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Holy Figures

The Holy Family consists of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and her husband Joseph. Joseph and Mary were chosen by God to care for Jesus in his early life and raise him to become our Savior. He also sent a messenger before Jesus to prepare the world for His coming.

 

 

Jesus

Mato & Hash coloring book page printout of Jesus Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion

Jesus is the Son of God. According to the Bible, the angel Gabriel came to Mary, a young Jewish virgin, and told her that she was to give birth to the Messiah, the one who would save the world. This baby would be made by the Holy Spirit and would be born of her body in the human flesh and blood and God’s Spirit. Even though he came from Heaven, Jesus “made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant.” 

 

At 30 years old, Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by His cousin, John the Baptist. John testified as Jesus was praying, “The heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily forms, like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased.” 

 

Though now filled with the Holy Spirit upon his baptism Jesus was still subject to his humanity, meaning he suffered and had similar feelings like earthly humans. He learned to be obedient through His sufferings.

 

The Holy Spirit would lead Jesus into “the wilderness” where he fasted for 40 days to prepare Him for his ministry when he would travel all around sharing His teachings with everyone he met. During His time in the wilderness, the devil tried to tempt Jesus to do bad things, but Jesus never accepted.

 

Jesus started his public ministry preaching and teaching about his Father God. He performed wonderful miracles such as healing the sick, the blind, and people with disabilities, and even feeding thousands of people with only meager supplies of bread and fish. Jesus also raised several people from the dead like a man named Lazarus, and He cast demons out of others.

 

In Jesus’ travels there were many people who loved and followed in His worship, and other non-believers who hated and laughed at him. Twelve men known as disciples and apostles followed Jesus as he travelled around sharing his teachings. Like many of the non-believers, even people in His inner circle of disciples betrayed him.

 

Judas, one of Jesus’ closest apostles, helped in getting Jesus arrested by Israelite critics who despised the Messiah. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, ordered Jesus to be crucified for crimes that He didn’t commit. Jesus was completely innocent. 

 

This was not a surprise to Jesus; He knew that Judas would betray Him, but He wasn’t afraid to die. The day before He was to die on the cross, Jesus shared a Passover meal, known as the Last Supper, with His twelve disciples. During the meal, Jesus held up a piece of bread which represented his “body,” and a glass of wine, which represented his “blood.” He asked his disciples to eat the bread and drink the wine “in remembrance of me.”

 

Jesus was nailed to the cross; this is known as the Crucifixion. Before dying, He asked God to forgive all of the people who were mocking Him and cheering on His death. He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

 

Three days after the Crucifixion of Jesus He rose from the dead, which is called the Resurrection. The resurrected Jesus appeared before His disciples. He commanded them to spread His word, then He ascended to heaven. Jesus was resurrected for all of the sins of mankind by God. His Resurrection proved Him to be God in the flesh. He is the Lord.

 

 

The Holy Spirit

 Mato & Hash Bible coloring page of the Holy Spirit descending like a dove

The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity:  the father (God), the son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our special helper sent from heaven to earth by God. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again and ascended up to heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit to help us and to remind us about everything He taught us. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us; He is our entire being, our personality, our character, our heart. He guides us in how we act, talk, and think. When we are confused about something and don’t know what to do, the Holy Spirit helps us make good decisions. When we’re sad, the Holy Spirit comforts us. He is part of us, helping us to be good, to be kind, loving, generous, gentle, all of the things that Jesus taught us. The Holy Spirit helps us to be our very best. Because as the Bible says, “All good things come from God.” So, the Holy Spirit is inside helping us to do what God wants us to do: be good people!

 

If we believe in God, the Holy Spirit can live inside of us all of our lives. We can listen to the Holy Spirit during all of our days on earth as He guides us along the way.

 

 

The Virgin Mary 

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout of the Virgin Mary cradling baby Jesus surrounded by flowers, Madonna of roses style

The Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. She gave birth to Jesus as a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit. The angel Gabriel told Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah, the One who would save the world from sin.

 

Mary immediately traveled over 100 miles from Nazareth to share the good news with her cousin Elizabeth, who would later give birth to John the Baptist. Mary returned home to Nazareth after 3 months with Elizabeth. Soon after they would plan their 90-mile trip to Bethlehem where Jesus would be born. When they found shelter in a stable, Mary gave birth to the Son of God!

