Jesus Heals a Man’s Hand
1Another time when Jesus went into a synagogue, a man with a crippled hand was there. 2Some people watched Jesus closely to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath day so they could accuse him.
3Jesus said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand up here in the middle of everyone.”
4Then Jesus asked the people, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath day: to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?” But they said nothing to answer him.
5Jesus was angry as he looked at the people, and he felt very sad because they were stubborn. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” The man held out his hand and it was healed. 6Then the Pharisees left and began making plans with the Herodians about a way to kill Jesus.
Many People Follow Jesus
7Jesus left with his followers for the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed him. 8Also many people came from Judea, from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from the lands across the Jordan River, and from the area of Tyre and Sidon. When they heard what Jesus was doing, many people came to him. 9When Jesus saw the crowds, he told his followers to get a boat ready for him to keep people from crowding against him. 10He had healed many people, so all the sick were pushing toward him to touch him. 11When evil spirits saw Jesus, they fell down before him and shouted, “You are the Son of God!” 12But Jesus strongly warned them not to tell who he was.
Jesus Chooses His Twelve Apostles
13Then Jesus went up on a mountain and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14Jesus chose twelve and called them apostles. He wanted them to be with him, and he wanted to send them out to preach 15and to have the authority to force demons out of people. 16These are the twelve men he chose: Simon (Jesus named him Peter), 17James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus named them Boanerges, which means “Sons of Thunder”), 18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, 19and Judas Iscariot, who later turned against Jesus.
Some People Say Jesus Has a Devil
20Then Jesus went home, but again a crowd gathered. There were so many people that Jesus and his followers could not eat. 21When his family heard this, they went to get him because they thought he was out of his mind. 22But the teachers of the law from Jerusalem were saying, “Beelzebul is living inside him! He uses power from the ruler of demons to force demons out of people.”
23So Jesus called the people together and taught them with stories. He said, “Satan will not force himself out of people. 24A kingdom that is divided cannot continue, 25and a family that is divided cannot continue. 26And if Satan is against himself and fights against his own people, he cannot continue; that is the end of Satan. 27No one can enter a strong person’s house and steal his things unless he first ties up the strong person. Then he can steal things from the house. 28I tell you the truth, all sins that people do and all the things people say against God can be forgiven. 29But anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of a sin that continues forever.”
30Jesus said this because the teachers of the law said that he had an evil spirit inside him.
Jesus’ True Family
31Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to tell him to come out. 32Many people were sitting around Jesus, and they said to him, “Your mother and brothers are waiting for you outside.”
33Jesus asked, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34Then he looked at those sitting around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what God wants.”
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