Herod caught John the Baptist and bound him. He put John in prison to please Herodias. She was married to Herod’s brother, Philip. But Herod married her. And John told Herod, “It is not right for you to have her.” Herod wanted to put John to death. But he was afraid of the people. They believed John was a prophet.
Now John was in prison. Then Jesus came into Galilee. He was preaching God’s good news: “The time has come. Repent of your sins. Believe in the good news. The kingdom of God is near.”
Leaving Nazareth, Jesus went to live in Capernaum. It is on the Sea of Galilee. One day, Jesus walked by the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He saw Simon and Andrew, his brother. They were throwing their nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I will make you fishers of men.”
And they left their nets and followed him. Going farther on, Jesus saw James, the son of Zebedee. He was with his brother, John. They were in their boat fixing their nets. He called them, and they came right away. They left their father, Zebedee. He stayed in the boat with the hired men. But James and John went with Jesus.
Then Jesus found Philip and said to him, “Come with me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the home of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said this. “We have found the one that Moses and the prophets wrote about. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” But Nathanael asked a question. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip answered, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him. And Jesus said, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there are no lies.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you. You were under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him, “Teacher, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I said, ‘I saw you under the fig tree’? You will see greater things than these!”
Adapted from “The Children’s Bible” by Henry A. Sherman and Charles Foster Kent (1922).
Rights: Public domain in the USA.