 

Angels descended from heaven to announce the arrival of Jesus, they sang glorious songs to the shepherd who came to worship Jesus.

 

 

Joseph

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout of Saint Joseph teaching carpentry to adolescent Jesus

God chose Joseph to be the earthly father of Jesus, so technically he is Jesus’ foster father. After finding out that his wife Mary was pregnant and he wasn't the biological father, Joseph could have been angry and mean to her. But he wasn’t. Instead, he treated Mary with kindness and the utmost respect.  

 

An angel came to Joseph and told him to take care of young Mary and Jesus. This gave Joseph the comfort of believing Mary’s story that Jesus was born because it was God’s will. Joseph was a good example of what a wonderful earthly father should be; he was honest and lived a faithful life. He was nice to people even when they did mean things to him and he showed compassion for them when they were ashamed of their actions.

 

Joseph was a carpenter, and he taught Jesus everything he knew. Jesus would later become a carpenter just like his father, using his skills to support his mother Mary, and his brother and sisters.

 

 

John the Baptist 

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing John the Baptist kneeling by the river with his staff

John the Baptist was one of the most significant and famous people in the Bible. He truly lived up to his name because he baptized many people. The most important person he baptized was Jesus to whom he was related on his mother’s side of the family. John the Baptist was chosen by God to tell everyone about Jesus’ coming; he was a faithful man and a role model to other people.

 

John was a miracle child because he was born to older parents who up until his birth hadn’t been able to have children. The angel Gabriel said this about John: “He will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.”  After John was born his father said, “You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Highest; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him.”   

 

John lived high in the mountains. People would travel from many places like Jerusalem and Judea to confess their sins to John and be baptized by him in the Jordan River, which borders between Syria and Lebanon and flows through northern Israel.  

 

Since John was a prophet of God, many people thought he was the next Messiah, but John knew that Jesus was the only Messiah. “I am not Christ,” he said, “but am sent ahead of him.”

  

 

 

Apostles and Disciples

The apostles are twelve men who believed in Jesus and were chosen by Jesus to follow Him in His daily life. They knew Jesus in the flesh before He died on the cross. Both apostles and disciples are used when referring to the group of twelve men. The apostleship of a few of these men is debated, but it is clear from various writings that they were amongst the circle of those who personally knew Jesus. 

 

 

Andrew

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the apostle Andrew with John the Baptist as they recognize Christ and follow him 

Andrew was a fisherman like his brother Peter, who became one of Jesus’ closest disciples or followers. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. John told Andrew there would be a Messiah, the One who would come and save the world.

 

One day when John and Andrew were taking a walk, John saw Jesus and pointed to him. “Behold, the Lamb of God!” he said.  The two men decided to spend the entire day with Jesus. Andrew believed what John had said about Jesus, so he brought his brother Peter to meet Jesus, making him the first person to introduce anyone to the Messiah.

 

Andrew became one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He is said to have fed over 5,000 women and children. 

 

 

Bartholomew

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the apostle Bartholomew, or Nathanael, being called by Philip to meet Jesus Christ

Bartholomew was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples.  Bartholomew was his Hebrew last name, but he was also called Nathanael. He was brought to Jesus by the Apostle Philip. When Jesus first saw Bartholomew he said, “Here is a true Israelite, whom there is nothing false.” Jesus meant that Bartholomew was a real believer and follower of his teachings; that he was not faking his beliefs in any way.

 

Bartholomew wondered how Jesus knew about him and when he asked Jesus replied, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Jesus wasn’t present when Bartholomew and Philip talked, but He knew every single word that was spoken.

 

Later Bartholomew saw the Resurrection of Jesus, when he arose from the dead, and he saw Jesus rise to heaven, known as the Ascension.

 

After Jesus died, Bartholomew continued sharing Jesus’ teachings and he was a very important member of the Christian church. He was given the power to “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons.” 

 

 

James the Greater

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the apostle James the Great catching the fish that Jesus made for him and his brother John

James the Greater was the son of Zebedee and Salome. He had a younger brother named John the Beloved. God nicknamed the two brothers the “Sons of Thunder,” because they both had fiery attitudes, they had bad tempers.

 

One time they threatened to light a town on fire because the residents were not very kind. But Jesus did not like that idea and he rejected it. They learned a lot from Jesus. He taught them how to remove evil spirits from a man; they witnessed Jesus heal the Apostle Peter’s mother-in-law and sick people in the town. James became very close to Jesus; he was part of the “inner circle.”

