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THE WICKET GATE.
To MY READERS,
A converted fishwoman, of Newhaven, was
asked what she thought of Bunyan's "Pilgrim's
Progress ; she replied:
I have one objection to Mr. Bunyan, and it is
this, he keeps his Pilgrim far too long before he
brings him to the Wicket Gate.' "
Her reply suggested the title of "The Wicket
Gate" for this little volume. My endeavour has been
to present Christ and His finished work-not at a
distance, where the sinner has to toil up the Hill
Difficulty," or across "The Slough of Despond "-
but let down, as it were, into the very "Market
Square" of the "City of Destruction."
That many of my readers may find in Christ the
Door," "the Way, the Truth, and the Life," is the
earnest desire of
CH R INTRODUCTION .
II. PLEADING MARY .
I. THE CAPTIVE FREED .
III. "Go AWAY"
IV. ONE WHO CAME. .
VII, LOST AND FOUND .
VIII. SUBSTITUTION .
IX. SAVED .
X. PRECIOUS .
XI. CONFESSION AND CONSOLATION
XII. SIMILES OF CHRIST .
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
THE WICKET GATE, Frontispiece.
PLEADING MARY .
THE FOUNTAIN .
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
READING THE BIBLE
IRISH CABIN .
THE LOST SHEEP
VILLAGE IN IRELAND
UNPAID DEBTS .
PUT TO SLEEP .
BOATMEN PUSHED OFF THE BEACH.
AN OUTSTRETCHED ARM .
HAVE a book in my pocket with
your name in it," I said to a young
Indeed," she said, "how is that ? We
never saw or heard of each other before."
I am quite sure that it has your name
in it," I continued, because it contains the
name of every person in the world."
The little girl seemed to think either
that I had a very large book, or was quite
mistaken; but, when I showed her that my
book was the Bible, and that in it there was
MAN'S RUIN GOD'S REMEDY,
she could not doubt my word any longer,
for in the Bible it is distinctly said that All
have sinned." (Rom. iii. 23.) So that
" Sinner" is the name of every child of
Now, my dear young friends, though I
have not forgotten those who have a new
name, my little book is specially written for
those who bear the name of sinners, and
it will describe some who I am sorry to
say, lived and died sinners, and others who
came in their need and misery to Jesus, and
had.a new name given to them, written in
another book, which is called the Lamb's
Book of Life." (Rev. xxi. 27.) Here I
must warn all my readers that God has
books in heaven, in which are recorded our
every action, thought, word, and deed; and
if these solemn records are not blotted out
in the precious blood of Christ, they will all
appear against us at that day when the
great, white throne will be set up, and when
He who sits upon it, will summon all, both
small and great, young and old, to stand
before it. (Rev. xx. II, 12.) Remember,
then, that when friends are not looking, God
is, and Thou God seest me" is as true in
the dark night as in the bright noon-day,
for God takes notice of all we do, say, or
As you read of some who have passed
away from earth, rejecters of the Lord
Jesus, I want each of you to ask himself,
" Am I like them ? As you read of others
who have gone to heaven to be with the
Good Shepherd who gave his life for the
sheep" (John x. 11), I want you to say,
" Would that be true of me, if I were called
away this moment ? And as you read of
others, who sought to serve and please the
Lord, saved by His precious blood, let the
little Christian say if that is what he is
seeking to do.
My first story shall be about little Mary,
whom I like to call Pleading Mary," be-
cause she sought to serve the Lord, by
seeking to win others for the Saviour she
q .. ..
ITTLE MARY'S father was a tall,
strong man, but I am sorry to tell
you that he did not think about
God, nor did he care for his soul
He did not object to his little
daughter going to school on Sundays, and
soon she became very much interested in
what her kind teacher taught her from God's
word; and by-and-bye the child learned that
she was a sinner. Not satisfied with going
to school, she also asked leave to go to
hear the preacher who spoke for God on
Sunday evenings; her wish was granted,
but ever then she was not content. Mary
loved her father very much, and as Sun-
day night came, and she was dressed to
go out, she would stand at the door and say,
" Oh, Father, do come, too." Run away,
child," he would answer; I am all right
without hearing sermons."
But after Mary was gone, her father could
not forget her pleading look, and would often
say to himself, Well, if it is right for my
c/hi'd to go, and she can learn some good at
that place, it must be right for me too." You
see, God was speaking to him through his
child, and it was not very long before Mary
heard him reply to her often-repeated ques-
tion, Won't you come too, Father?" "Yes,
my dear, I will come with you."
That happy Sunday evening was the first
of many on which little Mary and her father
walked together to hear about the Lord
Jesus Christ. The love of the Saviour in
dying for sinners touched the father's heart;
he felt he was a sinner, repented of his sins,
believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, and now
both father and daughter delight to remem-
ber, in His own appointed way (Luke xxii.
19, 20), the loving Saviour Who washed
them both from all their sins in His precious
As time passed on, little Mary had a
very long illness; for many years she was
weak and helpless, but very happy in the
thought that God loved her and that Jesus
had died for her; when I saw her, as I often
did, she told me that this comforted her very
much. Her delight during this time of sick-
ness was to hear the Word of God read and
God heard our prayers for her, and at
length she became well; and when last I
saw her, Pleading Mary was in the midst
of a number of children in a class in a ragged
school begging them to "come to the
Saviour Whom she had found for herself.
Will any of my young readers who love
the Lord Jesus plead with their relatives
who are strangers to His love to "come
too ? Perhaps some child, who does not go
to any Sunday School and has no christian
parent to instruct him, might be induced by
you to "come too." Think how happy it
would be if you were the means of leading
another to Jesus; but remember you are not
to be like the finger-post which stands at the
cross-roads pointing out the right way to
travellers, yet never moving itself; but like
Mary, who had learned to love the Lord
Jesus, and because she loved Him, wanted
others to do so too. If you cannot speak to
others, you can prayfor them.
Then pray that your Saviour may bring them to
And prayer will be answered--'twas answered for
I will now speak to you of one who
obtained blessing from the Lord Jesus when
He was down here on this -earth.
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
E read in the seventh chapter of the
Gospel of Mark of a poor child who
was under the power of a cruel foe,
who tried to destroy her. That foe was a
Is there not one now in this world who
goes about seeking whom he may devour?
(i Peter v. 8.) As the evil spirit sought
to destroy this poor child, so does your
adversary, the devil, seek after your soul to
The child's mother, hearing of Jesus,
went to seek Him, but when she reached
the place where He was she found that He
had entered into a house, and would have
"no man know it." Still the poor mother
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
did not make the journey in vain, for we
read of Jesus that He could not be hid."
What words of comfort! The Lord knew
of this poor suffering girl who needed
deliverance, and as the little hymn so
beautifully says :-
" Clirist could not be li(i-for around Him would press
The children of sorrow, of pain, and distress :
And faith, by the hem of His garment, would prove
What virtue there issued from Him who is Love.
Clhrist could not be hid--for the blind and the lame
His love and His power, would together proclaim ;
The dumb would speak out, and the deaf would recall
The name of that Jesus-who healed them all.
C/hrist could not be hrid-for the Widow of Nain
Would point to the son, now restored her again;
Would say 'twas His love-His compassion and grace
Gave back that lost son to a mother's embrace.
