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 Chapter I
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Title: That sweet story of old, or, The history of Jesus
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Title: That sweet story of old, or, The history of Jesus
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Creator: Hallock, M. A. ( Mary Angeline ), b. 1810
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Publication Date: 1857
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter 1
        Front Matter 2
        Front Matter 3
        Front Matter 4
        Front Matter 5
    Title Page
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    Chapter I
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    Chapter II
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A GREAT many years ago, a Babe was born in
Bethlehem of Judea. His father and mother were
poor, and besides, they were away from home.
They did not live in Bethlehem, and when that
Babe was born, they had to lay him in a manger,
out in the stable, where horses and cows had been
Do you know who this child as ?
It was Christ, who made all things that were
ever made. And yet, you would not have known

him from any other little child. Perhaps he was
not dressed as well as others, for his mother did not
have any thing for him but coarse clothes, and these
she wrapped around him. The people at the pub-
lic-house thought there was not room for Joseph
and Mary and the child, in the house. If they had
known that this little child was God's Son, I think
some of them would have offered him their room.
But God knew, and the bright and beautiful
angels knew, and they were all watching him.
And God wished other people to know that Christ
was born. So he sent an angel that night to some
men who were taking care of their sheep out of
doors in the dark. Perhaps the men were almost
asleep, as they sat there so quietly upon the ground;
for when they saw the angel standing so near
them, they were very much frightened. But the
angel told them not to be afraid, for he had come
to tell them good news. Then the shepherds lis-
tened, while the angel told them that in the city of


David, they would find a babe wrapped in coarse
clothes, lying in a manger. As soon as the angel
had said this, a great many angels came, and they

all sang and praised God, and rejoiced, they were
so glad that God had sent a Saviour to this wicked
world. The angels began to rise as they sang, and
kept going up higher and higher into the sky, till
finally they were out of sight. They had gone
back to heaven.
Then the shepherds said one to another, Come,
let us go to Bethlehem, and see this Babe, the
Christ, which the angels have told us of. So leav-
ing their sheep, they started immediately and went
very fast, talking about what they had seen, as
they walked along in the dark. They had heard
before, that Christ should be born at some time, but
they did not expect to see him while they lived.
Now that he was born in Bethlehem, they hurried
on to see him.
Pretty soon they said, Now we have come to
the city; let us look till we find Christ. So they
went on through one street, and then on to another,
till they came to the public-house. But they did

not find him there. Then they looked for the sta-
ble, where travellers sometimes lodged. Soon they
saw it, and going up very carefully and gently,
they looked in.
What do you suppose they saw there ? Do you
think they found the babe ? Yes, there he lay in
the manger; and perhaps, like Moses in the ark of
bulrushes, the babe wept when they first saw him.
And like Moses, too, I suppose it was a very beau-
tiful child, though it was dressed in such poor
clothes, and was lying in such a poor bed, just as
the angels had said. And there were Joseph and
Mary, taking care of him, with their hearts trem-
bling for the child, as the hearts of the mother and
sister of Moses in the bulrushes trembled for him.
Perhaps the bed of the infant Saviour was only hay
or straw, while you, little children, have pleasant
rooms, and good soft beds, and good clothes. Yet,
it may be, you sometimes complain because you do
not have better. You must often think how much


better you fare than Christ did, although he was
holy, and you are sinful.
After the shepherds had seen Christ, they went
out and told many people what the angels had
said, and that they had seen him in the manger.
I have no doubt a great many went in when they
heard that, for they would all wish to see the Sav-
When he was eight days oldo they named him
"JESUs," which means Saviour. This name was
given him by the angel; hence they were at no loss
to know what name to give him, as parents are
now, when they come to name their child.
When he was about one month old, they carried
him to the beautiful temple in Jerusalem. Here
they presented him to the Lord, as other good peo-
ple did their little boys. While they stood there,
they saw an old man coming in. His hair was thin
and white, and he had a long white beard hanging
down upon his breast. His name was Simeon.


He loved God, and came there every day to wor-
ship him. As he came up to Joseph and Mary,
God told him that the little child in Mary's arms
was the Christ, or the Messiah, which he had been
hoping to see before he died. How glad that old
man was then. He said he wanted to take him in
his arms; so Mary put the babe in his arms, and
he raised his eyes to heaven and thanked God that
he had sent a Saviour, saying, he was now ready
to die, for he had seen the Christ. Then he turned
to Mary and Joseph, and blessed them.
While he was talking, a very aged woman,
about eighty-four years old, came tottering up to
them. She was a good woman, and worshipped
God in the temple as Simeon did. Her name was
Anna; and it having been told her that the babe
was Christ, 'she too thanked God for sending him.
A great way east of Bethlehem were some
"wise men;" and God told them that Christ was
born, and if they would follow a very bright star,

