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

The Transfiguration

After these things they bring unto Jesus one that was deaf and had a stammer in his speech. And they beseech him to put his hand upon him. And he took him aside and put his fingers into his ears, and touched his tongue, and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, "Be opened."

And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no man; but the more he charged them so much the more a great deal they told it abroad, saying, "He hath done all things well. He maketh both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak."

And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and beseech him to touch him. And Jesus took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town. And when he had put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw aught. And he looked up and said, "I see men as trees walking."

After that Jesus put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up, and he saw every man clearly; and he sent him away to his house, saying, "Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town."

And Jesus went out and his disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi, and by the way he asked his disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"

And they said, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias, or one of the prophets."

He said unto them, "But who say ye that I am?"

And Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."

And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Blessed art thou; for flesh and blood hath not shown this unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, a rock, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples how he must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things, and be killed and be raised again the third day.

And when he had called the people unto him, he said unto them all, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray; and as he prayed his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias, and they were talking with Jesus. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake they saw his glory and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass as they departed from Jesus, Peter said unto him, "Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias."

For he wist not what to say, for they were sore afraid. While he thus spake there came a cloud and overshadowed them, and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved son; hear him."

And suddenly when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more save Jesus only with themselves.