 

James, John, and Peter became the most trusted of Jesus’ apostles. They were the only three that went with Jesus to the mountain to witness His transfiguration, which means Jesus’ face was completely changed and his clothes became dazzling white. James, John, and Peter watched Jesus’ Ascension to heaven. After Jesus died James continued to travel the world sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ.

 

James the Greater became the first apostle to be martyred protecting his faith, meaning he was killed for believing in the teachings of Jesus. 

 

 

John the Apostle

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the apostle John after Jesus' crucifixion comforting the Virgin Mary

John is the brother of James the Greater; together they are known as the “Sons of Thunder.” He is the half-cousin of Jesus’; his mother Salome is Mary’s sister. Like many of Jesus’ disciples, John was a fisherman and he went by many names including John the Elder, John of Patmos, John the Evangelist, and John the Presbyter. John the Apostle was one of the first disciples that Jesus chose to follow him, and John was present with John the Baptist and Andrew first recognized Jesus as the Messiah, the One who would come and save us from our sins.

 

Jesus proved that he really trusted John the Apostle because he asked John to watch over his mother Mary after his ascension when he rose to heaven. In the Bible in the Gospel of John, he is described as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” 

 

John the Apostle helped to set up the Christian church along with his brother James and the Apostle Peter. Through the church, the men taught what it meant to be a Christian and what the Christian movement represented.

 

  

James the Just 

Mato & Hash biblical coloring page depicting James the Just kneeling and offering food and clothes as good works

James the Just was the half-brother of Jesus. At first, James did not understand Jesus’ teachings even though he had seen Jesus perform many miracles. He just couldn’t believe that his own brother was the Messiah, the One who would come to save us from our sins. When James saw his brother walking and talking after dying and being buried in a tomb, he finally believed that Jesus was the Son of God.

 

Later James the Just joined the apostles, followers of Jesus, who were praying and waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. James was one of 120 people filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the day the church begins. This experience humbled him; when writing the Book of James in the Bible, he wrote himself as” James, the servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, whole-heartedly devoted to serving his God and his church.” 

 

James the Just then became head of the church of the Apostolic Age in Jerusalem. He proved to be a great leader with a glowing reputation who was wise and compassionate to others. He was known as a peacemaker and was able to bring peace between Gentiles and Judaizers, Christians who taught that it was necessary to adopt Jewish practices and customs.

 

 

Jude 

Mato & Hash coloring page depicting Jude brother of Jesus writing the Epistle of Jude

Jude was also known as Jude Thaddaeus and was sometimes simply called Thaddaeus. He was one of Jesus’ brothers. In the years leading up the Jesus’ ministry, Jude and his other brothers often made fun of Jesus. But he would later become one of the twelve disciples that followed Jesus as he travelled around sharing his teachings. Out of humility for Christ, Jude never called himself Jesus’ brother. He was often confused with Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus, and always had to prove that he wasn’t. That’s the reason many people believe he changed his name to Thaddaeus.

 

Although Jude isn’t as popular as or spoken about as much as other people in the Bible, he served an important role in the early Christian church. He is the author of the Book of Jude, which is said to be a very important book.  

 

Jude was a martyr; he was killed for his religious beliefs

 

 

Judas Iscariot

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout depicting Judas Iscariot casting away the 30 pieces of silver he received in exchange for turning Jesus in 

Judas of Iscariot was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. He was closest to Jesus, and he would later betray the Messiah’s loyalty.

 

Judas was a suspicious man from the beginning. He was the treasurer for the group of Jesus’ apostles, which meant he was responsible for maintaining the funds. Whenever the disciples needed to buy anything, they’d have to ask Judas for the money. But he was a thief who made sure to take money and use it for himself.

 

According to the Gospel of John, during the Last Supper Jesus said that Judas would betray Him; Judas soon proved him right. He went to the temple, traded Jesus for 30 pieces of silver and turned Him over to the chief priest. Judas soon regretted his decision and tried to return the silver to the chief priest, but it was already too late to save Jesus. Judas’ decision led to the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, where He died on the cross.

  

 

Matthew

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout depicting the apostle Matthew leaving his post as a tax collector to follow Christ

Matthew was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus; he was known as Saint Matthew and Levi. Matthew was Jesus’s most powerful example of forgiveness as he turned from sinner to saint.

