After that Jesus got in a ship and went back to His own city. When He got there people brought a sick man to Him who was lying on a bed. The man was shaking and so weak he couldn’t walk. Jesus told the man, Cheer up, by happy, God forgives all your sins and bad stuff. It is all let go and gone from you.
Some of the leaders were there and heard what Jesus said and thought, This man is saying wrong stuff about God. But Jesus was God there with them and He knew what they were thinking. He said to them, Why are you thinking bad stuff in your hearts? Is it easier to say, Your sins are forgiven or to say, Get up and walk? (Only God can forgive sins and only God can make the sickness go away so he could get up and walk.)
And so you will know that it is really God here in Me, I am the Son of the Most High, and have the power to forgive sins… then Jesus said to the sick man, Get up and take your bed and go back to your house. And the man got up and went to his house. When the people saw it they were amazed and so happy that God had given a power like that to men.
Then later, when Jesus was sitting down to eat many people, tax collectors and people who had done bad stuff, came and sat down with Him. The leaders saw it and asked Jesus followers, Why does your Master eat with bad ones. Jesus heard it and said, Sick ones need to be made well, good ones don’t. Jesus told them, Go learn what it means when the Lord said, I want My special love to go out. I came to call not the ones who do good, but the ones who do bad to turn back to Me.
Then people came and asked Jesus, Why do the people who followed John, stop eating to get quiet with God, and the ones who follow you, don’t. Jesus told them, Can the children at the wedding be sad when the bridegroom is there with them. The one they stop eating to get close to is here with them. When I am gone, then they will stop eating to get close to Me.
It is a new time, not like the old time. The old stuff doesn’t fit into this new time, like using a new piece of cloth to fix a tear in an old shirt only makes it look worse or like putting new wine in an old wineskin will split it open and spill all the wine out. We do things a new way in this new time that starts now because I am here with you.
When Jesus got to the rulers house He saw the people there who were crying and singing sad songs and playing music because the girl was dead. Jesus told them, Stop it! The little girl is not dead; she is just sleeping. The people laughed and made fun of Jesus. But they were put outside the house. Then Jesus went in and took the little girl by the hand and she got up all well.
When they got to the house, the blind men came in and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I can make you see? They said, Yes, Lord. Jesus touched their eyes and said, What you believed will be done for you. And their eyes were opened and they could see everything. Jesus told them, Don’t tell anyone about this. But when they went out, they told everyone so that people everywhere knew about Jesus and what He could do.
Jesus called His 12 special followers and gave power to them to throw bad spirits out of people and heal every kind of sickness and bad thing that can happen to people. Then He sent them out and told them where to go and what to say. He said, Go to the lost sheep in My nation Israel, first, not to the other countries around the world.
Tell them, The kingdom of heaven is here now. Heal the sick ones and raise up the dead ones and fix every sickness and throw out all the bad ones. Give out My power for free to everyone because I give everything to you for free. Don’t take gold or silver in your purses or extra coats or shoes or anything.
Let the ones you go to help give you what you will need. And every town you go into, if it wants you, then let your peace be there, but if it doesn’t want you and the people won’t listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet as you go away from that town. When judgment time comes, it will be very bad for that town.