10 Jesus left that place and went into the area of Judea and across the Jordan River. Again crowds of people came to him. As usual, he taught them.
5“You were stubborn. That’s why Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6“But at the beginning of creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ (Genesis 1:27) 7‘That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. 8The two of them will become one.’ (Genesis 2:24) They are no longer two, but one. 9So a man must not separate what God has joined together.”
11He answered, “What if a man divorces his wife and gets married to another woman? He commits adultery against her. 12And what if she divorces her husband and gets married to another man? She commits adultery.”
13People were bringing little children to Jesus. They wanted him to touch them. But the disciples told the people to stop.
14When Jesus saw this, he was angry. He said to his disciples, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. God’s kingdom belongs to people like them. 15What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who will not receive God’s kingdom like a little child will never enter it.”
17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him. He fell on his knees before Jesus. “Good teacher,” he said, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good except God. 19You know what the commandments say. ‘Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not give false witness. Do not cheat. Honor your father and mother.’ ” (Exodus 20:12–16; Deuteronomy 5:16–20)
21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “You are missing one thing,” he said. “Go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”
24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter God’s kingdom! 25Is it hard for a camel to go through the eye of a needle? It is even harder for the rich to enter God’s kingdom!”
29“What I’m about to tell you is true,” Jesus replied. “Has anyone left home or family or fields for me and the good news? 30They will receive 100 times as much in this world. They will have homes and families and fields. But they will also be treated badly by others. In the world to come they will live forever. 31But many who are first will be last. And the last will be first.”
32They were on their way up to Jerusalem. Jesus was leading the way. The disciples were amazed. Those who followed were afraid.
Again Jesus took the Twelve to one side. He told them what was going to happen to him. 33“We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said. “The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will sentence him to death. Then they will hand him over to people who are not Jews. 34The people will make fun of him and spit on him. They will whip him and kill him. Three days later he will rise from the dead!”
35James and John came to Jesus. They were the sons of Zebedee. “Teacher,” they said, “we would like to ask a favor of you.”
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink. And you will go through the baptism I go through. 40But it is not for me to say who will sit at my right or left hand. These places belong to those they are prepared for.”
42Jesus called them together. He said, “You know about those who are rulers of the nations. They hold power over their people. Their high officials order them around. 43Don’t be like that. Instead, anyone who wants to be important among you must be your servant. 44And anyone who wants to be first must be the slave of everyone. 45Even the Son of Man did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free.”
46Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. They were leaving the city. A large crowd was with them.
A blind man was sitting by the side of the road begging. His name was Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus means Son of Timaeus. 47He heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. So he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!”
So they called out to the blind man, “Cheer up! Get up on your feet! Jesus is calling for you.”
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to be able to see.”
Right away he could see. And he followed Jesus along the road.
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