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

The Temptation

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age. Then was he led into the wilderness to be tempted. And he was there in the wilderness forty days. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

And the tempter came to him and said, "If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."

But he said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"

Then he brought Jesus up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple and saith unto him, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, 'He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.'"

Jesus said unto him, "It is written again, 'Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'" Again the tempter taketh him up into a high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and saith unto him, "All these things will I give thee and the glory of them, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."

Then saith Jesus unto him, "Get thee hence; for it is written, 'Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.'"

Then the tempter leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Again John stood and two of his disciples, and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, "Behold the Lamb of God!"

And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

Then Jesus turned and saw them following, and saith unto them, "What seek ye?"

They said unto him, "Master, where dwellest thou?"

He saith unto them, "Come and see."

They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day; for it was about the tenth hour.

One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, "We have found the Christ." And he brought him to Jesus.

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, "Follow me."

Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, "We have found him of whom Moses did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

And Nathanael said unto him, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip saith unto him, "Come and see."

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile I"

Nathanael saith unto him, "Whence knowest thou me?" Jesus said unto him, "Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree I saw thee."

Nathanael answered and saith unto him, "Thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel!

Jesus said unto him, "Because I said unto thee, 'I saw thee under the fig-tree,' believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these!"

And there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called and his disciples to the marriage.

And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, "They have no wine." Jesus saith unto her, "Mine hour is not yet come."

His mother saith unto the servants, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

And there were set there six water-pots of stone.

Jesus saith unto them, "Fill the water-pots with water." And they filled them up to the brim.

And he saith unto them, "Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast"; and they bare it.

When the ruler of the feast tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was, but the servants which drew the water knew, the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, "Every man at the beginning cloth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now."

After this Jesus went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and they continued there not many days.

And the Jews' Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting. And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, "Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise."