Christianity According to Christ

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The Messenger

It is written, "Behold, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me." The light that gives true light to all men was coming into the world, and God sent a man named John to testify concerning it. John himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to it so that, through his testimony, all mankind might believe.

In the kingdom of Judea, around the year 6 BC as we now reckon time, there lived a man named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. Both of them were upright in the sight of God, blamelessly observing all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. But they were well along in years and, because Elizabeth was barren, they had no children.

Because he and Elizabeth were descended from Aaron, the first Jewish high priest, Zechariah belonged to the Abijah division of the priesthood. And once, when his division was on duty, Zechariah was chosen by lot - according to priestly custom - to go into the temple and burn incense before God.

The time for the burning of incense came and, outside the temple, all the worshipers were assembled praying. Zechariah was inside, making preparations, when - suddenly - standing at the right side of the altar, an angel of the Lord appeared to him! Zechariah was startled and gripped with fear when he saw him, but the angel said to him: "Don't be afraid, Zechariah. I am Gabriel, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you: 'Your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son.' Thus you are to give him the name John, which means 'God is gracious'.

"He will be great in the sight of the Lord, and will never have need of wine or other fermented drink for he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. He will be a joy and a delight to you, and all of Israel will rejoice with you at his birth, for he will bring many of the people back to the Lord their God. He is to go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to prepare the people for his coming: to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and of the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous."

Then Zechariah asked the angel: "How can I be expected to believe this? I'm an old man and my wife is well along in years." The angel answered, "I came from the very presence of God to bring you this good news. And now - because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time - you will be silent and not able to speak until the day all I have told you comes to pass."

In the meantime, the people who had assembled outside to pray and to receive the customary blessing from the priest who burned the incense were waiting for Zechariah, and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. But when he finally came out, he couldn't speak! The worshipers finally realized from the signs he kept making to them that he had seen some sort of vision in the temple that had rendered him speechless.

Zechariah nevertheless completed his time of service, and soon after he returned home, his wife became pregnant. "The Lord has done this for me," Elizabeth said. "In these days, he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people." And, for the next five months, she remained in seclusion.

Lk 1:5-25
Jn 1:6-9
Mal 3:1


In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God again sent out the angel Gabriel; this time to a young woman in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. Her name was Mary. Gabriel appeared before her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled by his sudden appearance, and wondered what his greeting might signify. But Gabriel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God. You are to become pregnant and give birth to a son."

"How will this be," Mary asked him, "since I am a virgin?" "Nothing is impossible with God," the angel answered. "Even your relative Elizabeth - who was said to be barren - is going to have a child in her old age, and is already in the sixth month of her pregnancy. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, so the one to be born will be called holy and the Son of God. And he will be great indeed, for his father - the Lord! - will give him the throne of David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end."

"I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered: "May it be to me as you have said." At those words, the angel bowed low before her and departed. And as he left, a trumpet sounded in heaven, and a great voice proclaimed to all the angels: "Rejoice now you heavens and you who dwell in them, for the kingdom of God and the salvation of his Christ have come into the world. A woman glorified by the Most High is going to give birth to a son, who will rule forever over all the nations with an imperishable scepter: the power and authority of God! But woe to you our brothers who have been hurled down to the earth and the sea, and to your constant accuser the devil, because the day of your judgement is at hand."

When he heard this, Satan was filled with fury, because he knew that his time was short. He began to search for the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might be poised in front of her to devour the child the moment it was born. And from the mouth of hell, he spewed forth his demons like the waters of a mighty river, so that the woman and her child could not escape being swept up in the torrent. Satan sent his minions to keep watch in the Temple and the synagogues; in king's palaces and great estates: all the places he thought suitable for the birth of the Son of God. But it seemed as though the woman had been snatched up by God to his throne, or that the earth had given her refuge by opening its mouth and swallowing her up.

Lk 1:26-38
Rv 11:15
12:4-5, 10, 12 and 15-16


In the meantime, Mary - completely unaware of these great goings-on - had immediately readied herself and hurried off to the town in the hill country of Judea where Zechariah lived. She entered the home and called out to Elizabeth. When she heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in Elizabeth's womb, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit. And in a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

And Mary said: "To rejoice with you. For everyone from now on will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has been mindful of me - his most humble servant - for these great things. And so he extends his mercy to those who fear him in all generations. He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts and brought down rulers from their thrones, but has lifted up those who humbly bow before him. He has sent the rich away empty, but has filled the hungry with good things. Remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers, he has performed mighty deeds with his arm and helped his servant Israel. My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! Holy is his name!"