Clhrist couldnol be hid--for hark hark to that shout
Hosanna hosanna the children cry out,
And 0, blessed for us, though some would have chid,
That Jesus the Saviour, CAN NEVER IBE ,HiD.'
So Jesus opened the door of the house,
and sent the mother home with this beau-
tiful message, Go thy way, the devil is
gone out of thy daughter."
When the poor woman reached home she
found the words of Jesus quite true; her
daughter lay quietly upon the bed, freed
from the cruel foe who had held her fast.
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
Many children say, "If Jesus were here, I
would go to Him, but I do not know how
to go, now He is in heaven." I want you to
notice that this little girl did not see Jesus,
yet she was healed by Him. It is not there-
fore necessary to see Him, that you may
obtain the blessing He has to give. The
Bible says, it is by believing His word that
we are saved; these are the very words of
Jesus: He that heareth My word, and
believeth on Him that sent Me, hath ever.
lasting life." (John v. 24.)
It is true that Jesus is now in His Father's
house, but I may tell you, that the door is
wide open, and He cannot be hid to-day
from any who really feel their need of a
Saviour. We read, too, that He is the
Way to His Father's house of many man-
sions. I am the Way" He said. Can you
repeat some texts beginning with the words,
" I am ? I think I hear one of you say:
" I am the Door (John x. 7); another-" I
am the Life" (John xiv. 6); a third-" I
am the Truth," quoting from the same
verse; and a fourth-" I am the Light."
(John ix. 5.)
Yes, Jesus is everything we need; He is
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
the Way to heaven, He is the Door into
heaven-an open door" by which you
may enter to-day. He is the Life of all who
belong to heaven. He is the Truthl, and He
is the Lzo/ig, not only to show a poor sin-
ner the way from this dark world to heaven,
but to be the Sun of that bright place, for
we read in the description of the heavenly
city, The Lamb is the Liz.t thereof."
(Rev. xxi. 23.)
Do any ask the heavenly road,
The shining way that leads to God?
Then hear the blessed Jesus say,
'Believe on Me, laam the IVay.'
Do any wish the truth to learn,
The good from evil to discern ;
To shun the tempter in their youth ?
The Saviour says, 'I am /nt te Trut.'
Do any feel the plague of sin,
Satan and death at work within ?
Jesus can quell the mortal strife,
For Jesus says, 'I am the Life.'"
I knew a young girl who felt she would
like to find the "heavenly road." One
night she was much troubled : she had not
learned that Jesus is the Way."
Her anxiety was so great that she could
She called her father, but he could not
TIE CAPTIVE FREED.
help her-as he did not know "the way "
himself. After several hours of anxiety, she
remembered that she had heard at Sunday
School that she had only to come just as s/i
was. She then wondered which was the
right way to go. If Jesus were only on earth,
it would be easy, she thought. Ah! she forgot
that it is more easy to go to the Lord Jesus
now than it was when He was upon earth.
At length she sat up in bed and said,
" Here I am, Lord Jesus; take me just as I
am." All her trouble was gone, her tears
of sorrow were changed to tears of joy, and
she was from that moment saved. She
found Jesus not only as the way," but
also the truth," and th" life."
I should like you to notice seven different
things about this child:
felt her need of S
(heIrd about.... rE U
began to seek
Lwas made happy by
In the first place, she izcard about Jcszus.
Probably most of my young readers are
like her in this respect, but are any of them
like her in the second thing? She not
only heard but felt her need of yesus, and
THE CAPiTIVE FREED.
the result was, in the third place, s/ie began
to seek J csus.
If you will do as she did in this respect,
I am quite sure that the fifth thing will
be true of you, and that is, she found
7esus ; every seeker is sure to be a finder
if he only does what she did. In the sixth
place she believed in y7sus. Come then just
as you are, without one plea, but your need,
your guilt, your misery, encouraged by the
sweet and blessed fact-that Jesus Himself
is a seeker of the lost sheep. If you are
seeking Jesus, and Jesus is seeking you,
He, who knows, and sees, and loves, as no
one else can, is quite sure to find you, and
it will then be true of you, as it was of this
dear child in the last place, you will be
ma/e /zapy y 7y esus.
The door is as wide open for you as it
was for her, and in these texts you will see
the sort of people God invites to come :
Labouring one GOME (Matt. xi. 28.)
Heavy laden one i( ME (Matt. xi. 28.)
Thirsty one (Rev. xxii. 17.)
Are there any who have a deep, un-
satisfied longing in their hearts for some
source of joy and peace not to be found in
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
any of the pleasures of this world ? This
longing is compared to thirst, and to those
who felt it Jesus spoke when he stood and
cried, saying," If any man thirst, let him
come unto Me and drink." How sweet to
notice that one of the beautiful ways in
which our Saviour -God, has presented
himself to us is as
(Jer. ii. 13.)
(Zec. xiii. I.)
(Rev. xxi. 6.)
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
"A dead sinner needs life : it is found in
God the Fountain of living waters."
A defiled sinner needs cleansing: a
" Fountain is opened for sin and unclean-
A bankrupt sinner has nothing to pay,
so it is written : I will give to him that is
athirst of the Fountain of the water of life
"freely." (Rev. xxi. 6.)
Do you ask, When am I to come ?
God says N-O---W." Now is the
accepted time." (ii Cor. vi. 2.)
Take God at His word, as a poor de-
formed child did, whose story you shall now
This little girl lived in a country village,
and had never heard the sweet and simple
truth of the gospel, until one evening when
a servant of God, who spent his time in
going from village to village telling of the
dear Saviour he had found, came near her
But I must not forget to tell you how
God led his servant to that place.
A christian woman, who had a very bad
husband, lived in the same row of cottages
with the little invalid. She was most
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
anxious for her husband to hear the good
news of God's love to sinners. Thinking
if she could persuade him to allow their cot-
tage to be used for preaching, he might by
that means be induced to listen to the Word
of God, she asked his consent. He very
reluctantly gave his wife leave to invite the
preacher to his cottage, but added that
" only once would he allow preaching
The evening arrived; the preacher told
of God's love and grace, of the Saviour's
death and atoning work.
I am sorry to tell you the wicked man
did not want to be saved; not so, however,
the poor child, who had been carried into
the cottage; she learned that she was a
lost sinner; began to thirst for the living
waters; heard the words Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ; came to Him just as
she was, with all her sins and misery, and
she left the cottage saved.
Would that every reader would do like-
wise! Let me earnestly ask your serious
attention to this all-important matter, the
salvation of your precious soul. You have
read that Jesus is the way, that the present
THE CAPTIVE FREED.
moment is the right one to come, nay, the
only moment you can call your own. Past
opportunities have fled for ever. The future
cannot be counted upon. You may pass
away ere the day closes. Let me then be-
seech you not to trifle with the present.
Oh, do"not let the word depart,
,.!.. .1- I....- thine eyes against the light !
Poor sinner, harden not thine heart !
Thou wouldst be saved, why not to-night ?
To-morrow's sun may never rise,
Upon thy long deluded sight,
This is the time, oh, then, be wise !
Thou wouldst be saved, why not to-night ?"
Be warned as you read of one who re-
jected the rich gift of eternal life, and trifled
with the precious offer of mercy.
