Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.
And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of
the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He
taught them again.
10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years,
and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity."13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and
glorified God.14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he
said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come
and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day."15 The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey
from the stall, and lead it away to water it?16 "So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound-- think of it-- for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the
Sabbath?"17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all
the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.18 Then He said, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?19 "It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree,
and the birds of the air nested in its branches."20 And again He said, "To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?21 "It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all
leavened."22 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.23 Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And He said to them,24 "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to
enter and will not be able.25 "When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you
begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open for us,'
and He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know you, where you are from,'26 "then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You
taught in our streets.'27 "But He will say, 'I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart
from Me, all you workers of iniquity.'28 "There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom
of God, and yourselves thrust out.29 "They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and
sit down in the kingdom of God.30 "And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be
last."31 On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, "Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill
You."32 And He said to them, "Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and
tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.'33 "Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it
cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who
are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen
gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!35 "See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you
shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in
the name of the Lord!'"
"I marvel that whereas the
ambitious dreams of myself, Caesar, and Alexander should have
vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant - Jesus should be able to
stretch his hands across the centuries and control the destinies of
men and nations." - Napoleon
I Bonaparte (1809)