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Bible Story Peter, John and the Crippled Man

1 Acts 2.43, 3:1-10

With the Holy Spirit’s help, the apostles could do miracles. More and more people began believing in Jesus and as a result the church was growing every day. One time Peter helped make a beggar better. This man had never been able to walk. As Peter and John passed him on the temple steps the beggar asked them for money, but instead, the two apostles decided to give him much more.

“I don’t have any money.” Peter told him. “What I do have, I give to you, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”

Peter took him by his right hand and helped him to his feet. Straight away the beggar felt his legs become stronger, he could stand by himself!

“I can walk! I can walk! Blessed be the God of Israel!” The man shouted as he jumped and danced into the temple, following Peter and John.

The people at the temple were astonished to see the beggar jumping up and down and soon a crowd gathered. Peter saw all the people wondering what had happened. He said, “It was really Jesus who healed the man, not us. We only did it in Jesus’ name. You had Jesus killed but God brought Him back to reign again. He is the Messiah.”

This made the religious leaders very angry. They did not like any one talking about Jesus. They called the guards and had Peter and John arrested.

“That will keep them from talking about this Jesus coming back to life.” The religious leaders told each other. They had Peter and John thrown into jail for the night, but many more people believed. The next day the religious leaders called for Peter and John. They asked the two apostles how they had healed the crippled man. Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, so he answered with wisdom.

The religious leaders said, “These men have never been to any schools. They are just simple people from Galilee. How can they talk so well? Listen!” They told Peter and John. “If you agree to stop talking about this Jesus, we will let you go.”

“What do you think is right? To do what God wants, or to do what you want? Do you think God wants us to listen to you or to Him?” Peter answered. “We can’t stop talking about what we’ve seen and heard.”

Peter and John were not at all afraid of the religious leaders. There was nothing more the priests could do. The man Peter had healed was standing right in front of them so they released Peter and John.

Doubting Thomas Bible Story

Mark 16:14-16; Luke 24:36-48; John 20:19-21

The Story of Thomas

Jesus Returns

Jesus appeared to His followers. They had been hiding in a house when Jesus Himself suddenly appeared out of no where!

“Peace be with you!” Jesus said. The disciples were very frightened. They had locked all the doors. Since no one could enter, they thought Jesus must be a ghost. He told them they should have believed the stories told by Mary Magdalene. He was disappointed that they had not believed.

Then He said to them, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt what is in your hearts? Look at My hands and My feet. Touch Me and see A ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones like I have!” Then Jesus asked for something to eat. He wanted to prove He was no ghost.

He told them everything was happening just as it was written long ago. The books by the prophets, Moses and King David had said this would happen.

“You have seen all these things. Now go into all the world and tell them what has happened. That will be your greatest job.”

Jesus left the room. The disciples looked at each other in wonder. It was all too good to be true! Yet it was true. Jesus had risen from the dead! He was with them again

The Story of Thomas

John 20•24-29

One of the eleven disciples was missing. This was a man named Thomas.

After Jesus was gone, Thomas came back to the room where everyone was hiding. When he entered, the disciples told him, “Thomas, oh Thomas, it is true! We’ve seen Jesus! He’s alive! “He said to them, “No. I won’t believe it unless I see the nail marks in His hands. I have to put my finger where the nails were. If I can put my hand into His side, then I’ll believe you.”

Eight days later, Jesus visited the disciples again. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus walked right through the locked doors. “Peace be with you,” He said. Then He said, “Thomas, come here with your finger and see My hands. Touch the wounds in My hand. Put your hand into My side. Stop doubting now and believe.”

Thomas felt very ashamed for not believing. He hung his head, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus answered him, “Is it because you have seen Me, that you now believe? There will be many who do not see and are still willing to believe. Those people are special to Me.”

Jesus was talking about people like you and me.

Do you believe or are you like doubting Thomas?

The Story of Peter

John 1:35-51

The Story of Peter

Just before John the Baptist was taken prisoner, he had told two of his men to go and follow Jesus. One man was called Andrew. When he and his friend found Jesus, they started walking behind Him. Jesus turned and said, “What do you want?”

They asked if they could go to where He was staying that evening. They wanted to listen to Him teach. Jesus said yes.

John’s followers had learned from John how important it is to listen to the truth. John had said, “One greater than I is coming soon. Follow Him.”

As Andrew listened to Jesus, he thought to himself, “I must tell everyone I know that this is the man John was talking about.”

Andrew went to find his brother. “Simon!” he called. “Simon, we’ve found the Messiah! Come, Simon, come and we’ll take you to Him.”

Simon did not know what to think. When Jesus saw him, He said, “You are Simon the son of John. You will be called Cephas or Peter.” The names Cephas and Peter both meant “Rock. “This was the first time Jesus met Simon. Because of this meeting,

Simon soon came to be called Simon Peter. Later he was called Peter.

