But Jesus strictly warned them not to say who he was.
Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him.
Then he selected twelve of them to be his regular companions, calling them apostles. a He sent them out to preach,
and he gave them authority to cast out demons.
These are the names of the twelve he chose: Simon (he renamed him Peter),
James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them "Sons of Thunder" b ),
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the Zealot c ),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
When Jesus returned to the house where he was staying, the crowds began to gather again, and soon he and his disciples couldn't even find time to eat.
When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him home with them. "He's out of his mind," they said.
But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, "He's possessed by Satan, d the prince of demons. That's where he gets the power to cast out demons."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)