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 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Dedication
 Table of Contents
 The shepherd and his lambs
 The sinfulness of strife
 The eye of God
 Honouring God
 Christ the light of the world
 Children's praise
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
    Title Page
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    Dedication
        Page iii
        Page iv
    Table of Contents
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    The shepherd and his lambs
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    The sinfulness of strife
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    The eye of God
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    Honouring God
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    Christ the light of the world
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SERMONS TO CHILDREN,



PREACHED IN



ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH,



BRIGHTON,





BY THE
REV. GEORGE WAGNER, M.A.


BRIGHTON:
HENBY S. KING, 1, NORTH STREET, & 44, EAST STREET.
LONDON: HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.

1852.













TO THE


YOUNGER MEMBERS
OF

MY CONGREGATION.



It has been suggested to me, that I should print a
course of lectures on the beatitudes, delivered during
Lent, and apply the profits to the liquidation of the still
remaining debt on St. Stephen's Church. None of my
flock will wonder at my shrinking from the responsibility
of their publication. Almost every point of doctrine
and practice has been explained and illustrated with
varied success in printed sermons or lectures; and,
therefore, unless there is some strong reason, it does not
seem advisable to add to their number. But this does
not apply to children's sermons. Much has been done
lately to meet the wants of the young, but they cannot
yet be considered as adequately supplied. On this ac-
count it is to you, the younger, and not least beloved,
members of my flock, that my thoughts turn. To you,








iv.

my dear young friends, I dedicate these Sermons, with
the earnest prayer, that the Good Shepherd may gather
you in His arms, that you may put away from you all
strife and envying," that you may realize that the eye of
God is ever upon you, that you may strive to honour
Him in all your ways, that you may walk in the "light
of the Lord," and may love to sing praises to Him, who
"has called you out of darkness into His marvellous
light."
I am, your affectionate Friend and Minister,

GEORGE WAGNER.


St. Stephen's, Brighton,
May 3rd, 1852.



The profits, if any, will be applied to the liquidation
of the debt mentioned above.















CONTENTS.






SERMON PAGE

I. THE SHEPHERD AND HIS LAMBS 5

II. THE SINFULNESS OF STIFE 21

III. THE EE OF GOD 37

IV. IHooRINGo GOD 51

V. CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD 65

YI. CHILDREN'S PRAISE 79












SERMON I.


THE SIIEPIIERD AND IIIS LAMBS.

He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry
them in His bosom."-IsAIAH XL., 11.

Many of you, my dear young friends, have,
I hope, spent many bright and happy days*
since you were last specially addressed in this
house of prayer. It is very delightful to re-
turn home to kind and loving parents, to
meet, perhaps, brothers and sisters; and if our
conscience tells us that we have done our
duty at school, and made some progress in
knowledge, we can enter upon the amuse-
ments of home with a lighter and more
joyful heart. And of all the holidays, surely
the Christmas holidays are the best. Brothers
who scarcely ever meet at other times, meet
This Sermon was preached immediately after the
Christmas holidays.









then. Parents make more than usual efforts
to render their children happy. And then, too,
very many people try to make the poor more
comfortable, and when we can make others
happier it always adds to our own happiness.
Now I wish, my dear young friends, to ask
you a question. It is a solemn question; so
all of you pay great attention, and each one
try to answer it to himself. When you were
enjoying the pleasures of home, did you think
of the words, Thou God seest me ?" did
you say in your hearts, "Now I may enjoy
myself, I need not think about God?" or
did you say, It is God that gives me all
this happiness, a nice home, kind parents,
and brothers and sisters. I will remember
that God sees me; I will pray to Him to
give me His spirit that I may love Him, and
serve Him more."
But perhaps some of my young friends
feel unhappy. All the pleasures which you
have do not make you so joyful as you wish
to be. You look into your own heart, and
feel that it is sinful. You wish to be forgiven,








and to have that unhappy feeling taken away.
You desire to go to heaven when you die,
and you do not think that you will ever get
there, because your heart is so very sinful.
Let me tell you about one who can make
you quite happy-about Jesus, of whom the
Bible says, He shall gather the lambs with
His arm, and carry them in His bosom."
And if there is any child here, who is saying,
"I am quite happy; my heart is not at all
wicked, so I do not want to hear about
Christ," oh! which is that child? You need
most of all to listen, because your heart is
just the farthest from God and heaven. Oh
may that Saviour who said to Peter, Feed
my lambs," send you all His holy spirit, and
put out His own arm and gather some wander-
ing souls into His own safe and happy fold.
There are two points to be considered.
First, Who are Christ's lambs; secondly,
What the good Shepherd does to the lambs
of His flock.
First, Who are Christ's lambs. For the
text says, He shall gather the lambs with
his arm." A 2









If a person were to take you to a place
where a large flock of sheep was feeding, and
there were many lambs there as well as sheep,
the youngest child here would be able to
point out the lambs. But if some one were
to ask you, who are Christ's lambs, perhaps
you would not be able to answer so readily.
Some might say, Children are Christ's
lambs." But stop: are all children Christ's
lambs ? Many before me are saying to them-
selves, "No; wicked children are not Christ's
lambs. Good children are Christ's lambs."
That is a right answer. But can you tell me
the difference between good children and
wicked children ? There are three points of
difference. Good children feel differently,
speak differently, and act differently.
First, They feel differently.
There are many who have sinned against
God every day of their lives; they have "left
undone what they ought to have done, and
they have done what they ought not to have
done," and yet they do not feel thatthcirhearts
are sinful. If you turn to (Malachi iii., 8.), you









will find that God said to some of the Jews,
"Will a man rob God ? yet have ye robbed
me ? But what did they answer ? "Where-
in have we robbed thee ?" If a person takes
what he knows to belong to another, will
he not remember it ? But very many rob
God every day, and yet do not think that
they have done so, and the reason is, because
they do not study the Bible to see what God
claims of us. What does God claim? He
claims our hearts. He claims our minds.
He claims our bodies. He claims our pro-
perty. All we have, and all we are, is God's.
And therefore if we have kept back our
hearts, and lived to please ourselves, then
indeed we have been very, very sinful. And
we ought to feel this very much. If we
think that our hearts are good, when they
are, as the Bible says, (Jeremiah xvii., 9),
"deceitful above all things and desperately
wicked," we cannot be in the number of
Christ's lambs.
But some may perhaps wish to ask, Are
all those Christ's lambs who feel that they
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have sinned, and that their hearts are wicked?
No. There was once a little boy who had an
excellent mother. She taught him the Bible,
and very often spoke to him about God, and
he never went to bed without saying his
prayers. I hope there are none here who go
to bed without prayer. One day as he was
walking to Church alone, he thought within
himself, I must be better, I must give my
heart to God, otherwise I shall never go to
heaven, but my heart is too bad to go to
God now. I will wait till it grows better,
and then God will be pleased to receive it."
This little boy felt, you see, that his heart
was wicked. Was he therefore one of Christ's
lambs ? No: because IHe did not give his
heart at once to Christ. It is not enough
then for children to feel that their hearts are
wicked. They ought to be really sorry for
their sins, and have a neto heart as God
promises (Ezekiel xxxvi., 26), "A new heart
also will I give you," and believe in, and love,
Jesus Christ, their Saviour and Shepherd.
Here is one point of difference between a









wicked and good child. A wicked child
either may not know at all that he is wicked,
or he may feel that he is so, and still go on
in his wicked ways; but Christ's lambs hate
sin, and seek to have it washed away in their
Saviour's most precious blood, which St.
John says (1 Epistle, i., 7) cleanseth us
from all sin." Christ's lambs love their
kind and gentle Shepherd.
But what was the second difference ? They
speak differently.
Some persons do not mind what they say.
They think either that their lips are their
own," (Psalm xii., 4), or that God does not
mark such small things as words. But are
even little words small things ? Oh, no. In
France there are many persons in prison at
this moment, and some of them will probably
be kept in prison a long time. Why are
they there ? Only because they have spoken
a few words. If some one were to laugh at
you, and say some word that you did not
like, would you say, "It is only a little
word ?" Never think that a word, if ever







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so short, is a small thing. The use of one
word often shows the state of a person's
heart-one little word will sink like poison
into a person's mind, and corrupt it-one
little word can displease God-one little
word can even weary God. Turn to (Mala-
chi ii., 17), "Ye have wearied the Lord
with your words." One little word can bring
us into condemnation. See (Matthew xii., 36,
37), Every idle word that men shall speak,
they shall give account thereof in the day of
judgment. By thy words thou shalt be justi-
fied, and by thy words thou shalt be con-
demned." Now Christ's lambs are very
careful what words they use, because they
know that God listens to every word they
say; and they believe that they will have to
give account hereafter at the great white
throne." They do not use bad words, because
they hear bigger boys use them. If they
have ever done wrong, they would rather
confess it than tell a lie to hide it, because
it is written (Proverbs xii., 22), "Lying lips
are abomination unto the Lord." And if









any one provokes them, they try not to be
angry and to speak unkindly, because St.
Paul says (Romans xii., 21), "Be not over-
come.of evil, but overcome evil with good."
This is the second difference.
What was the third ? They live differ-
ently.
Some children do not pray. Perhaps they
do not forget to say prayers, because their
parents and teachers remind them of it; but
when they kneel down, they think about
other things, and do not wish to have the
things for which they ask. Do your thoughts
wander in prayer, my dear young friends ?
Try to pray to God from your hearts. When
you kneel down alone in your secret chamber,
or with others in this house of prayer, think
of that God to whom you are speaking; for
this is what Christ's lambs try to do. Then,
again, how many children are very selfish.
They do not try to please God, or to make
others happy. They are sometimes even dis-
pleased if they see others have nice things
which they have not got. But Christ's little







