John the Baptist Prepares the Way1The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Look!, I am sending my messenger before your face, who will prepare the road for you.a
3The voice of one crying in the desert, “Make the road ready for the Lord! Make his paths straight!”b
4John came baptizing in the desert and preaching a baptism that symbolized repentance that resulted in the remission of sins.
5And the whole country of Judea, and all Jerusalem, were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
And John was clothed with camel’s hair and had
a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
And he preached, saying, “After me comes one who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
8I baptized you in water, but he will baptize you with holy spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus9
And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10And immediately as he was stepping up out of the water, he saw the heavens opening and the spirit descending upon him like a dove,
11and a voice came out of heaven, “You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased.”
The Temptation in the Desert12
And immediately the Spirit drives him out into the desert.
13And he was in the desert forty days being tempted by the Adversaryc. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels began to serve him.
Jesus Begins to Preach14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee preaching the Good News of God
and saying, “The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.”
The Calling of Disciples16And as he was passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew (the brother of Simon), casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
18And immediately they left the nets and followed him.
And going on a little further, he saw James the son
of Zebedee and John his brother, who also were in their boat, mending the nets.
20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and went after him.
Jesus Casts Out an Unclean Spirit21And they went into Capernaum. And immediately on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and taught.
And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one
having authority and not as the experts in the law.
And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
24saying, “What do we have in common with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you, who you are—the Holy One of God.”
25And Jesus subdued him, saying, “Be bound!” and “Come out of him!”
And the unclean spirit, tearing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.
27And they were all so amazed that they disputed among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
And immediately the news about him went out everywhere into all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Jesus Heals Many in Capernaum29
And immediately, having come out of the synagogue, they went with James and John into the house of Simon and Andrew.
Now Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they spoke to him about her.
And he came and took her by the hand and raised her up, and the fever left her and she began to serve them.
32And when evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him everyone who was sick and those who were demonized.
And the whole city had gathered together at the door.
And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons, and he did not allow the demons to speak because they knew him.
Jesus Prays and Preaches35
And in the morning, a great while before day, he got up and went out and departed into a solitary place and prayed there.
And Simon and those who were with him followed after him,
and they found him and say to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
And he says to them, “Let’s go somewhere else, into the nearby towns, so that I can preach there also, for that is why I came.”
And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.
Jesus Heals a Leper40
And a man with a serious skin diseased
comes to him, begging him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him, “If you want to, you are able to make me clean.”
41And he, being moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and says to him, “I want to. Be clean!”
And immediately the skin disease departed from him and he was made clean.
And he sternly warned him and immediately sent him away,
44and says to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest, and for your cleansing offer the things that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
But he went out and began to widely proclaim it and to spread abroad the matter, so that Jesus was not able to openly enter into a city anymore, but was outside in unpopulated areas, and they came to him from everywhere.