they would find him right under that star. So they
at once set out, and after a long time they came
to Jerusalem, where Herod the king lived. There
they stopped, and asked for Christ the King of the
Jews. When Herod heard their question, he was
very much troubled; for he was afraid that if
Christ was to be king, he' could not continue to be
one. And so he said to himself, that if he could
find where Christ was, he would kill him. He
called the chief priests and learned men to him,
and asked them to tell him where the Bible said
Christ should be born.
They did not know that he wished to kill him,
so they told him that the prophet Micah had said,
in the Old Testament, that Christ should be born in
Then Herod told the wise men to go there and
find him, and then to come back and tell him, for
he said he too wished to go and worship him.
How wicked he was to tell such a lie. Do you


think God would let Herod kill his dear Son as
soon as he came into this world ? We shall see.
The wise men had some presents for Christ,
which they were keeping carefully for him. I
think they had them wrapped up in some cloth,
that they might not get injured. Sometimes you
have nice presents brought yon, do you not, from
some friend ? and you are always glad to get them.
Would you not like to have seen what they had
for Christ?
The bright star which the shepherds had been
following, finally came and stood still over the
place where Christ was, and the wise men soon
found him. Then they were very glad, and took
the gold, and some very costly and fragrant gums
and spices, which they had brought for presents,
and gave them to Mary, to keep for Christ, for he
was too youirg to take care of them himself. While
these wise men were there, God told them not to
go back to Herod again; and when they had staid


as long as they wished, they went home to their
own country another way. So wicked Herod had
not yet found out where Christ was, though he was
only six miles from where he lived. You see how
God took care of this good child, and how he can
take care of all good children.
Joseph now began to think of going back to
Nazareth, his home. Perhaps he told Mary that
they would start early the next morning. But that
night, while all around was still, as they lay there
sleeping in the dark, an angel of God appeared to
Joseph in a dream, and told him to take the child
and its mother, and go away to Egypt; for if he
went back to Nazareth, Herod would find it out,
and send some wicked men and kill Christ. Jo-
seph, as soon as he was thus awaked, told Mary
what God had said to him in his dream. But it
was dark, and what could they do? Do you think
they would lie still till morning ? No, indeed; they
got up immediately, and taking the blessed child,


which was sweetly sleeping, they started off for
As there were then but few horses to be had,
and these were costly, it is probable that Joseph,
being poor, procured a mule for Mary to ride on as
she carried Jesus, while Joseph went on foot, lead-
ing the mule.
The moon, the same one that we have now,
might have been seen, perhaps, and the distant
stars, casting a little light on the dark way that
Joseph had to pick out, as he hurried along that
night. And perhaps there were wild beasts that
broke across his path, and growled around Joseph,
as he waked them up from their sleep. But he
feared these less than he did Herod; and trusting
in God, he kept on his journey.
It was a long way down to Egypt, and travel-
ling so slowly as they were obliged to, it took them
many days and nights to get to their place of safety
that God had told them of.

Herod became tired of waiting for the wise men
to come back and tell him where Christ was; but
finding out, by and by, that they had gone back to
their own country another way, he was very angry,
and said he would kill all the little boys that lived
in Bethlehem, that were not more than two years
old. In this way, he thought he would be sure
to kill Christ, who he supposed was still some-
where among the other children in that city. He
did not know that Joseph and Mary were then on
their way to Egypt, with the little child he so much
wished to kill. So we see how God was taking
care of Jesus; and when he takes care of any one,
neither wicked people, nor the wicked spirits in
hell, can do God's precious ones any harm.
Herod did as he said he would, for he sent some
cruel men with knives and swords, and they went
into every house and found all the little boys, and
killed them. How dreadful this was; and how
bad the mothers must have felt! I think we should


hide our little brothers away, if we could, did we
know that some wicked men were coming to our
house to kill them.
But God did not let Herod's wickedness go
without punishing him for it. Herod was very
proud, and as he was going on from one wicked
thing to another, he was all at once taken very
sick, so that he could not stand up, he was in such
pain; and before he died, God sent worms into his
flesh that soon ate him up. He could not live any
longer, for he had sinned as much as God would
permit him to, and now he must go to give up his
account to God. How much better it would have
been, if Herod had tried to do right. I hope all the
children who read this, will be careful to be kind
and, good, like Christ, and never be cruel, and
angry, and proud, as Herod was. Perhaps Herod
began to be wicked when he was quite a little boy,
and finally became such a murderer that God saw
he was too wicked to live; and so having smitten


him with such an awful death, he went to dwell
for ever with the devil and his wicked angels.
After Joseph and Mary and the holy Child had
been a few months living with some Jewish friends
in Egypt, Joseph saw one night in his dream, a
bright and good angel sent from heaven, who told
him that Herod was dead, and that he might now
go back home.
How glad Joseph and Mary must have been.
Christ was now several months old, and his mother
loved him dearly, and took the kindest care of him
as the little family travelled towards their home.
She knew he was to be the Saviour, and that
he would never do any thing wrong. Your moth-
ers, dear children, feel afraid all the time that you
will grow up to be wicked; for you have bad hearts,
and think wicked thoughts, and these lead to wick-
ed actions. Your mothers are telling you every
day what to do, and what you ought not to do.
Sometimes you get tired of being talked to so much,


and wish you could do as you please. If you were
holy, like Christ, it would be safe to let you do as
you please; but as long as you are wicked, you
need some kind words of caution and correction,
and should be very thankful if God has given you
a father or mother to do you good.
After Joseph and Mary reached Nazareth, the
child Jesus grew just as you or any other little boy
or girl grows, becoming larger and larger in body,
and stronger and stronger in mind; for Christ had
a body and soul like us, though he was God. We
cannot tell how he could be God and man too, but
the Bible says so, and what that says we believe;
for it is God's holy word sent to us, as really as if
your father should send his wishes to you, written
in a great many letters, with your name on the
Nazareth, where Joseph lived, was about sixty
miles from Jerusalem; but he went up to Jerusa-
lem every year to keep the feast of the Passover.
Himt. or Jeus.