 

He was a tax collector hired by the Roman Empire to collect taxes from Jews in a town called Capernaum. Tax collectors were known for cheating people out of their money by lying about the amount they owed, and then keeping the extra money for themselves. This was considered the definition of being sinful. Tax collectors often turned to John the Baptist to be baptized.

 

Matthew is considered one of the “Four Evangelists.” Evangelist comes from the Greek word meaning “good news.”

 

 

Paul

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the apostle Paul as he's blinded by a vision of the Lord while traveling in the desert

The Apostle Paul was the most influential leader in the early years of Christianity. Before he started following the teachings of Jesus Christ, Paul was considered a ‘righteous Jew.’ He came from a long line of faithful and devoted Jewish leaders. Before being reborn as a Christian, Paul believed that Christians were the worst sinners and that they should be persecuted, harassed, for their beliefs. He also thought Jesus was a man pretending to be God and that He should be executed—killed— for doing so.

 

One day on a long journey to the town of Damascus, Paul saw a vision of the ascended Jesus as a bright light. Jesus asked, “Paul, why do you persecute me?” Paul then lost his sight for three days until a messenger claiming to be sent by Jesus asked the Holy Spirit to restore his sight. Paul was immediately able to see again.

 

Paul was eventually baptized as a Christian and was devoted to his new religion. But many Christians didn’t trust him because of his earlier bad treatment of them; it took time for them to believe that he had truly changed and that he has asked God to forgive him for his sins.

 

Paul started to preach to the public, building a reputation as a teacher. He played an important role in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to non-Jewish communities. Jesus recognized that he was special saying, “This man is a chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and the people of Israel.” 

 

Paul traveled over 10,000 miles starting churches and spreading the gospel. He has been called the author of 13 books of the Bible, more than any other biblical writer. Paul was able to speak in plain terms to convince non-religious people to believe in Jesus’ teachings. He is known as the most influential religious person in history.

 

 

Peter

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the apostle Peter as he sinks in the Sea of Galilee while Jesus reaches forward to save him

Peter has an incredible story.

 

In the early part of his life, Peter was a fisherman and fishermen were known to be very strong, brave men. Peter had a short temper, which means he got angry really quickly and he would often say mean and hurtful things to people.

 

Peter wasn’t educated in the way that we’re accustomed to in modern times, but he was a smart man who worked hard and knew how to take care of himself.  Most importantly, all of the bad things he had done in life didn’t prevent him from becoming one of Jesus’ closest disciples or followers.

 

One day Peter saw Jesus perform a miracle with fish and he was so emotional that he dropped down to his knees and cried out to Jesus, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”  Right then Peter was admitting to Jesus that he had done some really bad things. But Jesus did not turn his back on Peter. “Don’t be afraid,” Jesus said, “from now on you will fish for people.” Jesus was telling Peter that instead of using his talents for bad, he would now use them to do good things.

 

That day Peter became part of Jesus’ inner circle. Like all humans, he wasn’t perfect; and he still made mistakes. But Jesus loved him, and He used Peter to inspire others.

 

Peter really wanted to be good and he wanted to have the same kind of faith and discipline as Jesus, but many times he failed. One day Peter saw Jesus walking on the rough waves, and he wanted to join Jesus. But as soon as Peter took one step he got scared and fell into the sea. Jesus saved him, but he also scolded him for having “little faith.”

 

Peter turned his back on Jesus, but each time Jesus forgave him. After Jesus died, everything bad that Peter had ever done was forgiven. He became a leader and travelled all around speaking to crowds of people, sharing the messages and lessons that Jesus had taught him and the other disciples.

 

 

Philip

Mato & Hash free coloring page PDF of the Apostle Philip helping Jesus feed the 5000 with bread and fish 

One of four people named Phillip in the Bible, Philip the Apostle is one of the twelve main disciples of Jesus.

 

Often mistaken for Phillip the Evangelist, Phillip the Apostle is only mentioned a handful of times in the New Testament and the Gospels. Unlike other disciples, Philip is called to follow Jesus directly. Jesus simply finds him after traveling to Galilee and says, “Follow me.” After meeting Jesus, Phillip’s first thought is to go and tell someone about him, and he later brings Bartholomew to join the apostles.

