1:1This begins the Gospel of Anointed Jesus, the God-Man.1:2As it is written according to the prophet Isaiah:
“Look! I am dispatching my messenger before you, to pave the road in front of you.1:3There is the sound of someone shouting in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Master! Make the path straight!’”
1:4John the Immerser happened to be in the desert, proclaiming that people should change their minds and be immersed, so that they could be acquitted of their failures.1:5The whole province of Judea and the people of Jerusalem went out to him, and he immersed them all in the Jordan River as they admitted their faults.1:6John himself was dressed in cloth made from camel hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His diet was locusts and wild honey.1:7And his message was, “Someone stronger than I is coming after me, whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down to untie.1:8I do indeed immerse you in water, but he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit!”
1:9Now it was in those days that Jesus arrived from Nazareth in Galilee, and he was immersed in the Jordan by John.1:10And right as he came up out of the water he saw the heavens split apart, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove.1:11Then a voice came from the heavens: “You are my dear son; I am pleased with you!”1:12And right away the Spirit compelled him to go into the desert.1:13He was there for forty days, being tested by the Adversary. And he was with the wild animals, but the Messengers attended to him.
1:14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, where he proclaimed the Gospel of God1:15and said, “The time has come and the kingdom of God approaches! Change your minds and believe the Gospel.”
1:16As they passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting nets into the sea, because they caught fish for a living.1:17And Jesus said to them, “Come and follow me, and I will have you catch people for a living!”1:18Right away they left their nets and followed him.1:19Going along a short distance he saw James and his brother John, sons of Zebedee, who were in their boat preparing the nets.1:20Right away he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired hands and followed Jesus.
1:21As they went into Capernaum, they went straight to the synagogue, where Jesus began to teach.1:22The people were awestruck by his teaching, because he taught with authority, rather than like the scripture scholars.
1:23Just then they saw someone in the synagogue with an unclean spirit. It shouted loudly,1:24“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!”1:25And Jesus rebuked it: “Shut up! Get out of him!”1:26Then the unclean spirit caused the person to convulse and shouted loudly as it left him.1:27So everyone was shocked, and they discussed this among themselves: “What new teaching is this, that has such jurisdiction? He commands unclean spirits and they listen to him!”1:28And the news about him spread rapidly all through the area around Galilee.
1:29Leaving the synagogue, they went straight to the house of Simon and Andrew, along with James and John.1:30But Simon’s mother-in-law was down with a fever, and they told him about her right away.1:31He went over to her and took her by the hand to help her up. The fever left her, and she began to attend to them.
1:32Now when evening came, at sunset, the people brought him all who were in poor health or were possessed.1:33The whole city was at the door!1:34And he healed those who were in poor health with various diseases, and he threw out many demons. But he would not allow the demons to speak because they knew who he was.
1:35The next morning Jesus got up very early (it was actually still dark), and he went to an isolated place to pray.1:36But Simon hunted him down,1:37and those with him found him and told him, “Everyone is looking for you!”1:38And he said to them, “Let’s go somewhere else, into the towns, so I can proclaim there, since this is the reason I’m here.”1:39So he went into the synagogues throughout Galilee to proclaim and to throw out demons.
1:40Then a leper comes to him to plead with him. He dropped to his knees and said, “If you are willing, you can make me clean!”1:41Jesus, moved with compassion, held out his hand and touched him and said, “I am willing; be clean!”1:42Right away the leprosy left him and he was clean.
1:43Now Jesus sent him off with a stern warning:1:44“See to it that you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest and offer the cleansing sacrifice commanded by Moses as a testimony.”1:45But instead he went off and blabbed to everyone, such that Jesus could no longer openly enter a city but instead had to stay outside in desolate places. Yet they came to him from everywhere.