correlation between seating the people in groups of fifty and the feast of Pentecost. Fifty was the number of days between Passover and Pentecost.
  10. Luke 9:22 Or “the true Man.”
  11. Luke 9:22 The Greek text is literally “the elders, chief priests, and scribes.” These three groups were represented in the religious hierarchy of the Sanhedrin, a council of seventy-one leaders.
  12. Luke 9:23 This could also mean being willing to suffer and die for Christ.
  13. Luke 9:26 The Greek word is logos.
  14. Luke 9:27 This was a prophecy of what was about to take place with Peter, Jacob (James), and John on the Mountain of Transforming Glory. This promise was fulfilled when they experienced the power of God’s kingdom realm and the cloud of glory.
  15. Luke 9:29 The Greek text says, “The appearance of his face was altered.” The light shone through his clothing as his glorified body became brilliant with light. This is called Jesus’ transfiguration.
  16. Luke 9:30 The actual word in Greek is translated “exodus.”
  17. Luke 9:35 Several Greek manuscripts have “my Chosen One.”
  18. Luke 9:41 As translated from Aramaic text. Some translate this phrase “How long must I endure you?” However, the Aramaic root word for “endure” is sebar, which means “hope” or “good news.”
  19. Luke 9:48 The little child is representative of unimportant people in general. Treating the least with care and respect makes us truly great.
  20. Luke 9:50 Jealousy blinds our hearts. Nine disciples combined could not cast out a demon spirit (v. 40), and they were jealous of this one who did.
  21. Luke 9:51 This refers to the cross, where Jesus was lifted up on a tree to bear the sins of all humankind. His exaltation into glory was through the sacrifice of his life on Calvary’s cross. Nothing would turn him aside from being our Sin-Bearer and Redeemer.
  22. Luke 9:52 The most literal translation is “He sent angels before his face.”
  23. Luke 9:53 The Samaritans had their own place of worship on Mount Gerizim, and they were hostile toward Jews, who wanted to worship in Jerusalem. There were many cultural, religious, and ethnic hostilities between Jews and Samaritans.
  24. Luke 9:54 This sentence is translated from the Aramaic. The earliest Greek manuscripts do not include “just like Elijah did.” Some Greek texts state that the disciples asked, “Do you want us to call down fire and destroy them?”
  25. Luke 9:55 Translated from Aramaic and a few Greek manuscripts. This pericope reveals the mercy of Jesus. Although the Samaritans refused entry to Jesus and his disciples, in the next chapter Jesus uses an example of a good Samaritan who cared for a stranger. Jesus saw in the Samaritan outcasts a redemptive future (Luke 10:25-37). He knew the Father had the grace to change even the most stubborn individuals. An entire Samaritan village received Jesus through the witness of a woman (John 4:39-42), and later, as recorded in the book of Acts, the entire region of the Samaritans received the gospel (Acts 8:9-25). We can never give up on those who seem to be wayward.
  26. Luke 9:59 The text is literally “Allow me first to go and bury my father.” This is an idiom for waiting until his father passed away. He wanted an inheritance in this life as his security.
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