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STORY OF THE GOSPEL
Our Saviour's Life on Earth
TOLD IN WORDS
Easy to Read and Understand,
Author of the Story of the Bible," etc.
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Copyrighted 1884 by Charlers Foste~r,
PERHAPS some persons who see this
S little book may have seen a larger
one called "The Story of the Bible."
And because both of these books were
written by the same person, and have
names so much alike, they may think
that this one is only a part of "The
Story of the Bible," made into a smaller
13ut it is not so. Though they are
alike in many places, they are different
in this: "THE STORY OF THE GOS-
SPEL is still easier to read and under-
stand than "The Story of the Bible."
If a person does not know how to read
very well, it will be better for him to
read THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL ;
Both of these books teach about the
Bible, and they are meant to make the
persons who read them want to read
the Bible itself, so that they may learn,
more perfectly, what God says to them.
in his Holy Word.
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JESUS GIVES HIS APOSTLES THE BREAD AND WINE.
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JESUS GOES UP TO HE&VIM,.
STORY OF THE GOSPEL.
fYOD lives up in heaven where we cannot see
Shim, but he looks down and sees us who
live in this world.
He sees everything we do, and hears every-
thing we say, and knows even what we think.
For He is the One who knows all things.
It is God who made this world, and heaven,
and everything in them. He made the sun to
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shine in the day, and. the moon and the stars
to shine in the night.
He made the animals, the birds, and the
fishes; the trees, the grass, and the flowers.
And after he had made all these things, he
made the first man.
The name of the first man that ,God made
was Adam, and the name of the first woman
was Eve. There were no other persons in the
world when God made them; these two were
And God planted a garden for Adam and
Eve to live in. A garden, you know, is a beau-
tiful place where flowers grow. But this
garden, that God planted for Adam and Eve,
was more beautiful, we suppose, than any other
garden that-was ever in the world.
It was called the garden of Eden. It not
only had flowers in it, but trees that bore fruit
good to eat. There was some of every kind of
fruit growing in the garden of Eden.
And God told Adam and Eve they might
eat of all these different kinds, except one.
But of that one, he said, they must not eat, for
if they did, they should surely die. This one
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And God told Adam
Sa n d E v e t h e n a m e o f
EDEN. this one tree; it was
called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and
Evil. And lie showed them the place where
it grew in the garden, so that they should
not forget it, or take any fruit off of it by
I have told you that God lives up in heaven.
But he does not live there alone. The angels
live there with him. God made the angels to
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live with him in heaven. They are not like
us; they are always happy, for they never do
wrong. They do only those things that God
tells them to do.
But we read in the Bible that, a great while
ago, some of the angels did do wrong. They
were not satisfied with the things that God
gave them, and they were not willing to do
as he told them.
Then God sent them out of heaven and
would let them live there no more. And these
angels that were sent out of heaven are alive
still, for angels, or spirits, never die.
But now they are not good angels, like those
.who are living up in heaven with God. They
are bad angels. The chief one among them is
named Satan. He is their king, and they do
as he tells them.
And Satan and his bad angels will never go
up to heaven again. For no one who is wicked
can go there. But there is a day coming called
the Judgment Day. On that day all who are
wicked will be sent away to a place where
they are to be punished.
We are punished when we have to bear pain,
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or trouble, because we have done wrong. And
at tle Judgment Day, Satan and his bad angels
will be sent away to be punished for all the
wrong things they have done. The place they
will be sent to is called hell. And Satan and
Ilis bad angels will stay there forever.
But at the time I am now telling you about,
when God made Atdan and Eve and put them
in the beautiful garden, Satan saw them there.
And they were, both of them, very happy
in the garden, because they were good and
obeyed God, that is, did everything that God
And Satan saw that Adam and Eve were
go'd and habppy in the beautiful garden, and
lie was not pleased. For he is wicked and
unhappy himself, and he wants every one else
to be like him.
So when God told them not to eat of that
one tree which he showed them, Satan thought
he would try and persuade them to eat of it,
and disobey, or not mind, God.
Now there wags a serpent, or snake, in the
garden of Eden. And Satan went into the
serpent; for as we have read, he is a spirit,
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and spirits have not bodies as we have, and they
can go into places where we cannot go.
So Satan went into the serpent, and while he
was in the serpent, he came near to Eve and
THE SERPENT TEMPTS EVE.
spoke to her. He said, Has God told you not
to eat of every'tree in the garden? Eve
answered they might eat of all the trees ex-
cept one, but of that one God had told them
not to eat, for fear they would die.
Then Satan told her that even if they did
eat of the tree, they should not die. He said
that God had forbidden them to eat of it be-
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cause it would make them wise, that is, would
make them know a great deal.
And Eve listened to what Satan said. When
anybody tries to tempt, or coax, us to do wrong,
we ought not -.
to listen to him.
would be no dan- a e
gerof our doing
as he tells us to.
But Eve listened
And when she
saw that the tree
was a beautiful
tree, and that
the fruit seemed --
good to eat,
that the serpent ADAM AND EVE DRIVEN OUT OF THE GARDEN.
had said it would make her wise, she took some
of the fruit and ate of it, and she gave some
to Adam, her husband, and he ate. So they
both disobeyed God and sinned; for when we
disobey,or do not mind, God, that is sin.
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Then God drove them out of the garden of
Eden, and would let them live there no longer.
I have told you there are good angels living
up in heaven with God. That is their home
where they stay. Yet the Bible tells us that
God often sent some of them down to this
world. Sometimes it was to help good. people,
and sometimes to punish wicked people.
And now when God drove Adam and Eve
out of the beautiful garden, he sent some of his
good angels down to keep watch that they did
not go in there again. It was to punish Adam
and Eve that God sent them out of the garden.
As long as they stayed there they had every-
thing they wanted. Only the beasts and the
birds were with them; the birds sang to them,
and the wild beasts did not hurt them. The
flowers were beautiful for them to look at, and
the fruit that they ate grew by itself, without
their having to work to make it grow.
But now they had to go and live in a place
that was very different from the beautiful gar-
den. In this place the fruit would not grow
by itself, and Adam had to work very hard to
get enough for Eve and himself to eat.
