1This is the list of ancestors of Jesus Christ, descendant of David and Abraham.
16Jacob was the father of Joseph, who was the husband of Mary. Mary was the mother of Jesus, who is called Christ.
18The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. His mother Mary had been promised to Joseph in marriage. But before they were married, Mary realized that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
21She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus He Saves, because he will save his people from their sins."
25He did not have marital relations with her before she gave birth to a son. Joseph named the child Jesus.
1Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea when Herod was king. After Jesus' birth wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem.
13Then Jesus appeared. He came from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.
15Jesus answered him, "This is the way it has to be now. This is the proper way to do everything that God requires of us." Then John gave in to him. 16After Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up from the water. Suddenly, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down as a dove to him.
1Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2Jesus did not eat anything for 40 days and 40 nights. At the end of that time, he was hungry.
4Jesus answered, "Scripture says, 'A person cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks.'"
6He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, jump! Scripture says, 'He will put his angels in charge of you. They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.'" 7Jesus said to him, "Again, Scripture says, 'Never tempt the Lord your God.'"
10Jesus said to him, "Go away, Satan! Scripture says, 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'"
12When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went back to Galilee.
17From then on, Jesus began to tell people, "Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near!"
19Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish."
21As Jesus went on, he saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee preparing their nets to go fishing. He called them, 22and they immediately left the boat and their father and followed Jesus.
23Jesus went all over Galilee. He taught in the synagogues and spread the Good News of the kingdom. He also cured every disease and sickness among the people. 24The news about Jesus spread throughout Syria. People brought him everyone who was sick, those who suffered from any kind of disease or pain. They also brought epileptics, those who were paralyzed, and people possessed by demons, and he cured them all.
1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain and sat down. His disciples came to him,
28When Jesus finished this speech, the crowds were amazed at his teachings.
1When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2A man with a serious skin disease came and bowed down in front of him. The man said to Jesus, "Sir, if you're willing, you can make me clean." 3Jesus reached out, touched him, and said, "I'm willing. So be clean!" Immediately, his skin disease went away, and he was clean. 4Jesus said to him, "Don't tell anyone about this! Instead, show yourself to the priest. Then offer the sacrifice Moses commanded as proof to people that you are clean."
5When Jesus went to Capernaum, a Roman army officer came to beg him for help.
7Jesus said to him, "I'll come to heal him."
10Jesus was amazed when he heard this. He said to those who were following him, "I can guarantee this truth: I haven't found faith as great as this in anyone in Israel.
13Jesus told the officer, "Go! What you believed will be done for you." And at that moment the servant was healed.
14When Jesus went to Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law in bed with a fever. 15Jesus touched her hand, and the fever went away. So she got up and prepared a meal for him.
18Now, when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he ordered his disciples to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
20Jesus told him, "Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to sleep."
22But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
23Jesus' disciples went with him as he left in a boat. 24Suddenly, a severe storm came across the sea. The waves were covering the boat. Yet, Jesus was sleeping.
26Jesus said to them, "Why do you cowards have so little faith?" Then he got up, gave an order to the wind and the sea, and the sea became very calm.
31The demons begged Jesus, "If you're going to force us out, send us into that herd of pigs." 32Jesus said to them, "Go!" The demons came out and went into the pigs. Suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea and died in the water.
34Everyone from the city went to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their territory.
1Jesus got into a boat, crossed the sea, and came to his own city. 2Some people brought him a paralyzed man on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Cheer up, friend! Your sins are forgiven."
4Jesus knew what they were thinking. He asked them, "Why are you thinking evil things?
9When Jesus was leaving that place, he saw a man sitting in a tax office. The man's name was Matthew. Jesus said to him, "Follow me!" So Matthew got up and followed him. 10Later Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house. Many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples.
12When Jesus heard that, he said, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do.
14Then John's disciples came to Jesus. They said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often but your disciples never do?" 15Jesus replied, "Can wedding guests be sad while the groom is still with them? The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast.
18A synagogue leader came to Jesus while he was talking to John's disciples. He bowed down in front of Jesus and said, "My daughter just died. Come, lay your hand on her, and she will live." 19Jesus and his disciples got up and followed the man. 20Then a woman came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his clothes. She had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years.
22When Jesus turned and saw her he said, "Cheer up, daughter! Your faith has made you well." At that very moment the woman became well. 23Jesus came to the synagogue leader's house. He saw flute players and a noisy crowd.
25When the crowd had been put outside, Jesus went in, took her hand, and the girl came back to life.
27When Jesus left that place, two blind men followed him. They shouted, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." 28Jesus went into a house, and the blind men followed him. He said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they answered.
32As they were leaving, some people brought a man to Jesus. The man was unable to talk because he was possessed by a demon.
35Jesus went to all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues and spread the Good News of the kingdom. He also cured every disease and sickness.
1Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them authority to force evil spirits out of people and to cure every disease and sickness.
4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Jesus.
5Jesus sent these twelve out with the following instructions: "Don't go among people who are not Jewish or into any Samaritan city.
1After Jesus finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, he moved on from there to teach his message in their cities.
3to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?" 4Jesus answered John's disciples, "Go back, and tell John what you hear and see:
7As they were leaving, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John. "What did you go into the desert to see? Tall grass swaying in the wind?
20Then Jesus denounced the cities where he had worked most of his miracles because they had not changed the way they thought and acted.
25At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from wise and intelligent people and revealing them to little children.
1Then on a day of worship Jesus walked through the grainfields. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain to eat.
3Jesus asked them, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his men were hungry?
9Jesus moved on from there and went into a synagogue. 10A man with a paralyzed hand was there. The people asked Jesus whether it was right to heal on a day of worship so that they could accuse him of doing something wrong. 11Jesus said to them, "Suppose one of you has a sheep. If it falls into a pit on a day of worship, wouldn't you take hold of it and lift it out?
14The Pharisees left and plotted to kill Jesus.
22Then some people brought Jesus a man possessed by a demon. The demon made the man blind and unable to talk. Jesus cured him so that he could talk and see.
25Since Jesus knew what they were thinking, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is ruined. And every city or household divided against itself will not last.
46While Jesus was still talking to the crowds, his mother and brothers were standing outside. They wanted to talk to him.
1That same day Jesus left the house and sat down by the Sea of Galilee.
11Jesus answered, "Knowledge about the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you. But it has not been given to the crowd.
24Jesus used another illustration. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who planted good seed in his field.
31Jesus used another illustration. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone planted in a field.
34Jesus used illustrations to tell the crowds all these things. He did not tell them anything without illustrating it with a story.
36When Jesus had sent the people away, he went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain what the illustration of the weeds in the field means."
52So Jesus said to them, "That is why every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a home owner. He brings new and old things out of his treasure chest."
53When Jesus had finished these illustrations, he left that place. 54Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in the synagogue in a way that amazed them. People were asking, "Where did this man get this wisdom and the power to do these miracles?
57So they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "The only place a prophet isn't honored is in his hometown and in his own house."
1At that time Herod, ruler of Galilee, heard the news about Jesus.
12John's disciples came for the body and buried it. Then they went to tell Jesus.
13When Jesus heard about John, he left in a boat and went to a place where he could be alone. The crowds heard about this and followed him on foot from the cities. 14When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd. He felt sorry for them and cured their sick people.
16Jesus said to them, "They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat."
18Jesus said, "Bring them to me."
22Jesus quickly made his disciples get into a boat and cross to the other side ahead of him while he sent the people away.
27Immediately, Jesus said, "Calm down! It's me. Don't be afraid!"
29Jesus said, "Come!" So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
31Immediately, Jesus reached out, caught hold of him, and said, "You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?"
33The men in the boat bowed down in front of Jesus and said, "You are truly the Son of God."
35The men there recognized Jesus and sent messengers all around the countryside. The people brought him everyone who was sick.
1Then some Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus. They asked,
16Jesus said, "Don't you understand yet?
21Jesus left that place and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
24Jesus responded, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel."
26Jesus replied, "It's not right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."
28Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, you have strong faith! What you wanted will be done for you." At that moment her daughter was cured.
29Jesus moved on from there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up a mountain and sat there.
32Jesus called his disciples and said, "I feel sorry for the people. They have been with me three days now and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away hungry, or they may become exhausted on their way home."
34Jesus asked them, "How many loaves of bread do you have?" They answered, "Seven, and a few small fish."
39After he sent the people on their way, Jesus stepped into the boat and came to the territory of Magadan.
1The Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus. So they asked him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven.
6Jesus said to them, "Be careful! Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!"
8Jesus knew about their conversation and asked, "Why are you discussing among yourselves that you don't have any bread? You have so little faith!
13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
17Jesus replied, "Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! No human revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven revealed it to you.
21From that time on Jesus began to inform his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem. There he would have to suffer a lot because of the leaders, chief priests, and scribes. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be brought back to life.
23But Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get out of my way, Satan! You are tempting me to sin. You aren't thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think."
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.
1After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John (the brother of James) and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. 2Jesus' appearance changed in front of them. His face became as bright as the sun and his clothes as white as light. 3Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them and were talking with Jesus. 4Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it's good that we're here. If you want, I'll put up three tents here--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
7But Jesus touched them and said, "Get up, and don't be afraid!" 8As they raised their heads, they saw no one but Jesus. 9On their way down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen. Wait until the Son of Man has been brought back to life."
11Jesus answered, "Elijah is coming and will put everything in order again.
14When they came to a crowd, a man came up to Jesus, knelt in front of him,
17Jesus replied, "You unbelieving and corrupt generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" 18Jesus ordered the demon to come out of the boy. At that moment the boy was cured. 19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, "Why couldn't we force the demon out of the boy?"
22While they were traveling together in Galilee, Jesus told them, "The Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over to people.
25"Certainly," he answered. Peter went into the house. Before he could speak, Jesus asked him, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the world collect fees or taxes? Is it from their family members or from other people?" 26"From other people," Peter answered. Jesus said to him, "Then the family members are exempt.
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked him, "Lord, how often do I have to forgive a believer who wrongs me? Seven times?" 22Jesus answered him, "I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven.
1When Jesus finished speaking, he left Galilee and traveled along the other side of the Jordan River to the territory of Judea.
4Jesus answered, "Haven't you read that the Creator made them male and female in the beginning
8Jesus answered them, "Moses allowed you to divorce your wives because you're heartless. It was never this way in the beginning.
13Then some people brought little children to Jesus to have him bless them and pray for them. But the disciples told the people not to do that. 14Jesus said, "Don't stop children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God." 15After Jesus blessed them, he went away from there.
16Then a man came to Jesus and said, "Teacher, what good deed should I do to gain eternal life?" 17Jesus said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you want to enter into life, obey the commandments." 18"Which commandments?" the man asked. Jesus said, "Never murder. Never commit adultery. Never steal. Never give false testimony.
21Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, sell what you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!"
23Jesus said to his disciples, "I can guarantee this truth: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.
26Jesus looked at them and said, "It is impossible for people to save themselves, but everything is possible for God."
28Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: When the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the world to come, you, my followers, will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
17When Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, he took the twelve apostles aside and said to them privately,
20Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons. She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor.
22Jesus replied, "You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink the cup that I'm going to drink?" "We can," they told him. 23Jesus said to them, "You will drink my cup. But I don't have the authority to grant you a seat at my right or left. My Father has already prepared these positions for certain people."
25Jesus called the apostles and said, "You know that the rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people.
29As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Jesus. 30Two blind men were sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"
32Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
34Jesus felt sorry for them, so he touched their eyes. Their sight was restored at once, and they followed him.
1When they came near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead of him.
6The disciples did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put their coats on them for Jesus to sit on.
10When Jesus came into Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar. People were asking, "Who is this?" 11The crowd answered, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
12Jesus went into the temple courtyard and threw out everyone who was buying and selling there. He overturned the moneychangers' tables and the chairs of those who sold pigeons.
16They said to him, "Do you hear what these children are saying?" Jesus replied, "Yes, I do. Have you never read, 'From the mouths of little children and infants, you have created praise'?"
18In the morning, as Jesus returned to the city, he became hungry.
21Jesus answered them, "I can guarantee this truth: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will be able to do what I did to the fig tree. You could also say to this mountain, 'Be uprooted and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen.
23Then Jesus went into the temple courtyard and began to teach. The chief priests and the leaders of the people came to him. They asked, "What gives you the right to do these things? Who told you that you could do this?" 24Jesus answered them, "I, too, have a question for you. If you answer it for me, I'll tell you why I have the right to do these things.
27So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Jesus told them, "Then I won't tell you why I have the right to do these things.
31"Which of the two sons did what the father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Tax collectors and prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.
42Jesus asked them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. The Lord is responsible for this, and it is amazing for us to see'?
1Again Jesus used stories as illustrations when he spoke to them. He said,
15Then the Pharisees went away and planned to trap Jesus into saying the wrong thing.
18Jesus recognized their evil plan, so he asked, "Why do you test me, you hypocrites?
23On that day some Sadducees, who say that people will never come back to life, came to Jesus. They asked him,
29Jesus answered, "You're mistaken because you don't know the Scriptures or God's power.
34When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35One of them, an expert in Moses' Teachings, tested Jesus by asking,
37Jesus answered him, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
41While the Pharisees were still gathered, Jesus asked them,
1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,
1As Jesus left the temple courtyard and was walking away, his disciples came to him. They proudly pointed out to him the temple buildings. 2Jesus said to them, "You see all these buildings, don't you? I can guarantee this truth: Not one of these stones will be left on top of another. Each one will be torn down." 3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, "Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign that you are coming again, and when will the world come to an end?"
4Jesus answered them, "Be careful not to let anyone deceive you.
1When Jesus finished saying all these things, he told his disciples,
4They made plans to arrest Jesus in an underhanded way and to kill him.
6Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon, a man who had suffered from a skin disease. 7While Jesus was sitting there, a woman went to him with a bottle of very expensive perfume and poured it on his head.
10Since Jesus knew what was going on, he said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me.
16From then on, he looked for a chance to betray Jesus.
17On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples went to Jesus. They asked, "Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?"
19The disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. 20When evening came, Jesus was at the table with the twelve apostles.
23Jesus answered, "Someone who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.
25Then Judas, who betrayed him, asked, "You don't mean me, do you, Rabbi?" "Yes, I do," Jesus replied.
26While they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take this, and eat it. This is my body."
31Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will abandon me tonight. Scripture says, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep in the flock will be scattered.'
34Jesus replied to Peter, "I can guarantee this truth: Before a rooster crows tonight, you will say three times that you don't know me."
36Then Jesus went with the disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He said to them, "Stay here while I go over there and pray."
47Just then, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve apostles, arrived. A large crowd carrying swords and clubs was with him. They were from the chief priests and leaders of the people.
49Then Judas quickly stepped up to Jesus and said, "Hello, Rabbi!" and kissed him. 50Jesus said to him, "Friend, why are you here?" Then some men came forward, took hold of Jesus, and arrested him. 51Suddenly, one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and cut off the ear of the chief priest's servant. 52Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword away! All who use a sword will be killed by a sword.
55At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as if I were a criminal? I used to sit teaching in the temple courtyard every day. But you didn't arrest me then.
57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the chief priest, where the scribes and the leaders had gathered together.
59The chief priests and the whole council were searching for false testimony to use against Jesus in order to execute him.
62The chief priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Don't you have any answer to what these men testify against you?" 63But Jesus was silent. Then the chief priest said to him, "Swear an oath in front of the living God and tell us, are you the Messiah, the Son of God?" 64Jesus answered him, "Yes, I am. But I can guarantee that from now on you will see the Son of Man in the highest position in heaven. He will be coming on the clouds of heaven."
