John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,1:1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One. the Son of God,1:1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God. 2as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”1:2 Mal. 3:1—
3“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’ ”1:3 Isaiah 40:3
4And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptize you with1:8 Or in water, but he will baptize you with1:8 Or in the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted1:13 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested. by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Jesus Announces the Good News
14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit
21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 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!”
25“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
27The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
Jesus Heals Many
29As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door, 34and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
40A man with leprosy1:40 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin. came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41Jesus was indignant.1:41 Many manuscripts Jesus was filled with compassion He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the 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.