Leo Tolstoy Archive

The Teaching of Christ Narrated for Children
Chapter 31

Written: 1908
Source: From RevoltLib.com
Transcription/Markup: Andy Carloff
Online Source: RevoltLib.com; 2021

Leo Tolstoy

And many people, having seen all this and heard him, told: he is definitely a prophet. Others told: he is the Messiah, and the others told: can the Messiah come from Galilee? It is said in the Scripture that the Messiah would come from the seed of David from Bethlehem, from the place where David was from. And the argument started, and the agitation began among the people. And then the chief priests sent officers to seize him, but the officers have not dared to take him. And when they returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, the Pharisees said to them: ‘Why have not you brought him?’ – And the officers answered, ‘No one man has ever spoken like this man.’ - The Pharisees told them “Have you also got deceived? Have you seen any of the superiors or of the Pharisees believing him? It is only the damn people who got to believe in him. And people are ignorant about the law.

And everybody has returned back to their homes. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and stayed there with his disciples, and in the morning came again into the temple, and again a lot of people came to listen to him. And he taught them again. He said: “My teaching is the light of the world. Who will adopt it, he will not walk in darkness, but will clearly see what's good and what's bad. I teach what my Father spirit, who sent me, teaches everyone.” They asked: “Where is your Father?” He said: “If you knew me, you would know my Father, also.” And they asked him: “Who are you?” He said: “I am that spirit which had no beginning and will have no end. I am a human son, but I recognize the spirit of God to be my Father. When you raise the human son in you, then you will know what I am, and then you’ll realize that I do nothing on my own, but I do and say just what the Father has taught me. (John 7: 40-49, 53; 8: 12-29)

1) What did people talk about Jesus?
2) What did the Pharisees talk about?
3) What did Jesus spoke when he returned to Jerusalem?
4) What did Jesus answer to the question: ‘where is your Father’?
5) What did Jesus answer to the question: ‘who is he’?