69Peter was sitting in the courtyard. A female servant came to him and said, "You, too, were with Jesus the Galilean."
71As he went to the entrance, another female servant saw him. She told those who were there, "This man was with Jesus from Nazareth."
75Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before a rooster crows, you will say three times that you don't know me." Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly.
1Early in the morning all the chief priests and the leaders of the people decided to execute Jesus.
3Then Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, regretted what had happened when he saw that Jesus was condemned. He brought the 30 silver coins back to the chief priests and leaders.
11Jesus stood in front of the governor, Pilate. The governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, I am," Jesus answered.
14But Jesus said absolutely nothing to him in reply, so the governor was very surprised.
17So when the people gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which man do you want me to free for you? Do you want me to free Barabbas or Jesus, who is called Christ?" 18Pilate knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous.
20But the chief priests and leaders persuaded the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
22Pilate asked them, "Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called Christ?" "He should be crucified!" they all said.
26Then Pilate freed Barabbas for the people. But he had Jesus whipped and handed over to be crucified. 27Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the palace and gathered the whole troop around him.
31After the soldiers finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 32On the way they found a man named Simon. He was from the city of Cyrene. The soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
37They placed a written accusation above his head. It read, "This is Jesus, the king of the Jews."
46About three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
48One of the men ran at once, took a sponge, and soaked it in some vinegar. Then he put it on a stick and offered Jesus a drink.
50Then Jesus loudly cried out once again and gave up his life.
54An army officer and those watching Jesus with him saw the earthquake and the other things happening. They were terrified and said, "Certainly, this was the Son of God!" 55Many women were there watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee and had always supported him.
57In the evening a rich man named Joseph arrived. He was from the city of Arimathea and had become a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
5The angel said to the women, "Don't be afraid! I know you're looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
9Suddenly, Jesus met them and greeted them. They went up to him, bowed down to worship him, and took hold of his feet. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid! Go, tell my followers to go to Galilee. There they will see me."
13and told them to say that Jesus' disciples had come at night and had stolen his body while they were sleeping.
16The eleven disciples went to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go.
18When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
1This is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 10As Jesus came out of the water, he saw heaven split open and the Spirit coming down to him as a dove.
14After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and told people the Good News of God.
17Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish."
19As Jesus went on a little farther, he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat preparing their nets to go fishing. 20He immediately called them, and they left their father Zebedee and the hired men in the boat and followed Jesus. 21Then they went to Capernaum. On the next day of worship, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
24"What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" 25Jesus ordered the spirit, "Keep quiet, and come out of him!"
30Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever. The first thing they did was to tell Jesus about her. 31Jesus went to her, took her hand, and helped her get up. The fever went away, and she prepared a meal for them.
35In the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went to a place where he could be alone to pray.
38Jesus said to them, "Let's go somewhere else, to the small towns that are nearby. I have to spread the Good News in them also. This is why I have come."
40Then a man with a serious skin disease came to him. The man fell to his knees and begged Jesus, "If you're willing, you can make me clean." 41Jesus felt sorry for him, reached out, touched him, and said, "I'm willing. So be clean!"
43Jesus sent him away at once and warned him,
45When the man left, he began to talk freely. He spread his story so widely that Jesus could no longer enter any city openly. Instead, he stayed in places where he could be alone. But people still kept coming to him from everywhere.
1Several days later Jesus came back to Capernaum. The report went out that he was home. 2Many people had gathered. There was no room left, even in front of the door. Jesus was speaking God's word to them.
4Since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof over the place where Jesus was. Then they lowered the cot on which the paralyzed man was lying. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
8At once, Jesus knew inwardly what they were thinking. He asked them, "Why do you have these thoughts?
13Jesus went to the seashore again. Large crowds came to him, and he taught them. 14When Jesus was leaving, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting in a tax office. Jesus said to him, "Follow me!" So Levi got up and followed him. 15Later Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house. Many tax collectors and sinners who were followers of Jesus were eating with him and his disciples.
17When Jesus heard that, he said to them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do. I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's approval."
18John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came to Jesus and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the Pharisees' disciples fast, but your disciples don't?" 19Jesus replied, "Can wedding guests fast while the groom is still with them? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast.
23Once on a day of worship Jesus was going through the grainfields. As the disciples walked along, they began to pick the heads of grain.
25Jesus asked them, "Haven't you ever read what David did when he and his men were in need and were hungry?
1Jesus went into a synagogue again. A man who had a paralyzed hand was there. 2The people were watching Jesus closely. They wanted to see whether he would heal the man on the day of worship so that they could accuse him of doing something wrong.
5Jesus was angry as he looked around at them. He was deeply hurt because their minds were closed. Then he told the man, "Hold out your hand." The man held it out, and his hand became normal again. 6The Pharisees left, and with Herod's followers they immediately plotted to kill Jesus. 7Jesus left with his disciples for the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd from Galilee, Judea,
9Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready so that the crowd would not crush him.
13Jesus went up a mountain, called those whom he wanted, and they came to him.
16He appointed these twelve: Simon (whom Jesus named Peter), 17James and his brother John (Zebedee's sons whom Jesus named Boanerges, which means "Thunderbolts"),
19and Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed Jesus). 20Then Jesus went home. Another crowd gathered so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat.
23Jesus called them together and used this illustration: "How can Satan force out Satan?
30Jesus said this because the scribes had said that he had an evil spirit.
32The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you."
1Jesus began to teach again by the Sea of Galilee. A very large crowd gathered around him, so he got into a boat and sat in it. The boat was in the water while the entire crowd lined the shore.
11Jesus replied to them, "The mystery about the kingdom of God has been given directly to you. To those on the outside, it is given in stories:
13Jesus asked them, "Don't you understand this story? How, then, will you understand any of the stories I use as illustrations?
21Jesus said to them, "Does anyone bring a lamp into a room to put it under a basket or under a bed? Isn't it put on a lamp stand?
26Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground.
30Jesus asked, "How can we show what the kingdom of God is like? To what can we compare it?
33Jesus spoke God's word to them using many illustrations like these. In this way people could understand what he taught.
35That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's cross to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus along in a boat just as he was. Other boats were with him.
2As Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man came out of the tombs and met him. The man was controlled by an evil spirit
6The man saw Jesus at a distance. So he ran to Jesus, bowed down in front of him, 7and shouted, "Why are you bothering me now, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me." 8He shouted this because Jesus said, "You evil spirit, come out of the man." 9Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He told Jesus, "My name is Legion Six Thousand, because there are many of us." 10He begged Jesus not to send them out of the territory.
13Jesus let them do this. The evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea and drowned.
15They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. The man was sitting there dressed and in his right mind. The people were frightened.
17Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their territory. 18As Jesus stepped into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged him, "Let me stay with you." 19But Jesus would not allow it. Instead, he told the man, "Go home to your family, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been to you." 20So the man left. He began to tell how much Jesus had done for him in the Ten Cities. Everyone was amazed.
21Jesus again crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee in a boat. A large crowd gathered around him by the seashore. 22A synagogue leader named Jairus also arrived. When he saw Jesus, he quickly bowed down in front of him. 23He begged Jesus, "My little daughter is dying. Come, lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live." 24Jesus went with the man. A huge crowd followed Jesus and pressed him on every side.
27Since she had heard about Jesus, she came from behind in the crowd and touched his clothes.
30At that moment Jesus felt power had gone out of him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
34Jesus told her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be cured from your illness."
35While Jesus was still speaking to her, some people came from the synagogue leader's home. They told the synagogue leader, "Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher anymore?" 36When Jesus overheard what they said, he told the synagogue leader, "Don't be afraid! Just believe." 37Jesus allowed no one to go with him except Peter and the two brothers James and John. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a noisy crowd there. People were crying and sobbing loudly.
41Jesus took the child's hand and said to her, "Talitha, koum!" which means, "Little girl, I'm telling you to get up!"
43Jesus ordered them not to let anyone know about this. He also told them to give the little girl something to eat.
1Jesus left that place and went to his hometown. His disciples followed him.
4But Jesus told them, "The only place a prophet isn't honored is in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own house."
6Their unbelief amazed him. Then Jesus went around to the villages and taught.
14King Herod heard about Jesus, because Jesus' name had become well-known. Some people were saying, "John the Baptizer has come back to life. That's why he has the power to perform these miracles."
30The apostles gathered around Jesus. They reported to him everything they had done and taught. 31So he said to them, "Let's go to a place where we can be alone to rest for a while." Many people were coming and going, and Jesus and the apostles didn't even have a chance to eat.
34When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd and felt sorry for them. They were like sheep without a shepherd. So he spent a lot of time teaching them.
37Jesus replied, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "Should we go and spend about a year's wages on bread to feed them?"
45Jesus quickly made his disciples get into a boat and cross to Bethsaida ahead of him while he sent the people away.
48Jesus saw that they were in a lot of trouble as they rowed, because they were going against the wind. Between three and six o'clock in the morning, he came to them. He was walking on the sea. He wanted to pass by them.
54As soon as they stepped out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus.
1The Pharisees and some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus.
5The Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples follow the traditions taught by our ancestors? They are unclean because they don't wash their hands before they eat!" 6Jesus told them, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites in Scripture: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
18Jesus said to them, "Don't you understand? Don't you know that whatever goes into a person from the outside can't make him unclean? 19It doesn't go into his thoughts but into his stomach and then into a toilet." (By saying this, Jesus declared all foods acceptable.)
24Jesus left that place and went to the territory of Tyre. He didn't want anyone to know that he was staying in a house there. However, it couldn't be kept a secret. 25A woman whose little daughter had an evil spirit heard about Jesus. She went to him and bowed down.
27Jesus said to her, "First, let the children eat all they want. It's not right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."
29Jesus said to her, "Because you have said this, go! The demon has left your daughter."
31Jesus then left the neighborhood of Tyre. He went through Sidon and the territory of the Ten Cities to the Sea of Galilee. 32Some people brought to him a man who was deaf and who also had a speech defect. They begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. 33Jesus took him away from the crowd to be alone with him. He put his fingers into the man's ears, and after spitting, he touched the man's tongue.
36Jesus ordered the people not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them, the more they spread the news. 37Jesus completely amazed the people. They said, "He has done everything well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute talk."
1About that time there was once again a large crowd with nothing to eat. Jesus called his disciples and said to them,
5Jesus asked them, "How many loaves of bread do you have?" They answered, "Seven."
10After that, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat and went into the region of Dalmanutha. 11The Pharisees went to Jesus and began to argue with him. They tested him by demanding that he perform a miraculous sign from heaven.
15Jesus warned them, "Be careful! Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!"
17Jesus knew what they were saying and asked them, "Why are you discussing the fact that you don't have any bread? Don't you understand yet? Don't you catch on? Are your minds closed?
22As they came to Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus. They begged Jesus to touch him. 23Jesus took the blind man's hand and led him out of the village. He spit into the man's eyes and placed his hands on him. Jesus asked him, "Can you see anything?"
25Then Jesus placed his hands on the man's eyes a second time, and the man saw clearly. His sight was normal again. He could see everything clearly even at a distance. 26Jesus told him when he sent him home, "Don't go into the village."
27Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say I am?"
33Jesus turned, looked at his disciples, and objected to what Peter said. Jesus said, "Get out of my way, Satan! You aren't thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think." 34Then Jesus called the crowd to himself along with his disciples. He said to them, "Those who want to follow me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.
2After six days Jesus took only Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. Jesus' appearance changed in front of them.
4Then Elijah and Moses appeared to them and were talking with Jesus. 5Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it's good that we're here. Let's put up three tents--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
8Suddenly, as they looked around, they saw no one with them but Jesus. 9On their way down the mountain, Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen. They were to wait until the Son of Man had come back to life.
12Jesus said to them, "Elijah is coming first and will put everything in order again. But in what sense was it written that the Son of Man must suffer a lot and be treated shamefully?
15All the people were very surprised to see Jesus and ran to welcome him. 16Jesus asked the scribes, "What are you arguing about with them?"
19Jesus said to them, "You unbelieving generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me!" 20They brought the boy to him. As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it threw the boy into convulsions. He fell on the ground, rolled around, and foamed at the mouth. 21Jesus asked his father, "How long has he been like this?" The father replied, "He has been this way since he was a child.
23Jesus said to him, "As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes."
25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he gave an order to the evil spirit. He said, "You spirit that won't let him talk, I command you to come out of him and never enter him again."
27Jesus took his hand and helped him to stand up. 28When Jesus went into a house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we force the spirit out of the boy?"
30They left that place and were passing through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where he was
33Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was at home, he asked the disciples, "What were you arguing about on the road?"
38John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone forcing demons out of a person by using the power and authority of your name. We tried to stop him because he was not one of us." 39Jesus said, "Don't stop him! No one who works a miracle in my name can turn around and speak evil of me.
1Jesus left there and went into the territory of Judea along the other side of the Jordan River. Crowds gathered around him again, and he taught them as he usually did.
3Jesus answered them, "What command did Moses give you?"
5Jesus said to them, "He wrote this command for you because you're heartless.
13Some people brought little children to Jesus to have him hold them. But the disciples told the people not to do that. 14When Jesus saw this, he became irritated. He told them, "Don't stop the children from coming to me. Children like these are part of the kingdom of God.
16Jesus put his arms around the children and blessed them by placing his hands on them.
17As Jesus was coming out to the road, a man came running to him and knelt in front of him. He asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?" 18Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
21Jesus looked at him and loved him. He told him, "You're still missing one thing. Sell everything you have. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!"
23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!" 24The disciples were stunned by his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
27Jesus looked at them and said, "It's impossible for people to save themselves, but it's not impossible for God to save them. Everything is possible for God."
29Jesus said, "I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields because of me and the Good News
32Jesus and his disciples were on their way to Jerusalem. Jesus was walking ahead of them. His disciples were shocked that he was going to Jerusalem. The others who followed were afraid. Once again he took the twelve apostles aside. He began to tell them what was going to happen to him.
35James and John, sons of Zebedee, went to Jesus. They said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do us a favor."
38Jesus said, "You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink the cup that I'm going to drink? Can you be baptized with the baptism that I'm going to receive?" 39"We can," they told him. Jesus told them, "You will drink the cup that I'm going to drink. You will be baptized with the baptism that I'm going to receive.
42Jesus called the apostles and said, "You know that the acknowledged rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people.
46Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus, his disciples, and many people were leaving Jericho, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. 47When he heard that Jesus from Nazareth was passing by, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
49Jesus stopped and said, "Call him!" They called the blind man and told him, "Cheer up! Get up! He's calling you." 50The blind man threw off his coat, jumped up, and went to Jesus.
51Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said, "Teacher, I want to see again." 52Jesus told him, "Go, your faith has made you well." At once he could see again, and he followed Jesus on the road.
1When they came near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead of him.
6The disciples answered them as Jesus had told them. So the men let them go. 7They brought the donkey to Jesus, put their coats on it, and he sat on it.
11Jesus came into Jerusalem and went into the temple courtyard, where he looked around at everything. Since it was already late, he went out with the twelve apostles to Bethany.
12The next day, when they left Bethany, Jesus became hungry.
15When they came to Jerusalem, Jesus went into the temple courtyard and began to throw out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the moneychangers' tables and the chairs of those who sold pigeons.
19(Every evening Jesus and his disciples would leave the city.) 20While Jesus and his disciples were walking early in the morning, they saw that the fig tree had dried up. 21Peter remembered what Jesus had said, so he said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has dried up." 22Jesus said to them, "Have faith in God!
27Jesus and his disciples returned to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple courtyard, the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders came to him.