Lk 1: 39-55


Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. Now, she was pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. (Joseph was directly related to David, as well as to the patriarch Abraham, through two distinct genealogical lines. Diverging in David's sons Solomon and Nathan, these lines intersected in Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel; parted again, and finally rejoined in Joseph's grandfather and father, who were known, respectively, as Matthat or Matthan, and Jacob or Heli.)

It soon became apparent that Mary was pregnant. Because Joseph was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to quietly break their engagement. But, as he was considering this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus (which means "God is salvation") because he will save his people from their sins." When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel had commanded him, and took Mary home as his wife. But they had no union together before she gave birth.

Mt 1:1-21 and 24-25
Lk 1:27 and 56

The Birth of John

When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah. But his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John." They said to her, "But there is no one among your relatives who has that name." Then they made signs to Zechariah, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, "His name is John."

Immediately Zechariah's mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak, praising God. And he prophesied: "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to redeem his people. As he promised our fathers long ago through his prophets, he has remembered his holy covenant - the oath he swore to Abraham - to show mercy to us and to rescue us from the hand of our enemies and from all who hate us. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, to enable us to serve before him all our days in holiness and righteousness and without fear.

"Because of the tender mercy of our God, the rising sun will come to us from heaven; to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the path of peace. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him; to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins."

The neighbors were filled with awe by all of this, and people throughout the hill country of Judea began talking about it. And everyone who heard what had taken place wondered, "What, then, is this child going to be?"

Lk 1:57-79

Nativity: The Son of Man

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world (This was the first census that took place during the time of King Herod, while Quirinius was governor of Syria). Everyone was required to return to his ancestral town to register. So Joseph, because he belonged to the house and line of David, went up from Nazareth in Galilee to the town of David: Bethlehem in Judea. And Mary, who was pregnant and about to give birth, went there with him.

Because of the crowds arriving in Bethlehem for the census, there was no room for Mary and Joseph at the town's only inn. They took shelter in a stable and, while they were there, the time came for Mary's baby to be delivered. And there in the humblest of surroundings, unseen and unattended, she cried out in pain and gave birth to her firstborn child, a son. And she wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger.

Now there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby that night, keeping watch over their flocks. And, suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone all around them. They were terrified, but the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid, for I bring you good news that will be of great joy to you and to all mankind. A Savior, Christ the Lord, has been born to you today in the town of David. And this is how you will recognize him: you will find a baby, wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger." Then a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest! And, on earth, peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby who - just as they had been told - was lying in a manger. After they had seen these things, the shepherds returned to the countryside glorifying God for all they had witnessed. They spread the word concerning what had been told them about the child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said.

Mt 1:18
Lk 2:1-18 and 20
Rv 12:2

Infancy: Prophecies Fulfilled

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means, "God with us")."

Eight days later, when it was time to circumcise the boy in keeping with what is said in the Law of Moses ("On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcized"), Joseph named him Jesus: the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived. And when the time of their purification according to the Law had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him at the temple ("Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), and to offer a sacrifice ("a pair of doves or two young pigeons") as the Law prescribes.

Now there was a very old prophetess in Jerusalem: Anna, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had lived with her husband for only seven years after her marriage before she became a widow. Since then, she never left the temple but worshiped night and day - fasting and praying - and she was now eighty-four. Coming up to Mary and Joseph when they brought in Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, she gave thanks to God for the redemption of Israel. And afterward, she spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to Israel's consolation.

There was also a righteous and devout man in Jerusalem named Simeon. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ, for whom he was patiently waiting. Moved by the Spirit at that very moment, Simeon went into the temple courts. And taking Jesus in his arms, he praised God, saying, "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all people: a light of revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel."

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, "This child is destined to cause the rising and falling of many in Israel, and the hearts and thoughts of people everywhere to be revealed. But he will be a sign that is spoken against, and a sword that pierces him will pierce your soul too."

Joseph and Mary marveled at what was said about the child and, when they had done all that was required by the Law, they returned with him to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And his mother Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Mt 1:22-23 and 12:5
Lk 2:21-39
Ex 13:2
Lv 12:3 and 8
Is 7:14


Now Satan, who had been lurking about King Herod's palace in his search for the mother and her child, had nearly given up hope of finding them. But then, about two years after Jesus was born, a number of astrologers - or Magi, as they were called - arrived in Jerusalem from the orient and began asking around: "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw the sign of his coming in the east - a great and wondrous star in heaven - and have come to worship him." The entire city was disturbed by this and, when he heard about it, so was king Herod. And, seeing opportunity in the king's concern, Satan immediately entered into him.

