Mark 3

Jesus makes a man well

1 Another time, Jesus went into the Jewish meeting place. A man was there. His hand was very small and weak, so he could not use it. 2 Some Pharisees were watching Jesus carefully. They wanted to find a reason to say that Jesus was doing wrong things. It was the Jewish day for rest. So the Pharisees watched Jesus to see if he would make the man well on this day. 3 Jesus said to the man, ‘Stand here in front of everyone.’

4 Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, ‘Is it right for us to do good things on our day for rest? Or should we do bad things? Should we save a person's life? Or should we kill people?’

Nobody said anything.

5 Jesus looked round at everybody. He felt angry with them. He also felt sad because they did not want to learn. Then he said to the man, ‘Lift up your hand.’ The man lifted his hand and it became well. He could use it again. 6 Then the Pharisees left the meeting place immediately. They went to meet with some other people who were friends with the ruler, Herod. The Pharisees talked with them about how they could kill Jesus.

3:6The people who were friends with Herod were important Jews. Herod ruled part of Israel on behalf of the Romans. His friends were happy because the Romans had authority in Israel. They did not like Jesus. They thought that he would cause problems for Herod.

Crowds follow Jesus

7 Jesus left that place and he went away to Lake Galilee with his disciples. A large crowd of people from Galilee followed them. 8 Many people also came to him from Judea, from Jerusalem, and from a part of Israel called Idumea. They also came from places on the other side of the river Jordan, and from the towns called Tyre and Sidon. Many people had heard about the things that Jesus was doing. That is why all these people came to him. 9 The crowd was very large. So Jesus asked his disciples to prepare a small boat for him. They did this so that the people would not push against him. 10 Sick people were pushing to the front, because they were trying to touch him. They knew that he had made many people well. 11 Often, a person with a bad spirit saw Jesus. Then, the spirit caused the person to fall down on the ground in front of Jesus. The spirit caused that person to shout out, ‘You are the Son of God.’ 12 Jesus often had to say to the bad spirits, ‘You must not tell anyone who I am.’

Jesus chooses 12 apostles

13 Jesus went up a mountain. He chose some men and he asked them to go there with him. So they met together with him there. 14 He chose a group of 12 men. He called them his apostles. He wanted them to be with him. And he would send them to teach people about God. 15 He gave these men authority to cause bad spirits to leave people. 16 These are the names of the 12 apostles:

Simon, (Jesus called him Peter).

17 James and John who were the sons of Zebedee. Jesus called them ‘Boanerges’. It means ‘men who are like a loud noise in a storm,’

18 Andrew,

Philip,

Bartholomew,

Matthew,

Thomas,

James, who was the son of Alphaeus,

Thaddaeus,

Simon the Zealot,

19 and Judas Iscariot. He later gave Jesus to the people who were against him.

3:19Jesus had many disciples. He chose 12 of them to be with him, so that he could teach them. He also called these 12 men apostles. The word apostle means that someone has sent the person out to do a job. Their job was to tell other people about Jesus. Matthew is another name for Levi. In Luke 6:16, Thaddaeus is called Judas, the son of James.
3:19There are 12 families in Israel. We think that Jesus chose 12 apostles for that reason. We can read about the families in Genesis 46.

Jesus talks about Satan

20 Then Jesus went into a house. And again, a crowd came together there. There were so many people that Jesus and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 People told his family what was happening. So they went to take him away with them. They thought that Jesus was crazy.

3:21Jesus' family lived in Nazareth. We think that they came 25 miles (40 kilometres) from that town to Capernaum to take him away with them.

22 Some teachers of God's Law came from Jerusalem. They said, ‘Jesus has a bad spirit called Beelzebul in him. That is Satan, the one who rules all the bad spirits. This man can send bad spirits out of people because Satan gives him authority.’

3:22Beelzebul is another name for Satan. They are both names for God's most important enemy.

23 So Jesus spoke to the teachers of God's Law. ‘Come here and listen,’ he said to them. He used stories to explain to them. ‘Satan would not fight against himself! 24 If armies in the same country start to fight each other, then they will destroy their own country. 25 And if the people in one family start to fight against each other, they will destroy their own family. 26 So Satan would not attack himself. If he did that, he would destroy his own power. That would be the end of him. 27 Nobody can easily go into the house of a strong man to rob him. To do that, he must first tie up the strong man. Then he can take away all that man's valuable things. 28 What I say to you is true. God can forgive all the wrong things that people do. He can also forgive people who say bad things against him. 29 But God will never forgive people who say bad things against the Holy Spirit. Those people will always be guilty.’

30 Jesus said this to the teachers of God's Law, because they said, ‘Jesus has a bad spirit in him.’

Jesus' mother and his brothers come to look for him

31 Then, Jesus' mother and his brothers arrived and they stood outside the house. They sent someone with a message. They wanted Jesus to come out to speak to them. 32 A crowd of people was sitting round Jesus. They said to him, ‘Look! Your mother and brothers are outside. They are looking for you.’

33 Jesus replied, ‘I will tell you who my mother and brothers really are.’

34 Then he looked at the people who were sitting round him. He said, ‘Look! Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 My brothers and sisters and my mother are those people who do what God wants.’

3:35People who believe in Jesus become part of the family of God.