15 When the angels left and went from there to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph with the baby who was lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they spread the word about what they had been told about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what was said to them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things and thought about them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, giving glory to God and praising Him for all they had heard and seen which was just as they had been told.
21 After eight days had passed, the time came for His circumcision, and He was named Jesus, the name given to Him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male must be consecrated as holy to the Lord’); 24 and they offered a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.’
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, and looking forward to the liberty of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. 27 He came in the Spirit into the Temple; and when Jesus’ parents brought Him in to do for Him what the law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God; he said,
29 ‘Now, Master, let Your servant go in peace,
according to Your word;
30 for my eyes have seen Your salvation,
31 which You have made ready
in the sight of all,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and glory for Your people Israel.’
33 Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, ‘This child is appointed to bring about the fall and the rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be rejected 35 (and a sword will pierce your own soul too) so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed.’
36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband for just seven years of marriage, 37 and then as a widow until her eighty-fourth year. She never left the temple but worshiped there night and day, with fasting and prayer. 38 She came at that very moment, and began to praise God and speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 When they had done everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to their own town of Nazareth in Galilee. 40 The child grew and became strong, He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
41 Each year His parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up for the festival as usual. 43 When the festival ended and they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed longer in Jerusalem, but His parents did not know this. 44 Assuming that He was in the group of travellers, they travelled on for a day, but then started to look for Him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for Him.
46 After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 All who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When His parents saw Him they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you with great distress.’ 49 He said to them, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?’ 50 But they did not understand what He was saying to them.
51 Then He went down with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, in favour with God and with other people.
1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
when Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
when his brother Philip was tetrarch
of Iturea and Traconitis,
when Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene
2 and during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the Word of God came to John son of Zachariah in the desert.
3 John made appearances in all the regions of the Jordan river, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
‘A voice of one calling in the desert,
“Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
5 Every valley will be filled,
every mountain and hill flattened.
The crooked roads will be made straight,
the rough places smooth.
6 And all people will see God's salvation.”’
7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptised by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Yield fruit consistent with repentance. Don’t try to justify yourselves by saying, `We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones. 9 Even now the axe is set against the root of the trees, so every tree that does not yield good fruit is about to be cut down and thrown into the fire.’
10 ‘What then should we do?’ asked the crowd. 11 John replied, ‘Whoever has two tunics should share with whoever has none, and whoever has food should do the same.’
12 Then, tax collectors came to be baptised, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ 13 He said to them, ‘Do not collect more than the amount authorised.’
14 After this, some soldiers asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Don't take money by force or by false accusation; be content with your pay.’
15 The people were filled with suspense, wondering in their hearts whether John might indeed be the Messiah. 16 John replied to them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but One who is far stronger than I will come, and I am not worthy to untie the thongs of His sandals. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear out His threshing-floor and gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’
18 In these and many other ways John appealed to the people and proclaimed the Gospel to them. 19 But when Herod the tetrarch was condemned by him because of Herodias, the wife of his brother, and for all the other evil things he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison!
21 When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was also baptised; and as He was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my beloved Son, in whom I take great pleasure’.
23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his work. He was the son, so it was assumed, of Joseph, the son of Eli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where He was tempted by the devil for forty days. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were finished, he was famished.
3 The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ 4 But Jesus replied to him, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone.”’
5 Then the devil led Him up and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world, 6 and said to him, ‘I will give You all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I can give it to whoever I wish. 7 So if You worship me, it will all be Yours.’ 8 Jesus replied to him, ‘It is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”’
9 Then the devil took Him to Jerusalem and placed Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here 10 for it is written, ”He will brief His angels so that they protect You,” 11 and “They will lift you up in their hands, in case you strike your foot against a stone.”’ 12 Jesus replied to him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’
13 When the devil had completed every test, he left Him until another time. 14 In the power of the Spirit, Jesus then returned to Galilee, and news about him spread throughout the surrounding country.
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread throughout the surrounding region. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues, and was praised by all.
16 When He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was His custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me
To proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
To release those who are oppressed,
19 To proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.’
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, returned it to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him, 21 so he began to say to them, ‘Today, in your hearing, this scripture has been fulfilled.’
22 Everyone approved of Him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips, and said, ‘Is this not the son of Joseph?’
22 Everyone approved of Jesus and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips, and said, ‘Is this not the son of Joseph?’ 23 He said to them, ‘No doubt you will quote this saying to me: “Heal yourself, doctor!” Do here in your home town as much as we have heard you did in Capernaum.”’
24 ‘Listen,’ he said, ‘no prophet is tolerated in his home town. 25 But the truth is that there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land; 26 yet Elijah was not sent to any of them except to a widow in Zarephath, in the region of Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.’
28 All in the synagogue were filled with rage when they heard this. 29 They got up and drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff; 30 but he walked on through the midst of them and went on his way.