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Before creation there was nothing. God created everything. He created angels but some of the angels rebelled against God and became demons. God put the demons on earth. Satan is the king of the demons. God created all we can see: Animals, trees, mountains, rivers, sky, stars, and sun. God’s creation was perfect. The last thing God created was man and woman. He made the man from dust and woman from man’s rib. The woman was to be man’s helper and companion. God breathed the breath of life into them.
Adam and Eve were naked but they were not ashamed. God put them in a garden. God said that creation was good and He rested. So far, there was no sin in the world. God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful, multiply, obey Him, and not to eat the fruit of the tree in center of the garden. They were to rule over creation and fill the earth.
Adam and Eve had wonderful lives in Eden. They had no real work, no hunger, no thirst, no pain, and didn’t need clothes. They were to rule over creation and give the animals their names. God talked to them directly. God told them not to eat of the one tree, but Eve ventured close to the forbidden tree. Then a Serpent called her and tempted her.
“Has God said you cannot eat of this tree?” he asked. “You will not die if you eat of the tree,” he said. The serpent lied to Eve.
Eve ate the fruit of the tree. She then took it to Adam, and he ate the fruit, too. Then they discovered their nakedness. They were both ashamed. Because of their shame, they made clothes from leaves.
Then God called. “Adam, where are you? Who told you that you were naked?” “Did you eat of the tree?” Adam then confessed to God. Because of their wrongdoing (sin), God cast them out of the garden.
God cursed them: Man will have to work and sweat, the land will bring thorns. The woman will suffer in childbirth.
However, God was merciful. He made clothes for them from skins of animal. He covered the results of their sin through a sacrifice. Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, God put a flaming sword to prevent re-entry into the garden. God told them to spread out and populate the earth. Adam and Eve had children and all of them were sinners, too. God still loved them very much.
Adam and Eve's offspring were sinners like their parents. Adam and Eve’s first- born son was Cain. He became a farmer, tending to the land. Their second born, Abel, became a shepherd, tending to the animals. They practiced a type of religion with sacrifices. Cain gave part of his farming produce to God but Abel gave God his very best—the first-born of his flocks.
God accepted Abel’s sacrifice but He did not accept Cain’s. Abel offered his sacrifice in faith and it involved the shedding of blood. Because of this, Cain became very angry. God asked Cain why he was angry and told him not to let sin be his master. Later, Cain was still angry. He lured Abel into a field and killed him.
God addressed Cain: “Where is your brother?”
Cain said, “Am I my brother’s keeper? ”
God said, “Your brother’s blood is calling out…”
God punished Cain for his sin, and made him a wanderer. But God showed his mercy. He put a mark on Cain so no one would kill him.
The children of Adam and Eve continued to commit many more sins against God.
They stopped loving and obeying God entirely. God was displeased. He was sorry He made man. However, there was one righteous man named Noah.
God told Noah to build a boat, and that He was going to destroy mankind with a flood. Because God is the giver of life, He can take it away too. But this makes God very sad. Noah started building a very big boat of wood and tar. His family helped him build this boat. Noah preached and warned the people about the coming flood. The people laughed at Noah and mocked God.
Clouds gathered. Pairs of animals started coming. The animals and Noah's family entered the boat. Then God closed the door of the boat.
It started to Rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Water came up out of the ground.
Everyone was drowned except Noah and his family. They were on the boat for more than a year. God was with them and took care of them the whole time. Eventually, the water went down and there was mud everywhere.
God opened the door of the boat and then the animals came out with Noah and his family.
Noah offered a sacrifice to thank God for sparing him and his family.
God put a rainbow in the sky as a promise that He wouldn’t destroy the world again with water.
There were two cities - Sodom and Gomorrah that were very sinful. In Sodom lived a righteous man named Lot, his wife and two daughters. They were sinners, but they did not do bad things in the city.
Because of its sin, God decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.
God knew that Lot was a righteous man, and He had mercy on him. God sent angels to warn Lot to leave the city, for it would be destroyed in the morning.