 

He continually played an active role in leading others to Jesus, particularly the Greek as he himself was Greek. Phillip was close to Jesus, living with him for three years. During this time he witnessed his miracles and heard his teachings. When Jesus feeds 5,000 people he decides to test Phillip, asking him what it would take to feed them. Phillip jokingly said it would take a miracle, setting the stage for the feat Jesus was about to accomplish.

 

After Jesus describes the “many rooms” of his Father’s that he will prepare for the apostles, Philip, in an attempt to show his faith, states that just to see the Father is enough for them. This allows Jesus to make plain his relationship to God, stating, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?”

 

Phillip helped to spread the word of Jesus in the early years of Christianity preaching the Gospel in Greece, Syria, and Phrygia-modern day Turkey.  

 

 

Thomas

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the apostle Thomas inspecting Jesus' wounds after his resurrection

Thomas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. His nickname was Doubting Thomas because he was a skeptic, a person who never believed anything someone else told him. He always needed proof; he had to see things for himself to be sure that they were true.

 

After Jesus died on the cross and had risen from His grave, the other disciples told Thomas that they had seen the Lord, but since Thomas wasn’t there, he didn’t believe them. “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands,” Thomas said, “and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

 

Eight days later, all the disciples gathered around inside. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you!” Then Jesus directed His attention to Thomas saying, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Jesus had repeated to Thomas what he had said to the other disciples, even though no one told Jesus what Thomas had said!

 

No longer a skeptic, Thomas cried out, “My Lord and my God!” To which Jesus replied, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus meant that Thomas had to wait to actually see him before he believed, but those that believe without first having seen Him receive a special blessing. 

 

God used Thomas to show the importance of, “living in faith, not by sight.”  Jesus proved to Thomas his doubts were wrong and Jesus never condemned him for his lack of faith, instead gave him compassion and grace.

 




Other Believers

Not only the apostles were followers and believers in Jesus Christ. There were many others in the story of the Bible that recognized His greatness and were called to follow Him.

 

 

Agabus

 Mato & Hash printable PDF Bible coloring page of Agabus predicting famine by Jack Heberling

Agabus was one of the first people to become a Christian. He was a prophet, a person who said that the God spoke to them and was able to warn people when something good or bad was going to happen to them.

 

Agabus travelled with a group of prophets from Jerusalem to a place called Antioch. Through the Holy Spirit, Agabus predicted that a great famine “would spread over the entire Roman world.” This meant there wouldn’t be a lot of food and many people would starve or go hungry. Agabus later warned one of Jesus’ followers, the Apostle Paul, that he would be arrested if he went to Jerusalem. 

 

Although many people tried to convince Paul not to travel to Jerusalem, he was determined to make the trip. He decided that Agabus’ prediction simply meant that he should be prepared for what would happen to him, not avoid the trip.

 

Agabus was a faithful prophet, which means he was loyal to God. He delivered God’s messages exactly as God gave them to him.

  

 

Anna

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the prophetess Anna as she recognizes the infant Jesus at the temple of Solomon

We first meet Anna in the Book of Luke. Her name means “favor” or “grace.” After Jesus was born, His parents Mary and Joseph travelled to the temple with baby Jesus. When they arrived, Anna was the first person to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, the One who would save us from our sins. She thanked God.

 

Anna was married for seven years. Her husband passed away and she remained unmarried until she died at the age of 84. Anna was very loyal to Jesus; she stayed in the temple and prayed all day and night. She was the first prophetess of the Christian Ministry, which meant she was the first woman to tell people through the Holy Spirit when good or bad things were going to happen to them. She really loved Jesus.

 

 

Barnabas

 Mato & Hash printable PDF Bible coloring page Saint Barnabas by Jack Heberling

Barnabas was his nickname, which means “Son of Encouragement,” but his birth name was Joseph.  He was known to be a really “good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith.” That means that he was a man who believed in God and followed the teachings of Jesus.  

 

Barnabas inspired many people to follow Jesus’ teachings. He also made big sacrifices like selling his land and giving the money that he earned from the sale to the apostles, the followers of Jesus. He traveled with the Apostle Paul on many missionary journeys; the purpose of the journeys was to tell people about God. Barnabas was always happy to see other people who believed in God and were loyal to Him.

 

Barnabas was a good role model as he was generous, and he was dedicated to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

  

 

Mary Magdalene

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing Mary Magdalene discovering the empty tomb of Jesus Christ

Mary Magdalene is one of the most important women in the Bible. Although she had a bad reputation, Jesus loved and accepted her. He cast her sins away, and she was so grateful that she followed Him for the rest of her life. 

