John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1This is the beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. 2Long ago Isaiah the prophet wrote,
“I will send my messenger ahead of you.
He will prepare your way.” (Malachi 3:1)
3“A messenger is calling out in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
Make straight paths for him.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3)
4And so John the Baptist appeared in the desert. He preached that people should be baptized and turn away from their sins. Then God would forgive them. 5All the people from the countryside of Judea went out to him. All the people from Jerusalem went too. When they admitted they had sinned, John baptized them in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothes made out of camel’s hair. He had a leather belt around his waist. And he ate locusts and wild honey. 7Here is what John was preaching. “After me, there is someone coming who is more powerful than I am. I’m not good enough to bend down and untie his sandals. 8I baptize you with water. But he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus Is Baptized and Tempted
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. 10Jesus was coming up out of the water. Just then he saw heaven being torn open. Jesus saw the Holy Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 11A voice spoke to him from heaven. It said, “You are my Son, and I love you. I am very pleased with you.”
12At once the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert. 13He was in the desert 40 days. There Satan tempted him. The wild animals didn’t harm Jesus. Angels took care of him.
Jesus Preaches the Good News
14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee. He preached the good news of God. 15“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Turn away from your sins and believe the good news!”
Jesus Chooses His First Disciples
16One day Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. There he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake. They were fishermen. 17“Come and follow me,” Jesus said. “I will send you out to fish for people.” 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19Then Jesus walked a little farther. As he did, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat preparing their nets. 20Right away he called out to them. They left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men. Then they followed Jesus.
Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit
21Jesus and those with him went to Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue. There he began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching. That’s because he taught them like one who had authority. He did not talk like the teachers of the law. 23Just then a man in their synagogue cried out. He was controlled by an evil spirit. He said, 24“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“Be quiet!” said Jesus firmly. “Come out of him!” 26The evil spirit shook the man wildly. Then it came out of him with a scream.
27All the people were amazed. So they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching! And with so much authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits, and they obey him.” 28News about Jesus spread quickly all over Galilee.
Jesus Heals Many People
29Jesus and those with him left the synagogue. Right away they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever. They told Jesus about her right away. 31So he went to her. He took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her. Then she began to serve them.
32That evening after sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who were sick. They also brought all who were controlled by demons. 33All the people in town gathered at the door. 34Jesus healed many of them. They had all kinds of sicknesses. He also drove out many demons. But he would not let the demons speak, because they knew who he was.
Jesus Prays in a Quiet Place
35It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed. 36Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus. 37When they found him, they called out, “Everyone is looking for you!”
38Jesus replied, “Let’s go somewhere else. I want to go to the nearby towns. I must preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39So he traveled all around Galilee. He preached in their synagogues. He also drove out demons.
Jesus Heals a Man Who Had a Skin Disease
40A man who had a skin disease came to Jesus. On his knees he begged Jesus. He said, “If you are willing to make me ‘clean,’ you can do it.”
41Jesus became angry. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing to do it,” Jesus said. “Be ‘clean’!” 42Right away the disease left the man, and he was “clean.”
43Jesus sent him away at once. He gave the man a strong warning. 44“Don’t tell this to anyone,” he said. “Go and show yourself to the priest. Offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded. It will be a witness to the priest and the people that you are ‘clean.’ ” 45But the man went out and started talking right away. He spread the news to everyone. So Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. He stayed outside in lonely places. But people still came to him from everywhere.
Mahubiri Ya Yohana Mbatizaji
(Mathayo 3:1-12; Luka 3:1-8; Yohana 1:19-28)
11:1 Mt 4:3Mwanzo wa Injili ya Yesu Kristo, Mwana wa Mungu.
21:2 Mal 3:1; Lk 7:27Kama ilivyoandikwa katika kitabu cha nabii Isaya:
“Tazama, nitamtuma mjumbe wangu mbele yako,
atakayetengeneza njia mbele yako”:
31:3 Isa 40:3; Yn 1:23“sauti ya mtu aliaye nyikani.
