1This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.#1.1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God. 2#Mal 3.1It began as the prophet Isaiah had written: “God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you to clear the way for you.’ 3 # Is 40.3 (LXX) Someone is shouting in the desert, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!’ ” 4So John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching.#1.4 John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching; some manuscripts have John the Baptist appeared in the desert, preaching. “Turn away from your sins and be baptized,” he told the people, “and God will forgive your sins.” 5Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the River Jordan. 6 # 2 Kgs 1.8 John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 7He announced to the people, “The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 9Not long afterwards Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 11#Gen 22.2; Ps 2.7; Is 42.1; Mt 3.17; 12.18; Mk 9.7; Lk 3.22And a voice came from heaven, “You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you.” 12At once the Spirit made him go into the desert, 13where he stayed forty days, being tempted by Satan. Wild animals were there also, but angels came and helped him. 14After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God. 15#Mt 3.2“The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!” 16As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net. 17Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” 18At once they left their nets and went with him. 19He went a little farther on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat getting their nets ready. 20As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them; they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus.