Bible: Mark 1:1-11

The Ministry of John the Baptist

1:1 The beginning of the gospel 1  of Jesus Christ, 2  the Son of God. 3  1:2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, 4 

Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way, 5 

1:3 the voice of one shouting in the wilderness,

Prepare the way for the Lord,

make 6  his paths straight. 7 

1:4 In the wilderness 8  John the baptizer 9  began preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 10  1:5 People 11  from the whole Judean countryside and all of Jerusalem 12  were going out to him, and he was baptizing them 13  in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. 1:6 John wore a garment made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 14  1:7 He proclaimed, 15 One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy 16  to bend down and untie the strap 17  of his sandals. 1:8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

1:9 Now 18  in those days Jesus came from Nazareth 19  in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 20  1:10 And just as Jesus 21  was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens 22  splitting apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 23  1:11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my one dear Son; 24  in you I take great delight.” 25 

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