Do you remember, my good children, what that
feast was? I will tell you. When God called the
children of Israel to come out of Egypt, and Pha-
raoh would not let them go, God told the Israelites
to kill a lamb, and sprinkle the blood upon their
doors; for he would send an angel that night, to go
into every house where there was no blood on. the
door, and slay the eldest son. This they did; and
in the night, when almost every body was asleep,
the angel came. As he came to one house, and
looked on it, there he saw the blood, so he passed
over that house. But another house had no blood
on it. It was an Egyptian's house. So the angel
went in and slew the eldest son. Then he came
out, and as he went through the streets, he passed
over all the houses where the blood was, but he
went into all the rest and slew the eldest son. An-
gels can go in if the doors are locked.
So when the Israelites came into the land of
Canaan, God told them to go to Jerusalem every


year, in March or April, and kill lambs, and keep
this feast of the Passover, that they might remember
that God had shown them such mercy in Egypt.
And he told them, too, that when all the men
had gone to Jerusalem to keep this feast, the wick-
ed nations round them should not even wish to rob
them of their lands, or their possessions; so they
could leave home in safety, and keep the feast.
Thus God takes care of those that keep his com-
mandments, and thus good people lose nothing by
keeping the Sabbath-day holy.
When Christ was twelve years old, Joseph took
him, with his mother, and went up to Jerusalem
to the Passover. It was a spring-day, and there
spring comes, with its flowers and leaves, earlier
than it does here; and as the little family travelled
on, all things that God had made beautiful in its
season met their eyes, and made them the more
happy as they journeyed.
The road, for a while, wound along in a valley,



which rises mount Tabor. This mountain has on
it groups of handsome oak-trees, and a great many


sweet flowers, that look up meekly under the trees,
and spread their leaves to catch the sunshine and
the showers. Flowers are sometimes called "God's
smiles," and how many of them does he give to
this wicked world.
There were also some wild animals-as fierce
and dreadful as these flowers are beautiful and
sweet. So God often lets good and bad things
grow together, and he made these flowers just as
sweet as if they were not to be trodden on by
the wild beasts. Some think that it was on this
same mountain, that Christ, when he was past
thirty years of age, went up, and was changed into
a most glorious appearance. But as they now went
on towards the Passover, they did not turn aside to
see what was in this mountain, though now and
then they could hear the song of birds in the trees,
or see them flying about among the flowers near
the ground.
They must have been several days in reaching


Jerusalem, for they did not then have railroads and
steam-boats, nor even stages.
As they came near the city, and were joined by
a great many other families going to the same feast,
they must have been a strange and busy company,
for they were probably riding on mules, and had
on singular-looking dresses, reaching from their
shoulders down to their feet, with shoes that only
covered the bottom of the foot, and something like
a gay-colored handkerchief wound around their
heads. These were all making haste to get up to
the golden temple, at the feast.
Oh how that beautiful and grand temple flashed
and glittered as they came up in front of it, and
saw its golden pillars and towers in the brightness
of the sun. Perhaps Jesus had never seen it till
then, and he admired it as much as any of his age
that were there. Those who saw him then go up
joyfully into that temple, little knew how much he
would there have to suffer from the abuse of the


wicked men that afterwards would insult him and
try to kill him.
The feast lasted seven days, and then the people
began to get ready to return. Some old men with
tottering steps, leaning on canes, with great diffi-
culty made out to walk from the temple to their
wagons, and younger men, and boys, most of them
rode mules, or walked all the way home.
Joseph and Mary started off in the morning,
along with some of their friends going the same
way, supposing that Jesus was in the company.
On they went, sometimes halting to rest, or eat, till
it was near night. Then, as they stopped, they
began to wonder where their son was. Mary asked
a good many if they had seen him, and Joseph too
looked among the people, but they could not find
him. How bad they felt. They could not rest,
but started back, and looked for him for three days.
Then they went into the temple again, thinking
he might be there. Do you think he was ?


Yes; there he sat with some wise men, talk-
ing about what the Bible says; sometimes asking
questions, and then answering these men. Those
men were astonished to find that one only twelve
years old should know so much, being wiser than
Joseph and Mary were very glad when they
saw him; and his mother, going to him, asked him
how he could have staid there, for they had been
looking for him for three days, in great sorrow.
Jesus asked them if they did not know that he must
be about his Father's business. He meant, that he
must be doing what God wished him to do. But
he went back with them, and lived at Nazareth a
good many years, and perhaps worked with Joseph,
who was a carpenter. At length he became thirty
years old.



