1Jesus returned from the Jordan River. He was full of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert. 2There the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days. Jesus ate nothing during that time. When those days were finished, Jesus was very hungry. 3The devil said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, tell this rock to become bread.” 4Jesus answered, “It is written ˻in the Scriptures˼: 'It is not just food that keeps people alive.’” 5Then the devil took Jesus and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6The devil said to Jesus, “I will make you king over all these places. You will have power over them and will get all the glory. It has all been given to me. I can give it to any person I want. 7I will give it all to you, if you will only worship me.” 8Jesus answered, “It is written ˻in the Scriptures˼: 'You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!’” 9Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem. The devil put Jesus on a very high place of the temple. He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10It is written ˻in the Scriptures˼: 'God will command his angels to take care of you.’ 11It is also written: 'Their hands will catch you so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’” 12Jesus answered, “But it also says ˻in the Scriptures˼: 'You must not test ˻(doubt)˼ the Lord your God.’” 13The devil finished tempting Jesus in every way and went away to wait until a better time. 14Jesus went back to Galilee with the power of the Holy Spirit. Stories about Jesus spread all over the area around Galilee. 15Jesus began to teach in the synagogues. All the people praised him. 16Jesus traveled to Nazareth, the town where he grew up. On the Sabbath day he went to the synagogue like he always did. Jesus stood up to read. 17The book of Isaiah the prophet was given to him. Jesus opened the book and found the place where this is written: 18”The Spirit of the Lord ˻(God)˼ has come to me. God chose me to tell good news to people that are poor. God sent me to tell people who are prisoners that they are free, and to tell the blind people that they can see again. God sent me to free the weak people from their suffering 19and to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness.” 20Jesus closed the book. He gave the book back to the helper and sat down. Every person in the synagogue watched Jesus closely. 21Jesus began to speak to them. He said, “While you heard me reading these words just now, the words were coming true!” 22All the people said good things about Jesus. They were amazed at the beautiful words Jesus spoke. The people said, “˻How can he speak like this?˼ He is only Joseph’s son, isn’t he?” 23Jesus said to them, “I know that you will tell me the old saying: 'Doctor, heal yourself.’ You want to say, 'We heard about some things that you did in Capernaum. Do those same things here in your own home town!’” 24Then Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. A prophet is not accepted in his own home town. 25What I say is true. During the time of Elijah it did not rain in Israel for three and a half years. There was no food anywhere in the whole country. There were many widows in Israel during that time. 26But Elijah was sent to none of those widows ˻in Israel˼. Elijah was sent only to a widow in Zarephath, a town in Sidon. 27And there were many people with leprosy living in Israel during the time of the prophet Elisha. But none of those people were healed; the only one was Naaman. And Naaman was from the country of Syria, ˻not from Israel˼.” 28All the people in the synagogue heard these things. They became very, very angry. 29The people got up and forced Jesus to go out of town. Their town was built on a hill. They brought Jesus to the edge of the hill. The people wanted to throw him off. 30But Jesus walked through the middle of them and went away. 31Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee. On the Sabbath day Jesus taught the people. 32They were amazed at Jesus’ teaching, because he spoke with authority ˻(power)˼. 33In the synagogue there was a man that had an evil spirit from the devil inside him. The man shouted with a loud voice, 34”Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with us? Did you come here to destroy us? I know who you are—God’s Holy One!” 35But Jesus warned the evil spirit to stop. Jesus said, “Be quiet! Come out of the man!” The evil spirit threw the man down on the ground before all the people. Then the evil spirit left the man and did not hurt him. 36The people were amazed. They said to each other, “What does this mean? With authority and power he ˻(Jesus)˼ commands evil spirits and they come out.” 37And so the news about Jesus spread to every place in the whole area. 38Jesus left the synagogue. He went to Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick. She had a high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her. 39Jesus stood very close to her and commanded the sickness to leave her. The sickness left her. Then she got up and began serving them. 40When the sun went down, the people brought their sick friends to Jesus. They had many different kinds of sickness. Jesus put his hands on each sick person and healed them. 41Demons came out of many people. The demons shouted, “You are the Son of God.” But Jesus gave a strong command for the demons not to speak, because they knew Jesus was the Christ. 42The next day Jesus went to a place to be alone. The people looked for Jesus. When the people found Jesus, they tried to stop him from leaving. 43But Jesus said to them, “I must tell the Good News about God’s kingdom to other towns, too. This is why I was sent.” 44Then Jesus told ˻the Good News˼ in the synagogues in Judea.