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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.”

The Ascension of Jesus

Mark 16:19-20

The Ascension of Jesus


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Jesus appeared several times to His disciples after He rose from the dead. He worked miracles. He taught them to do all the things they had been learning about. A month after He died and rose again, Jesus left earth and went to heaven.

Jesus led His disciples outside of Jerusalem to Bethany. This was where His friends Lazarus, Martha and Mary lived. All His followers were around Him. He lifted His hands and blessed them. Then He told them to go straight back to Jerusalem. They should wait there for what the Father had promised.

Jesus said, “John baptized with water. You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be My witnesses here and even to the farthest corners of the earth.”

Then, an amazing thing happened.

Jesus was taken up to heaven! He rose higher and higher until He disappeared into a cloud. The disciples looked at each other. They had see none miracle after another. Now this had been the greatest of all! Jesus, crucified then risen, now taken up to heaven to be with His Father.

Jesus’ disciples stared at the sky. Then two men dressed in white came and stood beside them. “Men of Galilee, why are you looking into the sky? Jesus has gone from you into heaven. He will come back again in the same way He left.”

They went back to Jerusalem full of joy. They went straight to the temple and sang praises to God. Some wondered about this place Jesus had gone to, heaven. They remembered He had said, “Don’t worry. Believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. Soon I will go and make them ready for you.” And that is why Jesus went back to heaven.

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 Story of the Blind Man

Mark 8:22-26

Jesus went to a little village called Bethsaida. There, a group of people brought a blind man to Him. “Please,Teacher, please touch our friend and make him better.”

Jesus took the blind man by the hand. He led him out of the village.

The blind man did not know what to think as he followed Jesus. He could feel Jesus’ hand in his own, and it was rough. The blind man’s friends had told him, “Jesus has healed others, He can heal you.”

Jesus stopped. The blind man felt Jesus take His hand away. Then He heard Him spit. The next thing he knew, he felt the wet warmth of both Jesus’ hands against his eyes.

When Jesus took His hands away from the man, He asked him, “Do you see anything?”

The man looked up. He moved his head from side to side. “I see men, but they are like trees, just moving shapes.”

Then Jesus laid His hands on the man’s eyes again. The man squinted. He began to see everything clearly. Cold eyes danced and the smiles of his friends greeted him. “I can see! I can see!” he shouted to them. They all gathered around him and hugged him, thanking Jesus.

Jesus brought His disciples to a quiet place north of Lake Galilee. There, He turned to them and asked a very important question. “Who do people say that I am?”

“Some say John the Baptist, come back to life. To some, You’re Elijah. Others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Then Peter stepped forward. He felt pushed from inside his heart to answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him, “You are very special and blessed, Peter. The only way you could have known that was if My Father in heaven had shown it to you.”

Jesus laid His hands on His friend’s shoulders. “Remember your name Peter,” He said.

Peter means “Rock,” the large, sturdy kind of rock upon which houses are built. The reason for this name became clear when Jesus said, the Church will be made up of people like you. They know that I am the Child sent from God. You are the Rock who will help build this Church.”

In the same way, anyone who believes in Jesus have built their lives on the strong “rock” of Jesus. The house built on rock cannot be blown away by the storm.

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

Jesus.

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.

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.