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lambs pray against such bad feelings, and are
glad to see others happy. St. Paul says
(Philippians ii., 4), "Look not every man
on his own things, but every man also on
the things of others."
You see then, my young friends, that the
lambs of Christ's flock are different from
others in their feelings, in their words, and
in their lives.
Now let us go on to see what our text
teaches us that Jesus Christ does to the
lambs of the flock. If you look carefully at
the verse, you will see that it tells us that
Jesus does two things to them. He gathers
them, and He carries them. How does it
say that he gathers them ? With His arm.
What a kind and gentle shepherd Jesus
must be to take such great care of the
lambs.
But when does he gather them ?
1. When they are weak.
When a good shepherd drives his flock,
and sees that a little lamb becomes weak
and tired, he does not go on driving it, but









gathers it with his arm. He puts out his
arm, and takes it up. Now sometimes the
lambs of Christ's fold grow weary. The evil
of their own hearts is so great, that they
often say, Oh, what shall I do, my heart is
so very, very wicked;" and they scarcely feel
as if they could go on much longer in the
way of life. Then Satan tempts them, and
that makes them feel very weak. Sometimes
they wish to do good to others, if they are
old enough. They think, "I ought to try to
do good, and to make other children happy;"
but then they feel so ignorant and weak,
that they are ready to cry out, Oh, what
good can Ido !" Now when those children,
who love Jesus, seem almost ready to drop
from weariness, what does the good Shepherd
do ? Does he let them fall? Oh, no; He
puts out His strong arm, and gathers them.
Have you ever observed a watchful mother
teaching her little child to walk ? First, she
holds it up, whilst it tries to run; then she
will let it go, but have her arms just ready
to catch it; and if the little inexperienced








child trips at all, immediately she gathers it
in her arms. It is thus that Jesus watches
His little lambs, and gathers them whenever
they are feeble and wearied. They do not,
and cannot see their shepherd's arm held out
to catch them. But it is there. God says
that it is there, and that is enough.
But are these the only times when the
Shepherd's arm gathers them ? Oh, no!
He does so when they wander. You have
heard of the river Nile. It is a very large
river in Egypt. Now when there have been
heavy rains, the water rises in it very
quickly, and, the land being flat all about it,
it overflows a great many acres, and often
washes away houses, and carries away sheep
and lambs. What have the shepherds to do
then ? They try to get them out of the
water. This is what Jesus does. Sometimes
the young are carried away for a while by
the flood of temptation, but the good Shep-
herd does not leave them to perish, but
follows them even into the deep waters. So
David says, IIe restoreth my soul," (Psalm









xxiii., 3); and (2 Samuel xxii., 17), "lie
drew me out of many waters."
But again. Sometimes shepherds have
more than one fold; and then, if it is a long
distance between the two folds, they carry
the little lambs from one to the other. Jesus
Christ has two folds; one is below, the other
is above. Do you ask which is best ? The
upper one is much the best. So after He
has gathered a little child by His grace into
the fold below, and prepared that child by
His Spirit, He then puts out His hand and
gathers it into the fold above. We do not
know on which of these children Christ's
hand will be placed this year. Some of you
who least expect it, may die before this year
has passed away. Are you preparing for it ?
Some die who are not Christ's lambs. Death
is awful then. Seek, dear young friends, to
know Jesus, and then death is but Christ's
hand gathering you from the fold below to
the fold above. It is then in weakness, and
danger, and in death, that Jesus, the good
Shepherd, gathers the lambs.








But the text teaches us that He also
carries them. Where ? In H'S bosom. When
Jesus gathers a little lamb, He does not put
it down again, but keeps it in His bosom.
Why does he put it there ? To place it in
safety. This world is very full of snares and
temptations. Satan, like a roaring lion, goes
about seeking whom he may devour. But
the good Shepherd has a safe place for them,
where the wicked one cannot touch them:
"His own bosom." There the lambs may
rejoice, and not be afraid, although they hear
the roaring lion: what they should always
do, is to keep very close to their Shepherd,
and then they will be quite safe.
Do you remember now what I have been
trying to teach you ? First it was to show
" who are Christ's lambs," and we found that
they were different from others in their feel-
ings, words, and actions. And then to point
out what Christ does for them: He gathers
them when they are weak, when they wander,
and when they die; and He mercifully carries
them in His bosom to keep them safe.








I commenced these few words by asking
you a question; whether you have remem-
bered the text, "Thou God seest me." Now
let me ask you another question. Do you
know and love Jesus, the good Shepherd ?
He has done very much to make you love
Him. He loved you so much as to die for
you on the cross. He prays for you in
heaven; He sends the Holy Spirit to teach
you. It is because He commanded it, that
you have been given up to Him in baptism.
Your parents, your brothers and sisters, and
all your blessings, are His gift. He keeps
you in life day by day. He is your Shepherd.
Should you forget Him, after He has been so
kind, and done so much for you ? Should you
love sin, after He suffered so much to save
you from it? Oh no. If you have not felt
sorry for your sins, be sorry now. If you
have not yet prayed to God from your heart,
begin to pray now. If you have not yet given
up your heart to Christ, give it now-this
day, even this hour. For "now is the accepted
time, now is the day of salvation."
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SERMON II.


TBE SINFULNESS OF STRIFE.


And Abram said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I
pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herd-
men and thy herdmen, for we be brethren."--GFxNss
xiii., 8.

You all know, my dear young friends, that
Abram was a very good man. When God
called him to go out of Ur of the Chaldees,
he went out at once, "not knowing whither
he went." But when he arrived in the land
of promise, his faith was still much tried.
God did not give him the land at once. He
had not so much as to "set his foot on;"
and besides this, there was soon a sore famine.
How sad this must have been. Perhaps
Abram had been looking forward to his
arrival in the land of promise. Perhaps he
thought that there at least there would always
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be plenty; and, behold! the first thing that
he found was want-a famine in the land.
Then Abram went down into Egypt for a
while, to get food during the famine. But
he did not stop there altogether, but returned
to the land of promise. And God blessed
Abram in many ways. He made him very
rich in cattle, in silver and in gold (verse 2).
We must not think that he wished to be very
rich, as some people do. St. Paul says, "They
that will be rich fall into temptation and
a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful
lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition." (1 Timothy vi., 9.) For Abram
was too holy to desire to be rich. He felt
that God was his portion. Still it pleased
God to give him riches and wealth, though
he did not wish it. God saw that Abram
would not set his heart upon them." But
even in his case riches were the cause of trial
and annoyance. How was this ? Abram had
large flocks of sheep and quantities of cattle;
and Lot was rich also ; and they had herd-
men to take care of them. But the pastures








were not largo enough for their flocks of
sheep, and this caused a dispute between
them. "There was a strife between the
herdmen of Abram's cattle, and the herdmcn
of Lot's cattle."
Now this is the subject, my dear children,
about which I desire to preach to you to-day.
It is about strife. It is about something, we
fear, that all of us have done at some time in
our lives, and we have therefore need of re-
pentance; for is there one child here who
has never lost his temper?
There are four heads, on each of which we
shall say something. Try, dear children, to
pay attention. First, we will show how strife
begins. Secondly, we will prove that we ought
not to strive and quarrel. Thirdly, we will
give a reason whgn we ought not to strive.
And, lastly, we will point out how we should
stop strife.
First, How strife begins.
Now there have been and are many great
things in the world, which have had very
small beginnings. There are very largo








rivers in England, and in America still larger,
which can carry ships upon their surface, but
if you could follow them up to their sources
you would find that the beginning of all is a
little spring. Again, in some forests there
are large and beautiful trees, that spread their
branches very wide, but if we could go back
a long time we should find that once they
were so small that we could have plucked
them up by the roots with ease. And it is
so with actions, both good and bad. One
action is the seed of another action, just as
the little acorn is the seed of the great oak.
Scarcely any one does any very good or very
bad action all at once. The way is usually
prepared by other actions. People grow very
holy or very wicked by degrees. Abram
would not have been able to offer up his Son
Isaac as God told him to do, unless he had first
obeyed God in leaving Ur of the Chaldees.
Daniel would have been afraid of the den of
lions, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
would have dreaded the burning fiery fur-
Snace, if they had not first refused to defile








their consciences by eating the king's meat.
Judas would never have committed so dread-
ful a sin as to betray our Lord, if he had not
first indulged in the sin of covetousness.
Now it is so with strife. Great and deadly
quarrels have often very small beginnings.
Many persons have lost their lives, and been
hurried into eternity, unprepared, on account
of the minutest trifle. Nations quarrel,
battles are fought, thousands are slain, and
when we look at the beginning, we are as-
tonished. Quarrels amongst people very
often arise from their wishing to have the
same thing, or the best thing. Then covet-
ousness is its root. It was so with Abram's
and Lot's herdmen. All wished to have
the best pastures, and all of course could
not have them, and so they quarrelled.
Sometimes strife arises from one child's
thinking that another is treated more kindly.
This is envy. Perhaps the one who envies the
other does not deserve esteem. He may be
disobedient, idle, or indulge bad tempers, and
yet be displeased when other good children






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are better treated. This was the case with
Cain. He did not care to please God, and
yet when God had respect to Abel's offering
and not to his own, he was angry, and slew
his brother.
Sometimes quarrels arise from one child
teazing another. It is all meant in play at
first; then one grows impatient, angry words
are spoken, and angry words lead to angry
blows. One of the most sad things in the
history of Israel was the revolt of the ten
tribes and the division of the kingdom. How
did this begin ? In words. Rehoboam "spake
roughly" to the people when they were dis-
satisfied. (1 Kings xii. 13.) My dear young
friends, always remember the importance of
words. Some, when they have quarrelled, say,
"I did not begin it, I only called him a
name." Only! Words are the seeds of actions.
Words are often the beginning of strife.
Never then teaze others, my dear young
friends, for God will hold you guilty of be-
ginning strife if you do. Never call names,
for God marks the unkind and angry word.