Now Christ had a cousin, who was about six
months older than himself, who was called John
the Baptist. Some people thought that John was
the Messiah or Saviour, who was to come; but he
told them he was not, but that he would soon point
out the Christ to them.
One day when John was baptizing some people
in the river Jordan, Christ came there among them,
and asked to be baptized. At first, John did not
like to do it, but told Christ that he had need to be
baptized by him. But Jesus told John, that he
wished to observe all the Divine commands and
institutions, and that the request he had made was
right. So John baptized him.
As Christ came up out of the water, the sky
opened so that it seemed as if they could look up


into heaven, and they saw something bright com-
ing down like a dove, and it rested upon Christ's
head. It was the Holy Spirit. Then John pointed
to Jesus, and said to those who stood by, "Behold
the Lamb of God !" and a voice also came to them
from heaven, which said, "Thou art my beloved
Son." So God the Father, God the Son, and God
the Holy Spirit, were there at the baptism, and
"these three are one God."
The Saviour was now about to begin to preach,
and to go about doing good. But that wicked one,
called the Devil, was all the while watching him,
and thinking how he might make him sin. He
knew if Christ should do even one wrong thing, he
could not save any body from hell; and Satan
wants to get as many there as he can, that he may
torment them night and day, for ever and ever.
That is why he told Eve such lies about the
fruit in the garden; and that is why he tries to
make little children tell wrong stories, and disobey


their parents. He is as anxious to get us in his
power, as a hungry lion is to devour his prey.
One day Satan saw Christ going up into a wil-
derness alone, and he thought it would be a good
time to go to him and tempt him to sin. There
were wild beasts there, but Christ passed on safely
among these wild animals, which' were not as
much enraged at him as Satan was, who followed
Christ like a lion that means soon to jump upon a
Soon the devil came up to Christ, and changed
his looks, and tried to seem as one of God's good
angels. And then he tried to make Christ think
evil thoughts. This he did forty days, but he did
not make Christ sin. Then when he knew that
Christ was very hungry, having eaten nothing all
the forty days, he told him to turn some stones into
bread. The Son of God could easily have done it,
but knowing it would not be right to work a mira-
cle to please the devil, he would not do so.


Then the evil one followed Christ as he went to
Jerusalem, and when He was gone up on one of the
towers of the temple, the devil told him that it
would not hurt him if he should throw himself
down, for God would send an angel to catch him
before he struck the ground. But Christ would
not do this either, to please Satan.
Then the tempter, as the devil is called, thought
he would try to get Christ to sin by offering to give
him a great many things, which he would show
him. So he led him up into a very high mountain,
and pointed to all the cities and villages, and beau-
tiful lands and fields and gardens, and told Christ
that he would give him all these, if he would fall
down and worship him. Christ was poor, and had
not any place to lay his head on his own pillow at
night. He had no house, or garden, or money.
But instead of worshipping the devil for the sake of
all his gifts, Christ rebuked him, and turning round
with a look of majesty, cried, "Get thee behind me,


Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God."
When the devil had gone, Christ saw around
him many beautiful beings whom he knew to be
angels from heaven, whom God had sent to tell
him how his Father loved him, and to strengthen
I hope all children, when they think of doing
something wrong, will remember that the devil is
close by them, whispering in their ear, and waiting
to see if they are going to please him. See if you
cannot do as Jesus did. Trust in Him to help you,
and tell the wicked one, "No, no; never." And
then he will go away ashamed, and God's good
angels will come, and happy thoughts will spring
up in your breast.
Perhaps it will help you to be good, if I tell you
how Christ loved good children. He had been
preaching a sermon, and before he went away
some good people thought they would like to have


him bless their little children. So they brought
them to him, and as they were drawing near,
some of the grown people told the parents that
Christ did not wish to be troubled with saying
any thing to their children. But the Saviour
reached out his hands to the children, and spoke
kindly to them, and took them in his arms, and
blessed them, and said, "Suffer the little children
to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of
heaven." So he loves all good children; and if
you were good, and if Christ were here now, he
would love to put his hand gently on your head,
and bless you.
At one time when Christ was in a little village
called Cana, a man who was thought very much
of, came to him from Capernaum, and told him that
his little son was very sick, and that the physicians
could not cure him; but that if He would go with
him, he thought He could make him well. So he
begged Christ to go with him, and cure the boy,


for he was very near death. "Come down," he
said, "ere my child die."
Did Christ go, think you? No; but he told the
father to go home, for his son would live. The man
believed what Jesus said, and was very glad, and
made haste to go back. But before he came to his
house, he saw his servant coming rapidly towards
him. And how astonished and rejoiced he was, to
hear the servant say that the child was well!
And when he came into the house, there was his
dear boy, whom he took in his arms, and gave
thanks to Jesus in his heart that he was cured.
He was healed the very moment that Christ said
he would get well. How wonderful this was, that
Christ could cure a boy when he was so far from
Do you not think that if you were sick, he
could cure you ? Yes, indeed he could; and if you
and your friends should pray to him in faith as the
nobleman prayed for his son, you might hope to



