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 4. Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist and is Tempted by Satan

John The Baptist Preaches 
(Matt 3:1-12 Mark 1:2-8 Luke 3:1-18)

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. He came into all the region around the Jordan, in the wilderness of Judea, baptizing and preaching the baptism of repentance for (the) forgiveness of sins saying, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled. Every mountain and hill will be brought low. The crooked will become straight, and the rough ways smooth. All flesh will see God's salvation.'" 

Now John himself wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 

Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, "You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance! Don't think to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn't bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire."

The multitudes asked him, "What then must we do?" 

He answered them, "He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none. He who has food, let him do likewise." 

Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what must we do?" He said to them, "Collect no more than that which is appointed to you." 

Soldiers also asked him, saying, "What about us? What must we do?" 

He said to them, "Extort from no one by violence, neither accuse anyone wrongfully. Be content with your wages." 

As the people were in expectation, and all men reasoned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he was the Christ, 

John answered them all, 
"I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen nor to carry. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire." Then with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people.


Jesus is Baptized
(Matt 3:13-17 Mark 1:9-11 Luke 3:21-23)

Now it happened, when all the people were baptized, Jesus also had been baptized. 

Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?" 

But Jesus, answering, said to him, "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him. Jesus, when he was baptized, 
he immediately went up directly from the water: and behold, while He was praying, he saw the heavens parting, and the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. The Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form as a dove on him Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Jesus himself, when he began to teach, was about thirty years old, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli.


John Bore Witness of Jesus 
(John 1:15)

John testified about him. He cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'"


Jesus is Tempted
(Matt 4:1-11 Mark 1:12-13 Luke 4:1-13)

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was immediately led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil for forty days, and he was with the wild animals. He ate nothing in those days, and he had fasted forty days and forty nights. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. 

The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." 

Jesus answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'" 

Then the devil took him 
to Jerusalem, into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here. For it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you,' and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'" 

Jesus answering, said to him, "Again, it is written, 'You shall not test the Lord, your God.'" 

Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory
, in a moment of time. And the devil said to him, "I will give you all of these things, all this authority, and their glory, if you will fall down and worship me. for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want." If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours." 

Then Jesus said to him, "Go away. Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.'" 

When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time. And behold, angels came and served him.


John Talks About Jesus to the Sanhedrin
(John 1:19-28)

This is John's testimony, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" 

He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ." 

They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" 

He said, "I am not." 

"Are you the prophet?" 

He answered, "No." 

They said therefore to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 

He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said." 

The ones who had been sent were from the Pharisees. 
They asked him, "Why then do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?" 

John answered them, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you don't know. He is the one who comes after me, who is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to loosen." These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


John Sees Jesus Again 
(John 1:29-34)

The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.' I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel." John testified, saying, "I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him. I didn't recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me, 'On whomever you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.' I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God."


Some Disciples Start Following Jesus
(John 1:35-51)

Again, the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What are you looking for?" 

They said to him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, being interpreted, Teacher), "where are you staying?" 

He said to them, "Come, and see." 

They came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah!" (which is, being interpreted, Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is by interpretation, Peter). On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 

Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" 

Philip said to him, "Come and see." 

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" 

Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" 

Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 

Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are King of Israel!" 

Jesus answered him, "Because I told you, 'I saw you underneath the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these!" He said to him, "Most certainly, I tell you, hereafter you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."


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