17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him. He fell on his knees before Jesus. “Good teacher,” he said, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good except God.
19You know what the commandments say. ‘Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not give false witness. Do not cheat. Honor your father and mother.’ ”
20“Teacher,” he said, “I have obeyed all those commandments since I was a boy.”
21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “You are missing one thing,” he said. “Go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”
22The man's face fell. He went away sad, because he was very rich.
23Jesus looked around. He said to his disciples, “How hard it is for rich people to enter God's kingdom!”
24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter God's kingdom!
25Is it hard for a camel to go through the eye of a needle? It is even harder for the rich to enter God's kingdom!”
26The disciples were even more amazed. They said to each other, “Then who can be saved?”
27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, that is impossible. But not with God. All things are possible with God.”
28Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29“What I'm about to tell you is true,” Jesus replied. “Has anyone left home or family or fields for me and the good news?
30They will receive 100 times as much in this world. They will have homes and families and fields. But they will also be treated badly by others. In the world to come they will live forever.
31But many who are first will be last. And the last will be first.”
32They were on their way up to Jerusalem. Jesus was leading the way. The disciples were amazed. Those who followed were afraid. Again Jesus took the Twelve to one side. He told them what was going to happen to him.
33“We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said. “The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will sentence him to death. Then they will hand him over to people who are not Jews.
34The people will make fun of him and spit on him. They will whip him and kill him. Three days later he will rise from the dead!”
46Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. They were leaving the city. A large crowd was with them. A blind man was sitting by the side of the road begging. His name was Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus means Son of Timaeus.
47He heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. So he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!”
48Many people commanded him to stop. They told him to be quiet. But he shouted even louder, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!”
49Jesus stopped and said, “Call for him.” So they called out to the blind man, “Cheer up! Get up on your feet! Jesus is calling for you.”
50He threw his coat to one side. Then he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to be able to see.”
52“Go,” said Jesus. “Your faith has healed you.” Right away he could see. And he followed Jesus along the road.