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DON'T feel quite so well to-day;
"_)-7", I could not get any sleep last
night through that little girl in
....-. yonder bed. She came in only
yesterday, and seems so very ill. "
"YFr So said an inmate of one of
the wards in a hospital which I am in the
habit of visiting. I turned to look, and in
the opposite corner of the ward lay a little
girl of about ten summers; her golden
hair, matted together, fell around a face
naturally bright and intelligent, but now
wearing a sad look which told too plainly of
want, starvation, and misery.
It was visiting day, and by the child's
bedside sat a man of middle age, of stolid
" GO AWAY."
expression of countenance, unable or un-
willing to administer a single word of com-
fort to the poor sufferer, who continually
cried, I want mother! I want mother!"
The poor child had been ill for about
two months, and, as a last resource, had
been taken to the hospital. My heart was
touched by her distress, and thinking that
a few words telling of the tender love of
Jesus and his pity for suffering and sorrow
might quiet and comfort her, I walked
across the ward to her bedside. Wiping
the perspiration from her forehead, I said,
" My poor child, you want your mother.
She will soon be here, my dear; but when
your mother comes she will soon have to
leave you alone again. Let me tell you
of One who is always here, and who never
leaves His own. He made a poor little
boy, a sufferer like yourself, so happy. Dur-
ing the long, dreary nights, he used to tell
Jesus about his pains, and Jesus comforted
him so that the little boy forgot his own
pain and suffering, and was so filled with
the love of Jesus that he could only tell
others of the One who had made him thus
" GO AWAY."
As I spoke of this suffering yet happy
boy, the little girl seemed to forget her own
pain, and her distressed look gave place to
a calmer expression; but when I added that
Jesus was ready and willing to make her
happy too, and that God was beseeching her
and every poor sinner to receive His love,
she turned aside, with a restless look, and
putting up her two thin, wasted hands, as
though she would have pushed me from her,
cried, Go away Go away I don't want
"Ah! poor child," I said, "but Jesus
wants you. He loves poor sinners too well
to listen to them when they bid Him go
away, and He is ready and willing, now while
I speak, to make you as happy as He made
the little boy of whom I have told you."
But the poor child would not listen, so,
with a sorrowful heart, I left her.
Four days afterwards I again stood be-
side her bed, and again tried to speak to
her of God's free love in giving His only
begotten Son to die for sinners, and of His
joy in making known to weary hearts the
blessed truth that whosoever will may
come to the Saviour of sinners. Alas again
" "GO AWAY."
I saw the same look of hatred against God,
again the same melancholy words came from
her young lips, Go away! Go away !"
I could speak to her for a few moments
only, for her mother, who came to the
bedside, was, like her child, without God,
and without hope." (Eph. ii. 12.)
I left the bed side, lifting up my heart to
the Lord, for the poor suffering, wilful child
who was a constant source of trouble to the
nurses. Her go away" echoed in my ears
as the terrible heart-utterance of such as
reject the love and refuse the invitation of
the Lord Jesus.
Four more days passed, and I stood
again by that bedside, but, alas she who
had spoken those sad words had gone
away "-where ?
She died yesterday," said the nurse, in
answer to my question concerning her.
Yes ; she had left this world without, so far
as I could learn, any concern for her im-
mortal soul. With what awful import will
the forbidding words of this poor child fall
upon the ears of the rejecters of Jesus, when
He says to them, Depart into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."
They will "go away." But where ?
" Into everlasting fire."
What does your heart, my reader, answer
to the gracious invitation of God ?
Beside the child's bed was that of another
sufferer, who said to me, I am not tired of
the world yet." Alas for the ten thousand
excuses which sinners make for not accept-
ing the invitations of Jesus. Are you, in-
deed, saying "go away" to Him ? Then let
me tell you that lHe who NOW says from
the depths of His heart of love, Come unto
Me," must and will say to each one who
refuses to hear His word NOW, Depart,"
on that day when the despisers of God's
love shall be brought before the bar of
See that ye refuse not Him that speak-
eth. For if they escaped not who refused
Him that spake on earth, how much more
shall not we escape if we turn away from
Him that speaketh from Heaven." (Heb.
There is a text to which I would call your
attention. (Isa. i. 18.) Notice the little word
which tells us when we are to come, Come
Return ye every min from his evil way. (fer. xxxv. 15.)
Turn "yeI | f-rm vyour evil ways. (Zachariah i. 4.)
Prove me saith the Lord of Hosts. (Malachi iii. o1.)
Do ye believe ? (Jno. xvi. '.)
To illustrate the importance of obeying
the word NOW," I will relate an incident
which happened to three Sunday-School
teachers, during a ramble in the summer
vacation. Having ascended a very high
mountain, they were resting after their hard,
but successful clamber, when a dense cloud,
gathering immediately below them, con-
cealed the whole of the mountain side.
They began to descend, but the path was
quite hidden, and, diverging from the beat-
en track, they ran through the thick grass,
in what they considered, a direct line to the
bottom. They were descending very rapid-
ly, when the cloud suddenly lifted, a flood
of sunshine burst in upon them, and in-
stantly the foremost called out in terrified
tones, "STOP"! His companions threw
themselves on their backs, and to their
horror, learned that they were on the verge
of a steep precipice, overhanging the rugged
crags of some dangerous rocks; a few mo-
ments more, and they would have been
dashed down, down headlong to certain
" GO AWAY. "
Immediate, unquestioning obedience to
the call of their friend alone saved their
Dear unsavedciz'ld, you, too, are descend-
ing a terrible decline, even the broad road
that leadeth to destruction." (Matt. vii. 13.)
At the bottom is the "lake of fire." My
word to you is Stop "! stop at once," or
you may be lost, and lost for ever; for the
Word of God warns us that-
Swift E8TRUC- (Ii Pet. ii. I)
Sudden ( Thess. v. 3)
Everlasting TION (i Thess. I. 9)
is the awful portion of those who know
not God, and obey not the gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ."
If you are lost, you alone are to blame,
for God's message is, Deliver him from
going down to the pit, I have found a ran-
som," and that ransom is none other than
His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, of
whom it is said, "There is one mediator
between God and men, the Man Christ
Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all."
(i Tim. ii. 5, 6.) Let me then ask you
" GO AWAY.
Look to Jesus, look and live ;
Mercy at His hands receive;
He has died upon the tree.
And His words are, Look to Me.'
Come to Jesus, come and live ;
He has endless life to give ;
He from sin will set you free ;
For His words are, 'Come to Me.'
Rest in Jesus, there repose,
Shelter find from all thy foes ;
Let His name be all thy plea,
For His words are 'Rest in Me.' "
What precious words are these !
Rest in II .E
Why have you not accepted those sweet
invitations ? Why are you not resting in
Jesus ? Many a child has given that look"
to Jesus. Many a one has "come" to
Him, and found rest," proving the reality
of His own unfailing promise.
In our next chapter you shall hear of
some one who once
Heard the voice of Jesus say,
Come unto Me and rest."
And who can now say-
I came to Jesus as I was,
"Weary and worn, and sad.
I found in Him a resting place,
And He has made me glad."
ONE WHO CAME.
T. N the twilightofa winter's day three
S little boys sat at their mother's
knee by a cheerful fire, the fitful
gleams of which played in light
and shadow amidst the growing darkness,
which gradually stole in through the case-
The house where the children lived was
situated in a little town which nestled
amongst the beautiful lakes of S--.
