A man named Mark was one of the special helpers of Jesus. After Jesus died and came back alive again, Mark wrote down words from God about Jesus, the Son of God, and the stuff He did. This is the start of the good stuff about Jesus, the promised One, the Son of God. It was written down in the special writings from God long ago that a voice would come in the wild land telling, It is time for the promised One to come, Everyone get ready for Him.
Then Jesus came to John at the river and wanted John to baptize Him. John said, I need you to baptize me and you want me to baptize You? Jesus said, We need to do everything the right way. So John dunked Jesus under the water and when he brought Jesus up out of the water, the Holy Spirit of God from the Father in heaven came down on Jesus and stayed on Him.
Then the Spirit took Jesus up into the wild lands and kept Him there for 40 days, letting the bad one test Him to show that there was nothing from the bad one in Jesus. Jesus only had stuff from God in heaven inside Him. After the testing, the angels came down from heaven and gave Jesus food and everything that He needed.
A man was in the church house who had a bad one living inside him. The bad one said, Stay away from us Jesus, we know who you are. Did you come to kill us? Jesus told him, Be quiet! Come out of him. And the bad spirit yelled really loud and came out. All the people there were amazed and said, What is this all about? He even tells the bad ones what to do. And the people all told everyone about Jesus.
Jesus told him, I want to, Be clean. And right when the words came out of Jesus’ mouth the sickness disappeared forever. Jesus said, Don’t tell anyone about this and then He sent the man away. But the man ran around telling everybody so that Jesus couldn’t go into cities anymore because so many people were wanting Him. So Jesus stayed out in the desert and people came to Him from everywhere.
After a few days Jesus went back to the first town and many people were crowding around Him so that there was no place to be. Some men brought a friend to Jesus who was too sick to walk and had to let the man down through the roof in front of Jesus because of the big crowd of people. Jesus told him, Son, your bad stuff is forgiven. The leaders heard Jesus say it and thought, How can this one forgive sins?
Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, Is it easier to forgive sins or make him get up and walk? I do this so you will know that the One the Father sent has the power to forgive sins. And Jesus made him all better. He got up and walked and all the people were amazed and said, We never saw anything like this.
Then later they were walking through the field of grain and Jesus followers were hungry and started picking the corn and eating it. The leaders said, You can’t do that. It’s the day for only resting. You are breaking the rules. Jesus told them, Didn’t you ever read how David went into the temple and ate the special bread when he was hungry. My rules are to help people not to be the boss of them. I am the boss over all the rules.
When Jesus was in God’s house on a rest day called the Sabbath He saw a man there whose hand was all shriveled up so bad the man couldn’t use his hand. The leaders were watching Jesus to see if He would heal the man’s hand so they could arrest Him for doing work on the rest day. So Jesus said to the man, Stand up here. Then Jesus looked around at all the leaders and asked them, Is it ok to do good stuff on the rest day? But they didn’t say anything.
Jesus called some special helpers to him and they went with Him up a mountain, but soon there were so many people there that they couldn’t even eat their food. Jesus friends heard about it and said, He’s losing His mind. The leaders said, He has a spirit of the bad one inside him. Jesus said to the ones that said that, Would the bad one throw himself out? (it was silly talk)
Later, His helpers asked Him, What does that story mean? Jesus told them. This story shows what all the other stories mean. The seed is the special words from God that God plants in people’s hearts. The ones beside the road hear the special words and the bad one is like the birds that come and eat the seeds before it gets a chance to grow.
The kingdom of God is like a man who put good seed in his ground and in the night the plants grow up, we don’t see how it happens but first the little leaf springs up out of the ground and then gets bigger and more leaves and then makes the fruit. And when it is ready, the man cuts it and makes food because it is time.