be cured. Though Christ is away up in heaven,
he can cure people here on this earth, he is so good
and so great.
Another day, Christ and his disciples, and a



great many other people, were going into a small
city called Nain. But all at once they saw a sad
company coming out of a house, and walking down
the street towards them.
There was one woman in the sad company that
was weeping and wringing her hands, as she kept
turning towards a bier, or coffin, which some of her
friends were carrying carefully and solemnly along.
She was the chief mourner, and in that coffin was
her son. Her husband was dead, and she had no
other son. This poor widow woman kept thinking
that her dear boy was gone, and she should never
see him again, and that after he was laid in the
grave, by the side of his father, she must return to
her house, and live there alone.
And now see how good and merciful the Sav-
iour was; for he went to the woman, and told her
not to weep; and as he spoke, he laid his hand
upon the coffin, and the men carrying it stood
still. What do you suppose he was going to do?
Hist. of Jesus. 5


The people looked at Christ, not knowing what
to think. Then he spoke aloud to the dead body,
and said, "Young man, I say unto thee, arise!"
And he sat up, and opened his eyes, and began to
The people were afraid and astonished, for they
had never seen such a miracle before. And when
they had loosened his grave-clothes, so that he
might use his arms and his feet, He gave him to
his mother. Oh how thankful she was, and how
much she and her son must have loved Jesus
Christ, for raising him to life.
Do you remember any other dead people that
were raised to life by the blessed Saviour ?
There was a little girl who lived at Capernaum,
who was very sick, and was dying. Her father
went for Christ, and when Christ came he found
her dead, and the people weeping over her. Christ
hurried on through the crowd towards the corpse,
nmd told them she should be raised to life. These


wicked people laughed at, and scorned him. But
he did not mind that, if only he might give back
that little daughter to her distressed father and
mother. And as soon as he got into the room
where she was lying dead, he took hold of her pale,
cold little hand, and she opened her eyes, that again
grew bright and happy as she went to her parent's
arms. Oh how good Jesus is.
And now I am going to tell of one who was
brought to life again, after he was buried in his
grave. Perhaps you remember the story.
IHis name was Lazarus, and he had two sisters,
Martha and Mary, who were much beloved by the
Saviour, and who loved him in return. When it
was told Christ, who was many miles distant, that
their brother Lazarus was dead, he did not seem
to be anxious to raise him from the dead immedi-
ately; for he did not set out at once to go to the
grave. But he meant all the time to do it, after
he had made his sisters see fully that no one else


could help them; and so after he had been dead
and buried three days in a grave in the side of a
cave, Christ went to them, and came up to the
great stone that was lying at the grave's mouth,
and told the people to roll away the stone. Mar-
tha and Mary were all the time weeping, and
Christ wept too, as he saw how sorry they were
that their brother was dead. Besides, he himself
loved their brother very much, and Lazarus loved
As soon as the stone was rolled away, Christ
lifted up his eyes in prayer to God, and then turned
and called to the dead man to come out of his
grave. In a moment the blood began to move
again in his whole body, and his pulse to beat.
Then his eyes opened, and the man came out with
his grave-clothes on him, and his face covered with
a napkin.
Christ told them to take off his grave-clothes;
and with much joy, and with fear too, they did it;

and he was able to walk, and went home with his
sisters, and all was joy and praise. What a happy
house that was; I do not wonder that they made
a feast, to which they invited Christ, where they
all sat down to a happy table.
Now, children, if Christ could call Lazarus to
life from his grave, so can he all the dead; and
hereafter he will come from heaven, with the sound
of a trump, and all the dead, men, women, and chil-
dren, will come to life, and go up to the judgment.



WHEN the governors and the priests of the Jews,
who were wicked men, heard that Christ had raised
Lazarus from the dead, they all came together, and
said, Now, if he does such miracles, and we let him
alone, every body will believe on him, and love
him. They did not wish to think he was the Son
of God, or that any one else should think so.
One great man said, he thought they had better
seize him and put him to death; and the rest
thought that would be the easiest way to get rid of
him, and so they were willing to hire some very
bad man to do it for them.
The devil was pleased when he heard the men
talking in that way, and he was ready to help
them, for he was trying all the while to make
Christ all the trouble and sorrow he could.