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But something worse than this happened to
them on account of their sin. Before they
their hearts were .ii ::..
good, but after
they disobeyed him
their hearts grew
Our heart is that
part of us that ADAM AT LABOR.
makes us want to
do right, or wrong. When we have a good
heart, that loves God, we want to do right;
but when we have a bad heart, that does not
love God, we want to do wrong. God had
made Adam and Eve with good hearts, but
now they made their own hearts bad, and
"wicked, by sin.
And after awhile when their little children
were born, these children were like their father
and mother; they had wicked hearts too.
And this is the reason why all the little
children, and all the men and women in the
world, were born with wicked hearts; because
Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and ate of the
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fruit that he told them not to eat of, in the
garden of Eden.
It is the reason why you and I have wicked
hearts, which so often tempt us to sin. And
God has said that if we sin we shall be punish-
ed at the Judgment Day. But now I will tell
you who came down from heaven to change
our wicked hearts into good hearts, and to
take away our sins, and to save us from being
punished at the Judgment Day.
Far across the great ocean, where the big
ships sail, there is a land that used to be called
the land of Israel. In that land, more than
eighteen hundred years ago, a young woman
lived whose name was Mary. And God sent
one of his good angels down from heaven to
speak to Mary.
When she saw the angel she was afraid.
But he told her not to be afraid, for he said
that God was pleased with her, and would
give her a son whose name should be Jesus.
And Jesus should be a King, the angel said,
greater than any king in the world, because
he would be the Son of God.
After the angel had told Mary this, he went
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up to heaven again. Now Mary was not rich,
or great, she was only a poor young woman.
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THE ANGEL SPEAKS TO MARY.
And her husband was poor, too; his name was
Joseph, and he was a carpenter.
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After these things Mary and Joseph came
to a city named Bethlehem. They did not
live in Bethlehem; it was'not their home.
They came there to stay only a little while, so
they went to the inn, or place where travelers
stopped, to sleep. But the inn was full of
people and there was no room for them. Then
they went into the stable to sleep. And while
they were there, God gave Mary the little son
that the angel had promised her. And she
named the child Jesus.
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named the child Jesu$.
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It was not in a beautiful house, such as rich
people have, that Jesus was born. He was
born in the stable in Bethlehem. Perhaps the
cows and oxen were around him, lying down
HIS MOTHER LAID HIM IN THE MANGER.
asleep, or were eating their food out of the
trough, or manger.
And his mother had no nice bed, or cradle,
to lay him in there in the stable. So when
she had wrapt some clothes around him,
she laid him in the manger for his cradle.
N OW in that country the people used to
have a great many sheep, and these sheep
stayed out in the fields to eat the grass. But
the fields had no fences around them to keep
the sheep from getting lost.
And beside the danger of getting lost, there
were wild beasts in that land, such as wolves
and bears, that sometimes came into the fields
to kill the sheep. Therefore somebody had
to stay with them all the time, to keep them
from getting lost or killed.
The men who stayed with them were called
shepherds. They stayed with the sheep not
only in the day, but in the night too, for that
was the time when the wild beasts would come
to kill them.
And on the night that Jesus was born, some
shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks
out in the field. And all at once, a bright
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THE ANGEL SPEAKS TO THE SHEPHERDS.
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light shone around them, and an angel came
down from heaven and spoke to them. The
shepherds saw the angel and heard his voice,
and they were very much afraid; for I sup-
pose they had never seen an angel before.
But the angel told them not to be afraid,
for he had come to bring good news to them,
and to all the people. There had been born
for them, he said, in the city of Bethlehem, a
little child who was the Saviour.
The angel meant Jesus. He called him the
Saviour because he was the one who had come
down from heaven (as I told you before) to
change our wicked hearts into good hearts,
and to take away our sins, and to save us
from being punished at the Judgment Day.
Then the angel told the shepherds that if
they would go to Bethlehem they could see this
little child. They would know him by the
sort of clothes his mother had wrapped around
him, and by finding him laid in a manger.
As soon as the angel had told the shepherds
.this, there came a great many more angels
from heaven, and they all began to speak, and
to.praise God, and to tell how good and kind
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THE SHEPHERDS W0RSHXP XESUSo
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he is to the people who live in this world.
Then the angels went away, up into heaven
When they were gone the shepherds said to
one another, Let us go now to Bethlehem and
see this Saviour, that God has sent his angel
to tell us about.
So they left their sheep and made haste to
Bethlehem, and came into the stable. There
they found Mary, and Joseph her husband,
and the little child lying in a manger. And
they were glad when they saw Jesus.
Afterward they went out and told other per-
sons what the angel had said to them about
him. And all the people wondered at what
they told them. Then the shepherds went
back to their sheep in the field.
And as they went they thanked God, be-
cause he had sent his angel to tell them about
Jesus, and had let them go to see him in the
stable in Bethlehem.
Now there was in the land of Israel another
city, named Jerusalem. It was a larger city
than Bethlehem; it had many more houses,
and a great many more people living in it.
THE SHEPHERDS TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS.
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The king of the land lived there. His name
was Herod. He was king over all the people
who lived in the land of Israel. These people
were called Israelites, or Jews. But Herod,
their king, was a wicked and cruel man.
After Jesus was born some men who lived
in a far country came to Jerusalem. These
men were wise men, that is, they knew a great
deal. They used to spend a great deal of time
in looking up at the sky, and watching the
stars, trying to learn all about them.
And while they were in their own country,
they saw a star up in the sky that was different
from all the stars they had ever seen before.
God had sent that star for the wise men to see,
so they might know that Jesus was born.
And because they were sure that Jesus was
some great person whom God had sent into
the world, they wanted to come and bow down
before him, and worship him.
So they left their own homes, and their own
land, and came to the land of Israel. It was
a long journey there, over mountains, and
rivers, and it took them a long time to come
so far. Yet the wise men did not turn back
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because they were tired of the way; they kept
on until they came to the city of Jerusalem.
THE WISE MEN GO TO JERUSALEM.
But when they came to Jerusalem they could
not find Jesus. Therefore they spoke to the
people, and said, Where is the little child that
is born to be king of the Jews? for we have
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seen his star in our own land, and have come
to worship him.
