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 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 Tell me about Jesus
 The name Jesus
 The holy child Jesus
 Jesus went about doing good
 Jesus and little children
 Chiildren may now go to jesus
 Jesus the child's best example
 Do you love jesus
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Frontispiece
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    Title Page
        Title Page
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents
    Tell me about Jesus
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    The name Jesus
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    The holy child Jesus
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    Jesus went about doing good
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    Jesus and little children
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    Chiildren may now go to jesus
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    Jesus the child's best example
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    Do you love jesus
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    Advertising
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I. TELL ME ABOUT JESUS ... .. 1

u. THE NAME JESUS ... . 15

II. THE HOLY CHILD JESUS ... 33

IV. JESUS WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD .. 59

V. JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN 81

VI. CHILDREN MAY NOW GO TO JESUS 101

VII. JESUS) THE CHILD'S BEST EXAMPLE 129

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? OME, YE CHILDREN, HEARKEN TNTO ME."

, "TELL ME ABOUT JESUS." ,0
Smaid a little boy to a lady who had
Called to see him.
S The dear clild's mamma was
p dead, and he now lived with a kind
:. aunt, who was very fond of him.
: The lady had taken him on
&ier lap, to talk to him. Among
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4 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.
the Son of God. As soon as he
heard the name, he sprang on his
feet with joy in his face, and cried,
" Oh please do tell me about
Jesus."
"Tell you about Jesus??" said
the lady. "Yes, my dear child, I
cannot better speak of any one
than he. We ought often to talk
about him."
He then sat on her lap again,
while the lady spoke to him of the
birth, the life, and the death of
our Lord Jesus Christ. She told
of his great love to children, and






TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.


Sof the kind words he spoke to them.
SYou may be sure she did not
forget those spoken by Jesus when
I mothers came with their little ones
.. to him: "Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto
" me; for of such is the kingdom of
heaven."*
When she had done talking,
the child threw his arms round
:her neck, and kissed her a good
many times.
S Why did he wish her to speak
in this way ? "Before dear
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6 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.
mamma went away," said he,
" she often told me about Jesus.
And when mamma had told me
all, she used to kneel down alone
with me, and hold me by the
hand. Then she used to whisper
to Jesus."' He meant that she
used to pray very softly.
But when mamma had gone,
she never came back. I have no
one now to talk to me, and to kiss
me as she did."
That night, the lady sat by
the side of his bed, and told the
aunt of what the little boy had said.






TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 7
It was found that he had often
spoken to his aunt in the same
way. But she said that she
did not know how to talk to
children.
S The little boy lay asleep with
one of his tiny hands under his
Cheek, and a smile upon his pale
face. The aunt looked at him,
and felt that she loved him very
S much. "I will try," she said,
"to speak to him as his mamma
used to do. If I try, God will
help me to speak in a way that
may do good to my dear boy."





8 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.


A few weeks after this time, he
was taken very ill. Day after day
his aunt folded him in her arms,
and told him of some kind deed
that Jesus did, or some blessed
word he spoke. Then the child
would put his hands round her
neck and kiss her, saying, "Tell
me more about Jesus."
The little boy did not live long,
for he was taken to dwell in
heaven. After he was gone, his
aunt often went to his grave. As
she stood by its side she wept.
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TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.


will from this time try to tell dear
little ones of the love of Jesus. It
Shall be my delight to lead them.
to him of whom my sweet child
loved so much to hear."
S It was not long after this before
S the aunt was a teacher in a Sun-
day-school; and many little ones
heard her tell of "the sweet story
of old."
Dear young reader, are you
Ready to say with this little boy,
"Tell me about Jesus ?" Then
read this book. It has been
written for you. You may find in


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10 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.
it some words of truth and love
which may do you good.
There are some tales that are
not true. They are about what
might have taken place. They
tell of little boys and girls who
never lived. Yet they are true in
one sense, for these children are
very much like some children who
have lived in the world. Those
who wrote the stories made them
out of their own minds. Perhaps
they did not wish us to think that
they are true. But they wrote them
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There are other stories that are
foolish. They only amuse us. They
do us no real good. We are not
better or wiser after we have read
them than we were before.
The Holy Bible is full of stories.
They are all true, wise, and good.
One is of the babe Moses in his
little ark of rushes. Another is
of the child Samuel in the Temple
of God. Then there is the story
of young David killing the Giant;
and one of pious Josiah, who was
a king when only eight years old.
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12 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.


