- The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- As it is written in the prophets,
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.
- The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight!’”
- John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.
- All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.
- John was clothed with camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
- He preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen.
- I baptized you in water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.”
- It happened in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
- Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
- A voice came out of the sky, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
- Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness.
- He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him.
- Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God,
- and saying,
“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News.”
- Passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
- Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men.”
- Immediately they left their nets, and followed him.
- Going on a little further from there, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.
- Immediately he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.
- They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught.
- They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.
- Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
- saying, “Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!”
- Jesus rebuked him, saying,
“Be quiet, and come out of him!”
- The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
- They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!”
- The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.
- Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
- Now Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.
- He came and took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them.
- At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick, and those who were possessed by demons.
- All the city was gathered together at the door.
- He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. He didn’t allow the demons to speak, because they knew him.
- Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there.
- Simon and those who were with him followed after him;
- and they found him, and told him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
- He said to them,
“Let’s go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason.”
- He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.
- A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”
- Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him,
“I want to. Be made clean.”
- When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.
- He strictly warned him, and immediately sent him out,
- and said to him,
“See you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”
- But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places: and they came to him from everywhere.