3:1Again he entered the synagogue, and there was someone with a shriveled hand.3:2Jesus was closely watched to see if he would heal on the Sabbath so they’d have an excuse to accuse him.3:3And he said to the one with the useless hand, “Step up here in front.”3:4Then he said to them all, “On the Sabbath, is it permissible to do good or to do evil, to restore a life or to destroy it?” But they were silent.3:5Jesus looked around at them angrily, irritated by their hard hearts. Then he said to the person, “Hold out your hand.” He did so, and it was instantly restored.
3:6At this, the Pharisees went right out and convened a council with the Herodians, to concoct a plot to kill Jesus.3:7But Jesus and his disciples went to the sea. A huge crowd from Galilee followed,3:8along with people from Judea, Jerusalem, the area of Idumea, from the other side of the Jordan, and from around Tyre and Sidon.3:9They all came to him due to what they’d heard about him. And he told his disciples to keep a boat handy so the crowd wouldn’t crush him.
3:10In fact, he had healed many, and they all were pressing in on him so that whoever had a physical problem could be healed.3:11And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out as they left, “You are the God-Man!”3:12But he sternly warned them not to reveal who he was.
3:13Then Jesus went up into the mountain and picked out certain people to come to him, and they did so.3:14He made twelve of them official Ambassadors, who would stay with him and be commissioned to proclaim3:15and to have authority to expel the demons.3:16These were the Twelve: Simon (he called him Peter),3:17James son of Zebedee and his brother John (he called them Boanerges, meaning “Thunderous Ones”),3:18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alpheus, Thaddaios, Simon the Zealot,3:19and Judas of Kerioth, who would later betray Jesus.
3:20He went into a house, but such a large crowd gathered that he couldn’t even recline to eat a meal.3:21When his relatives1 heard about it they came to take him by force, because they thought he’d lost his mind.3:22But the scripture scholars who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Beelzeboul!” and “It’s by the power of the ruler of the demons that he throws the demons out!”
3:23So Jesus replied to them with a parable: “How can the Adversary throw out the Adversary?3:24A kingdom divided against itself won’t last long;3:25a house divided against itself cannot endure.3:26So if the Adversary rises up against himself and divides himself, he cannot endure but has met his end.
3:27“No one can enter a strong person’s house to plunder their possessions unless they first tie up the strong one; then they can plunder their house.3:28I tell you truly that all people’s failures and slanders will be forgiven,3:29unless they slander the Holy Spirit. There is no acquittal for that in this age, and they are guilty of an eternal failure.”3:30(He said this because they had accused him of having an unclean spirit.)
3:31Then his mother and siblings came and stood outside, and they sent someone to call for him.3:32The crowd was seated all around him, and they told him, “Look! Your mother and brothers and sisters are here looking for you.”3:33And he replied, “Who is my mother and who are my siblings?”3:34Then he looked at those sitting around him and said, “See? These are my mother and siblings,3:35because whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
- 1Lit. ’some people’, but believed to be a figure of speech referring to family.