Their father had been called away from
home, and their mother was telling them
the Bible story of Noah's Ark" as they
sat in the firelight.
She told of God's judgment upon the
wicked men and women of the old world,
ONE WHO CAME.
and pictured the waters-rising higher and
higher, and the terrified people trying to
escape-climbing the roofs of the houses,
high trees, mountain tops, until all were
lost in one watery grave; as all this was
related, a deep awe filled the children's
hearts. At length the second boy burst
into tears, no longer able to restrain him-
self; the other two followed, and their little
hearts seemed ready to burst.
Their kind mother then explained that
the ark was God's way of escape from the
flood, and told them how safe Noah and his
family were when God had shut them in;
and how, after many days, the dove was
sent forth from the ark, and returned ; how
Noah sent her forth again, and how she
came back with an olive leaf in her mouth;
and how delighted Noah and his family
must have been when they saw the fresh,
All this, and much more, was related;
but it is enough to say that the deep
impression made upon the heart of the
eldest of these boys was never forgotten,
although it was many years before he knew
what it was to be in the true Ark.
ONE WHO CAME.
As he grew older he was often uneasy
and miserable, especially during thunder-
storms, and when he thought danger was
Several years had passed since the child-
ren sat round the fire on that winter eve-
ning, when a great work of God com-
menced in the neighbourhood. The eldest
of the three brothers was anxious to be
among the saved ones, but he thought
that he mustfeel better, must give up one
thing and another, and that his heart must
grow soft before he could be saved. So he
tried to soften his hard heart, and force from
his eyes tears of penitence which would
never flow, for he had not learned that
" the goodness of God leadeth to repen-
tance." (Rom. ii. 4.)
The following couplet was true of him:
"A long time I wandered in darkness and sin,
And wondered if ever the light would shine in."
After a time this concern wore off, and
outwardly there was not much change.
He found that turning over a new leaf,
and giving up this and that bad habit was
much easier said than done, and just as he
ONE WHO CAME.
thought some sin was conquered it would
break out again. He had not learned that
he was utterly lost, and that "to him that
worketh not, but believeth on Him that
justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted
for righteousness." (Romans iv. 5.) He
was still often unhappy, though outwardly
all seemed right, and he appeared to be as
good as most boys of his age.
Once, while visiting the fine old city of
Chester, he was walking on the walls, when
an elderly gentleman, an old family friend,
met him and spoke to him about his soul.
This made an impression which he never
was able to get rid of. At another time,
leaving home for business in a distant
town, a christian friend spoke to him on the
same solemn subject; this was another
arrow from God to his soul, but apparently
it had no effect.
In the town to which he went he enquired
for a Sunday School, and without being
asked whether he was born again, or
whether he knew the forgiveness of his own
sins, he was installed as a teacher, and
several precious souls were committed to his
care. Alas! alas! it was the blind leading
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the blind : not knowing the way of salvation
for himself, how could he tell it to others ?
Often did he tremble on his seat as he
remembered those words, Lest that by
any means when I have preached to others,
I myself should be a castaway." (i Cor.
Time rolled on, and he removed to Lon-
don. There he avoided the teacher's place,
and asked to be allowed to join the elder
scholars' class. He used also to go and
hear one of the most eloquent preachers
in the metropolis-fine, flowing language,
and pleasing description drew a numerous
audience, but the simple narrative of God's
salvation was seldom heard from his lips ;--
and so he sat, intellectually charmed by the
preacher but unmoved in his soul.
The Bible-class was punctually attended.
One afternoon, as the school was closing,
the teacher said to him :
"Some of the elder boys are going to
stay behind for prayer, according to our
usual custom ; can I ask you to pray ?"
Me to pray ?" thought he ; the question
pierced his soul like a dart, and he who had
never ceased to SAY his prayers reg-larly,
2S ONE WHO CAME.
since he learned them at his mother's knee,
now discovered, for the first time, that he
was a reliious /yfocrite; and with faltering
lips he said: I don't know."
Then you ought to know," replied the
teacher. When can you come up to my
house to see me ? "
An appointment was made, and this was
the beginning of several interviews. He
became more and more anxious about his
soul, until at length he was led to cry out:
"Lord have mercy upon me a sinner, a
hopeless, lost, helpless, ruined sinner "
One night, alone in his room in the dark,
he was pleading for "mercy, mercy!" when
a light direct from heaven shone into his
very soul ; the load of misery was gone, and
with a heart filled to overflowing, he was
". tell to all around,
Of the dear Saviour he had found.
Sweetest note in seraph song,
Sweetest name on mortal tongue,
Sweetest carol ever sung-
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus."
Now his great desire was that all his
brothers and sisters might be saved, and
many a pleading prayer went up to the
ONE WHO CAME.
throne of grace for the other two brothers,
that they also might taste of his newly-
It was his delight to tell others of a
known Saviour, and an enjoyed salvation,
and it has long been his privilege to labour
among the dear children.
About a year after his conversion he
heard from the lips of a servant of God
what he had never known before, that,
having eternal life, he could never be lost;
and that the Lord Jesus Christ having
borne the judgment of his sins there was
none left for him. These were new truths
to one accustomed to listen to that which
pleased the understanding but did not
satisfy the need of the soul; and he has
had reason to bless God for thus leading
him to hear truths which set him for ever
free from the fear of death and judgment.
Not long after, when in the company of
some Christians who had met to read God's
Word, he heard an elderly gentleman, who
had spent many years in the service of His
Saviour, speak of God's way of deliverance
from the wretchedness described in Romans
vii. Thus he learned that the believer
ONE WHO CAME.
finds a present, positive deliverance from
the groaning and misery there described,
by knowing his new place in Christ, where
" there is no condemnation." (Rom. viii. i.)
He also learned that the true expecta-
tion of a believer is not to die, but to be
caught up to meet the Lord, as we read
(i Thess. iv. 16, 17), For the Lord
Himself, shall descend from heaven, with
a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God; and the dead
in Christ shall rise first : then we which are
alive and remain shall be caught up to-
gether with them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be
with the Lord."
He is coming, coming for us;
Soon we'll see His light afar,
On the dark horizon rising,
As the Bright and Morning Star,
Cheering many a waking watcher,
As the star whose kindly ray
Heralds the approaching morning
Just before the break of day.
Oh z/what joy, as night hangs round us,
'Tis to link of morning's ray ;
Swvcct to klnowu He's conzing or s,
7ust before /he break of day.
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He is coming, coming for us;
Soon we'll hear His voice on high ;
Dead and living, rising, changing,
In the twinkling of an eye,
Shall be caught up all together,
For the meeting in the air;
\With a shout, the Lord, descending,
Shall Himself await us there.
Oi /! whatjoy, that great' ,
Trysted nmceting in the air;
Sweet to know He's coming for us,
Calling us to join Him theree"
It is my joy to tell you that the other two
boys, his brothers, are now safe in the Ark,
and his sincere, earnest desire is that every
reader of this little book may be saved ere
the night of judgment comes-safe in Jesus,
as Noah was secure from the storm which
overwhelmed all those who were not shut
within the ark.
Let me then, dear reader, persuade you
Come to the Ark-come to the Ark,
To Jesus come away,;
The pestilence walks forth by night,
The arrow flies by day.