But now let us pass on to the second
head. Do you remember what it was ?
It was to prove that it is wrong to quarrel.
It will not take us very long to show this.
Still it is a good thing to have our minds
armed with some passages of Scripture. For
the word of God is the sword of the Spirit:
and it is not easy to resist the temptation to
dispute.
First, then, turn to (Proverbs xx., 3)
where the wise man says, It is an honour
for a man." What! to strive, as the world
says ? No; to "cease from strife." Now
let us go to the New Testament. (Matthew
v., 38, 39.) "Ye have heard that it hath
been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for
a tooth; but I say unto you, that ye resist not
evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy
right cheek, turn to him the other also."
And (Philippians ii., 3) St. Paul says, "Let
nothing be done through strife or vain
glory, but in lowliness of mind let each es-
teem other better than themselves." These
verses are enough to show that God has
forbidden strife.







But here is another proof of its sinfulness.
Jesus Christ came into this world to die for
our sins, and to leave us an example that we
should walk in his steps. Now, did He ever
strive ? Oh, no! That beautiful prophecy
was fulfilled in Him: "He shall not strive
or cry." When He was cruelly smitten, He
only said, If I have done evil, bear witness
of the evil; but if well, why smitest thou
me?" And St. Peter says, (1 Epistle, ii., 23),
"Who, when He was reviled, reviled not
again; when He suffered, He threatened
not: but committed himself to Him that
judgeth righteously." If, then, we would be
like Jesus, as God calls us to be, we must
not strive. We must be "gentle to all men
and patient."
One more proof of another kind. It is
the will of God that we should have a clear
conscience, and that we should walk with
Him in peace, by the blood of sprinkling.
Now if, when others provoke or wrong us,
we bear it with patience, then our minds are
happy and peaceful; but if we grow angry







and quarrel, are we happy then ? Could you
pray to God with comfort and joy after
disputing ? Oh, no! Conscience, God's
voice, tell us then that we have done wrong.
The heart is restless. We know that God is
displeased. The only way to be peaceful
and happy is to have our hearts full of love,
patience, and forgiveness.
Remember then, my dear young friends,
the three proofs of the sinfulness of strife.
First, it is forbidden; secondly, it is con-
trary to the example of Jesus; and, thirdly,
it is contrary to the voice of conscience, and
makes the heart unhappy.
The third thing was to give a reason why
we should not strive. Abram did so: he said
to Lot, Let there be no strife between us."
And what reason did he give ? "For we be
brethren." But, perhaps, some one here
may think, That argument only tells against
quarrelling with relations, because Abram
was Lot's uncle." Let us see whether this is
true. Now (Acts vii., 26) we read that when
Moses was forty years old, he left Pharaoh's






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palace to visit the children of Israel, and one
day he saw two Israelites striving together,
and he was very anxious to make them
friends again, and said to them, "Why do ye
wrong one to another ? But was this all
he said? Oh, no. "Sirs," he said, "ye are
brethren." So that Moses used the very
same argument with them, that Abram used
with Lot. But did Moses think that these
two men were relations, when he said, Ye
are brethren?" No; this was not his mean-
ing. He called them brethren, because they
had the same God, because they belonged to
God's covenant people. Now you see that
this argument may also apply to us. We
also are brethren. Let me show you in what
way. First, then, we are brethren because
Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem us.
So Christ calls all who believe in Him, His
brethren. Turn to John (xx., 17), "Jesus said
unto Mary, Touch me not, for I am not yet
ascended to my Father; but go to my
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my
Father, and your Father, &c." And again,







(Hebrews ii., 11) For both He that sancti-
fieth and they who are sanctified, are all of
one, for which cause He is not ashamed to
call them brethren." Now it is quite clear,
that if St. John, St. Peter, and the other
Apostles, were Christ's brethren, they were
also brethren to each other. And so if we
also are Christ's brethren, because He re-
deemed us, and we believe in Him, then we
must be brethren to each other.
There are many other reasons why we are
brethren, which we cannot fully explain to
you now. But you will find them (Ephesians,
iv., 4-6.) St. Paul is there exhorting people
to be forbearing towards each other-in a
word, not to strive, and why ? because "There
is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are
called in one hope of your calling: one Lord,
one faith, one baptism: one God and Father
of all, who is above all, and through all, and
in you all." We are brethren, then, because
we are called to belong to one body, the
Church, the body of Christ. We are brethren,
because there is one Spirit, who is willing to
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sanctify our hearts. We are brethren, be-
cause there is one hope to animate us, living
and dying, the hope of being with Jesus.
We are brethren, because there is one Lord,
the Lord Jesus, in whom alone we can have
life. We are brethren, because there is one
faith, whereby we are united to Him. We
are brethren, because there is one baptism,
by which we have been consecrated to God.
We are brethren, because there is one God
and Father of us all, who is above all, and
through all, and in you all.
Lastly, let'us.consider-
How to stop strife.
Now, the first rule of all is, never to do any
thing to provoke others. Most quarrels begin
in good humour. One laughs at another,
not to make him angry, but for amusement,
but in a little while patience is overcome.
First comes an angry look, then an angry
word, and then an angry blow. There is
strife. But would Abram, who said "Let
there be no strife," have hurt the feelings of
another? Oh no. If we try to be like Christ,
we must never provoke others.








This is the first rule.
The next is, when strife has begun, to try
at once to soothe those who are angry. (Pro-
verbs xvii., 14), The beginning of strife is
as. when one letteth out water; therefore,
leaie off contention before it be meddled
with." If Abram had waited, Lot's herd-
men would have made complaints. Lot, per-
haps, would have become angry, and then
there would have been strife; but Abram
did not delay. He went at once to Lot, and
talked to him very kindly, and so there was
no strife.
The third thing to prevent strife is not to
seek our own. You have read that beautiful
chapter about charity, or love. One thing,
that St. Paul says about it, is, Love seeketh
not her own." How beautifully this was the
case with Abram on this occasion. Abram
was Lot's uncle, and was therefore much the
eldest, yet he did not say, You are the
youngest, you must go to such a part of the
land; I have a right to stay here and choose
the best of the land. God has given it to
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me, and not to you." But lie acted very
generously. Though he was Lot's uncle,
and older, he gave him the choice, and said to
him, Is not the whole land before thee ?
If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go
to the right; and if thou depart to the right
hand, then I will go to the left." God was
pleased with Abram's generosity, and after
Lot left him, he repeated the promise which
lie had given him before, and said, All the
land which thou seest, to thee will I give it,
and to thy seed for ever." *There was once
a little boy who acted in the same spirit.
He had a younger brother, who was ill-tem-
pered and obstinate. One day he did some-
thing wrong, and it was necessary for the
teacher to punish him: when to the teacher's
great surprise, the eldest said, "I wish you
would punish me, and spare my youngest
brother." The teacher replied, "You have
done nothing to deserve punishment: I
cannot punish you." But the eldest brother
See a very useful little book, by II. C. Right,
called, "A Kiss for a Illow," pge 151.







was still urgent, and said, "I should suffer
more in seeing my brother's disgrace and
punishment, than I should from being pun-
ished myself." This noble generosity softened
the brother's sullen heart; he asked for for-
giveness of his teacher, and neither of them
was punished.
And, lastly, we should never act in a spirit
of revenge. The Bible says, (Romans xii., 19)
" Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but
rather give place unto wrath, for it is written,
"Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the
Lord." Very beautifully did a little African*
girl act upon this precept, who, when asked
by her teacher, whether she had struck a
schoolfellow again, who had first struck her,
replied, No; and when asked what she did do,
said, I left her to God."
My dear young friends, if your memories
recall times, in which you have provoked others
and have encouraged strife, oh earnestly seek
forgiveness in the blood of Jesus, and pray
for the Holy Spirit that you may learn to
See the same book, pigu 122.








overcome evil with good. You cannot pass
through this rough world without temptation.
Your tempers must be tried. Be prepared for
this, and when you meet with provocation,
say with Abram, "Let there be no strife be-
tween us, for we be brethren." When tempted
to indulge a spirit of revenge, refrain, and
say within yourselves, "No, I will leave them
to God."
Especially would we urge those young per-
sons who are the first in their schools, or the
eldest children in their families, to follow the
noble example of Abram. Be willing to sacri-
fice your rights for the sake of peace. Gene-
rously give up what all know to be yours,
that you may be peacemakers. Then will
God bless you more abundantly in your own
souls, and the blessing of the peacemakers
will be yours: "You shall be called the
children of God."










SERMON III.


THE EYE OF GOD.