29Jesus said to them, "I'll ask you a question. Answer me, and then I'll tell you why I have the right to do these things.
33So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Jesus told them, "Then I won't tell you why I have the right to do these things."
1Then, using this illustration, Jesus spoke to them. He said, "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, made a vat for the winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to vineyard workers and went on a trip.
13The leaders sent some of the Pharisees and some of Herod's followers to Jesus. They wanted to trap him into saying the wrong thing.
15Jesus recognized their hypocrisy, so he asked them, "Why do you test me? Bring me a coin so that I can look at it."
17Jesus said to them, "Give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and give God what belongs to God." They were surprised at his reply.
18Some Sadducees, who say that people will never come back to life, came to Jesus. They asked him,
24Jesus said to them, "Aren't you mistaken because you don't know the Scriptures or God's power?
28One of the scribes went to Jesus during the argument with the Sadducees. He saw how well Jesus answered them, so he asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of them all?" 29Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
32The scribe said to Jesus, "Teacher, that was well said! You've told the truth that there is only one God and no other besides him!
34When Jesus heard how wisely the man answered, he told the man, "You're not too far from the kingdom of God." After that, no one dared to ask him another question.
35While Jesus was teaching in the temple courtyard, he asked, "How can the scribes say that the Messiah is David's son?
41As Jesus sat facing the temple offering box, he watched how much money people put into it. Many rich people put in large amounts.
1As Jesus was going out of the temple courtyard, one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher, look at these huge stones and these beautiful buildings!" 2Jesus said to him, "Do you see these large buildings? Not one of these stones will be left on top of another. Each one will be torn down." 3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives facing the temple buildings, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,
5Jesus answered them, "Be careful not to let anyone deceive you.
1It was two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for some underhanded way to arrest Jesus and to kill him.
3Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had suffered from a skin disease. While Jesus was sitting there, a woman went to him. She had a bottle of very expensive perfume made from pure nard. She opened the bottle and poured the perfume on his head.
6Jesus said, "Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing for me.
10Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus. 11They were pleased to hear what Judas had to say and promised to give him money. So he kept looking for a chance to betray Jesus.
12Killing the Passover lamb was customary on the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The disciples asked Jesus, "Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?"
16The disciples left. They went into the city and found everything as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 17When evening came, Jesus arrived with the twelve apostles. 18While they were at the table eating, Jesus said, "I can guarantee this truth: One of you is going to betray me, one who is eating with me!"
22While they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it. He broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, "Take this. This is my body."
27Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will abandon me. Scripture says, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'
30Jesus said to Peter, "I can guarantee this truth: Tonight, before a rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you don't know me."
43Just then, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve apostles, arrived. A crowd carrying swords and clubs was with him. They were from the chief priests, scribes, and leaders of the people.
45Then Judas quickly stepped up to Jesus and said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him. 46Some men took hold of Jesus and arrested him.
48Jesus asked them, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as if I were a criminal?
51A certain young man was following Jesus. He had nothing on but a linen sheet. They tried to arrest him,
53The men took Jesus to the chief priest. All the chief priests, leaders, and scribes had gathered together.
55The chief priests and the whole Jewish council were searching for some testimony against Jesus in order to execute him. But they couldn't find any.
60So the chief priest stood up in the center and asked Jesus, "Don't you have any answer to what these men testify against you?"
62Jesus answered, "Yes, I am, and you will see the Son of Man in the highest position in heaven. He will be coming with the clouds of heaven."
67saw Peter warming himself. She looked at him and said, "You, too, were with Jesus from Nazareth!"
72Just then a rooster crowed a second time. Peter remembered that Jesus said to him, "Before a rooster crows twice, you will say three times that you don't know me." Then Peter began to cry very hard.
1Early in the morning the chief priests immediately came to a decision with the leaders and the scribes. The whole Jewish council decided to tie Jesus up, lead him away, and hand him over to Pilate. 2Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, I am," Jesus answered him.
5But Jesus no longer answered anything, so Pilate was surprised.
10Pilate knew that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous.
15Pilate wanted to satisfy the people, so he freed Barabbas for them. But he had Jesus whipped and handed over to be crucified. 16The soldiers led Jesus into the courtyard of the palace and called together the whole troop.
20After the soldiers finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the purple cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 21A man named Simon from the city of Cyrene was coming into Jerusalem from his home in the country. He was the father of Alexander and Rufus. As he was about to pass by, the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
22They took Jesus to Golgotha (which means "the place of the skull").
34At three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
36Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar. Then he put it on a stick and offered Jesus a drink. The man said, "Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down." 37Then Jesus cried out in a loud voice and died.
39When the officer who stood facing Jesus saw how he gave up his spirit, he said, "Certainly, this man was the Son of God!"
43when Joseph arrived. He was from the city of Arimathea and was an important member of the Jewish council. He, too, was waiting for the kingdom of God. Joseph boldly went to Pilate's quarters to ask for the body of Jesus. 44Pilate wondered if Jesus had already died. So he summoned the officer to ask him if Jesus was, in fact, dead. 45When the officer had assured him that Jesus was dead, Pilate let Joseph have the corpse.
47Mary from Magdala and Mary (the mother of Joses) watched where Jesus was laid.
1When the day of worship was over, Mary from Magdala, Mary (the mother of James), and Salome bought spices to go and anoint Jesus.
6The young man said to them, "Don't panic! You're looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been brought back to life. He's not here. Look at the place where they laid him.
9After Jesus came back to life early on Sunday, he appeared first to Mary from Magdala, from whom he had forced out seven demons.
12Later Jesus appeared to two disciples as they were walking to their home in the country. He did not look as he usually did.
14Still later Jesus appeared to the eleven apostles while they were eating. He put them to shame for their unbelief and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive. 15Then Jesus said to them, "So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News.
31You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus.
21Eight days after his birth, the child was circumcised and named Jesus. This was the name the angel had given him before his mother became pregnant. 22After the days required by Moses' Teachings to make a mother clean had passed, Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem. They took Jesus to present him to the Lord.
27Moved by the Spirit, Simeon went into the temple courtyard. Mary and Joseph were bringing the child Jesus into the courtyard at the same time. They brought him so that they could do for him what Moses' Teachings required.
33Jesus' father and mother were amazed at what was said about him.
38At that moment she came up to Mary and Joseph and began to thank God. She spoke about Jesus to all who were waiting for Jerusalem to be set free.
41Every year Jesus' parents would go to Jerusalem for the Passover festival.
43When the festival was over, they left for home. The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents didn't know it.
49Jesus said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you realize that I had to be in my Father's house?"
52Jesus grew in wisdom and maturity. He gained favor from God and people.
21When all the people were baptized, Jesus, too, was baptized. While he was praying, heaven opened,
23Jesus was about 30 years old when he began his ministry. Jesus, so people thought, was the son of Joseph, son of Eli,
1Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as he left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him while he was in the desert, 2where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days. During those days Jesus ate nothing, so when they were over, he was hungry.
4Jesus answered him, "Scripture says, 'A person cannot live on bread alone.'"
8Jesus answered him, "Scripture says, 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'" 9Then the devil took him into Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, jump from here!
12Jesus answered him, "It has been said, 'Never tempt the Lord your God.'" 13After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, the devil left him until another time.
14Jesus returned to Galilee. The power of the Spirit was with him, and the news about him spread throughout the surrounding country.
16Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. As usual he went into the synagogue on the day of worship. He stood up to read the lesson.
20Jesus closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue watched him closely.
24Then Jesus added, "I can guarantee this truth: A prophet isn't accepted in his hometown.
29Their city was built on a hill with a cliff. So they got up, forced Jesus out of the city, and led him to the cliff. They intended to throw him off of it. 30But Jesus walked right by them and went away.
31Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and taught them on a day of worship.
34"Oh, no! What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" 35Jesus ordered the spirit, "Keep quiet, and come out of him!" The demon threw the man down in the middle of the synagogue and came out without hurting him.
38Jesus left the synagogue and went to Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was sick with a high fever. They asked Jesus to help her.
41Demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But Jesus ordered them not to speak. After all, they knew he was the Messiah.
1One day Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee. The people crowded around him as they listened to God's word. 2Jesus saw two boats on the shore. The fishermen had stepped out of them and were washing their nets. 3So Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Then Jesus sat down and taught the crowd from the boat.
8When Simon Peter saw this, he knelt in front of Jesus and said, "Leave me, Lord! I'm a sinful person!"
10James and John, who were Zebedee's sons and Simon's partners, were also amazed. Jesus told Simon, "Don't be afraid. From now on you will catch people instead of fish." 11Simon and his partners brought the boats to shore, left everything, and followed Jesus.
12One day Jesus was in a city where there was a man covered with a serious skin disease. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground. He begged Jesus, "Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean." 13Jesus reached out, touched him, and said, "I want to. So be clean!" Immediately, his skin disease went away. 14Jesus ordered him, "Don't tell anyone. Instead, show yourself to the priest. Then offer the sacrifice as Moses commanded as proof to people that you are clean." 15The news about Jesus spread even more. Large crowds gathered to hear him and have their diseases cured.
17One day when Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and experts in Moses' Teachings were present. They had come from every village in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. Jesus had the power of the Lord to heal. 18Some men brought a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They tried to take him into the house and put him in front of Jesus. 19But they could not find a way to get him into the house because of the crowd. So they went up on the roof. They made an opening in the tiles and let the man down on his stretcher among the people. (They lowered him in front of Jesus.) 20When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Sir, your sins are forgiven."
22Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he said to them, "What are you thinking?
27After that, Jesus left. He saw a tax collector named Levi sitting in a tax office. Jesus said to him, "Follow me!"
29Levi held a large reception at his home for Jesus. A huge crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30The Pharisees and their scribes complained to Jesus' disciples. They asked, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" 31Jesus answered them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; those who are sick do.
34Jesus asked them, "Can you force wedding guests to fast while the groom is still with them?
1Once, on a day of worship, Jesus was walking through some grainfields. His disciples were picking the heads of grain, removing the husks, and eating the grain.
3Jesus answered them, "Haven't you read what David did when he and his men were hungry?
6On another day of worship, Jesus went into a synagogue to teach. A man whose right hand was paralyzed was there. 7The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely. They wanted to see whether he would heal the man on the day of worship so that they could find a way to accuse him of doing something wrong. 8But Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he told the man with the paralyzed hand, "Get up, and stand in the center of the synagogue!" The man got up and stood there. 9Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you--what is the right thing to do on a day of worship: to do good or evil, to give a person his health or to destroy it?"
11The scribes and Pharisees were furious and began to discuss with each other what they could do to Jesus.
12At that time Jesus went to a mountain to pray. He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
14They were Simon (whom Jesus named Peter) and Simon's brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
17Jesus came down from the mountain with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples and many other people were there. They had come from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon.
20Jesus looked at his disciples and said, "Blessed are those who are poor. The kingdom of God is theirs.
39Jesus also gave them this illustration: "Can one blind person lead another? Won't both fall into the same pit?
1When Jesus had finished everything he wanted to say to the people, he went to Capernaum.
3The officer had heard about Jesus and sent some Jewish leaders to him. They were to ask Jesus to come and save the servant's life. 4They came to Jesus and begged, "He deserves your help.
6Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the officer sent friends to tell Jesus, "Sir, don't bother. I don't deserve to have you come into my house.
9Jesus was amazed at the officer when he heard these words. He turned to the crowd following him and said, "I can guarantee that I haven't found faith as great as this in Israel."
11Soon afterward, Jesus went to a city called Nain. His disciples and a large crowd went with him.
15The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
17This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding region.
20The men came to Jesus and said, "John the Baptizer sent us to ask you, 'Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?'" 21At that time Jesus was curing many people who had diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits. Also, he was giving back sight to many who were blind. 22Jesus answered John's disciples, "Go back, and tell John what you have seen and heard: Blind people see again, lame people are walking, those with skin diseases are made clean, deaf people hear again, dead people are brought back to life, and poor people hear the Good News.
24When John's messengers had left, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John. "What did you go into the desert to see? Tall grass swaying in the wind?
36One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went to the Pharisee's house and was eating at the table. 37A woman who lived a sinful life in that city found out that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So she took a bottle of perfume
39The Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this and thought, "If this man really were a prophet, he would know what sort of woman is touching him. She's a sinner." 40Jesus spoke up, "Simon, I have something to say to you." Simon replied, "Teacher, you're free to speak." 41So Jesus said, "Two men owed a moneylender some money. One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other owed him fifty.
43Simon answered, "I suppose the one who had the largest debt canceled." Jesus said to him, "You're right!"
48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven."
50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace!"
1After this, Jesus traveled from one city and village to another. He spread the Good News about God's kingdom. The twelve apostles were with him.
3Joanna, whose husband Chusa was Herod's administrator; Susanna; and many other women. They provided financial support for Jesus and his disciples.
4When a large crowd had gathered and people had come to Jesus from every city, he used this story as an illustration:
10Jesus answered, "Knowledge about the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been given directly to you. But it is given to others in stories. When they look, they don't see, and when they hear, they don't understand.
20Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside. They want to see you."
22One day Jesus and his disciples got into a boat. He said to them, "Let's cross to the other side of the lake." So they started out. 23As they were sailing along, Jesus fell asleep. A violent storm came across the lake. The boat was taking on water, and they were in danger.
27When Jesus stepped out on the shore, a certain man from the city met him. The man was possessed by demons and had not worn clothes for a long time. He would not stay in a house but lived in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he shouted, fell in front of him, and said in a loud voice, "Why are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you not to torture me!" 29Jesus ordered the evil spirit to come out of the man. (The evil spirit had controlled the man for a long time. People had kept him under guard. He was chained hand and foot. But he would break the chains. Then the demon would force him to go into the desert.) 30Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He answered, "Legion Six Thousand." (Many demons had entered him.) 31The demons begged Jesus not to order them to go into the bottomless pit. 32A large herd of pigs was feeding on a mountainside. The demons begged Jesus to let them enter those pigs. So he let them do this.
35The people went to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone out. Dressed and in his right mind, he was sitting at Jesus' feet. The people were frightened. 36Those who had seen this told the people how Jesus had restored the demon-possessed man to health. 37Then all the people from the surrounding region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave because they were terrified. Jesus got into a boat and started back. 38The man from whom the demons had gone out begged him, "Let me go with you." But Jesus sent the man away and told him, 39"Go home to your family, and tell them how much God has done for you." So the man left. He went through the whole city and told people how much Jesus had done for him.
40When Jesus came back, a crowd welcomed him. Everyone was expecting him. 41A man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, arrived and quickly bowed down in front of Jesus. He begged Jesus to come to his home. 42His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying. As Jesus went, the people were crowding around him.
44She came up behind Jesus, touched the edge of his clothes, and her bleeding stopped at once. 45Jesus asked, "Who touched me?" After everyone denied touching him, Peter said, "Teacher, the people are crowding you and pressing against you." 46Jesus said, "Someone touched me. I know power has gone out of me."
48Jesus told her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace!" 49While Jesus was still speaking to her, someone came from the synagogue leader's home. He said, "Your daughter is dead. Don't bother the teacher anymore." 50When Jesus heard this, he told the synagogue leader, "Don't be afraid! Just believe, and she will get well." 51Jesus went into the house. He allowed no one to go with him except Peter, John, James, and the child's parents. 52Everyone was crying and showing how sad they were. Jesus said, "Don't cry! She's not dead. She's just sleeping."
54But Jesus took her hand and called out, "Child, get up!"
56They were amazed. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
1Jesus called the twelve apostles together and gave them power and authority over every demon and power and authority to cure diseases.