The next day Jesus went to Galilee. There he saw a man called Philip. “Follow Me,” He said, and Philip did Philip went to a friend called Nathanael. He said, “We’ve found the One Moses and the prophets spoke about. It’s Jesus from Nazareth!”

Nathanael laughed. He said he did not think there were any good people in Nazareth. But when he actually saw Jesus, Jesus said, “I know you, Nathanael. You believe in God. You try very hard to do what He wants. Just now, I know you were sitting under a fig tree, thinking, when Philip called you.”

Nathanael was amazed that Jesus would know what he had been doing. Nathanael said, “I believe. You are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.”

Jesus smiled. “Do you believe so easily? I tell you, you will see greater things than these.”

After Andrew brought Peter to meet Jesus, the two brothers returned home. They were fishermen and needed to take care of their boats and nets.

Peter noticed a huge crowd of people coming toward him. They were being led by Jesus.

Jesus walked right up to Peter. He got into his boat and asked him to pull out a little way from the land. Then Jesus sat down in the boat. He began teaching all the people who lined the shore.

When Jesus had finished speaking, He turned to Peter. “Go out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

Peter said, “Teacher, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But all right, I will do as You say.”

Peter dropped his net overboard. He started to haul it in again and got the surprise of his life. It was full to the bursting point! He called another boat to come and help him. By the time he and the other men had hauled all the fish on board, both boats were ready to sink.

When Peter saw the great catch of fish, he cried, “Oh, yes, You are the Lord! But I’m not a good man at all. Please just leave me alone!”

Jesus told him and Andrew, “Don’t be afraid. Follow Me and I will help you become fishers of men.” Then Peter and Andrew put down their nets. They landed their boats, which were full of fish, and followed Jesus.

As they walked along the shore, they soon met Peter’s partners, two brothers named James and John. Jesus went up to them. “Follow Me,” He said. They took one look at Jesus’ face, felt their hearts turn over and agreed.

These men became Jesus’ closest friends. They followed Him everywhere as He taught the people. They watched and learned from Him. They were Jesus’ helpers, His disciples.

Jesus Death Story

Matthew 27.44-50; Mark 1533-37; Luke 23:39-46:John 19:28-30

The Story of Jesus' Death

The crosses of two other men stood near Jesus. Both were robbers. One robber laughed at Jesus. “Save Yourself and us! You’re supposed to be the Christ, aren’t you?”

The other robber said, “You should be more afraid of God. This man has done nothing wrong.” Then he called out, “Jesus! Remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”

Jesus said, “I promise. Today you will be with Me in paradise.”

After Jesus was hanging on the cross for six hours, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You left Me so alone?”

During those hours on the cross,Jesus became the go-between for people and God. Jesus is the Way through which any man, woman or child can be touched by God.

That afternoon, the whole earth was covered with darkness. Like a blanket, the heavy blackness covered both city and countryside.

Jesus was also in darkness. For the first and only time in Jesus’ life, God looked away from His Son. As Jesus took on the sin of the world, He felt the pain and hurt of it all.

Jesus said nothing for a long time. He was in great pain and very slowly dying. “Father, here is My Spirit!” Jesus had suffered enough. The price was paid. The way back to God was open now.

Then Jesus cried out again with open now.

Then Jesus cried out again with aloud voice, “It is finished!” It was a cry of a battle won. Jesus bowed His head and took His last breath. Jesus was dead.

The very moment that Jesus cried out, He gave up His Spirit to heaven. The curtain in the temple split in half. This curtain marked the way into the holiest place of the temple. This was the closest anyone could get to God. Only the high priest was allowed in, and then only once a year.

A very special thing happened when the curtain split in two. When Jesus died, it meant people no longer had to wait for the high priest to pray for them to God. Jesus had died for all people. He made a Way for them to reach God. So there was no need for the curtain anymore. Anybody could reach out to God, thanks to Jesus. Jesus had died. The sky was dark. There was a great rumbling noise. The earth shook. Huge stones split and fell from the hills. Stranger and stranger things happened that evening when Jesus died.

“Why is it so dark?” people screamed.

“It’s the end of the world! We’re being punished!”

Men and women cried out in fear. They ran. Panic gripped the city. Many of the tombs, or places where dead people were buried, opened up. Dead bodies became alive. Later, these people would walk around Jerusalem as if they had never died.

The Crucifixion Story

Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20; John 19.1-16

The Crucifixion Story

The crowd had told Pilate they wanted Jesus killed. Pilate ordered Jesus to be brought inside the palace.

The soldiers crowded around Jesus. They pushed Him one way, then the other. They took off His clothes and put a robe on Him. The robe was the color worn by kings, a reddish-purple. The soldiers did this so they could make fun of Jesus.

