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Luke 9

Ministry of the Twelve

1Now Jesus called together the twelve [disciples] and gave them [the right to exercise] power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. Then He sent them out [on a brief journey] to preach [a]the kingdom of God and to perform healing. And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey [that might encumber you]—neither a walking stick, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two [b]tunics apiece. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city [to go to another]. And as for all those who do not welcome you, when you leave that city, shake the dust off your feet [breaking all ties with them] as a testimony against them [that they rejected My message].” So they began going from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing the sick everywhere.

Now Herod [Antipas] the tetrarch [who governed a portion of Palestine including Galilee and Perea] heard about all that was being done [by Jesus], and he was thoroughly perplexed, because it was said by some that John [the Baptist whom he had ordered beheaded] had been raised from the dead, and by others that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the [other] prophets of old had been resurrected. Herod said, “I personally had John beheaded. Who is this man about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see Jesus.

10 When the apostles returned, they told Him all that they had done. He took them with Him and He privately withdrew [across the Jordan] to a city called Bethsaida. 11 But when the crowds learned of it, they followed Him; and He welcomed them and He began talking to them about the kingdom of God, and healing those who needed to be healed.

Five Thousand Fed

12 Now the day was ending, and the twelve [disciples] came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging, and get provisions; because here we are in an isolated place.” 13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.” 14 (For there were [c]about 5,000 men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.” 15 They did so, and had them all sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and He looked up to heaven [and gave thanks] and blessed them, and broke them and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 They all ate and were [completely] satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were [abundant and were] picked up—twelve baskets full.

18 Now it happened that as Jesus was praying privately, the disciples were with Him, and He asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 They answered, “John the Baptist, and some say, Elijah; but others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back to life.” 20 And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “The Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) of God!” 21 But He strictly warned and admonished them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected [as the Messiah] by the elders and chief priests and scribes (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court), and be put to death, and on the third day be raised up [from death to life].”

23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross daily [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. 24 For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake, he is the one who will save it [from the consequences of sin and separation from God]. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed [here and now] of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and the glory of the [heavenly] Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truthfully, there are [d]some among those standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

The Transfiguration

28 Now about eight days after these teachings, He took along Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 As He was praying, the appearance of His face became different [actually transformed], and His clothing became white and flashing with the brilliance of lightning. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory, and were speaking of His departure [from earthly life], which He was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and splendor and majesty, and the two men who were standing with Him. 33 And as these [men, Moses and Elijah] were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is delightful and good for us to be here; we should make three [sacred] tents; one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not realizing what he was saying. 34 But even as he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were [greatly] afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 Then [e]a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, My Chosen One; listen and obey and yield to Him!” 36 When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found there alone. And they kept silent, and told no one at that time any of the things which they had seen [concerning the divine manifestation].

37 On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. 38 And a man from the crowd shouted for help, “Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, because he is my only child; 39 and a spirit seizes him, and suddenly he cries out, and it throws him into a convulsion so that he foams at the mouth; and only with [great] difficulty does it leave him, mauling and bruising him as it leaves. 40 I begged Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41 Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverted generation! How long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here [to Me].” 42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon slammed him down and threw him into a [violent] convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 They were all amazed [practically overwhelmed] at the [evidence of the] greatness of God and His majesty and His wondrous work.

But while they were still awed by everything Jesus was doing, He said to His disciples, 44 “Let these words sink into your ears: the Son of Man is going to be betrayed and handed over to men [who are His enemies].” 45 However, they did not understand this statement. Its meaning was kept hidden from them so that they would not grasp it; and they were afraid to ask Him about it.

The Test of Greatness

46 An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest [surpassing the others in esteem and authority]. 47 But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and had him stand beside Him, 48 and He told them, “Whoever welcomes this child in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me [also] welcomes Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you [that is, the one who is genuinely humble—the one with a realistic self-view]—he is the one who is [truly] great.”

49 John replied, “Master, we saw someone driving out demons in Your name; and we tried to stop him because he does not follow along with us.” 50 But Jesus told him, “Do not stop him; for he who is not against you is for you.”

51 Now when the time was approaching for Him to be taken up [to heaven], He was determined to go to Jerusalem [to fulfill His purpose]. 52 He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went into a Samaritan village to make arrangements for Him; 53 but the people would not welcome Him, [f]because He was traveling toward Jerusalem. 54 When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and destroy them?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them [g][and He said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are; 56 for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they journeyed on to another village.

