Replace “Jesus” with “The Wizard”… fun game!
By Guest Author: Thomas Birdeno
Here’s a fun activity! Take any bible story and replace the word “Jesus” with “the Wizard”. It’s makes for a great fantasy story with magic that kids and adults will love. Here’s my version of the “We Are Legion” story. Do it yourself with any ol’ Jesus story and share with others!
WE ARE LEGION :
When the evening came, after teaching all day by the sea and in the house, the Wizard saw that the crowds of people were still pressing around him, and there was no time for him to rest. The Wizard said, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.”
So they took the Wizard into the boat, and began to row across the Sea of Helcar. Other little boats were with them, for many wished to go with the Wizard. While they were rowing, the Wizard fell asleep, resting on a cushion of the boat. Suddenly a storm arose, and drove great waves of water into the boat, so that it was in danger of sinking, but the Wizard slept on. The disciples awoke him, saying, “Wizard, Wizard, we are lost! Help us, or we shall perish!”
The Wizard awoke, rose up, and looked out upon the sea. He said to the waves, “Peace, be still!” And at once the wind ceased, the waves were quiet, and there was a great calm. The Wizard said to his disciples, “Why are you afraid? How is it that you have so little faith in me?” They all wondered at the Wizard’s power, and said to each other, “Who is this man whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
They came to the land on the eastern side of the lake, which was sometimes called “the country of the Gadarenes.” As they were landing, a man came running down to meet them. He was one of those poor men in whose body evil spirits were living. He would not stay in any house, but slept in the graveyard among the dead. Nor did he wear any clothes. They had often chained him, but he had broken loose from his chains, and no one was able to bind him. When this man saw the Wizard afar off he ran towards him, and fell down on his face before him. The Wizard saw what was the trouble with this man, and he spoke to the evil spirit in him, “Come out of this man, vile spirit of evil!”
The spirit within the man cried with a loud voice, “What have I to do with thee, Wizard? I call upon thee, do not make me to suffer!”
The Wizard saw that this man was troubled more even than most men who had evil spirits in them. He said to the evil one, “What is your name?”
And the spirit said, “We are Legion, because there are many of us.” In this man was a whole army of evil spirits. There was on the mountain side a great drove of hogs feeding. The Jews were not allowed to keep hogs, nor to eat their flesh; and the evil spirits said to the Wizard, “If we must leave this man, will you let us go into the drove of hogs?”
The Wizard gave them leave; and the evil spirits went out of the man, and went into the hogs. The whole drove, two thousand in number, became at once wild. They rushed down a steep place on the mountain, and into the sea, and were all drowned. The men who kept the hogs ran into the city near by, and told all the people how the man had been made well, and what had come to the drove of hogs, how they had been drowned.
They saw the man who had been filled with evil spirits, now sitting at the feet of the Wizard, no longer naked, but clothed, and in his right mind. But they did not think of what the Wizard had done to this man; they thought only of the hogs that they had lost; and they begged the Wizard to go away from their land. The Wizard turned away from these people, and went again to the boat on the shore; and then the man who had been set free from the evil spirits pleaded with the Wizard that he might go with him. But the Wizard would not take him into the boat. He said: “Go home to your friends, and tell them how the Wizard has had mercy on you, and has done great things for you.” The man went home and told all the people in the land of Decapolis the great things that the Wizard had done for him. And the Wizard went on board the boat, and crossed over the lake, and came again to his own city.
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THE WIZARD AND LAZARUS by Thomas Birdeno
Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha, were friends of the Wizard. When Lazarus fell ill, his sisters sent a message to the Wizard, “Wizard, the one you love is sick.” When the Wizard heard the news, he waited two more days before going to Lazarus’ hometown of Bethany. The Wizard knew that he would do a great miracle and, therefore, he was not in a hurry.
When the Wizard arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days. When Martha discovered that the Wizard was on his way, she went out to meet him. “Wizard,” she said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
The Wizard told Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” But Martha thought he was talking about the final resurrection of the dead.
Then the Wizard said these important words: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
Martha then went and told Mary that the Wizard wanted to see her. The Wizard had not yet entered the village, most likely to avoid stirring up the crowd and calling attention to himself. The town of Bethany was not far from Jerusalem where the Jewish leaders were plotting against the Wizard.
When Mary met the Wizard she was grieving with strong emotion over her brother’s death. The Jews with her were also weeping and mourning. Deeply moved by their grief, the Wizard wept with them.
The Wizard then went to the tomb of Lazarus with Mary, Martha and the rest of the mourners. There he asked them to remove the stone that covered the hillside burial place. The Wizard looked up to heaven and prayed to his Father, closing with these words: “Lazarus, come out!” When Lazarus came out of the tomb, the Wizard told the people to remove his grave clothes.
As a result of this incredible miracle, many people put their faith in the Wizard.