When they arrived, the Pharisees came out and started in on him, badgering him to prove himself, pushing him up against the wall.
Provoked, he said, "Why does this generation clamor for miraculous guarantees? If I have anything to say about it, you'll not get so much as a hint of a guarantee."
He then left them, got back in the boat, and headed for the other side.
But the disciples forgot to pack a lunch. Except for a single loaf of bread, there wasn't a crumb in the boat.
Jesus warned, "Be very careful. Keep a sharp eye out for the contaminating yeast of Pharisees and the followers of Herod."
Meanwhile, the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread.
Jesus overheard and said, "Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don't you see the point of all this? Don't you get it at all?
Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?" They said, "Twelve."
"And the seven loaves for the four thousand - how many bags full of leftovers did you get?" "Seven."
He said, "Do you still not get it?"
They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch.
Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man's eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, "Do you see anything?"
He looked up. "I see men. They look like walking trees."
So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus.
Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, "Don't enter the village."
Jesus and his disciples headed out for the villages around Caesarea Philippi. As they walked, he asked, "Who do the people say I am?"
"Some say 'John the Baptizer,'" they said. "Others say 'Elijah.' Still others say 'one of the prophets.'"
He then asked, "And you - what are you saying about me? Who am I?" Peter gave the answer: "You are the Christ, the Messiah."
Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)