Come to the Ark-the waters rise,
The seas their billows rear ;
While darkness gathers o'er the skies,
Behold a refuge near '
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Come to the Ark-Wake ye that sleep !
Wake from the Death of Sin !
Arise for danger is without,
But all is safe within.
Come to the Ark-ere yet the flood
Your lingering steps oppose ;
Come for the door now open stands,
But soon-soon it will close."
Permit me to ask, Are you prepared, if
sudden death were to overtake you ? In
the next chapter you shall read of one to
whom death did come suddenly.
;,-.. N the charming county of Devon,
S in the village of Torrington, a little
stranger arrived, some eighteen
years ago. The mother of the
.:;. .- babe was a poor woman who
-arned her living by glove making.
The father deserted both mother and
child, and the poor woman had to struggle
hard tomaintainherselfandher baby. When
her little Henry was about twelve years old
her health, which had long been failing, gave
way, and it was evident that she was fast
sinking into consumption.
A kind sister in London offered her a
home, and she exchanged the pure air of
her pleasant country village for the dense
atmosphere of an East-end attic.
I will not here relate how our Saviour-
God, brought her to Himself, as I want to
tell you about her son Henry.
I am sorry to say the child for whom
she had toiled day and night since he was
born was not a comfort to his poor, sick
mother; he paid no attention to what she
said, and was a source of great grief to her
through his sinful ways. He had fallen in
with bad companions who led him astray.
Henry's first situation was among the car-
men at the Docks; there he learned many
bad ways, and grew familiar with reckless
language; but the greatest grief was caused
to his poor mother by his continually threat-
ening to run away to sea. This she besought
him not to do.
About this time I obtained a promise
from him that when he intended to run
away he would let me know, for I knew he
was determined to do so after his mother's
death. In the meantime he was induced to
come to the Sunday School, and there he
heard the truths of God's Word, and the
sweet tale of God's love in the gift of His
Henry's heart, however, remained un-
moved; he was determined to have his own
way and go to sea as soon as an opportunity
offered. About this time his mother died,
breathing many an earnest prayer on her
death bed that Henryminght soon be with her
in the bright home to which she was going.
The funeral being over, the question as to
Henry's future arose. A kind Christian
who taught the Bible-class undertook to
teach him a trade.
After he had been apprenticed a little
time, the superintendent of the Sunday
School invited a number of young people
to take tea at his house. After tea Gospel
addresses were given.
Previous to this meeting, a number of
the parents and friends of those present had
met for special prayer that God would bless
His servants' words that evening to the
salvation of the dear young people.
Little did they think, that one who had no
parent here to pray for him was to be among
those who should receive God's message
that night-but so it was. Henry was one of
the company, and as he went home after
the meeting, he repeated again and again
to himself words spoken that night which
had taken deep root in his soul. He had
heard the solemn text," Thou fool, this night
thy soul shall be required of thee (Luke
xii. 20), and he vainly tried to forget it. He
was not prepared to meet God, and the
thought of this greatly troubled him ; from
this time forth he had no rest of conscience,
until at length he found peace in believing.
Time passed on, and Henry's altered con-
duct proved that the change was real ; his
determination to go to sea now gave place to
a fervent desire to serve the Lord Jesus, and
I well recollect his asking me for tracts to
give away, in order that others might learn
of his newly-found Saviour.
Several months rolled away, and his con-
duct, both in school and at home, shewed a
thorough change. He never left the house
on Sunday evenings to go to hear the Gos-
pel preached without asking his uncle, who
was unconverted, to accompany him. When
his uncle replied that he would come some
day, Henry often answered, "Ah! that may
be too late."
In the course of time it was his joy to
sit around the Lord's table with God's peo-
ple to remember the death of his dear Lord
and Master according to His own word,
" This do in remembrance of Me."
I had been out of town for some time,
and on returning home had to pass the
house of Henry's employer. I found him
overwhelmed with grief. Henry had left
his work on the previous evening about the
usual time, and his employer had retired to
rest. Some time past midnight Henry's
uncle and aunt alarmed him by knocking
loudly and asking if Henry were there. His
master remembered that he had gone with
two or three of the workmen down to the
river to bathe, it being an intensely hot
sultry July day. He had warned him to be
careful, but Henry, in his boyish way, said
"Oh! there is no fear." His employer
instantly dressed and went toward the river
in search of him.
On his way he met some policemen
bearing something on a stretcher; his heart
beat, and a cold chill ran through him as
he asked, Have you a boy there ? He
was a little relieved when they answered
" No, we have found a man in the river."
They asked whether he was in search of
anyone, and whether he would recognise
him if he saw him. I am sure I should,"
said Henry's master.
The stretcher was lowered, the face un-
covered, and there lay Henry's body, so
swollen by the water, that it looked more
like that of a man than a boy.
The story was soon told; the poor boy
had gone to bathe with some of the work-
men. They were all out of the water,
when Henry said, See me jump in! "-he
jumped, and sank to rise no more until the
policeman's drag brought him to the surface.
Several of his schoolfellows were present
as we committed his body to the dust, in
the sure and certain hope of a glorious
resurrection, when Jesus shall call His
blood-bought ones home.
Only a few days before he died he ex-
pressed a desire, often upon his lips, that
he might be a preacher of the Gospel, saying
he would give a thousand pounds to be one;
but the Good Shepherd saw fit to gather him
to His presence, and thus answered his
mother's fervent prayer that her boy might
soon be with her.
It is our joy to know that Henry's name
was written, not only in the Sunday School
attendance book, but also in the Lamb's
Book of Life, so that, when the summons
came, he was ready "to depart and be
with Christ, which is far better." (Phil. i.
Is my reader ready? If to-night yozi
were to pass out of time into eternity,
would you be ready to meet God ? If not,
let me ask you to notice some texts of Scrip-
ture where that beautiful word, Ready "
is mentioned. The first is in Deut. xxvi.
5, where we read these words, "Ready to
If they describe your state, and if you
have, like Henry, found out your lost condi-
tion, and are ready to own in the presence of
God what you are, go to Him in all the
simplicity of your heart, just as you would
go to your parents, and tell God that you
are a sinner and ready to perish." You
will then find that God is
R ADY to pardon. (Nehemiah ix. 17.)
to forgive. (Psalm lxxxvi. 5.)
READ Y to save. (Isaiah xxxviii. 20.)
Now are not these three beautiful things
for a sinner to hear? Notice that God is
" ready "-not waiting to be asked, not
wanting to be besought to get ready-but
willing, waiting, and ready to pardon your
sins, forgive your iniquities, and save you
from everlasting misery.
In Luke xiv. God's precious invitation
to sinners is compared to a great supper,
to which when all things were ready, God
sent His servants to bid the guests. Some
began to make excuses, and so they did not
taste of God's supper ; but others, such as
the poor prodigal in Luke xv., when "ready
to perish," were glad to come, and found,
as he did, a welcome.
The prodigal found that his father was
ready, the best robe was ready, the supper
was ridy too; and when his father had
kissed him and clothed him, and given him
the ring for his hand and the shoes for his
feet, he had only to sit down and feast
upon the fatted calf, which is a picture of
Jesus once slain for His people, but now
Ah! I think I hear some boy saying,
" I am so bad, God would not be 'ready' to
save me." My dear little reader, He would
indeed if you came to Him confessing your
sin. Now read about three bad boys whose
stories are told in the Bible.