The people of the city came to Lot’s house and wanted to attack the angels.
The angels blinded the people of the city. That night, Lot, his wife, and daughters fled the city. The Angels told them to trust God and follow God’s plan: not to look back. As they ran away, Lot’s wife looked back and she turned into a pillar of salt.
Lot and his daughters were saved because God had mercy on them.
God punished the wicked people in the cities.
There was a righteous man whose name was Abram. God chose him because he was a man of faith. He trusted God. Abram (Abraham) had a wife called Sarai (Sarah). He had no children, but he was the uncle of Lot.
God asked Abram to migrate from where he lived to a place he didn’t know.
Abram gathered his possessions and moved. Because Abram had faith, God made some promises to him: He would have a land all of his own. He would have many children. All the peoples of the world will be blessed through his offspring.
Abram believed God, but became an old man without his wife having a child. Sarai was far beyond childbearing years.
About the time Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, angels came to Abram and told him that in a year he would have a son. Abram and Sarai laughed, because they were both very old. One year later they had a son they called him Isaac, which means “laughter”. They loved Isaac very much, and took excellent care of him.
One day, God told Abram to take Isaac and some wood to a place where Abram would kill Isaac as a sacrifice. Abram had faith and did this. Isaac asked, “Where is the animal for sacrifice?” Abram said, “God will provide.” They then came to the right place. Abram made the altar, put the wood on it, tied Isaac up, and prepared to kill him. An Angel appeared and stopped him. “Don’t hurt the boy!” the angle said. Abram saw a ram that God provided. God told Abram that He was pleased with him, because he had faith. From then on their names changed to Abraham and Sarah.
God reminded Abraham of his promises (land, children, and to bless the world).
Isaac grew and had children and grandchildren of his own.
God keeps his promises and blesses those who have faith in him
The descendents of Abraham moved to Egypt to escape a famine. They were given a piece of land by the king. It was a good land. They lived there for 400 years without trouble. God blessed them and they grew big in number and in wealth. Egypt got a new King who said, “Abraham's family is too big, perhaps they will conquer us.” This King made them slaves by making them build a city of mud bricks. Still, because of God’s blessing, they grew in number. The King made their lives even worse. Still, they were blessed. Then, the King started killing the male children. Times were very hard indeed. There was crying and wailing and God heard the cries of the offspring of Abraham. He knew their suffering. Because of their suffering, God planned to send someone to rescue the family of Abraham because they are His people and He has mercy and love for them.
One family had faith and hid a child, named Moses. Because of the King’s orders to kill all the male children, when Moses grew too big to hide anymore, his family put him in a basket and let him float along the river Nile. The King’s daughter happened to find Moses while she was taking a bath along the river and raised Moses up. When Moses became a young man, he killed someone who was beating one of the offspring of Abraham - the people of God. Moses fled to the wilderness where he wandered as God prepared him to deliver the family of Abraham. One day while Moses was herding sheep, he saw a bush burning, but it was not consumed. He heard a voice saying, “Take off your shoes, you are on holy ground.” God also said to Moses “You are to go to Egypt and rescue my people.” God told Moses, “I Am who I Am.” God revealed Himself to Moses.
Moses was afraid. God gave him miracles by turning a staff to a snake, and turning a healthy hand into a disease hand. Moses found faith in God and returned to the King of Egypt asking the King to release the Israelites. The King of Egypt refused. Moses spoke to the people of God and told them that he would help them escape to the land God had promised to Abraham, their forefather.
God is very powerful. Because of the King’s stubbornness, He sent ten plagues, and even killed all the first-born children except those who put blood on their doorposts. Finally, the king of Egypt told them to leave. The Israelites left and went into the wilderness following Moses, their savior.
The descendents of Abraham left Egypt. The Egyptians were very angry and sent an army to go after them. God’s people were many and it was easy to find them in the wilderness. They came to the edge of a large body of water and were trapped! God opened the water and they walked through on dry land. The Egyptian Army entered the path through the water, and God made the water close on them and all of the Egyptian army were killed.
On the way to the Promised Land, God provided food and water in the wilderness, but the people complained. They were not very thankful for what God had given them. Moses climbed a mountain to pray alone. While Moses was on the mountain, God's presence came in a storm. Thunder and lightning came, and this frightened the people very much. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments: One: there is no other gods before me. Two: do not worship idols. Three: do not use my name for evil purposes. Four: Don’t work on the 7th day, but keep it holy. Five: respect your father and mother. Six: do not murder. Seven: do not commit sexual sin. Eight: do not steal. Nine: do not accuse anyone falsely. Ten: do not desire another man’s house, his wife and his possessions. God wrote these on flat stones.
Moses stayed on the mountain for many days. The people began to doubt as they thought Moses had died. Then the children of Abraham made a god they could see, an idol. They gave earrings and money to make a man-made calf idol and worshipped it. They also committed other sins.
Moses came down and found what the people were doing. When he saw what they were worshipping, he became very angry. Moses threw down the writings of the laws of God. Moses had the worshipers of the calf idol killed. Moses made new stone tablets and God re-wrote the 10 commandments upon them.
[The people were killed because they disobeyed God. He wants us to obey Him. As much as God loves us, sin must be punished.]
God is merciful and provides a way of salvation. He wants us to do things His way.
While God’s people were migrating, they continued to complain and did not trust God. They came to the edge of the Promised Land. God directed Moses to send a few people in to look at the land. The land was very good, but because there was danger they had to depend on God.
The people refused to enter what God had given to them. Because of their lack of faith, God decided to destroy His people, but Moses prayed and God heard his prayer. God told Moses to tell His people that they would wander in the wilderness for 40 years. God said that all who refused to enter the Promised Land would never enter it.
While wandering in the wilderness, the people complained more and disobeyed God. God sent snakes to bite the people and many people were bitten. Moses prayed again and God heard his prayer. God told Moses to make a metal serpent and put it on a pole. Anyone who would look at the serpent would be healed. If they did not look, they would die. Moses took the bronze serpent out among the people. Some looked and they were saved. Others who refused to look were not saved. Some would not even consider something new like this and so they died.
After this, Abraham's family wandered for many more years. God loved them. He gave them food and water. Their clothes and shoes didn’t wear out. Slowly all the people who refused to enter the Promised Land had died. After many years, God brought them into the Promised Land and gave them the land. They built cities and farms, and lived in the land for many years.
God keeps his promises and sends a special child
God had sent many prophets who told them He was sending someone who would save them from the punishment of their sins.
Living in Promised Land was a man named Joseph who was engaged to a young woman, named Mary.
Mary had never had relations with a man, but God created a child in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph found out that she was pregnant and planned to divorce her. Angels visited Joseph and Mary, saying, “This is of God.” Joseph married Mary as the angel of God had told him to do. But he had no sexual relationship with Mary before she gave birth to her son.
At that time the government made everyone return to the town of their ancestors. Mary was very close to delivering. As they traveled to Bethlehem, they couldn’t find a room and ended up staying in a stable. Mary delivered Jesus among the animals.
Angels went to the shepherds and said, “Today a savior is born. God is with us.”
The shepherds went and worshipped the baby Jesus.
When Jesus was a baby, they took him to the temple to give a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. A man by the name of Simeon was at the temple every day. He was a very old man. God had told him he would not die until he saw God’s savior. When Mary and Joseph brought in Jesus, God told Simeon that this was the savior. An old woman named Anna was there also. She also remembered God’s promise that he would send a savior. Anna and Simeon rejoiced, shouting in the Temple that the savior had come.
When Jesus was 12 year old, they went to the festival as usual. While his parents headed home after the festival, they could not find Jesus. So they went back to Jerusalem and found Jesus in the temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers.
Jesus started his ministry with baptism
God sent a prophet named John. He was a cousin of Jesus. He preached in the wilderness, not in town.
John told the people to repent, to follow God, to do right. He baptized people. Baptism is like becoming a new person. The old person is washed away, dead and buried. John told the people to work and be happy with what they had, and to do good. People asked John if he was the savior. He said, “Someone is coming after me who I am not fit to remove his shoes.” He also said, “prepare the way of the Lord.” He meant Jesus.
When Jesus was about 30 years old, he started his ministry by traveling to where John was preaching.
When John saw Jesus, he said, “Look at the sacrifice that will take away the sins of the whole world.” Jesus entered the water. John didn’t want to baptize him, because John knew that Jesus was holy. But, Jesus said, “Baptize me to show what is right.” John put Jesus under the water.
When Jesus came up out of the water, they heard a loud voice, “This is my Son* in whom I am well-pleased.” The spirit of God came down like a dove and lighted on Jesus.
This way Jesus began His ministry.
[This way we begin our walk with God.]
After Jesus’ life on earth, one of his followers met a man from Africa. The man was studying God’s Word but didn’t understand God’s promises. Jesus’ follower explained it to him. The African asked, “ I believe. Why cannot I be baptized now?”
Jesus’ follower went into the water with the African and baptized him.
[Jesus showed us what is right and now we have to do what is right. When we become believers, we are baptized].
Jesus had power over the natural world.
After Jesus was baptized, many people started coming to him to hear him preach. He also healed people and did other miracles. Jesus selected 12 followers who he taught and who traveled with him.
One day he spent all day preaching and healing. He was very tired and got into a boat to go away from the crowds of people who came to him. When on the boat, he went to sleep. He was at peace. A storm came up and blew very hard. Jesus’ followers were fishermen and they knew about boats. The storm was very bad and they were afraid. They wake Jesus up asking him, “Don’t you care if we die?” Jesus got up and asked, “Why are you afraid? Where is your faith?” Jesus stood up, stretched out his hand saying, “Peace, be still.” The wind stopped. The rain stopped. The waves stopped. It became very calm. Jesus' followers asked, “What kind of man is this that even the wind and waves obey him?”
[Jesus showed them that he had the power of God over the natural world] They brought the boat to the other side of the lake.
Jesus has the power over evil
In the last story, Jesus calmed a storm. There was a man who lived on the other side of the lake. He was demon-possessed. The Demoniac usually lived in places where dead people were buried. This man was naked. The people tried to tie him up with chains, but he always escaped. He hurt himself because he was totally out of his mind.
When Jesus and his followers came to that side of the lake the man ran up to them and threw himself down.
The demons in this man cried out: “Jesus, son of the most high, what do you want with me?”
Jesus asked, “What is your name?” The demons replied, "Multitude, for we are many."
The demons didn’t want to come out. They knew Jesus could destroy them. They begged Jesus to send them into a herd of hogs, nearby. Jesus sent them into the hogs. The hogs ran into water and drowned. [The hogs would rather die than have a demon] The demon-possessed man regained his senses and put on clothes. He wanted to go with Jesus. Jesus told him to go home to his people. He did and spread the Gospel, city to city.
People from the town heard what had happened, they came out and begged Jesus to go away. They thought they were happy but they missed the truth. Jesus and his followers got back into the boat and left.
Jesus has power over death
Jesus was teaching and healing and many people came to him with problems. One time a leader in the house of prayer came to him begging him to come and heal his daughter. She was very sick. The girl's father said, “If you come and lay hand upon her she will be made well.”
Jesus followed him to his house. Before arriving, he heard wailing and mourning. People said, “Your daughter is dead.”
Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, believe, don’t lose faith, she is not dead, she is only sleeping.” The people mourning laughed. [They knew what death looked like.]
Jesus sent the people out of the room except for the girl's parents, Peter, James and John.
Jesus told her, “Little girl, get up.” She opened eyes and got up. This surprised everyone. Jesus told them to give her something to eat [She was not a ghost or a zombie.]
