He settled on twelve, and designated them apostles. The plan was that they would be with him, and he would send them out to proclaim the Word
and give them authority to banish demons.
These are the Twelve: Simon (Jesus later named him Peter, meaning "Rock"),
James, son of Zebedee, John, brother of James (Jesus nicknamed the Zebedee brothers Boanerges, meaning "Sons of Thunder"),
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite,
Judas Iscariot (who betrayed him).
Jesus came home and, as usual, a crowd gathered - so many making demands on him that there wasn't even time to eat.
His friends heard what was going on and went to rescue him, by force if necessary. They suspected he was getting carried away with himself.
The religion scholars from Jerusalem came down spreading rumors that he was working black magic, using devil tricks to impress them with spiritual power.
Jesus confronted their slander with a story: "Does it make sense to send a devil to catch a devil, to use Satan to get rid of Satan?
A constantly squabbling family disintegrates. If Satan were fighting Satan, there soon wouldn't be any Satan left.
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)