John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”
From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.
John 6:35, 41-51
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground,
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower …
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” …
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