Things had gotten crazier.Mark 3 7 Meanwhile Jesus and His the inﬁrm pushed forward constantlyfollowers traveled to the shore of the to touch Him, to be healed, and to askSea of Galilee; as always, a huge crowd His blessing. The crowd pressed sofrom Galilee and Judea gathered. closely around Jesus that He asked His8 People had come from miles to see disciples to get a boat He could boardthis man they were hearing so much if the crush became too great.about. They came from the big cities,including Jerusalem of Judea, Tyre andSidon of Phoenicia, and from the regionof Idumea, south of Judea. 9-10 SinceJesus had healed so many, the sick and
Not like this.Mark 3 11 Most wanted to be nearHim, except for those possessed byunclean spirits. Those people fell downbefore Him.Unclean Spirits: You are the Son ofGod.12 But He ordered them not to revealHis true identity.
The True, Obedient RemnantMark 3 13 Jesus called together a 17 James and John (the sons ofselect group of His followers and led Zebedee, whom Jesus called “the Sonsthem up onto a mountain. 14 There He of Thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip,commissioned them the twelve. [Later Bartholomew, Matthew (the taxHe calls them His emissaries.] He collector, also called Levi), Thomas,wanted them to be with Him. He sent James (the son of Alphaeus),them out to spread the good news Thaddaeus, Simon of Canaan (who was15 and to cast out evil spirits [and heal also called “the Zealot”), 19 and Judasdiseases]. 16 Here are the names of the Iscariot (who one day would betrayoriginal twelve: Simon (whom Jesus Jesus to the authorities in Jerusalem socalled Peter, meaning “the rock”), God’s purpose could be fulﬁlled).
What’s gotten into Him?Mark 3 20 Jesus and His disciples 22 The scribes, for their part, camewent into a house to eat, but so many down from Jerusalem and spread thepeople pressed in to see Jesus that they slander that Jesus was in league withcould not be served. 21 When Jesus’ the devil.family heard about this craziness, theywent to drag Him out of that place. Scribes: That’s how He casts out demons. He’s casting them out by theJesus’ Family (to one another): Jesus power of Beelzebul—the ancient Philistinehas lost His mind. god—the prince of demons.
Beware the unforgivable sin.Mark 3 23 When Jesus heard this, He 27 If you want to break into the house of atried to reason with them using parables. strong man and plunder it, you have to bind him ﬁrst.Then you can do whatever youJesus: Listen. How can Satan drive out want with his possessions. 28 Listen, theSatan? 24 A kingdom that makes war truth is that people can be forgiven ofagainst itself will collapse. 25 A household almost anything. God has been known todivided against itself cannot stand. 26 If forgive many things, even blasphemy. 29 ButSatan opposes himself, he cannot stand and speaking evil of the Spirit of God is anis ﬁnished. unforgivable sin that will follow you into eternity. 30 He said this because the scribes were telling people that Jesus got His power from dark forces instead of from God.
Doing God’s will was Job One.Mark 3 31 When Jesus’ mother and Jesus (answering them): Who are Mybrothers arrived, they couldn’t break mother and brothers?through the crowd, so they sent word into Jesus that He should come out to He called into the silence. No one spoke.them. 32 The crowd was pressed in tightaround Him when He received the 34 At last His gaze swept across thosemessage, “Your mother and brothers [and gathered close, and Jesus smiled.sisters] are waiting outside for You.” Jesus: You, here, are My mother and My33 Jesus looked around. brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is My true family.
Heal us! You’re evil!Leave us Jesus. Come alone! home. Judas. What?!? Really?
Cure Stop all this cancer. the hating.Banish my End all demons. Jesus. slavery. Heal the Restore earth! my soul.