tive maid, whose words led her rich
master to the prophet of God.
It is hoped that you will always
love to read all these stories and
other blessed things in the book
of God itself.
But the best story is about our
Lord Jesus Christ. Though all
cannot be told you now, you will
be glad to hear a part of it.
The story is not a new one, yet
it never seems to be old. Little
children who lived long ago, used
to listen to it with joy. There
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have read it many times, yet they
love to read it. again and again.
:T They say it suits them now, though
they have grown to be quite old.
Other little girls and boys will
listen to it and read it when
you have passed away from this
world. And in heaven it will be as
a "new song" for ever and ever.

There are some pretty verses,
which a lady wrote for little chil-
dren. Perhaps you know them
by heart, and can sing them.
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14 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.


I think, when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus dwelt here among men,
And called little children as lambs to his fold,
I should like to have been with them then.

I wish that his hands had been put on my
head,
And that I had been placed on his knee,
And that I might have seen his kind look
when he said,
"Let the little ones come unto me."

Yet still to my Saviour in prayer I may go,
And ask for a share in his love;
And if I thus earnestly seek him below,
I shall see him and hear him above:

In that beautiful place he's gone to prepare
For all who are washed and forgiven;
And many dear children are gathering there,
"For of such is the kingdom of heaven."


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.THE Son of God dwelt in
Shaven before the world was made.
RHe ever lived there. He will
always live there. He is "over
:. al God blessed for ever."
S But he took upon him our
nature. In that nature he was
Born into this world. He came
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THE NAME JESUS.


not born in sin. He was the
"holy Child''-quite holy-always
holy.
When the angel came to the
Virgin Mary, and told her that she
should be the mother of the blessed
Child, the angel said that his name
was to be JESUS.
In that place in the Bible in
which this is told us,* there is no
reason given for calling the Child
by this name. But in another
place,t it is said that when the
angel came to Joseph, the husband
Luke i 31. + Matthew i 21.


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THE NAME JESUS.


f-Mary, and made this thing
known unto him, he gave this
reason for naming the child: "For
he shall save his people from their
sms.
Jesus was a right name to give
to,'a child that was to be the
Saviour of the world. It means
the very same- as Saviour.
In those days people used to
give to their children names that
might tell something about them.
AAid many of the names we give
Sto infants now have a meaning.
David .means "beloved;" Job,


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THE NAME JESUS.


"he that weeps;" John, "the
gift of the Lord;" Sarah, "a
princess;" and Mary, "exalted."
A German father called his little
son by the name of Gott-hold,
because God had been very kind
to the family, and they were
thankful to him. Gott means
"God;" and hold means "mild"
or "kind." They wanted to have
their child's name remind them
how very kind God had been to
them.
We have said that Jesus is a
Saviour. Whom did he come to


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Lve .P It was to save sinners that
fie came; to save every one who
.truts in him and. loves him; to
Save you if you will do so.
:You know what sin is. All evil
Sdeedsa and all bad words, and all
wrong thoughts, and all naughty
Stompers, are sin. When children
Sdo not speak the truth, but tell
Slices, they sin. When they are in
a passion, or are sullen, or selfish,
they sin. When they do not obey
Their parents, they sin against
God.
I Every little child has a heart
Every.,,


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THE NAME JESUS.


from which sins are as sure to
come as sparks from burning
wood. They have a sinful nature.
They do what they ought not to
do, and leave undone what they
ought to do. Satan, the wicked
spirit, also seeks to lead them
into sin.
All people who have lived in
the world were lost sinners. But
Jesus came to seek and to save
the lost." This is why all who love
him may call him our Saviour.
A girl was at play by the side
of a river. As she ran along, her


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THE NAME JESUS.


