Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 List of Illustrations
 Chapter I
 Chapter II
 Chapter III
 Chapter IV
 Chapter V
 Chapter VI
 Chapter VII
 Chapter VIII
 Chapter IX
 Chapter X
 Chapter XI
 Chapter XII
 Chapter XIII
 Chapter XIV
 Chapter XV
 Chapter XVI
 Chapter XVII
 Chapter XVIII
 Chapter XIX
 Chapter XX
 Chapter XXI
 Chapter XXII
 Chapter XXIII
 Chapter XXIV
 Back Matter
 Back Cover

Group Title: The story of the life of Jesus : told in words easy to read and understand
Title: The story of the life of Jesus
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Title: The story of the life of Jesus told in words easy to read and understand
Physical Description: 219 p., 40 leaves of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Durand, Sodefroy ( Illustrator )
Jouard ( Engraver )
Hodder and Stoughton ( Publisher )
Hazell, Watson & Viney ( Printer )
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Hazell, Watson and Viney
Publication Date: 1894
Edition: 5th ed., completing 22nd thousand.
Subject: Christian life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Carpenters -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Preaching -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Natural history -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Diligence -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
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Prize books (Provenance) -- 1894   ( rbprov )
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Bldn -- 1894
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Spatial Coverage: England -- London
England -- Aylesbury
Statement of Responsibility: by the author of "The story of the Bible".
General Note: Illustrations engraved by Jouard after Sodefroy Durand.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
        Page i
    Title Page
        Page ii
    List of Illustrations
        Page iii
        Page iv
    Chapter I
        Page 1
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Chapter II
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Chapter III
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
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    Chapter IV
        Page 30
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    Chapter V
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    Chapter VI
        Page 53
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    Chapter VII
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    Chapter VIII
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    Chapter IX
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    Chapter X
        Page 81
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    Chapter XI
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    Chapter XII
        Page 97
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    Chapter XIII
        Page 106
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    Chapter XIV
        Page 112
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    Chapter XV
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    Chapter XVI
        Page 124
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    Chapter XVII
        Page 133
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    Chapter XVIII
        Page 145
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    Chapter XIX
        Page 153
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    Chapter XX
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    Chapter XXI
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    Chapter XXII
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    Chapter XXIII
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    Chapter XXIV
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    Back Matter
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    Back Cover
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r- OD lives up in heaven, where we cannot see Him, but
.He looks down and sees us who live in this world.
He sees everything we do, and hears everything we
S 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 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 all alone.
And God planted a garden for Adam and Eve to live in. A garden,
you know, is a beautiful 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 tree was very little for them
to go without, when there were so many they might have.
And God told Adam and Eve the name of this one tree; it was called
the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And He showed them
where it grew, in the middle of the garden, so that they could not forget
it, or take any fruit off of it by mistake.
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
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, or trouble, because we
have done wrong. And at the 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 his bad
angels will stay there for ever.
But at the time I am now telling you about, when God made Adam
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 told them.
And Satan saw that Adam and Eve were good and happy in the
beautiful garden, and he was not pleased. For he is wicked and
unhappy himself, and he wants every one else to be like him.
So when he heard God tell them not to eat of the tree that stood in
the middle of the garden, he thought he would try and make them eat
of it, and disobey God.
Now there was a serpent, or snake, in the Garden of Eden. And
Satan went into the serpent; for, as I have told you, he is a spirit,
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 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 except one, but of that one God had told them not to eat, for fear
they should 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 because 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. Then there
would be no danger of our doing as he tells us to. But Eve listened to
And when she saw that the tree was a beautiful tree, and that the
fruit seemed good to eat, and remembered that the serpent 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.
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.
While they were there they had everything 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 working
to make it grow.
But now they had to go and live in a place that was very different
from the beautiful garden. 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.
But something worse than this happened to them on account of their
sin. Before they disobeyed God their hearts were good, but after they
disobeyed Him their hearts grew wicked.
Our heart is that part of us that 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, ana ate of the 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
punished at the Judgment Day.


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But now I will tell you who came down from heaven to change our
wicked hearts into good hearts, and to make us good, and 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 up to heaven again.
Now Mary was not rich or great, she was only a poor young woman.
And her husband was poor too; his name was Joseph, and he was a
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
travellers 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.
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 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
Hin in the manger for His cradle.


-. f-. 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 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 were
very much afraid; for I suppose 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 make us good, and
to save us from being punished at the Judgment Day.
Then the angel told the shepherds that if they would go to Beth-
lehem they could see this little child. They would know Him, he said,
by the 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 He is to the people who
live in this world. Then the angels went away, up into heaven again.
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 persons 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
And as they went, they thanked God, because 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 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 because they were tired of the way; they
kept on, until they came to the city of Jerusalem.
But when they came to Jerusalem they could not find Jesus. There-
fore they spoke to the people, and said, Where is the little child that
is born to be King of the Jews? for we have 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 wanted to put Him to death-that is, to kill Him.


So the wise men left Jerusalem, and started to go to the city of
Bethlehem. And as they 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
worshipped Him.
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 people in that land thought a great deal of frankincense
and myrrh, and liked to have them. Therefore the wise men brought
them as presents for Jesus, when they wanted to treat Him as a
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
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 and make haste away
into another country, called Egypt, where Herod could not find
So Joseph got up in the night, when no one could see him,
and he took Mary, and the young child, and went into Egypt. And
they stayed in Egypt till King Herod was dead.
Then God sent His angel again, while Joseph was sleeping, to
tell him that now he should go back into the land of Israel. So
Joseph brought Mary and the young child back into that land,
and they came into a city named Nazareth and lived there.

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HAVE told you about the city of Jerusalem that it was
Sa large city, with a great many people and a great many
houses in it.
'lBut 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
Jesus there.
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
not die until Jesus had come, 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.
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
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 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 one.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 the servants, so that in every house there was one dead.


