:B:1 This is the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 It is written in the book of Isaiah, the proph et, I am send ing my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way. 3Let the people hear the voice calling in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, level his paths.
4 So John began to baptize in the desert
6 John was clothed in camels hair and wore a leather garment around his waist. His food was locusts and honey. 7 He preached to the people saying, After me comes one who is more powerful than I am
9 At that time Jesus came from Na za reth, a town of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And the moment he came up out of the water, heaven opened before him and he saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 11 And these words were heard from heaven, You are my Son, the Be loved, the One I have chosen.
12 Then the Spirit drove him in to the desert. 13 Jesus stayed in the desert forty days and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, but angels ministered to him.
Jesus calls his first disciples
:B:14 After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. 15 He said, The time has come
16 As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fish for people. 18 At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. 19 Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Ze be dee
20 Jesus teaches and drives out an evil spirit.
:B:21 They went into the town of Capernaum and Jesus be gan to teach in the synagogue during the sabbath assem blies. 22 The people were astonished at the way he taught, for he spoke as one having authority and not like the teachers of the Law.
:B:23 It happened that a man with an evil spirit was in their syna gogue 24 and he shouted, What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: You are the Holy One of God. 25 Then Jesus faced him and said with authority, Be silent and come out of this man! 26 The evil spirit shook the man violently and, with a loud shriek, came out of him.
27 All the people were astonished and they wondered, What is this? With what auth ority he preaches! He even orders evil spirits and they obey him! 28 And Jesus fame spread throughout all the country of Galilee.
Jesus heals many
:B:29 On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John. 30 As Si mons mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever, they immediately told him about her. 31 Jesus went to her and taking her by the hand, raised her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. 32 That eve ning at sundown, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had evil spirits: 33 the whole town was pressing around the door. 34 Jesus healed many who had various diseases, and drove out many demons
Jesus prayer at night
:B:35 Very early in the morning, before daylight, Jesus went off to a lonely place where he prayed. 36 Si mon and the others went out, too, searching for him
39 So Jesus set out to preach in all the synagogues throughout Galilee
Jesus cures a leper
:B:40 A leper came to Jesus and beg ged him, If you so will, you can make me clean. 41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, I will
45 However, as soon as the man went out, he began spread ing the news everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter any town. But even though he stayed in the rural areas, people came to him from every where.