‘Itengenezeni njia ya Bwana,
yanyoosheni mapito yake.’ ”
41:4 Yn 1:26, 33; Mt 3:1; Mdo 11:16; Lk 1:7Yohana alikuja, akibatiza huko nyikani, akihubiri ubatizo wa toba kwa ajili ya msamaha wa dhambi. 51:5 Mt 3:5Watu kutoka Uyahudi wote na sehemu zote za Yerusalemu walikuwa wakimwendea. Nao wakaziungama dhambi zao, akawabatiza katika Mto Yordani. 61:6 Law 11:22; Mt 3:4Yohana alivaa mavazi yaliyotengenezwa kwa singa za ngamia na mkanda wa ngozi kiunoni mwake. Chakula chake kilikuwa nzige na asali ya mwitu. 71:7 Mdo 13:25; Yn 1:27; Mdo 13:25Naye alihubiri akisema, “Baada yangu atakuja yeye aliye na uwezo kuniliko mimi, ambaye sistahili hata kuinama na kulegeza kamba za viatu vyake. 81:8 Yoe 2:28; Yn 1:33Mimi nawabatiza kwa maji, lakini yeye atawabatiza kwa Roho Mtakatifu.”
Ubatizo Wa Yesu
(Mathayo 3:13-17; Luka 3:21-22)
91:9 Mt 2:23; Lk 3:21Wakati huo Yesu akaja kutoka Nazareti ya Galilaya, naye akabatizwa na Yohana katika Mto Yordani. 101:10 Yn 1:32Yesu alipokuwa akitoka ndani ya maji, aliona mbingu zikifunguka na Roho akishuka juu yake kama hua. 111:11 Mt 3:17; Mk 9:7; Za 2:7; Isa 42:1Nayo sauti kutoka mbinguni ikasema, “Wewe ni Mwanangu mpendwa; nami nimependezwa nawe sana.”
Majaribu Ya Yesu
(Mathayo 4:1-11; Luka 4:1-13)
121:12 Mt 4:1; Lk 4:1Wakati huo huo, Roho akamwongoza Yesu kwenda nyikani, 131:13 Mt 4:10; Ebr 4:15naye akawa huko nyikani kwa muda wa siku arobaini, akijaribiwa na Shetani. Alikaa na wanyama wa mwituni, nao malaika wakamhudumia.
Yesu Aanza Kuhubiri
141:14 Mt 4:12; 4:23; 4:12; 4:23; Lk 4:14, 15Baada ya Yohana kukamatwa na kutiwa gerezani, Yesu aliingia Galilaya akaanza kuhubiri habari njema ya Mungu, 151:15 Rum 5:6; Gal 4:4; Mdo 20:21akisema, “Wakati umewadia, Ufalme wa Mungu umekaribia. Tubuni na kuiamini Habari Njema.”
Yesu Awaita Wanafunzi Wanne
(Mathayo 4:12-22; Luka 4:14-15; 5:1-11)
161:16 Mt 4:18; Lk 5:4Yesu alipokuwa akitembea kando ya Bahari ya Galilaya, aliwaona Simoni na Andrea nduguye wakizitupa nyavu zao baharini, kwa kuwa wao walikuwa wavuvi. 171:17 Mt 13:47Yesu akawaambia, “Njooni, nifuateni nami nitawafanya mwe wavuvi wa watu.” 181:18 Mt 19:27; Lk 5:11; Mt 4:19Mara wakaacha nyavu zao, wakamfuata.
191:19 Mt 4:21Alipokwenda mbele kidogo, akamwona Yakobo mwana wa Zebedayo na Yohana nduguye, wakiwa kwenye mashua yao wakizitengeneza nyavu zao. 20Papo hapo akawaita, nao wakamwacha Zebedayo baba yao kwenye mashua pamoja na watumishi wa kuajiriwa, nao wakamfuata Yesu.
Yesu Amtoa Pepo Mchafu
211:21 Mk 1:39; Mt 4:23Wakaenda mpaka Kapernaumu. Ilipofika siku ya Sabato, mara Yesu akaingia sinagogi, akaanza kufundisha. 221:22 Mt 7:28-29Watu wakashangaa sana kwa mafundisho yake, kwa maana aliwafundisha kama yeye aliye na mamlaka, wala si kama walimu wa sheria. 231:23 Lk 4:33Wakati huo huo katika sinagogi lao palikuwa na mtu aliyekuwa amepagawa na pepo mchafu, 241:24 Mt 8:29; Yn 1:45-46; Mdo 4:10; Za 16:10; 1Yn 2:20naye akapiga kelele akisema, “Tuna nini nawe, Yesu wa Nazareti? Je, umekuja kutuangamiza? Ninakujua wewe ni nani. Wewe ndiwe Aliye Mtakatifu wa Mungu!”
