The Temptation of Jesus
1Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and nights. After this, he was very hungry. 3The devil came to Jesus to tempt him. The devil said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these rocks to become bread.”
4Jesus answered, “It is written in the Scriptures, ‘A person does not live only by eating bread. But a person lives by everything the Lord says.’”# Quotation from Deuteronomy 8:3.
5Then the devil led Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem. He put Jesus on a very high place of the Temple. 6The devil said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off. It is written in the Scriptures,
‘He has put his angels in charge of you.
They will catch you with their hands.
And you will not hit your foot on a rock.’” Psalm 91:11-12
7Jesus answered him, “It also says in the Scriptures, ‘Do not test the Lord your God.’”# Quotation from Deuteronomy 6:16.
8Then the devil led Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. He showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and all the great things that are in those kingdoms. 9The devil said, “If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things.”
10Jesus said to the devil, “Go away from me, Satan! It is written in the Scriptures, ‘You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!’”# Quotation from Deuteronomy 6:13.
11So the devil left Jesus. And then some angels came to Jesus and helped him.
Jesus Begins Work in Galilee
12Jesus heard that John had been put in prison. So Jesus went back to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and went and lived in Capernaum, a town near Lake Galilee. Capernaum is in the area near Zebulun and Naphtali. 14Jesus did this to make true what the prophet Isaiah said:
15“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali
are on the way to the sea.
They are along the Jordan River.
This is Galilee where the non-Jewish people live.
16These people who live in darkness
will see a great light.
They live in a place that is very dark.
But a light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:1-2
Jesus Chooses Some Followers
17From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Change your hearts and lives, because the kingdom of heaven is coming soon.”
18Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee. He saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Simon’s brother Andrew. The brothers were fishermen, and they were fishing in the lake with a net. 19Jesus said, “Come follow me. I will make you fishermen for men.” 20At once Simon and Andrew left their nets and followed him.
21Jesus continued walking by Lake Galilee. He saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets to catch fish. Jesus told them to come with him. 22At once they left the boat and their father, and they followed Jesus.
Jesus Teaches and Heals People
23Jesus went everywhere in Galilee. He taught in the synagogues and preached the Good News about the kingdom of heaven. And he healed all the people’s diseases and sicknesses. 24The news about Jesus spread all over Syria, and people brought all the sick to him. These sick people were suffering from different kinds of diseases and pain. Some were suffering very great pain, some had demons, some were epileptics,# People with a disease that causes them sometimes to lose control of their bodies, and maybe faint, shake strongly, or not be able to move. and some were paralyzed. Jesus healed all of them. 25Many people followed him. They came from Galilee, the Ten Towns,# In Greek, called “Decapolis.” It was an area east of Lake Galilee that once had ten main towns. Jerusalem, Judea, and the land across the Jordan River.