We read in Deut. xxi. 18, 20, of a stub-
born and rebellious son, who would have
his own way, and would not be obedient.
The law of God said, such a son must be
Now this was .'". .... :- without grace.
Then in II Sam. xvii. we read of another
bad boy, a king's son. You will no doubt
remember his name. I think I hear you
say It is Absalom." Quite right.
Well, Absalom had done wrong, but he
would not own it, and said, If there be
any iniquity in me, let him kill me." (ii
Sam. xiv. 32.) His father received this
rebellious son back, without his having
confessed the sins of which he had been
Now this was love wzitvoult rigohteousness.
God cannot make light of sin as David
did, and receive a sinner back who comes to
Him as if he had done no wrong, but when
any one comes as the prodigal did, owning
that he is a sinner, and saying, Father, I
have sinned against heaven, and in Thy
sight, and am no more worthy to be called
Thy son (Luke xv. 21), then, "%grace
can reign through/ righteousness." (Rom.
God is light as well as love. It was
necessary that the Lord Jesus should die,
enduring the judgment of God against sin,
before God could receive a sinner into His
presence; but Jesus having died, God has
provided a righteousness that suits Himself,
as well as the sinner; as we read (Rom.
iii. 22), The righteousness of God, which
is by faith of Jesus Christ, uilto all, and
vfont all them that believe."
The righteousness of God is the "best
robe," which is ready to be put upon the bad
boy or girl who is ready, before God, like
the prodigal, to own that he or she has
sinned. Let me explain to you the mean-
ing of the words unto all." They mean
that God's righteousness is towards all, and
all means anybody, z.,'iosocvc',r and whoso-
ever means, as a boy once said, when trying
to explain the word, ",you, if you like."
Suppose I come into a room with some
nice white dresses ; there are twelve little
girls, and I say, I have got enough for
all." The dresses would be offered to all.
I leave the room, and perhaps after I am
gone, one little girl says, I don't think
that dress is for me."
Another, I don't want that dress, I like
my own better."
A third, I don't think that I am one of
those for whom the white dresses are in-
A fourth, looking at one of the dresses,
says, That is a nice dress, and perhaps I
may wear it some day."
Another exclaims, "' Oh how pleased I
am-this old dress of mine is all in rags;
I will gladly throw it away, and wear this
one, so kindly provided."
Suppose, a week after, I came into the
same circle of girls, I should find that the
white robe was upon all those who received
it and took me at my word.
Even so, all who believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ with the heart are clothed
in the robe of God's righteousness ; for His
word says: With the heart man believeth
unto righteousness, and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation." (Rom.
It may be my reader still says, "I am
too bad to be saved." If so I want him
to take his Bible and see the kind of people
who eat of the supper of which we read
in Luke xiv.
They were people of four classes-the
poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind.
It is interesting to notice the four classes
of people who are mentioned as receiving
blessing in the chapters which follow.
The first is a Ieer (Luke xvii.), the second,
a .." (chap. xviii.), the third, a publican
(chap. xix.), and the fourth, a liief (chap.
xxii.) Could you be worse than these ?
It is such God receives at His supper-
lepers, beggars, publicans, and thieves; they
all found that God was "ready" to receive
them just as ticy were, they did not wait to
become better people before they came;
indeed, it was too late for the thief to talk
of mending when he was being slowly put
to death for his misdeeds.
You will notice four things about the
thief. The first is, hefeared God, saying
to his fellow, Dost not thou fear God ?"
the second is, he condemned himself, for he
said, We, indeed, justly receive the due
reward of our deeds ;" the third thing was,
he trusted in 7esus, saying, Lord, remem-
ber me ; and the fourth, he was associated
zwit/ yesus where He was, for Jesus said,
" Verily I say unto thee, to-day shalt thou
be with Me in Paradise." All this is true
of every one who really believes on Jesus
with the heart; will not you, like the thief,
in the fear of God, condemn yourself, and
look alone to Jesus ?
Lord,' he prayed, 'remember me
When in glory Thou shalt be.'
'Soon with Me,' the Lord replies,
Thou shalt rest in Paradise.'
This was wondrous grace indeed,
Grace vouchsafed in time of need.
"When they trust in Jesus' name,
Children find Him still the same."
In the first Epistle of Peter (iv. 5), we
read that God is ready to judge." Now
this ready is just as true as the other;
may it be a warning voice to any who are un-
prepared to meet God. Jesus is soon
coming, and when He rises from His
Father's throne the door of mercy and grace
will be shut, and it will be too late to seek
to enter; for we read, "Those that were
ready went in with Him to the marriage
and the door was shut." (Matt. xxv. o1.)
Is my reader one of that number who,
with lamps well trimmed, is watching, wait-
ing, ready to meet the Bridegroom, for the
cry has gone forth, "Behold the Bride-
The heavenly Bridegroom soon will come,
To claim His bride, and take her home
To dwell with Him on high.
The Lord Himself will soon descend,
His voice will then the heavens rend,
And fill both earth and sky."
Once the long-suffering of God waited
in the days of Noah, and the door of the
ark was kept open seven days. Now the
long-suffering of God is lingering over
you, not willing that any should perish."
(nI Peter iii. 9.) Oh! then believe in the
Lord Jesus Christ now, whilst it is yet
called to-day, and you will receive a supply
of grace and truth that will keep your
lamps burning down in this dark world.
Remember that your lamps are to be kept
well trimmed and brightly burning. What is
more dangerous than a lamp-post with no
light at the top on a dark night ? The very
thing which ought to be a guide proves a
stumbling-block, so a Christian who is not
letting his light shine always proves a real
hindrance to others.
I recollect once going by the coach from
Dover to Deal one very dark winter's night,
and as we slowly wound round the steep
road that led past the castle, the old town
in the hollow below was hidden in thick
darkness ; only here and there lamps were
gleaming. Ah thought I, that is what
God sees as He looks upon this dark
world The only light there comes from
those who "were sometimes darkness, but
now are light in the Lord;" and who
walk as children of light." (Eph. v. 8.)
God has set us in this world to be light-
bearers, not only individually, but also
collectively, as I heard a gentleman say
the other day, We are associated with
Christ in a threefold way. First, in heaven-
ly glory : this Paul learned when the bright
light from heaven blinded his eyes on the
way to Damascus, and the voice of Jesus
said to him, 'Why persecutest thou Me ?'
'Not thee, Lord Jesus,' Paul might have
replied, 'it is these people I am persecut-
ing. 'No!' Jesus says,' if you touch one
of My people you touch Me, for they are
members of My body, My flesh, and My
bones.' Secondly, we are associated with
a rejected Saviour upon earth, so that we
are not to make a resting-place here. Third-
ly, we are one with the people of God, and
ought to be associated down here with
Jesus prayed that all believers might be
one, that the world might believe. (John.
xvii. 21.) Oh what a brilliant and beauti-
ful light would have shone in this dark
wor Id if it had been so. Have you ever
noticed the lamp-carriage at a railway-
station, when all the lamps are together and
well lighted ? What a radiance they cast
around There is no mistaking the shin-
ing So it should be with christians; but
remember the lamp-glasses must be kept
well polished, or the light will be dimmed.
