Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Ten Lepers

And while they abode in Galilee he would not that any man should know it. For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, "The Son of Man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day."

But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him. And they were exceeding sorry.

At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all."

And he took a child and set him in the midst of them; and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, "Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me."

And John answered him, saying, "Master, we saw one casting out evil spirits in thy name, and we forbade him, because he followeth not us."

But Jesus said, "Forbid him not, for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

"Take heed that ye despise not these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. The Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.

"How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, cloth he not leave the ninety and nine and go into the mountains, and seek that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish."

Then came Peter to him and said, "Lord, how oft shall my brother trespass against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?"

Jesus saith unto him, "I say not unto thee until seven times: but until seventy times seven."

Now the Jews' feast of tents was at hand. And it came to pass, when the time was come, that Jesus set his face to go up to Jerusalem.

And as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, "Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest."

And Jesus said unto him, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head."

And another said, "Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell that are at home at my house."

Jesus said unto him, "No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

And as Jesus entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off; and they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us."

And when he saw them he said, "Go show yourselves unto the priests."

And it came to pass that as they went they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering, said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger."

And he said unto him, "Arise, go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole:

Then the Jews sought Jesus at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"

And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him, for some said, "He is a good man."

Others said, "Nay, but he deceiveth the people."

Howbeit no man spake openly of him, for fear of the Jews.

Now about the midst of the feast, Jesus went into the temple and taught.

And the Jews marvelled, saying, "How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?"

Jesus answered them and said, "My teaching is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink."

Then said some of them of Jerusalem, "Is not this he whom they seek to kill? But lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him."

Then they sought to take him, but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.

Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said unto them, "Why have ye not brought him?"

The officers answered, "Never man spake like this man I"

Then answered them the Pharisees, "Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers believed on him?"

And every man went into his own house. Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives.

And early in the morning, Jesus came again into the temple. And all the people came unto him; and he spake unto them, saying, "I am the light of the world. He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

He said unto them again, "When ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me. The Father hath not left me alone, for I do always those things that please him."

As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, "If ye obey my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,"

They answered him, "We be Abraham's children, and were never in bondage to any man. How sayest thou, 'Ye shall be made free?'"

Jesus answered them, "Verily, verily I say unto you, whosoever sinneth is the servant of sin."

Then took they up stones to cast at him; but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.