The Good News of Jesus Christ

Mark 1:1-3:6

11The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2As it is written in the prophets,
“Behold,* I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.*
3The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord!
Make his paths straight!’”*
4John came baptizing* in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. 5All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins. 6John was clothed with camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. 7He preached, saying,

JOHN THE BAPTIST

After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen. 8I baptized you in* water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

9In those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11A voice came out of the sky,

GOD

You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

12Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him.
14Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom, 15and saying,

JESUS

The time is fulfilled, and God’s Kingdom is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News.

16Passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17Jesus said to them,

JESUS

Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men.

18Immediately they left their nets, and followed him.

19Going on a little further from there, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.

21They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, 24saying,

A DEMON-POSSESSED MAN

Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!

25Jesus rebuked him, saying,

JESUS

Be quiet, and come out of him!

26The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying,

THE CROWD

What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!

28The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.
29Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31He came and took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them. 32At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick, and those who were possessed by demons. 33All the city was gathered together at the door. 34He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. He didn’t allow the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there. 36Simon and those who were with him followed after him; 37and they found him, and told him,

THE DISCIPLES

Everyone is looking for you.

38He said to them,

JESUS

Let’s go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason.

39He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.
40A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him,

A LEPER

If you want to, you can make me clean.

41Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him,

JESUS

I want to. Be made clean.

42When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. 43He strictly warned him, and immediately sent him out, 44and said to him,

JESUS

See you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.

45But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places: and they came to him from everywhere.
21When he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that he was in the house. 2Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them. 3Four people came, carrying a paralytic to him. 4When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they removed the roof where he was. When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on. 5Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic,

JESUS

Son, your sins are forgiven you.

6But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,

JEWISH LEADERS

7Why does this man speak blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?

8Immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them,

JESUS

Why do you reason these things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to tell the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?’ 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins

—he said to the paralytic—

JESUS

11I tell you, arise, take up your mat, and go to your house.

12He arose, and immediately took up the mat, and went out in front of them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying,

THE CROWD

We never saw anything like this!

13He went out again by the seaside. All the multitude came to him, and he taught them. 14As he passed by, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office, and he said to him,

JESUS

Follow me.

And he arose and followed him.
15He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many, and they followed him. 16The scribes and the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples,

THE PHARISEES

Why is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?

17When Jesus heard it, he said to them,

JESUS

Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

18John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, and they came and asked him,

SOME PEOPLE

Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast?

19Jesus said to them,

JESUS

Can the groomsmen fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast. 20But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then will they fast in that day. 21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, or else the patch shrinks and the new tears away from the old, and a worse hole is made. 22No one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and the wine pours out, and the skins will be destroyed; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins.

23He was going on the Sabbath day through the grain fields, and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him,

THE PHARISEES

Behold, why do they do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?

25He said to them,

JESUS

Did you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry—he, and those who were with him? 26How he entered into God’s house when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the show bread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?

27He said to them,

JESUS

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.

31He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had his hand withered. 2They watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him. 3He said to the man who had his hand withered,

JESUS

Stand up.

4He said to them,

JESUS

Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?

But they were silent. 5When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man,

JESUS

Stretch out your hand.

He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other. 6The Pharisees went out, and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

*Mark 1:2 “Behold”, from “ἰδοὺ”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
*Mark 1:2 Malachi 3:1
*Mark 1:3 Isaiah 40:3
*Mark 1:4 or, immersing
*Mark 1:8 The Greek word (en) translated here as “in” could also be translated as “with” in some contexts.

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