When Herod, the king, heard what the wise
men said, he was not pleased. He did not like
to hear them call the little child, King. It
made him afraid that, some day, this little
child would grow up and be king over the
Jews instead of himself.
Therefore Herod hated the little child, and
he told some of his servants to find out for
him where Jesus was born. When he heard
it was in Bethlehem he called the wise men to
him, and asked them all about the star they
had seen in their own land.
Then he told them to go to Bethlehem, and
look carefully for the young child, and when
they had found him to come back and bring
him word. For Herod said that he wanted
to go there and bow down before Jesus, and
worship him too.
But he said this not because he really wanted
to worship him; it was because he hated him,
and wanted to put him to death.
So the wise men left Jerusalem, and started
to go to the city of Bethlehem. And as they
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were going, they saw the same star that they
had seen in their own land.
When they saw the star they were very glad;
for instead of standing still up in the sky, like
other stars, it moved on before them and showed
them the way, till it led them to Bethlehem.
But there it stood still, right over the house
where the young child was.
And the wise men went into the house and
saw the young child there, with Mary his
mother, and they bowed down before him, and
In those days persons who came to visit kings,
brought presents with them; and these wise
men brought presents for Jesus. And now they
took out their presents and gave them to him.
They gave him three things-gold, and
frankincense, and myrrh. Gold is taken out
of the ground. Many beautiful things are
made of it, such as earrings, and bracelets,
and necklaces; money, too, is made of gold.
Frankincense and myrrh are gums that come
out from the sides of trees. When they are
burned they send up a smoke that is sweet
and pleasant to smell.
THE WISE MEN WORSHIP JESU.
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The people in that land thought a great deal
of frankincense and myrrh, and liked to have
them. But they had to buy them, and pay
much money for them. Therefore the wise
men brought them as presents to Jesus.
But while they were in Bethlehem the wise
men had a dream. In that dream God spoke
to them and told them not to go back to
Jerusalem, to tell Herod where Jesus was as
Herod had told them to. So when they left
Bethlehem, they went back to their own land
by another way.
When Herod found they had disobeyed him
he was angry, and then he did a very wicked
and cruel thing. He sent his servants to
Bethlehem, and into the country around
Bethlehem, to kill all the little children there
who were not more than two years old. He
did this because he thought that among
them Jesus would be killed.
But, although the other little children were
killed, Jesus was not killed.' For before Herod's
servants came to Bethlehem God sent an angel
to Joseph, while he was asleep, to tell him that
he should take the young child and his mother
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and make haste away into another country,
called Egypt, where Herod could not find them.
THE ANGEL SPEAKS TO JOSEPR.
So Joseph got up in the night, when no one
could see him, and he took Mary, and the
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young child, and went into Egypt. And they
stayed in Egypt till king Herod was dead.
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HEROD' S SERVANTS KILL THE LITTLE CHILDREN.
was sleeping, to tell him that now he should
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Then God sent his angel again, while Joseph
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go back into the land of Israel. So Joseph
brought Mary and the young child back into
JOSEPH GOES INTO EGYPT.
that land, and they came into a city named
Nazareth and lived there.
I HAVE told you about the city of Jerusalem,
that it was a large city, with a great many
people and a great many houses in it.
But there was one house in Jerusalem more
beautiful than all the rest. This was the
temple, or church, where the Jews used to go
to pray to God and to worship him.
The temple was built of white marble, and
it stood on the top of a hill. The people went
up high stairs, till they came to its gates.
The gates of the temple were very splendid;
they were large and high, and were covered all
over with silver and gold.
The Jews used to take their little children
up to the temple to present them, or bring
them, to God; and Mary and Joseph took
There was at this time in Jerusalem a good
man named Simeon. Though he was an old
man, God had promised him that he should
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not die until Jesus was born, and he had seen
him. And just before Mary and Joseph
brought Jesus into the temple, God told
Simeon to go there.
When they came in Simeon took Jesus up
in his arms; then he said that God's promise
had come true, and that now he was willing to
die, because he had seen the Saviour.
And there was a very old woman named
Anna in Jerusalem. She lived near the
temple, so that she could go there, both in the
day and in the night, to worship God. While
Simeon was speaking Anna also came into the
temple and saw Jesus, and she thanked God
for letting her see him. Then she went out
and told other persons about him.
The Jews who lived in Jerusalem often
went up to the temple. But once every year
all the men who lived in the land of Israel
used to go there; and then they had a feast
called the feast of the Passover.
God had told the people of Israel to have
this feast. It was to make them remember
something. I will tell you what it was to
make them remember,
SIMEON TAKES JESUS IN HIS ARMS.
THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 39
A great many years before this time the
people of Israel had been slaves. To be a
slave is to belong to some person, so that
he can sell you and get money for you; or else
he can keep you himself, and make you work
for him, without paying you for your work.
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THE ISRAELITES AT LABOR.
And a great many years before this time
the people of Israel had been slaves to the king
of Egypt. This king's name was Pharaoh,
and Pharaoh was cruel to the people of Israel.
He made them work very hard in making
bricks, and building houses, and doing all
kinds of work out in the field. He allowed
FEAST OF THE PASSOVER.
THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 41
his servants, also, to beat them, and even to
put their little children to death.
Then God was displeased with Pharaoh, and
told him to let the people of Israel go out of
his land; but he would not. Therefore God
sent many dreadful punishments upon him.
But the last of these punishments was more
dreadful than all the rest. It was this: In
the middle of the night God came into king
Pharaoh's land, and he sent an angel into the
king's house, and into all the houses where
his servants lived.
And the angel made the king's oldest son to
die, and the oldest sons of all his servants, so
that in every house there was one dead. But
God did not send his angel into the houses
where the people of Israel lived. He told the
angel to pass over their houses, and not to
hurt any one in them.
Then Pharaoh was troubled, and very much
afraid, at what the angel had done to him
and his servants. And because he was afraid,
he let the people of Israel go out of his land
as God had told him to. They went out that
same night, and were his slaves no longer.
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But before they went God told them to have
a supper, or feast. They were to have it in
every house where the people of Israel lived.
