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1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 1 The good news of Jesus Christ - the Message! - begins here,
2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 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.
3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,' " 3 Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God's arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!
4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins.
5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their 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.
6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 6 John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.
7 He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 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.
8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 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."
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 9 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 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.
11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." 11 Along with the Spirit, a voice: "You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life."
12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 12 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild.
13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 13 For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God:
15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." 15 "Time's up! God's kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message."
16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 16 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work.
17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." 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."
18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 18 They didn't ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.
19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 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.
20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him. 20 Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.
21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 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.
22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 22 They were surprised at his teaching - so forthright, so confident - not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.
23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 23 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out,
24 and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." 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!"
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" 25 Jesus shut him up: "Quiet! Get out of him!"
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 26 The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly - and got out.
27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." 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!"
28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. 28 News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 29 Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew's house, accompanied by James and John.
30 Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 30 Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus.
31 He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 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.
32 That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 32 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him,
33 And the whole city was gathered around the door. 33 the whole city lined up at his door!
34 And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 34 He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn't let them say a word.
35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 35 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed.
36 And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 36 Simon and those with him went looking for him.
37 When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is searching for you." 37 They found him and said, "Everybody's looking for you."
38 He answered, "Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do." 38 Jesus said, "Let's go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I've come."
39 And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons. 39 He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.
40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you can make me clean." 40 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, "If you want to, you can cleanse me."
41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose. Be made clean!" 41 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, "I want to. Be clean."
42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 42 Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy.
43 After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 43 Jesus dismissed him with strict orders:
44 saying to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." 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."
45 But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter. 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.