Exacting Discipleship

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” 59 He said to another, “Follow Me [accepting Me as Master and Teacher].” But he said, “Lord, allow me first to go and [h]bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the [spiritually] dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and spread the news about the kingdom of God.” 61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord [as Your disciple]; but first let me say goodbye to those at my home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back [to the things left behind] is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Notas al pie

  1. Luke 9:2 Jesus as Israel’s Messiah.
  2. Luke 9:3 Simple slip-on garments made with or without sleeves, usually knee length and worn as either an under or outer garment in ancient times.
  3. Luke 9:14 The women and children were not included in this estimate.
  4. Luke 9:27 Perhaps a reference to Peter, John, and James who were to witness the transfiguration a few days later.
  5. Luke 9:35 See note Matt 3:17.
  6. Luke 9:53 Because of the religious conflict between Samaritans and Jews, the people of Samaria were generally inhospitable to Jews and did not offer overnight accommodations to those who were traveling to Jerusalem to participate in religious events.
  7. Luke 9:55 Late mss add this to v 55 and continue into v 56.
  8. Luke 9:59 See note Matt 8:21.

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Lucas 9

Jesús envía a los doce

1Habiendo reunido a los doce, Jesús les dio poder y autoridad para expulsar a todos los demonios y para sanar enfermedades. Entonces los envió a predicar el reino de Dios y a sanar a los enfermos. «No llevéis nada para el camino: ni bastón, ni bolsa, ni pan, ni dinero, ni dos mudas de ropa —les dijo—. En cualquier casa que entréis, quedaos allí hasta que salgáis del pueblo. Si no os reciben bien, al salir de ese pueblo, sacudíos el polvo de los pies como un testimonio contra sus habitantes». Así que partieron y fueron por todas partes de pueblo en pueblo, predicando el evangelio y sanando a la gente.

Herodes el tetrarca se enteró de todo lo que estaba sucediendo. Estaba perplejo porque algunos decían que Juan había resucitado; otros, que se había aparecido Elías; y otros, en fin, que había resucitado alguno de los antiguos profetas. Pero Herodes dijo: «A Juan mandé que le cortaran la cabeza; ¿quién es, entonces, este de quien oigo tales cosas?» Y procuraba verlo.

Jesús alimenta a cinco mil

10 Cuando regresaron los apóstoles, relataron a Jesús lo que habían hecho. Él se los llevó consigo y se retiraron solos a un pueblo llamado Betsaida, 11 pero la gente se enteró y lo siguió. Él los recibió y les habló del reino de Dios. También sanó a los que lo necesitaban.

12 Al atardecer se le acercaron los doce y le dijeron:

―Despide a la gente, para que vayan a buscar alojamiento y comida en los campos y pueblos cercanos, pues donde estamos no hay nada.[a]

13 ―Dadles vosotros mismos de comer —les dijo Jesús.

―No tenemos más que cinco panes y dos pescados, a menos que vayamos a comprar comida para toda esta gente —objetaron ellos, 14 porque había allí unos cinco mil hombres.

Pero Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:

―Haced que se sienten en grupos como de cincuenta cada uno.

15 Así lo hicieron los discípulos, y se sentaron todos. 16 Entonces Jesús tomó los cinco panes y los dos pescados, y mirando al cielo, los bendijo. Luego los partió y se los dio a los discípulos para que se los repartieran a la gente. 17 Todos comieron hasta quedar satisfechos, y de los pedazos que sobraron se recogieron doce canastas.

La confesión de Pedro

18 Un día cuando Jesús estaba orando a solas, estando allí sus discípulos, les preguntó:

―¿Quién dice la gente que soy yo?

19 ―Unos dicen que Juan el Bautista, otros que Elías, y otros que uno de los antiguos profetas ha resucitado —respondieron.

20 ―Y vosotros, ¿quién decís que soy yo?

―El Cristo de Dios —afirmó Pedro.

21 Jesús les ordenó terminantemente que no dijeran esto a nadie. Y les dijo:

22 ―El Hijo del hombre tiene que sufrir muchas cosas y ser rechazado por los ancianos, los jefes de los sacerdotes y los maestros de la ley. Es necesario que lo maten y que resucite al tercer día.

23 Dirigiéndose a todos, declaró:

―Si alguien quiere ser mi discípulo, que se niegue a sí mismo, lleve su cruz cada día y me siga. 24 Porque el que quiera salvar su vida la perderá; pero el que pierda su vida por mi causa la salvará. 25 ¿De qué le sirve a uno ganar el mundo entero si se pierde o se destruye a sí mismo? 26 Si alguien se avergüenza de mí y de mis palabras, el Hijo del hombre se avergonzará de él cuando venga en su gloria y en la gloria del Padre y de los santos ángeles. 27 Además, os aseguro que algunos de los aquí presentes no sufrirán la muerte sin antes haber visto el reino de Dios.