At this feast they ate a lamb that was roasted
with fire; they ate the lamb just before they
started to go out of Egypt.
And because God wanted the people of Israel
to remember that night, and his kindness in
setting them free from Pharaoh, God told
them they must have this feast, on that same
night, every year afterward.
This was the feast that all the men in the
land of Israel came to eat in Jerusalem.
For although it had been a great while
since God told them to have it, they still kept
on having this feast.
It was called the feast of the Passover,
because, as we have read, the angel passed over
their houses when they were in Egypt, and
did no harm to any one in them. But he
went into the houses of all the Egyptians and
made their oldest sons to die.
Now Mary and Joseph were living in the city
of Nazareth. I told you that they came there
to live after the death of Herod, who wanted
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to kill Jesus. At the time I am now telling
you about they still lived in that city.
Nazareth was a long way from Jerusalem-
as much as seventy miles from there. Yet
Mary and Joseph used to go up to Jerusalem
every year, to eat the feast of the passover.
But they would not go this long way alone.
Some of their friends, and neighbors, who
wanted to eat of the feast, would go with
them, and they would travel together. It was
pleasanter for them and their friends to travel
together, and keep each other company.
Beside this they could help each other, if
enemies, or robbers, should try to do them harm
while they were on the way. For seventy
miles was a long journey in that country.
It took several days to go so far. They had
no railroads, or stages, to ride in, as we have
now. There were no such things in those days,
and the people, when they went on a journey,
often walked all the way.
So as we have read, Mary and Joseph used
to go up every year to Jerusalem, to eat the
feast of the passover. And when Jesus was
twelve years old they took him with them.
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And they came to Jerusalem and stayed
there seven days, until the feast was over, then
they started with their friends to go back to
their home in Nazareth. And they thought
Jesus was in the company that went with
them: so they went on for a, whole day with-
out looking for him.
But at night, when they stopped to rest and
sleep, on the way, they looked for him and
could not find him. Therefore Mary and
Joseph were troubled about him, and they left
their friends and went all the way back to
Jerusalem to seek for him.
And when they came to Jerusalem they
found him in the temple. He was talking
with the teachers and wise men who were
there, hearing what they said and asking them
questions. And all the people who heard him
were surprised at the way he could talk with
them; for he was only a child, but they were
men of great learning.
Then Mary came to him and asked him why
he had staved behind in Jerusalem, and not
gone with them, when they left to go back to
their home in Nazareth. For she said, that
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MARY AND JOSEPH FIND JESUS IN THE TEMPLE.
THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 47
Joseph and she had been anxious and troubled
But Jesus asked her if she did not know
that he must be doing the things which his
Father had sent him into this world to do.
His Father, that is God, had sent him down
from heaven to teach us how we shall obey
God, and be made God's children. And now,
although Jesus was only twelve years old,
he was beginning to talk with the people
about these things.
Yet when Mary and Joseph came for him,
he went back with them to their home in
Nazareth. And he lived with them there, and
obeyed all they said to him. And the people
loved him, but they did not know he was the
Son of God, for the time had not yet come for
them to be told this.
Many years after these things there lived
in the land of Israel, a man called John the
Baptist. He was a prophet. A prophet is a
person who can tell what is going to happen.
You and I do not know what is going to
happen. We know what happened yesterday,
and the day before, but we do not know what
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will happen to-morrow, or the day after that.
We cannot tell till the time comes.
But God's prophets were able to tell what
things would happen before the time came.
They were able to do this, because God told
them about those things.
And John the Baptist was a prophet, and a
very good and holy man. He lived out in
the wilderness, that is, in the lonely country
where very few people lived.
But although he was one of God's prophets,
he was a poor man, and had only the things
that poor people had. He wore a rough gar-
ment, or coat, made out of the coarse hair that
grows on the backs of camels.
Tils coat was fastened around his waist with
a girdle, or belt, of leather. For his food he
had locusts and wild honey. Locusts are
insects something like grasshoppers. There
were great numbers of them in that country,
and the poor people there used to eat then.
They eat them still ini the countries in that
part of the woril. 11The rc)tst them in an
oven, or over the fire, lad jnix a little salt
with them and so make them ready for food.
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John ate locusts and he ate wild honey also.
Wild honey was the honey that the wild bees
made out in the woods, in hollow trees, or in
holes in the rocks.
J John could find
both the locusts and
LOCUST. the wild honey, in
the wilderness where he lived.
And there, while he was alone, he had plenty
of time to think about God, and to pray to him,
and to read in God's Book.
We have read that after Mary and .Joseph
found Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem, he
went back with them to the city of Nazareth.
And he lived with them there and the people
loved him, but they did not know he was
God's Son because the time had not come for
them to be told of this.
But now it had been many years since Jesus
went back to Nazareth, and he had grown up
to be a man and the time had come when the
Jews, that is, the people who lived in the land
of Israel, were to be told that he was the Son
of God. And God chose John the Baptist as
the one who should tell them this.
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Then John went to a place in the wilderness
that was near to a river, called the river Jordan.
And great numbers of the Jews came there to
hear what he would say.
And John told them that very soon the
Son of God was coming among them, and
that they should make ready for him to come,
not by putting on their best clothes, or by
putting their houses in order, but by repenting
of the sins they had done.
To repent of anything is to be sorry for it.
But there are different ways of being sorry.
Once there were two men taken to prison,
and shut up in a small room called a cell.
This cell had an iron door to it, and iron bars
in the window, so that the men would not be
able to get out.
They were put there because they had taken
what did not belong to them; they had stolen
something, and so they had sinned. For when-
ever we do anything that God has told us not
to do, that is sin.
And both of these men were very sorry for
their sin. But one was sorry only because he
had to be punished. As soon as he should get
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THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 53
out of prison, he intended to steal again. The
other was sorry because he had done what was
wicked, and he determined, when he got out,
to be an honest man and steal no more.
Now this last man was the one who repented
of his sin. And John told the Jews who came
out in the wilderness to hear him, that they
must make ready for Jesus to come among
them by repenting of their sins.