9Herod said, "I had John's head cut off. Who is this person I'm hearing so much about?" So Herod wanted to see Jesus.
10The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done. He took them with him to a city called Bethsaida so that they could be alone.
13Jesus replied, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have five loaves of bread and two fish. Unless we go to buy food for all these people, that's all we have."
18Once when Jesus was praying privately and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"
22Jesus said that the Son of Man would have to suffer a lot. He would be rejected by the leaders, the chief priests, and the scribes. He would be killed, but on the third day he would come back to life.
28About eight days after he had said this, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a mountain to pray. 29While Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
31They appeared in heavenly glory and were discussing Jesus' approaching death and what he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem. 32Peter and the men with him were sleeping soundly. When they woke up, they saw Jesus' glory and the two men standing with him.
33As Moses and Elijah were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Teacher, it's good that we're here. Let's put up three tents--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Peter didn't know what he was saying.
36After the voice had spoken, they saw that Jesus was alone. The disciples said nothing, and for some time they told no one about what they had seen.
37The next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.
41Jesus answered, "You unbelieving and corrupt generation! How long must I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here!" 42While he was coming to Jesus, the demon knocked the boy to the ground and threw him into convulsions. Jesus ordered the evil spirit to leave. He cured the boy and gave him back to his father.
43Everyone was amazed to see God's wonderful power. Everyone was amazed at all the things that Jesus was doing. So he said to his disciples,
47Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he took a little child and had him stand beside him.
50Jesus said to him, "Don't stop him! Whoever isn't against you is for you."
51The time was coming closer for Jesus to be taken to heaven. So he was determined to go to Jerusalem.
57As they were walking along the road, a man said to Jesus, "I'll follow you wherever you go." 58Jesus told him, "Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to sleep."
60But Jesus told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. You must go everywhere and tell about the kingdom of God."
62Jesus said to him, "Whoever starts to plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God."
18Jesus said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
21In that hour the Holy Spirit filled Jesus with joy. Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from wise and intelligent people and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.
25Then an expert in Moses' Teachings stood up to test Jesus. He asked, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26Jesus answered him, "What is written in Moses' Teachings? What do you read there?"
28Jesus told him, "You're right! Do this, and life will be yours." 29But the man wanted to justify his question. So he asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" 30Jesus replied, "A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way robbers stripped him, beat him, and left him for dead.
37The expert said, "The one who was kind enough to help him." Jesus told him, "Go and imitate his example!"
38As they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
1Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he stopped praying, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples." 2Jesus told them, "When you pray, say this: Father, let your name be kept holy. Let your kingdom come.
5Jesus said to his disciples, "Suppose one of you has a friend. Suppose you go to him at midnight and say, 'Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.
14Jesus was forcing a demon out of a man. The demon had made the man unable to talk. When the demon had gone out, the man began to talk. The people were amazed.
16Others wanted to test Jesus and demanded that he show them some miraculous sign from heaven. 17Since Jesus knew what they were thinking, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is ruined. A house divided against itself falls.
27While Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd shouted, "How blessed is the mother who gave birth to you and the breasts that nursed you." 28Jesus replied, "Rather, how blessed are those who hear and obey God's word."
29As the people were gathering around him, Jesus said, "The people living today are evil. They look for a miraculous sign. But the only sign they will get is the sign of Jonah.
37After Jesus spoke, a Pharisee invited him to have lunch at his house. So Jesus accepted the invitation. 38The Pharisee was surprised to see that Jesus didn't wash before the meal.
46Jesus said, "How horrible it will be for you experts in Moses' Teachings! You burden people with loads that are hard to carry. But you won't lift a finger to carry any of these loads.
53When Jesus left, the scribes and the Pharisees held a terrible grudge against him. They questioned him about many things
1Meanwhile, thousands of people had gathered. They were so crowded that they stepped on each other. Jesus spoke to his disciples and said, "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees. I'm talking about their hypocrisy.
14Jesus said to him, "Who appointed me to be your judge or to divide your inheritance?"
22Then Jesus said to his disciples, "So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat or wear.
54Jesus said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud coming up in the west, you immediately say, 'There's going to be a rainstorm,' and it happens.
1At that time some people reported to Jesus about some Galileans whom Pilate had executed while they were sacrificing animals. 2Jesus replied to them, "Do you think that this happened to them because they were more sinful than other people from Galilee?
6Then Jesus used this illustration: "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. He went to look for fruit on the tree but didn't find any.
10Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the day of worship.
12When Jesus saw her, he called her to come to him and said, "Woman, you are free from your disability."
14The synagogue leader was irritated with Jesus for healing on the day of worship. The leader told the crowd, "There are six days when work can be done. So come on one of those days to be healed. Don't come on the day of worship."
18Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What can I compare it to?
22Then Jesus traveled and taught in one city and village after another on his way to Jerusalem.
31At that time some Pharisees told Jesus, "Get out of here, and go somewhere else! Herod wants to kill you." 32Jesus said to them, "Tell that fox that I will force demons out of people and heal people today and tomorrow. I will finish my work on the third day.
1On a day of worship Jesus went to eat at the home of a prominent Pharisee. The guests were watching Jesus very closely.
3Jesus reacted by asking the Pharisees and the experts in Moses' Teachings, "Is it right to heal on the day of worship or not?" 4But they didn't say a thing. So Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away. 5Jesus asked them, "If your son or your ox falls into a well on a day of worship, wouldn't you pull him out immediately?"
7Then Jesus noticed how the guests always chose the places of honor. So he used this illustration when he spoke to them:
15One of those eating with him heard this. So he said to Jesus, "The person who will be at the banquet in the kingdom of God is blessed." 16Jesus said to him, "A man gave a large banquet and invited many people.
25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. He turned to them and said,
1All the tax collectors and sinners came to listen to Jesus.
3Jesus spoke to them using this illustration:
11Then Jesus said, "A man had two sons.
1Then Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a business manager. The manager was accused of wasting the rich man's property.
9Jesus continued, "I'm telling you that although wealth is often used in dishonest ways, you should use it to make friends for yourselves. When life is over, you will be welcomed into an eternal home.
15So Jesus said to them, "You try to justify your actions in front of people. But God knows what's in your hearts. What is important to humans is disgusting to God.
1Jesus told his disciples, "Situations that cause people to lose their faith are certain to arise. But how horrible it will be for the person who causes someone to lose his faith!
11Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee on his way to Jerusalem.
13and shouted, "Jesus, Teacher, have mercy on us!"
16He quickly bowed at Jesus' feet and thanked him. (The man was a Samaritan.) 17Jesus asked, "Weren't ten men made clean? Where are the other nine?
19Jesus told the man, "Get up, and go home! Your faith has made you well."
20The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, "People can't observe the coming of the kingdom of God.
22Jesus said to his disciples, "The time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
37They asked him, "Where, Lord?" Jesus told them, "Vultures will gather wherever there is a dead body."
1Jesus used this illustration with his disciples to show them that they need to pray all the time and never give up.
9Jesus also used this illustration with some who were sure that God approved of them while they looked down on everyone else.
15Some people brought infants to Jesus to have him hold them. When the disciples saw this, they told the people not to do that. 16But Jesus called the infants to him and said, "Don't stop the children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God.
18An official asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God.
22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still need one thing. Sell everything you have. Distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!"
24Jesus watched him and said, "How hard it is for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!
27Jesus said, "The things that are impossible for people to do are possible for God to do."
29Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, wife, brothers, parents, or children because of the kingdom of God
31Jesus took the twelve apostles aside and said to them, "We're going to Jerusalem. Everything that the prophets wrote about the Son of Man will come true.
35As Jesus came near Jericho, a blind man was sitting and begging by the road.
37The people told him that Jesus from Nazareth was passing by. 38Then the blind man shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him. When the man came near, Jesus asked him,
42Jesus told him, "Receive your sight! Your faith has made you well." 43Immediately, he could see again. He followed Jesus and praised God. All the people saw this, and they, too, praised God.
1Jesus was passing through Jericho.
3He tried to see who Jesus was. But Zacchaeus was a small man, and he couldn't see Jesus because of the crowd. 4So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a fig tree to see Jesus, who was coming that way. 5When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up and said, "Zacchaeus, come down! I must stay at your house today." 6Zacchaeus came down and was glad to welcome Jesus into his home.
9Then Jesus said to Zacchaeus, "You and your family have been saved today. You've shown that you, too, are one of Abraham's descendants.
11Jesus was getting closer to Jerusalem, and the people thought that the kingdom of God would appear suddenly. While Jesus had the people's attention, he used this illustration.
28After Jesus had given this illustration, he continued on his way to Jerusalem. 29When he came near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives (as it was called), Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead of him.
32The men Jesus sent found it as he had told them.
35They brought the donkey to Jesus, put their coats on it, and helped Jesus onto it.
39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell your disciples to be quiet." 40Jesus replied, "I can guarantee that if they are quiet, the stones will cry out."
45Jesus went into the temple courtyard and began to throw out those who were selling things there.
47Jesus taught in the temple courtyard every day. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people looked for a way to kill him.
1One day Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courtyard and telling them the Good News. The chief priests, scribes, and leaders came up to him.
3Jesus answered them, "I, too, have a question for you. Tell me,
8Jesus told them, "Then I won't tell you why I have the right to do these things."
9Then, using this illustration, Jesus spoke to the people: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it to vineyard workers, and went on a long trip.
17Then Jesus looked straight at them and asked, "What, then, does this Scripture verse mean: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'?
27Some Sadducees, who say that people will never come back to life, came to Jesus. They asked him,
34Jesus said to them, "In this world people get married.
41Jesus said to them, "How can people say that the Messiah is David's son?
45While all the people were listening, Jesus said to the disciples,
1Looking up, Jesus saw people, especially the rich, dropping their gifts into the temple offering box.
5Some of the disciples were talking about the temple complex. They noted that it was built with fine stones and decorated with beautiful gifts. So Jesus said,
8Jesus said, "Be careful that you are not deceived. Many will come using my name. They will say, 'I am he!' and 'The time is near.' Don't follow them!
10Then Jesus continued, "Nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom.
29Then Jesus used this story as an illustration. "Look at the fig tree or any other tree.
37During the day Jesus would teach in the temple courtyard. But at night he would go to the Mount of Olives (as it was called) and spend the night there.
2The chief priests and the scribes were looking for some way to kill Jesus. However, they were afraid of the people.
4Judas went to the chief priests and the temple guards and discussed with them how he could betray Jesus.
6So Judas promised to do it. He kept looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus to them when there was no crowd.
8Jesus sent Peter and John and told them, "Go, prepare the Passover lamb for us to eat."
13The disciples left. They found everything as Jesus had told them and prepared the Passover. 14When it was time to eat the Passover meal, Jesus and the apostles were at the table. 15Jesus said to them, "I've had a deep desire to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
19Then Jesus took bread and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, "This is my body, which is given up for you. Do this to remember me."
25Jesus said to them, "The kings of nations have power over their people, and those in authority call themselves friends of the people.
34Jesus replied, "Peter, I can guarantee that the rooster won't crow tonight until you say three times that you don't know me." 35Then Jesus said to them, "When I sent you out without a wallet, traveling bag, or sandals, you didn't lack anything, did you?" "Not a thing!" they answered.
38The disciples said, "Lord, look! Here are two swords!" Then Jesus said to them, "That's enough!"
39Jesus went out of the city to the Mount of Olives as he usually did. His disciples followed him.
45When Jesus ended his prayer, he got up and went to the disciples. He found them asleep and overcome with sadness.
47While he was still speaking to the disciples, a crowd arrived. The man called Judas, one of the twelve apostles, was leading them. He came close to Jesus to kiss him. 48Jesus said to him, "Judas, do you intend to betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" 49The men who were with Jesus saw what was going to happen. So they asked him, "Lord, should we use our swords to fight?"
51But Jesus said, "Stop! That's enough of this." Then he touched the servant's ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple guards, and leaders who had come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal?
54So they arrested Jesus and led him away to the chief priest's house. Peter followed at a distance.
56A female servant saw him as he sat facing the glow of the fire. She stared at him and said, "This man was with Jesus."
63The men who were guarding Jesus made fun of him as they beat him.
66In the morning the council of the people's leaders, the chief priests and the scribes, gathered together. They brought Jesus in front of their highest court and asked him, 67"Tell us, are you the Messiah?" Jesus said to them, "If I tell you, you won't believe me.
70Then all of them said, "So you're the Son of God?" Jesus answered them, "You're right to say that I am."
2They began to accuse Jesus by saying, "We found that he stirs up trouble among our people: He keeps them from paying taxes to the emperor, and he says that he is Christ, a king." 3Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, I am," Jesus answered.
7When Pilate found out that he was, he sent Jesus to Herod. Herod ruled Galilee and was in Jerusalem at that time. 8Herod was very pleased to see Jesus. For a long time he had wanted to see him. He had heard about Jesus and hoped to see him perform some kind of miracle. 9Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus wouldn't answer him. 10Meanwhile, the chief priests and the scribes stood there and shouted their accusations against Jesus. 11Herod and his soldiers treated Jesus with contempt and made fun of him. They put a colorful robe on him and sent him back to Pilate.
20But because Pilate wanted to free Jesus, he spoke to the people again.
23But the crowd pressured Pilate. They shouted that Jesus had to be crucified, and they finally won.
25He freed Barabbas, who had been put in prison for rioting and murdering, because that's what they wanted. But he let them do what they wanted to Jesus.
26As the soldiers led Jesus away, they grabbed a man named Simon, who was from the city of Cyrene. Simon was coming into Jerusalem. They laid the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A large crowd followed Jesus. The women in the crowd cried and sang funeral songs for him. 28Jesus turned to them and said, "You women of Jerusalem, don't cry for me! Rather, cry for yourselves and your children!
34Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them. They don't know what they're doing." Meanwhile, the soldiers divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice.
39One of the criminals hanging there insulted Jesus by saying, "So you're really the Messiah, are you? Well, save yourself and us!"
42Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom." 43Jesus said to him, "I can guarantee this truth: Today you will be with me in paradise."
46Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit." After he said this, he died.
52He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
55The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed closely behind Joseph. They observed the tomb and how his body was laid in it.
3When they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
8Then the women remembered what Jesus had told them.
13On the same day, two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village called Emmaus. It was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
15While they were talking, Jesus approached them and began walking with them.
19"What happened?" he asked. They said to him, "We were discussing what happened to Jesus from Nazareth. He was a powerful prophet in what he did and said in the sight of God and all the people.
25Then Jesus said to them, "How foolish you are! You're so slow to believe everything the prophets said!
28When they came near the village where they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther.
35Then the two disciples told what had happened on the road and how they had recognized Jesus when he broke the bread.
36While they were talking about what had happened, Jesus stood among them. He said to them, "Peace be with you!"
41The disciples were overcome with joy and amazement because this seemed too good to be true. Then Jesus asked them, "Do you have anything to eat?"
47Scripture also says that by the authority of Jesus people would be told to turn to God and change the way they think and act so that their sins will be forgiven. This would be told to people from all nations, beginning in the city of Jerusalem.
50Then Jesus took them to a place near Bethany. There he raised his hands and blessed them.
17The Teachings were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ.
29John saw Jesus coming toward him the next day and said, "Look! This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
36John saw Jesus walk by. John said, "Look! This is the Lamb of God."
37When the two disciples heard John say this, they followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned around and saw them following him. He asked them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which means "teacher"), "where are you staying?" 39Jesus told them, "Come, and you will see." So they went to see where he was staying and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about ten o'clock in the morning. 40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two disciples who heard John and followed Jesus.
42Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, son of John. Your name will be Cephas" (which means "Peter").
43The next day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee. He found Philip and told him, "Follow me!"
45Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the man whom Moses wrote about in his teachings and whom the prophets wrote about. He is Jesus, son of Joseph, from the city of Nazareth."
47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and remarked, "Here is a true Israelite who is sincere." 48Nathanael asked Jesus, "How do you know anything about me?" Jesus answered him, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." 49Nathanael said to Jesus, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the king of Israel!" 50Jesus replied, "You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that." 51Jesus said to Nathanael, "I can guarantee this truth: You will see the sky open and God's angels going up and coming down to the Son of Man."
1Three days later a wedding took place in the city of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had been invited too. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They're out of wine." 4Jesus said to her, "Why did you come to me? My time has not yet come."
7Jesus told the servers, "Fill the jars with water." The servers filled the jars to the brim. 8Jesus said to them, "Pour some, and take it to the person in charge." The servers did as they were told.
11Cana in Galilee was the place where Jesus began to perform miracles. He made his glory public there, and his disciples believed in him.
12After this, Jesus, his mother, brothers, and disciples went to the city of Capernaum and stayed there for a few days. 13The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
18The Jews reacted by asking Jesus, "What miracle can you show us to justify what you're doing?" 19Jesus replied, "Tear down this temple, and I'll rebuild it in three days."
21But the temple Jesus spoke about was his own body. 22After he came back to life, his disciples remembered that he had said this. So they believed the Scripture and this statement that Jesus had made.
23While Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover festival, many people believed in him because they saw the miracles that he performed. 24Jesus, however, was wary of these believers. He understood people
2He came to Jesus one night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that God has sent you as a teacher. No one can perform the miracles you perform unless God is with him." 3Jesus replied to Nicodemus, "I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."
5Jesus answered Nicodemus, "I can guarantee this truth: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
10Jesus told Nicodemus, "You're a well-known teacher of Israel. Can't you understand this?
22Later, Jesus and his disciples went to the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them and baptized people.
1Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John. 2(Actually, Jesus was not baptizing people. His disciples were.)
4Jesus had to go through Samaria.
6Jacob's Well was there. Jesus sat down by the well because he was tired from traveling. The time was about six o'clock in the evening. 7A Samaritan woman went to get some water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink of water."
10Jesus replied to her, "If you only knew what God's gift is and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him for a drink. He would have given you living water."
13Jesus answered her, "Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again.
15The woman told Jesus, "Sir, give me this water! Then I won't get thirsty or have to come here to get water." 16Jesus told her, "Go to your husband, and bring him here." 17The woman replied, "I don't have a husband." Jesus told her, "You're right when you say that you don't have a husband.
19The woman said to Jesus, "I see that you're a prophet!
21Jesus told her, "Believe me. A time is coming when you Samaritans won't be worshiping the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.
26Jesus told her, "I am he, and I am speaking to you now."
30The people left the city and went to meet Jesus.
32Jesus told them, "I have food to eat that you don't know about."
34Jesus told them, "My food is to do what the one who sent me wants me to do and to finish the work he has given me.
39Many Samaritans in that city believed in Jesus because of the woman who said, "He told me everything I've ever done." 40So when the Samaritans went to Jesus, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed in Samaria for two days. 41Many more Samaritans believed because of what Jesus said.
43After spending two days in Samaria, Jesus left for Galilee. 44Jesus had said that a prophet is not honored in his own country. 45But when Jesus arrived in Galilee, the people of Galilee welcomed him. They had seen everything he had done at the festival in Jerusalem, since they, too, had attended the festival. 46Jesus returned to the city of Cana in Galilee, where he had changed water into wine. A government official was in Cana. His son was sick in Capernaum. 47The official heard that Jesus had returned from Judea to Galilee. So he went to Jesus and asked him to go to Capernaum with him to heal his son who was about to die. 48Jesus told the official, "If people don't see miracles and amazing things, they won't believe."
50Jesus told him, "Go home. Your son will live." The man believed what Jesus told him and left.
53Then the boy's father realized that it was the same time that Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." So the official and his entire family became believers. 54This was the second miracle that Jesus performed after he had come back from Judea to Galilee.
1Later, Jesus went to Jerusalem for a Jewish festival.
6Jesus saw the man lying there and knew that he had been sick for a long time. So Jesus asked the man, "Would you like to get well?" 7The sick man answered Jesus, "Sir, I don't have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I'm trying to get there, someone else steps into the pool ahead of me." 8Jesus told the man, "Get up, pick up your cot, and walk."
13But the man who had been healed didn't know who Jesus was. (Jesus had withdrawn from the crowd.) 14Later, Jesus met the man in the temple courtyard and told him, "You're well now. Stop sinning so that something worse doesn't happen to you." 15The man went back to the Jews and told them that Jesus was the man who had made him well. 16The Jews began to persecute Jesus because he kept healing people on the day of worship.
17Jesus replied to them, "My Father is working right now, and so am I."
19Jesus said to the Jews, "I can guarantee this truth: The Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing. Indeed, the Son does exactly what the Father does.
1Jesus later crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or the Sea of Tiberias).
3Jesus went up a mountain and sat with his disciples.
5As Jesus saw a large crowd coming to him, he said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6Jesus asked this question to test him. He already knew what he was going to do.
8One of Jesus' disciples, Andrew, who was Simon Peter's brother, told him,
10Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." The people had plenty of grass to sit on. (There were about 5,000 men in the crowd.) 11Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to the people who were sitting there. He did the same thing with the fish. All the people ate as much as they wanted. 12When the people were full, Jesus told his disciples, "Gather the leftover pieces so that nothing will be wasted."
14When the people saw the miracle Jesus performed, they said, "This man is certainly the prophet who is to come into the world."
15Jesus realized that the people intended to take him by force and make him king. So he returned to the mountain by himself.
17They got into a boat and started to cross the sea to the city of Capernaum. By this time it was dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
19After they had rowed three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea. He was coming near the boat, and they became terrified. 20Jesus told them, "It's me. Don't be afraid!" 21So they were willing to help Jesus into the boat. Immediately, the boat reached the shore where they were going.
22On the next day the people were still on the other side of the sea. They noticed that only one boat was there and that Jesus had not stepped into that boat with his disciples. The disciples had gone away without him.
24When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into these boats and went to the city of Capernaum to look for Jesus.
26Jesus replied to them, "I can guarantee this truth: You're not looking for me because you saw miracles. You are looking for me because you ate as much of those loaves as you wanted.
28The people asked Jesus, "What does God want us to do?" 29Jesus replied to them, "God wants to do something for you so that you believe in the one whom he has sent."
32Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Moses didn't give you bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
35Jesus told them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty.
41The Jews began to criticize Jesus for saying, "I am the bread that came from heaven." 42They asked, "Isn't this man Jesus, Joseph's son? Don't we know his father and mother? How can he say now, 'I came from heaven'?" 43Jesus responded, "Stop criticizing me!
53Jesus told them, "I can guarantee this truth: If you don't eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have the source of life in you.
59Jesus said this while he was teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum.
60When many of Jesus' disciples heard him, they said, "What he says is hard to accept. Who wants to listen to him anymore?" 61Jesus was aware that his disciples were criticizing his message. So Jesus asked them, "Did what I say make you lose faith?
64But some of you don't believe." Jesus knew from the beginning those who wouldn't believe and the one who would betray him.
66Jesus' speech made many of his disciples go back to the lives they had led before they followed Jesus. 67So Jesus asked the twelve apostles, "Do you want to leave me too?" 68Simon Peter answered Jesus, "Lord, to what person could we go? Your words give eternal life.
70Jesus replied, "I chose all twelve of you. Yet, one of you is a devil." 71Jesus meant Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. Judas, who was one of the twelve apostles, would later betray Jesus.
1Jesus later traveled throughout Galilee. He didn't want to travel in Judea because Jews there wanted to kill him.
3So Jesus' brothers told him, "Leave this place, and go to Judea so that your disciples can see the things that you're doing.
6Jesus told them, "Now is not the right time for me to go. Any time is right for you.
9After saying this, Jesus stayed in Galilee. 10But after his brothers had gone to the festival, Jesus went. He didn't go publicly but secretly. 11The Jews were looking for Jesus in the crowd at the festival. They kept asking, "Where is that man?" 12The crowds argued about Jesus. Some people said, "He's a good man," while others said, "No he isn't. He deceives the people."
14When the festival was half over, Jesus went to the temple courtyard and began to teach.
16Jesus responded to them, "What I teach doesn't come from me but from the one who sent me.
21Jesus answered them, "I performed one miracle, and all of you are surprised by it.
28Then, while Jesus was teaching in the temple courtyard, he said loudly, "You know me, and you know where I come from. I didn't decide to come on my own. The one who sent me is true. He's the one you don't know.
32The Pharisees heard the crowd saying things like this about him. So the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest Jesus. 33Jesus said, "I will still be with you for a little while. Then I'll go to the one who sent me.
37On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus was standing in the temple courtyard. He said loudly, "Whoever is thirsty must come to me to drink.
39Jesus said this about the Spirit, whom his believers would receive. The Spirit was not yet evident, as it would be after Jesus had been glorified. 40After some of the crowd heard Jesus say these words, they said, "This man is certainly the prophet."
43So the people were divided because of Jesus.
45When the temple guards returned, the chief priests and Pharisees asked them, "Why didn't you bring Jesus?"
50One of those Pharisees was Nicodemus, who had previously visited Jesus. Nicodemus asked them,
1Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
4and asked Jesus, "Teacher, we caught this woman in the act of adultery.
6They asked this to test him. They wanted to find a reason to bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and used his finger to write on the ground.
9One by one, beginning with the older men, the scribes and Pharisees left. Jesus was left alone with the woman. 10Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Where did they go? Has anyone condemned you?" 11The woman answered, "No one, sir." Jesus said, "I don't condemn you either. Go! From now on don't sin."
12Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark."
14Jesus replied to them, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is true because I know where I came from and where I'm going. However, you don't know where I came from or where I'm going.
19The Pharisees asked him, "Where is your father?" Jesus replied, "You don't know me or my Father. If you knew me, you would also know my Father." 20Jesus spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury area of the temple courtyard. No one arrested him, because his time had not yet come.
21Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, "I'm going away, and you'll look for me. But you will die because of your sin. You can't go where I'm going."
23Jesus said to them, "You're from below. I'm from above. You're from this world. I'm not from this world.
25The Jews asked him, "Who did you say you are?" Jesus told them, "I am who I said I was from the beginning.
28So Jesus told them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you'll know that I am the one and that I can't do anything on my own. Instead, I speak as the Father taught me.
30As Jesus was saying this, many people believed in him.
31So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples.
33They replied to Jesus, "We are Abraham's descendants, and we've never been anyone's slaves. So how can you say that we will be set free?" 34Jesus answered them, "I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin.
39The Jews replied to Jesus, "Abraham is our father." Jesus told them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did.
41You're doing what your father does." The Jews said to Jesus, "We're not illegitimate children. God is our only Father." 42Jesus told them, "If God were your Father, you would love me. After all, I'm here, and I came from God. I didn't come on my own. Instead, God sent me.
48The Jews replied to Jesus, "Aren't we right when we say that you're a Samaritan and that you're possessed by a demon?" 49Jesus answered, "I'm not possessed. I honor my Father, but you dishonor me.
52The Jews told Jesus, "Now we know that you're possessed by a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets, but you say, 'Whoever does what I say will never taste death.'
54Jesus said, "If I bring glory to myself, my glory is nothing. My Father is the one who gives me glory, and you say that he is your God.
57The Jews said to Jesus, "You're not even fifty years old. How could you have seen Abraham?" 58Jesus told them, "I can guarantee this truth: Before Abraham was ever born, I am." 59Then some of the Jews picked up stones to throw at Jesus. However, Jesus was concealed, and he left the temple courtyard.
1As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been born blind.
3Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what he can do for him.
6After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground and mixed the spit with dirt. Then he smeared it on the man's eyes
11He replied, "The man people call Jesus mixed some spit with dirt, smeared it on my eyes, and told me, 'Go to Siloam, and wash it off.' So I went there, washed it off, and received my sight."
14The day when Jesus mixed the spit and dirt and gave the man sight was a day of worship.
22(His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews. The Jews had already agreed to put anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ out of the synagogue.
35Jesus heard that the Jews had thrown the man out of the synagogue. So when Jesus found the man, he asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
37Jesus told him, "You've seen him. He is the person who is now talking with you." 38The man bowed in front of Jesus and said, "I believe, Lord."
39Then Jesus said, "I have come into this world to judge: Blind people will be given sight, and those who can see will become blind." 40Some Pharisees who were with Jesus heard this. So they asked him, "Do you think we're blind?" 41Jesus told them, "If you were blind, you wouldn't be sinners. But now you say, 'We see,' so you continue to be sinners.
6Jesus used this illustration as he talked to the people, but they didn't understand what he meant. 7Jesus emphasized, "I can guarantee this truth: I am the gate for the sheep.
19The Jews were divided because of what Jesus said.
23Jesus was walking on Solomon's porch in the temple courtyard.
25Jesus answered them, "I've told you, but you don't believe me. The things that I do in my Father's name testify on my behalf.
31The Jews had again brought some rocks to stone Jesus to death. 32Jesus replied to them, "I've shown you many good things that come from the Father. For which of these good things do you want to stone me to death?" 33The Jews answered Jesus, "We're going to stone you to death, not for any good things you've done, but for dishonoring God. You claim to be God, although you're only a man." 34Jesus said to them, "Don't your Scriptures say, 'I said, "You are gods"'?
39The Jews tried to arrest Jesus again, but he got away from them.
41Many people went to Jesus. They said, "John didn't perform any miracles, but everything John said about this man is true." 42Many people there believed in Jesus.
3So the sisters sent a messenger to tell Jesus, "Lord, your close friend is sick." 4When Jesus heard the message, he said, "His sickness won't result in death. Instead, this sickness will bring glory to God so that the Son of God will receive glory through it." 5Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. 6Yet, when Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. 7Then, after the two days, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go back to Judea."
9Jesus answered, "Aren't there twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day don't stumble, because they see the light of this world.
11After Jesus said this, he told his disciples, "Our friend Lazarus is sleeping, and I'm going to Bethany to wake him."
13Jesus meant that Lazarus was dead, but the disciples thought Jesus meant that Lazarus was only sleeping. 14Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus has died,
16Thomas, who was called Didymus, said to the rest of the disciples, "Let's go so that we, too, can die with Jesus."
17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days.
20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. Mary stayed at home. 21Martha told Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
23Jesus told Martha, "Your brother will come back to life." 24Martha answered Jesus, "I know that he'll come back to life on the last day, when everyone will come back to life." 25Jesus said to her, "I am the one who brings people back to life, and I am life itself. Those who believe in me will live even if they die.
29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Jesus. 30(Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still where Martha had met him.)
32When Mary arrived where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who were crying with her, he was deeply moved and troubled. 34So Jesus asked, "Where did you put Lazarus?" They answered him, "Lord, come and see." 35Jesus cried. 36The Jews said, "See how much Jesus loved him."
38Deeply moved again, Jesus went to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone covering the entrance. 39Jesus said, "Take the stone away." Martha, the dead man's sister, told Jesus, "Lord, there must already be a stench. He's been dead for four days." 40Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believe, you would see God's glory?" 41So the stone was moved away from the entrance of the tomb. Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you for hearing me.
43After Jesus had said this, he shouted as loudly as he could, "Lazarus, come out!" 44The dead man came out. Strips of cloth were wound around his feet and hands, and his face was wrapped with a handkerchief. Jesus told them, "Free Lazarus, and let him go."
