The Gospel of Mark Chapter 3, v.13 (don't forget the Reading Tips in right panel . . .)
Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles
Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. 14 Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles.They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, 15 giving them authority to cast out demons.
16 These are the twelve he chose: Simon (whom he named Peter), 17 James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the zealot), 19 Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
Jesus and the Prince of Demons
20 One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. 21 When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said. 22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.” 23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. 24 “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. 25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. 27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house. 28 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, 29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” 30 He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”
The True Family of Jesus
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.” 33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
About today's contributor - Angie lives in Westchester with her two kids and husband Dan.
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What comes to mind when I think of Jesus? Man, healer, savior . . . But this week, I am surprised to focus on Jesus as teacher. I've noticed that Jesus speaks with great authority, in analogies and illustrations, and asks questions.
This makes me think about the teaching moments in my life. I often consider what I can learn given the circumstances that I'm in. But it's harder to ask, "what is Jesus teaching me right now?" because it takes a moment to tune out of my own thoughts and tune into Jesus' voice. I want Him to show up with a white board and answer key! But really, He does the same with me that He does in these bible passages - He speaks with authority, sometimes showing me pictures, sometimes asking me questions. This usually happens through journaling, conversation, prayer, and sometimes dreams.
How have you experienced Jesus as teacher? And what does it mean for you that, like the apostles here, Jesus has given us authority to teach and cast out evil?
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