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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 in great trouble, and was very much afraid
at what the angel had done to the Egyptians. And because he was
afraid, he let the people of Israel go out of his land, as God had told
him. They went out that same night, and were his slaves no longer.
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 how kind He had been in setting them free from Pharaoh, God
told them they must have this feast, on that same night, every year
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 how they came there to live after the death of Herod, who wanted
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 neighbours, 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.


Besides 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
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.
And they came to Jerusalem, and stayed there seven days. Then,
after. the feast was over, 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 all that day without 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 they came to Jerusalem, and found Him, at last, 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 stayed behind
in Jerusalem, and not gone with them, when they left to go back to
their home in Nazareth. For she said that Joseph and she had been
anxious and troubled about Him.
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 to this world to teach
us what we must do to please God, and to make us God's children. And
now, although Jesus was only twelve years old, He was beginning to
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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 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 had only the things
that poor people had. He was dressed in a coarse garment, or coat,
made out of the hair that grows on the backs of camels. This 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
them. They eat them still in the countries in that part of the world.
They roast them in an oven, or over the fire, and mix a little salt
with them, and so make them ready for food.
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. John could find both the locusts and 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 He 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.
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 whenever
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 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
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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 water.
Being baptized means something. It means having our sins washed
away. It does not mean that the water washes them away. Only God's
Holy Spirit can do that.
Being baptized means that, as water -washes away anything that soils
or stains our bodies, so the Holy Spirit washes away the sin that soils and
stains our hearts. And unless the Holy Spirit does this for us, being
baptized will not make us any better, or do us any good.
And how can we be sure that the Holy Spirit will come into our
hearts, and wash away our sins ? I will tell you.
If we repent of those sins, and stop doing them, and obey what Jesus
says to us in the Bible, God promises to send His Spirit into our hearts,
to wash our sins away, and to make our hearts new, and good, and


Z ?.ND now, while John was baptizing the people in the river
SJordan, 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
SHim. For John knew that Jesus was the Son of God,
and that His heart had no sin in it, and did not need
'o be made clean.
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 Jordan, and baptized Him there.
Perhaps you may say, Why did Jesus want to be baptized, when His
heart was without any sin, and did not need to be made clean ? It 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.
After He had been baptized, as He was coming up out of the water,
Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven. And then a very wonderful thing
happened. The sky above Him opened, and there came down from
heaven what looked like a dove. But it was -not really 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
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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 baptizing, 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 afterward He was hungry.
We have read how Satan tempted, or persuaded, 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 about now, and Adam and Eve had
been dead for hundreds, and thousands, 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 person 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 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 hungry, 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 Himself 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 in falling.
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
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 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.

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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
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 river Jordan.
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 marriage.
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 say
to them.


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.
Then He said, Take some out now, and carry it to the chief man
or governor of the feast; and the governor tasted it, and found it was
Jesus had changed the water into wine. He had not touched
it, or put anything into it, but He 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 was 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 please God, or be one of His children.
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.
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 to death.
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,
Herod took John and bound him with ropes, or chains, and put him
in prison.


-- ." HILE John was in prison Herod's birthday came. Then
Herod made a great feast, and asked the captains in his
Army and many other great men to come to it.
Now Herodias had a daughter whose name was Salome,
and Salome knew how to dance very well. So while Herod
and all the great men sat at the feast, Salome came into
the room and danced before them.
And Herod was so pleased with her beautiful dancing,
that he promised to give her anything she asked for. He said that
even if she asked for the half of his kingdom he would give it to her.
He meant that she might 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 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 beautiful 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,
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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 a man
to the prison, who cut off John's head, 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 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 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 displease God.
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.
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 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 sbn 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.

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Jesus came to the city of Nazareth, where He had lived so many
years with Mary His mother, and Joseph her husband.
There was a synagogue, or church, in Nazareth. We have read that
in the city of Jerusalem 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
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, 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.
And He came to another city called Capernaum, 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 fishing with were torn, and


now they were mending them. One of the men was named Peter, and
he had a brother, named Andrew, who helped him.
And the people crowded around Jesus, on the 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 the
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
boat began to sink.
It was Jesus who made the fish come to the place where the fishermen
could catch 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 His disciples.
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.



N the Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue that was
ii,. in the city of Capernaum, and He taught the people who
were there. Among them was a man who had an evil
I have told you before about evil angels, or spirits,
that we believe they were once good angels who lived
in heaven. But they disobeyed 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
everything that is good, and try to work against it.
They have not bodies like ours, and they can go into places where
we cannot go. Satan is their king, and he sends them where he thinks
they can do harm.
At the time we are now reading about when Jesus was on earth,
Satan sometimes sent them 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 the 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 afterwards 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, 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 by Himself to a lonely place in the wilderness, 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 wilderness, 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.
And they came to Him out in the wilderness, and begged Him not
to go away from their city. But Jesus told them He 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 make us good, and save us from
being punished for our sins.
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 punished ? 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 afterward 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, unless 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, like snow.
Sometimes it came on one part of a person's body only, and some-
times 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. God sent it on him for disobeying what he had
And Uzziah was never cured, but was a leper-that is, he had the
leprosy, for twenty-eight 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 was well.
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
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.
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 a low railing, or wall, was
built, to keep people from falling off.
But there was one room in these houses that had no roof over it
at all. 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

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The palsy is a disease which makes persons weak, and not able to
walk. And this man 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.
But when they came to the house where Jesus was, they could
not go in because of the crowd. Then they went up on the roof
in some way, and carried the sick man up with them.
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.
Faith means believing. This sick man's friends believed that
Jesus could make him well. They showed their belief, or faith, by
taking so much trouble to come to Him.
When Jesus saw how much faith they had, 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 forgiven.
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 for-
given, they were not pleased, and they said to themselves, Who is this
that pretends He can forgive sins as if He were God?
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and He said to them, Why do
you have such thoughts in 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.


