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Gospel of Luke Chapter 9:12-17 Summary Jesus Lights the Barbie The day's getting late, and the twelve disciples remind Jesus that it's time to dismiss the crowd, so that everyone can turn into the surrounding villages, get a bite to eat, and find a place to stay. Jesus responds, "You give them something to eat" (9:13). The disciples give Jesus a reality-check. Look, there's not more than five loaves of bread and two fish, unless we take a trip to Sam's Club to buy provisions. We're talking five-thousand men here, not to mention women and children. Jesus tells the disciples to organize the large group into parties of fifty. The disciples obey, and everyone's reclining. Then Jesus takes the five loaves and two fish, turns his face toward heaven, blesses them, breaks them, and distributes food to everyone via the disciples. They eat up, are plump full, and turn on the tube on to watch the Lions play the Packers. Okay, we added that last part. Turns out there was enough food for everyone. And then some: they collect twelve baskets full of leftovers. Coming Difficulties for Jesus & Co.
While Jesus is praying in private with his disciples, he asks them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" (9:19 NRSV). The disciples rehearse the options presented to Herod in 9:7-8: John the Baptist returned from the dead, Elijah, or one of the ancient prophets. Take your pick. Jesus asks, "But who do you say that I am?" (9:20). Peter bravely responds: God's Messiah. Ding ding! Jesus orders them not to tell anyone. Then he foretells that the Son of Man's destiny is to suffer, to be rejected by the religious highbrows, to be killed, and on the third day to rise. Oh, sorry. Retroactive spoiler alert. Jesus then lays out some serious requirements for anyone who's following him. Bottom line: his followers must suffer, just like him. If you're ashamed of Jesus and his words, then he'll be ashamed of you when he returns in glory with the angels. Dante would call this contrapasso . An eye for an eye. Jesus promises that at least some of the gang will see God's kingdom before they die. Chew on that.
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