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Heading Towards the Cross in Jerusalem – The Gospels Merged

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Section 71 – “You are the Messiah”

       (Mt. 16:13-20; Mk. 8:27-30; Lk. 9:18-21)

1 Now 2 Jesus went out, along with His disciples, 1 and came into 2 the villages of 1 the district of Caesarea Philippi. 2 And on the way 3 it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him –and He questioned them, 2 saying to them, “Who do people say that I, 1 the Son of Man, 2 am?”
3 They answered and 2 told Him, saying, 1 “Some say John the Baptist, and others say Elijah –and others Jeremiah; 3 but still others, that one of prophets of antiquity has risen from the dead. — 2 But He questioned them further, 3 and said to them, 1 “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter replied, 2 saying to Him, 1 “You are the AMessiah, the Son of the living God.”
And in reply, Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven did. –And I tell you that you are BPeter, and upon this kind of C bedrock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven.”
1 Then He strictly warned the disciples 3 and instructed them, 1 that they should 2 tell no one about Him — 1 that He was the AMessiah.

Section 72 – Jesus Predicts His Death

       (Mt. 16:21-28; Mk. 8:31-9:1; Lk. 9:22-27)

1 From that time on Jesus 2 began to teach 1 His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, 3 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and law-teachers; and He must be killed and be raised up on the third day” — 2 and He was stating this clearly.
So Peter took Him aside 1 and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God have mercy, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” 2 But turning around and looking at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying 1 “Get away from Me, Satan! You are an enticing trap to Me, because you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.”
1 Then Jesus 2 summoned the crowd –with His disciples– and 3 was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to keep his own life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, 2 and the gospel’s sake, will save it– 1 he will find it.”
“For what good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet 3 loses or forfeits himself– 1 his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 2 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation –the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him 3 when He comes in His glory, and in the glory of 2 His Father with the holy angels. 1 For the Son of Man is going to come in the His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will repay everyone according to what he has done.
2 And He said to them, “I tell you the truth: Some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

Section 73 – The Transfiguration

       (Mt. 17:1-13; Mk. 9:2-13; Lk. 9:28-36)

3 Now it so happened that about a week 1 –six days– 3 after saying these things, 2 Jesus took with Him Peter, James 1 and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves 3 to pray. And while He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, 1 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, 2 and His clothes became dazzling and exceedingly white –far brighter than any launderer on earth can bleach them 3 –gleaming 1 as white as light.
Just then, 3 two men appeared to them 2 –Elijah along with Moses– 2 and they, 3 appearing in glory, 2 were talking with Jesus; 3 speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
Now Peter and his companions had been very sleepy; but when they became fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who were standing with Him.
Then it so happened that as these men were leaving Him, 2 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi 1 –Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, 3 let us make three shelters: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah,” not realizing what he was saying 2 –he did not know what to say, because they were so terrified.
Then, 1 while he was still 3 saying this, 1 a bright cloud 3 formed, and began to overshadow them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 1 And look: 3 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, 2 “This is My beloved Son, 3 My Chosen One, 1 with whom I am well-pleased –listen to Him!”
1 When the disciples heard this, they fell face-down to the ground in great terror. 3 –And after the Voice had spoken, 1 Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” And 2 suddenly, 1 lifting up their eyes, 2 they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus only.
1 Then as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus 2 gave them orders 1 –commanded them– 2 not to 1 “tell the vision to anyone” 2 of what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 3 So they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days anything they had seen. 2 But they latched onto that statement, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant. 1 And his disciples questioned Him, saying, 2 “Why is it that the law-teachers say that Elijah must come first?” And He said to them, “Indeed, Elijah does come first, 1 and will restore all things. –But I tell you, that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished, 2 just as it is written about him. 1 Likewise, the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands. 2 And how is it written of the Son of Man? –that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt.”
1 Then the disciples understood that He was talking to them about John the Baptist.

Section 74 – The Healing of a Boy With a Demon

       (Mt. 17:14-21; Mk. 9:14-29; Lk. 9:37-43a)

3 And it so happened, on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, 2 they came back to the disciples, and saw a large crowd around them, and some law-teachers arguing with them. And as soon as the crowd saw Him, they were very astonished, and began running up to greet Him. And He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”
3 A man from the crowd shouted out 1 and came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him, and 2 answered Him, 1 saying, “Lord! 3 –Teacher, 1 have mercy on my son! 3 I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only child. 2 Teacher, I brought You my son, 1 for he is an epileptic and is very ill; and, 2 possessed with a spirit, 3 –a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 2 and whenever it seizes him, it slams him down 3 in a convulsion, 2 and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and he becomes rigid; 1 he often falls into the fire and often into the water; 3 and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it goes. 1 I brought him to Your disciples 3 –I begged Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not cure him.
3 Then Jesus 2 answered them and said, 3 “O you unbelieving and perverted generation 2 — how long am I to be with you? How long shall I put up with you? 3 Bring your son here 2 to Me!”
So, they brought the boy to Him; 3 but while he was still approaching, 2 when the spirit saw Him, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion –and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth.
3 But Jesus 2 asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him both into fire and into water, to destroy him; but if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!”
” ‘If you can’?” said Jesus to him. “All things are possible to him who believes.” –Immediately the boy’s father cried out and [with tears] said, “I do believe –help me overcome my unbelief!”
So when Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you: Come out of him, and you may never enter him again.” 1 And 2 after crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, 1 the demon came out of him 2 –and the boy became so much like a corpse, that many said, “He is dead!” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him, and he stood up, 1 and the boy was cured at once; 3 and He gave him back to his father. 3 And they were all astonished at the majesty of God.
3 But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, 2 He came into the house, 1 and the disciples came to Jesus privately and 3 began questioning Him, 1 saying, “Why were we unable to drive it out? And He said to them, “Because you have so little faith —For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” 2 And He said, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer [and fasting].”


