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




The Resurrection

And when the Sabbath was past, behold there was an earthquake, for the angel of the Lord came down from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door of the tomb, and sat upon it. His face was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow, and for fear of him the keepers did shake and became as dead men.

And very early in the morning as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, came unto the grave that they might anoint the body of Jesus. And they said among themselves, "Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the tomb?"

And when they looked they saw that the stone was rolled away, for it was very great. And they entered in and found not the body of Jesus.

And it came to pass, behold two men stood by them in shining. garments, and as they were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. Remember how he spake unto you, saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and the third day rise again.' But go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead, and behold he goeth before you into Galilee. There shall ye see him as he said unto you."

And they returned from the grave, and came to Peter and that other disciple, and said unto them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we know not where they have laid him."

Peter therefore went forth and that other disciple, and came to the grave. So they ran both together, and that other disciple did out-run Peter, and came first to the tomb. And he looking in saw the linen clothes lying, yet went he not in. Then cometh Peter and went into the tomb, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin that was about his head wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in that other disciple which came first to the tomb, and he saw and believed. For as yet they knew not that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again into their own home, wondering at that which was come to pass. But Mary stood without at the grave weeping. And as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb, and seeth two angels sitting the one at the head and the other at the feet where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, "Woman, why weepest thou?"

She saith unto them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him."

And when she had thus said, she turned back and saw Jesus standing and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, "Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?" She supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, "Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away."

Jesus saith unto her, "Mary!"

She turned herself and saith unto him, "Master!"

Jesus saith unto her, "Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God."

Christ

SHE SAITH UNTO HIM, "MASTER!"


Mary came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

And behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus. And they talked together of all those things which had happened. And Jesus himself drew near and went with them, but their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

And he said unto them, "What say ye one to another as ye walk and are sad?"

And one of them said unto him, "Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?"

And he said unto them, "What things?"

And they said unto him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, and how the chief priests and our rulers have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel. And beside all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company which were early at the grave, when they found not his body, came saying that they had seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the grave, and found it even so as the women had said. But him they saw not.

Then Jesus said unto them, "O fools, and slow of heart to believe, ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory?"

And they drew nigh unto the village whither they went. And he made as though he would have gone further.

But they said, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent."

And he went in to tarry with them. And as he sat at meat with them, he took bread and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished out of their sight.

And they said one to another, "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way?"

And they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared unto Peter."

And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, "Peace be unto you."

And when he had so said, he showed them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. And while they yet believed not for joy, Jesus said unto them, "Have ye here any meat?"

And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.

Then said he unto them, "Peace be unto you. As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

And when Jesus had said this, he saith unto them, "Receive ye the Holy Spirit."

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee. And Jesus showed himself again to them at the Sea of Galilee. And on this wise showed he himself. There were together Simon Peter and Thomas, and five other of his disciples.

Peter saith unto them, "I go a-fishing." They say unto him, "We also go with thee."

They went forth, and entered into a boat, and that night they caught nothing.

But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

Then Jesus saith unto them, "Children, have ye any meat?"

They answered him, "No."

And he said unto them, "Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find."

They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, "It is the Lord."

Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little boat, for they were not far from land, dragging the net with fishes.

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

Jesus saith unto them, "Come and dine."

And none of the disciples durst ask him, "Who art thou?" knowing that it was the Lord.

Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread and giveth them, and fish likewise.

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to

Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?"

He saith unto him, "Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee."

Jesus saith unto him, "Feed my lambs."

Jesus saith to him again the second time, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?"

He saith unto him, "Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee."

Jesus saith unto him, "Feed my sheep."

Jesus saith unto him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?"

Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, "Lovest thou me?" He said unto him, "Lord, thou knowest all things, thou knowest that I love thee."

Jesus saith unto him, "Feed my sheep. Verily, verily I say unto thee, when thou vast young thou girdedst thyself and walkedst whither thou wouldst, but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not."

And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, "Follow me."

Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved, following, which also leaned on Jesus' breast at supper.

Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, "Lord, and what shall this man do?"

Jesus saith unto him, "If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me."