And the Jews did as John told them. They
repented of all the sins they had done, that is,
they were sorry for doing them, because it
displeased God and was wicked; and they
determined to do them no more.
Then John took them down with him into
the river Jordan, where the water was not too
deep, and he baptized them in the river.
Being baptized means something. It means
having our sins washed away, but it does not
mean that the water washes them away. Only
God's Holy Spirit can do that.
And now John baptized the people with
water, but he did not want them to think
that he could wash their sins away. He told
them that Jesus was coming and that he could
54 THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL.
wash their sins away. Jesus could do this be-
cause he was the Son of God, and he could
send the Holy Spirit into their hearts.
And if you and I repent of our sins and
are baptized, as Jesus tells us to be, he will
send the Holy Spirit into our hearts to wash
our sins away. But if we do not repent of
our sins, and stop doing them, they can never
be washed away; and even though the min-
ister may baptize us, it will not do us any
ND while John was baptizing the people
in the river Jordan, Jesus left his home
in Nazareth and came out into the wilderness,
for John to baptize him also. But when John
saw him he did not want to baptize him. For
John knew that Jesus was the Son of God, and
that his heart was pure and clean, and had no
sin in it to be washed away.
But Jesus told him that although he could
not understand it now, yet it was right for John
to baptize him. Then John went down with him
into the river, and baptized him there.
Perhaps you may ask, Why did Jesus want
to be baptized, when his heart was without any
sin in it that needed to be washed away? It
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was not for himself that he wanted to be
baptized, but for us; and to set us an example
of doing everything that God tells us to do.
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After he had been baptized, as he was com-
ing up out of the water, Jesus prayed to his
Father in heaven. And then a very wonder-
ful thing happened. The sky above him
opened, and there came down from heaven
what looked like a dove. But it was not really
THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 57
a dove, it was the Holy Spirit in the form, or
shape, of a dove. It came down and rested
on Jesus. At the same time a voice spoke
out of heaven. It was God's voice, and it
said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am
Before this time the people had not known
that Jesus was the Son of God. But now God,
himself, spoke out of heaven, and told them
that he was his Son.
Jesus left the place where John was bap-
tizing, and went out into the lonely wilderness;
and he stayed there forty days and forty nights,
praying to God.
No one was with him but the wild beasts;
but the wild beasts could not hurt him, for he
had power over them to keep them from doing
him any harm.
Through all those forty days and forty
nights, Jesus fasted, and ate no food, and after-
ward he was hungry.
We have read how Satan tempted, or per-
suaded, Eve to sin in the garden of Eden, and
so our hearts were made wicked. This had
happened long before the time we are reading
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about now, and Adam and Eve had been dead
for many hundreds of years. But Satan, that
wicked spirit, was not dead; for, as I have
told you, spirits never die.
And now, when Jesus had come down from
heaven to make our wicked hearts good again,
Satan thought he would tempt him to sin, as
he had tempted Eve in the garden. So he
went out into the wilderness, where Jesus was,
to tempt him.
Whenever Satan is.going to tempt any per-
son to do wrong, he finds out what thing it is
that person wants most. Then he tries to
make him do wrong to get that thing. He
knew that Jesus had fasted, and wanted food,
and he thought he would make him do wrong
to get it.
When he came to the place where Jesus
was, Satan looked down on the ground and saw
some stones lying there. Then he spoke to
Jesus, and told him, if he were the Son of God,
to change those stones into bread, so that he
might have food to eat, because he was hungry.
But Jesus knew why Satan had come, and
although he could have changed the stones
TAHE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 59
into bread by only telling them to be changed,
he would not do it to obey Satan. He told
him that the Bible says we must be more
careful to obey God and do right, than we
are even to get bread when we are hungry.
Remember this, if you should ever be hun-
gry, and be tempted to sin that you may get
food; think how your Saviour did when he
was hungry, and rather go without food than
do what is wrong to get it.
When Satan found, that Jesus would not
change the stones into bread, he tried another
way to tempt him. He brought him away
from the wilderness into the city of Jerusalem,
and took him up to a very high place on the
wall, or roof, of the temple.
And as he stood with Jesus on the edge of
this high place, Satan told him to throw him-
self down from there, because, if he were the
Son of God, the angels would come and catch
him so that he should not be dashed to pieces
You know what it is to have some one dare
you to do wrong. It was this that Satan did
to Jesus. He dared him to throw himself
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SATAN TEMPTS JESUS.
down from that high place, because, he said,
that if he were God's Son, he need not be
afraid of getting hurt when he fell. But,
though Jesus knew that he could easily step
THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 61
off from that high place, and throw himself
down, and not be hurt at all, yet he knew, too,
that it would be wrong to do this only because
Satan told him to do it.
So he would not throw himself down, but
told Satan, that the Bible says we must not
put ourselves in danger, only to try whether
God will save us from harm.
Then Satan tempted Jesus once more. He
took him away from the temple, and brought
him up on to a very high mountain. And
from the top of that mountain Satan showed
Jesus all the kingdoms, or nations, in the
world, at one time.
Satan showed him their splendid cities, their
great riches, and all the beautiful things that
were in them.
Then Satan said that if Jesus would only
kneel down and worship him, he should be king
over all those nations, and have them for his
own. It was to try and persuade him to do this,
that Satan had come out into the wilderness.
He did not care that Jesus should turn the
stones into bread, or that he should throw
himself down from the high place on the
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temple. He asked Jesus to do these things
only to get him in the way of obeying him.
What Satan did care for was that Jesus
should be willing to mind him, and take him
for his master. That was the reason why he
promised to give him all those kingdoms,
(though they were not his to give,) if Jesus
would only kneel down and worship him.
But when Satan tried to make him do this,
Jesus told Satan to go from him, because the
Bible said that God was the only one to be
worshipped, and that we must obey him alone.
When Satan saw that he could not make Jesus
obey him, he went away and left him. Then
angels came and waited on him.
Let us thank Jesus for not doing as Satan
tempted him- to do. Eve did as he tempted
her, and so she caused us all to have wicked
hearts and be sinners. But Jesus would not
do as Satan tempted him, and now he is able
to give us new and good hearts, and to make
us God's children.