"Thou God seest me."-GENESIS xvi, 13.
The last time that we preached to you, my
dear young friends, it was about Abram and
Lot that we spoke to you, about the beauti-
ful words Let there be no strife between
me and thee." Have you thought about
them, and tried to act upon them ? Perhaps
some of you have been provoked since then.
How did you bear it ? Were you patient,
or did you become angry ?
The text, which we have chosen to speak to
you about to-day, is also taken from the his-
tory of Abram. It is not about Abram and
Lot, but about Abram and Hagar. But it
was not Abram, who spoke them; it was
Hagar, who said, Thou God seest me."
Who was Hagar ? She was Sarai's maid. It








is not probable, that she came with Abram
from Ur of the Chaldees, for she was an
Egyptian. Most probably Abram brought
her with him, when he returned from Egypt,
whither he went on account of the famine,
that there was in the land of Canaan. We
hear no complaints about Hagar's conduct,
until she became Abram's wife. This quite
spoilt her. She was no longer humble and
obedient, but despised her mistress." Then
Sarai became angry with Hagar and with
Abram also, because she did not like to be
despised, and she said to Abram, My wrong
be upon thee."
Abram was not angry in return. He was
very patient, and said calmly to her, Behold
thy maid is in thy hand, do to her as it
pleaseth thee." Sarai ought not to have
been displeased any more after so kind an
answer, and she was not displeased with
Abram, but she was still very angry with
Hagar, and treated her so badly, that she
could not bear it long, but fled from her
master's house. We may learn from this








how very bad pride and a bad temper are.
If Hagar had been humble and obedient, she
would have been happy, but now she was so
unhappy, that she thought it better to
wander houseless than to remain where she
was. Whither did she go ? In her trouble
she thought of Egypt, and determined, if she
could, to reach it. It was a long and lonely
journey. She had to cross a weary wilder-
ness, where there were no flowers to please
the eye, and to remind her of God's care,
and very little water to refresh her parched
lips. How sad she must have felt. There was
nothing around her to cheer her, and no-
thing within, because she had brought
all this suffering on herself. But who,
do you think, met her in that wilderness ?
The angel of the Lord. How strange it must
have seemed, after hours of deep silence, to
hear her own name. The angel said to her,
"Hagar, whence camest thou, and whither
wilt thou go ? And then he told her to go
back, and to submit herself unto her mistress.
Was this all that he said ? No. He gave








her many promises, and said that she should
have a son, whose name should be Ishmael,
which means, God shall hear," because
God had heard her in her affliction. These
kind words of the angel made her feel
very happy. She had wandered in the wil-
derness before lonely and sorrowful, and
thought that no one cared for her, that no
eye was upon her; but now she felt, that one
had cared for her, and that an ever-watchful
eye had been upon her ways; and so she called
the name of God that spoke to her, "Thou
God seest me." And a name was given to the
fountain where the angel met her. It is a
long name, Beer-lahai-roi. It means, "The
well of him who lives and sees me."
Now you know, my dear young friends,
who it was, that spoke these words, and where
she was, when she spoke them.
Now think of the words themselves, Thou
God seest me." They are very easy to un-
derstand, and the truth, which they express, is
very simple. If you could ask all the people
in this large town the question, Does God







see you?" I think that you would find, that
all, even the most ignorant, know that God
sees everything. But do all people feel, that
God's eye is always upon them? Oh! no.
There are some children who tell lies, like
Ananias and Sapphira. There are others, who
are disobedient to their parents, like Absalom.
There are others, who do not pray. There
are others, who are covetous, like Judas.
There are many, who think only of this world,
of their pleasures and occupations, and not
about eternity. If you could look into the
hearts of these children, you would find, that
they all forget, that God sees them. And
this is the reason, why God says so much in
the Bible about His seeing us. Perhaps some
of you could tell me many texts, that prove
that God sees us every moment. You will
find one, (Proverbs xv., 3,) The eyes of the
Lord are in every place, beholding the evil
and the good." This verse proves, that God
looks at the evil and the good. Now turn to
one that shows, that God's eye is upon the
righteous. (Psalm xxxiv., 15,) "The eyes
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of the Lord are upon the righteous." Again,
(Jeremiah xxiv., 6,) God promises concerning
His people, I will set mine eyes upon them
for good." On the contrary, it is written,
concerning the ungodly, (Amos ix., 8,)
"Behold the eyes of the Lord are upon the
sinful kingdom." Let us look at one more
passage. You will find it, (Hebrews iv., 13,)
" Neither is there any creature, that is not
manifest in His sight; but all things are
naked and open to the eyes of Him, with
whom we have to do."
Now this truth makes some people feel
very, very happy, and it makes other people
feel unhappy.
Whom does it make happy? It makes
those feel happy, who are really sorry for
their sins, and who have fled to Jesus as their
refuge. His precious blood washes away all
their sins, and makes their conscience quite
clear and peaceful. Do they love sin? Oh,
no! they hate it, and strive against it. But
sometimes the struggle is very hard. Satan
tempts them, and sin tries hard to lead them







into captivity again; and they feel afraid, that
they shall not be able to overcome at last.
What gives them comfort at such times ?
Oh, it gives them comfort to think, that God's
eye is upon them, and that He knows all they
desire, and try to do. They love to feel, that
God knows their sins. If at any time they
do what is wrong, they do not try to hide
their sins, but they tell God of them. If a
child has a kind and gentle mother, whom
he loves very much, will he conceal any fault
from her ? No; if he ever does, what she
does not like, he will tell her at once, and
can never feel happy, until she knows all.
Just so, my dear young friends, should we
tell all our sins to God. IHo sees them all,
but we can never feel forgiven, until we con-
fess them to Him. What did David say?
"I will confess my sins unto the Lord."
And what did he find? "Forgiveness." "And
Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin." Per-
haps I may be speaking to some dear child
here, who tries very much to conquer sin.
Do you find it difficult? It may be a bad
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temper, or a habit of telling lies, which
you see, that you ought to overcome. Do
not be discouraged. Would it make you feel
happier, if you knew that some one under-
stood all your difficulties, and could help you?
There is One, dear child, who does know them,
better than your mother, or your minister.
Jesus knows them. His gentle eye is ever
upon you. Say to Him, Wash me, 0 Saviour,
from my sins in thy blood; and pray like
David, "Hold up my goings in thy paths,
that my footsteps slip not."
Again, it makes those, who love God, very
happy in times of danger, when they think
that God sees them. Some children are
very much afraid of being in the dark, and
of passing particular places. Why are they
afraid ? Either it is that they feel, that they
have done wrong, and that God is displeased
with them; or they forget, that God sees them
in the dark, just as well as in the light. If
you trust in Jesus, my young friends, and try
to please Him, you ought never to be afraid-
not in the dark, because God's eye is upon








you then-not when you are sick, because
God will watch over you, and make "all your
bed in your sickness "-not on the stormy
sea, because 1H is able to say to it, "Peace,
be still," and to make it a "great calm."
Perhaps you could tell me of some, who have
not been afraid in times of danger. Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abcdnego were not afraid,
when they were cast into the burning fiery
furnace. Why ? Because they felt, that God
saw them, and could deliver them. Daniel
was not afraid, when he was cast into the den
of lions, because he knew that God could
shut the lions' mouths. St. Paul was not
afraid, when he was cast into prison at Philippi.
What did he do ? Turn to (Acts xvi., 25)
" He prayed and sang praises to God."
Neither was he afraid, when he was ship-
wrecked in the stormy sea. What did he
say to those, who were wrecked with him ?
Look at (Acts xxvii., 34) "There shall not
an hair fall from the head of any of you."
Let me give you another example. There
was once a good man, who was descending a
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river in Germany, in a steam-boat. A
great many people were in it, some on deck
and some below-lhe was below, writing.
Suddenly it struck upon a rock, and made a
loud crash. Many shrieked with terror. All,
except one, rushed upon the deck, thinking
that they would sink in a moment. The boat,
however, did not sink. After a time, some
ventured down again; and there they found
the good man writing, as if nothing had
happened. One said to him, "We were need-
lessly afraid. You showed your wisdom by
stopping, where you were." "Yes," he replied,
" I remained here, because I trust in God."
le felt that God saw him, and this removed
all fear.
But do all people feel happy, when they
think, that God sees them? Oh! no. Did
Adam feel happy, when he heard the voice of
the Lord God walking in the garden? No;
he hid himself. Why ? He was afraid,
because he had eaten of the tree, which God
had told him not to eat. Was Cain happy,
when God said to him, Where is Abel, thy







brother?" No; because he had slain his
brother. Was Felix happy, when Paul
preached to him of "righteousness, temper-
ance, and judgment to come?" Oh! no. His
conscience told him, that, what the Apostle
said, was true, and he trembled." What is
it then, that makes people unhappy, when
they think that God's eye is upon them ? It is
sin-sin indulged in, and held fast. Suppose
a boy does something, which he knows to be
contrary to his father's will, and instead of
confessing, what he has done, tries to conceal
it. Will he meet his father with joy ? Will
his father's presence be a delight to him ?
No; he will shrink from his father's eye.
Conscience makes his look dreadful. It is
just so with God's eye. A guilty conscience
shrinks from it. *There was once a man who
was thrown into prison for some very great
crime. He was not allowed to mix with the
other prisoners, but was kept in solitary con-
finement in a little stone cell. He had no
books to read, and was left to his own sad
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thoughts. In the door there was a little
round hole, and every now and then
the jailer used to come, and put his eye
to the hole, and gaze upon the miserable
criminal, who saw nothing but the eye staring
upon him. ]Ie dreaded that eye. ITo wished
to escape from its gaze, but could not; it
seemed to look through him. It was the
worst part of his punishment, to see that eye
fixed upon him. It was dreadful. But if he
had not been a criminal, but a good man, like
St. Paul, would he have cared for that eye ?
Oh! no. Then he would have said, when he
saw the eye, That is how my Father's eye
watches me, only it is always upon me." It
was his guilt, that made that eye so dreadful.
What an awful thing, then, my dear young
friends, must sin be, when it makes God's
eye dreadful-an eye of love look like an eye
of fire. My dear young friends, may this
text be written on all your hearts by the Spirit
of God, "Thou God seest me." Think of
it, when you place your head upon your
pillow at night, and your candle is taken






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away; think of it, when you first wake in the
morning; think of it, when you are tempted
to do, what is sinful; think of it, when you
feel afraid to do, what you know to be right;
think of it, when you are inclined to be idle
and waste your time; think of it, when you
feel anger rising; think of it, when your
tongue is just going to say something un-
kind; think of it, when your heart wishes to
conceal a fault; think of it, when you are
trying to overcome sin; think of it, when you
are in danger; think of it, and may it comfort
you, when you are dying.











