Herod Thinks Jesus Is John the Baptizer
(Mk. 6:14–29; Lk. 9:7–9)
1About that time, Herod, the ruler of Galilee, heard what the people were saying about Jesus. 2So he said to his servants, “This man is really John the Baptizer. He must have risen from death, and that is why he can do these miracles.”
How John the Baptizer Was Killed
3Before this time, Herod had arrested John. He had him chained and put in prison. He arrested John because of Herodias, the wife of Philip, Herod’s brother. 4John had told him, “It is not right for you to be married to Herodias.” 5Herod wanted to kill him, but he was afraid of the people. They believed that John was a prophet.
6On Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced for him and his group. Herod was very pleased with her. 7So he promised that he would give her anything she wanted. 8Herodias told her daughter what to ask for. So she said to Herod, “Give me the head of John the Baptizer here on this plate.”
9King Herod was very sad. But he had promised to give the daughter anything she wanted. And the people eating with Herod had heard his promise. So he ordered what she asked to be done. 10He sent men to the prison, where they cut off John’s head. 11And the men brought John’s head on a plate and gave it to the girl. Then she took the head to her mother, Herodias. 12John’s followers came and got his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what happened.
Jesus Feeds More Than 5000
(Mk. 6:30–44; Lk. 9:10–17; Jn. 6:1–14)
13When Jesus heard what happened to John, he left in a boat. He went alone to a place where no one lived. But the people heard that Jesus had left. So they left their towns and followed him. They went by land to the same place he went. 14When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw a large crowd of people. He felt sorry for them, and he healed the ones who were sick.
15Late that afternoon, the followers came to Jesus and said, “No one lives in this place. And it is already late. Send the people away so they can go to the towns and buy food for themselves.”
16Jesus said, “The people don’t need to go away. You give them some food to eat.”
17The followers answered, “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish.”
18Jesus said, “Bring the bread and the fish to me.” 19Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish. He looked into the sky and thanked God for the food. Then he broke the bread into pieces, which he gave to the followers, and they gave the food to the people. 20Everyone ate until they were full. When they finished eating, the followers filled twelve baskets with the pieces of food that were not eaten. 21There were about 5000 men there who ate. There were also women and children who ate.
Jesus Walks on Water
(Mk. 6:45–52; Jn. 6:16–21)
22Then Jesus made the followers get into the boat. He told them to go to the other side of the lake. He said he would come later. He stayed there to tell everyone they could go home. 23After Jesus said goodbye to the people, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. It was late, and he was there alone. 24By this time the boat was already a long way from shore. Since the wind was blowing against it, the boat was having trouble because of the waves.
25Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus’ followers were still in the boat. Jesus came to them. He was walking on the water. 26When they saw him walking on the water, it scared them. “It’s a ghost!” they said, screaming in fear.
27But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Don’t worry! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.”
28Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
29Jesus said, “Come, Peter.”
Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. 30But while Peter was walking on the water, he saw the wind and the waves. He was afraid and began sinking into the water. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”
31Then Jesus caught Peter with his hand. He said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”
32After Peter and Jesus were in the boat, the wind stopped. 33Then the followers in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, “You really are the Son of God.”
Jesus Heals Many Sick People
34After they crossed the lake, they came to the shore at Gennesaret. 35Some men there saw Jesus and knew who he was. So they sent word to the other people throughout that area that Jesus had come. The people brought all their sick people to him. 36They begged Jesus to let them only touch the edge of his coat to be healed. And all the sick people who touched his coat were healed.