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The Rich Young Man

Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-23; Luke 18:18-23

One day a man asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, how can I enter the kingdom of God? I want to live forever.”

Jesus knew the young man was very rich. He also knew the man had trained for many years to become a religious leader. Jesus told the young man something he already knew. “Follow the commandments.”

The young man said, “I have been careful to follow all the commandments. Now I want to do more.” This man wanted to make sure he was as close as possible to God.

Because of this Jesus loved the young man. He knew, though, there was one thing which stood between this man and God. He knew the young man loved his money and things more than anything else in the world. The man loved God, but he loved being rich even more.

So Jesus said, “You have missed one thing. If you want to become perfect, go and sell your things and give your money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow Me.”

When the man heard this, he became very sad. He lowered his head and turned away. He knew deep down that he had not given God first place in his life. He was not willing to give up his riches and follow Jesus.

Jesus’ disciples still sometimes thought that God’s love could be bought with money. They assumed that people were rich because God wanted to reward them. That is not necessarily true. Jesus said, “Listen, it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to love God more than his money.”

Jesus is part of God’s plan for saving people from all their wrongs. Only through Jesus can they enter the kingdom of heaven. It has nothing to do with how rich people are or how hard they try to be good. People think they have to do all sorts of things in order to earn their way into heaven. The truth is, God makes it possible. It is His gift for anyone who asks for it. You can’t buy it and you can’t earn it. God alone can give it to you.

Jesus said, “Everyone who is willing to leave behind their homes, parents and friends to follow Me will be given a hundred times more while they live on earth and in the world to come. That is the place where people live forever. Many who are first here on earth will come last in heaven. And those who come last here, will come first in My kingdom.”

Bible Love Stories

Luke 7:36-50

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A Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus for dinner one night. The Pharisees were religious leaders. Many of them did not like Jesus because He taught everyone about God’s love. While Jesus was eating with Simon, a woman came into the house. The guests said, “Look, there’s that very bad woman.”

The woman came over to Jesus. She knelt down.

“What is she doing?” Simon gasped.

Jesus said nothing. The woman was crying. Tears ran over her face and onto Jesus’ feet. Then she wiped His feet dry with her hair.

Still, Jesus said and did nothing. He waited for her to finish. But Simon,the Pharisee, thought to himself, “If

Jesus were really a prophet, He would know what kind of awful woman this is.

Then the woman reached into the folds of her dress. She took out a tiny bottle of very, very expensive perfume. It was the sort of perfume every Jewish woman held onto all her life, saving it for a special day. She poured the rich perfume over Jesus’ feet. This meant she thought of Him as her King. The room was filled with the lovely smell.

Simon became more and more upset. Jesus knew what he was thinking. “Simon,” He said, “I want to tell you a story.

“There once were two men. One owed a great deal of money to the money lender. The other owed a little bit of money. When neither could pay back what they owed, the money lender forgave them both. Now which will love him more?”

Simon said, “The one who owed him the most.”

“That’s right,” Jesus said. “Now look at this woman. When I came into your house, you did not give Me any water so I could clean My feet. She made them wet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

“You gave Me no kiss of greeting. She has kissed My feet constantly. Do you see? Her sins, which are many, have been forgiven because she had so much faith in Me. The person who is forgiven little, loves little.”

A Job Well Done

Luke 19:11-27

Jesus told another story. “There once was a king who went away on a long trip. Before he left home, he gave ten of his slaves a great deal of money. Along time later, the king came home again. He called the ten slaves and asked how they had used the money. Had they been wise or foolish?

“All the slaves but one had been wise. The foolish slave had buried the money and not tried to earn more. The king was very angry. He took the money away from this man and pointed his finger at him. Then he gave the money to the one who earned ten times the amount while he was gone.”

Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that the story was about them. These people had been given a glimpse of the kingdom of God. He wanted them to know that those who want to learn more about the kingdom of God will be rewarded. But those who turn their backs on whatever Jesus has shown them will be left with less than nothing.

The Story of Zaccheus

Luke 19:1-10

The Story of Zacchaeus

In Jericho there lived a very rich man called Zaccheus. He was the top tax collector in that area. He made a lot of money for himself and for the Romans. Because of this, the Jews did not like Zaccheus. They called him a greedy traitor.

When Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, he traveled through Jericho. Huge crowds lined the streets. They waited to see and greet Him with a big cheer. One man in the crowd was Zaccheus. He was so short he could not see over the crowd. So Zaccheus climbed a tree.