SERMON IV.


HONORING GOD.

Them that honour me, I will honour; and they, that
despise me, shall be lightly esteemed."-1 SAMUEL n., 30.
Do you know, my dear young friends, to
whom God spoko these words ? It was not
to little Samuel. God spoke to him for the
first time in the next chapter. It was to old
Eli. Why did God speak in this way to Eli?
Did IIe mean to honour him, and tell him so
beforehand? No. Was then Eli a bad
man? No. We may hope, that he was a
good man on the whole; but he had one very
bad fault, which God would not overlook.
He indulged his sons too much. He had
two very wicked sons. It was very sad, that
a priest should have two such sons ; and what
was worse, they were priests themselves. Eli
knew, that his sons were wicked, and talked






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to them about their sins. One day he said
to them, Why do ye such things ? for I
hear of your evil dealings by all this people."
" If one man sin against another, the judge
shall judge him, but if a man shall sin against
the Lord, who shall entreat for him?"
What ought Eli to have done to his sons ?
He should not have talked to them only, he
should have acted firmly towards them, and
punished them. If other priests had lived
as they did, he would not have allowed it;
but, because they were his own sons, he did
not take so much notice of it. This dis-
pleased God very much, and He determined
to punish Eli and his sons, because they did
not honour Him. Do you remember how God
punished them ? Hophni and Phinehas, his
two sons, were killed in battle; and when old
Eli heard, that the ark of God was taken, he
fell off the seat, on which he was sitting, and
broke his neck; and Phinehas's wife died also
at the same time.
There are some children, who always wish
their parents to indulge them. They very








often say, Pray let me do this," Let me
have that," when they know that it is not good
for them. What is it, that makes children
wish to be indulged ? Selfshness. What is
it, that makes parents indulge their children
too much ? Selfishness. If you wish to
be happy children, and your parents to be
happy parents, never wish to be indulged
in that, which is not good for you. Re-
member Eli. The way for parents and
children to be happy, is to honour God. For
God says, "Them that honour me, I will
honour, and they, that despise me, shall be
lightly esteemed."
Now I am going to make use of a difficult
word. It is the best word to use, and it will
be an advantage to you to understand it.
The word is principle;" and I want you to
understand me clearly, when 1 say, that the
words, Them, that honour me, I will honour,"
express a principle, on which God will always
deal with us. There are some things, which
you only do sometimes, and there are other
things, which you ought to do always. Sup-








pose you are walking in a street, and a beggar
comes up to ask you for something, but just
before he meets you, a person, who knows
him very well, says to you, "That man is a
worthless man; he is very idle, and a thief,"
you would not, I think, give him anything.
You do not, therefore, always give to beggars.
In other words, it is not your principle to do
so. You have not made it your rule. But
you ought under all circumstances to tell the
truth. It ought, that is, to be a principle
with you never to tell a lie. Do you under-
stand now what is meant, when it is said to
you, that the words, Them, that honour me,
I will honour," reveal a principle, on which
God acts. There are some things, which
'God does only at times; there are other
things, which God will do always. He always
has done so; He does so now; and He always
will do so. In such cases God acts upon a
principle. If you always tell the truth, it is
because there is something in your mind,
which leads you to do so. It is a principle.
And so, when God says to you, Them,








that honour me, I will honour:" there is
something in God's mind, which leads Him
to do so. It is one of His principles. We
know, therefore, what to expect from God.
All the persons in this church, old and young,
might be divided into two classes, one of
which tries to honour God, and the other
does not try to honour Him. Will God act
in the same way towards both these classes ?
No. He will honour those, who honour Him,
but those who despise i im, will bo lightly
esteemed. But there is another word, which
is not so difficult, that ought to be explained.
Probably many of you understand it already.
It is the word honour. Those, who have
taught you your catechism, have perhaps
talked to you about it; because, in the fifth
commandment, we read, "honour thy father
and thy mother."
In order to honour God, the first thing
we must do, is to believe what lie says to us.
Suppose you were to tell something, that
you knew to be true, to a brother or sister,
and they refused to believe you, would it not









pain you ? You would feel, that they did not
honour you, if they did not trust your word.
There is nothing, that God values more than
His own truth. Even Balaam said, (Num-
bers xxiii., 19) God is not a man, that He
should lie, neither the son of man, that He
should repent: hath He said, and shall He
not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He
not make it good?" And St. Paul says,
(Romans iii., 4) Yea, let God be true, but
every man a liar." To distrust God's word,
therefore, dishonours God very much. Thus
St. John says, (1 Epistle v., 10) "He, that
believeth on the Son of God, hath the witness
in himself: he that believeth not God, hath
made him a liar." There are many proofs in
the Bible, that God has honoured those, who
have believed His word, whereas those, who
have neglected it, have been lightly esteemed.
It was a very difficult thing, that God called
upon Abraham to believe, when he promised
him a son in his old age. But Abraham did
believe God, and God was pleased, and
" counted it to him for righteousness." Sarah







his wife did not believe at first, she laughed
within herself," and God was displeased with
her, and saidto Abraham, (Genesis xviii., 13,)
" Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I
of a surety bear a child, which am old ? Is
anything too hard for the Lord?" When God
promised a son to the virgin Mary, she
believed, and God honoured her. But when,
a short time before, the samo promise was
made to Zacharias, he did not believe at once,
but said to the angel, as you may read, (Luke
i., 18) Whereby shall I know this ?" Was
God pleased with such a doubt? No. He
made him dumb for a season. The angel said,
" Thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak,
until the day that these things shall be per-
formed, because thou believes not my words,
which shall be fulfilled in their season." Does
God ever speak to us ? Yes; quite as clearly
as He spoke to Abraham. He speaks to us in
the Bible. What does He say ? One thing
He says is, that the heart is deceitful above
all things, and desperately wicked." (Jere-
miah xvii., 9.) We ought, therefore, to believe
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and feel, that our hearts are wicked. If I
think, that my heart is good, I do not honour
God, because I do not feel, that, what God
says, is true. Again Jesus says, (Matthew
xi., 28,) Come unto me, all ye that labour
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
If you believe those words, and come to Jesus
for rest, then you honour God. Again, God
says, (Ezekiel xxxvi., 26,) "A new heart
also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put
within you: and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you
an heart of flesh." If you believe this pro-
mise, and ask God to give you such an heart,
He will certainly answer your prayers. We
honour God in believing, and God honours
us in blessing us. Remember, then, that as
St. Paul says, without faith it is impossible
to please God;" so we may say that with-
out faith it is impossible to honour God."
The second thing that we must do to
honour God, is to obey Him.
Who, do you think, of all the holy people,
that we read of in the Bible, honoured God








most of all ? Did Noah, who built an ark
at God's command before a drop of rain fell;
or Abraham, who offered up his own son,
when God told him to do so; or Moses, who
led the Israelites out of Egypt; or Job, who,
when God took away all his children, and all
his wealth, at a stroke, said, The Lord gave,
and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be
the name of the Lord;" or Daniel, who
would rather be cast into the den of lions,
than give up prayer ? These all honoured
God. But there is one, who honoured Him
more than all these. Who was it ? The
Lord Jesus Christ. Noah, Abraham, Moses,
Job, and Daniel obeyed God, but they were
not without sin. But Jesus, we read,
(Hebrews vii., 26,) was holy, harmless, un-
defiled, separate from sinners, and made
higher than the heavens." He obeyed God
always in everything. When God sent Him
from all the glories of heaven down into this
poor world, He said, (and you will find his
words, Psalm xl., 7,8,) Lo I come, I delight
to do Thy will, 0 my God." When it was








for God's honour, and for our salvation, that
He should be nailed to the cross, He did not
draw back. He obeyed, as St. Paul says,
(Philippians ii., 8,) lie became obedient
unto death, even the death of the cross"
So that Jesus could say in truth, as we read,
(John viii., 49,) "I honour my Father."
And we, my dear young friends, should try
like Jesus, and through Jesus, to honour God
too by obedience. God will enable us to do
so, if we pray to Him for His Spirit. Let
me tell you of a poor man who honoured
God. He lived, and lives still, in this country.
Some years ago he was very careless, and for-
getful of God, and used to drink very much.
His wife was thoughtless, too, and scarcely
ever went to Church. One day, however, she
was led to attend the morning service, and
she heard a sermon, which made her feel, that
she was a very great sinner. She felt, that
she could not stay at home in the afternoon.
She went again; and the sermon, that she
heard, made her still more unhappy. She
scarcely knew what to do. Do you under-








