Yohane Mʼbatizi Akonza Njira
1Chiyambi cha Uthenga Wabwino wa Yesu Khristu, Mwana wa Mulungu, 2 monga zalembedwera mʼbuku la mneneri Yesaya:
“Ine ndidzatuma mthenga wanga patsogolo panu,
amene adzakonza njira yanu,”
3 “Mawu a wofuwula mʼchipululu,
‘Konzani njira ya Ambuye,
wongolani njira zake.’ ”
4 Ndipo Yohane anabwera mʼmadera a mʼchipululu nabatiza, ndi kulalikira za ubatizo wa kutembenuka mtima ndi wa chikhululukiro cha machimo. 5 Madera onse a ku Yudeya ndi anthu onse a ku Yerusalemu anatuluka napita kwa iye. Akavomereza machimo awo, amawabatiza mu mtsinje wa Yorodani. 6 Yohane amavala zovala zopangidwa ndi ubweya wangamira, ndi lamba wachikopa mʼchiwuno mwake, ndipo amadya dzombe ndi uchi wamthengo. 7 Ndipo uthenga wake unali uwu: “Pambuyo panga pakubwera wina wondiposa ine mphamvu. Ine si woyenera kuwerama ndi kumasula zingwe za nsapato zake. 8 Ine ndikubatizani ndi madzi, koma Iye adzakubatizani ndi Mzimu Woyera.”
Kubatizidwa ndi Kuyesedwa kwa Yesu
9 Pa nthawi imeneyo Yesu anabwera kuchokera ku Nazareti wa ku Galileya ndipo anabatizidwa ndi Yohane mu mtsinje wa Yorodani. 10 Pamene Yesu ankatuluka mʼmadzi, anaona kumwamba kukutsekuka ndipo Mzimu Woyera akutsikira pa Iye ngati nkhunda. 11 Ndipo Mawu anamveka kuchokera kumwamba: “Iwe ndiwe Mwana wanga wokondedwa; ndipo ndikondwera nawe.”
12 Nthawi yomweyo Mzimu Woyera anamutumiza Iye ku chipululu, 13 ndipo anali mʼchipululumo masiku makumi anayi, akuyesedwa ndi Satana. Anali pakati pa nyama zakuthengo; ndipo angelo anamutumikira.
Yesu Alengeza za Uthenga Wabwino
14 Yohane atamutsekera mʼndende, Yesu anapita ku Galileya nalalikira Uthenga Wabwino wa Mulungu nati, 15 “Nthawi yafika, ufumu wa Mulungu wayandikira. Tembenukani mtima ndi kukhulupirira Uthenga Wabwino!”
Yesu Ayitana Ophunzira ake Oyamba
16 Pamene Yesu ankayenda mʼmbali mwa nyanja ya Galileya, anaona Simoni ndi mʼbale wake Andreya akuponya khoka mʼnyanja, popeza anali asodzi. 17 Yesu anati, “Bwerani, tsateni Ine, ndipo ndidzakusandutsani asodzi a anthu.” 18 Nthawi yomweyo anasiya makoka awo namutsata Iye.
19 Atapita patsogolo pangʼono, anaona Yakobo ndi mʼbale wake Yohane ana a Zebedayo, ali mʼbwato akukonza makoka awo. 20 Mosataya nthawi anawayitana, ndipo anasiya abambo awo Zebedayo ndi anyamata aganyu ali mʼbwatomo, namutsata Iye.
Yesu Atulutsa Mzimu Woyipa
21 Iwo anapita ku Kaperenawo, ndipo tsiku la Sabata litafika, Yesu analowa mʼsunagoge nayamba kuphunzitsa. 22 Anthu anadabwa ndi chiphunzitso chake, chifukwa anawaphunzitsa ngati munthu amene anali ndi ulamuliro, osati ngati aphunzitsi amalamulo. 23 Pomwepo munthu wina mʼsunagogemo amene anali wogwidwa ndi mzimu woyipa anafuwula kuti, 24 “Mukufuna chiyani kwa ife, Yesu wa ku Nazareti? Kodi mwabwera kudzatiwononga? Ndikudziwa kuti ndinu ndani, ndinu Woyerayo wa Mulungu!”
