Another time Jesus went into the synagogue. A man with a weak and twisted hand was there.
Some Pharisees were trying to find fault with Jesus. They watched him closely. They wanted to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath day.
Jesus spoke to the man with the weak and twisted hand. "Stand up in front of everyone," he said.
Then Jesus asked them, "What does the Law say we should do on the Sabbath day? Should we do good? Or should we do evil? Should we save life? Or should we kill?" But no one answered.
Jesus looked around at them in anger. He was very upset because their hearts were stubborn. Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was as good as new.
Then the Pharisees went out and began to make plans with the Herodians. They wanted to kill Jesus.
Crowds Follow Jesus 7
Jesus went off to the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. A large crowd from Galilee followed.
People heard about all that Jesus was doing. And many came to him. They came from Judea, Jerusalem, and Idumea. They came from the lands east of the Jordan River. And they came from the area around Tyre and Sidon.
Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to get a small boat ready for him. This would keep the people from crowding him.
Jesus had healed many people. So those who were sick were pushing forward to touch him.
When people with evil spirits saw him, they fell down in front of him. The spirits shouted, "You are the Son of God!"
But Jesus ordered them not to tell who he was.
Jesus Appoints the Twelve Apostles 13
Jesus went up on a mountainside. He called for certain people to come to him, and they came.
He appointed 12 of them and called them apostles. From that time on they would be with him. He would also send them out to preach.
They would have authority to drive out demons.
So Jesus appointed the Twelve. Simon was one of them. Jesus gave him the name Peter.
There were James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John. Jesus gave them the name Boanerges. Boanerges means Sons of Thunder.
There were also Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, and James, son of Alphaeus. And there were Thaddaeus and Simon the Zealot.
Judas Iscariot was one of them too. He was the one who was later going to hand Jesus over to his enemies.
Jesus and Beelzebub 20
Jesus entered a house. Again a crowd gathered. It was so large that Jesus and his disciples were not even able to eat.
His family heard about this. So they went to take charge of him. They said, "He is out of his mind."
Some teachers of the law were there. They had come down from Jerusalem. They said, "He is controlled by Beelzebub! He is driving out demons by the power of the prince of demons."
So Jesus called them over and spoke to them by using stories. He said, "How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom fights against itself, it can't stand.
If a family is divided, it can't stand.
And if Satan fights against himself, and his helpers are divided, he can't stand. That is the end of him.
In fact, none of you can enter a strong man's house and just take what the man owns. You must first tie him up. Then you can rob his house.
"What I'm about to tell you is true. Everyone's sins and evil words against God will be forgiven.
But anyone who speaks evil things against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. His guilt will last forever."
Jesus said this because the teachers of the law were saying, "He has an evil spirit."
Jesus' Mother and Brothers 31
Jesus' mother and brothers came and stood outside. They sent someone in to get him.
A crowd was sitting around Jesus. They told him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside. They are looking for you."
"Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" he asked.
Then Jesus looked at the people sitting in a circle around him. He said, "Here is my mother! Here are my brothers!
Anyone who does what God wants is my brother or sister or mother."