ImmerseMessiah NLT - Flipbook - Page 55
The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed,
you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted
in the sea,’ and it would obey you!
“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does
his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal,
put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ And
does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of
course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are
unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between
Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy
stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as
they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for
what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no
one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said
to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God
Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs.
You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom
of God is already among you.”
Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to
see the day when the Son of Man returns, but you won’t see it. People will
tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out
and follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one
end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes. But
first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those
days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to
the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.
“And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about
their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and
building—until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur
rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business