stand what she felt ? Have you ever felt
the same? Then she became anxious about
her husband's soul, and asked the minister
to speak to him. In a short time her prayers
were answered, and he became quite changed.
Some time after, he called upon the clergy-
man, and gave him one shilling as a contribu-
tion to a missionary society. The clergyman
knew, that he had been out of work, and was
suffering much, and felt unwilling to take it.
But the poor man insisted upon giving it,
saying, I have spent many shillings in ruin-
ing my soul, I wish now to give that to God."
Was this honouring God? Yes. Turn to
(Proverbs iii., 9,) Honour the Lord with
thy substance." Not long after, he was told
by a relation, that if he would take a journey
on Sunday, to speak to a person about some
work, he might get employment. What do
you think, that he said ? "I will go any other
day but Sunday. I have broken so many Sab-
baths already in my life, that I wish to keep
holy the remainder." Was he honouring
God ? Turn to (Isaiah lviii., 13,) and








you will see, If thou turn away thy foot
from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure
on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a De-
light, the holy of the Lord, Honourable; and
shall honour Him, [mark the words, "shall
honour Him,"] not doing thine own ways, nor
finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking
thine own words; then shall thou delight
thyself in the Lord." Thus he honoured
God. Did God honour him? Yes. God
always honours those, who honour Him. It
is His principle. He honoured His own be-
loved Son by exalting Him with great glory
into Heaven; and Ile honoured His humble
servant likewise. How ? Did He provide him
with the things of this life ? Yes. But He
did more than that. Did God bless him in
his family? Yes. But He honoured him
more still. What is the greatest honour a
man can have? Is it to be rich ? No. Is
it to have great power? No. It is to be the
means of saving a soul from death ?" For
it says, He that winneth souls is wise."
And again it is written, in (Daniel xii., 3)








" They, that turn many to righteousness, shall
shine as the stars for ever and ever." Was
then that poor man able to win souls ? Yes.
He was not learned, not clever, not eloquent,
but he walked with God; he honoured God
by his obedience, and God made his holy ex-
ample the means of leading two men to Christ
and to God. Them, that honour me, I will
honour."
Try then, my dear young friends, to honour
God. Set it before you, as the great busi-
ness of your life, to honour God. Let it be
your constant prayer, that you may honour
God. You will sometimes find it difficult.
If kind friends try to help you to honour
God, your own hearts will make it difficult;
and if ever in your lives you are thrown with
those, who do not try to honour God, it will
make it still more difficult. Do not, how-
ever, be discouraged or surprised. See how
many persons, of whom we read in the Bible,
honoured God, alone. They honoured God
without the help of others ; yea, more, when
others tried to hinder them in doing so.








Jesus often stood alone. Daniel stood alone
in the midst of Great Babylon. Twelve
spies went into Canaan to see what kind of
land it was: ten out of the twelve gave a
bad report of the land. Caleb and Joshua
alone were faithful, and honoured God; and
they were honoured. They were allowed to
enter the land of promise, whilst the others
perished in the wilderness, and were "lightly
esteemed." Honour God, and then you will
not perish in the wilderness. Honour God,
and he will give you a peaceful, happy heart.
Honour God, and he will give you "glory,
honour, and immortality in heaven;" where
you will meet all, who have honoured God,
and Jesus, who "honoured" Him most of
all.











SERMON V.


CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am
the light of the world: he, that followcth Me, shall not
walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
JoHN vii., 12.

A gentleman, who was travelling in Scot-
land, once wished to get across some high
mountains to a beautiful river, called the Dee.
There was no road across them, for they were
steep and wild: there was only a narrow path.
But the person, to whom the property be-
longed, did not like people to go by that path,
so he placed keepers at both ends of a pretty
valley, to hinder any from entering it. The
traveller therefore determined to find another
way round some mountains, so as to avoid
this forbidden path. But people told him,
that it was difficult to find that way across the
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mountains. All said, that he must take a guide,
but very few knew anything about this new
path. So he tried to get a guide at a small
village, through which he passed; but he could
not find one, and he was, therefore, obliged to
go alone. For a little time he saw occasional
cottages, and shepherds taking care of their
flocks, and he could ask them the way, that he
ought to go. But soon the path became more
and more lonely: the mountains were bleak
and wild, and he walked for miles, without
seeing anything but the wild grouse, and some
sheep feeding upon the sides of the moun-
tains. Some persons would not have liked
to be alone amongst those mountains, but he
loved their solemn silence, better than the
noise of the crowded city; and in the rocks
strewn about he could discern the earth's
history in past ages. He walked onward,
happy and thoughtful, until, all of a sudden,
the path ceased at a small burn or stream.
He looked round, but could not find any
trace of it elsewhere. He climbed up a
steep hill, thinking, that from its top he would








surely be able to see it again, but in vain.
He was wearied and hungry, and had yet
many miles to go, and was so confused by
the mountains all around him, that he did
not know which way to walk. Then he re-
membered that he had a small pocket com-
pass. He knew that the place, to which he
was going, was north-east of that, from which
he started. The compass showed him the
right direction; cheered by the feeling of
certainty, he started again, and after walking
some distance, found a narrow path. What
thought, should you suppose, came into his
mind ? le said within himself "That is
the way, that I should use the Iible daily. I
am a wanderer, and the word of God is my
compass. I must read it-not because its
language is beautiful, and its histories inte-
resting-not merely because I have been
brought up to do so-but to guide my wan-
dering feet into the narrow path." He felt,
more deeply than ever, the words of David,
(Psalm cxix., 105,) Thy word is a lamp unto
my feet, and a light unto my path."
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It was about twelve o'clock in the day,
when he lost his way; suppose it had been
twelve o'clock at night, when it was quite
dark. Then he could not have seen the
hands of the compass; he could not have
kept the narrow path; he would have stum-
bled over the hard rocks, and would have
hurt himself. It was not enough, therefore,
for him to have a compass in his pocket, he
required the light of the sun to use it aright.
The compass was not enough without the
light, or the light without the compass. The
hand of the compass pointed out the right
direction, and the light enabled him to see it.
The Bible is like the compass. Who is like the
light? We shall see presently. There are
two kinds of darkness: the one is caused by
the rays of the sun not reaching us. This is
outward darkness. We all know what it is,
because we experience it every night. It is
good for us to have this kind of darkness
sometimes, otherwise we should not be able
to sleep well; and if we could not sleep well,
we should soon be worn out. But if it lasted








always, it would be dreadful. Do you re-
member whom God punished by sending
darkness upon his land ? It was the hard-
hearted Pharaoh. Darkness was one of the
terrible plagues which God sent upon the land
of Egypt. How long did it last ? Three
days, as you will see (Exodus x. 22, 23);
all their work was stopped, for they could
not see one another, neither rose any from
his place for three days." But were the
children of Israel in darkness too ? No; it
says, "all the children of Israel had light in
their dwellings." This, my dear young
friends, is one kind of darkness. Do you
know what the other is? It is an inward
darkness-the darkness of the heart. What
is the cause of this ? Sin and unbelief: be-
cause they keep out the rays of God's light,
so that it does not enter into the soul. Do
you remember any passages of Scripture,
in which this darkness is spoken of? Our
Saviour says, (Luke xxii., 53,) "But this is
your hour, and the power of darkness." And
(Ephesians vi., 12,) Satan and the fallen angels









are called the rulers of the darkness of this
world." And if you turn to (Colossians i., 13,)
you will find from what St. Paul says, that he
himself, and those who believe the gospel,
are delivered. It is from darkness. He
says, who hath delivered us from the power
of darkness?" And with this agree the
words of St. Peter, (1 Epistle, ii., 9,) "That
ye should show forth the praises of Him, who
hath called you out of "-what ? Out of
darkness into His marvellous light." And so
again, St. Paul, speaking of Christians, says,
(I Thessalonians v., 4, 5,) "But ye, brethren,
are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief; ye are all the chil-
dren of light, and the children of day :" we
are not of the night, nor of darkness. And
sinful wicked works are often called works
of darkness." Turn to (Romans xiii., 12,)
St. Paul says, "Let us therefore cast off the
works of darkness." And (Ephesians v., 11)
he tells us to have nothing to do with such
works: Have no fellowship with the un-
fruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove








them." Now do you clearly understand, how
this spiritual darkness can be driven out of
our hearts? Let me try to explain it to you
very simply.
You could tell me, I am sure, how natural
darkness is driven away from the face of the
earth. It is a beautiful sight to behold the
sun, when it begins to rise above our hori-
zon. At first, a few streaks of light appear,
and the c-rkness seems to cling to the face
of the earth still: but soon the sun rises
higher and higher, its rays fall on the earth,
and the darkness vanishes away. We could
never remove night's thick black covering;
but the sun causes it to depart with great
rapidity. It is just so with the thick gloomy
darkness of the heart. Could you, my dear
young friends, drive it away from your own
hearts, as you put off a garment? Oh, no.
What, then, can scatter it? It must be
another sun. There must be a light to arise
upon your hearts. Do you know what that
sun is ? Turn to (Malachi iv., 2,) what is
it called there? "The sun of righteousness."