He pulled himself into the lowest branch. Then he stepped onto a higher one. He did not care if the people laughed at him up in the tree. He had heard the stories about Jesus being a friend of tax collectors. He just had to see Jesus, no matter what.

The people below him started cheering. Zaccheus saw a man come down the dusty street. “Is that Him? Ah, so that’s Jesus of Nazareth!’, Zaccheus said.

Zaccheus shouted with the rest of the crowd. Then suddenly, he stopped shouting. When Jesus passed beneath Zaccheus’ tree, He looked up. He stared at Zaccheus. The tax collector could not say a word.

Instead, he just stared and stared. He had never seen eyes like Jesus’ before. He could not tear his own eyes away. Jesus said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down. Today I must stay at your house.”

Zaccheus almost fell out of the tree. He was so surprised. He grinned. “What an honor!” he thought to himself. He scrambled down the trunk and led Jesus toward his home.

The people they passed on the way grumbled, “Look at that Jesus. There He goes again, staying with sinners. “When Zaccheus had welcomed Jesus to his house, he made a promise. “Here and now I promise to give half of whatever I earn to the poor. I’ll also give back four times whatever I’ve cheated from others in the past.” He bowed his head. Zaccheus knew who Jesus was. He was ready to change his life for Him.

Jesus said, “Today you and your family are saved. That’s why the Son of Man has come here. I am here to save all the lost and hurting people.”

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?

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 Greatest Love Story in the Bible

Luke 15:11-19

Jesus told the people a story about a man who had two sons. He said, “One day, the youngest son went to his father. He said, ‘Father, give me the money which would be mine when you die. I want it today.’ The father did not think it was a good idea. He finally agreed. A few days after he got the money, the younger son left home. “He traveled a long way until he came to a faraway country. There he wasted all his money getting drunk and having wild parties. When his money ran out, he was left with nothing at all. He could not even buy food.

“This younger son went from house to house. He begged for scraps. Finally he ended up working on a farm, feeding pigs. He was so hungry,he wished he could eat with the pigs.

“Before long, this son thought to himself, ‘All of my father’s workers have more than enough to eat. Yet here I am, starving to death! I must go home and say I’m sorry to my father. ‘So the younger son left the pigs and headed home.”

As Jesus told the story about the boy who had left home, He hoped the people would learn the lesson of the story. God will forgive anybody and everybody, as long as they are sorry. Anyone who is willing can start over fresh again.

Jesus told the rest of the story. “The young man did not know that his father had been watching for him every day since he ran away from home. ‘Please let him come home today,’ the father had prayed while he stared down the road.

“On this very special day, the son was still a long way off when his father saw him. He shouted, ‘There he is! It’s him! My son has come home!’ He ran down the road and hugged his son. “But the son hung his head. ‘Father, I’ve been so bad. I don’t deserve to be called your son. I lost all my money and. . .

“But the father did not let him finish. He ordered his slaves, ‘Quickly,bring out the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand and get him some proper shoes. Kill the calf we were saving for a feast! Let’s have a party! My son was dead, and now he lives. He was lost and has been found!’

“The younger son cried for joy when he saw how his father loved him. He was so relieved. Before long,there was a great feast. All of his father’s servants and friends joined in the party.

“The older son, though, was not so happy when he came home from working in the fields. He heard music and laughter. He asked a servant why there was a party. When he heard what had happened, he became angry. His father tried to explain. But the older son turned away.

” ‘This is just not fair,’ he said. Torso many years I’ve been the perfect son. I work hard for you. Yet you never so much as gave me a fat goat so I could have a party with my friends. But when this other son wastes your money, you give him everything.’

” ‘But you’re also my son,’ the father said. ‘Everything I have belongs to you. Don’t you see? This brother of yours was dead and now he’s alive. He was lost and has been rescued!’ “

The Burial

Matthew 27:54-60; Mark 15:39-46; Luke 23:49-54;Mtn 19:38

The Roman captain and his men could not believe their eyes! The wind whipped around the captain. He had seen how Jesus had died. That was not the way any normal man died. He looked for the sun, but could not find it. “There’s no doubt! This was the Son of God!” The captain said, “I’ve never seen anyone die like that!”

After six hours of hanging on the cross, Jesus was dead. A group of women helped a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, take Jesus off the cross. They knew that in a few hours the Sabbath would begin. Then nobody would be allowed to do any work. They would not be allowed to bury the body then.

So Joseph took the body down. He wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were with him, together with more women. They slowly carried Jesus’ body into the tomb which Joseph had bought for himself. Now the cave, carved out of rock, would be for Jesus.