The following is a simple history of one
who tried to keep the light burning.
f F SUS is a precious Saviour and sweet
',_Il Consoler to those who are alone,
friendless, and dying. This was proved by
a young girl named Eliza, who received the
knowledge of the forgiveness of her sins in
a Sunday School with which I was connec-
ted for some time. The reality of Eliza's
conversion was shewn by her holy, consis-
tent walk, and desire to do those things
which pleased the Lord Jesus. Although
we can do nothing to earn salvation, God
expects those who are saved, to walk before
Him as "dear children," and He has writ-
ten to tell those who "have believed in God"
to be careful to maintain good works."
(Tit. iii. 8.)
This young girl sought to please the
Lord Jesus, and I trust all my readers who
believe in Him will seek to do so too. A
servant may so do her work as to please
the One who has so loved her as to give
His life for her.
The girl of whom I write was a servant,
and she shewed by her ways that she was
the Lord's own child. As no one but God
can look into our hearts, we can only con-
vince others by our ways that we are chil-
dren of God; for the Bible says, by their
fruits ye shall know them." (Matt. vii.
A servant who understood this so brought
the Lord Jesus into all her work, that as she
was brushing out a room she would say
" Lord Jesus, clean out the corners of my
heart, as I do the corners of this room."
You may be sure there was not much dust
left in that room. Thus we read in the
Bible WhVatsoever ye do "-not only visit-
ing the sick, caring for the poor, giving
away tracts, teaching in the Sunday School
--but, whatsoever we do; this embraces
all the little details of life; we are told to
"do heartily, as unto the Lord and not to
men." (Col. iii. 23) ; Knowing that of
the Lord, we shall receive the reward of the
inheritance." How sweet to hear Him say :
"Well done, good and faithful servant! "
(Matt. xxv. 23.)
The young girl I am writing about sought
to do this; but after a time, I am sorry to
tell you, she became ill of a very infectious
disease, and had to be taken away to the
hospital, where none but strangers sur-
rounded her, and she was cut off from all
intercourse with friends. But there was
one Friend Who sticketh closer than a
brother" (Prov. xviii. 24), and who could
not be kept at a distance. Amidst all her
weakness and loneliness Eliza found Jesus
near, "a very present help, in the time of
trouble (Psalm xlvi. i), and the comfort
she found in His presence was the joy of
Gradually she grew weaker, and at last
her ransomed spirit, like a bird loosed from
its cage, passed into the presence of the
One who had loved her, and given Himself
Just before she died, the nurses gathered
round her bed, and marvelled at what grace
had done, as they heard in clear, distinct
tones, uttered by that dying girl, these
Christ died, then I am clean,
Not a cloud above,
Not a spot within--"
Can you, beloved reader, truthfully speak
such words as you look up to heaven ?
To all my young readers, vwho are saved,
I would put the question, How are you
using your time, your talents, your opportu-
You must remember "You are not your
own, but bought with a price" (i Cor. vi.
19, 20), therefore, you are to glorify God in
your body, and seek in some way or other
to serve the Saviour who loves you.
We read in the Old Testament of a man
whom God sent to a certain place with a
message to the people there, but instead of
obeying Him, he was resolved to have
his own way, and made up his mind to go
away in the very opposite direction. The
moment he turned his face from God's
road, he took his own, which led to a city
called Destruction." On his way there
he had to pass through a place called
We read in the New Testament, of some
whose end is destruction," and of others
who, like Demas, "loved this present
Now, if you are not living for Christ, you
will be like the one I am speaking of. Prob-
ably you have guessed his name-
Yes, Jonah was his name, and he went to
"Tarshish," which means destructionon" and
on his way there passed through "Joppa"
which means beauztifz."
So it is in the case of a child of God,
when he becomes disobedient he is in dan-
ger of being taken captive by the delusive
charms of this world, as Demas was.
In order to guard you against this, I will
ask you very often to answer, in the pre-
sence of God, these four questions, which
the mariners put to Jonah :
What is thine occupation ?
Whence comest thou ?
What is thy country ?
Of what people art thou ?
What is thine occupation ? and whence comest thou ?
what is thy country ? and of what people art
thou?"-(JONAH i. 8.)
Tell me, children, time is flying,
Is it your delight,
All you can, to do for Jesus,
Morning, noon, and night ?
Is it all your occupation"
Through this "little while,"
Just to work, and win from Jesus,
His approving smile ?
Are you His? He'd have you bidding
Others welcome, too;
Oh there's much that even children
May for Jesus do.
Patience, love, and swift obedience
Every moment yield,
Be the Lord's own little workers
In the harvest-field.
Next, the question Whence thou comest"
Searches well the heart,
If you all are seeking truly,
Each to do his part.
Has an earnest prayer each morning
Winged its way above?
Do you come from sweet communion
With the God of Love ?
Rest assured that simplest accents
From the youngest one
God will listen to, if pleading
His beloved Son;
This, and this alone will keep you,
This the promised word ;
Strength shall be renewed if always
Waiting on the Lord.
Tell me, should I ask your country,"
Are you now a band,
Of youthful pilgrims trav'lling onward
Through a stranger-land ?
O'er this very earth your Saviour
Did, uncared for, roam,
Tell me, can you call this country-
"Fatherland and home ?
Sorrow, pain and death around you,
All so sadly drear;
Hollow pleasures, quickly fading,
Nothing good is here.
Answer true, We're going to Jesus,
For He bids us come,
Bids us call His own fair country,
Fatherland and home."
Once again, Oh, say what "people "
Claim you for their own ?
Are they those who follow Jesus,
Who God's grace have known ?
Those who take God's Word and use it
As their light and guide?
Those who seek His mind and counsel,
And in Him confide ?
Children, to these plain Heart-questions"
Give an answer clear;
God will strengthen, God will keep you,
He is always near ;
Spead abroad the name of Jesus
All the journey through,
Then how sweet will sound His welcome,
When He calleth you.
May you ponder these" Heart Questions"
deeply, in order that you may be found
to praise, and honour, and glory at the
appearing of Jesus Christ." Remember,
that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming, and
coming quickly. He says, Occupy till I
come." (Luke xix. 13.) Then will be the
time for those who have done well to
receive their rewards from Him; but oh!
dear reader, if you are unsaved when
Christ comes, you will find the door shut.
(Matt. xxv. io.)
Notice three things which are said about
the door: first, Jesus is the Door (John x.
7); second, we read of "an open door"
(Rev. iii. 8); third, a door of faith is
spoken of. (Acts xiv. 27.)
A little girl once said, upon being asked
the meaning of the word door, It means
a way in." She was quite right; but when
is it a way in ? Whilst it is still open.
Now, can you tell me the name of the
What sort of a door is it ?
An open door."
How is it entered ?
What is faith ? Let us see whether this
little story will help you to understand.
A gentleman in search of wild flowers
saw a rare plant growing from the edge of
a cliff at some distance off, and much wished
to possess it. Seeing a shepherd boy near,
he offered him a sum of money if he would
go down the steep cliff and gather the
rare flower. The boy steadily refused; the
gentleman tried to induce him, but in vain,
until at last the boy said, If you will let
my father hold the rope, I will go down."
The gentleman gladly consented; the boy
ran to fetch his father, who held the rope
by which he was lowered down the precipice,
returned with the plant in his hand, and
got the reward.