S'foot slipped, and she fell into the
water. She would have been
Drowned had not a man jumped
into the river. He caught her by
Sthe hand, and swam with her to
the shore. He saved her from
drowning.
SAs a man rode on a horse
through a forest, on a dark night,
he heard a cry. It was like the cry
of a little child. He stopped,
and then he heard it again. He
was not quite sure that it was a
child, for he knew that some wild
:beasts often make a noise like a
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THE NAME JESUS.


child's cry. Now, if he should
go to the place, and it should be a
tiger or a panther, he might be
torn to death. But if it were a
child lost in the forest, and if he
should go on and not try to find
it, then the poor child might be
starved, or be eaten up by the
wild beasts. Its mother would
never again see her dear child,
The man was kind and brave;
and as the sad cry kept coming to
his ears, he made up his mind
what to do. He sprang from his
horse, tied it to a tree, and went


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THE NAME JESUS.


slowly in the dark to the spot
whence the sound came. He
walked a little way, and then
stopped to listen. Then he went
a little further, and stopped again.
As he walked among the trees, he
felt something touch his knee, and
a soft voice said, "Dear papa, is
it you "
Yes; there was the lost child
-a little boy. He had strayed
away from his father's house, in
search of wild roses.
The kind man took him in his
arms. When he got to his horse


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again, he put the little boy in
front on the saddle. After a
while he saw a light. When he
came to it, what place do you
think it was? It was the home
of the child. His father and
mother had been seeking for him
for two days. They had said,
" We shall never see our boy any
more ;"and then they wept. But,
oh, with what joy did they now
take him to their arms! Thus the
man saved the child that was lost.
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lost. It was said of him more
than seven hundred years before
he came into the world, that he
would "gather the lambs with his
arm, and carry them in his
bosom."*
If you were to see a shepherd
now, in the lands where the Bible
was written, you would better
know what is meant by these
words. There the shepherd still
carries the tender lambs, and goes
before the sheep. He feeds them,
and is kind to them. If any one
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THE NAME JESUS.


wanders, and is lost, he seeks till
he finds it. When he has found
it, he carries it back to the fold.
You may now look at the picture,
and see such a shepherd.

How does Jesus save ? In this
way. He.saw that we were lost
in sin. He knew that if he did
not save us, we must for ever
perish. To save us, he came into
the world. He lived and died for
us. The Bible says that Jesus
"died for our sins."*
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Jesus obeyed the law of his
Father. He kept every command.
In him was no sin. It was for us
he obeyed. For us, too, he bore
great sorrow and pain. He wore
a crown of thorns, and was nailed
to a cross of wood, for us. He
was wounded for our sins. He
laid down his life to save us. He
suffered that those who believe in
him might not suffer. Greater
love he could not have shown than
by laying down his life, that he
might save sinners.
Jesus came to save both body


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THE NAME JESUS.


and soul. The man who saved
the little girl from being drowned,
only saved the body. So he who
found the little boy in the forest,
only saved the body from death.
But Jesus came to save both soul
and body.
It was, also, to save us from sin
itself that Jesus came. He came
to save from its power over us,
and from the love of sin in us.
For this he gives his Holy Spirit,
to make us holy. If we are not
made holy, we cannot go to heaven.
He gives a new heart, to love and


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obey God. If we have not this
new heart, we cannot live with
God in heaven.
Think, then, how great was the
love of Jesus, to, do all this for
those who have sinned. And his
love is still as great as it ever was.
He says, "Come unto me, and
be saved." He speaks to us now:
"Come, I am able. Come, I am
willing. Come, I am waiting."
Listen, then, to his words. If
you are a very little child, go to
Jesus, for he will not turn away
from those who are young in


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years. Are you a poor child ?
Go to Jesus; he will look in
love on the poorest child on earth.
Are you an afflicted child ? Go
to Jesus; he was once afflicted
too. Are you an orphan child ?
Do you say that.your dear father
or mother -is dead ? Go to Jesus:
he will pity you, and be better to
you than any earthly parent can
be.
It will never be more easy for
you to go to Jesus than it is now.
Then hear his kind words, and be
happy.


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A PATTERN FOR THE YOUNGEST CRILD.

A GREAT many years ago, a
large crowd was seen in the land
of the Jews. They were on their
way home from the great city of
that people. A feast had been
kept there, called the feast of Pass-
over.
God. had told the Jews to keep
this feast.* It was to remind them
of the night when their fathers
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were passed over by the angel
who slew the first-born of Egypt.
At such a time the people from all
parts of the land went up to the
city to keep the feast. It was to
them a season of great joy.
Those who came from distant
towns were on the road some
days. They rested under the
shade of trees or rocks when the
sun's heat was great. In the cool
of the day they went on their
way.
The Pass-over was kept at a
time of the year when the fruit






THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


had begun to appear on the fig
and olive trees, and the vines had
put forth their young grapes.
Roses then bloomed on the sides
of the hills, and sweet lilies
peeped out in the corners of the
valleys.
It must have been a pretty
sight when the people rested at
night by the side of a well. Do
you not think you can see them ?
Look how they set up their tents,
and spread their cloaks on the
ground for beds. They sit down
to their supper. Now they sing
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a sweet hymn, and then they say
their evening prayer. Soon they
are all at rest, and the full bright
moon shines above them in the
sky.
Among these people is Mary
the 'mother of Jesus. She has
been up to the feast with her
husband Joseph, and her son, who
is now about twelve years old. As
they return, her son is not at her
side, but she thinks that he is
along with some of her friends in
the company.*
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THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


But when night comes on, she
seeks for her boy. She asks her
friends if they have seen him.
No; he has not been seen on the
road. He is not to be found
among the travellers.
Other parents have their chil-
dren quite safe, and close the day
in peace and joy. But where can
the son of Mary be? Has any
one seen her son Jesus ? He
had never done anything to sad-
den her heart, for he had always
obeyed her word. He was all
that a mother's heart could wish


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40 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.
a child to be. She could trust
him at all times, but what had
now become of him ? She must
go back, and seek for him on the
road and in the city.
One day passes away, but
Mary has not found her son.
Two days are gone, and yet he is
still lost. At last she comes to
the Temple, and hastens up its
broad steps, and through its wide
doors; and there is her son, sitting
with some of the doctors, or
learned men. He is both hearing
them and asking them questions.






THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


These wise men are full of wonder
as they find the child so ready to
listen to their words, and so
quick to learn every truth they
speak.
When his mother told him that
she and Joseph had sought him
in sorrow, he said that he must be
about the business of his Father.
He had come into this world to
do the work of God. It was not
an idle wish to break away from
his mother, or to take things into
his own hands. It was a desire
to do what was right, and to obey


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42 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

God: for he oncesaid, "I do always
the things that please him."
But because he had to do a
great work for God, did he refuse
to go home with his mother? Oh
no; he knew that it was right to
obey her. He then went back to
her house, and was subject unto
her."
Mary his mother, and Joseph,
who stood in the place of an earthly
father, were sinners. Jesus was
without sin, yet he obeyed them.
They were human, and he was
John viii. 29.






THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


God as well as man; yet he was
subject unto them. Though he
was so wise, and great, and good,
he did what they told him to do,
and he did all in a meek and
loving spirit.

Jesus was called "the car-
penter's son."* Do you think,
That when he was young, he lived
an idle life? Do you suppose
that he strolled over the hills, and
along the fields, or sat at home,
and did nothing to help his mother
SMatthew xiii. 55.


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and Joseph ? Even rich Jews
made their sons learn a trade.
So that, if the sons became poor,
they might be able to work for
their living. But Mary and Jo-
seph were poor. They had to
toil for their bread: you may be
sure, then, that Jesus helped them,
and that he spent the days of his
youth in a useful and busy way.
He has taught us that common
work, if it be honest work, is no
disgrace.
Jesus loved his mother all the
days he was on the earth. He






THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


showed her honour to the last.
Oh, what love was that which
grew day by day between that
mother and her son!
About twenty years after he
first went to the great city, he
went there fqr the last time. It
is not said that Mary went with
him; but we suppose she did, for
she was there. When he was
nailed to the cross, and all his
disciples had left him but John,
his mother did not leave him.
She stood near him in his great
pain. And in the midst of his


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sorrow he did not forget her. He
said to John, "Behold thy mo-
ther." As if he had told him,
" Be to her as a son ; look to her
as a mother. Take care of her
as long as she lives." And John
did so; for "from that hour he
took her to his own home."* Thus
Jesus loved his mother to the
last.

Dear child, who may now read
this book, do you love to learn
what is good, and seek to be wise
John xix. 2--27.





THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


in the things of God ? Do you
ask questions about the truths that
are in the Holy Bible, and listen
to what is said to you ? You will
do so, if you wish to be like Jesus.
Do you try to please your pa-
rents? Do you mind them in
little as well as in great things ?
Yes, if you are like Jesus.
Will those who grow up to talk
with the great and wise listen
to the words of their parents?
Will they never by speech or con-
.duct bring sorrow to their hearts ?
When their parents have grown


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old, or have become ill, will they
still obey and honour them ? To
be sure they will, if they have the
same mind as was in Jesus.
Think of these things.

