Jesus Teaches About Divorce
1Then Jesus left that place and went into the area of Judea and across the Jordan River. Again, crowds came to him, and he taught them as he usually 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.”
5Jesus said, “Moses wrote that command for you because you were stubborn. 6But when God made the world, ‘he made them male and female.’ 7‘So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, 8and the two will become one body.’ So there are not two, but one. 9God has joined the two together, so no one should separate them.”
10Later, in the house, his followers 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 little children to Jesus so he could touch them, but his followers told them to stop. 14When Jesus saw this, he was upset and said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these children. 15I tell you the truth, you must accept the kingdom of God as if you were a little child, or you will never enter it.” 16Then Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.
A Rich Young Man’s Question
17As Jesus started to leave, a man ran to him and fell on his knees before Jesus. The man asked, “Good teacher, what must I do to have life forever?”
18Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good. 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. You must not cheat. Honor your father and mother.’ ”
20The man said, “Teacher, I have obeyed all these things since I was a boy.”
21Jesus, looking at the man, loved him and said, “There is one more thing you need to do. Go and sell everything you have, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”
22He was very sad to hear Jesus say this, and he left sorrowfully, because he was rich.
23Then Jesus looked at his followers and said, “How hard it will be for the 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 to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
26The followers were even more surprised and said to each other, “Then who can be saved?”
27Jesus looked at them and said, “For people this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
28Peter said to Jesus, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”
29Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, all those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farms for me and for the Good News 30will get more than they left. Here in this world they will have a hundred times more homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields. And with those things, they will also suffer for their belief. But in this age they will have life forever. 31Many who are first now will be last in the future. And many who are last now will be first in the future.”
Jesus Talks About His Death
32As Jesus and the people with him were on the road to Jerusalem, he was leading the way. His followers were amazed, but others in the crowd who followed were afraid. Again Jesus took the twelve apostles aside and began to tell them what was about to happen in Jerusalem. 33He said, “Look, we are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be turned over to the leading priests and the teachers of the law. They will say that he must die, and they will turn him over to the non-Jewish people, 34who will laugh at him and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and crucify him. But on the third day, he will rise to life again.”
Two Followers Ask Jesus a Favor
35Then James and John, sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and 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, “Let one of us sit at your right side and one of us sit at your left side in your glory in your kingdom.”
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 go through?”
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 go through. 40But I cannot choose who will sit at my right or my left; those places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
41When the other ten followers heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.
42Jesus called them together and said, “The other nations have 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. Whoever wants to become great among you must serve the rest of you like a servant. 44Whoever wants to become the first among you 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 others and to give his life as a ransom for 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 great many people, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting by the road. 47When he heard that Jesus from Nazareth was walking by, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48Many people warned the blind man to be quiet, but he shouted even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49Jesus stopped and said, “Tell the man to come here.”
So they called the blind man, saying, “Cheer up! Get to your feet. Jesus is calling you.” 50The blind man jumped up, 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.”
52Jesus said, “Go, you are healed because you believed.” At once the man could see, and he followed Jesus on the road.