1This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It beganG746G2098G2424G5547G5207G2316 2just as the prophet Isaiah had written: "Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way.G5613G1125G1722G4396G2400G1473G649G3450G32G4253G4675G4383G3739G2680G4675G3598G1715G4675 3He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, `Prepare the way for the LORD's coming! Clear the road for him!'"G5456G994G1722G2048G2090G3598G2962G4160G846G5147G2117 4This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.G2491G1096G907G1722G2048G2532G2784G908G3341G1519G859G266 5All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.G2532G1607G4314G846G3956G5561G2449G2532G2415G2532G907G3956G907G5259G846G1722G4215G2446G1843G846G266 6His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.G1161G2491G2258G1746G2574G2359G2532G2223G1193G4012G846G3751G2532G2068G200G2532G66G3192 7John announced: "Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I'm not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals.G2532G2784G3004G2064G2478G3450G3694G3450G2438G3739G846G5266G1510G3756G2425G2955G3089 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!"G1473G3303G907G5209G1722G5204G1161G846G907G5209G1722G40G4151 9One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.G2532G1096G1722G1565G2250G2424G2064G575G3478G1056G2532G907G5259G2491G1519G2446 10As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove.G2532G2112G305G575G5204G1492G3772G4977G2532G4151G5616G4058G2597G1909G846 11And a voice from heaven said, "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."G2532G1096G5456G1537G3772G4771G1488G3450G27G5207G1722G3739G2106 12The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness,G2532G2117G4151G1544G846G1519G2048 13where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.G2532G2258G1563G1722G2048G5062G2250G3985G5259G4567G2532G2258G3326G2342G2532G32G1247G846 14Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God's Good News.G1161G3326G2491G3860G2424G2064G1519G1056G2784G2098G932G2316 15"The time promised by God has come at last!" he announced. "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"G2532G3004G3754G2540G4137G2532G932G2316G1448G3340G2532G4100G1722G2098 16One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.G1161G4043G3844G2281G1056G1492G4613G2532G406G846G80G906G293G1722G2281G1063G2258G231 17Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!"G2532G2424G2036G846G1205G3694G3450G2532G4160G5209G1096G231G444 18And they left their nets at once and followed him.G2532G2112G863G846G1350G190G846 19A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee's sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets.G2532G4260G3641G4260G1564G1492G2385G3588G2199G2532G2491G846G80G846G2532G1722G4143G2675G1350 20He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.G2532G2112G2564G846G2532G863G846G3962G2199G1722G4143G3326G3411G565G3694G846 21Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach.G2532G1531G1519G2584G2532G2112G4521G1525G1519G4864G1321 22The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.G2532G1605G1909G846G1322G1063G1321G2258G846G5613G2192G1849G2532G3756G5613G1122 23Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting,G2532G2258G1722G846G4864G444G1722G169G4151G2532G349 24"Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One sent from God!"G3004G1436G5101G2254G2532G4671G2424G3479G2064G622G2248G1492G4571G5101G1488G40G2316 25Jesus cut him short. "Be quiet! Come out of the man," he ordered.G2532G2424G2008G846G3004G5392G2532G1831G1537G846 26At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.G2532G169G4151G4682G846G2532G2896G3173G5456G1831G1537G846 27Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. "What sort of new teaching is this?" they asked excitedly. "It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!"G2532G2284G3956G2284G5620G4802G4314G846G3004G5101G2076G3778G5101G2537G1322G5124G3754G2596G1849G2004G2532G169G4151G2532G5219G846 28The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.G1161G2117G846G189G1831G1519G3650G4066G1056 29After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew's home.G2532G2112G1831G1537G4864G2064G1519G3614G4613G2532G406G3326G2385G2532G2491 30Now Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away.G1161G4613G3994G2621G4445G2532G2112G3004G846G4012G846 31So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.G2532G4334G2902G846G5495G1453G846G1453G2532G2112G4446G863G846G2532G1247G846 32That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.G1161G1096G3798G3753G2246G1416G5342G4314G846G3956G2192G2560G2532G1139 33The whole town gathered at the door to watch.G2532G3650G4172G2258G1996G4314G2374 34So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.G2532G2323G4183G2192G2560G4164G3554G2532G1544G4183G1140G2532G863G3756G1140G2980G3754G1492G846 35Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.G2532G4404G450G3029G1773G1831G2532G565G1519G2048G5117G2546G4336 36Later Simon and the others went out to find him.G2532G4613G2532G3326G846G2614G846 37When they found him, they said, "Everyone is looking for you."G2532G2147G846G3004G846G3754G3956G2212G4571 38But Jesus replied, "We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came."G2532G3004G846G71G1519G2192G2969G2443G2784G2546G1063G1519G5124G1831 39So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.G2532G2784G2258G1722G846G4864G1519G3650G1056G2532G1544G1140 40A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. "If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean," he said.G2532G2064G3015G4314G846G3870G846G2532G1120G846G2532G3004G846G3754G1437G2309G1410G2511G3165G2511 41Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. "I am willing," he said. "Be healed!"G1161G2424G4697G1614G5495G680G846G2532G3004G846G2309G2511 42Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed.G2532G846G2036G2112G3014G565G575G846G2532G2511 43Then Jesus sent him on his way with a stern warning.G2532G1690G846G2112G1544G846G1544 44"Don't tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed."G2532G3004G846G3708G2036G3367G3367G235G5217G1166G4572G2409G2532G4374G4012G4675G2512G3739G3475G4367G1519G3142G846 45But the man went and spread the word, proclaiming to everyone what had happened. As a result, large crowds soon surrounded Jesus, and he couldn't publicly enter a town anywhere. He had to stay out in the secluded places, but people from everywhere kept coming to him.G1161G1831G756G2784G4183G2532G1310G3056G5620G846G1410G3371G5320G1525G1519G4172G235G2258G1854G1722G2048G5117G2532G2064G4314G846G3836
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