 

Mary Magdalene was present for the Crucifixion, when Jesus died on the cross. When Jesus was buried, Mary Magdalene stayed at his tomb and was the first to meet Him when He rose again. She was responsible for telling everyone about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Mary Magdalene is the perfect example of a devoted Christian. 

 

 

Three Wise Men

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the Three Wise Men or Three Magi traveling on camels through the desert on their way to greet the infant Jesus

This is the story of the “Three Kings,” also known as the “Biblical Magi.” These three kings: King Gasper, King Melchior, and King Balthazar were located far in the east. One night while traveling on their camels, they saw a bright star shining. They immediately knew it was a sign from God that the King of the Jews, the One who would save the world had been born.

 

King Herod, who was very mean, ordered the three kings to go to Bethlehem. “Go and make a careful search for the child;” King Herod said, “As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

 

So, the men set out to Bethlehem following the star until the star led them to their destination.  They found Jesus cradled in His mother Mary’s arms. They bowed down to worship the Messiah and each one presented Him with a gift. King Gaspar brought frankincense; King Melchior brought gold; and King Balthazar brought Myrrh.

 

Mary thanked the three kings for their gifts; then the men found a place to sleep for the night. While they slept, they each had the same dream warning them not to return to Herod. The evil king planned to kill Jesus because he was jealous of the Messiah.

 

To trick Herod, the men found a different route to travel home so he wouldn’t know the direction they had come from. They decided not to tell Herod anything about Jesus.

 

As soon as the wise men departed, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” the angel said, “take Jesus and Mary and run away from Egypt. Stay there until I come to you again, because Herod is going to search for Jesus to kill him.”

 

Joseph jumped up and woke Mary up, too. They took they baby and left in the middle of the night for Egypt so that no one would see them leaving. They made it to Egypt safely where they remained until King Herod died. After his death an angel appeared to Joseph and instructed him to go to Nazareth, the place where Jesus spent his childhood.

 

 

 

Old Testament

The stories of the Old Testament would have been known to the apostles and other followers of Christ, as they are comprised of the books of the Jewish Torah. These characters and stories shaped how people in Jesus' time saw the world and how they thought about life and faith.

 

 

Adam and Eve

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden eating fruits from the forbidden tree of knowledge

One day God created the most beautiful garden; He called it the Garden of Eden. This amazing garden had delicious fruits, colorful flowers, tall trees, and lots of animals roaming around and birds flying in the big blue sky.

 

God needed someone to take care of the beautiful garden, so He created the first man in His own image. He took clay from the earth to sculpt the man, then he breathed life into him. He named the man Adam. 

 

The beautiful garden was there for Adam to enjoy. God said, “You can climb trees, eat the fruit, jump over bushes, and paddle rivers.”  This all sounds like so much fun!  However, there were more rules for Adam to follow. “There is one thing you can never do, God continued, “you can never eat the apples from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.”

 

God saw that Adam was lonely. So, when Adam fell asleep, God took one of his ribs to create a woman He named Eve. Adam and Eve were living happily in the Garden of Eden; they ate fruits from the Tree of Life and spent time with the animals.

 

During one of their walks through the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve encountered a beautiful apple hanging from the tree, the same apple God told Adam not to eat! There was also a snake hanging from the tree that tried to pressure Adam and Eve into being disobedient to God. He said, “Why don’t the two of you eat this apple? It’s the biggest, nicest, and juiciest apple!”

 

Adam told the snake that God said he was never to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree. But the snake still continued to pressure Adam and Eve. “You both have nothing to worry about,” he said, “you will both gain God’s wisdom by eating from the fruit of the tree.”

 

She was fooled by the snake’s lies and eventually plucked the apple from the tree and took a big bite! Eve enjoyed the apple and begged Adam to take a bite, too. At first, Adam refused because he really didn’t want to make God angry. But Eve kept pressuring him just like the snake had pressured her. Finally, when Adam believed that the apple wasn’t poisonous, he, too, took a big bite!

 

Adam and Eve instantly realized they weren’t wearing any clothes and they felt ashamed.  When God visited the Garden of Eden, they were sad that they disobeyed Him. God was not happy with what they had done. As punishment, God said that Adam and Eve would never be able to visit the Garden of Eden ever again. God said, “You will now live the hard life, out of paradise.”   