Assembling all the people's chief priests and teachers of the Law, Herod called in the Magi and asked them where the king was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 'But you, Bethlehem the fruitful, though you are small among the clans of Judah, you are by no means least in the land. For out of you will come for me a ruler; one who will be the shepherd over my people Israel'." After the meeting, Herod spoke with the Magi privately, and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

After they had heard the king, the Magi went on their way. The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them, and they were overjoyed when it came to rest directly over a small house. Upon reaching the place, they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him and, opening their treasures, presented him with gifts of gold and incense and myrrh. Then, having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up!" the angel said, "For Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. Take the child and his mother and escape out of that serpent's reach into the desert, to a place prepared for them by God where they will be protected. Stay there until I tell you to return." So Joseph arose in the middle of the night, gathered up Jesus and Mary, and fled to Egypt, where they stayed for about three and a half years.

In the meantime, Herod realized that the Magi had outwitted him. He was furious, and gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had been told. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah: Rachel, weeping with great mourning and bitter lamentation for her children, and refusing to be comforted because her children are no more."

Eventually, Herod died. And the angel appeared to Joseph in Egypt and said, "You may now take the child and his mother and go home, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead." And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I called my son."

Joseph first took Jesus and Mary to Judea, but when he found that Archelaus was reigning there in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to stay. And so he withdrew to the district of Galilee in the land of Israel, and went back to live in Nazareth. Thus was fulfilled yet another prophecy: "He will be called a Nazarene" (which, according to some, is to say: "despised, and rejected by men"). And there in Nazareth, the child Jesus grew and became strong, and filled with wisdom beyond his years.

Mt 2:1-23
Lk 2:19 and 40
Rv 12:1, 6 and 14

Is 53:3
Je 31:15

Ho 11:1
Mi 5:2


Now every year, Joseph and Mary went with their relatives and friends from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the Feast as usual and - when it was over - set out for home. Jesus, however, stayed behind in Jerusalem. Unaware of this, and thinking he was elsewhere within their traveling party, Joseph and Mary journeyed homeward for an entire day. But then, when they began looking for Jesus that evening, they couldn't find him.

The distraught parents immediately hurried back to the city and began looking for their child. Finally, after three days of anxious searching, they found him in the temple courts. He was sitting there among the teachers of the Law, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his his answers and the depth of his understanding, but his parents were not so pleased. Mary said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? We have been looking all over for you, worried sick!"

"Why did you have to search for me?" Jesus asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" No one understood, at that time, the significance of what he was saying.

Jesus returned to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph and, from then on, was an obedient son to them. And - in the days and years that followed - he continued to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. And the grace of God was upon him.

Lk 2:41-52

The Ministry of John

The Lord's hand was likewise upon John, the son of Zechariah. And, when he grew to manhood, he went out alone into the Judean desert. John lived on what he found there; his food was locusts and wild honey, and he wore clothing made of camel's hair held together at the waist with a strap of untannned leather. And in this harsh setting, he became strong in Spirit.

John remained in the desert until around 28 or 29 AD, when the word of God came to him that he was the one of whom it was spoken in the scriptures: "I will send my messenger ahead of me, and he shall prepare the way before me." As it is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert: 'Prepare the way for the Lord! Make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God!' Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways level, and the rugged places a plain. The glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see God's salvation."

And so John - "The Baptist," as he came to be called - appeared publicly to Israel, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He went into the region along the Jordan River, and the people came to him from Jerusalem and the entire Judean countryside. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan.

And this was John's message: "Repent, for the kingdom of God is near! After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not fit to stoop down and untie. He who comes was in being long before me, and will greatly surpass me. I baptize you with water for repentance, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire! His winnowing fork is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning up the chaff in unquenchable flames."

And when John saw many Jewish religious leaders among the crowds coming out to be baptized, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance, because the axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. And don't even begin to think you will escape punishment because you're descended from Abraham! For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham out of these stones!"

"What should we do then?" the crowd asked. John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should share it with those who are going hungry." Tax collectors also came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?" "Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't accuse people falsely, and don't extort money from them. Be content with your pay." And with many other words, John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them of the coming of the kingdom of God.

Now, the people were all waiting expectantly at that time for the redeemer of Israel foretold by prophecy, and they began wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the One. But when the Jewish leaders sent a delegation from Jerusalem to ask John if he was the Christ, he did not equivocate but freely confessed, "I am not." "Then who are you?" they asked him. "Are you Elijah? Are you the Prophet?" "No," John said, "I am not."