45Many Jews who had visited Mary and had seen what Jesus had done believed in him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
51Caiaphas didn't say this on his own. As chief priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation. 52He prophesied that Jesus wouldn't die merely for this nation, but that Jesus would die to bring God's scattered children together and make them one. 53From that day on, the Jewish council planned to kill Jesus. 54So Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews. Instead, he left Bethany and went to the countryside near the desert, to a city called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
56As they stood in the temple courtyard, they looked for Jesus and asked each other, "Do you think that he'll avoid coming to the festival?" 57(The chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that whoever knew where Jesus was should tell them so that they could arrest him.)
1Six days before Passover, Jesus arrived in Bethany. Lazarus, whom Jesus had brought back to life, lived there. 2Dinner was prepared for Jesus in Bethany. Martha served the dinner, and Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus. 3Mary took a bottle of very expensive perfume made from pure nard and poured it on Jesus' feet. Then she dried his feet with her hair. The fragrance of the perfume filled the house.
7Jesus said to Judas, "Leave her alone! She has done this to prepare me for the day I will be placed in a tomb.
9A large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was in Bethany. So they went there not only to see Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had brought back to life.
11Lazarus was the reason why many people were leaving the Jews and believing in Jesus.
12On the next day the large crowd that had come to the Passover festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
14Jesus obtained a donkey and sat on it, as Scripture says:
16At first Jesus' disciples didn't know what these prophecies meant. However, when Jesus was glorified, the disciples remembered that these prophecies had been written about him. The disciples remembered that they had taken part in fulfilling the prophecies.
17The people who had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus from the tomb and brought him back to life reported what they had seen. 18Because the crowd heard that Jesus had performed this miracle, they came to meet him.
21They went to Philip (who was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and told him, "Sir, we would like to meet Jesus." 22Philip told Andrew, and they told Jesus. 23Jesus replied to them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
30Jesus replied, "That voice wasn't for my benefit but for yours.
35Jesus answered the crowd, "The light will still be with you for a little while. Walk while you have light so that darkness won't defeat you. Those who walk in the dark don't know where they're going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light so that you will become people whose lives show the light." After Jesus had said this, he was concealed as he left.
37Although they had seen Jesus perform so many miracles, they wouldn't believe in him.
41Isaiah said this because he had seen Jesus' glory and had spoken about him.
42Many rulers believed in Jesus. However, they wouldn't admit it publicly because the Pharisees would have thrown them out of the synagogue.
44Then Jesus said loudly, "Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me.
1Before the Passover festival, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. Jesus loved his own who were in the world, and he loved them to the end. 2While supper was taking place, the devil had already put the idea of betraying Jesus into the mind of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 3The Father had put everything in Jesus' control. Jesus knew that. He also knew that he had come from God and was going back to God.
6When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter asked him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7Jesus answered Peter, "You don't know now what I'm doing. You will understand later." 8Peter told Jesus, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus replied to Peter, "If I don't wash you, you don't belong to me." 9Simon Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, don't wash only my feet. Wash my hands and my head too!" 10Jesus told Peter, "People who have washed are completely clean. They need to have only their feet washed. All of you, except for one, are clean." 11(Jesus knew who was going to betray him. That's why he said, "All of you, except for one, are clean.") 12After Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer clothes, he took his place at the table again. Then he asked his disciples, "Do you understand what I've done for you?
21After saying this, Jesus was deeply troubled. He declared, "I can guarantee this truth: One of you is going to betray me!" 22The disciples began looking at each other and wondering which one of them Jesus meant. 23One disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, was near him at the table. 24Simon Peter motioned to that disciple and said, "Ask Jesus whom he's talking about!" 25Leaning close to Jesus, that disciple asked, "Lord, who is it?" 26Jesus answered, "He's the one to whom I will give this piece of bread after I've dipped it in the sauce." So Jesus dipped the bread and gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. 27Then, after Judas took the piece of bread, Satan entered him. So Jesus told him, "Hurry! Do what you have to do." 28No one at the table knew why Jesus said this to him. 29Judas had the moneybag. So some thought that Jesus was telling him to buy what they needed for the festival or to give something to the poor.
31When Judas was gone, Jesus said, "The Son of Man is now glorified, and because of him God is glorified.
33Jesus said, "Dear children, I will still be with you for a little while. I'm telling you what I told the Jews. You will look for me, but you can't go where I'm going.
36Simon Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered him, "You can't follow me now to the place where I'm going. However, you will follow me later." 37Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I'll give my life for you." 38Jesus replied, "Will you give your life for me? I can guarantee this truth: No rooster will crow until you say three times that you don't know me.
6Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.
8Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us." 9Jesus replied, "I have been with all of you for a long time. Don't you know me yet, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father. So how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
22Judas (not Iscariot) asked Jesus, "Lord, what has happened that you are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?" 23Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will go to them and make our home with them.
1Then Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father takes care of the vineyard.
1Jesus continued, "I have said these things to you so that you won't lose your faith.
19Jesus knew they wanted to ask him something. So he said to them, "Are you trying to figure out among yourselves what I meant when I said, 'In a little while you won't see me, and in a little while you will see me again'?
31Jesus replied to them, "Now you believe.
1After saying this, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the time is here. Give your Son glory so that your Son can give you glory.
3This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
1After Jesus finished his prayer, he went with his disciples to the other side of the Kidron Valley. They entered the garden that was there. 2Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place because Jesus and his disciples often gathered there.
4Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him. So he went to meet them and asked, "Who are you looking for?" 5They answered him, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus told them, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with the crowd. 6When Jesus told them, "I am he," the crowd backed away and fell to the ground. 7Jesus asked them again, "Who are you looking for?" They said, "Jesus from Nazareth." 8Jesus replied, "I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these other men go." 9In this way what Jesus had said came true: "I lost none of those you gave me."
11Jesus told Peter, "Put your sword away. Shouldn't I drink the cup of suffering that my Father has given me?" 12Then the army officer and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus. They tied Jesus up
15Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. The other disciple was well-known to the chief priest. So that disciple went with Jesus into the chief priest's courtyard.
19The chief priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teachings. 20Jesus answered him, "I have spoken publicly for everyone to hear. I have always taught in synagogues or in the temple courtyard, where all the Jews gather. I haven't said anything in secret.
22When Jesus said this, one of the guards standing near Jesus slapped his face and said, "Is that how you answer the chief priest?" 23Jesus replied to him, "If I've said anything wrong, tell me what it was. But if I've told the truth, why do you hit me?" 24Annas sent Jesus to Caiaphas, the chief priest. Jesus was still tied up.
26One of the chief priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked him, "Didn't I see you with Jesus in the garden?"
28Early in the morning, Jesus was taken from Caiaphas' house to the governor's palace. The Jews wouldn't go into the palace. They didn't want to become unclean, since they wanted to eat the Passover.
32In this way what Jesus had predicted about how he would die came true. 33Pilate went back into the palace, called for Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" 34Jesus replied, "Did you think of that yourself, or did others tell you about me?"
36Jesus answered, "My kingdom doesn't belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. My kingdom doesn't have its origin on earth." 37Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus replied, "You're correct in saying that I'm a king. I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me."
1Then Pilate had Jesus taken away and whipped.
5Jesus went outside. He was wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cape. Pilate said to the Jews, "Look, here's the man!" 6When the chief priests and the guards saw Jesus, they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" Pilate told them, "You take him and crucify him. I don't find this man guilty of anything."
9He went into the palace again and asked Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus didn't answer him. 10So Pilate said to Jesus, "Aren't you going to answer me? Don't you know that I have the authority to free you or to crucify you?" 11Jesus answered Pilate, "You wouldn't have any authority over me if it hadn't been given to you from above. That's why the man who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin." 12When Pilate heard what Jesus said, he wanted to free him. But the Jews shouted, "If you free this man, you're not a friend of the emperor. Anyone who claims to be a king is defying the emperor." 13When Pilate heard what they said, he took Jesus outside and sat on the judge's seat in a place called Stone Pavement. (In Hebrew it is called Gabbatha.)
16Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took Jesus.
18The soldiers crucified Jesus and two other men there. Jesus was in the middle.
19Pilate wrote a notice and put it on the cross. The notice read, "Jesus from Nazareth, the king of the Jews." 20Many Jews read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. The notice was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them four ways so that each soldier could have a share. His robe was left over. It didn't have a seam because it had been woven in one piece from top to bottom.
25Jesus' mother, her sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary from Magdala were standing beside Jesus' cross. 26Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there. He said to his mother, "Look, here's your son!"
28After this, when Jesus knew that everything had now been finished, he said, "I'm thirsty." He said this so that Scripture could finally be concluded.
30After Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and died.
32The soldiers broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus. 33When the soldiers came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they didn't break his legs. 34However, one of the soldiers stabbed Jesus' side with his spear, and blood and water immediately came out.
38Later Joseph from the city of Arimathea asked Pilate to let him remove Jesus' body. (Joseph was a disciple of Jesus but secretly because he was afraid of the Jews). Pilate gave him permission to remove Jesus' body. So Joseph removed it. 39Nicodemus, the one who had first come to Jesus at night, went with Joseph and brought 75 pounds of a myrrh and aloe mixture. 40These two men took the body of Jesus and bound it with strips of linen. They laced the strips with spices. This was the Jewish custom for burial. 41A garden was located in the place where Jesus was crucified. In that garden was a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. 42Joseph and Nicodemus put Jesus in that tomb, since that day was the Jewish day of preparation and since the tomb was nearby.
2So she ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved. She told them, "They have removed the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they've put him."
7He also saw the cloth that had been on Jesus' head. It wasn't lying with the strips of linen but was rolled up separately.
9They didn't know yet what Scripture meant when it said that Jesus had to come back to life.
12She saw two angels in white clothes. They were sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying. One angel was where Jesus' head had been, and the other was where his feet had been.
14After she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. However, she didn't know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus asked her, "Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?" Mary thought it was the gardener speaking to her. So she said to him, "Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I'll remove him." 16Jesus said to her, "Mary!" Mary turned around and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (This word means "teacher.") 17Jesus told her, "Don't hold on to me. I have not yet gone to the Father. But go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
19That Sunday evening, the disciples were together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Jesus stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you!"
21Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you."
24Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, who was called Didymus, wasn't with them when Jesus came.
26A week later Jesus' disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, and believe." 28Thomas responded to Jesus, "My Lord and my God!" 29Jesus said to Thomas, "You believe because you've seen me. Blessed are those who haven't seen me but believe." 30Jesus performed many other miracles that his disciples saw. Those miracles are not written in this book. 31But these miracles have been written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and so that you will have life by believing in him.
1Later, by the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. This is what happened. 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee's sons, and two other disciples of Jesus were together.
4As the sun was rising, Jesus stood on the shore. The disciples didn't realize that it was Jesus. 5Jesus asked them, "Friends, haven't you caught any fish?" They answered him, "No, we haven't."
7The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord." When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put back on the clothes that he had taken off and jumped into the sea.
10Jesus told them, "Bring some of the fish you've just caught."
12Jesus told them, "Come, have breakfast." None of the disciples dared to ask him who he was. They knew he was the Lord. 13Jesus took the bread, gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after he had come back to life.
15After they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the other disciples do?" Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus told him, "Feed my lambs." 16Jesus asked him again, a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus told him, "Take care of my sheep." 17Jesus asked him a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter felt sad because Jesus had asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" So Peter said to him, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you." Jesus told him, "Feed my sheep.
19Jesus said this to show by what kind of death Peter would bring glory to God. After saying this, Jesus told Peter, "Follow me!"
20Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved. That disciple was following them. He was the one who leaned against Jesus' chest at the supper and asked, "Lord, who is going to betray you?" 21When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, "Lord, what about him?" 22Jesus said to Peter, "If I want him to live until I come again, how does that concern you? Follow me!" 23So a rumor that that disciple wouldn't die spread among Jesus' followers. But Jesus didn't say that he wouldn't die. What Jesus said was, "If I want him to live until I come again, how does that concern you?"
25Jesus also did many other things. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the world wouldn't have enough room for the books that would be written.
1In my first book, Theophilus, I wrote about what Jesus began to do and teach. This included everything from the beginning of his life
3After his death Jesus showed the apostles a lot of convincing evidence that he was alive. For 40 days he appeared to them and talked with them about the kingdom of God. 4Once, while he was meeting with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait there for what the Father had promised. Jesus said to them, "I've told you what the Father promises:
7Jesus told them, "You don't need to know about times or periods that the Father has determined by his own authority.
11They asked, "Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking at the sky? Jesus, who was taken from you to heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven."
14The apostles had a single purpose as they devoted themselves to prayer. They were joined by some women, including Mary (the mother of Jesus), and they were joined by his brothers.
16"Brothers, what the Holy Spirit predicted through David in Scripture about Judas had to come true. Judas led the men to arrest Jesus.
20You've read in Psalms, 'Let his home be deserted, and let no one live there,' and 'Let someone else take his position.'" "Therefore, someone must be added to our number to serve with us as a witness that Jesus came back to life. 21He must be one of the men who accompanied Jesus with us the entire time that the Lord Jesus was among us. 22This person must have been with us from the time that John was baptizing people to the day that Jesus was taken from us."
22"Men of Israel, listen to what I say: Jesus from Nazareth was a man whom God brought to your attention. You know that through this man God worked miracles, did amazing things, and gave signs. 23By using men who don't acknowledge Moses' Teachings, you crucified Jesus, who was given over to death by a plan that God had determined in advance.
25This is what David meant when he said about Jesus: 'I always see the Lord in front of me. I cannot be moved because he is by my side.
32"God brought this man Jesus back to life. We are all witnesses to that. 33God used his power to give Jesus the highest position. Jesus has also received and has poured out the Holy Spirit as the Father had promised, and this is what you're seeing and hearing.
36"All the people of Israel should know beyond a doubt that God made Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
38Peter answered them, "All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.
6However, Peter said to him, "I don't have any money, but I'll give you what I do have. Through the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, walk!"
13The God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed Jesus over to Pilate. You rejected him in Pilate's presence, even though Pilate had decided to let him go free.
16We believe in the one named Jesus. Through his power alone this man, whom you know, was healed, as all of you saw.
20Then times will come when the Lord will refresh you. He will send you Jesus, whom he has appointed to be the Christ. 21Heaven must receive Jesus until the time when everything will be restored as God promised through his holy prophets long ago.
2These religious authorities were greatly annoyed. Peter and John were teaching the people and spreading the message that the dead will come back to life through Jesus.
10You and all the people of Israel must understand that this man stands in your presence with a healthy body because of the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought him back to life.
12No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person." 13After they found out that Peter and John had no education or special training, they were surprised to see how boldly they spoke. They realized that these men had been with Jesus.
17So let's threaten them. Let's tell them that they must never speak to anyone about the one named Jesus. Then the news about the miracle that they have performed will not spread any further among the people." 18They called Peter and John and ordered them never to teach about Jesus or even mention his name.
27"In this city Herod and Pontius Pilate made plans together with non-Jewish people and the people of Israel. They made their plans against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.
30Show your power by healing, performing miracles, and doing amazing things through the power and the name of your holy servant Jesus."
33With great power the apostles continued to testify that the Lord Jesus had come back to life. God's abundant good will was with all of them.
12The people saw the apostles perform many miracles and do amazing things. The believers had a common faith in Jesus as they met on Solomon's Porch.
28He said, "We gave you strict orders not to mention Jesus' name when you teach. Yet, you've filled Jerusalem with your teachings. You want to take revenge on us for putting that man to death."
30You murdered Jesus by hanging him on a cross. But the God of our ancestors brought him back to life. 31God used his power to give Jesus the highest position as leader and savior. He did this to lead the people of Israel to him, to change the way they think and act, and to forgive their sins.
40The council took his advice. They called the apostles, beat them, ordered them not to speak about the one named Jesus, and let them go. 41The apostles left the council room. They were happy to have been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for speaking about Jesus. 42Every day in the temple courtyard and from house to house, they refused to stop teaching and telling the Good News that Jesus is the Messiah.
14We heard him say that Jesus from Nazareth will destroy the temple and change the customs that Moses gave us."
55But Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. He looked into heaven, saw God's glory, and Jesus in the position of authority that God gives.
59While council members were executing Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, welcome my spirit."
12However, when Philip spread the Good News about the kingdom of God and the one named Jesus Christ, men and women believed him and were baptized.
16(Before this the Holy Spirit had not come to any of the Samaritans. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
35Then Philip spoke. Starting with that passage, Philip told the official the Good News about Jesus.
5Saul asked, "Who are you, sir?" The person replied, "I'm Jesus, the one you're persecuting.
17Ananias left and entered Judas' house. After he placed his hands on Saul, Ananias said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way to Damascus, sent me to you. He wants you to see again and to be filled with the Holy Spirit."
20He immediately began to spread the word in their synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God. 21Everyone who heard him was amazed. They asked, "Isn't this the man who destroyed those who worshiped the one named Jesus in Jerusalem? Didn't he come here to take these worshipers as prisoners to the chief priests in Jerusalem?" 22Saul grew more powerful, and he confused the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.
27Then Barnabas took an interest in Saul and brought him to the apostles. Barnabas told the apostles how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that the Lord had spoken to him. Barnabas also told them how boldly Saul had spoken about the one named Jesus in the city of Damascus.
34Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ makes you well. Get up, and pick up your cot." Aeneas immediately got up.
36God sent his word to the people of Israel and brought them the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ. This Jesus Christ is everyone's Lord.
38You know that God anointed Jesus from Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus went everywhere and did good things, such as healing everyone who was under the devil's power. Jesus did these things because God was with him. 39We can testify to everything Jesus did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. People hung him on a cross and killed him,
41to all the people. He showed Jesus to witnesses, apostles he had already chosen. We apostles are those men who ate and drank with Jesus after he came back to life. 42He ordered us to warn the people, 'God has appointed Jesus to judge the living and the dead.' 43In addition, all the prophets testify that people who believe in the one named Jesus receive forgiveness for their sins through him."
48So Peter ordered that they should be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for several days.
17When they believed, God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. So who was I to interfere with God?"
20But other believers, who were from Cyprus and Cyrene, arrived in Antioch. They started to spread the Good News about the Lord Jesus to Greeks.
23"God had the Savior, Jesus, come to Israel from David's descendants, as he had promised. 24Before Jesus began his ministry, John the Baptizer told everyone in Israel about the baptism of repentance.
27The people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers didn't know who Jesus was. They didn't understand the prophets' messages, which are read every day of worship. So they condemned Jesus and fulfilled what the prophets had said.
33God has fulfilled the promise for us, their descendants, by bringing Jesus back to life. This is what Scripture says in the second psalm: 'You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.' 34"God stated that he brought Jesus back to life and that Jesus' body never decayed. He said, 'I will give you the enduring love promised to David.'
38"So, brothers, I'm telling you that through Jesus your sins can be forgiven. Sins kept you from receiving God's approval through Moses' Teachings. 39However, everyone who believes in Jesus receives God's approval.
11We certainly believe that the Lord Jesus saves us the same way that he saves them--through his kindness."
26Barnabas and Paul have dedicated their lives to our Lord, the one named Jesus Christ.
7They went to the province of Mysia and tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn't allow this.
18She kept doing this for many days. Paul became annoyed, turned to the evil spirit, and said, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" As Paul said this, the evil spirit left her.
31They answered, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you and your family will be saved."
3He explained and showed them that the Messiah had to suffer, die, and come back to life, and that Jesus, the person he talked about, was this Messiah.
7and Jason has welcomed them as his guests. All of them oppose the emperor's decrees by saying that there is another king, whose name is Jesus."
18Some Epicurean and Stoic philosophers had discussions with him. Some asked, "What is this babbling fool trying to say?" Others said, "He seems to be speaking about foreign gods." The philosophers said these things because Paul was telling the Good News about Jesus and saying that people would come back to life.
5But when Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul devoted all his time to teaching the word of God. He assured the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah.
25He had been instructed in the Lord's way and spoke enthusiastically. He accurately taught about Jesus but knew only about the baptism John performed.
28In public Apollos helped them by clearly showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah and that the Jews were wrong.
4Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. John told people to believe in Jesus, who was coming later." 5After they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
13Some Jews used to travel from place to place and force evil spirits out of people. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus to force evil spirits out of those who were possessed. These Jews would say, "I order you to come out in the name of Jesus, whom Paul talks about."
15But the evil spirit answered them, "I know Jesus, and I'm acquainted with Paul, but who are you?"
17All the Jews and Greeks living in the city of Ephesus heard about this. All of them were filled with awe for the name of the Lord Jesus and began to speak very highly about it.
21I warned Jews and Greeks to change the way they think and act and to believe in our Lord Jesus.
24But I don't place any value on my own life. I want to finish the race I'm running. I want to carry out the mission I received from the Lord Jesus--the mission of testifying to the Good News of God's kindness.
35I have given you an example that by working hard like this we should help the weak. We should remember the words that the Lord Jesus said, 'Giving gifts is more satisfying than receiving them.'"
13Then Paul replied, "Why are you crying like this and breaking my heart? I'm ready not only to be tied up in Jerusalem but also to die there for the sake of the Lord, the one named Jesus."
8"I answered, 'Who are you, sir?' "The person told me, 'I'm Jesus from Nazareth, the one you're persecuting.'
24Some days later Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him talk about faith in Christ Jesus.
19They were disputing with him about their own religion and about some man named Jesus who had died. But Paul claimed that Jesus is alive.
9"I used to think that I had to do a lot of things to oppose the one named Jesus of Nazareth.
11I even went to each synagogue, punished believers, and forced them to curse the name of Jesus. In my furious rage against them, I hunted them down in cities outside Jerusalem.
15"I asked, 'Who are you, sir?' "The Lord answered, 'I am Jesus, the one you're persecuting.
23On a designated day a larger number of influential Jews than expected went to the place where Paul was staying. From morning until evening, Paul was explaining the kingdom of God to them. He was trying to convince them about Jesus from Moses' Teachings and the Prophets.
31He spread the message about God's kingdom and taught very boldly about the Lord Jesus Christ. No one stopped him.
1From Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and appointed to spread the Good News of God.
3This Good News is about his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. In his human nature he was a descendant of David.
6You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.) 7To everyone in Rome whom God loves and has called to be his holy people. Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for every one of you because the news of your faith is spreading throughout the whole world.
16This happens as they face the day when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge people's secret thoughts. He will use the Good News that I am spreading to make that judgment.
22Everyone who believes has God's approval through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no difference between people.
24They receive God's approval freely by an act of his kindness through the price Christ Jesus paid to set us free from sin.
26He waited so that he could display his approval at the present time. This shows that he is a God of justice, a God who approves of people who believe in Jesus.
24but also for us. Our faith will be regarded as God's approval of us who believe in the one who brought Jesus, our Lord, back to life. 25Jesus, our Lord, was handed over to death because of our failures and was brought back to life so that we could receive God's approval.
1Now that we have God's approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.
11In addition, our Lord Jesus Christ lets us continue to brag about God. After all, it is through Christ that we now have this restored relationship with God.
15There is no comparison between God's gift and Adam's failure. If humanity died as the result of one person's failure, it is certainly true that God's kindness and the gift given through the kindness of one person, Jesus Christ, have been showered on humanity.
17It is certain that death ruled because of one person's failure. It's even more certain that those who receive God's overflowing kindness and the gift of his approval will rule in life because of one person, Jesus Christ.
21As sin ruled by bringing death, God's kindness would rule by bringing us his approval. This results in our living forever because of Jesus Christ our Lord.
3Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
11So consider yourselves dead to sin's power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives you.
23The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord.
25I thank God that our Lord Jesus Christ rescues me! So I am obedient to God's standards with my mind, but I am obedient to sin's standards with my corrupt nature.
1So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. 2The standards of the Spirit, who gives life through Christ Jesus, have set you free from the standards of sin and death.
11Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you.
38I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can't be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces
9If you declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God brought him back to life, you will be saved.
14Instead, live like the Lord Jesus Christ did, and forget about satisfying the desires of your sinful nature.
14The Lord Jesus has given me the knowledge and conviction that no food is unacceptable in and of itself. But it is unacceptable to a person who thinks it is.
5May God, who gives you this endurance and encouragement, allow you to live in harmony with each other by following the example of Christ Jesus. 6Then, having the same goal, you will praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
16to be a servant of Christ Jesus to people who are not Jewish. I serve as a priest by spreading the Good News of God. I do this in order that I might bring the nations to God as an acceptable offering, made holy by the Holy Spirit.
17So Christ Jesus gives me the right to brag about what I'm doing for God.
30Brothers and sisters, I encourage you through our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that the Spirit creates, to join me in my struggle. Pray to God for me
3Greet Prisca and Aquila, my coworkers in the service of Christ Jesus.
20The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. May the good will of our Lord Jesus be with you!
25God can strengthen you by the Good News and the message I tell about Jesus Christ. He can strengthen you by revealing the mystery that was kept in silence for a very long time
27God alone is wise. Glory belongs to him through Jesus Christ forever! Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:1-5
1From Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and from Sosthenes, our brother in the Christian faith. 2To God's church that was made holy by Christ Jesus and called to be God's holy people in the city of Corinth and to people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 3Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours! 4I always thank God for you because Christ Jesus has shown you God's good will. 5Through Christ Jesus you have become rich in every way--in speech and knowledge of every kind.
1 Corinthians 1:7-10
7Therefore, you don't lack any gift as you wait eagerly for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8He will continue to give you strength until the end so that no one can accuse you of anything on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God faithfully keeps his promises. He called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10Brothers and sisters, I encourage all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to agree with each other and not to split into opposing groups. I want you to be united in your understanding and opinions.
1 Corinthians 1:30
30You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our righteousness, our holiness, and our ransom from sin.
1 Corinthians 2:2
2While I was with you, I decided to deal with only one subject--Jesus Christ, who was crucified.
1 Corinthians 3:11
11After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 4:15
15You may have countless Christian guardians, but you don't have many spiritual fathers. I became your father in the Christian life by telling you the Good News about Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5:4
4When you have gathered together, I am with you in spirit. Then, in the name of our Lord Jesus, and with his power,
1 Corinthians 6:11
11That's what some of you were! But you have been washed and made holy, and you have received God's approval in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 8:6
6But for us, "There is only one God, the Father. Everything came from him, and we live for him. There is only one Lord, Jesus Christ. Everything came into being through him, and we live because of him."
1 Corinthians 9:1
1Don't you agree that I'm a free man? Don't you agree that I'm an apostle? Haven't I seen Jesus our Lord? Aren't you the result of my work for the Lord?
1 Corinthians 11:23
23After all, I passed on to you what I had received from the Lord. On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread
1 Corinthians 12:3
3So I want you to know that no one speaking by God's Spirit says, "Jesus is cursed." No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:31
31Brothers and sisters, I swear to you on my pride in you which Christ Jesus our Lord has given me: I face death every day.
1 Corinthians 15:57
57Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 16:23-24
23May the good will of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24Through Christ Jesus my love is with all of you.
2 Corinthians 1:1-3
1From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and from Timothy our brother. To God's church in the city of Corinth and to all God's holy people everywhere in Greece. 2Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
3Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:14
14even though you now understand it only partially. We are your reason to be proud, as you will be our reason to be proud on the day of our Lord Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:19
19God's Son, Jesus Christ, whom I, Silvanus, and Timothy told you about, was true not false. Because of him our message was always true.
2 Corinthians 4:5
5Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake.
2 Corinthians 4:10-11
10We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies. 11While we are alive, we are constantly handed over to death for Jesus' sake so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our mortal nature.
2 Corinthians 4:14
14We know that the one who brought the Lord Jesus back to life will also bring us back to life through Jesus. He will present us to God together with you.
2 Corinthians 8:9
9You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty.
2 Corinthians 11:4
4When someone comes to you telling about another Jesus whom we didn't tell you about, you're willing to put up with it. When you receive a spirit that is different from the Spirit you received earlier, you're also willing to put up with that. When someone tells you good news that is different from the Good News you already accepted, you're willing to put up with that too.
2 Corinthians 11:31
31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is praised forever, knows that I'm not lying.
2 Corinthians 13:5
5Examine yourselves to see whether you are still in the Christian faith. Test yourselves! Don't you recognize that you are people in whom Jesus Christ lives? Could it be that you're failing the test?
2 Corinthians 13:13
13May the Lord Jesus Christ's good will, God's love, and the Holy Spirit's presence be with all of you!
1From Paul--an apostle chosen not by any group or individual but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who brought him back to life--
3Good will and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
12I didn't receive it from any person. I wasn't taught it, but Jesus Christ revealed it to me.
4False Christians were brought in. They slipped in as spies to learn about the freedom Christ Jesus gives us. They hoped to find a way to control us.
16Yet, we know that people don't receive God's approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards, but only by believing in Jesus Christ. So we also believed in Jesus Christ in order to receive God's approval by faith in Christ and not because of our own efforts. People won't receive God's approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards.
1You stupid people of Galatia! Who put you under an evil spell? Wasn't Christ Jesus' crucifixion clearly described to you?
14Christ paid the price so that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to all the people of the world through Jesus Christ and we would receive the promised Spirit through faith.
22But Scripture states that the whole world is controlled by the power of sin. Therefore, a promise based on faith in Jesus Christ could be given to those who believe.
26You are all God's children by believing in Christ Jesus.
28There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus.
14Even though my illness was difficult for you, you didn't despise or reject me. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were God's messenger or Christ Jesus himself.
6As far as our relationship to Christ Jesus is concerned, it doesn't matter whether we are circumcised or not. But what matters is a faith that expresses itself through love.
24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires.
14But it's unthinkable that I could ever brag about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. By his cross my relationship to the world and its relationship to me have been crucified.
17From now on, don't make any trouble for me! After all, I carry the scars of Jesus on my body. 18May the good will of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters! Amen.
1From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will. To God's holy and faithful people who are united with Christ in the city of Ephesus. 2Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
3Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer.
5Because of his love he had already decided to adopt us through Jesus Christ. He freely chose to do this
15I, too, have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people. For this reason
17I pray that the glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Christ better.
6God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. 7He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come.
10God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.
13But now through Christ Jesus you, who were once far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
20You are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone.
1This is the reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus for those of you who are not Jewish.
6This mystery is the Good News that people who are not Jewish have the same inheritance as Jewish people do. They belong to the same body and share the same promise that God made in Christ Jesus.
11This was God's plan for all of history which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
21Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen.
21You have certainly heard his message and have been taught his ways. The truth is in Jesus.
20Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
23May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give our brothers and sisters peace and love along with faith. 24His favor is with everyone who has an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
1From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus. To God's people in the city of Philippi and their bishops and deacons -- to everyone who is united with Christ Jesus. 2Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
6I'm convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.
8God is my witness that, with all the compassion of Christ Jesus, I long to see every one of you.
11Jesus Christ will fill your lives with everything that God's approval produces. Your lives will then bring glory and praise to God.
