ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 275

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healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the
Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front
of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit
good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save
life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.
He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their
hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man
held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away
and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.
Jesus went out to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd followed
him. They came from all over Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, from east
of the Jordan River, and even from as far north as Tyre and Sidon. The
news about his miracles had spread far and wide, and vast numbers of
people came to see him.
Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would
not crush him. He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people
eagerly pushed forward to touch him. And whenever those possessed by
evil spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground
in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus sternly commanded the spirits not to reveal who he was.
Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted
to go with him. And they came to him. Then he appointed twelve of them
and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would
send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons. These
are the twelve he chose:
Simon (whom he named Peter),
James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them
“Sons of Thunder”),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (the zealot),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

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