GOSPEL of LUKE
Three and Four
answered him, "It stands written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'"
THE COURIER OF THE KING
fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate
was governor of Judaea, and when Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and the district of Trachonitis,
and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, in the high-priesthood of Annas
and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias,
when he was in the desert. So he came into the territory around
Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance whereby sins might be
forgiven - as it stands written in the book of the words of Isaiah,
the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Get ready
the road of the Lord, make his paths straight; every ravine shall
be filled up; every mountain and hill will be made low; the twisted
places will be made into straight roads and the rough places into
smooth; and all flesh shall see God's instrument of salvation.'"
SUMMONS TO REPENTANCE
crowds who came out to be baptized by him, John used to say, "You
spawn of vipers, who put it into your heads to flee from the coming
wrath? Produce fruits to match repentance. Do not begin to say among
yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that God
is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even
now the axe is laid at the root of the trees. Every tree that does
not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." The crowds
asked him, "What are we to do?" He answered them, "Let him who has
two robes give one to one who has none and let him who has food
do likewise." The tax collectors came to be baptized and said to
him, "Teacher, what are we to do?" He said to them, "Exact no more
beyond what your instructions lay down." The soldiers, too, asked
him, "What are we to do?" He said to them, "Treat no man with violence
and do not play the false informer and be content with your pay."
When the people
were in a state of expectancy and when they were all wondering in
their hearts about John, as to whether he could be the Anointed
One, John answered them all, "I baptize you with water, but the
One who is stronger than I is coming, the buckle of whose sandals
I am not worthy to unloose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit
and with fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to cleanse his threshing
floor and he will gather the corn into his store but he will burn
the chaff with unquenchable fire."
ARREST OF JOHN
urging the people with many other pleas, John preached the gospel
to them. But, when Herod the tetrarch was rebuked by him concerning
the matter of Herodias, his brother's wife, and concerning all the
other wicked things he had done, he added this also to them all
- he shut up John in prison.
HOUR STRIKES FOR JESUS
the people had been baptized and when Jesus too had been baptized,
as he was praying, the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit in
bodily form like a dove came down upon him and there was a voice
from heaven, "You are my beloved son; in you I am well pleased."
LINEAGE OF JESUS
When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age.
He was the son (as it was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son
of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of
Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the
son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son
of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa,
the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the
son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam,
the son of Er, the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of
Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Symeon, the
son of Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,
the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son
of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed,
the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nashon, the son of
Amminadab, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug,
the son of Reu, the son of Pelag, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son
of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch,
the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the
son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. Chapter
BATTLE WITH TEMPTATION
Jesus came back from the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit. He was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and for forty days he was
tempted by the devil; and in those days he ate nothing, and when
they were completed he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you
really are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus
answered him, "It stands written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'"
He took him up and showed him in an instant of time all the kingdoms
of the inhabited world. The devil said to him, "I will give you
all this power and the glory of them, because it has been handed
over to me, and I can give it to whomsoever I wish. If then you
worship me all of it will be yours." Jesus answered him, "It stands
written, 'You must worship the Lord God and him only must you serve.'"
He brought him to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle of the Temple,
and said to him, "If you really are the Son of God throw yourself
down from here, for it stands written, 'He has given his angels
instructions concerning you, to take care of you, and they will
bear you up in their hands lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"
Jesus answered him, "It has been said, 'You must not try to test
the Lord your God.'" So when he had gone through the whole gamut
of temptation, the devil left him for a time.
returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee; and the story of
him spread throughout the whole countryside. He kept on teaching
in their synagogues; and he was held in high reputation by all.
HONOUR IN HIS OWN COUNTRY
came to Nazareth where he had been brought up; and, as was his habit,
he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to
read the lesson. The roll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.
He opened the roll and found the passage where it is written, "The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring
the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to announce release to
the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
those who have been bruised, to proclaim that the year which everyone
is waiting for has come." And he folded up the roll and handed it
back to the officer and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue
were fixed intently on him. He began to say to them, "Today this
scripture has been fulfilled in your ears." And all witnessed to
him and were amazed at the words of grace that came from his mouth.
And they said, "Is this not the son of Joseph?"
He said to them,
"You are bound to quote the proverb to me, 'Physician, heal yourself;
we have heard about all that happened in Capernaum; do the same
kind of things in your own home country.'" He said, "This is the
truth that I tell you. No prophet is accepted in his own home country.
In truth I tell you there were many widows in Israel in the days
of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up for three years and six months
and when there was a great famine all over the earth. And to none
of them was Elijah sent but he was sent to Zarephath, to a widow
of Sidon. There were many lepers in Israel in the times of Elisha
the prophet; and none of them was healed; but Naaman the Syrian
was." And the people in the synagogue were filled with anger as
they listened to these things; and they rose up and hustled him
out of the town. They took him to the brow of the hill on which
their town is built, to throw him down; but he passed through the
midst of them and went upon his way.
SPIRIT OF AN UNCLEAN DEVIL
came down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and he was teaching them
on the Sabbath day; and they were astonished at his teaching because
his speech was with authority. There was in the synagogue a man
who had a spirit of an unclean demon and he cried out with a loud
voice, "What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you
come to destroy us? I know who you are - the Holy One of God." So
Jesus rebuked it. "Be muzzled," he said, "and come out of him."
And after the demon had thrown him into the midst of them, it came
out of him and it did him no harm. Astonishment fell on them all
and they kept saying to each other, "What word is this? Because
he gives orders to unclean spirits with authority and with power
and they come out." And the story of him went out to every place
in the surrounding district.
MIRACLE IN A COTTAGE
left the synagogue and came into Simon's house; and Simon's mother-in-law
was in the grip of a major fever. They asked him to do something
for her. He stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her.
Immediately she got up and began to serve them.
sun was setting all who had friends who were ill with all kinds
of sicknesses brought them to Jesus; and he laid his hands upon
each one of them and cured them. Out of many there came demons,
shouting out and saying, "You are the Son o f God." And he rebuked
them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he
was the Anointed One. When day came, he went out and went to a desert
place; and the crowds kept looking for him and they tried to restrain
him so that he would not go away from them; but he said to them,
"I must tell the Good News of the Kingdom of God to other towns
too, because that is what I was sent to do."
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