25 Yesu anadzudzula chiwandacho mwamphamvu nati, “Khala chete! Tuluka mwa iye!” 26 Mzimu woyipawo unamugwedeza mwamphamvu ndipo unatuluka mwa iye ukufuwula.
27 Anthu anadabwa kwambiri kotero kuti anafunsana wina ndi mnzake kuti, “Ichi nʼchiyani? Chiphunzitso chatsopano ndi ulamuliro! Iye akulamula, ngakhale mizimu yoyipa ikumumvera.” 28 Mbiri yake inafalikira kudera lonse la Galileya mofulumira.
Yesu Achiritsa Anthu Ambiri
29 Atangochoka mu sunagoge, Yesu pamodzi ndi Yakobo ndi Yohane anakalowa mʼnyumba ya Simoni ndi Andreya. 30 Mpongozi wa Simoni anali chigonere akudwala malungo, ndipo anamuwuza Yesu za iye. 31 Ndipo Yesu anapita kwa iye, namugwira dzanja namuthandiza kudzuka. Malungo anachoka ndipo anayamba kuwatumikira.
32 Madzulo omwewo dzuwa litalowa anthu anabweretsa kwa Yesu anthu onse odwala ndi ogwidwa ndi ziwanda. 33 Anthu onse a mʼmudzimo anasonkhana pa khomo, 34 Yesu anachiritsa ambiri amene anali ndi matenda osiyanasiyana, komanso anatulutsa ziwanda zambiri, ndipo sanalole kuti ziwandazo ziyankhule chifukwa zinkamudziwa Iye.
Yesu Apemphera Kumalo a Yekha
35 Mmamawa, kukanali kamdima, Yesu anadzuka, nachoka pa nyumbapo kupita kumalo kwa yekha, kumene anakapemphera. 36 Simoni ndi anzake anapita kokamufunafuna Iye, 37 ndipo atamupeza, anamuwuza kuti, “Aliyense akukufunani!”
38 Yesu anayakha kuti, “Tiyeni tipite kwina ku midzi ya pafupi kuti ndikalalikirenso kumeneko. Ichi ndi chifukwa chimene ndinabwerera.” 39 Potero anayendayenda mu Galileya, kulalikira mʼmasunagoge awo ndi kutulutsa ziwanda.
Yesu Achiritsa Wakhate
40 Munthu wakhate anabwera kwa Iye, nagwada, namupempha kuti, “Ngati mukufuna, mukhoza kundiyeretsa.”
41 Yesu pomva naye chifundo, anatambasula dzanja lake namukhudza munthuyo nati, “Ndikufuna, yeretsedwa!” 42 Nthawi yomweyo khate linachoka ndipo anachiritsidwa.
43 Nthawi yomweyo Yesu anamuwuza kuti apite koma anamuchenjeza kuti, 44 “Wonetsetsa kuti usawuze aliyense za zimenezi. Koma pita, kadzionetse wekha kwa wansembe ndi kukapereka nsembe zimene Mose analamulira zotsimikizira kuyeretsedwa kwanu, ngati umboni kwa iwo.” 45 Mʼmalo mwake anapita nayamba kuyankhula momasuka, nafalitsa mbiriyo. Zotsatira zake, Yesu sanathe kulowa mʼmudzi moonekera, koma anakhala kunja kumalo kopanda anthu. Komabe anthu amabwera kwa Iye kuchokera kulikonse.
John the Baptizer
11-3 The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, 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.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!
4-6 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. 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. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.
7-8 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. 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.”
9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 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. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”
God’s Kingdom Is Here
12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.
14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
16-18 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. 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.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.
19-20 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. Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.
21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.
23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “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!”
25-26 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out.
27-28 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!” News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.
29-31 Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. 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.
32-34 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, the whole city lined up at his door! He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.
35-37 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.”
38-39 Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.
40 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.”
41-45 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: “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.” 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.