 

 

David

Mato & Hash biblical coloring page depicting Old Testament David turned away from us playing his lyre

David is one of the most powerful characters in the Bible. He was a person who made lots of mistakes, yet he was considered “a man after God’s own heart.” He was the youngest of eight boys and the grandson of Ruth, a special woman in the Bible. 

 

Though David would go on the be king, he started his life as a shepherd. He developed great skills and became a brave young man defending his flock from lions. He also had a talent for music and poetry. He played the lyre, writing many songs and poems that can be found in the Bible in the Book of Psalms.

 

Because of his musical talent, David had the chance to work for King Saul, the ruler of Israel, who was in the middle of a war with the Philistines, who were enemies of the Israelites. Saul had left the presence of the Lord and God sent an evil spirit to torment Saul. The king had heard that David could play the lyre and sent for the young shepherd to come to his palace. David played soft music that soothed Saul whenever the spirit tormented him. The king liked David so much that he became Saul’s armor bearer. Whenever the evil spirits came upon Saul, David played his lyre.

 

The war between the Israelites and the Philistines continued. The Philistines had a big advantage in a giant named Goliath who was powerful because he was huge, and he wore an armor that protected him from injury.

 

King Saul saw that David was brave enough to fight Goliath, so he sent the young man into battle. The king offered David his armor and weapons, but David refused saying they were too heavy. Instead, he said he would use a slingshot and stones.

 

Although David was small in height and size, refused to wear any armor, or carry a sword and shield, he defeated the giant with God’s help! David trusted God and was rewarded. He displayed courage and faithfulness in God when it mattered.  Saul is later killed in battle and David is crowned the new King of Israel.

 

 

Moses

Mato & Hash Bible coloring page printout showing the prophet Moses atop Mt. Sinai with the tablets inscribed by God 

Moses is a very important person in the Bible. He was a prophet who led the Hebrews out of Egypt and helped them form a special relationship with God. At birth, Moses’ parents had to hide him because the Egyptian king, Pharaoh, ordered Egyptians to kill all Hebrew babies. So, Moses’ parents tucked him in a basket and sent him floating down the Nile River. Pharaoh’s daughter had gone to the river for a swim and discovered Moses. Since she didn’t have any children, she decided to raise Moses as her own child.  She gave him the name Moses because it means “she got him out of the water.”

 

Moses grew up in a palace and lived a privileged life because his new mother was the daughter of a king. In spite of his good life, he was sad because his people, the Jews, were living as slaves. After he killed an Egyptian slave-master, he was forced to run away and live in the desert for 40 years.

 

One day God spoke to Moses from a burning bush. He sent Moses back to Egypt to free his people. But the king didn’t want to free the Hebrews and Moses didn’t want the job of freeing them. He felt like he wasn’t good enough for such an important task. He didn’t think he was a good speaker, he was afraid of Pharaoh, and he just didn’t think he would succeed. But God believed in Moses and he supplied Moses with everything he needed to be successful including a partner in his brother Aaron; a staff, which is a walking stick; and the right words to speak to the king. Eventually Moses did lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

 

After Moses freed the Hebrews from Egyptian captivity, God gave him the Ten Commandments on two stones. These set of rules were created to set a foundation for Jewish life, culture, and law, believing to be the heart of morality. Through Moses, God laid the foundation for the rest of the Bible.

 

 

Samson

 Mato & Hash printable PDF Bible coloring page Samson knocking down pillars by Jack Heberling

Samson was chosen at birth by God to be a judge, to lead and protect the people of the Israelites from the Philistines, enemies of the Israelites. God visited Samson’s parents through an angel telling them that their son would be a Nazarite. As a Nazarite, Samson had to promise to never drink wine; he couldn’t even eat grapes. He also wasn’t allowed to go near dead bodies, and he couldn’t under any circumstances cut his hair.

 

In exchange for Samson’s vow, God made Samson stronger than any man on earth. Samson promised God he would never cut his hair; the secret to his strength was in that vow. 

 

Samson married a woman named Delilah. One day she tricked Samson into cutting his hair, and as soon as he did, he lost all his strength and was captured by the Philistines.

 

While in captivity Samson’s hair grew back; he confessed his sins to God and asked to be forgiven for being disobedient. God forgave Samson and gave him his strength back, which he used to destroy the temple of the Philistines. His enemies were defeated, but Samson was also killed by the building when it tumbled down to the ground.

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