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Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist and is Tempted by Satan
(Matt 3:1-12 Mark
Jesus is Baptized
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
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 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
Soldiers also asked him, saying, "What about us? What must we
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
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
Witness of Jesus
Now it happened, when all
the people were baptized, Jesus also had been baptized.
Jesus came from Nazareth
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
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 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.'"
About Jesus to the Sanhedrin
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."
But 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
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
it is written, 'He will put his angels in charge of you to
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.
This is John's testimony, when the
Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who
He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the
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
Disciples Start Following Jesus
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."
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
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
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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