As he was on his way to Jerusalem, he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance. They lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus answered, “Weren’t the ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?” Then he said to him, “Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you.” Being asked by the Pharisees when God’s Kingdom would come, he answered them, “God’s Kingdom doesn’t come with observation; neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, God’s Kingdom is within you.”
He said to the disciples, “The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will tell you, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Don’t go away, nor follow after them, for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. As it was in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise, even as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all. It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he who will be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife!
Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left. There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left.”
They, answering, asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together.”
He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up, saying, “There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man. A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, ‘Defend me from my adversary!’ He wouldn’t for a while, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God, nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.’” The Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. Won’t God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others. “Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: ‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortionists, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Then they were also bringing little children and babies to him, that he might lay his hands on them and pray. But when the disciples saw those who were bringing them, they rebuked them. When Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation and summoned them; saying, “Allow the little children, and don’t hinder them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these. Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” He took them in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.” and departed from there.
Behold, as he was going out into the way a certain ruler ran to him and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Jesus asked to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Don’t commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal.’ ‘Don’t give false testimony,’ ‘Honor your father and mother,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The young man said to him, “Teacher, all these things I have observed from my youth up. What do I still lack?” When Jesus heard these things, looking at him – loved him, and Jesus said to him, “You still lack one thing. If you want to be perfect, go, sell whatever you have, and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross.” But when the young man heard these things his face fell, he went away sad, for he was one who was very rich. Jesus, seeing that he became very sad looked around, and said to his disciples, “Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty.”
When the disciples heard it, they were amazed and exceedingly astonished at his words, saying to him, “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus answered again, “Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into God’s Kingdom! Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into God’s Kingdom.” Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God.”
Then Peter answered, “Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me. In the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, and for the sake of the Good News (for God’s Kingdom’s) …will receive one hundred times more now in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land (with persecutions); and in the age to come will inherit eternal life. But many will be last who are first; and many who are first will be last.
For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’ When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’ When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!’ “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius? Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
They were on the way… As Jesus was going in front of them to Jerusalem, they were amazed; and those who followed were afraid. He again took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he began to tell them the things that were going to happen to him. “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed. The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death, and will hand him over to the Gentiles. They will mock and spit on him, treat shamefully …to scourge and to crucify him; and the third day he will rise again.”
They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn’t understand the things that were said. Then James and John (with their mother), came near to him (kneeling); asking, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we will ask. He said to her (to them), “What do you want me to do for you?” She said to him, “Command that these, my two sons, may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your glory in your Kingdom.” But Jesus answered them, “You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to him, “We are able.” Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it is for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard it, they began to be (were) indignant with the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them, and said to them, “You know that; they who are recognized as rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever wants to become first among you shall be bondservant of all. For even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Source Text Prioritization:
- Luke 17:11 – 18:34
- Matthew 19:13 – 20:28
- Mark 10:13-45