" Unto you, that fear my name, shall the sun
of righteousness arise with healing in his
wings." What does Jesus say in our text?
"I am the light of the world." And St.
John says, (i., 9,) That was the true light,
which lighteth every man, that cometh into
the world." It is Jesus, then, that pours
light on this dark world; Jesus, who shines
upon the dark heart. "The light," says St.
John, (i., 5,) "shineth in darkness." And
St. Paul says, (2 Corinthians, iv., 6,) God,
who commanded the light to shine out of
darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give
the light of the knowledge of the glory of
God in the face," that is, the person "of
Jesus Christ." Jesus, our Sun, does shine.
He does gladden the hearts of thousands in
this dark world. Perhaps, when you have
walked by the sea on a cloudy day, you may
have sometimes observed one little opening
in the clouds, through which the sun pours
out its bright beams, and the waves under-
neath it sparkle beautifully with light, whilst
all around, far and wide, they are very dark.







That, dear children, is a picture of the true
Christian's heart. The world is like the
dark waves. The true Christian's heart and
life are like the waves, that sparkle with the
sunbeams. Whenever you walk by the sea,
and see the sun shining out from the clouds,
think of your own heart, and pray to God to
shine upon it, and make it sparkle with
holiness and joy.
Remember then, dear children, that Jesus
is the light of the world." It is Jesus,
that can drive away the darkness of our
hearts. How shapeless and ugly, things look
at night, when there is no light-how very
beautiful this world is, when the sun pours
down its rays upon it. The heart is very
sinful and deformed without Christ; but
when He shines upon it, what a very great
change it makes. It gives it light, and that
light the light of life.
Let us go on to another point, and explain
what effect Christ's light has upon the heart.
Now what effect do you, my young friends,
think that it has ? You will say, I think, it









makes the heartvery happy. That is quite true,
But do you think, that that is the first feeling
it produces ? Suppose you were led into a
room, that was quite dark, you would not be
able to tell what kind of room it was, whether
it was largo, or small, whether it was well
furnished, or badly furnished, whether it was
clean and tidy, or dirty and in disorder. But
if, whilst you were standing in it, some one
were to remove the shutters, and let in the
light, then you would be able to see the state,
in which the room was. If it was well
furnished and neat, you would like it. But
if it was dirty and disorderly, you would not
be pleased with it. Now, when Jesus first
shines into our hearts, in what state do we
find them to be ? Good, do you think ? Oh,
no. If people think, that their hearts are
good, it is a very sure sign, that they are in
darkness. Christ's light makes us see, that
they are all in disorder, very, very sinful.
The Bible says, The heart is deceitful
above all things, and desperately wicked."
What made Isaiah cry out woe is me, for







I am undone?" God gave him light, and
by that light he saw his own heart, and found
it to be very sinful. What made Job cry
out, Behold I am vile," and abhor himself,
in dust and ashes ? It was God's light, for
he says himself, (chapter xlii., 5, 6,) I have
heard of Thee, by the hearing of the ear; but
now mine eye seeth Thee: wherefore, I abhor
myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
Have you, my dear young friends, felt the
sinfulness of your own hearts ? Have you
said within yourselves, Oh! my sinful, sinful
heart." If you do feel the burden of sin,
and persevere in seeking Jesus, Ilie will
not leave you under that burden, for He says,
(Matthew xi., 28,) Come unto me, all ye
that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest." He will not leave you to
stumble in darkness, but will give you the
light of life. Then your hearts will be happy
when you are young, and when you are old-
when you are well, and when you are suffering
-when you are living, and when you are
dying. We stood, not many days since, by








the bed of a dying and beloved friend, who,
not many months ago, addressed you from
this pulpit, from the words, Remember now
thy Creator in the days of thy youth." Sor-
rowing hearts were all around him, but his
own was calm and placid. What made it so ?
It must have been Christ's light; it must
have been, it was the blessed hope, In Thy
light we shall see light."
A poor man in Germany had to undergo a
most painful operation. It was so distressing,
that he screamed with pain. Soon after, the
surgeon discovered, that it must be performed
again. The sufferer said, that he would
rather die. He was reminded, that it was
his duty to submit to it. Then he said, "Let
it be done on Good Friday. The thought of
my Saviour's sufferings will sustain me."
The second time, the operation was much
worse. The surgeon was obliged to cut much
deeper. The sufferer never spoke. He did not
even flinch. How was this ? His faithful
Saviour gave him light, and in that light was
sustaining strength.







Lastly, remember, my dear young friends,
that to have this light, you must follow Jesus,
for He says, "He that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness." You must give up your
hearts to God, by faith in Christ Jesus.
Does one little ray of light shine upon your
hearts now? Do you feel your sins now
more than you did? Do they make you
unhappy? Oh! do not turn away from the
light, but follow that one little ray. It will
become brighter and brighter. It will
" shine more and more unto the perfect
day." It will drive away the remaining
darkness of your hearts. Value, then,
that light more than anything else. Rather
lose anything you have -money, health,
friends, even life-than lose that light. Pray
and strive to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Do not let bad companions lead you from
Him. Do not let your own hearts grow
careless. Oh! if you do not follow the
light, the darkness, as at evening time, will
grow thicker and thicker upon your soul,
until it ends in that outer darkness, where
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there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
But if you walk in the light, as God is in
the light, the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
will cleanse you from all sin."











SERMON VI.


CHILDREN'S PRAISE.


"And when the chief priests and scribes saw the
wonderful things that He did, and the children crying
in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David,
they were sore displeased, and said unto Him, Hearest
thou what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yea;
have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and suck-
lings Thou hast perfected praise ?"-MAT. xxI., 15, 16.

*There was once a very little boy, who used
often to say to his mother, Please tell me
all about Jesus." He died when he was
only three years old, and now he knows more
about Jesus, than the most advanced Chris-
tian. There may be some here-I hope there
may be many-who desire to know more
about Jesus, whose hearts are saying, "Tell
me all about Jesus."
It is a great request. The angels in
See "The Folded Lamb," by Mrs. Rogers.








heaven, though they know so very much,
could not tell you all about Jesus. Those,
who, like that good little boy, are with Jesus
in Paradise, could not tell you all about Him.
Oh! no. His love, and everything else in
Him, "passes knowledge." How then could
we tell you all about Jesus ? We cannot do
so; but we will try to tell you something
about Him.
Jesus had been to Jericho, and from thence
He went to Jerusalem; but He did not on
on this occasion walk all the way, as He had
often done. The prophet Zachariah had
foretold, that Zion's king would come unto
her, meek and sitting on an ass, and a colt,
the foal of an ass." This is mentioned in
the fifth verse of this chapter. When the
people saw Jesus riding in this way, they
seemed very much pleased, and they showed
their pleasure in different ways. Some, to
do Him honour, spread their garments on
the road before Him. Some cut down
branches from the palm trees, and strewed
them in the way. Is this all that they did ?








No. They sang praises to Him, and cried,
as you will see, (verse 9), Hosanna to the
Son of David: blessed is He that cometh in
the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the
highest." These were the circumstances,
under which Christ came to Jerusalem. It
was not often, that the multitude praised
Him in this way: only a few days after, they
cried out Crucify Him, crucify Him."
When Jesus came into the city, He went to
the temple: and there others began to praise
Him. Who were these ? They were not
the chief priests and scribes, but Jewish
children. They had probably heard the
multitude singing "Hosanna a short time
before, so they also caught the spirit of
praise, and said, "Hosanna to the Son of
David." Was the Saviour displeased ? Oh!
no. The priests and scribes were sore dis-
pleased, and wished Him to stop them; but
He kindly encouraged them, by saying,
" Have ye never read, Out of the mouth of
babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected
praise ?" This was not the only time, that
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Jesus was so kind to children. When the
disciples wished to keep some children away
from Him, He said, Suffer the little chil-
dren to come unto me, and forbid them not."
And as the one passage proves, that Christ
is willing to receive children, the other proves,
that it is His will, that children should praise
Him.
There are then two points which we may
consider.
1. That Jesus loves the praise of children.
2. Why children should praise Him.
First, "That Jesus loves the praise of
children."
Heaven is full of praise. There is no
prayer in Heaven; all is praise. The angels
never grow tired in singing praises, and they
love to praise the Son of God, as well as the
Father. If you wish to know the beautiful
song which they sing, you will find it (Reve-
lations v., 11, 12), where St. John says,
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of
many angels round about the throne, and
the beasts and the elders: and the number








of them was ten thousand times ten thou-
sand, and thousands of thousands, saying,
with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that
was slain to receive power, and riches, and
wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory,
and blessing." And the saints also sing,
without ceasing, a still more wonderful song,
which you will find in the same chapter
(verses 8-11), "And when He had taken
the book, the four beasts and four and
twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,
having every one of them harps, and golden
vials full of odours, which are the prayers
of the saints. And they sung a new song,
saying, Thou art worthy to take the book,
and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast
slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy
blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and
people, and nation; and hast made us unto
our God kings and priests: and we shall
reign on the earth." Now you might think,
perhaps, that the Saviour, surrounded by
such thousands of angels and of saints,
would not desire to have our weak praises.








