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The Messiah’s Herald
1The beginning #Jn 1:1Php 4:15 of the gospel #Mt 3:1-12Lk 3:1-18 of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. #Jn 5:19Heb 1:2 2As it is written in Isaiah #Mt 3:3|NoBook| 4:14|NoBook| 12:17 the prophet: # Other mss read in the prophets #Lk 16:29
Look, I am sending My messenger #Mt 13:49 ahead of You,
who will prepare Your way. # Other mss add before You
3A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: #Jn 1:23
Prepare the way for the Lord; #Lk 10:1|NoBook| 17:5
make His paths straight! #Is 40:3Mal 3:1 # Is 40:3; Mal 3:1
4John came baptizing # Or John the Baptist came, or John the Baptizer came #Lk 7:29Ac 22:16 in the wilderness #Rv 12:6 and preaching a baptism of repentance # Or a baptism based on repentance #Lk 3:3Ac 13:24|NoBook| 19:4|NoBook| 26:20 for the forgiveness #Mt 9:2Lk 24:47 of sins. #Jn 15:22Ac 26:18 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem #Mt 23:37Jn 11:36 were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan #Gn 13:10Ps 114:3Lk 3:3 River as they confessed #Ac 19:18 their sins. #Jn 15:22Rm 6:231Pt 4:1 6John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts #Rv 9:3 and wild honey. #Rv 10:9-10 7He was preaching: “Someone more powerful #Rv 18:8 than I will come after me. #Jn 1:15 I am not worthy #Mt 3:11 to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals. #Lk 3:16Ac 13:23-25 8I have baptized you with # Or in water, #Jn 1:26Ac 1:5|NoBook| 8:36|NoBook| 11:16 but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” #Jn 1:33
The Baptism of Jesus
9In #Mt 3:13-17Lk 3:21-23 those days Jesus came from Nazareth #Mt 2:23|NoBook| 4:13|NoBook| 21:11Lk 1:26|NoBook| 2:4|NoBook| 4:16Jn 1:45-46 in Galilee #Mt 17:22 and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens #Mt 24:35Lk 12:33Ac 17:24Eph 6:9Rv 21:10 being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove. 11And a voice #Jn 5:37 came from heaven: #Rv 14:13
You are My beloved #Lk 20:13Eph 1:6Phm 1 Son; #Ps 2:7
I take delight #Is 42:1 in You! # Or In You I am well pleased
The Temptation of Jesus
12Immediately #Mt 4:1-11Lk 4:1-13 the Spirit #Jn 1:33 drove #3Jn 10 Him into the wilderness. #Mt 3:1Rv 12:6 13He was in the wilderness 40 days, being tempted #Jms 1:13 by Satan. #Mt 4:1Ac 13:10 He was with the wild animals, #Rv 6:8 and the angels #Mt 13:49Ac 5:19Rv 14:6 began to serve Him.
Ministry in Galilee
14After #Mt 4:17Jn 4:45 John was arrested, #Mt 3:12Lk 3:209:7-9Jn 3:24 Jesus went to Galilee, #Mt 17:22 preaching #Mk 13:10 the good news # Other mss add of the kingdom # Or gospel #Mk 1:1 of God: # Either from God or about God #Rm 15:161Th 2:2 15“The time # Ps 37:39; Lk 20:10; Jn 7:8 is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God # Mt 3:2; 6:33; 12:28; 19:24; 21:31,43; Mk 4:11; 9:1; 10:14; 12:34; 14:25; 15:43 has come # Mk 9:1 near. # Rm 13:11; 1Pt 4:7 Repent # Ac 3:19; 26:20 and believe # Mk 11:24; Jn 3:16; Ac 10:43; Rm 10:9; 1Pt 1:8-10 in the good news! ”
The First Disciples
16As #Mt 4:18-22Lk 5:1-11 He was passing along by the Sea of Galilee, #Mt 4:18|NoBook| 15:29Jn 6:1 He saw Simon #Mt 16:17 and Andrew, #Jn 6:8 Simon’s brother. They were casting a net into the sea, #Mk 7:31 since they were fishermen.
