The Devil Tempts Jesus
(Matthew 4:1–11; Mark 1:12–13)
1Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as he left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him while he was in the desert, 2where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days. During those days Jesus ate nothing, so when they were over, he was hungry.
3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”
4Jesus answered him, “Scripture says, ‘A person cannot live on bread alone.’ ” #4:4 Some manuscripts and translations add “but on every word of God.”
5The devil took him to a high place and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. 6The devil said to him, “I will give you all the power and glory of these kingdoms. All of it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7So if you will worship me, all this will be yours.”
8Jesus answered him, “Scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ”
9Then the devil took him into Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, jump from here! 10Scripture says, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you to watch over you carefully. 11They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.’ ”
12Jesus answered him, “It has been said, ‘Never tempt the Lord your God.’ ” #4:12 Or “Never put the Lord your God to any test.”
13After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, the devil left him until another time.
Nazareth Rejects Jesus
(Matthew 13:54–58; Mark 6:1–6)
14Jesus returned to Galilee. The power of the Spirit was with him, and the news about him spread throughout the surrounding country. 15He taught in the synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. As usual he went into the synagogue on the day of rest—a holy day. He stood up to read the lesson. 17The attendant gave him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened it and found the place where it read:
18“The Spirit of the Lord is with me.
He has anointed me
to tell the Good News to the poor.
He has sent me #4:18 Some manuscripts and translations add “to heal those who are brokenhearted.”
to announce forgiveness to the prisoners of sin
and the restoring of sight to the blind,
to forgive those who have been shattered by sin,
19to announce the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20Jesus closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue watched him closely. 21Then he said to them, “This passage came true today when you heard me read it.”
22All the people spoke well of him. They were amazed to hear the gracious words flowing from his lips. They said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
23So he said to them, “You’ll probably quote this proverb to me, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ and then say to me, ‘Do all the things in your hometown that we’ve heard you’ve done in Capernaum.’ ” 24Then Jesus added, “I can guarantee this truth: A prophet isn’t accepted in his hometown.
25“I can guarantee this truth: There were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time. It had not rained for three-and-a-half years, and the famine was severe everywhere in the country. 26But God didn’t send Elijah to anyone except a widow at Zarephath in the territory of Sidon. 27There were also many people with skin diseases in Israel in the prophet Elisha’s time. But God cured no one except Naaman from Syria.”
28Everyone in the synagogue became furious when they heard this. 29Their city was built on a hill with a cliff. So they got up, forced Jesus out of the city, and led him to the cliff. They intended to throw him off of it. 30But Jesus walked right by them and went away.
Jesus Forces an Evil Spirit out of a Man
31Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and taught them on a day of rest—a holy day. 32The people were amazed at his teachings because he spoke with authority.
33In the synagogue was a man possessed by a spirit, an evil demon. He shouted very loudly, 34“Oh, no! What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
35Jesus ordered the spirit, “Keep quiet, and come out of him!” The demon threw the man down in the middle of the synagogue and came out without hurting him.
36Everyone was stunned. They said to one another, “What kind of command is this? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits, and they come out.”
37So news about him spread to every place throughout the surrounding region.
Jesus Cures Simon’s Mother-in-Law and Many Others
(Matthew 8:14–18; Mark 1:29–34)
38Jesus left the synagogue and went to Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever. They asked Jesus to help her. 39He bent over her, ordered the fever to leave, and it went away. She got up immediately and prepared a meal for them.
40When the sun was setting, everyone who had friends suffering from various diseases brought them to him. He placed his hands on each of them and cured them. 41Demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus ordered them not to speak. After all, they knew he was the Messiah.
Spreading the Good News
(Matthew 4:23–25; Mark 1:35–39)
42In the morning he went to a place where he could be alone. The crowds searched for him. When they came to him, they tried to keep him from leaving. 43But he said to them, “I have to tell the Good News about God’s kingdom in other cities also. That’s what I was sent to do.”
44So he spread his message in the synagogues of Judea.#4:44 Some manuscripts read “in the synagogues of Galilee.”