19for another reason. I know that I will be set free through your prayers and through the help that comes from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
26So by coming to you again, I want to give you even more reason to have pride in Christ Jesus with me.
5Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
10so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel 11and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
19I hope that the Lord Jesus will allow me to send Timothy to you soon so that I can receive some encouraging news about you.
21Everyone else looks after his own interests, not after those of Jesus Christ.
3We are the true circumcised people of God because we serve God's Spirit and take pride in Christ Jesus. We don't place any confidence in physical things,
8It's far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I'm much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It's because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ
12It's not that I've already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me.
14I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.
20We, however, are citizens of heaven. We look forward to the Lord Jesus Christ coming from heaven as our Savior.
7Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.
19My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus.
21Greet everyone who believes in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings to you.
23May the good will of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, and from our brother Timothy.
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in our prayers for you. 4We thank God because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people.
6You received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live as Christ's people.
17Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
11Jesus, called Justus, also greets you. They are the only converts from the Jewish religion who are working with me for God's kingdom. They have provided me with comfort. 12Epaphras, a servant of Christ Jesus from your city, greets you. He always prays intensely for you. He prays that you will continue to be mature and completely convinced of everything that God wants.
1 Thessalonians 1:1
1From Paul, Silas, and Timothy. To the church at Thessalonica united with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Good will and peace are yours!
1 Thessalonians 1:3
3In the presence of our God and Father, we never forget that your faith is active, your love is working hard, and your confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ is enduring.
1 Thessalonians 1:10
10and to wait for his Son to come from heaven. His Son is Jesus, whom he brought back to life. Jesus is the one who rescues us from God's coming anger.
1 Thessalonians 2:14-15
14You, brothers and sisters, were like the churches of God in Judea that are united with Christ Jesus. You suffered the same persecutions from the people of your own country as those churches did from the Jews 15who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and who have persecuted us severely. They are displeasing to God. They are enemies of the whole human race
1 Thessalonians 2:19
19Who is our hope, joy, or prize that we can brag about in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Isn't it you?
1 Thessalonians 3:11
11We pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus will guide us to you.
1 Thessalonians 3:13
13Then he will strengthen you to be holy. Then you will be blameless in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all God's holy people.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-2
1Now then, brothers and sisters, because of the Lord Jesus we ask and encourage you to excel in living a God-pleasing life even more than you already do. Do this the way we taught you. 2You know what orders we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 4:14
14We believe that Jesus died and came back to life. We also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring back those who have died. They will come back with Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
9It was not God's intention that we experience his anger but that we obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
18Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God's will in Christ Jesus that you do this.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
23May the God who gives peace make you holy in every way. May he keep your whole being--spirit, soul, and body--blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
1 Thessalonians 5:28
28The good will of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-2
1From Paul, Silas, and Timothy. To the church at Thessalonica united with God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
2 Thessalonians 1:7-8
7It is also right for God to give all of us relief from our suffering. He will do this when the Lord Jesus is revealed, coming from heaven with his mighty angels in a blazing fire. 8He will take revenge on those who refuse to acknowledge God and on those who refuse to respond to the Good News about our Lord Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 1:12
12That way the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored among you. Then, because of the good will of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, you will be honored by him.
2 Thessalonians 2:1
1Brothers and sisters, we have this request to make of you about our Lord Jesus Christ's coming and our gathering to meet him.
2 Thessalonians 2:8
8Then the man of sin will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will destroy him by what he says. When the Lord Jesus comes, his appearance will put an end to this man.
2 Thessalonians 2:14
14With this in mind he called you by the Good News which we told you so that you would obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:16
16God our Father loved us and by his kindness gave us everlasting encouragement and good hope. Together with our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Thessalonians 3:6
6Brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we order you not to associate with any believer who doesn't live a disciplined life and doesn't follow the tradition you received from us.
2 Thessalonians 3:12
12We order and encourage such people by the Lord Jesus Christ to pay attention to their own work so they can support themselves.
2 Thessalonians 3:18
18The good will of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.
1 Timothy 1:1-2
1From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our confidence. 2To Timothy, a genuine child in faith. Good will, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord are yours!
1 Timothy 1:12
12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord that he has trusted me and has appointed me to do his work with the strength he has given me.
1 Timothy 1:14-16
14Our Lord was very kind to me. Through his kindness he brought me to faith and gave me the love that Christ Jesus shows people. 15This is a statement that can be trusted and deserves complete acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the foremost sinner. 16However, I was treated with mercy so that Christ Jesus could use me, the foremost sinner, to demonstrate his patience. This patience serves as an example for those who would believe in him and live forever.
1 Timothy 2:5
5There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and humans--a human, Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3:13
13Those deacons who serve well gain an excellent reputation and will have confidence as a result of their faith in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 4:6
6You are a good servant of Christ Jesus when you point these things out to our brothers and sisters. Then you will be nourished by the words of the Christian faith and the excellent teachings which you have followed closely.
1 Timothy 5:21
21I solemnly call on you in the sight of God, Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels to be impartial when you follow what I've told you. Never play favorites.
1 Timothy 6:3
3Whoever teaches false doctrine and doesn't agree with the accurate words of our Lord Jesus Christ and godly teachings
1 Timothy 6:13
13In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony in front of Pontius Pilate,
1 Timothy 6:14
14I insist that, until our Lord Jesus Christ appears, you obey this command completely. Then you cannot be blamed for doing anything wrong.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
1From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will--a will that contains Christ Jesus' promise of life. 2To Timothy, my dear child. Good will, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord!
2 Timothy 1:9-10
9God saved us and called us to be holy, not because of what we had done, but because of his own plan and kindness. Before the world began, God planned that Christ Jesus would show us God's kindness. 10Now with the coming of our Savior Christ Jesus, he has revealed it. Christ has destroyed death, and through the Good News he has brought eternal life into full view.
2 Timothy 1:13
13With faith and love for Christ Jesus, consider what you heard me say to be the pattern of accurate teachings.
2 Timothy 2:1
1My child, find your source of strength in the kindness of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:3
3Join me in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:8
8Always think about Jesus Christ. He was brought back to life and is a descendant of David. This is the Good News that I tell others.
2 Timothy 2:10
10For that reason, I endure everything for the sake of those who have been chosen so that they, too, may receive salvation from Christ Jesus with glory that lasts forever.
2 Timothy 3:12
12Those who try to live a godly life because they believe in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
2 Timothy 3:15
15From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures. They have the power to give you wisdom so that you can be saved through faith in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:1
1I solemnly call on you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge those who are living and those who are dead. I do this because Christ Jesus will come to rule the world.
1From Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I was sent to lead God's chosen people to faith and to the knowledge of the truth that leads to a godly life.
4To Titus, a genuine child in the faith we share. Good will and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Savior are yours!
13At the same time we can expect what we hope for--the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
6God poured a generous amount of the Spirit on us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
1From Paul, who is a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy. To our dear coworker Philemon,
3Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
5I hear about your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people.
9However, I would prefer to make an appeal on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an old man and now a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
23Epaphras, who is a prisoner because of Christ Jesus like I am,
25The good will of our Lord Jesus Christ be yours.
9Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, but we see him crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death. Through God's kindness he died on behalf of everyone.
10God is the one for whom and through whom everything exists. Therefore, while God was bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was the right time to bring Jesus, the source of their salvation, to the end of his work through suffering. 11Jesus, who makes people holy, and all those who are made holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus isn't ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
13In addition, Jesus says, "I will trust him." And Jesus says, "I am here with the sons and daughters God has given me."
14Since all of these sons and daughters have flesh and blood, Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like them. He did this so that by dying he would destroy the one who had power over death (that is, the devil).
16So Jesus helps Abraham's descendants rather than helping angels.
18Because Jesus experienced temptation when he suffered, he is able to help others when they are tempted.
1Brothers and sisters, you are holy partners in a heavenly calling. So look carefully at Jesus, the apostle and chief priest about whom we make our declaration of faith. 2Jesus is faithful to God, who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was faithful when he served in God's house. 3Jesus deserves more praise than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house is praised more than the house.
14We need to hold on to our declaration of faith: We have a superior chief priest who has gone through the heavens. That person is Jesus, the Son of God.
7During his life on earth, Jesus prayed to God, who could save him from death. He prayed and pleaded with loud crying and tears, and he was heard because of his devotion to God. 8Although Jesus was the Son of God, he learned to be obedient through his sufferings.
20where Jesus went before us on our behalf. He has become the chief priest forever in the way Melchizedek was a priest.
21but Jesus became a priest when God took an oath. God said about him, "The Lord has taken an oath and will not change his mind. You are a priest forever." 22In this way Jesus has become the guarantee of a better promise.
24But Jesus lives forever, so he serves as a priest forever.
27We need a priest who doesn't have to bring daily sacrifices as those chief priests did. First they brought sacrifices for their own sins, and then they brought sacrifices for the sins of the people. Jesus brought the sacrifice for the sins of the people once and for all when he sacrificed himself.
6Jesus has been given a priestly work that is superior to the Levitical priests' work. He also brings a better promise from God that is based on better guarantees.
10We have been set apart as holy because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do by sacrificing his body once and for all.
19Brothers and sisters, because of the blood of Jesus we can now confidently go into the holy place. 20Jesus has opened a new and living way for us to go through the curtain. (The curtain is his own body.)
2We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God. 3Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don't become tired and give up.
24You have come to Jesus, who brings the new promise from God, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel's.
8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
12That is why Jesus suffered outside the gates of Jerusalem. He suffered to make the people holy with his own blood.
15Through Jesus we should always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, words that acknowledge him.
20The God of peace brought the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, back to life through the blood of an eternal promise. 21May this God of peace prepare you to do every good thing he wants. May he work in us through Jesus Christ to do what is pleasing to him. Glory belongs to Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
1From James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. To God's faithful people who have been scattered. Greetings.
1My brothers and sisters, practice your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ by not favoring one person over another.
7Don't they curse the good name of Jesus, the name that was used to bless you?
1 Peter 1:1-3
1From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. To God's chosen people who are temporary residents in the world and are scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2God the Father knew you long ago and chose you to live holy lives with the Spirit's help so that you are obedient to Jesus Christ and are sprinkled with his blood. May good will and peace fill your lives!
3Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy. We have been born into a new life that has a confidence which is alive because Jesus Christ has come back to life.
1 Peter 1:7
7The purpose of these troubles is to test your faith as fire tests how genuine gold is. Your faith is more precious than gold, and by passing the test, it gives praise, glory, and honor to God. This will happen when Jesus Christ appears again.
1 Peter 1:13
13Therefore, your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what God's kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again.
1 Peter 2:5
5You come to him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built into a holy priesthood. So offer spiritual sacrifices that God accepts through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:21
21Baptism, which is like that water, now saves you. Baptism doesn't save by removing dirt from the body. Rather, baptism is a request to God for a clear conscience. It saves you through Jesus Christ, who came back from death to life.
1 Peter 4:11
11Whoever speaks must speak God's words. Whoever serves must serve with the strength God supplies so that in every way God receives glory through Jesus Christ. Glory and power belong to Jesus Christ forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 5:10
10God, who shows you his kindness and who has called you through Christ Jesus to his eternal glory, will restore you, strengthen you, make you strong, and support you as you suffer for a little while.
2 Peter 1:1-2
1From Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. To those who have obtained a faith that is as valuable as ours, a faith based on the approval that comes from our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 2May good will and peace fill your lives through your knowledge about Jesus, our God and Lord!
2 Peter 1:8
8If you have these qualities and they are increasing, it demonstrates that your knowledge about our Lord Jesus Christ is living and productive.
2 Peter 1:11
11Then you will also be given the wealth of entering into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:14
14I know that I will die soon. Our Lord Jesus Christ has made that clear to me.
2 Peter 1:16
16When we apostles told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we didn't base our message on clever myths that we made up. Rather, we witnessed his majesty with our own eyes.
2 Peter 2:20
20People can know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and escape the world's filth. But if they get involved in this filth again and give in to it, they are worse off than they were before.
2 Peter 3:18
18But grow in the good will and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to him now and for that eternal day! Amen.
1 John 1:3
3This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:7
7But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin.
1 John 2:1
1My dear children, I'm writing this to you so that you will not sin. Yet, if anyone does sin, we have Jesus Christ, who has God's full approval. He speaks on our behalf when we come into the presence of the Father.
1 John 2:22
22Who is a liar? Who else but the person who rejects Jesus as the Messiah? The person who rejects the Father and the Son is an antichrist.
1 John 3:23
23This is his commandment: to believe in his Son, the one named Jesus Christ, and to love each other as he commanded us.
1 John 4:2-3
2This is how you can recognize God's Spirit: Every person who declares that Jesus Christ has come as a human has the Spirit that is from God. 3But every person who doesn't declare that Jesus Christ has come as a human has a spirit that isn't from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that you have heard is coming. That spirit is already in the world.
1 John 4:15
15God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God.
1 John 5:1
1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born from God. Everyone who loves the Father also loves his children.
1 John 5:5-6
5Who wins the victory over the world? Isn't it the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6This Son of God is Jesus Christ, who came by water and blood. He didn't come with water only, but with water and with blood. The Spirit is the one who verifies this, because the Spirit is the truth.
1 John 5:20
20We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we know the real God. We are in the one who is real, his Son Jesus Christ. This Jesus Christ is the real God and eternal life.
2 John 3
3Good will, mercy, and peace will be with us! They come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, who in truth and love is the Father's Son.
2 John 7
7Many people who deceive others have gone into the world. They refuse to declare that Jesus Christ came in flesh and blood. This is the mark of a deceiver and an antichrist.
1From Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James. To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father, and who are kept safe for Jesus Christ.
4Some people have slipped in among you unnoticed. Not long ago they were condemned in writing for the following reason: They are people to whom God means nothing. They use God's kindness as an excuse for sexual freedom and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
17Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you to expect:
21Remain in God's love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.
25Before time began, now, and for eternity glory, majesty, power, and authority belong to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Revelation of John 1:1-2
1This is the revelation of Jesus Christ. God gave it to him to show his servants the things that must happen soon. He sent this revelation through his angel to his servant John. 2John testified about what he saw: God's word and the testimony about Jesus Christ.
Revelation of John 1:5
5and from Jesus Christ, the witness, the trustworthy one, the first to come back to life, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Glory and power forever and ever belong to the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
Revelation of John 1:9
9I am John, your brother. I share your suffering, ruling, and endurance because of Jesus. I was exiled on the island of Patmos because of God's word and the testimony about Jesus.
Revelation of John 12:17
17The serpent became angry with the woman. So it went away to fight with her other children, the ones who keep God's commands and hold on to the testimony of Jesus. (Revelation of John 12:18) The serpent stood on the sandy shore of the sea.
Revelation of John 14:12
12In this situation God's holy people, who obey his commands and keep their faith in Jesus, need endurance.
Revelation of John 17:6
6I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God's holy people and of those who testify about Jesus. I was very surprised when I saw her.
Revelation of John 19:10
10I bowed at his feet to worship him. But he told me, "Don't do that! I am your coworker and a coworker of the Christians who hold on to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy!"
Revelation of John 20:4
4I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were allowed to judge. Then I saw the souls of those whose heads had been cut off because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its statue and were not branded on their foreheads or hands. They lived and ruled with Christ for 1,000 years.
Revelation of John 22:16
16"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give this testimony to you for the churches. I am the root and descendant of David. I am the bright morning star."
Revelation of John 22:20-21
20The one who is testifying to these things says, "Yes, I'm coming soon!" Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 21The good will of the Lord Jesus be with all of you. Amen!