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 hundreds of years, and
might have been happy there. But they disobeyed God,
S and were wicked.
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 obey whatever the emperor, or king, of the Romans told them.
And he told them to pay him money. Every man among the Jews
had to pay a part of the money that he earned to the emperor
of Rome.
Now the emperor did not live in the land of Israel, and he did not
come there himself to get the money which the Jews paid him; but he
had men there who took his money for him. These men were called


publicans, and the money which they took for the emperor was called
taxes, or tribute money.
As Jesus was passing by, He saw a publican, named Matthew, sitting
at the place -where the people came to pay him the tribute money.
And Jesus spoke to Matthew, and told him to come with Him. Then
Matthew rose up, and left everything, and went with Jesus.
He might have had more money by staying where he was. Perhaps
he might have grown rich; for sometimes the publicans came to be
rich men. But he chose rather to go with Jesus, even though he
might be poor. And from that time he stayed with Him, and was
one of His disciples.
Jesus went up to the city of Jerusalem. In that country the
cities had great walls of stone around them. The people built
these walls to keep out their enemies, when they came with soldiers
to fight against them. There was such a wall around Jerusalem.
In this wall were gates for the people to pass through. One
of these gates was called the Sheep Gate, because sheep were taken
through it into the city.
Near the Sheep Gate was a' pool, or little pond of water, called
the Pool of Bethesda, and around this pool were built five porches.
In these porches a great number of people were gathered together
who were sick, or blind, or lame.
They were waiting here because sometimes the water in the
pool moved, as if somebody had stirred it up, or troubled it. And
they thought that whoever went into the water first, after it had
been troubled, was made well of whatever disease or sickness he had.
Jesus came to the Pool of Bethesda, and walked among the poor,
sick people who were waiting in the porches. And a man was there
who had been sick for thirty-eight years. He was too weak to walk,
or even to stand, and he was lying upon his bed.
Jesus knew how long he had been sick, and He pitied him, and
said to him, Dost thou want to be made well? Then the sick
man, because he thought he must get into the water to be made well,


answered Jesus, and said, I have no one, after the water- has been
troubled, to help me into the pool. But while I am trying to get
down to it, another person steps in before me, and I am too late.
Then Jesus said to him, Rise, and take up thy bed, and walk. And
at once the man was made strong and well, and he rose, and took up
his bed and walked.
Now it was the Sabbath day when Jesus did this. And when the
Jews saw the man carrying his bed, they said to him, It is wrong for
thee to carry thy bed on the Sabbath day. They said this because
God had told them not to work on the Sabbath day.
But this man was not working on the Sabbath. Yet they said he
was doing wrong. Then he answered them, saying, He that cured me
told me to take up my bed and walk. They said, Who is it that
told thee this? The man said it was Jesus.
Then the Jews found fault with Jesus, and told Him He ought
not to have cured the man on the Sabbath day. They said He had
worked and disobeyed God by doing this miracle. And they were
angry with Him, and wanted to kill Him.
But Jesus talked with them, and told them that it was God who had
sent Him to do miracles, and yet, He said, the Jews would not believe
that God had sent Him. But He told them that He was God's Son, and
that He had power not only to make sick people well, but dead people
alive again.
And the time was coming, He said, when all those persons who were
dead would hear Him call to them, and would rise up out of their graves.
Then those who had done right would be rewarded, but those who had
done wickedly would be sent away to be punished.
Jesus and His disciples walked, on the Sabbath day, through the
fields where the grain was growing. As they walked the disciples
picked some of the grain and rubbed it in their hands, to separate it
from the chaff, or straw, that grew around the grain. They did this
so that they might eat the grain because they were hungry.
Then some of the Pharisees who saw the disciples found fault with


them, just as they had found fault with Jesus for curing the sick man
at the Pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath day. The Pharisees said that
the disciples were doing work on the Sabbath day.
But Jesus told them that He was the Lord, or Master, of the Sabbath
day. He meant that they were not to judge or blame Him for what He
did, or what He allowed His disciples to do, on that day. For whatever
He did on that day it was right to do.
On another Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue, where the
people had come together to hear the Scriptures read, and to pray. A
man was there whose right hand was withered, or shrunk up, so that
he could not open it, or stretch it out.
And some of the Scribes and Pharisees who were in the synagogue,
watched Jesus 'to see whether He would make the man well on the
Sabbath; for they wanted to find fault with Him, as they had done
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and He told the man who had the
withered hand to stand up, where the rest of the people could see
Then Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees, If one of you had
a sheep that should fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, would you not
take hold of it and lift it out? And if it be right to do good to a
sheep, how much more is it to do good to a man? Therefore I tell
you it is right to do good on the Sabbath day.
Then He said to the man whose hand was withered, Stretch out
thy hand. And the man stretched it out, and at once it was made
well like the other.
Then the Pharisees were filled with anger against Jesus, and they
went out of the synagogue and talked with one another about some
way of putting Him to death.
When Jesus knew of it, He went away from that place with His
disciples; and they came to the Sea of Galilee. Many people who
lived in cities far away followed Him.
And those that were sick, or lame, or had evil spirits in them, crowded


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around Him to touch Him, so that just by His touch they might be
made well. And Jesus cured them all.
After this He went out to a desert place,-that is, to a place
that was lonely and wild,-and lie stayed there all night praying
to God.
When it was morning He called His disciples to Him, and He chose
twelve of them, whom He named Apostles. Apostle means messenger.
Jesus called these twelve disciples Apostles, because He intended to
send them out as messengers among the people, to teach them.
The names of the twelve apostles were these: Peter and Andrew,
James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James,
the son of Alpheus, Simon, and Judas, the brother of James, and
Judas Iscariot.
Jesus went up on to a mountain, and when He was set down, He taught
the people who came to Him there. He told them what persons were
truly happy; He called those persons the blessed ones. He said,-
Blessed are the poor in spirit.
A person is poor in spirit when he is sorry for all the wicked things
he has done. Instead of being proud, and thinking himself very good,
he remembers those things, and repents of them, and asks God to
forgive them.
Blessed are they that mourn.
To mourn is to weep and cry because we have trouble. We think
it very hard if we have trouble. But if we are troubled on account
of our sins God is pleased with us, and He will forgive us, and take
our trouble away.
Blessed are the meek.
To be meek is to be patient, and not to get angry when others are
rude to us and try to do us harm. When Jesus was on earth wicked
men were rude and cruel to Him. But He was kind to them. He
bore all they did to Him patiently and meekly. And we must be
like Him if we want to be His disciples.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.