But Jesus knew that the people were trying to
put him to death; so he would not stay in the city,
but went away to a village called Ephraim, where
the people could not find him.
It was then almost time for another Passover,
and as the people began to come to Jerusalem, they
said one to another, Do you know where Jesus is ?
I wonder whether he will come to the Passover?
Some thought he would, while others said they
did not know. The chief priests who pretended to
worship God, and the Pharisees who were very
wicked, told the people that if they knew where
Christ was, they must tell of it, that they might
take him. Would you have told, little child, if
you had been there, where Jesus was? I think
About six days before the Passover, he came to
Bethany; and Martha and Mary, who lived there,
and who were very glad to have him visit them,
made him a supper. This was very kind in them,



and I do not wonder at it, for there at the very
table, near Christ, as they waited on him, sat Laz-
arus, whom he had raised from the dead. His dis-
ciples were there too.
Mary came in while they were eating, with a
very costly box in her hand. She opened it, and


poured part of the ointment, which smelled very
sweetly, upon Christ's head; and with the rest she
anointed his feet, and wiped them with her hair.
The whole house was filled with a sweet smell.
She did this because she loved him so much; but
some of the disciples did not like it, and Judas said
it might have been sold for a great deal of money,
and given to the poor. But all he wanted was the
money, for he was a thief, and took all he could get.
A great many of the Jews heard that Christ
was in Bethany, and came together not only to see
Christ, but Lazarus also, who had been raised from
the dead. I think, children, that you would walk
many miles, if you could see a man who had been
raised from the dead.
The chief priests were very angry because peo-
ple would go to look at Lazarus, and they said they
would kill him too, if they could.
The next day Christ said he was going to Jeru-
salem; and when the people in Jerusalem knew he


was coming, a great many broke off branches from
the palm-trees, and went towards Bethany, to meet
him, and spread the wide and beautiful green
palm-leaves in the road; and some were so much
rejoiced, that they took off their coats, and spread
them down for Christ to ride over them; and they,
and the children who were also there, were very
glad to see Christ, and sang, "Hosanna," and
praised him.
Would you not like to have been among those
happy children, and have given something to
Christ? Perhaps you would feel as if you had not
any thing good enough for Christ; and indeed you
have not; but you have one thing which he wants,
and which you can give him now, and that is, your
heart and love.
But the chief priests were all the time watching
Christ, and wishing to kill him, and would have
then taken him, if he had not had so many friends,
who kept them from ton'ehi.li him.


You remember that he had twelve disciples,
who went with him wherever he went. One of
them, whose name was Judas, into whom Satan
entered, went away to the chief priests, and asked
them very secretly, what they would give him, if he
would find Christ and deliver him up to them.
Then those wicked men were glad, and told Judas,
that if he would help them take him, they would
give him thirty pieces of silver. This was about
fifteen dollars. Judas loved money more than he
loved Christ, and said he would help them catch
him. Then every day after that, he was watching
to find a good opportunity to betray him.
Do you think Christ knew they were trying to
get him ? Yes, he did; but he came into the world
on purpose to die for sinners, and he wished to do
it. He knew how he would have to suffer; but he
loved us all so much that he went up to Jerusalem,
where they were going to kill him.
But just before he went up to the Passover, he

told Peter and John to go into the city, and they
would meet a man walking along with a pitcher of
water in his hand, and they must follow him into
his house, and ask him for a room up stairs, for
Christ and his disciples to eat the Passover in.
Pretty soon, as they went along the streets, they
met a man with a pitcher of water, just as Christ
had said, and they said to him what Christ had
told them to. Then the man took them up stairs,
and showed them a room; and there they roasted
the lamb, and made it ready for the feast. They
also had some bread and wine.
In the evening, Christ came and sat down to
the table, and the twelve disciples with him. Yes,
the wicked Judas sat down and pretended to love
Christ, though he had secretly agreed to give him
up to the priests, for thirty pieces of silver.
Then Christ began to talk with his disciples.
He told them how he had wished to eat the Pass-
over with them once more before he died, and that


he should not be with them long, for the wicked
people would soon put him to death. Then he
looked round on his disciples, and was very sad,
and said, "One of you which eateth with me shall
betray me."
His disciples were astonished. Can it be possi-
ble? they said. Oh how sorry they felt to hear
Christ say so. They sat and thought about it,
and looked at each other; .and then one looked
up very sad, as if almost afraid to ask, and said,
"Lord, is it I?" Then another said, "Lord, is it
I ?" And finally, Judas looked up and said, "Lord,
is it I?"
Christ told them it was the one to whom he
should give a piece of bread, when he had dipped
it in the dish. So he took it anwd gave it to Judas.
Judas was afraid all the time that it would come to
him, for he felt guilty; and as soon as he took it,
he got up from the table and went out. Perhaps
he thought he would hide away in the dark, for it


was night. But he was still very miserable, as we
shall by and by see.
Sometimes, when any of our friends are going
away, they give us something to remember them
by. So Christ was now going to give his friends
something by which they might remember him.
This is called the Lord's Supper. Christ took the
bread, and prayed with it in his hand; then he broke
it into small pieces, and gave each of his disciples
some of it, and said that they must remember, as oft
as they should eat the Lord's Supper, that his body
had been broken for them when he died for sinners.
Then he took a cup of wine, and prayed, and
handed it to his disciples, and told them all to drink
a little of it, and to remember that his blood was
poured out for them when he died.
You have often seen people eat bread and drink
wine in church, have you not? They do it because
Christ told all his people to do so; and then they
remember all about him.


