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


And they came to Jericho; and as Jesus. went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude of people, blind Bartimaeus sat by the highway side begging, and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant, and they told him, "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."

And he cried, saying, "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me!"

And many which went before charged him that he should hold his peace. And he cried the more a great deal, "Thou son of David, have mercy on me 1"

And Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, "Be of good comfort. Rise. He calleth thee."

And he, casting away his garment, rose and came to Jesus. And when he was come near, Jesus asked him, saying, "What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?"

And he said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight."

And Jesus said unto him, "Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee."

And he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way glorifying God, and all the people when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

And behold, there was a man named Zaccheus, which was the chief tax-gatherer; and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus, who he was, and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said unto him, "Zaccheus, make haste and come down, for to-day I must abide at thy house."

And he made haste, and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He is gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner."

And Zaccheus stood and said unto the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have taken any thing from any man falsely, I give him back fourfold."

And Jesus said unto him, "This day is Salvation come to this house, for the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

And the Jews' Passover was nigh at hand, and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, "What think ye that he will not come to the feast?"

Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment that if any man knew where he was, he should show it, that they might take him.

Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there, and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted that they might put Lazarus also to death, because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus.