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The Temptation of Jesus

  • Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the Holy Sprit and was led by the Sprit into the desert,
  • where he was tempted by the Devil for forty days. In all that time he ate nothing, so that he was hungry when it was over.
  • The Devil said to him, “If you are God’s Son, order this stone to turn into bread.” 
  • 4. But Jesus answered, “The scripture says, ‘Man cannot live on bread alone.’”
  • Then the Devil took him up and showed him in a second all the kingdoms of the world.
  • “I will give you all this power and all this wealth,” the Devil told him. “It has been handed over to me, and I can give it to anyone I choose.
  • All this will be yours, then, if you worship me.”
  • Jesus answered, “The scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’”
  • Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem and set him on the highest point of the Temple, and said to him, “ If you are God’s Son, throw yourself down from here.
  • For the scripture says, ‘God will order his angels to take good care of you.’
  • It also says, ‘They will hold you up with their hands so that not even your feet will be hurt on the stones.’”
  • But Jesus answered, “The scripture says, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
  • When the Devil finished tempting Jesus in every way, he left him for a while.

Jesus Begins His Work in Galilee

  • Then Jesus returned to Galilee, and the power of the Holy Spirit was with him. The news about him spread throughout all that territory.
  • He taught in the synagogues and was praised by everyone.M.

Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth

  • Then Jesus went to Nazareth , where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures,
  • And was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written:
  • "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,
  • And announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people!"
  • Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him.
  • As he said to them, "This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read.”
  • They were all well impressed with him, and marveled at the beautiful words that he spoke. They said, “Isn’t he the son of Joseph?”
  • He said to them: "I am sure that you will quote the proverb to me, 'Doctor, heal yourself.' You will also say to me to do here in my home town the same things you heard were done in Capernaum.
  • 'I tell you this," Jesus added: "a prophet is never welcomed in his home town.
  • "Listen to me: it is true that there were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three and a half years and a severe famine spread throughout the whole land,
  • Yet Elijah was not sent to anyone in Israel, but only to a widow living in Zarephath, in the territory of Sidon.
  • And there were many people suffering from a dreaded skin-disease who lived in Israel during the time of the prophet Elisha; yet not one of them was healed, but only Naaman the Syrian."
  • When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were filled with anger.
  • They rose up, dragged Jesus out of town, and took him to the top of the hill on which their town was built. They meant to throw him over the cliff,
  • but he walked through the middle of the crowd and went his way.

A Man with an Evil Spirit

  • Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, where he taught the people on the Sabbath.
  • They were all amazed at the way he taught, because he spoke with authority.
  • In the synagogue was a man who had the spirit of an evil demon in him; he screamed out in a loud voice,
  • “Ah! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Are you here to destroy us? I know who you are: you are God’s holy messenger!’