Well, when his disciples were eating with Christ
in that upper room in Jerusalem, he sat and talked
with them, and told them to love one another, and
that by and by, after he should die, he would come
in the clouds of heaven and take them up to him-
self in glory. After he had talked with them some
time, he prayed with them and for them; and he
prayed for all who should ever love him. So if you,
my dear children, love Christ, part of that prayer
was especially for you. How kind the Saviour was
to think of us all, just as he was about to die.
But where do you think Judas was, all this
while? After he went out into the dark, he stole
away to the chief priests, and told them that now
was a good time to take Christ: and they were get-
ting some soldiers and officers ready, with swords
and torches, while Christ was there praying. The
disciples did not know it, but Christ did, for he
could see all things.
After Christ had finished his prayer, he went


with his disciples into a garden in the mount of
Olives, about one mile east of Jerusalem. He had
often been there before to pray, and Judas knew
very well where it was. As Christ walked along,
he talked to them very kindly, but told them that
that night they would all leave him and be ashamed
to own him as their Lord. Then they were all
astonished, and said they never would deny or for-
sake him; and Peter said, if the rest should all
forsake him, he never would-that he would go to
prison with Christ, and to death, but he would
never deny him.
Christ looked at him sorrowfully, and told him
he would deny him three times that night. Christ
told him that Satan had desired to have him, that
he might make him sin. But Christ said he had
prayed for him, and that Peter would come back to
him after Satan had tried him.
When they came into the garden, Christ said to
his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray."


So taking Peter and James and John, he went a
little further off, to pray. And he began to feel
very heavy indeed. He could hardly stand up, he
felt so distressed. What made him feel so? It
was because he saw how much he would have to
suffer for sinners. He had to take the punishment
of our sins upon himself, that we might be saved.
Then he told Peter and James and John that
his soul was "very sorrowful, even unto death;"
and asked them to stay there and watch with him.
Then he walked slowly along a little way, and
kneeled down, and began to pray; he soon fell upon
his face, and asked God, if it were possible, to save
him from suffering so much; but yet he added,
"Not my will, but thine be done."
When he had prayed, he went back to Peter and
James and John, and there they lay asleep! He
spoke to Peter, and asked him if he could not watch
one hour, when he was suffering so much. And
then telling them to pray that they might not do
Hist ofJ.us.



any thing wrong, he went away again and prayed,
and again came back to these three disciples, when,
strange to say, he found them again asleep!
Then he went back, and he felt more distressed


than before. He was in an agony, and was so full
of pain that his sweat was as great drops of blood
falling down to the ground." Then his body began
to sink; and in a little while perhaps he would
have died, but God strengthened him.
Just think of Christ lying on the ground covered
with a bloody sweat, pale and scarcely breathing.
0 how strange that they did not watch with him;
and when they heard him groaning, go to him to
comfort him.
When he had prayed the third time, he came to
his disciples, who were still sleeping, and having
waked them up, he told them that Judas and the
wicked people were almost there, and would take
him in a few minutes. Then they sprang up; and
a little way off they saw a great many men coming
with bright torches burning, and they had swords
and canes.
Pretty soon Judas stepped up to Christ, and
spoke kindly, and kissed him. The soldiers would


not know Jesus; so Judas told them, I will kiss
him, and then you will know which one to take.
So as soon as Judas kissed Christ, the soldiers came
and took hold of him. Peter would not stand and
see Christ taken without trying to save him; so he
took a sword and struck at a man, and cut his ear
off. Christ did not wish him to do that, so he told
him to put the sword away. Then he put out his
hand and made the man's ear well again.
Christ did not want to do them any harm; and
how could they wish to lead him away and kill
The disciples were now very much afraid, and
when they saw so many people leading Christ away,
they "all forsook him, and fled."
So he was alone with all those wicked men, and
they took him to the chief priests. After a while,
Peter turned and followed slowly along, watching
to see what they were going to do to Christ. They
led him into a large hall, a place where they used


to meet, and there they tried to find Christ guilty
of something, that they might put him to death.
Peter and John came then too, and a servant
told Peter that he was one of Christ's disciples.
But he said he was not. After a while, another
person told him that he was, but he said again that
he was not. Then sometime after, a girl who was
there turned to some of the wicked people, and said
pointing to Peter, that he was with Jesus. Petel
was very much frightened, for he thought they
would take him too, so he began to curse and
swear, and said he did not know the man. He
knew that those who loved God would not swear,
and he thought they would now believe he was not
a disciple of Jesus.
Then Christ turned and looked at Peter, and he
felt so grieved that he went out and "wept bit-
terly." Christ forgave him; and ever after that,
Peter was a good man, and loved Christ so much
that a good many years after, he was put to death



as a martyr-and some think he was nailed to a
cross with his head downwards, for he said he was
not worthy to die as his Saviour did.
After they had asked Christ a good many ques-
tions, and could not find any thing against him,
they hired some bad men to tell lies about him; so
they said he should be put to death, and led him
away out of the city, till they came to a place
where wicked men were crucified. The soldiers
were all the time watching him, for fear he would
try to get away; but he went as patiently as a
lamb is led to the slaughter; for he gave himself
up to them on purpose to die for sinners. He might
very easily have got away himself, or have called
the angels to come and help him; for he said that
if he should pray for it, God -would send more than
twelve legions of angels to help him. I think the
sky was full of them, anxiously looking at Christ
their God; and they wanted to fly to bear him
away from those cruel men, and carry him up to