17“Follow Me,” # Mt 4:19 Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for # Lit you to become fishers of, # Mt 4:18-19; Lk 5:2 people! ” # Mt 4:19 18Immediately they left their nets and followed #Lk 5:11Jn 8:12 Him. #Lk 18:28 19Going on a little farther, He saw James #Ac 12:2 the son of Zebedee #Jn 21:2 and his brother John. #Jn 21:7 They were in their boat mending their nets. 20Immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him. #Lk 18:28
Driving Out an Unclean Spirit
21Then #Lk 4:31-35 they went into Capernaum, #Lk 10:15 and right away He entered the synagogue #Mk 3:1Jms 2:2 on the Sabbath #Mk 2:23Lk 13:10 and began to teach. #Mt 28:20Ac 4:22Tm 4:11 22They were astonished #Mk 6:2 at His teaching #Mt 7:28|NoBook| 22:33Mk 11:18Lk 4:32Ac 2:42|NoBook| 17:19 because, unlike the scribes, #Mt 2:4 He was teaching them as one having authority.
23Just then a man with an unclean #2Co 6:17 spirit #Lk 11:24 was in their synagogue. #Jms 2:2 He cried out, # Other mss add to the beginning of v. 24: “Leave us alone. 24“What do You have to do with us, # Lit What to us and to You Jesus — Nazarene? #Mk 14:67 Have You come to destroy #Jn 6:27 us? I know who You are — the Holy #1Co 7:14 One of God! ” #Lk 4:34Jn 6:69Eph 4:30
25But Jesus rebuked #2Tm 4:2 him and said, “Be quiet, # Or Be muzzled # Mt 22:12 and come out of him! ” 26And the unclean spirit convulsed him, #Mk 9:26Lk 9:39 shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.
27Then they were all amazed, #Mk 10:24 so they began to argue #Mk 8:11 with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching #Mk 11:18Ac 2:42 with authority! # Other mss read What is this? What is this new teaching? For with authority #Jd 25 He commands even the unclean #2Co 6:17 spirits, #Lk 11:24 and they obey Him.” 28News about Him then spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee. #Mt 17:22
Healings at Capernaum
29As #Mt 8:14-15Lk 4:38-39 soon as they left the synagogue, #Jms 2:2 they went into Simon #Mt 16:17 and Andrew’s #Jn 6:8 house #Mk 9:33 with James #Ac 12:2 and John. #Jn 21:7 30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. 31So He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. #Mk 5:41 The fever #Lk 4:38 left her, # Other mss add at once and she began to serve #Phm 13 them. #Rm 12:13
32When #Mt 8:16-17Lk 4:40-41 evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all those who were sick #Lk 5:31 and those who were demon-possessed. #Mt 9:32 33The whole town was assembled at the door, 34and He healed #Ac 8:7 many who were sick with various diseases #Ac 19:12 and drove out #3Jn 10 many demons. #Rv 9:20|NoBook| 18:2 But He would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew Him. #Mk 3:11-12|NoBook| 5:7
Preaching in Galilee
35Very #Mt 4:23-25Lk 4:42-44 early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. #Mt 14:13Mk 6:31-32Lk 4:42|NoBook| 9:12Rv 12:6 And He was praying #Mt 5:44Ac 12:12 there. 36Simon #Mt 16:17 and his companions went searching for Him. 37They found Him and said, “Everyone’s looking for You! ”
38And He said to them, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach # Mk 1:4 there too. This is why I have come.” 39So He went into all of Galilee, #Mt 17:22 preaching in their synagogues #Mk 3:1 and driving out demons.
A Man Cleansed
40Then #Mt 8:2-4Lk 5:12-14 a man with a serious skin disease #Mt 11:5 came to Him and, on his knees, # Other mss omit on his knees #Mt 17:14 begged Him: “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” #1Jn 1:7
41Moved with compassion, #Lk 15:20 Jesus reached out His hand and touched #Jn 20:17 him. “I am willing,” He told him. “Be made clean.” 42Immediately the disease #Lk 5:12 left him, and he was healed. # Lit made clean 43Then He sternly warned #Mt 9:30Mk 14:5Jn 11:33 him and sent him away #3Jn 10 at once, 44telling him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; # Mk 5:43; 7:36; 8:26,30; 9:9; 16:8; Lk 5:14 but go and show # Rv 1:1 yourself to the priest, # Ac 4:1 and offer # Heb 5:1; 8:3 what Moses prescribed for your cleansing, # Lv 13–14; Heb 1:3 as a testimony # Mk 6:11; 1Tm 2:6 to them.” 45Yet he went out and began to proclaim #Mk 1:4Jn 18:32 it widely and to spread the news, #Mk 4:14 with the result that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But He was out in deserted places, and they would come to Him from everywhere.
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