1The #Matt. 1:1; 3:1; Luke 3:22beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, #Ps. 2:7; Matt. 14:33; Luke 1:35the Son of God. 2As it is written in the Prophets: #Mal. 3:1; Matt. 11:10; Luke 7:27“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3“The#Is. 40:3; Matt. 3:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23 voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ ” 4#Mal. 4:6; Matt. 3:1; Luke 3:3John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5#Matt. 3:5Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6Now John was #Matt. 3:4clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, #Matt. 3:11; John 1:27; Acts 13:25“There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8#Acts 1:5; 11:16I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you #Is. 44:3; John 20:22; (Acts 2:4; 10:45, 46; 1 Cor. 12:13)with the Holy Spirit.” 9#Matt. 3:13–17; Luke 3:21, 22It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10#Ezek. 1:1; Matt. 3:16; John 1:32And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit #Is. 11:2; 61:1; Acts 10:38descending upon Him like a dove. 11Then a voice came from heaven, #(Ps. 2:7); Is. 42:1; Matt. 3:17; 12:18; Mark 9:7; Luke 3:22“You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 12#Matt. 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. 13And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; #Matt. 4:10, 11and the angels ministered to Him. 14#Matt. 4:12Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, #Matt. 4:23preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15and saying, #Dan. 9:25; (Gal. 4:4; Eph. 1:10; 1 Tim. 2:6); Titus 1:3“The time is fulfilled, and #Matt. 3:2; 4:17; (Acts 20:21)the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16#Matt. 4:18–22; Luke 5:2–11; John 1:40–42And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become #Matt. 13:47, 48fishers of men.” 18#Matt. 19:27; (Luke 14:26)They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 19When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.