To hunger and thirst is to want food to eat and water to drink.
Jesus says we ought to want to do right and to please God as much
as we want food when we are hungry and water when we are thirsty.
If we want to do right as much as this God will help us do it.
Blessed are those who are merciful to others, for they shall have
meiv shown to them.
To be merciful is to be kind. God tells us to be kind to other
persons. If we obey Him, He will make others kind to us. And He
Himself will be kind to us.
We should be merciful, or kind, to dumb beasts also, for God made
them as well as us. And He is always displeased when we treat them
Blessed are those who have pure hearts.
A pure heart is a clean and good heart. We were not born with
pure hearts; we were born with wicked hearts. But, as we have read,
God's Holy Spirit can change them and make them pure. And when
He does this, God takes us to be His children.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
A peacemaker is a person who will not quarrel himself, and who
tries to keep others from quarrelling. Or when they have quarrelled
already, he does all he can to make them friends again.


i-.( ESUS said that when people will not be friends with us,
sS and when they treat us unkindly because we love Him
and are His disciples, we must not mind it or care for it.
S If we bear hard things for Him while we live in this
world, God will give us good things when we go up to
heaven. Therefore we ought to be willing to bear unkind
treatment for Jesus' sake.
And we are not the only ones who have been treated so. Even the
prophets, those good men whom God sent in the old times, were
treated in the same way.
We have read about the Scribes and Pharisees who were hypocrites-
that is, persons who tried to make others believe they were good, while
in their hearts they were wicked.
Jesus told His disciples they must not be like them; for unless
they were better than the Scribes and Pharisees they could not go
into the kingdom of heaven.
And He said to the people, Your teachers have told you that
if either of you should kill another, he would be in danger of being
But I tell you that if you are even angry with another, who has
done you no harm, you will be in danger of punishment.


Then He told His disciples that when they were going up to the
temple to worship God, they must try and remember whether they
had done wrong to any other person; whether they had taken any-
thing that belonged to him, or had said what was not true about
him, or in any other way had done him harm.
And if they had, they must go and do what was right to that
person. For God would not listen to their prayers while there was
some sin in their hearts that they had not repented of.
We must be pure and good, Jesus says, in all we do and say,
and must not even think an impure or bad thought. And if God
is displeased with us for thinking an impure thought, or speaking
an impure word, how greatly will He be offended if we do an
impure act.
When other persons are unkind to us, we must not be unkind
to them again. Instead of this, we must do good to them, and pray
for them; then, Jesus says, we shall be like our Father in heaven;
for He is kind even to those who do not obey Him or love Him.
And He told His disciples that when they did what was right,
they must be very careful not to do it only for others to see them
and praise them. For this was not the reason why they should do
right, because they wanted to be praised. They should do it because
they wanted to please God.
When they gave any of their money to a person who was poor,
they were not to go around telling others about it and boasting
about it.
When they said their prayers, they must not do like the Pharisees;
for they used to say their prayers out in the streets, on purpose
that others might hear them and think them very good
But the disciples of Jesus must choose a place where no one but
God could hear them. Then, Jesus said, God would listen to their
prayers and answer them.
And He said that we must not want to be rich, and to lay up
a great deal of money in this world, but that we must lay up


riches in heaven. i He did not mean that we could lay up money
in heaven. We shall not want any money there.
Jesus meant that we should be trying all the time to live so
that we shall get to heaven. For in heaven we shall have more
things to make us happy than all the money in the world could
And He said to the people, You cannot obey God and Satan too.
We cannot do this, because if we obey God we shall do right, but
if we obey Satan we shall do wrong. Therefore we cannot obey
both; and we must choose which one to obey.
And He told His disciples not to judge other persons; He meant
that we should be careful how we find fault with others and blame
For perhaps they never did the thing we are blaming them for;
or even if they did it, did not mean any harm. We cannot see
their hearts and tell how they felt while they were doing it; only
God can tell that, and perhaps He does not blame them.
And how often we ourselves do the very things we blame others
for doing! Jesus said we should first stop doing wrong ourselves,
and then we should be able to tell others of their faults.
And He told the people who were listening to Him, and He
tells you and me, that whatever we want other persons to do to
us we must do them. If we want them to treat us kindly and justly
we must treat them kindly and justly too.
And He said to the people, Try to go in at the narrow gate, for
wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction.
By the narrow gate Jesus meant the good way that leads up
to heaven.
By the broad gate He meant the bad way that leads down to
A great many persons went in at the broad gate, He said; but
not nearly so many took pains to find the narrow gate-that is, to
find out the good way and to walk in it.


Then Jesus said that not every one who calleth Him Lord, or
Master, would be taken up to heaven, but only those who obeyed His
Father in heaven.
Many persons who had not done this would come to Him at the
Judgment Day, He said, and would call Him Lord, Lord, and would
say they had worked -for Him, and had taught other persons about
Him. But He would tell them they had never truly been His
disciples. And He would send them away, with all the people who
had been wicked.
Then Jesus spoke about two men who each of them built a
One chose a strong rock to build his on. When it was done there
came a great storm and beat against the house.
But the rain could not move the rock that it stood on, nor the
wind blow it away. Therefore the house stood firm, and the storm did
it no harm.
The other man built his house in a place where there was nothing but
sand to build it on. The storm came against this house too. And
the rain washed the sand away from underneath it, and the wind blew
against it, and the house fell, and was broken to pieces.
Then, Jesus said, that all those persons who obeyed what He told them
were like the wise man who built his house on the rock. But those who
disobeyed Him were like the foolish man who built his house on the
For these two men meant the righteous and the wicked-that is,
the good people and the bad people; and the storm that beat against
their houses meant the Judgment Day.
Jesus came again to the city of Capernaum. A man lived there who
was a captain in the Roman army. He was captain over a hundred
soldiers, and was called a centurion, for captains in the Roman army
were called by that name.
And this centurion had a servant whom he loved, but the servant
was sick, and going to die. Now the centurion had been told how