251:25 Mk 1:34Lakini Yesu akamkemea, akamwambia, “Nyamaza kimya! Nawe umtoke!” 261:26 Mk 9:20Yule pepo mchafu akamtikisatikisa huyo mtu kwa nguvu, kisha akamtoka akipiga kelele kwa sauti kubwa.
271:27 Mk 10:24, 32Watu wote wakashangaa, hata wakaulizana wao kwa wao, “Haya ni mambo gani? Ni mafundisho mapya, tena yenye mamlaka! Anaamuru hata pepo wachafu, nao wanamtii!” 281:28 Mk 9:26Sifa zake zikaanza kuenea haraka katika eneo lote la karibu na Galilaya.
Yesu Amponya Mama Mkwe Wa Simoni
(Mathayo 8:14-15; Luka 4:38-39)
291:29 Mt 8:14; Lk 4:38Mara walipotoka katika sinagogi, walikwenda pamoja na Yakobo na Yohana hadi nyumbani kwa Simoni na Andrea. 30Mama mkwe wa Simoni alikuwa kitandani, ana homa, nao wakamweleza Yesu habari zake. 311:31 Lk 7:14Hivyo Yesu akamwendea, akamshika mkono na kumwinua. Kisha homa ikamwacha, naye akaanza kuwahudumia.
Yesu Aponya Wengi
(Mathayo 8:16-17; Luka 4:40-41)
321:32 Mt 4:24Jioni ile baada ya jua kutua, watu wakamletea Yesu wagonjwa wote na waliopagawa na pepo wachafu. 33Mji wote ukakusanyika mbele ya nyumba hiyo. 341:34 Mt 4:23; Mk 3:12; Mdo 16:17-18Yesu akawaponya watu wengi waliokuwa na magonjwa ya aina mbalimbali. Akawatoa pepo wachafu wengi, lakini hakuwaacha hao pepo wachafu waseme, kwa sababu walimjua yeye ni nani.
Yesu Aenda Galilaya
351:35 Lk 3:21Alfajiri na mapema sana kulipokuwa bado kuna giza, Yesu akaamka, akaondoka, akaenda mahali pa faragha ili kuomba. 361:36 Lk 4:43-44Simoni na wenzake wakaenda kumtafuta, 37nao walipomwona, wakamwambia, “Kila mtu anakutafuta!”
381:38 Isa 61:1Yesu akawajibu, “Twendeni mahali pengine kwenye vijiji jirani, ili niweze kuhubiri huko pia, kwa sababu hicho ndicho nilichokuja kukifanya.” 391:39 Mt 4:23-24Kwa hiyo akazunguka Galilaya kote, akihubiri katika masinagogi yao na kutoa pepo wachafu.
Yesu Amtakasa Mwenye Ukoma
(Mathayo 8:1-4; Luka 5:12-16)
401:40 Mk 10:17Mtu mmoja mwenye ukoma alimjia Yesu, akamwomba akipiga magoti, akamwambia, “Ukitaka, waweza kunitakasa.”
41Yesu, akiwa amejawa na huruma, akanyoosha mkono wake akamgusa, akamwambia, “Nataka. Takasika!” 42Mara ukoma ukamtoka, naye akatakasika. 431:43 Mk 3:12; 7:36Baada ya Yesu kumwonya vikali, akamruhusu aende zake 441:44 Mt 8:4; Law 13:49; 14:1-32akimwambia, “Hakikisha humwambii mtu yeyote habari hizi, bali nenda ukajionyeshe kwa kuhani, na ukatoe sadaka alizoagiza Mose kwa utakaso wako, ili kuwa ushuhuda kwao.” 451:45 Lk 5:15-16, 17; Yn 6:2Lakini yule mtu akaenda akaanza kutangaza habari za kuponywa kwake waziwazi. Kwa hiyo, Yesu hakuweza tena kuingia katika miji waziwazi lakini alikaa sehemu zisizo na watu. Hata hivyo watu wakamfuata huko kutoka kila upande.