Finally they said, "Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself? If you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, then why do you baptize?" John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' I baptize with water to prepare for the one who comes after me. You do not know him, but he stands here among you."

Mt 3:1-12
Mk 1:2-8
Lk 1:80
3:1 and 2-18
Jn 1:15 and 19-27

Is 40:3-5


Now Jesus had come from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing. And when all the people were being baptized, Jesus came forward too. But John, alerted by the Holy Spirit, tried to deter him, saying: "Why do you come to me? I need to be baptized by you." Jesus replied, "It is proper for us to do this now to fulfill all righteousness. Let it be so." And only then did John consent.

As Jesus came up out of the water, he began praying, and he saw heaven being torn open. The Spirit of God descended on him in the form of a dove, and a voice from heaven said to him, "You are my Son, whom I love. With you, I am well pleased."

John gave this account of it, saying: "I have seen, and I testify, that this is the Son of God. I myself would not have recognized him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man upon whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' And I saw the Spirit come down from heaven in the form of a dove and settle on this man. This is the one of whom I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' And the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

The next day, around four in the afternoon, John was there by the river talking with two of his disciples when he saw Jesus passing by. And he said to them, "Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" When they heard this, John's disciples got up and followed Jesus.

Jesus saw them following and, turning around, asked, "What do you want?" "To see where you're staying, Teacher," they replied. "Walk with me, then," he said, "and I'll show you." So they went to where Jesus was staying, and the two men spent the rest of that day with him. One of the two who had gone with Jesus was named Andrew. And, the following morning, the first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Christ!" And he took Simon to meet Jesus.

Later that day, Jesus came upon a man named Philip and said to him as well, "Follow me." Philip, who - like Andrew and Peter - was from the town of Bethsaida in Galilee, searched out a friend from that region named Nathanael and told him: "We have found the one about whom Moses and all the prophets wrote in the Scriptures! Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!" "Nazareth!" Nathanael exclaimed. "Can anything good come from there?" "Come and see for yourself," said Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said, "Now here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." "How could you know that about me?" Nathanael asked. "I knew it before Philip called you," Jesus answered, "when I saw you standing under a fig tree." Nathanael declared, "Rabbi! You're the King of Israel! The Son of God!" Jesus said, "You believe all that because of what I just told you? Then I tell you the truth," he added, "you will see things much greater than that! You shall see heaven open! And the Son of Man become as a stairway resting on the earth with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon it!"

Mt 3:13-17
Mk 1:9-11
Lk 3:21-22
Jn 1:28-51
Ge 28:12


Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit and, at once, he was led by the Spirit out into the desert. He was there in the desert alone, except for wild animals, for forty days and forty nights. And, during those days, he ate nothing.

After fasting for so long, Jesus was hungry. And Satan came to tempt him, saying, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord'."

Then the devil took 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 to guard you carefully in all your ways, and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone'." Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Don't put the Lord your God to the test'."

Again, the devil took Jesus up to a very high place and - in an instant - showed him all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "Absolute authority over all this splendor has been given to me, and so I can give it to anyone I want. And I will give it to you! It will be yours, if you will just bow down and worship me."

Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only'." With that, the devil finished all this tempting, and left him until a more opportune time. And angels came and attended Jesus.

Mt 4:1-11
Mk 1:12-13
Lk 4:1-13
Dt 6:13 and 16
Ps 91:11-12

John the Baptist's Imprisonment

In those days, the kingdom of the Jews was ruled by four Roman-appointed governors, or tetrarchs: Pontius Pilate in Judea; Lysanias in Abilene; Herod Antipas in Galilee, and Herod's brother Philip in Iturea and Traconitis. Now Herod had married Philip's wife, Herodias, and John the Baptist had publicly rebuked him for this, saying: "It is not lawful for you to have sexual relations with your brother's wife, and it is an act of impurity to marry her!"

So Herodias nursed a grudge against John because of this and wanted to kill him to shut him up, but she was not able to because Herod protected him. For Herod - knowing John to be a righteous and holy man - liked to listen to him preach, even though he was greatly puzzled by most of what he heard. Also, Herod was afraid of the reaction of John's followers, because they considered him a prophet. In the end, though, Herod added this to his other evil deeds: he himself gave the orders to have John arrested, bound and locked up in prison.

Mt 14:3-5
Mk 6:17-20
Lk 3:19-20

Lv 18:16

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