Joseph laid the body of Jesus in his tomb. He and the rest of Jesus’ friends wrapped the body in a linen cloth. They placed spices between the folds. The women had wanted to rub special creams onto the body of Jesus, but time was running out. When the sunset, they had to leave. They all wept. Their hearts were heavy with sadness. Jesus was dead.

Jesus’ body lay safe in the tomb. The religious leaders went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “Jesus said He would come back to life again after three days. Please order the cave to be sealed and post a guard. Otherwise His disciples might come and steal the body. Then they could say to the people, ‘See, He has risen from the dead.’ This last lie would be worse than all the rest!”

Pilate told them, “Very well, you can have some of my soldiers to guard the tomb. Now go and make sure the tomb is shut tight.”

They closed off the cave. They posted a Roman guard, then sealed the stone. While they were doing that, they thought to themselves, “Now there’s no way anyone can steal the body. There’s no way they can say He rose from the dead. We’ve made sure of that!” But these religious leaders were in for quite a surprise.

Story of Martha and Mary

Luke 10:38-42

Jesus wants to be Friend to good people and bad, stranger and disciple. While Jesus walked them He met three best friends beside His disciples. They were sisters, Martha and Mary, and their brother, Lazarus. They opened their home to Jesus. They asked Him to make it His own. As Jesus traveled, He often stayed with Martha, Mary and Lazarus. It was a good place to rest and get away from all the crowds.

During one of His visits, Martha learned a very important lesson. Jesus was relaxing in the main room. He was talking to Mary. Her sister Martha was very excited that Jesus was visiting them. She wanted everything to be just right. She busied herself cooking and cleaning.

“I want this to be a perfect evening,” she told herself. There was only one problem. Martha could not possibly do all the work by herself.

She rushed about, gathering herbs and vegetables from the garden, cleaning and cooking.

When Martha looked over from the kitchen, she noticed her sister Mary doing nothing at all. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to all that He said. “Why, she’s not even helping a little,”Martha thought. “And there’s still so much to do!”

Just then, Jesus looked up at Martha. He rose and crossed the room. “Lord,” she said, “don’t You care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Please tell her to help me.”

But Jesus answered, “Martha,Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things. Only a few things are worth it. Really only one. Mary wants to hear what I teach. That’s a good thing and shouldn’t betaken away from her. Why don’t you do the same?”

Martha looked at Him. All of a sudden, she relaxed. She felt the tight muscles untie their knots. Her face even showed a smile in place of the frowns she had worn all morning. She nodded and followed Jesus back into the room. There she settled onto the floor, next to her sister. Together they listened to the words of Jesus.

From then on, Martha made sure she never made working for Jesus more important than getting to know Him better. It is a lesson all followers of Jesus should remember.

Many people wondered, “Who is Jesus? Where did He come from?”They kept asking the same questions over and over again. Jesus knew this and gave them His answer.

“I am the Good Shepherd.” Then He painted a word picture for them.

The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin

Luke 15:1-10

The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
The price of following Jesus is high. But the value of every single person in God’s eyes is even higher. God treasures every child, every man and every woman. He would like nothing better than that each person turn to Him and start his or her life over.

The religious leaders did not like the type of people who followed Jesus. Because of this, Jesus told two stories about how valuable these people are to God. The first story was about a lost sheep.

Jesus asked, “If you had a hundred sheep and lost one of them, wouldn’t you go after the one which was lost?And when that sheep was found,wouldn’t you carry it back to the flock? Wouldn’t you call your friends together? ‘I’ve found my sheep which was lost!’ you would shout.

“In the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who says, ‘I’m sorry,’ than over ninety-nine people who think they are so good they don’t need God’s help.”

Heaven is filled with the angels’ songs of joy whenever one person comes back to God.

The second story was about a woman who had a set of ten coins. She lost one coin, which was worth an entire day’s work. Jesus asked, “If a woman loses one of these silver coins,she will search the house. She will sweep and look under the bed and carpets until she finds it.

“And when she has found it, she will call together her friends and say `Be happy with me! I finally found the lost coin!’

“In the same way, the angels smile and sing whenever one person says he or she believes in God and wants to live a better life with Jesus’ help.”

The people were amazed at what Jesus told them. It meant even the bad people, especially the bad people, were welcome in heaven. If they only said they were sorry, God would welcome them back and give them the strength to start over. Jesus was showing them the way into God’s very own kingdom. This is the way of loving God and loving others.