When they got to the other side of the sea a man came out of the graveyard who had a bad spirit in him. He was real strong and scary and always cutting himself with rocks and crying. When the man saw Jesus far away he ran to Jesus and bowed down to Him loving Him in his heart. Jesus said to the bad spirit, Come out of him, you unclean spirit and many bad spirits came out. When Jesus let them go into a herd of pigs, the pigs ran down a cliff and drowned themselves in the sea.
As they were walking to the man’s house an woman sneaked up behind Jesus to touch his robe because she had been sick with bleeding for 12 years and she thought if she could just touch the bottom of his clothes she would be all well. Jesus knew it when she touched His robe, and turned around to talk to her. She was really scared. But Jesus said, Your trust in Me made you all better.
Then someone came from the man’s house and said, Your little girl is dead. Jesus told the man, Don’t be scared, just trust Me. When they got to his house the people were all singing the death songs and crying real loud. Jesus told them, Why are you doing all this fuss? She is not dead but asleep. The people laughed at him. Jesus put the people outside and went and took the little girl by the hand and she got up all well. All the people were amazed and Jesus told them to give the little girl something to eat.
After that Jesus was teaching lots of stuff in the church house and the people said, Where did he learn all this stuff? Isn’t this the builder, Mary’s son, and aren’t these his brothers and sisters here? The people didn’t like him and wouldn’t listen to Him. And Jesus couldn’t help many people there because they didn’t believe Him. Jesus was amazed that they didn’t believe. He went around to the villages teaching them about His kingdom.
Some bad leaders came to Jesus and said, Why don’t the ones who follow you do what they are supposed to? They don’t wash their hands before they eat their food. Jesus told them, Isaiah said right about you that you love God with empty rules but your hearts are far away from Him. You don’t do what He said and you make up stuff to do that doesn’t matter, like washing pots and cups. You threw away God’s rules like the one that says, Hold your father and mother high in your hearts and don’t help them.
Then Jesus called the people around Him and said, Listen and understand what I tell you. What you put in your mouth doesn’t hurt you. It’s bad stuff you let come out of your heart that will hurt you like bad thoughts and hating and hurting and saying bad stuff about other people and being puffed up and silly and not wanting God and saying bad stuff about Him and stealing and wanting the stuff that other people have. This stuff comes from inside you and makes you dirty.
Then Jesus left and got in a ship and went to the other side of the sea. Jesus told his followers with Him, Stay away from the puffed up food of the bad leaders. They thought he was talking about bread for the tummy instead of bread for the heart. Jesus asked them, Don’t you remember all the bread for the 4,000 and how many baskets were left over. And how many baskets were left after the 5,000 were full? Why don’t you know what I am talking about?
When they got to the city called Bethsaida the people brought a blind man to Jesus. Jesus took the blind man’s hand and led him out of town and then put His spit on the man’s eyes and said, Can you see anything? The man said, I see men. They look like trees walking around. Jesus put His hands on the man again and then the man could see the right way real good. Jesus sent the man home and said, Don’t tell anyone.
Then Jesus went with His followers to other towns. As they walked along, Jesus asked them, Who do people say that I am? They told Him, Some think you are John who did the baptizing and some say you are Elijah. Then Jesus asked, Who do you say that I am? Peter said, You are the special promised One sent from God.