heaven. But Christ would not let them take him
up yet. After his death, then they might carry
him up, and cry, "Lift up your heads, O ye gates,
and the King of glory shall come in."
When the wicked men had led Christ out of the
city to the place where they wanted to kill him,
they took off his clothes, and laying him down on
a cross-which was made of two pieces of wood
crossing each other-they.drove a large nail into
each hand, and another into his feet, and then lifted
up the cross with the Saviour on it, and made it
stand up in the ground.
Then they sat down near by and watched him.
Some of them asked who were going to have his
clothes; and others said they would cast lots for
them: and so, like men gambling for money, they
parted and distributed his clothes by casting lots
for them.
Christ's disciples, and his mother, and a good
many more people, were there weeping and mourn.



ing. But he looking down, and seeing his mother
bathed in tears, and John standing near, told her
that John would be her son how; and then he told
him to take her for his mother, which he did, and
took care of her after that. How kind Christ was


to his mother. I wonder if any of my young read-
ers will ever do any thing again to grieve their
When it was twelve o'clock, at noon, it began
to be very dark, and was so till three. This fright-
ened the people. They said this was God's Son,
and he is angry with us. Soon Jesus cried with a
loud voice, "My God, my God, why hast thou for-
saken me ?" Then he said, "It is finished," and
died. And the earth shook, and the rocks were
torn asunder, and the graves opened, and the dead
people came out of them alive, and walked around
the city, after a few days, when Christ came to life
The soldiers and other people who were there,
grew more and more frightened, saying again that
they had killed the Son of God.
A few hours afterwards, towards night, Christ's
friends took his body down from the cross, and
wrapped it in a nice linen cloth, and laid it away


in a new grave which was cut out of a rock, and
they rolled a great stone up before the door of it.
A little way off were Mary, Christ's mother, and
Mary the mother of James, and Mary Magdalene.
They did not like to go away, and there they sat
so full of sorrow and tears. Christ was dead, and
what should they do? After a while they went
home. The next day was the Sabbath; but they
said they would come early on the morning after
the Sabbath, and bring sweet spices and ointments
to embalm his body, as the Jews used to do. They
would not do it on the Sabbath, for they wished to
keep the day holy.
On the morning after, they took their spices and
hurried to the grave, wondering all the way whom
they could get to roll the stone from the grave, for
it was too heavy for them. But when they came
to the grave it was rolled away already, and an
angel sat on the stone. His face was bright as the
light. But he spoke kindly to them, and said they


must not be afraid. You have come to find Jesus,
said he, but he is not here; he is risen from the
grave; come and see the place where he lay.
So they looked into the grave. It was almost
too good to believe that he was risen; but soon
Christ met them, and then they knew he was alive
again. Afterwards he came and showed himself to
all his disciples, and ate and talked with them; and
he commanded them to go and preach to every
body, and tell them he had died to make atone-
ment for sinners; and that if the people believed on
him, and loved him, they would be saved; but if
they did not, they must be lost.
He remained on earth, after his resurrection,
forty days. Then, one day as he was walking out
with his disciples, and blessing them, they came to
Bethany, on the mount of Olives, about two miles
from Jerusalem; and there, while he was yet bless-
ing them, he began to rise from the ground, and he
went up higher and higher, till he was out of sight.



He had gone back to heaven; and as he went
up, the angels that went with him sang their song,


and said, "Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and the
King of glory shall come in." And all in heaven,
both great and small, cast their crowns at his feet,
and sang, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain."
The children, too, who were there in great num-
bers, many of them the same little boys who were
put to death by Herod on Christ's account-they
too took off their bright little crowns, and cast them
down before Christ, and sang with their sweet voices,
" Worthy is the Lamb; for he was slain for us."
"Around the throne of God in heaven,
Thousands of children stand-
Children whose sins are all forgiven,
A holy, happy band.
What brought them to that world above,
That heaven so bright and fair,
Where all is peace and joy and love-
How came those children there ?
Because the Saviour shed his blood
To wash away their sin;
Bathed in that pure and precious flood,
Behold them white and clean.



On earth they sought the Saviour's grace,
On earth they loved his name;
So now they see his blessed face,
And stand before the Lamb.?


"I think, when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men,
How he called little children as lambs to his fold,
I should like to have been with them then.
I wish that his hands had been placed on my head,
That his arms had been thrown around me,
And that I might have seen his kind look when he said,
'Let the little ones come unto me'

"Yet still to his footstool 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 is 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.'

"But thousands and thousands, who wander and fall,
Never heard of that heavenly home:
I should like them to know there is room for them all,
And that Jesus has bid them to come.
I long for the joy of that glorious time,
The sweetest and brightest and best,
When the dear little children of every clime
Shall crowd to his arms, and be blessed."
Mrs. Luke.


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