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1 The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it has been written by the prophet Isaiah: "Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.
3 The voice of one crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths."
4 John was in the desert, baptizing and preaching a baptism of repentance, as a remission of sins.
5 And there went out to him all the region of Judea and all those of Jerusalem, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist. And he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 And he preached, saying: "A stronger one comes after me. I am not worthy to reach down and loosen the laces of his shoes.
8 I have baptized you with water. Yet truly, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
9 And it happened that, in those days, Jesus arrived from Nazareth of Galilee. And he was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And immediately, upon ascending from the water, he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit, like a dove, descending, and remaining with him.
11 And there was a voice from heaven: "You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased."
12 And immediately the Spirit prompted him into the desert.
13 And he was in the desert for forty days and forty nights. And he was tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the Angels ministered to him.
14 Then, after John was handed over, Jesus went into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 and saying: "For the time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the Gospel."
16 And passing by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishermen.
17 And Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
18 And at once abandoning their nets, they followed him.
19 And continuing on a little ways from there, he saw James of Zebedee and his brother John, and they were mending their nets in a boat.
20 And immediately he called them. And leaving behind their father Zebedee in the boat with his hired hands, they followed him.
21 And they entered into Capernaum. And entering into the synagogue promptly on the Sabbaths, he taught them.
22 And they were astonished over his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one who has authority, and not like the scribes.
23 And in their synagogue, there was a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24 saying: "What are we to you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God."
25 And Jesus admonished him, saying, "Be silent, and depart from the man."
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, departed from him.
27 And they were all so amazed that they inquired among themselves, saying: "What is this? And what is this new doctrine? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
28 And his fame went out quickly, throughout the entire region of Galilee.
29 And soon after departing from the synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 But the mother-in-law of Simon lay ill with a fever. And at once they told him about her.
31 And drawing near to her, he raised her up, taking her by the hand. And immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.
32 Then, when evening arrived, after the sun had set, they brought to him all who had maladies and those who had demons.
33 And the entire city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many who were troubled with various illnesses. And he cast out many demons, but he would not permit them to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising up very early, departing, he went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
36 And Simon, and those who were with him, followed after him.
37 And when they had found him, they said to him, "For everyone is seeking you."
38 And he said to them: "Let us go into the neighboring towns and cities, so that I may preach there also. Indeed, it was for this reason that I came."
39 And he was preaching in their synagogues and throughout all of Galilee, and casting out demons.
40 And a leper came to him, begging him. And kneeling down, he said to him, "If you are willing, you are able to cleanse me."
41 Then Jesus, taking pity on him, reached out his hand. And touching him, he said to him: "I am willing. Be cleansed."
42 And after he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
43 And he admonished him, and he promptly sent him away.
44 And he said to him: "See to it that you tell no one. But go and show yourself to the high priest, and offer for your cleansing that which Moses instructed, as a testimony for them."
45 But having departed, he began to preach and to disseminate the word, so that he was no longer able to openly enter a city, but had to remain outside, in deserted places. And they were gathered to him from every direction.
The Preaching of John the Baptist
Mt 3:1–12; Lk 3:1–9, 15–17; Jn 1:19–28
1#Mt 14:33The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2#Mal 3:1; Mt 11:10; Lk 1:76As it is written in the Prophets:
“Look, I am sending My messenger before Your face,
who will prepare Your way before You.”#Mal 3:1.
3#Mt 3:3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make His paths straight.’ ”#Isa 40:3.
4#Lk 1:77John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5#Ac 19:18The whole region of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6#Lev 11:22; 2Ki 1:8John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist. And he ate locusts and wild honey. 7#Ac 13:25; Jn 1:27He preached saying, “After me is coming One mightier than I, the straps of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8#Ac 1:5; Isa 44:3I indeed have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus
Mt 3:13–17; Lk 3:21–22
9#Mt 2:23In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10#Isa 64:1; Mt 3:16Coming up out of the water, He immediately saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. 11#Ps 2:7; Isa 42:1And a voice came from heaven, saying, “You are My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
The Temptation of Jesus
Mt 4:1–11; Lk 4:1–13
12#Mt 4:1–11The Spirit immediately drove Him into the wilderness. 13#Mt 26:53; Heb 4:15And He was there in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts. And the angels ministered to Him.
The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
Mt 4:12–17; Lk 4:14–15
14#Mt 4:12; 4:23After John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15#Gal 4:4; Ac 20:21; Eph 1:10saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.”
The Calling of the First Disciples
Mt 4:18–22; Lk 5:1–11
16#Mt 4:18–22; Jn 1:40–42As He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, his brother, throwing a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17Jesus said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 18Immediately they 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. 20Immediately He called them. And they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed Him.
The Man With an Unclean Spirit
Lk 4:31–37
21#Mt 4:23; Mk 1:39They went to Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. 22#Mt 7:28–29They were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23In their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit. 24#Ac 3:14; Mt 8:29; Lk 4:34And he cried out, “Leave us alone! What do You have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God.”
25#Mk 1:34Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” 26#Mk 9:20; 9:26When the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, it came out of him.
27They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, “What is this? What new teaching is this? With authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28Immediately His fame spread everywhere throughout the region surrounding Galilee.
The Healing of Many People
Mt 8:14–17; Lk 4:38–41
29#Mt 8:14–15; Lk 4:38–39When He came out of the synagogue with James and John, they went directly to the house of Simon and Andrew. 30#1Co 9:5The mother of Simon’s wife lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told Him of her. 31#Ac 9:41So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
32#Mt 8:16; Lk 4:40In the evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were possessed with demons. 33The whole city was gathered at the door, 34#Mk 3:12; Mt 4:23and He healed many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons. And He did not let the demons speak, because they knew Him.
A Preaching Tour
Lk 4:42–44
35#Lk 6:12; Eph 6:18In the morning, rising up a great while before sunrise, He went out and departed to a solitary place. And there He prayed. 36Simon and those who were with Him followed Him, 37#Jn 12:19and when they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is searching for You.”
38He said to them, “Let us go into the nearby towns, that I may preach there also. For that is why I have come.” 39#Mt 4:23; Mk 1:21So He preached in their synagogues throughout Galilee and cast out demons.
The Cleansing of a Leper
Mt 8:1–4; Lk 5:12–16
40#Mk 10:17; Mt 8:2–4A leper came to Him, pleading with Him and kneeling before Him, saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
41Then Jesus, moved with compassion, extended His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will. Be clean.” 42As soon as He had spoken, the leprosy immediately departed from him, and he was cleansed.
43#Mt 9:30He sternly warned him, and sent him away at once, 44#Mt 8:4; Lk 17:14saying, “See that you say nothing to anyone. But go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 45#Mk 2:13; Mt 9:31Instead he went out and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the news around, so that Jesus could no more openly enter the city, but was out in remote places. And they came to Him from every quarter.