CHRISTMAS-STORY BY MARK
WEIHNACHTSGESCHICHTE NACH MARKUS
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus
Christ, the Son of God.
2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
"I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your
3 "a voice of one calling in the
desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.' "
4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert
region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of
5 The whole Judean countryside and all
the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they
were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
6 John wore clothing made of camel's hair,
with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild
7 And this was his message: "After
me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals
I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I baptize you with water, but he will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth
in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 As Jesus was coming up out of the
water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on
him like a dove.
11 And a voice came from heaven: "You
are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into
13 and he was in the desert forty days,
being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels