At that, the Pharisees got together with the supporters of Herod to plan how to destroy Jesus.
Jesus left with his disciples and went to the lake. A large crowd followed him because they had heard what he was doing. They were from Galilee,
Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the area surrounding Tyre and Sidon.
Jesus told his disciples to get a small boat ready for him so the crowd wouldn't crush him.
He had healed so many people that everyone who was sick pushed forward so that they could touch him.
Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down at his feet and shouted, "You are God's Son!"
But he strictly ordered them not to reveal who he was.
Jesus went up on a mountain and called those he wanted, and they came to him.
He appointed twelve and called them apostles. He appointed them to be with him, to be sent out to preach,
and to have authority to throw out demons.
He appointed twelve: Peter, a name he gave Simon;