Jesus could make sick people well by only speaking to them and telling
them to be well.
And when he heard that Jesus was in the city, he sent some of
the chief men among the Jews, who were his friends, to ask Jesus if He
would not come and heal his servant-that is, make him well.
And the men came and begged Jesus to do it. They told Him that
although the centurion was not a Jew, but a Roman, yet he was a good
man, and very kind to the Jews, for with his own money he had built
them a synagogue.
Then Jesus went with the men toward the centurion's house. But
when He came near it, the centurion sent some more of his friends
with a message to Jesus.
The message was this: That the centurion had not come to speak
with Jesus Himself, because he thought he was not good enough.
And now he sent word that he did not think himself good enough
even for Jesus to come into his house. But if Jesus would only say
that his servant should get well, without coming there, the centurion
was sure he would get well.
For the centurion said that he had soldiers under him who obeyed
what he said to them. If he told one of them to go to any place he
would go. And if he told another to come to him he would come.
And just as the soldiers obeyed him, he was sure the disease, or
sickness, would obey Jesus, and go out of his servant, if Jesus would
tell it to go.
When Jesus heard the centurion's message He was pleased, and He
said that He had not found any one else who had so much faith-that
is, who trusted in Him so much as this centurion did.
And because he trusted in Him, Jesus said, his servant should be
made well. And when the centurion's friends went back to his house
they found the servant was well.


i- I-[E next day Jesus went into a city called Nain. As He
came near to the gate of the city, He met some people
who were carrying out a dead man laid upon a bier. A
bier is what dead persons are laid on when they are
carried to the grave.
And this man was being carried to his grave to be
-'___, buried. He was the only son that his mother had, and
she was a widow, for her husband was dead. And now
she was following after the bier, weeping, and many people of the city
were with her.
When Jesus saw her weeping He pitied her, and told her not to weep.
Then He came to the bier on which her son lay, and He touched the bier;
and the men who were carrying it stood still.
And Jesus said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. Then he that
was dead came to life again, and sat up, and began to speak. And Jesus
gave him to his mother.
When the people saw the dead man come to life again they were
afraid. And they said that Jesus was a great prophet, and that it was
God who had sent Him to them.
After this He went through the villages and cities preaching to the
people who lived there. The twelve apostles were with Him.


And He was poor; for though He might have been rich (for every-
thing in the world was His), yet He chose to be poor, and to suffer
punishment and trouble, so that He might make us rich, in heaven,
for ever.
And some of the women whom He had cured of sickness, and of evil
spirits, gave Him such things as He needed. One of these women was
named Mary Magdalene, and another Joanna, and beside these there
were many others who helped Him.
While great numbers of the people were around Him, listening to
what He said, Jesus spoke a parable to them. A parable is a story which
has a meaning to it, and which helps us to understand and remember
something we are learning.
Jesus told the people this parable to make them understand how
foolish and wicked it was in any person to think that if he were only
rich then he would be happy, whether he'obeyed God or not.
The parable was about a rich man who had fields with grain and
fruit growing in them. When the time came for these to be ripe, his
servants went out and gathered them.
But so much had grown in the rich man's fields that his barns would
not hold all his servants gathered. Then he said to himself, What shall
I do ? For I have no room to put away my grain and my fruits.
And he answered, This is what I will do. I will pull down the barns
that I have now, and build larger ones. There I will put away all my
grain and my fruits. Then I will say to myself, Now I can do as I
choose, and enjoy myself, for I am rich, and have enough fruits laid
up to last me for many years.
But as soon as the rich man had spoken these words, God said
to him, Thou foolish man, this night thou must die. Then who shall
have all those riches that are laid up to last thee for many years?
And this is the way, Jesus said, it would be with all those persons
who care for nothing else but to be rich in this world, and do not care
to please God.
Like the man in the parable, they will die when they are not


expecting to, and then they will have to leave their riches for other
persons, and go away themselves to a world where no riches have been
laid up for them.
Then Jesus told His disciples not to be anxious because they were
poor, for fear they might have no food to eat or clothes to wear.
Think of the birds, He said, they do not plant grain out in the
field, and when it grows ripe, cut it down and carry it to the barn to
save it up there. Yet the birds always have enough to eat, because
God feeds them.
And look at the flowers, how they grow. They do not work and
make clothes for themselves like men. Yet they have brighter colours
on them and more beautiful dresses than even kings wear.
And if God gives such beautiful dresses to the flowers, that are
worth so little, surely, Jesus said, He would give clothes to His disciples,
though now they were afraid to trust in Him.
Therefore Jesus told them not to be afraid that they would want
food to eat and clothes to wear; for their heavenly Father knew that
they wanted these things. But they should be careful, Jesus said,
to obey God, so that He might take them for His children, and then
God would give them everything they needed.
As Jesus was walking on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, a great
multitude of people came to hear Him, so that He went into a boat,
as we read He did before, and sat down and taught the people out of
the boat, while they stood listening to Him on the shore.
And He spoke a parable to them about a -farmer who went out
into the field to sow his seed. The way he sowed it was to take handfuls
of it and scatter it over the ground as he walked across the field.
He did this so that the seed might take root, and grow up, and bear
grain for him.
And some of the seed that he scattered in this way, fell on the
pathway where the people walked when they came in and out of the
And because the ground was hard there, the seed did not sink