Jesus left the house. The girl was fine.
[What your response would've been if you had gone to a funeral and this had happened!]
Jesus cares for people’s needs
More and more people followed Jesus. They wanted to hear him. They wanted to be healed. Thousands of people were with him day and night.
Once, Jesus and his followers left them behind and went to a desolate place. More than 5000 people followed him to this place. Evening came and the people were hungry. Followers said, “Send them away so they can find food.” Jesus said, “Where will they find food? You give them food.” Food for this many people = 200 day's salary.
The followers said, “All we could find is this one boy’s food” (this boy has 5 loaves and 2 fish). They sat down in groups. Jesus took the boy’s food, thanked God, and broke the bread. Jesus gave each of his 12 followers some food and had them distribute it (to 10-15,000 people!) After everyone had enough, disciples picked up the leftovers. Twelve baskets of food remained when the people were full.
Because of this, the people wanted to make Jesus their king. Jesus knew this was not God’s plan, so he left and went away to a lonely place to pray.
Jesus has power over illness
Jesus went to the place of prayer on the day of prayer. As He left the place of prayer, He saw a blind man begging.
Jesus’ followers asked, “Who sinned and made this man blind?”
“No one sinned”, said Jesus. “He is blind to show the power of God.”
Jesus took clay rubbed it in blind man’s eyes. Jesus told the blind man to go and wash eyes. The blind man went and washed his eyes and began to see! The people saw him and asked, "Is this not the blind beggar?" Some said, "It is not him¼ it only looks like him… It is him!"
Religious leaders asked the blind man, “How were you healed?”
The blind man said, "Jesus healed me. He is a prophet. He took some mud and put it in my eyes. I washed it off and now I can see." “No, he is a sinner.” [They feared Jesus and anything new.] “Can a sinner heal someone?” You are leaders but you refuse to see the truth!
Ex-blind man said, “If any man worships God and does his will, God hears him. No one since the beginning of the world has healed a man born blind. If he was not from God he could do nothing.”
Later Jesus found him and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”*
“Who is He that I may believe.” The blind man said.
“It is the One you now see, speaking to you.” Jesus said.
“I believe.” The blind man said.
Jesus showed us what good leaders are like and showed us how to remember him
Jesus was in Jerusalem and had preached until the religious leaders were angry with Him. The religious leaders were prepared to arrest Him. Jesus gathered his disciples for a meal and teaching. His ministry was coming to an end.
Jesus told them this was their last meal together for a while. Jesus got up, took off his outer clothing and put a towel around waist. Jesus told his followers “You need to wash each other’s feet.” The disciples hesitated, but Jesus insisted that he wash their feet. Jesus said, "This is an example for you, that leaders should be servants."
He also reminded them, "Follow my commands." After this, Jesus identified Judas as a betrayer. Judas got up and went out to betray Jesus.
Then Jesus gave thanks for the food and broke the bread. He said, this is another example for you: “This is my body broken for you, remember me when you eat it.”
Then Jesus took the drink and passed around the cup and said, “This is how my blood will be poured out for you. This is an example of God’s new promise to you. Remember me when you drink.” After this, Jesus talked to His followers and then went outside the city to pray.
He gave his life for us.
After the last supper, Jesus and His followers went outside the city to pray.
While Jesus was praying, Judas brought the soldiers to arrest Jesus. The soldiers took Jesus to the religious leaders. The soldiers beat Jesus and tried to get Him to confess. Jesus refused. The leaders took Him to the king.
The King said "This man has done nothing wrong." But, the religious leaders said, “Kill Jesus. ”
The King had Jesus whipped 39 times. The leaders still wanted him dead. The soldiers beat and mocked Him and finally, the King agreed to kill Jesus.
The soldiers took Jesus outside the city and laid him down and nailed him to a cross. The soldiers put big nails in His hands and feet & thorns on His head, and they stood the cross up. On the cross, Jesus had horrible pain and couldn’t breathe well. The soldiers offered Jesus wine but Jesus refused.
