On one occasion when Jesus entered a house a crowd began to gather around him and soon he and his disciples were so busy that they didn’t even have time to eat. When his family heard what was happening, they set out to fetch him home, saying, “He’s gone out of his mind!”

However, the teachers of religious law who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Beelzebul, the prince of demons! That’s why he has the power to cast out demons.”

Jesus called them over and gave them an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. “A kingdom divided against itself will collapse. Similarly, a family divided against itself will also collapse. And if Satan was divided and fought against himself, how could he stand? His kingdom would also collapse. And who is powerful enough to enter the home of a being like Satan? Only someone who is stronger—someone who’s able to tie him up and plunder his goods.

“Let me tell you the truth, anyone can be forgiven for every crime that they commit and slander that they utter, except that of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. That can never be forgiven.” He told them this because they’d said, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived at the house. They stood outside and sent a message in to tell him to come and see them.

As Jesus was speaking to the crowd that sat around him, someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”

Then he looked at those around him and said, “Here are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”


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