After this Jesus went back to the place
where John was baptizing the people in the
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And some men came to him there. These
men stayed with him and listened to what he
taught them. Therefore they were his disciples.
For a disciple is a person who comes to learn
something from another person, and to obey
what that person says.
Jesus took his disciples and went to a city
called Cana. And there was a marriage in
that city. The mother of Jesus was there,
and Jesus and his disciples were asked to the
And a feast was made ready for the people
who should come. Food was put on the table
for them to eat, and wine for them to drink.
But so many came that before the end of the
feast the wine was all gone.
And the mother of Jesus said to him, They
have no more wine. Then she told the servants
who were there, to do whatever Jesus should
tell them to do.
Now there were in the house six large stone
pitchers, or water-jars, such as the Jews kept
to hold water. Jesus said to the servants, Fill
the water-jars with water. And they brought
water and filled them up to the brim.
JESUS CHANGE WATER INTO WrNE.
THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 65
Then he said, Take some out now, and carry
it to the chief man of the feast. The servants
took some out and carried it to the chief man,
or governor of the feast, and the governor
tasted it and found it was wine.
Jesus had changed the water into wine.
He had not touched it, or put anything into
it, but had only told it to be wine; and in a
moment it was wine.
This was a miracle; for a miracle is some
wonderful thing which only God can do.
Jesus could do miracles because he was the
Son of God, and had the power of God.
This was the first miracle he did, to show
the people that he had this power. We shall
read afterward of many miracles that he did
for them to see.
There came to Jesus a man named Nicodemus.
He wa~s one of the chief men, or rulers, of the
Jews. He came in the night that Jesus might
teach him. For he wanted to hear about God,
and to learn what he must do to please God.
Then Jesus told Nicodemus that unless his
heart was made new and good, he could not
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And Jesus did not mean that Nicodemus
only must have a new heart, but that you
and I, and everybody, must have one. For as
we have read, we were all born with wicked
hearts which often tempt us to sin.
But God does not stop caring for us because
we have wicked hearts, and because we have
sinned. He loves us so much that he sent his
only Son down from heaven, to give us new
and good hearts, and to save us from being
punished for our sins.
You remember that when Jesus was born in
Bethlehem, the king who ruled over the land
of Israel was named Herod. It was he who
sent his servants to kill all the little children
in Bethlehem, because he hoped that among
them Jesus would be killed.
After Herod was dead his son was made king.
This son's name was Herod, too. He was a bad
man like his father, and at the time I am now
telling you about, he did a very wicked thing.
He took his brother's wife away from his
brother, and made her his wife. This was a
great sin. Then John the Baptist came to
Herod and told him he had sinned.
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When the woman, whose name was Herodias,
heard what John said, she was very angry;
for she wanted to be the king's wife, because
that made her rich and great. And she went
to the king and asked him to have John put
But Herod was afraid to put John to death;
for he had heard him teach, and knew that he
was a good man. Yet to please Herodias,
his wicked wife, Herod took John and bound
him with ropes, or chains, and put him in
TW HILE John was in prison Herod's birth-
day came. Then Herod made a great
feast, and asked the captains in his army and
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feast, Salome came
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And Herod was so pleased with her beau-
tiful dancing, he promised to give her any-
thing she asked for. He said that even if she
70 THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL.
asked for the half of his kingdom, he would
give it to her. He meant that she might
JOHN THE BAPTIST IS KILLED IN PRISON.
choose from all the things that he had, and he
would give her whatever she wanted.
It was foolish and wicked in Herod to make
THE STORY OF THE GOSPELo 71
this promise to Salome. She had not done
anything to deserve it; yet he made it to
her. Then Salome went to her mother, and
said, What shall I ask king Herod to give me?
And what did this wicked woman say? She
did not tell her daughter to ask for some beau-
tiful present, or for money, but she told Salome
to go back to Herod, and tell him, that she
wanted him to send to the prison, and have
John the Baptist's head cut off, and brought
to her, at once, in a large dish.
So Salome made haste back to the king, and
asked as her mother had told her. Then
Herod was very sorry, for he did not want to
put John to death. And he should have told
her that he would not do it.
For when we have promised to do a thing
that is wicked, we should ask God to forgive
us for making the promise, and not do the
wicked thing, because that would only make
our sin the worse.
Yet because the great men at the feast had
heard him promise, and because he was ashamed
to seem afraid to do it, Herod sent one of his
soldiers, who cut off John's head in the prison,
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and brought it in a large dish to Salome, and
she took it to her mother.
When John's disciples heard what Herod
had done they came and took up his dead body,
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and laid it in a sepulchre, or burying place,
and then went and told Jesus.
Jesus and his disciples went to a part of the
land called Galilee. As they were going they
came to a city named Sychar. A little way
THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 73
out of this city was a well, where the people
came to get water. For in that country, they
had not so many rivers and streams as we have
in ours, and the people had to draw up water
in buckets, or pitchers, from wells that were
dug deep in the ground.
It was in the hot part of the day that Jesus
came near to the city of Sychar, and being
tired with his journey he sat down by the well.
His disciples went into the city to buy food,
and left him alone.
And a woman came out of the city, carrying
her pitcher to draw water. Now this woman
did not love God in her heart, and she had
done many things to displease him. Jesus
knew this; for he can see all our hearts, and
he knows everything we have done. And
he talked with the woman, and told her of
some of the things she had done, long ago, to
Then she was surprised, when she found that
he knew of these things. And she said, Sir,
I see thou art a prophet. She meant that he
was a person whom God told of things which
other people did not know.
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THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 75
And she said to Jesus, I know that the
Saviour is coming into the world, and when
he comes he will tell us all things. Jesus said
to her, I that speak to thee am he.
Then the woman left her pitcher and made
haste back to the city, and said to the people,
Come and see a man who told me all the things
that ever I did. Is not this the Saviour ? And
the people went out and saw Jesus, and begged
him to come into their city.
So he came there and stayed with them three
days. And they listened to the things that he
taught them. Then they said to the woman,
Now we believe on him, not because thou didst
tell us about him, but because we have heard
him ourselves, and know that he is the Saviour
who has come down from heaven.
From that time Jesus began to teach all the
people in the land of Israel, telling them that
the Judgment Day was coming, and that they
should repent of their sins and believe in him.
After this he went again to the city of Cana,
where he had changed the water into wine.
And a nobleman, that is, a great and rich man,
came to him there. This nobleman had a son
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who was very sick, and he came and asked
Jesus to make him well.
He wanted Jesus to go to his home where
his son was. He said, Come quickly, before
my child dies. He said this because he thought
that Jesus would have to go and see his son,
before he could make him well. But Jesus
told the nobleman to go back to his home,
for his son should get well.
The nobleman believed what Jesus said, and
started to go back to his home which was a
long way off. But the next day, before he
reached there, some of his servants came out
and met him and said that his son was well.
Then the nobleman asked them when he
began to get better. They answered,Yesterday,
at the seventh hour, the fever left him.
So the nobleman knew that it was at the same
time when Jesus said to him, Thy son shall get
well. When he and his family saw this miracle
which Jesus had done, they all believed that he
was the Son of God.
Jesus came to the city of Nazareth where he
had lived so many years with Mary his mother,
and Joseph her husband.
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There was a synagogue, or church, in Naza-
reth. We have read that in the city of Jeru-
salem there was a beautiful temple, or church,
where the Jews used to go and worship and
pray to God.
But those Jews who lived in other cities, far
away from Jerusalem, could not go there every
Sabbath day to worship; it was too far. There-
fore they built smaller churches in the cities
where they lived. These smaller churches
were called synagogues.
And on the Sabbath day Jesus went into the
synagogue that was in Nazareth, and many
of the Jews were there. Then Jesus spoke to
them, and told them that he was the Saviour
whom God had sent down from heaven.
But the Jews were angry when he said
this, for they would not believe he was the
Saviour. And they took hold of him and led
him out of the synagogue,t to the top of a steep
hill on which their city was built, that they
might throw him down there and kill him.
But because he had the power of God, they
were not able to do him any harm. And he
left them and went away from their city.
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THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 79
And he came to another city, called Caper-
naum, which was built on the sea-shore. As
he stood on the shore, near to the water, the
people crowded around him to hear what he
would teach them.
And Jesus saw two boats on the shore, which
belonged to fishermen. These were men who
sailed out on the sea and caught fish, which
they sold. In this way they earned their
living. They were not fishing now, but were
washing and mending their nets. Nets are
made of twine. They are what fishermen let
down into the water to catch fish with.
But sometimes the fish, after they are caught
in the net, try so hard to get out of it, that
they break or tear the net. Or sometimes,
branches of trees that are floating in the water,
or stones lying at the bottom, catch in the net
and tear it.
And the nets that these men had been fish-
ing with were torn, and now they were mend-
ing them. One of the men was named Peter,
and he had a brother, named Andrew, who
And the people crowded around Jesus, on the
80 THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL.
shore, to hear him, so that he went into Peter's
boat and asked him to push it out a little way
from the land. When Peter had done this,
Jesus sat down in the boat and taught the
people, while they stood listening to him on
After he had done teaching them, he told
Peter and Andrew to sail out on the sea, and
let down their net into the water to catch fish.
Peter told Jesus they had been trying to catch
some all night, but had caught nothing. Yet,
he said, as Jesus told them to do it, they would
let down their net.
And when they had done this they caught
a great many fishes, so that their net broke,
because it could not hold them all. Then Peter
and Andrew beckoned to two other fishermen,
named James and John, who were near, that
they should come and help them.
And James and John came in their boat,
and helped them draw up the net out of the
water. When they had taken the fish out of
the net, they loaded both boats with them;
and there were so many that the boats began
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It was Jesus who made the fish come to the
place where the fishermen could catch them.
They had tried to catch them before, but the
fish were not there. Yet when Jesus told
them to try, so many fish came that both boats
were filled with them. This was a miracle,
like turning the water into wine, and like
curing the nobleman's son.
And when Peter saw this miracle which
Jesus had done, he bowed down in the boat
before him, and worshipped him.
Jesus had done it on purpose for Peter and
Andrew, and James and John, to see, so that
they might know he was the Son of God. For
he wanted these men to go with him, and be
And he said to them, Come with me. Then
they left their boats, and their nets, and all that
they had, and went with him.
SN the Sabbath day Jesus went into the syna-
gogue that was in the city of Capernaum,
and he taught the people who were there.
Among them was a man who had an evil spirit.
I have told you before about evil angels, or
spirits, that we believe they were once good
angels who lived in heaven. But they dis-
obeyed God and he sent them out of heaven.
And these angels that were sent out of
heaven are alive still, for angels, or spirits,
never die. But now they are bad spirits, who
hate every thing that is good and try to work
They have not bodies like ours, and they can
go into places where we cannot go. Satan is
their king, and he sends them wherever he
thinks they can do harm.
At the time we are now reading about, when
Jesus was on earth, Satan sometimes sent them
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THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. 85
into men, and women, and even into little
children. And the persons they went into, had
to do whatever the evil spirits made them do.
And now one of these spirits had gone into
a man that was in the synagogue. And the
man could not make him go out, for spirits
will not obey men.
But they have to obey Jesus. He could
make the evil spirit go out, and he spoke to him
and said, Come out of the man. Then the
spirit cried out with a loud voice, and made
the man fall down on the ground, but after-
ward he came out of him.
And the people who were in the synagogue
were surprised. They said to each other,
What does this mean, that even the wicked
spirits obey him? And all the people who
lived in that part of the land of Israel heard
about this miracle that Jesus had done.
Jesus came out of the synagogue and went
into the house where his two disciples, Peter
and Andrew, lived. Peter's wife's mother was
sick with a fever, and they asked Jesus to
make her well.
Then he stood by the bed where she lay,
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and took her by the hand, and lifted her up,
and at once the fever left her and she was well,
so that she rose up and waited on the persons
who were in the house.
In the evening, when the sun had gone
down, the people in the city brought many
persons who were sick and who had evil spirits
in them. And Jesus made every sick person
well, and he made the evil spirits go out of all
those who had them.
