Mark 10:32-52 : Easy-to-Read Version
Jesus Talks Again About His Death
32Jesus and the people with him were going to Jerusalem. Jesus was leading the people. Jesus' followers were amazed. But those people that followed behind them were afraid. Jesus gathered the twelve apostles* again and talked with them alone. Jesus told them what would happen in Jerusalem. 33Jesus said, "We are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man* will be given to the leading priests and teachers of the law. The priests and the teachers of the law will say that the Son of Man must die. They will give the Son of Man to the non-Jewish people. 34Those people will laugh at him and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and kill him. But on the third day after his death, he will rise to life again."
James and John Ask a Favor
35Then James and John, sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus. They said, "Teacher, we want to ask you to do something for us." 36Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" 37The sons answered, "You will have glory [in your kingdom]. Let one of us sit at your right, and let one of us sit at your left." 38Jesus said, "You don't understand what you are asking. Can you accept the kind of suffering that I must have*? And can you be baptized with the same kind of baptism* that I must have?" 39The sons answered, "Yes, we can!" Jesus said to the sons, "You will suffer the same things that I will suffer. And you will be baptized with the same baptism that I must have. 40But I cannot choose the person that will sit at my right or my left. There are some people that will have those places. Those places are prepared for them." 41The other ten followers heard this. They became angry with James and John. 42Jesus called all the followers together. Jesus said, "The non-Jewish people have men they call rulers. You know that those rulers love to show their power over the people. And their important leaders love to use all their authority over the people. 43But it should not be that way with you. If one of you wants to become great, then he must serve you like a servant. 44If one of you wants to become the most important, then he must serve all of you like a slave. 45In the same way, the Son of Man* did not come for other people to serve him. But the Son of Man came to serve other people. The Son of Man came to give his life to save many people."
Jesus Heals a Blind Man
46Then they came to the town of Jericho. Jesus was leaving that town with his followers and many other people. A blind man named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting by the road. This man was always begging for money. 47The blind man heard that Jesus from Nazareth was walking by. The blind man shouted, "Jesus, Son of David,* please help me!" 48Many people criticized the blind man. They told him not to speak. But the blind man shouted more and more, "Son of David,* please help me!" 49Jesus stopped and said, "Tell the man to come here." So they called the blind man. They said, "Be happy! Stand up! Jesus is calling you." 50The blind man stood quickly. He left his coat there and went to Jesus. 51Jesus asked the man, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man answered, "Teacher, I want to see again." 52Jesus said, "Go. You are healed because you believed." Then the man was able to see again. He followed Jesus on the road.
apostles The men Jesus chose to be his special helpers. 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. accept the kind of suffering that I must have Literally, "drink the cup that I must drink." baptized with the same kind of baptism Has a special meaning here--being "baptized" or "buried" in troubles. 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. Son of David Name for the Christ, who was from the family of David, king of Israel.