But this would be quite a wrong thought,
for it says (Psalm 1., 23,) "Whoso offereth
praise glorifieth me." And in (Psalm
Ixv., 1,) "Praise waiteth for Thee, O God,
in Zion." So that we cannot glorify God
without praising Him. And lest any should
think, that it is only the praises of grown-up
persons, that are acceptable to God, Jesus
encouraged the hosannas of those little
Jewish children. But if their hosannas
were welcome to Him, we may be quite sure,
that the praises of Christian children must
be more welcome still; because those Jewish
children knew very little about Him. Their
parents and teachers could not tell them
much about Him; but you have parents
and teachers, who love to instruct you con-
cerning Christ; and, if you have the Spirit of
God dwelling in your heart, you will know
much more of Jesus, than they could know.
Moreover, the words of Jesus, with which
He so kindly encouraged them, settle the
point for ever: Out of the mouth of babes
and sucklings hast Thou perfected praise."







What wonderful words! Observe, it is of
very little children that Jesus speaks, for He
says "babes" and sucklingss;" and yet, when
speaking of them, He does not say "elicited"
or "brought forth" praise, which might be
very, very weak and poor, but He says "per-
fected" praise. So that the simple praises
of an infant's lips are as precious to God, as
the triumphant songs of angels and arch-
angels; and His ear is not satisfied with the
praises of those, whom He has gathered
around Him in heaven, but it bends down to
catch the lispings of children's praise.
Again,-A gentleman was once walking all
alone on a large field of ice, in some lofty
mountains, and coming near to the edge of a
precipice, his foot slipped and he fell over,
and would have been dashed to pieces, had he
fallen on the hard sharp ice below; but, by
the providential care of God, he alighted on
a little ledge of ice, eight or nine feet below
the point, from which he fell. He could not
get up from this ledge. It was quite a lonely
spot, and he must have expected to perish








from cold and hunger. After some hours, he
saw two men walking on the ice, at a long
distance off, and, calling out to them as loud
as he could, he succeeded, at last, in making
them hear. They came to his assistance, and
with the greatest difficulty, and at the risk of
their lives, they dragged him up by main
force, and rescued him from certain death.
What must he have felt then? His danger
led him to cry for help, but when he was
rescued, how full of thankfulness he must
have felt.
This serves to illustrate the difference
between prayer and praise: the child, who feels
the sinfulness of his heart, and the danger of
his soul, will pray; but the child, who feels
that Jesus loves him and saves him from sin,
will praise as well as pray. The sense of
want leads to prayer. Thankfulness leads to
praise. Which do you think is highest ? to
pray or to praise ? I think to praise. Some
prayers are selfish. Praise is never selfish.
Prayer does not always show, that the heart
is given to Jesus: praise does prove, that it is
consecrated to Him.






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The beautiful words of Jesus, about per-
fecting praise, are taken from the Old Testa-
ment. Do you remember from what part ? It
is (Psalm viii., 2). Will you read the verse
very carefully, and see whether you cannot
observe a difference in it from our Saviour's
quotation. Do you see anything about per-
fecting praise" in it ? No. The words are,
"Hast thou ordained strength." In some
way or other, then, to ordain strength" is
the same as to "perfect praise." Could you
explain this ? You have often read of Samson
carrying away the gates of Gaza. Of what
was that a proof ? Of his great bodily strength.
But there is another kind of strength,-a
strength of spirit. Turn to (2 Timothy ii., 1,)
" Thou, therefore, my son, be strong in the
grace that is in Christ Jesus." This is the
strength, of which the Psalmist speaks,-the
stren gth, that God ordains. And how does
this strength show itself? One way is in
praise. Had you seen Samson carrying away
those tremendous gates, you would have
said, How strong hlie is." And when a









little child praises God from his heart, we
may say, "How strong he is in grace."
Whenever praise is perfected, it is a sign
that strength has been ordained. *A mother
once said to her little boy, who was dying in
her lap, "You never cry, now, though all of
us are crying round you." Oh, no," said
he, "I have done with tears; Christ has
done and suffered so much for me, that I
have nothing to do now, but to rejoice and
praise Him." That little boy had a better
strength than Samson's. God had ordained
it, and so perfected praise.
And now, let us consider some reasons,
why we should praise Jesus, like those Jew-
ish children.
And, first, you should praise Him, because
He loved you so very much, as to become
your Saviour.
Suppose you were put in a dark, cold pri-
son, with iron bars at the windows, and you
knew, that in a short time you would be
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punished with death; would you not feel
happy and thankful, if a person came and
opened the prison door, and told you that
you were freely forgiven, and might go out ?
How your heart would bound with joy, and
hbw you would cling to your deliverer. This
is what Jesus has done for you. Sin is like
a dark prison-house, and Jesus came into
this world to open the door, that all, who be-
lieve in Him, may go free. But, was it easy
to open that door ? Oh! no; none but Jesus
could do it; and He had much to suffer, in
order that He might open it. He was ob-
liged to leave all the glory, which He had
with the Father in Heaven. St. Paul says
(Philippians ii., 7,) that He made Himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the
form of a servant, and was made in the like-
ness of men." And (2 Corinthians, viii., 9,)
" Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that though He was rich, yet, for your
sakes, He became poor; that ye, through His
poverty, might be rich." He left the praises
of angels, that He might endure the re-
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vilings of men, and be tempted by Satan,
and be nailed to the cross. If the Jewish
children praised Him, without knowing all
His sufferings, how much should you praise
Him now that you know, that He came to
open the prison-door of sin, and how much
He suffered, that He might open it.
2. You should praise Jesus, because He
is your King.
This is the reason, that the children in the
Temple praised Him. They believed Him to
be the Messiah; and they were quite right.
Jesus is a mighty king, and able to conquer
all our enemies. Turn to (Psalm xlv., 3,)
" Gird thy sword on thy thigh, O most
mighty;" and, (verse 5,) "Thine arrows are
sharp in the heart of the king's enemies."
When Satan tempts you, fly to Jesus, and
put yourself under His care, and He will
" bruise Satan under your feet shortly."
Should you not praise Him because He is a
a mighty king ? Jesus is a meek, mild king,
so that you need not be afraid to come to
Him. It says (in verse 5), Behold thy






king cometh unto thee meek." Praise Him
because He is so gentle. Jesus is a glorious
king. The prophet Isaiah says (xxxiii., 17),
" Thine eyes shall see the king in His beauty."
Jesus is an everlasting king. Earthly kings
die. Jesus will never die again. St. Paul
says (Romans vi., 9), "That Christ, being
raised from the dead, dieth no more." Praise
Him, because He is everlasting. When you
come to Church, my dear young friends,
remember that you should come, not to look
about, but to pray and to praise. When you
kneel upon your knees morning and evening,
do not forget to praise your mighty, yet
gentle, your glorious and everlasting king.
3. You should praise Jesus for all the
daily mercies, that He showers down upon
you.
Is not this a very beautiful world, in which
you are placed? Do you not love to walk in
the green fields, and gather the pretty flowers,
that grow by the hedgerows; or to look upon
the changeful sea, when it is smooth like a
glass, and reflects the clear blue sky, or









when its waves seem quite angry, and it
tosses the little boats upon its bosom, and
throws up its varied shells upon the beach ?
When you look at all these beautiful things
above, around, and below you, remember,
that they were all made by the Son of God:
for St. John says (i., 3), "All things were
made by Him, and without Him was not any
thing made that was made." Jesus still up-
holds them all: for St. Paul says (Hebrews
i., 3), He upholdeth all things by the word
of His power." Should not, then, your re-
joicing hearts say with the Psalmist, Praise
ye Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all ye
stars of light; praise Him, ye heaven of
heavens, and the waters that are above the
heavens. Let them praise the name of the
Lord: for He commanded, and they were
created; He hath also established them for
ever and ever; He hath made a decree, which
shall not pass." (Psalm cxlviii., 3-6).
Praise Him for the mercies of creation.
Think again of the blessings, which you
enjoy in being born in a Christian land, and in








having been consecrated to the Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost, in Baptism. You might have
been born in a heathen country, where there
is no Bible to be "a lamp unto your feet,
and a light unto your path," and where the
name of Jesus is not known; where you
would have no teacher to say, "This is the
way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right
hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isaiah
xxx., 21.) You might have been consecrated
to false gods, which are "vanity and the
work of errors." (Jeremiah x., 15.) To
whom do you owe this unspeakable blessing ?
It is to Him, who hath made of one blood
all nations of men for to dwell on all the face
of the earth; and hath determined the times
before appointed, and the bounds of their
habitation." Have you kind parents and
companions, whom you love? Praise Jesus.
Have you health and strength ? Do not
forget to praise Jesus for them. Have you
food and raiment? Praise Him,who giveth
us richly all things to enjoy." (1 Timothy
vi., 17.) Are you sick and suffering ? Still









you may praise Jesus, for He is able to make
it work for your good."
He loadeth you daily with His benefits."
(Psalm lxviii., 19.) Praise Him, therefore,
for the mercies of His providence.
The Psalmist says, "I will bless the Lord
at all times." Follow his example. Praise
your Saviour every day, and under all cir-
cumstances. When you first awake in the
morning, and when you place your head
upon your pillow at night; when you are
alone in your secret chamber, or in the green
fields, and when you go to the house of
God; when you are well, and when you are
ill; when you have every thing you want,
and when there are many things, that you
cannot have; when you are living, and when
you are dying, let your soul bless God.
My prayer, dear reader, for you is, that
God may perfect praise in your heart on
earth, and that you may belong to that
blessed company, that shall hereafter offer
perfect praise in heaven.
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