The next morning he rose up very early,
before it was light, and went out of the city,
by himself, to a lonely place in the wilder-
ness, and there he kneeled down on the
ground and prayed to God.
For although he was God's Son, and had
lived up in heaven, yet for our sake he had
come down on the earth to be a man. And
while he lived on the earth he had many
things to give him trouble and pain; therefore
he prayed that God would help him.
But after he had gone out into the wilder-
ness, the people who lived in Capernaum came
to Peter's house to find him; when they heard
he was not there they went to look for him.
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And they came to him out in the wilderness,
and begged him not to go away from their city.
But Jesus told them hle must go and preach to
the people who lived in other cities also.
After this he went through all the cities in
that country preaching, or telling about, the
Gospel, to the people who lived there.
Gospel means good news. The good news
of the Gospel is what we have read before;
That Jesus came down from heaven to change
our wicked hearts into good hearts, and to
take away our sins, and to save us from being
punished for then at the Judoment Day.
For we have all disobeyed God and sinned;
we have done so many times. And God says
that those who sin shall be punished. How
then could Jesus save us from being punished
when we have sinned and deserve to be pun-
ished? There was only one way and that was
for him to be punished in our place.
And Jesus loved us so much that he was
willing to take this way. We shall read after-
ward how he did take it and was punished in
our place, for the sins that we have done.
Yet this will not save us from punishment, un-
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less we repent of those sins and stop doing them
and love Jesus who was punished for them.
There came to Jesus a man who had the
leprosy. The leprosy was a disease, or sickness,
which made sores come on a person's skin, and
at the same time made his skin look white,
Sometimes it came on one part of a person's
body only, and sometimes it came not only on
one part, but over his whole body, from his
head to his feet.
It was a very dreadful disease. As soon as any
man got it he had to leave his home and go
to some place where he would be alone, or else
with other persons only who had the leprosy
like himself. And he could not come back to
his home until he was well. But no one, except
God, could make him well.
Sometimes God sent the leprosy on wicked
men to punish them. He sent it once on a
king whom we read about in the Bible. This
king's name was Uzziah. The leprosy was
sent on him for disobeying what God said.
And Uzziah was never cured, but was a leper,
that is, he had the leprosy, for twenty-eight
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years, until he died. All that time he lived
in a separate house, away from other persons,
and his son had to be king in his place.
And now a man who had this dreadful
disease, came to Jesus and kneeled down on
the ground before him, and said, Lord, if thou
art willing to do it thou canst make me clean,
that meant, well.
Jesus pitied the man, and put out his hand
and touched him, and said, I will do it: be
clean. As soon as Jesus had spoken these
words, the leprosy went from the man and he
And Jesus told him not to tell any one who
had cured him. But the man was so full of
joy at being made well, that he went out and
told all the people.
Then such great numbers of persons came
to Jesus, and crowded around him, that he
could not stay in that place. And he went
away into the wilderness where he would be
alone, and there he prayed to God.
And he came again to the city of Capernaum.
This city, as we have read, was built on the
sea-shore near to the water.
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The houses in Capernaum were not like ours,
three or four stories high; most of them were
only one story high. And their roofs were
flat so that persons could go up of a pleasant
summer evening, and walk there. Around
the edge of the roofs there was a railing, or
wall, to keep people from falling off.
But there was one room in these houses that
had no roof over it. It was in the middle of
the house, and was called the court. Any
person who was in this room could look up,
and see the sky above him, just as if he were
not in the house at all.
But when it rained, or was very hot, they
spread an awning, or covering of some kind,
over this room to keep out the sun or the rain.
And now Jesus had gone into a house that
had a room like this.
And many of the people of the city came
there to hear him. So many came that they
could not all get in, a part had to stand outside
around the door. And some men brought
a sick man who had the palsy.
The palsy is a disease which makes persons
weak, and not able to walk. And this man
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could not walk; therefore his friends brought
him lying on his bed, or mattress. They
brought him to Jesus because they had heard
that he could do miracles, and cure persons
whom no doctor could cure.
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But when they came to the house where
Jesus was, they could not go in because of the
crowd. Then they went up on to the roof
in some way, and carried the sick man up
And when they had taken off the awning, or
covering, they let him down, on his bed, into
the room below where Jesus was. They showed
their faith in Jesus by doing this.
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Faith means believing. This sick man's
friends believed that Jesus could make him
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well. They showed their faith, or belief, by
taking so much trouble to come to him.
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When Jesus saw how much faith they had
in him, he did something for the sick man
that was better, even, than to make him well
of his palsy; this was to forgive his sins, so
that God would not be angry with him, or
punish him for them.
Men cannot forgive sins, only God can do
that. But Jesus can do it because he is the
Son of God, and has power to do the things
that God can do. And now Jesus spoke to the
sick man, and told him that all his sins were
Now there were among the people in the
house some men who were called Scribes, and
others called Pharisees. They were not good
men, but were hypocrites, that is, persons who
tried to make others believe they were good,
while in their hearts they were wicked.
When they heard Jesus tell the sick man
that his sins were forgiven, they were not
pleased, and they said to themselves, Who is
this that pretends he can forgive sins as if he
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and he said
to them, Why do you have such thoughts in
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your hearts? To show you that I have power
to forgive this man his sins, I will now make
him well of his palsy.
Then he said to the sick man, Stand up on
thy feet, and take up thy bed and go to thy
home. And by speaking those words only,
Jesus made the man well.
And at once he rose up from his bed, or
mattress, and took it up and carried it out of
the house, so that all the people could see him.
Then the people wondered, and they said, We
never saw such things done before.
W E have read that the land where the Jews
lived was called the land of Israel.
God brought them into that land when they
came up out of Egypt, where they had been
slaves to king Pharaoh.
And God gave the land of Israel to the
Jews for their own. They lived in it for hun-
dreds of years, and might have been happy
there. But they disobeyed God and were
Then God sent the kings of other lands, or
nations, against them to punish them. Those
kings brought soldiers and fought against the
Jews and gained the victory over them. And
the Jews had to obey the kings of those other
nations, and be their servants.
At the time we are now reading about, while
Jesus was on earth, the Jews were servants to
a nation called the Romans, and they had to