Jesus died, saying, “It is finished.”
Jesus took the punishment for the sins of the whole world. One innocent man paid the penalty for every sinful man.
God promised that the whole world could become His people through one person. When Jesus died, the noonday sun turned black. The chief of the soldiers speared Jesus to prove that he was dead.
Jesus has power over his own death
Jesus’ followers went to the place where the soldiers killed him and collected his body and took it to a cave: a cool place. The soldiers put a big rock across the opening of the cave and guarded it. Jesus' followers could not prepare his body for burial because it was a holiday.
Three days later, after the holiday, the women came to prepare Jesus' body for burial. When they got to the cave, the soldiers were gone, and the stone was rolled away. Inside the tomb, they found two angels. The angels asked, “Why are you seeking the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen.” Jesus was no longer dead. He was alive because he had power over His own death.
The women who saw the angels ran back to town where the followers of Jesus had gathered. Jesus' followers went to the cave and found that He HAD risen.
Later Jesus appeared to his followers, taught them. He ate with them. Over 500 people saw Jesus alive, raised from the dead. Jesus reminded them that they were to go and tell all the peoples of the world about God’s promise that He had made to Abraham.
One day, Jesus left his followers and returned to heaven. His followers spread out into the whole world, telling people about Jesus and telling them to glorify God.
Jesus is still alive and people can glorify God through him.
· Like Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, we are all sinners.
· As we saw in the story of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah, God hates sin. He punishes sinners.
· As we saw in the story of Adam and Eve, Cain, Noah, Moses, and Jesus, God has mercy on those who He loves.
· Long ago God promised to Abraham that all people of the world would glorify Him through one of Abraham’s descendents. These descendents of Abraham became the people of God.
· God knew that all people would sin and could not glorify Him.
· God sent a savior to rescue all people in the world from their sins.
· That savior is Jesus.
· Long before Jesus was born, prophets told that He was coming and that He would give his life for many.
· Jesus came. He had power over nature. He had power over evil. He had power over death. He loved people. He had power over sickness. He was full of power and love.
· Many people were afraid of Jesus. They were happy in their religion and traditions. They liked the power over other people they got from their religion. They feared new things.
· They harassed Jesus, arrested him and put Him to death. Jesus knew this would happen. He predicted it, but He told his followers that He had the power over His own death.
· To prove this, Jesus rose from death after three days.
· Jesus is alive. He is the first and the last. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father except by me.”
· The scripture says “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, God gives them power to become his children.”
· Won’t you have faith in Jesus, now? He is waiting on you to give your life to him. He is waiting for you to turn away from sin. You cannot do it on your own. But, He will make you a new person.
· Then you can glorify God.
· He is waiting for you, for every man, woman, boy, girl and teenager to follow him.
After reading the story of Jesus, you may have asked yourself such questions as, "What is a Christian? How do I know I am 'saved'? What will happen to me if I do not 'receive Christ'? Is it true that all I have to do is 'believe'?"
Know that God made you and keeps you. Without Him you would be nothing. Admit to yourself and to God that you are a sinner. The consequences of your sin are physical and spiritual death because of God's wrath upon you. Confess your sins to God, and believe that Christ went to the cross for you, taking your guilt upon Him and enduring God's judgment in your place. This means that God has forgiven your sins and you are justified in God's sight. Believe that Christ rose from the dead, conquering sin and death, and that he ascended to the Father in heaven to reign as Lord. This means that Jesus is alive today to help you live a new life that is pleasing to God.
Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and Lord of your life? If so, would you please pray this prayer?
"O God, I know I have sinned. I thank you for sending the Lord Jesus Christ to pay for my sin and guilt. I thank you for raising Him from the dead and giving Him authority over my life. I receive Him as my Savior and Lord. I receive your free gift of eternal life in Christ. I will turn from my sinful life to serve you, my Creator and Redeemer"
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