Jesus and his disciples headed out to the lake with a large crowd in tow. Word was really getting around about all the miracles he was doing, so people came out of the woodwork from places like Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea and the regions on the other side of the Jordan River, and even from as far away as Tyre and Sidon.
Jesus asked his disciples to set him up in a small boat in the lake, to keep the people from crowding in on him. All those miracle healings had sick people rushing to touch. Whenever people with mental illness saw him, they fell down in front of him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”
Jesus warned people to not tell anyone else about him. All of this fulfilled the prediction that Isaiah had made when he said:
Here’s the one I’ve chosen—the one I love; the one who brings me joy. I will put my Spirit on him and he will preach justice far and wide. He won’t argue or plead with anyone; he won’t preach on a soapbox either. He won’t so much as pull a weed or kill a fly until he has caused justice to prevail. People all over the world will put their hope in him.
During one of the days at the lake, Jesus went out on a mountainside and spent the night speaking with God. The next morning, he called all of his followers over and designated 12 of them as deputies of sorts, giving them authority to reteach his teachings and to force the evil out of people. Here’s who made the squad: Simon (who he called Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James Alphaeuson, Simon who everyone knew as the Zealot, James’ son Judas, and Judas Iscariot, the one who turned him over to the authorities in the end.