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down into it, where it could take root and grow, but it lay on the
top of the ground. And presently the birds saw it, and flew down
and ate it.
Some more of the seed that the farmer scattered fell on stony
ground, where there was only a little earth. Then it quickly took root,
and began to grow up, but because there was not room enough for it
to make larger roots, it soon withered away and died.
And some of the seed fell in a place where weeds and briars were
growing; and the weeds and briars grew faster than the seed did, and
they choked it and killed it.
But the rest of the seed fell on good ground, that the farmer had
ploughed and made all ready for it. And the rain fell on it, and
watered it there, and the sun shone on it, and the seed grew up and
bore grain, a great deal more than the farmer had planted.
As soon as Jesus was alone with His disciples they asked Him to
explain to them what this parable meant. Then He told them that
the seeds the farmer sowed meant the words that He preached to the
When the people heard Him, some of them did not listen to His
words or obey what He said to. them. These persons were like the
ground where the seed would not grow. They were like the hard
ground on the pathway, and like the stony ground, and the ground
that had briars and weeds in it.
But some of the people attended to His words, and obeyed what He
told them. These were like the good ground, where the seed took
root and grew. The words that Jesus spoke meant the seeds, and the
ground meant the people's hearts.
And the ground means your hearts too. When you are being
taught the things that Jesus said, then His words are being sown
in your hearts.
If you do not listen to them and mind them, you are like the bad
and stony ground. But if you obey them, you are like the good ground,
where the seed took root, and grew up and bore plenty of grain.


Jesus spoke another parable, about a man who sowed wheat in his
field. But after it was sown and the work was all done, his servants
lay down and slept.
While they were sleeping an enemy came into the field and sowed
tares, or weeds, among the wheat. He did this so softly that the
servants did not hear him. Then he went away, and they knew nothing
of it.
After a good many days, when the wheat had grown up, the servants
went out into the field and looked at it. And there they saw tares
growing among the wheat. Then they were surprised, and they came
back to the owner of the field, and said to him, Sir, was it not good
seed that was sown in thy field ?
He answered, Yes. Then they asked him how it was that tares
were growing among the wheat. And the owner of the field knew who
had done it, and he told his servants that an enemy had been there
and sowed the tares.
Then the servants asked him whether they should not go and pull
up the tares. But he said, No, for fear, while you are pulling up the
tares, you may pull up the wheat also with them. Let both the tares
and the wheat grow together until harvest-that is, until the time
when the wheat is ripe.
Then, the owner said, I will tell my reapers, when they go out and
cut down the wheat, to gather the tares together first, and bind them
in bundles and burn them. But the wheat they shall carry into my
barn, and shall put it away safely there.
Jesus explained this parable to His disciples also. The wheat and
the tares mean all the people who live in this world. The wheat means
the good people, and the tares mean the wicked people. The enemy
who sowed the tares means Satan-that is, he is the one who puts
bad thoughts into people's hearts, and tempts and persuades them to
be wicked.
And the good and the bad people will live together in the world till
the Judgment Day. Then God will send His angels to take the good
up to heaven, but the bad will be sent away to the place of punishment.


-ND) Jesus spoke a parable about the mustard seed, which
i 'one of the smallest of seeds. Yet in that country, if
S a man take it and plant it in the ground, it grows up
to be a tree, so large that the birds come and sit
'/j.- among the branches.
And our love to 0God is like the mustard seed, for
at first it is very small. But if we keep on loving and obeying Him,
it grows larger and stronger, until we love Him more than we love
any one else, and try harder in all we do to please Him.
Jesus spoke about the leaven, or yeast, that a woman takes when
she is making bread out of flour. She puts this leaven into the dough,
but only in one place. Then she covers it up and leaves it there.
And in a little while the leaven spreads through every part of the
dough, changing it from what it was before, and making it light and
good for food when it is baked into bread.
So it is with our heart when the Holy Spirit comes there. He comes
to change it from being the wicked heart that it was before, and to take
away its sin, and make every part of it new, and good, and clean.
Jesus -told a parable about a merchantman, or man who bought
things to sell them again. This man in the parable bought pearls.
Pearls are beautiful white stones that are worn as ornaments in rings,


and bracelets, and necklaces. They are found in oysters that lie on
the bottom of the sea.
Men dive down under the water and gather these oysters with their
hands and bring them up on to the shore. Then they open them, and
take the pearls out of them, and sell the pearls. And now this merchant-
man was looking for pearls to buy.
At last he saw one that was more beautiful than any he had ever
seen before. But the person it belonged to asked so much for it, that
the merchantman had not enough money to buy it with. Therefore,
because he wanted it more than anything else, he went away and sold
everything he had, so that he might come back and buy that one
precious pearl.
And this is the way persons feel who want to have their sins forgiven.
They want it so much that they cannot be happy till it is done; and
they are willing to stop doing everything that displeases God so that
they can go to Him and ask Him to forgive their sins for them. For
until we stop doing the things He has told us not to do, we cannot
expect God to forgive us for them, no matter how often we may ask
Jesus spoke another parable to His disciples, about the fishermen
who fish With a net. They sail out in their boat, taking their net with
them. When they get out a good way, they let their net down into
the water to catch the fish that are there.
Then they turn the boat around, and row it slowly back to the shore,
dragging the net after them. When they reach the shore, the fisher-
men drawn the net up out of the water, and take out the fish that
have been caught in it.
But the fish are of different kinds. Some of them are good; these
the men put in baskets to keep. And some are bad ; these they
throw away.
And Jesus said that so it would be at the Judgment Day. For He
told His disciples again that the angels would come down from heaven
on that day, and would separate the righteous from the wicked, and
take the wicked to the place where they shall be punished.


