Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Testament in a Year - March 5

Mark 8:22 - 8:38- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

March 5

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Jesus Heals a Blind Man In Bethsaida

22Jesus and his followers came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to
Jesus. They begged Jesus to touch the man. 23So Jesus held the blind man's hand
and led him out of the village. Then Jesus spit on the man's eyes. Jesus put his
hands on the blind man and asked him, "Can you see now?" 24The blind man looked
up and said, "Yes, I see people. They look like trees walking around." 25Again
Jesus put his hands on the blind man's eyes. Then the man opened his eyes wide.
His eyes were healed, and he was able to see everything clearly. 26Jesus told him
to go home. Jesus said, "Don't go into the town."

Peter Says that Jesus Is the Christ

27Jesus and his followers went to the towns in the area of Caesarea Philippi. While
they were traveling, Jesus asked the followers, "Who do people say I am?" 28The
followers answered, "Some people say you are John the Baptizer. Other people say
you are Elijah.* And other people say that you are one of the prophets.* " 29Then
Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ.* " 30Jesus
told the followers, "Don't tell any person who I am."

Jesus Says He Must Die

31Then Jesus began to teach his followers that the Son of Man* must suffer many
things. Jesus taught that the Son of Man would not be accepted by the older Jewish
leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. Jesus taught that the
Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days. 32Jesus told
them everything that would happen. He did not keep anything secret. Peter spoke
to Jesus alone. Peter criticized Jesus for saying [those things]. 33But Jesus turned
and looked at his followers. Then he criticized Peter. Jesus said to Peter, "Go
away from me, Satan* ! You don't care about the things of God. You care only about
things that people think are important." 34Then Jesus called the people to him.
His followers were also there. Then Jesus said, "If any person wants to follow me,
he must say 'No' to the things he wants. That person must accept the cross (suffering)
that is given to him, and he must follow me. 35The person that wants to save his
life will lose it. And every person that gives his life for me and for the Good
News* will save his life forever. 36It is worth nothing for a person to have the
whole world, if he loses his soul [in hell]. 37A person could never pay enough to
buy back his soul. 38The people that live now are living in a sinful and evil time.
If any person is ashamed of me and my teaching, then I* will be ashamed of that
person. I will be ashamed of that person at the time I come with the glory of my
Father and the holy angels."

Footnotes: Elijah A man that spoke for God about 850 B.C. prophets People that spoke
for God. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. Son of Man A
name Jesus used for himself. In Dan. 7:13-14, this is the name for the Messiah,
the one God chose to save his people. Satan Name for the devil meaning "the enemy."
Jesus means that Peter was talking like Satan. Good News The news that God has made
a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him forever. I Literally,
"the Son of Man."

"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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