A party of little girls and boys
stood talking on the village green.
They were about to spend a half-
holiday in the woods. Wild
flowers-red, white, and blue-
were to be made into little crowns
and put on their heads. Oh, it
was a nice happy time they hoped
to have in the woods.







THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


"Now, dear Ellen," said Susan
Jones, "run home, and ask your
mother if you may go with us.
Tell her we are all going, and that
you must go too." Ellen skipped
across the road, and soon was in
her mother's cottage. She was
gone some time.
The little party waited for her,
and when she came slowly walking
t towards them, they cried, "You
have got leave, Ellen; have you
not?" Ellen shook her head,
and said that her mother could
not spare her. "Oh, do come;
B


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50 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

you must go," shouted some of
the children.
Then Ellen tried to look happy,
and meekly said, "My mother
knows best." That was right,
Ellen. Obey and honour your
mother, and it will save you from
many tears and sorrows.

You can now read another true
story of a little girl who wished to
be like Jesus. It is thus told by
one who loves children.
I am very sure if you had
known my young friend Minka


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THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


you would have loved her. It is
a great many years ago when I
met her for the first and only time,
but it seems as if I could still
hear her soft voice, and see her
smiling face.
Minka was born in the cold
snowy land called Russia. It
pleased God to take her dear
mother away from her when she
was quite a child. But she had a
kind father, who was a nobleman,
and very rich.
As her father loved Jesus, he
felt a wish to spend his money


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52 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.
in doing good. He had school-
houses built on his estates for
children, and Bibles were freely
given to their fathers and mothers.
Two or three years after the
death of her mother, Minka went
with her father a long journey.
It was to visit some pious friends
in Switz-er-land.
Little Minka dearly loved her
father. She tried in every way she
could to obey him. One lovely
day, when the flowers filled the
air with their sweet smell, she was
at a house where there were a






THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. '53
good many ladies and gentlemen.
There were also present some
children of her own age, with
whom she' could talk; for Minka
had learned to speak English and
French very well.
It was soon time for tea, and
Minka's father was at the top of
the table, and she was at the other
end. A gentleman sat next to her,
and was much pleased with her
gentle, modest ways. He hoped
she was a good child. Soon he found
that she was so, for she not only
obeyed her parent, but feared God.






54 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.
There was on the table some
nice sweet honey. The comb was
white as silver, and was running
over with its sweet honey. The
gentleman who sat by Minka
asked her to taste it. As he
thought she might be timid in
not taking some, he put a piece of
it on her plate.
"Minka," said he, "you have
never tasted such honey. It is
got by Swiss bees from Swiss
flowers on the high hills. Do eat
some: it will not hurt you."
But Minka did not touch it.





THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


She asked that the tempting bit
of sweet should not be placed on
her plate. And looking up with
her blue eyes, she said, "Please,
sir, do not give me any. I do
not wish to have it."
"Why, Minka, do you not like
honey? All the little girls whom
I know like it. Have the children
in Russia no taste for that which
is sweet?"
"Oh, I like it much, sir; but
my papa says it is not good for
me, and I am not to touch it."
The gentleman was struck by


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56 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.
what she said; and he thought
he would further try her. IHe
should not have done so. It was
not right to tempt the little girl.
But we shall see how firm and
brave she was.
Your father," said he, "will
not know that you have had any
honey. I will only let you taste
it. Let me give you this very
small bit."
Now what do you think the
little Russian girl did? Did she
take it, or did she not ?
Minka calmly looked up, and






THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.


fixed her eyes on the gentleman.
Then in a very modest way she
replied, "But God sees me, sir,
and he will know it."
As I have already said, I never
saw Minka after that time. Her
father soon went back to Russia,
and Minka with him. But often
do I think of that dear girl, and
hope that she grew up to be strong
in the fear and love of God.

Will you, young reader, ask
God to give you his grace, that
you may be like the little girls of


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whom you have now read? But
more than all, will you not try
to be like Jesus ?

Oh! why did not the Son of God
Come as an angel bright ?
And why not leave his fair abode
To come with power and might ?

Because he came not here to reign
As king and prince below;
He came to save our souls from sin,
Whence all our sorrows flow.

Accept, 0 ever-blessed Lord,
An infant's humble praise;
Teach me to love thy holy word,
And serve thee all my days.

































MOUNT OF OLIVES.





ye. J7IEaSUS WIEU AB T DSHm GDDIOD.












HE THE SICK TO HEALTH RESTORED;
TO THE POOR HE PREACHED HIS WORDj
AND LET LITTLE CHILDREN SHARE
IN HIS LOVE AND TENDER CARE.

JESUS had no home to call his
own. Foxes had holes, and birds
flew to their soft nests, but he had
not where to lay his head. If
you had seen him, you would have
known how poor he was for our
sake.
He who was the Maker of all
worlds came, not to be served, but






62 JESUS DOING GOOD.
to serve. T1p Lord of angels
came not to be waited on as a
master, but to wait on others as a
servant. He did not see to
please himself. He was ready to
give up his own ease and rest,
that he might make men happy.
But though so poor, no one
ever did so much good as he did.
He did good at all times, in all
places, and to all kinds of people.
It was his delight to do good.
Jesus did not sit down in some
quiet spot, and wait for the people
to come to him; He "went about"






JESUS DOING GOOD.


the streets of th% city, and did
good there. Then he passed into
* the green lanes and fields and
villages, and did good there. He
walked by the side of the sea, and
did good there. When the sun
was hot, or the storm blew, or the
roads were bad, he did not stop in
his work of mercy. When he was
tired, and hungry, and thirsty, he
was' ready to help all who were in
any trouble.
Let us see some of the ways in
which Jesus did good.
There are some people who lose


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the use of their limbs. They
cannot walk or move about. They
lie in a helpless state for many
years, and are often full of pain.
When Jesus was on the earth,
many such poor men and women
were made well by him.
As he went up one day to the
Temple, he saw a man lying by
the side of a pool of water. The
place was called the "house' of
mercy." He had lost the use of
his limbs for thirty-eight years.
That you know is a very long time
indeed.






JESUS DOING GOOD.


This pool had been as a house
of mercy to many. God was
pleased at times to send an angel
to trouble, or move the waters.
Then the first person who stepped
in upon the moving of the waters
was made well. Only one was
cured at a time.
The poor man had seen others
who had lain at his side made
well. He had seen them go to
their homes with joy. Did he
not hope that some day he too
might be cured ?
Jesus looked in pity at this poor
F


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man, and asked, "Wilt thou be
made whole ?" Why, this was
what he had long waited for; but
he had no kind friends to help
him to the waters when the angel
came to move them. But as
there was so kind a look in him
who spoke, the man told his sad
tale.
He had not now long to wait;
for Jesus said, "Rise, take up
thy bed, and walk." He who
spoke the word gave the power.
And at once he stood up, and
soon, rolling up the bed or carpet






JESUS DOING GOOD.


on which he lay, he went to his
own house.*

A father once came to Jesus.
"I have brought unto thee my
son," said he, who hath a dumb
spirit. 0 Lord, look upon him,
for he is my only. child." The
father went on to tell his great
sorrow. His son, in the bloom
of youth, had lost his reason.
Instead of being a comfort to his
parents, he was a cause of care
and distress. Sometimes he fell


* John v. 1-16.


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68 JESUS DOING GOOD.


into the fire, and at other times
into the water; so that his life
was always in danger. Nor could
the poor child tell what he felt,
for he was deaf and dumb. And
what was worse than all, an evil
spirit was in him.
"Lord, have mercy on my son,"
cried the father. Jesus turned
and told him to bring the poor
boy to him. And as they brought
him, the unclean spirit cast him
on the ground, where he lay tear-
ing his body, and foaming at his
mouth.






JESUS DOING GOOD.


Was not this a very sad case ?
But it was to show the power of
Jesus over wicked spirits, and the
love of his heart for those who
are sick.
Jesus knew what he could do,
and what he would do. He said,
" Thou deaf and dumb spirit, come
out of him." And at once the
spirit came forth. Then he took
the boy by the hand and lifted him
up. He was no longer a deaf and
dumb child, and under the power of
the devil, but quite well and free.*
Mark ix. 14-29.


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70 JESUS DOING GOOD.


Do you not hope that the first
use he made of his ears was to
listen to the words of Jesus, and
that his new gift of speech was
used to thank and praise him?
Yes, we will hope so.