La transfiguración

28 Unos ocho días después de decir esto, Jesús, acompañado de Pedro, Juan y Jacobo, subió a una montaña a orar. 29 Mientras oraba, su rostro se transformó, y su ropa se tornó blanca y radiante. 30 Y aparecieron dos personajes —Moisés y Elías— que conversaban con Jesús. 31 Tenían un aspecto glorioso, y hablaban de la partida[b] de Jesús, que iba a suceder en Jerusalén. 32 Pedro y sus compañeros estaban rendidos de sueño, pero, cuando se despertaron, vieron su gloria y a los dos personajes que estaban con él. 33 Mientras estos se apartaban de Jesús, Pedro, sin saber lo que estaba diciendo, propuso:

―Maestro, ¡qué bien que estemos aquí! Podemos levantar tres tiendas: una para ti, otra para Moisés y otra para Elías.

34 Estaba hablando todavía cuando apareció una nube que los envolvió, de modo que se asustaron. 35 Entonces salió de la nube una voz que dijo: «Este es mi Hijo, mi escogido; escuchadle». 36 Después de oírse la voz, Jesús quedó solo. Los discípulos guardaron esto en secreto, y por algún tiempo a nadie contaron nada de lo que habían visto.

Jesús sana a un muchacho endemoniado

37 Al día siguiente, cuando bajaron de la montaña, le salió al encuentro mucha gente. 38 Y un hombre de entre la multitud exclamó:

―Maestro, te ruego que atiendas a mi hijo, pues es el único que tengo. 39 Resulta que un espíritu se posesiona de él, y de repente el muchacho se pone a gritar; también lo sacude con violencia y hace que eche espumarajos. Cuando lo atormenta, a duras penas lo suelta. 40 He rogado a tus discípulos que lo expulsaran, pero no pudieron.

41 ―¡Ah, generación incrédula y perversa! —respondió Jesús—. ¿Hasta cuándo tendré que estar con vosotros y soportaros? Trae acá a tu hijo.

42 Estaba acercándose el muchacho cuando el demonio lo derribó con una convulsión. Pero Jesús reprendió al espíritu maligno, sanó al muchacho y se lo devolvió al padre. 43 Y todos se quedaron asombrados de la grandeza de Dios.

En medio de tanta admiración por todo lo que hacía, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:

44 ―Prestad mucha atención a lo que os voy a decir: El Hijo del hombre va a ser entregado en manos de los hombres.

45 Pero ellos no entendían lo que quería decir con esto. Les estaba encubierto para que no lo comprendieran, y no se atrevían a preguntárselo.

¿Quién va a ser el más importante?

46 Surgió entre los discípulos una discusión sobre quién de ellos sería el más importante. 47 Como Jesús sabía bien lo que pensaban, tomó a un niño y lo puso a su lado.

48 ―El que recibe en mi nombre a este niño —les dijo—, me recibe a mí; y el que me recibe a mí, recibe al que me envió. El más insignificante entre todos vosotros, ese es el más importante.

49 ―Maestro —intervino Juan—, vimos a un hombre que expulsaba demonios en tu nombre; pero, como no anda con nosotros, tratamos de impedírselo.

50 ―No se lo impidáis —les replicó Jesús—, porque el que no está contra vosotros está a favor vuestro.

La oposición de los samaritanos

51 Como se acercaba el tiempo de que fuera llevado al cielo, Jesús se hizo el firme propósito de ir a Jerusalén. 52 Envió por delante mensajeros, que entraron en un pueblo samaritano para prepararle alojamiento; 53 pero allí la gente no quiso recibirlo porque se dirigía a Jerusalén. 54 Cuando los discípulos Jacobo y Juan vieron esto, le preguntaron:

―Señor, ¿quieres que hagamos caer fuego del cielo para[c] que los destruya?

55 Pero Jesús se volvió a ellos y los reprendió. 56 Luego[d] siguieron la jornada a otra aldea.

Lo que cuesta seguir a Jesús

57 Iban por el camino cuando alguien le dijo:

―Te seguiré a dondequiera que vayas.

58 ―Las zorras tienen madrigueras y las aves tienen nidos —le respondió Jesús—, pero el Hijo del hombre no tiene dónde recostar la cabeza.

59 A otro le dijo:


―Señor —le contestó—, primero déjame ir a enterrar a mi padre.

60 ―Deja que los muertos entierren a sus propios muertos, pero tú ve y proclama el reino de Dios —le replicó Jesús.

61 Otro afirmó:

―Te seguiré, Señor; pero primero déjame despedirme de mi familia.

62 Jesús le respondió:

―Nadie que mire atrás después de poner la mano en el arado es apto para el reino de Dios.

Notas al pie

  1. 9:12 donde estamos no hay nada. Lit. aquí estamos en un lugar desierto.
  2. 9:31 de la partida. Lit. del éxodo.
  3. 9:54 cielo para. Var. cielo, como hizo Elías, para.
  4. 9:55-56 reprendió. 56 Luego. Var. reprendió. / —Vosotros no sabéis de qué espíritu sois —les dijo—, 56 porque el Hijo del hombre no vino para destruir la vida de las personas, sino para salvarla. / Luego.