       (Mt. 17:22-23; Mk. 9:30-32; Lk. 9:43b-45)

3 But while everyone was marveling at all Jesus was doing, He said to His disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men!”
2 So they went on from there, and began to pass through Galilee, but He did not want anyone to know about it; for 1 as they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus 2 was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man 1 is going to be delivered 2 into the hands of men, and they will kill Him —and after He has been killed, three days later 1 He will be raised up.
2 But they did not understand this statement, 3 and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it’s meaning; 1 and they were deeply grieved, 3 and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.

Section 76 – Paying the Temple Tax

       (Mt. 17:24-27; Mk. 9:33a)

2 Then 1 when they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the two-drachma temple tax?”
“Yes,” he replied.
And when Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty or taxes –from their sons or from strangers?”
When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are exempt.–But so that we do not offend them, go to the lake and throw in a hook. Take the first fish you catch and open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Section 77 – Who is the Greatest in the Kingdom?

       (Mt. 18:1-5; Mk. 9:33b-37; Lk. 9:46-48)

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, 2 when He was in the house, 1 saying, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 3 –But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their hearts, 2 questioned them, “What were you debating on the road?” But they kept silent, because on the way 3 an argument started among them as to 2 which of them was the greatest.
So sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all, and the servant of all.” 1 –Then He called a child to Himself, 3 and stood him by His side 1 before them, and said, “Truly, I say to you: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven at all. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child –he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
2 Then taking him in His arms, He said to them, 1 “And whoever welcomes 2 one child like this in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me, but Him who sent Me.
(Mt. 18:6-9; Mk. 9:38-50; Lk. 9:49-50) 3 And answering, 2 John said to Him, 3 “Master, 2 –Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to forbid him, 3 because he does not follow along with us. But Jesus said to him, 2 “Do not hinder him, for, for no one who performs a miracle in My name will be able to speak evil of me soon afterward. For he who is not against us, is for us. –I tell you the truth: Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink in my name –because you belong to Christ– he will by no means lose his reward.
1 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble into sin 2 –it would be better for him if a huge millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea 1 and drowned in the depths. Woe to the world because of its things that cause stumbling into sin! For it is inevitable that such causes of stumbling will come –but woe to the man by whom that stumbling comes!
1 “Now if you hand or your foot makes you stumble into sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than with two hands or two feet, to be thrown 2 into Gehenna –into the unquenchable 1 eternal fire, 2 [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched]. 1 And if your eye causes you to stumble into sin, gouge it out and throw it away from you! –It is better for you to enter life 2 in the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be thrown 1 into the fire of hell 2 –Gehenna– where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched —for everyone will be salted with fire; [and every sacrifice will be salted with salt].
2 “Salt is good –but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you season again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Mt. 18:10-14) 1 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. [” For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]
What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to search for the one that went astray? And if he happens to find it, –I tell you the truth– he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which did not go astray.
So it is not the will of My Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish. The Discipline of a Brother in Sin (Mt. 18:15-20) 1 “Now if your brother sins [against you], go and show him his fault in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother back. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two others with you, so that D ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be confirmed.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
“I tell you the truth: whatever you E forbid on earth Fmust have been forbidden in heaven; and whatever you G allow on earth Fmust have been allowed in heaven.
“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name –there I am among them.” “Forgive Your Brother” (Mt. 18:21-35) 1 Then Peter came up and said to Him, “Lord, how many times may my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, ‘up to seven times,’ but up to seventy times seven. “Because of this, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the process, one debtor who owed him Hten thousand talents was brought to him. But since he was not able to repay, his lord commanded that he be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.
“So the servant fell to his knees, prostrate before him, saying, “Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.” And being filled with compassion for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
“However –that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a Ihundred denarii; and he grabbed him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’
“So his fellow servant fell to his knees and pleaded with him, saying, “Have patience with me and I will repay you.’
“But he was unwilling, and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved, and came and reported to their master all that had happened.
“Then summoning him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ –So, in anger, his lord handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all that he owed.
“This is how My heavenly Father will deal with each of you, unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (Mt. 19:1-2; Mk. 10:1) 1 And it so happened that, when Jesus had finished these words, 2 He got up and 1 departed from Galilee, and came into the region of Judea 2 and beyond the Jordan. 1 And large crowds 2 gathered around Him again, and 1 followed Him; and 2 according to His custom, He taught them once more, 1 and He healed them there.

Section 78 – The Cost of Following Messiah

       (Mt. 8:19-22; Lk. 9:51-62)

3 Now it so happened, when the day had almost come for His ascension into heaven, that Jesus determined to go to Jerusalem; and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a Samaritan village to make arrangements for Him. But they did not receive Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem. When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them [as Elijah did]?” But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of –for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they went on to another village.
3 As they were walking along the road, 1 a law-teacher came up and said to Him, “Teacher— 3 I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to 1 another disciple, 3 “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another also said, “I will follow you, Lord –but first let me go back and say good-bye to those at my home.” But Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003


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