When some people see a sick
man they turn away. We know
that Jesus did not. He was ready
not only to speak kind words, but
to help and heal. He showed his
pity in deeds. We will see it in
another case.
A rich man had a little girl,






JESUS DOING GOOD.


about twelve years old. She was
very ill, and at the point of death.
He had heard of the wonders
Jesus had done, and as his last
hope went to him.
Do you not think you see him,
as he goes to the place where
Jesus was ? It may be that he
said in his own mind, "He healed
a rich man's son. He raised up
the servant of another. He
cured the poor man at the pool.
To those blind men he gave sight,
and that deaf and dumb boy he
made quite well. I will try what


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79 JESUS DOING GOOD.


he can do for me. Will he not
hear me, also, when I ask him to
help my dear girl ? "
When the father met Jesus, he
told him his errand. And Jesus
went with him. As they came to
the house where the young child
lay, the people ran from the door,
and said, She is dead."
Oh, what did the father then
feel ? He thought that help had
come too late. As soon as Jesus
heard the word that was spoken,
he said, "Be not afraid; only be-
lieve, and she shall be made whole."






JESUS DOING GOOD.


The rich man was soon to see
that Jesus had as much power
over the dead as over the living.
Our Lord went into the room
where the body of the young
maiden lay, and stood by its side.
He took hold of her hand, and
called on her to arise. The words
were no sooner spoken, than the
soul came back to the body. The
glow of health was again on her
cheeks, and she arose as if only
awoke out of sleep.*
Did this little girl live to be
Mark v. 22-24, 35-43.


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74 JESUS DOING GOOD.


old? Did she become. one of
those who loved Jesus ? Did she
follow him all the days of her life ?
We do not know, and yet we may
trust that she did become one of
the holy women who obeyed his
word.

One day Jesus was seen on the
road which led to the city of Nain.
Had any one sent for him ? No;
he knew there was a work of
mercy to be done, and he was
going to do it.
As he came near to the city,






JESUS DOING GOOD.


the people slowly bore the body
of a young man, to lay it in the
grave. A mother had lost her
only son. She had no husband
to comfort her, for he, too, was
dead.
Jesus saw her tears. He drew
nigh to her, and said, "Weep
not." He knew all about her
trouble, and he meant to turn her
sorrow into joy. "Young man,"
he said, I say unto thee, Arise."
Then he that was dead sat up,
and began to speak; and Jesus
took him by the hand, and gave


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76 JESUS DOING GOOD.


him to his mother. And what a
gift was that-her son, her only
child, folded in her arms again!
Who can tell what the young
man felt as he started into life from
the dead? -Who can tell the joy
of the mother as she felt the warm
kiss of her son again? Jesus
saw the delight he had given, and
went on his way to other works of
mercy.*

It is a very sad case when any
one cannot see the bright sky and


* Luke vii. 11-17.






JESUS DOING GOOD.


the sweet roses and lilies, and the
faces of those he loves. Pity the
poor blind. Jesus always pitied
them.
Two poor blind men were by
the way-side, and heard the noise
of the people as they ran along
the road. Who is coming ? Oh!
good news; it is Jesus. When
the blind men heard who it was,
they cried aloud, "Thou Son of
David, have mercy on us."
There were some in the crowd
who told them to "hold their
peace." But they called the


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78 JESUS DOING GOOD.


louder, "Have mercy on us, 0
Lord."
Jesus heard their call, and said,
"What wilt thou that I shall do


unto thee ?"
money ? Oh,
"Lord, open
sight was more
or silver.
He then put
eyes, and in a
clearly. How


Did they want
no. They cried,
our eyes." Their
to them than gold

his finger on their
moment they saw
great must have


been the joy of these poor blind
men when they looked above them,
and around them! They found
























































wr h I .\' I) .\ (






JESUS DOING GOOD.


that sight had been given them in
answer to their faith and prayer.*

There were many more such
kind deeds as these which Jesus
did. His life was full of them.
He cured the people without
delay, without pain, and without
money. No wonder, then, that
they went to him.
Do you think that he cured
these because they were holy and
good people? No; they were
sinners as we all are. They were


* Matthew xx. 30-34.


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80 JESUS DOING GOOD.


not better than others. It was
his great love that led him to be
so kind.
Did not every one love him
because he was so full of love to
them ? No; only a few loved
him. Wicked men called him
bad names. They cast him out
from their cities. They mocked
him, and in every way were cruel
to him. Yet he bore it all, for he
loved them still. We love those
who love us. Jesus loved those
who hated him.




























*" 'J WELL AT CANA.





Y. LEMES0 A LnTTL 02Ei (HIIIMiT.










SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN, AND FORBID THEM
NOT, TO COME UNTO ME; FOR OF SUCH IS
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN."-Matt. xix. 14.