“Look at Him! Now He doesn’t look like a king!”

“A king should have a crown!” They twisted together a crown of thorns. They forced it onto His head. They put a stick in His right hand and knelt in front of Him. The guards laughed at Him.

“Long live the King of the Jews!” they sneered. They spat on Him and took the stick. They hit Him on the head with it again and again! All the while, Jesus did not fight back.

The soldiers led Jesus back to Pilate. He tried again to tell the religious leaders there was no reason to kill Jesus. As soon as the priests and religious leaders saw Jesus, though,they shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

“You crucify Him! I can’t find any reason to have this man killed!”

“He says He’s the Son of God,” they answered back. “And according to Jewish Law He must die for this!”

Pilate went back inside the palace. “Where do You really come from?” he asked Jesus. Jesus said nothing. Pilate said, “Don’t You know I have the power to set You free?”

Jesus shook His head. He said,”You have no power over Me. God is in control here.”

Pilate tried one more time to set Jesus free. The people still would not let him.

The Weeping Women

Matthew 27.32-33; Mark 15:21-22; Luke 23:26-31;John 19:17

The soldiers forced Jesus to take up two heavy pieces of crossed wood. As they climbed the hill, Jesus stumbled and fell. The soldiers told a man named Simon to carry the cross for


A group of women had followed Jesus up the hill. They wept for Jesus. He turned to them. “Don’t cry for Me. Cry for Jerusalem. This city has turned its back on the Messiah.”

Jesus on the Cross

Matthew 27.34; Mark 15:23; Luke 23:36

Jesus could barely stand, He was so weak. The cruel whip had torn open His back. Blood ran down His face from the crown of thorns.

One of the soldiers went up to Jesus. He forced Him to drink some drugged wine which might ease the pain. After tasting it, Jesus shook His head no. Then the soldiers stretched Jesus onto the cross. They nailed His hands and feet to the wood.

They nailed Jesus to the cross. Above His head they hammered a sign. “This is the King of the Jews.” A soldier made fun of Him. Even as he hung on the cross, the soldiers gambled to see who would get Jesus’ robe.

Some of the people shouted up at Him, “If You are the Son of God,come down from the cross!”

Not everyone standing around Jesus’ cross wanted to hurt Him. Among the women were His mother and another Mary and Mary

Magdalene. Jesus saw His mother and John standing next to each other. He said to her, “Mother, this man is your son now.”

Then He said to John, “This is your mother now.” From that day on, John took care of Mary, Jesus’ mother.

Even up to the very last moments,Jesus took care of those who loved Him.

Turning Water into Wine

John 2:1-11

A few days later, Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding in Nathanael’s hometown of Cana. It was a big wedding. The party lasted several days. Jesus’ mother Mary was there, too.

There were many, many people at the wedding. Food was heaped on tables. There was meat and nuts, rice, cakes and fruit.

All the guests drank a great deal of wine. Halfway through the feast the bridegroom noticed the wine was running out. “Oh no,” he thought to himself. “This is terrible!”

It was the bridegroom’s job to make sure there was enough wine. If the wine ran out that meant the party might end early. That was no fun!

Mary saw the bridegroom’s problem. She went to Jesus. “They have no wine,” she said.

Jesus said, “But why do you ask Me about this now? You know it’s not yet time for Me to let people know who I am.”

Mary called a servant anyway. She told him to do what Jesus ordered. Jesus told the servant to fill six huge jars with water.

Once the jars were full, He said,”Take out some water now. Bring it to the head waiter.” When the head waiter had tasted the wine, he took it to the bridegroom.

“What have you done?” he asked him. “This is the best wine I’ve ever tasted!” The bridegroom did not know where all the wine had come from Mary knew.

Jesus and His followers traveled to Jerusalem. When they arrived, it was almost time for the Jewish Passover. They went straight to the temple. It was the same place where Mary and Joseph had found Jesus when they lost Him as a boy.

When Jesus arrived at His Father’s house this time, He did not like what He saw. Instead of people praying to God and studying the laws of Moses, they were using the temple as a market.

People sold sheep and cows and birds to offer as sacrifices. The temple rang with all the baaing and mooing and shouting. Jesus’ disciples looked at Him. They could tell He was upset. Suddenly, Jesus grabbed a whip. He ran through the courtyard of the temple. His disciples stood and watched with open mouths. Jesus ran back and forth. He drove the animals and people from the area. “Get out!” He shouted. “Take these things away! How dare you turn My Father’s house into a marketplace!”

He turned over the tables of the moneychangers. Coins splashed all over the floor. Animals ran in every direction. People shouted.

When Jesus had finished, He took a few moments to relax. Then He started teaching the people who had followed Him. During the next days of the Passover feast, He taught people about God. He also did several miracles. Many people believed what He said. They wanted to learn more and promised they would always follow Jesus.