The Temptation of Jesus
Jesus, full of Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit in the desert,
where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."
Jesus answered, "It is written: Man does not live on bread alone.' "
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant
all the kingdoms of the world.
And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor,
for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
So if you worship me, it will all be yours."
Jesus answered, 'It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.' "
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the
temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, throw yourself down from here.
For it is written:
" 'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your
foot against a stone.' "
Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "
When the devil had finished all this tempting,
he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day
he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.
Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach
good news to the poor. He hs sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.
The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,
and he began by saying to them,
"Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words
that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.
Jesus said to them,
"Surely you will quote this proverb to me:
'Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard
that you did in Capernaum.' "
"I tell you the truth," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown.
I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time,
when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe
famine throughout the land.
Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them,
but to a widow in Zarepath in the region of Sidon.
And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet,
yet not one of them was cleansed - only Naaman the Syrian."
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.
They got up, 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 down the cliff.
But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
Drives Out an Evil Spirit
Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee,
and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.
They were amzed at his teaching, because his message had authority.
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit.
He cried out at the top of his voice.
"Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to us to destroy us? I know who you are - the Holy One of God!"
"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him! Then the demon threw
the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
All the people were amazed and said to each other,
"What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders
to evil spirits and they come out!"
And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.
Jesus Heals Many
Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon.
Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever,
and they asked Jesus to help her.
So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up at once and began to wait on them.
When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various
kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting,
"You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them
to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.
At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.
The people were looking for him when they came to where he was,
they tried to keep him from leaving them.
But he said,
"I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to other towns also,
because that is why I was sent."
And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.