THE heart of Jesus was so full
of love, that we should have been
quite sure he loved little children,
even if we had not been told so.
One so kind and gentle as he was,
would not turn away from them.
But we are plainly told that
Jesus cares for children. Rich
or poor, he loves them. He does
not wish them to be lost. He





84 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.
desires that they should be saved.
Here, then, is good news for you
-for all the little ones.
Should you like to see a picture
of some children who came to
Jesus? It is not such a picture
as you may have seen, where a
sort of likeness is given of our
Lord. We are not told in the
Bible who or what he was like.
There may be a reason why we
should not know. We might bow
before a picture, and honour
that, instead of the Saviour him-
self.






JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 85
We cannot tell how he looked,
and we will not make a picture of
that kind. But we will give a
word picture, taken from the
Bible, and therefore true.
A crowd is seen on the road to
the Temple, in the great city of
the Jews. The people are told
that the holy Teacher, Jesus,':is
on his way, and they go out to
meet him.
When they see him they put
him on an ass. As they go along
the crowd becomes very great.
Some spread their clothes on the





86 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

ground. Others cut down branches
from the trees, and lay them on
the road.
We think we hear the people
say, "Who is this?" And now
a loud shout is heard, Hosanna
to the Son of David. Blessed is
he that cometh in the name of
the Lord." The word Hosanna
means, "Lord, save, we pray
thee."
But now another cry is heard.
It is the sweet voices of children.
They stop in their play, and begin
to shout Hosanna," too;






JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 87
Nor does their zeal offend him;
But, as he rides along,
He lets them still attend him,
And listens to their song.
Jesus now goes into the Temple;
and it is not long before the blind
and the lame hear that he is in
the holy place. Soon their cry
for pity and help is heard. Nor
do they call on him in vain. In
his great love he makes them quite
well. You may be sure that there
is much joy among all the people
who have come to the place, when
they see what is done. And
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88 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.
come to the Temple cry "Ho-
sanna.
The priests try to stop the songs
of the little ones. They say to
Jesus, Hearest thou what these
say ?" And Jesus replies, "Yea,
have ye never read, Out of the
mouths of babes and sucklings
thou hast perfected praise ?"
It may be that some of these
little ones do as other people do.
They do not quite know what they
mean when they cry aloud; like
some now who sing the praises of
God, but do not mind the words






JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 89

they use. Yet we think some of
them may know. It is as if they
say, "We are glad that the Sa-
viour has come. Save us, O Lord.
Welcome to the Son of David."*
Young reader, you cannot do
as these little children did. But
you can go to the house of God,
and praise him there. You can
there sing with your heart as well
as with your voice.

The children of whom you have
just read CAME to Jesus. There
Matthew xxi. 12-16 ; Luke xix. 35-41.






90 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

were others who were BROUGHT to
him. They may have been too
young to have gone alone. Their
mothers took them by the hand,
or carried them in their arms.
The account in the Bible of
those who were thus brought is
very short, but it is full of hope
and promise for the little ones.
We love to call it the SWEET
STORY OF OLD.
Jesus with loving words and
kind looks is teaching the people,
and doing good to their bodies.
Just at this time some proud men






JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 91

come to ask him many things.
They do not wish to be taught, but
they hope to stop Jesus in his work.
While they are speaking, there
is a stir among the crowd. Who
are they who push and try to
get forward? They are mothers
and others who wish to get
near the good Teacher. What
do they want? It is a great
matter that has brought them here.
They have come with their little
children that Jesus may "touch
them."* They have come to ask
Mark x. 13.





92 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

him to put his hands on their
infants, and pray for them.*
We may suppose that the pa-
rents have seen what the touch of
Jesus can do. And they know
that laying the hands on the head
is a very old custom. When this
is done, they hope that a blessing
will rest on their dear little ones.
Are the disciples glad when
they see these children brought to
their Master ? No; they are
angry. They may think that
Jesus will not notice these babes.
Matthew xix. 13.






JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 93
Or they may suppose that he will
not be troubled about them just at
this time. That he is too busy,
and cannot attend to children.
He is now talking to wise men-
perhaps old men -why come
now ?
How strange it is that they
should so think! They do not
wait to see what Jesus will do,
but they begin to rebuke those
who have brought the children.
But Jesus knows all that is
going on. He turns and says,
"Suffer little children, and forbid




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