Jesus Teaches About Divorce
1Then Jesus left that place. He went into the area of Judea and across the Jordan River. Again, crowds came to him. And Jesus taught them as he always did.
2Some Pharisees came to Jesus and tried to trick him. They asked, “Is it right for a man to divorce his wife?”
3Jesus answered, “What did Moses command you to do?”
4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write out divorce papers and send her away.”# Quotation from Deuteronomy 24:1.
5Jesus said, “Moses wrote that command for you because you refused to accept God’s teaching. 6But when God made the world, ‘he made them male and female.’# Quotation from Genesis 1:27. 7‘So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife.# Some Greek copies do not have this phrase. 8And the two people will become one body.’# Quotation from Genesis 2:24. So the people are not two, but one. 9God has joined the two people together. So no one should separate them.”
10Later, the followers and Jesus were in the house. They asked Jesus again about the question of divorce. 11He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman is guilty of adultery against her. 12And the woman who divorces her husband and marries another man is also guilty of adultery.”
Jesus Accepts Children
13Some people brought their small children to Jesus so he could touch them. But his followers told the people to stop bringing their children to him. 14When Jesus saw this, he was displeased. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them. The kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these little children. 15I tell you the truth. You must accept the kingdom of God as a little child accepts things, or you will never enter it.” 16Then Jesus took the children in his arms. He put his hands on them and blessed them.
A Rich Young Man’s Question
17Jesus started to leave, but a man ran to him and fell on his knees before Jesus. The man asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to get the life that never ends?”
18Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19You know the commands: ‘You must not murder anyone. You must not be guilty of adultery. You must not steal. You must not tell lies about your neighbor in court. You must not cheat. Honor your father and mother.’”# Quotation from Exodus 20:12–16; Deuteronomy 5:16–20.
20The man said, “Teacher, I have obeyed all these commands since I was a boy.”
21Jesus looked straight at the man and loved him. Jesus said, “There is still one more thing you need to do. Go and sell everything you have, and give the money to the poor. You will have a reward in heaven. Then come and follow me.”
22He was very sad to hear Jesus say this, and he left. The man was sad because he was very rich.
23Then Jesus looked at his followers and said, “How hard it will be for those who are rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24The followers were amazed at what Jesus said. But he said again, “My children, it is very hard# Some Greek copies continue, “for those who trust in riches.” to enter the kingdom of God! 25And it will be very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle!”
26The followers were even more amazed and said to each other, “Then who can be saved?”
27Jesus looked straight at them and said, “For people this is impossible. But for God all things are possible.”
28Peter said to Jesus, “We left everything to follow you!”
29Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. Everyone who has left his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields for me and for the Good News 30will get a hundred times more than he left. Here in this world he will have more homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields. And with those things, he will also suffer for his belief. But in the age that is coming he will have life forever. 31Many who are first now will be last in the future. And those who are last now will be first in the future.”
Jesus Talks About His Own Death
32Jesus and the people with him were on the road to Jerusalem. Jesus was leading the way. The followers were amazed, but those who followed behind them were afraid. Jesus took the 12 apostles aside and talked with them alone. He told them what would happen in Jerusalem. 33He said, “We are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be given to the leading priests and teachers of the law. They will say that he must die. They will give him to the non-Jewish people, 34who will laugh at him and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and kill him. But on the third day after his death, he will rise to life again.”
Two Followers Ask Jesus a Favor
35Then James and John, sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus. They said, “Teacher, we want to ask you to do something for us.”
36Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
37They answered, “You will have glory in your kingdom. Let one of us sit at your right, and let one of us sit at your left.”
38Jesus said, “You don’t understand what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I must drink? And can you be baptized with the same kind of baptism that I must have?”# Jesus was asking if they could suffer the same terrible things that would happen to him.
39They answered, “Yes, we can!”
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the same cup that I will drink. And you will be baptized with the same baptism that I must have. 40But I cannot choose who will sit at my right or my left. These places are for those for whom they are prepared.”
41The ten followers heard this. They began to be angry with James and John.
42Jesus called all the followers together. He said, “The non-Jewish people have men they call rulers. You know that those rulers love to show their power over the people. And their important leaders love to use all their authority. 43But it should not be that way among you. If one of you wants to become great, then he must serve you like a servant. 44If one of you wants to become the most important, then he must serve all of you like a slave. 45In the same way, the Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve. The Son of Man came to give his life to save many people.”
Jesus Heals a Blind Man
46Then they came to the town of Jericho. As Jesus was leaving there with his followers and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting by the road. 47He heard that Jesus from Nazareth was walking by. The blind man cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, please help me!”
48Many people scolded the blind man and told him to be quiet. But he shouted more and more, “Son of David, please help me!”
49Jesus stopped and said, “Tell the man to come here.”
So they called the blind man. They said, “Cheer up! Get to your feet. Jesus is calling you.” 50The blind man stood up quickly. He left his coat there and went to Jesus.
51Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man answered, “Teacher, I want to see again.”
52Jesus said, “Go. You are healed because you believed.” At once the man was able to see again, and he followed Jesus on the road.