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1 The good news of Jesus Christ - the Message! - begins here, 1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I'm sending my preacher ahead of you; He'll make the road smooth for you. 2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"--
3 Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God's arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! 3 "a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "
4 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. 4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5 People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
6 John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey. 6 John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 As he preached he said, "The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I'm a mere stagehand, will change your life. 7 And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I'm baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism - a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit - will change you from the inside out." 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
9 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God's Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. 10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
11 Along with the Spirit, a voice: "You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life." 11 And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
12 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert,
13 For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him. 13 and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.
15 "Time's up! God's kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message." 15 "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
16 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. 16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
17 Jesus said to them, "Come with me. I'll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I'll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass." 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
18 They didn't ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed. 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 A dozen yards or so down the beach, he saw the brothers James and John, Zebedee's sons. They were in the boat, mending their fishnets. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.
20 Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
21 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. 21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22 They were surprised at his teaching - so forthright, so confident - not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
23 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out,
24 "What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you're up to! You're the Holy One of God, and you've come to destroy us!" 24 "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!"
25 Jesus shut him up: "Quiet! Get out of him!" 25 "Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!"
26 The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly - and got out. 26 The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
27 Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. "What's going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!" 27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching--and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him."
28 News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee. 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
29 Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew's house, accompanied by James and John. 29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.
30 Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. 30 Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her.
31 He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, 32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.
33 the whole city lined up at his door! 33 The whole town gathered at the door,
34 He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn't let them say a word. 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
35 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
36 Simon and those with him went looking for him. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him,
37 They found him and said, "Everybody's looking for you." 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"
38 Jesus said, "Let's go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I've come." 38 Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can preach there also. That is why I have come."
39 He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons. 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
40 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, "If you want to, you can cleanse me." 40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean."
41 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, "I want to. Be clean." 41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!"
42 Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
43 Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: 43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
44 "Say nothing to anyone. Take the offering for cleansing that Moses prescribed and present yourself to the priest. This will validate your healing to the people." 44 "See that you don't tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them."
45 But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone he met what had happened, spreading the news all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over. 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.