There came to Jesus a man who said to Him, Master, I want to stay
with Thee, and go with Thee wherever thou goest. Jesus answered him,
saying, The foxes have holes in the ground and the birds have nests,
but I have not where to lay My head.
Jesus meant to tell the man that He was poorer even than the foxes
and the birds. For they had homes of their own where they might
stay; but Jesus had no home, nor any place where He might go when
He was tired and lie down to rest.
In the evening, after He had spoken these things, both Jesus and
His disciples went into a boat to sail over to the other side of the sea,
called the Sea of Galilee.
As they were going, there came a storm on the sea, and the great
waves dashed into the boat and filled it with water, so that it was ready
to sink.
But Jesus was asleep, with His head resting on a pillow. And the
disciples were greatly afraid, and they came to Him and wakened Him,
saying, Lord, save us, or we shall sink in the water and be drowned.
Jesus rose up and spoke to the winds and the waves, and He said
to them, Peace, be still. And at once the wind stopped and blew no
more, and the waves grew still and smooth.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, Why were you afraid ? How is it
that you have no faith? He meant to ask them how they could be
afraid, while He was with them, that the winds or the waves could
do them any harm.
And they sailed over to the other side of the sea. When Jesus
came out of the boat, there met Him a man who had an evil spirit.
We have read before about evil angels, or spirits; that they have not
bodies like ours, and can go into places where we cannot go; and that
Satan used to send them sometimes into men and women, and even
into little children. Then the persons they went into had to do what-
ever the spirits made them do.
And now an evil spirit had gone into the man who met Jesus. This
spirit made the man act like a person who had lost his senses, and was


crazy. He had torn off his clothes and was very fierce, so that every
one was afraid to pass by that way.
His friends had often put chains on him to keep him at home, but
he broke the chains, and went and lived in the tombs, or caves, that had
been hollowed out of rocks to bury dead persons in. And always, both
in the night and in the day, he was wandering in the tombs and in the
mountains, crying out with a loud voice and cutting himself with
But when he saw Jesus a good way off, he knew Him, and was afraid.
And he ran to Him, and bowed down at His feet, and said, What have I
to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God ? I beg Thee not to punish
me before the Judgment Day.
Now there was near the mountain a great herd of swine, or pigs,
feeding. There were about two thousand of them. And the evil
spirits that were in the man (for more than one had gone into him)
begged Jesus that if He made them go out of the man, He would let
them go into the herd of swine.
Jesus said to them, Go. And when the spirits had come out of the
man, they went into the herd of swine, and at once the whole herd ran
down a steep place into the sea, and was drowned in the waters.
And the men who took care of them made haste into the city that
was near, and told the people of all that had happened. Then the
people came out and they saw Jesus, and the man who before had
the evil spirits; but now he was sitting quietly, with his clothes on,
and in his right mind.
\Vhen the men who took care of the swine told the people of what
Jesus had done, and how the swine had been drowned in the sea, the
people were afraid, and they begged Jesus to go away from their
Then He went into the boat to go back to the other side of the
sea. And the man out of whom He had sent the evil spirits came and
begged that he might go with Him.
But Jesus told him to go to his home and his friends, and to tell



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them how he had been made well. Then the man went, and began to
tell all the people in that country what Jesus had done for him.
Jesus went again into the city of Capernaum. And one of the
rulers, or chief men of the synagogue in that city, came to Him in
great trouble, and kneeled down at His feet, and said, My little daughter
is sick, and I am afraid she will die. I pray Thou wilt come and put
Thy hands on her, that she may get well.
Jesus went with the man, and so did His disciples; and many other
persons followed after Him and crowded around Him.
Among them was a woman who had been sick for twelve years
with a disease which no doctor could cure. For she had tried many
doctors, and given them all the money she had, but instead of getting
better she rather grew worse.
When she heard that Jesus was there, she said to herself, If I can
only come behind Him in the crowd, and put out my hand and touch
His clothes, I shall get well.
So she came in the crowd behind Jesus and touched Him, and as
soon as she did it she felt that her sickness was cured.
Then Jesus turned round toward the people that followed Him, and
said, Who touched Me ? His disciples, who had not seen the woman
touch Jesus, answered Him, saying, Thou seest how many persons are
pressing against Thee, and dost Thou ask, Who touched me ?
But Jesus knew that some one had touched Him and been made well,
and He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
When the woman saw that He knew it, and that she could not hide
herself from Him, she came trembling with fear, and kneeled down at
His feet, and told before all the people why she had touched Jesus,
and how in a moment she was made well.
Then Jesus spoke kindly to her, and told her not to be afraid, for
He said, because she had faith and believed He could make her well, she
was made well of her sickness. While He was yet speaking to the
woman, there came a messenger to the ruler of the synagogue, who
brought him word that his little daughter was dead. Therefore it


was not worth while, the messenger said, to bring the Master any
But when Jesus heard this, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do
not fear; only trust in me, and thy daughter shall be made alive again.
So they went on until they came to the ruler's house.
When they came there all the people were weeping and crying out,
because the child was dead. Jesus said to them, Why do you weep ?
The child is not dead, but sleeping. He meant that she would soon rise
up from the dead, like one who wakes from sleep.
But when He said this the people would not believe Him, and
they mocked Him and laughed at what He told them. Then Jesus
put them all out, and took three of His disciples, Peter and James
and John, and also the father and mother of the child, and He went
with them into the room where she lay.
And He took her by the hand, and said, I say to thee, Arise.
As soon as He had spoken these words, she came to life again, and
rose up from her bed and walked. For she was twelve years old.
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S'I S Jesus went away from the ruler's house, two blind men
V ,1 followed Him. And they cried out after Him, saying,
Have mercy on us. They meant that He should make
'f f" ~their eyes well, so they might see.
-Jesus asked them whether they believed He was able
to do this. They answered, Yes, Lord. Then He told
them that because they had faith in Him, and believed He was able
to do it, He would make them well. And He put out His hand and
touched their eyes, and at once they could see.
Then He said that they should tell. no one who had cured them.
Yet they were so glad to be made well that, when they went out
of the house, they told the people in all that country what Jesus
had done for them.
Some persons brought to Him a man who had an evil spirit.
And the evil spirit would not let the man speak, so that he was
But Jesus made the spirit go out of the man, and he was able
to speak after that.
And all the people who had known that he was dumb, were
surprised when they heard Him speaking, and they said that they had
never seen such a wonderful thing done before in the land of Israel.


