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Matthew 3:2 The Message (MSG)

Thunder in the Desert!

1-2 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Matthew 4:17 The Message (MSG)

Teaching and Healing

12-17 When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned to Galilee. He moved from his hometown, Nazareth, to the lakeside village Capernaum, nestled at the base of the Zebulun and Naphtali hills. This move completed Isaiah’s sermon:

Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
    road to the sea, over Jordan,
    Galilee, crossroads for the nations.
People sitting out their lives in the dark
    saw a huge light;
Sitting in that dark, dark country of death,
    they watched the sun come up.

This Isaiah-prophesied sermon came to life in Galilee the moment Jesus started preaching. He picked up where John left off: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Mark 1:15 The Message (MSG)

14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

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