11 Then He stood, looked to Heaven and cried in a loud voice, "Young man, I say to you in the name of The Father to arise!"
12 The young man shivered, a great moan came from his mouth. He sat up and looked to his mother and inquired of her how it was that he was there. She fell upon his neck praising God and delivering unto him many kisses. All about trembled with fear and they glorified God saying, "Surely this is the greatest of God's prophets. There are none that can compare with Him! Surely God does visit His people! Surely He walks among us!"
13 Now it was in the later hour of that day that word was brought of the death of John, and John's disciples begged Jesus to come down and restore him. But Jesus rebuked them, saying "John's hour is done. His day is passed."
14 He sat among the people saying these things about John. "Why did you go out into the wilderness? What did you go to see....a reed shaking in the wind? What did you go out to see....a man clothed in soft rainment?
15 Behold, those who are dressed in glorious garments live in the courts of kings. What did you go out to see? You went out to see a prophet.
16 Yes, I say to you, a prophet, even much more than a prophet. This is he of whom it was written, 'Behold I send My messenger before your face who shall prepare your way before you.'
17 For I say to you, clearly, among these that are born of woman there is not one that is greater than John The Baptist. But he that is least in The Kingdom Of God is greater than man."
18 All the people heard Him and the publicans justified God being baptized with the Baptism of John. But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, not being baptized of Him.
19 Jesus said, "Whereupon then shall I liken the men of this generation? Unto what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace and calling one to the other, and saying, 'We have piped unto you, and you have not danced. We have moaned unto you, and you have not wept.' For when John The Baptist came neither eating of bread nor drinking of wine and you say he was a demon.
20 The Son Of Man is come, eating and drinking. You say, 'Behold, a glutonous man and, a drunkard, a friend of publicans and sinners.' But wisdom is justified of all her children.
21 Those who will listen not, lose it, and are themselves, damned. While those that listen to it with a glorious heart, with a free Spirit, enter into salvation and are saved.
22 The wise are made ignorant and the ignorant are made wise. Such is the wisdom and the glory of God!"
23 So again Christ angered the learned men, for He rebuked their great learning and called the unlearned wiser than them.
THE HARLOT ANOINTS JESUS
One of the Pharisees invited Him to supper. Christ went into his home and sat down to eat. There entered in a woman of that city, a sinner. She came unto Jesus where He sat and brought a box of anointing oil. She fell at Christ's feet, weeping and washed His feet with her tears, wiping them with her hair. Then she kissed His feet and anointed them with oil.
2 Now when His host saw this he thought to himself, "If this man were a prophet He would have known what manner of woman this is, and would not have allowed her to touch Him. For she is a sinner."
3 Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Have I something to say to you?"
4 His host feared but said "Master, say!"
5 "There was a certain lender who had two debtors. The one owed five-hundred pieces, the other fifty. When they fell on bad times not of their own doing, and could not pay, he called them before him and said unto them, 'Because you are good men your debts are forgiven.'
6 Tell me therefore, which of them loved him the most?"
7 His host answered, trembling, "I would suppose, Lord, him that was forgiven the most."
8 Jesus put His hand upon his shoulder. "You have rightly judged," He praised. He turned to the woman and said unto His host, "See you this woman? I entered into your house and you gave me no water to wash my feet. But she came and washed them with her tears, wiped them with the hair of her head, blessed them with her kisses, and anointed them with oil.
9 If Israel had recognized me they should have long since anointed me with oil and blessed me. But they have not. But this woman has corrected their mistakes.
10 Thereby I say to you her sins, which are many, are forgiven. For she loves much. But to whom little is forgiven the same loves little."
11 He said to her, "Woman, your sins are forgiven."
12 They that sat with Him thought in their minds, "Who is this that forgives sins?"
13 He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace, but sin no more."
14 The woman rose up and departed, but from then on was not far from Jesus.
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