After this Jesus went into the cities and villages where the
Jews lived, and He preached the Gospel to them.
We have read before that Gospel means good news. And this
is the good news of the Gospel: That Jesus came down from heaven
to change our wicked hearts into good hearts, and to make us good,
and to save us from being punished for our sins.
We deserve to be punished for them, and we should be punished
if Jesus had not been. But He came down to this world on purpose
to be punished in our place.
And now He asks God to forgive us for the sins that He was
punished for. And God is willing to do it if we repent of those
sins, and stop doing them, and obey Jesus.
But if we do not obey Jesus God will not forgive us, but He
will punish us with all wicked people at the Judgment Day.
And now Jesus went through the villages and cities, preaching
the good news of the Gospel to the Jews who lived there.
Yet He could not, by Himself, preach to all the Jews in the land
of Israel; there were too many of them. Therefore He called His
twelve apostles to Him, and sent them out also to preach to the
Before they went He gave them power to do miracles; to send
out evil spirits from persons who had them, to make sick people well,
and dead people alive again.
Jesus gave the apostles power to do miracles, so that when the
people saw them doing these wonderful works they might believe
that God had sent them, and that the words which they spoke were
Then the apostles went out into the different cities and towns,
and preached to the people. Afterward they came back to Jesus, and
told Him of everything they had done.
And Jesus said to them, Come, let us go to some place alone,
that you may rest awhile. For there were so many persons around
them, coming and going, that the apostles had not time to themselves


even to eat. Then they went with Jesus into a boat, and sailed
over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
But when the people heard of their going, they followed after Jesus,
not in boats on the water, but on foot around by the side of the sea, until
they came to the place where Jesus was. So many followed Him,
that a great multitude, or crowd, of men and women and children
came to that place.
In the evening the apostles spoke to Jesus, and said, This is a lonely
place, where there is nothing to eat, and it is now near night; therefore
send the people away, that they may go into the villages that are
near and buy themselves food. Jesus said, They need not go away;
give you them something to eat.
The apostles answered, Shall we go and buy as much as two hun-
dred pennyworth of bread for them? And even if we should do
this, there would not be enough to give each one a little. Jesus said
to the apostles, How many loaves of bread have you? Go and see.
When they knew, they answered, Five loaves of bread and two
small fishes.
Jesus told the apostles to make all the people sit down in rows
on the green grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fishes into
His hands, and looked up to heaven and thanked God for them.
Then He broke the loaves in pieces, and gave the pieces to the
apostles; He gave them the fishes also. And the apostles took them
from Him and gave them to the people. And Jesus made those five
loaves and two fishes to increase, and grow to be more and more,
while the apostles were giving them, until there was enough for all
that great multitude.
When they had done eating, Jesus told the apostles to gather up
what was left, so that none of the food should be wasted, or lost. And
they did as Jesus told them, and filled twelve baskets with the pieces
that were left from the five loaves, after the people had eaten as much
as they wanted. Those that had eaten were about five thousand men,
besides the women and children who were there.


When the people saw this great miracle which Jesus had done, they
wanted to take Him and make Him their king.
But He left them, and went up on a mountain alone to pray.
The apostles He sent away in a boat, to sail over to the other side of
the Sea of Galilee.
In the evening they were out in the middle of the sea, rowing the
boat with oars, because the wind was against them, but Jesus stood on
the shore. From there He could see them in the boat, working at the
oars, for the waves were rough and stormy.
And in the night He went out to them, walking on the sea. When the
apostles saw Him coming, they were afraid, and said, It is a spirit.
And they cried out with fear. But Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be
not afraid, it is I.
Then Peter answered out of the boat, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me
to come to Thee on the water. Jesus said to him, Come. And Peter
got down out of the boat, and walked on the water to go to Jesus.
But when he heard the noise of the wind and saw the great waves
that were rolling and dashing around him he was afraid, and began to
sink, and he cried out, Lord, save me. Jesus stretched out His hand
and caught him, and kept him from sinking.
Then Jesus asked Him why he had not faith-that is, why he did not
trust in Him to keep him from harm. For if Peter had trusted in Jesus,
and believed in his heart that Jesus would take care of him, he would
have gone all the way safely without sinking down into the water.
Then Jesus and Peter came into the boat, and the winds and waves
were still; and in a moment the boat came to the shore at the place
where the apostles wanted to be.
It was Jesus who had stilled the wind and the waves, and who made
the boat come to the shore. And when the apostles saw this miracle,
they bowed down and worshipped Him, and said, Truly Thou art the Son
of God.
As soon as they had cume cut of the boat on to the land, the men who
lived there knew that it was Jesus. And they made haste and ran


through all that country, telling the people He had come. Then they
began to carry sick persons, lying on their beds, to the place where
Jesus was.
And wherever He went, into cities and villages, they brought
those who were sick and laid them in the streets, and begged Him
to let them only touch His clothes; and every one who touched
Him was made well.
Jesus went into another country that was near to the land of
Israel. And a woman who lived there came to Him and told Him
that an evil spirit had gone into her daughter, and she begged Him
to send the spirit out.
At first Jesus turned away as if he would not listen to the woman,
because she did not belong to His own country and His own nation.
He did this only to try whether she really believed He could cure
her child.
But when she saw Him turn away, she did not stop praying to
Him. Instead of doing so, she prayed the more earnestly, and kneeled
down at His feet, saying, Lord, help me!
Then He told her that because she had faith, and believed He was
able to make her daughter well, He would make her well. And when
the woman went back to her house she found the evil spirit gone out,
and her daughter laid upon the bed.
Jesus fed the multitude a second time with only a few loaves and
fishes. For a great number of people had come to hear Him, and
had been with Him three days, and now they had nothing to eat.
And He said to His disciples, If I send them from here without
any food, they will grow tired and weak before they get to their
homes, for many of them have come a long way. And He asked
the disciples, How many loaves of bread have you? They answered,
Seven, and a few small fishes.
Then Jesus commanded the people to sit down on the ground. And
He took the seven loaves and the fishes, and thanked God for them,
and He broke the loaves in pieces, and gave the pieces to the
disciples, and they gave them to the people.

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