Why did you not let me hold the rope ?"
said the gentleman, as he gave the boy
the money. Ah sir," he replied, I did
not know you, and you might have let it
slip, but I knew my father vould not let it
Now this was faith; the boy knew his
father loved him, and so he could trust him.
Dear children, Jesus has proved His love
to us in a far greater way; can you trust
Him ? If you do,
He will save you,
He will save you, just now."
I will give you another illustration of
faith, because I want you to clearly under-
stand that true saving faith is trusting and
resting in the Lord Jesus Himself.
A tremendous storm had arisen, the wind
was blowing fiercely, and the great waves
foamed around a vessel which was plough-
ing its way through the deep. Great
excitement prevailed among the passengers;
all were disturbed and anxious except one
little boy, who was quite calm and quiet in
the midst of the tumult. Some one en-
quired if he were not frightened, No!"
said the child, with a surprised look; "is
not my faster 1ite pilot ? "
Ah! that was faith; he left it all to his
father; he trusted him, and that confidence
made the boy calm in spite of the danger.
God's dear children may be taken away
at any moment, and then the door of faith
will be shut for ever. Oh! be in earnest
A young girl, who knew something of
the truth that the Lord was coming, would
often touch her sister whilst she was asleep
with her in bed. Why do you touch me,"
asked the sister. Because I am afraid
the Lord Jesus may come, and I know, if
He did, He would be sure to take you
away, so I want to be sure that you are
I am pleased to tell you this young girl
also is now ready for the Lord's coming.
Are you ? Oh how dreadful to have the
door closed upon you, just at the very
moment you most need to be inside; for
all who are outside, will be punished with
everlasting destruction from the presence
of the Lord, and from the glory of His
power." (II Thess. i. 9.)
The door will soon be closed, Jesus is
coming quickly; are you inside, or outside ?
I recollect holding a lamp, such as those
used in the East, whilst a light was applied
to the wick. It flared up beautifully for a
moment, but soon burnt out. A friend
had another lamp, exactly like mine in
appearance; it did not burn so brightly as
mine at first, but long after my bright flare
had gone out, his lamp was burning cheer-
fully. How was this ? I will tell you the
secret : mine had only a dry wick; his was
filled with oil.
Now, dear reader, if your lamp is not
filled with oil, it is your own fault, for we
read in the beautiful story of the poor
widow (n Kings iv. 6), that the cry was for
more vessels, not for more oil. There was
plenty of oil then, as there is to-day, and
God is pouring it into the vessels of mercy,
prepared for glory; but the vessels of
wrath are only fitted for destruction;
though they may be, outwardly, like Chris-
tians (as my lamp was like the other), if
they have not the grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ in their hearts, they must be lost for
The Bridegroom comes, let no man doubt.
Alas for those whose lamps are out,
They'll find no oil to buy.
Who ready are shall enter in,
The marriage feast shall then begin,
And every tear be dry.
The righteous saved for evermore,
Their God shall ceaselessly adore,
In bliss beyond the sky.
O sinner, ere it be too late,
Flee thou to mercy's open gate,
Ahd join Christ's waiting band."
There is no reason, on God's side, why
you should be unsaved another moment, for
God has given His beloved Son to die for
us, "the Just for the unjust, that He might
bring us to God." (i Pet. iii. 18.)
I will now endeavour to illustrate the grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ in coming down
just where we are to save us, just as we are.
Will you follow me to the ridge of a high
mountain in Scotland ? On the top stand
three men; within a few feet of them is a
deep ravine, or chasm, which divides the
mountain into two parts.
Two of the men are uncoiling a very long,
thick rope; they begin to tie it securely
under the arms and around the body of the
third, who then very cautiously proceeds to
the edge of the precipice, and gradually
slides over, down, down, down, such a long,
long way. The other two men keepfast hold
of the rope, and let it run out very slowly,
until they hear a voice from the bottom
Holding the rope fast, theylistenanxiously
until the voice from below calls out, All
right, pull up now!" They do pull, but it
is now much harder work than it was to let
him down; the two men have to pull away
with all their strength ; but before long, to
their great delight, the man appears at the
top with something in his arms, which he
very carefully lays on the ground.
Perhaps you wonder what it was which
this man had risked his life to fetch. I think
I hear one boy say, It was some stolen
treasure hidden there;" another, "Perhaps
a lot of gold;" while a third guesses,
"Precious stones." No! All wrong. I am
afraid, if you were to guess for some time
you would not find it out, so I will tell
The men were shepherds, and the burden
carried up from the bottom of the chasm,
was a pretty sheep, which had wandered
away from the fold.
The entrance of this chasm at the bottom
of the mountain was wide, but gradually it
became narrower and narrower, until the
path was so narrow and rugged that the
sheep could not go a step farther, and you
know that a poor silly sheep can never find
its way back when it has strayed away; so
the lost sheep must have perished, had not
the good shepherd, who loved and valued
it too much to be willing to lose it, risked
his own life to save it. He had tried to
follow, but found it quite impossible, and
the only way to save it from death was by
some one being lowered down from above
to the place where the sheep was, that he
might bring it up in his powerful arms to a
place of safety.
Can my little reader tell me who that
sheep is like ? I think I hear the reply-
The sheep is like Adam, who left the
good Shepherd in Eden, and like the boys
and girls and men and women of the world
who have followed in his footsteps." Yes;
the Bible tells us so plainly; it says, "All
we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned everyone to his own way. (Isaiah
liii. 6.) Notice the word "all"; there is
another "all" (Romans iii. 23), "All have
sinned." We have all turned our backs
upon God, and are wandering in this dark
and sinful world, with nothing but ruin,
misery, and death before us. Now notice,
in the next place, that no help from below
could save the sheep ; so God has written,
"None of them can by any means redeem his
brother," (Psalm xlix. 7), so that if help
comes at all, it must come from above.
How wonderful to think that, just as the
shepherd came down to the very place
where the sheep was perishing, so
"Jesus who lived above the sky,
Came down to be a man and die."
The good Samaritan, as we read in the
parable, first of all came where the wounded
man was, and then went to him; so Jesus
has been where we are, in all our need; and
now it is His delight to come to us, and
take us under His tender care.
You see the sheep could do nothing to
save itself; it was helpless, but the shep-
herd took it, in all its helplessness, and
carried it in safety up to the top. So we read
(Romans v. 6) that "When we were yet
without strength, in due time Christ died
for the ungodly"; and I can assure you, dear
children, that Jesus, who came to seek and
to save the lost, is waiting, willing, ready to
seek and to save you.
How great is the love
Which Jesus hath shown !
He came from above,
From heaven's bright throne,
That He might deliver
Poor sinners from hell,
And take them forever
In glory to dwell."
Jesus is called the
GretS EPaET F D (Hleb. xiii. mo.
Good (Jno. x. I4.)
Chief et. v. 4.)
He is so Great that He can save the
worst, even a bad one like Paul, the chief of
THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
He is the Chief Shepherd," who will
appear in glory with all whom He has
saved, but meanwhile, He is presented to
us as the "Good Shepherd," who gave His
life for the sheep.
"Will you now travel with me from the
Scottish mountain to a wild region in
READING THE IIBLE.
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LOST AND FOUND.
--- E time of year is winter; the
S ground is white, for snow has been
ji' falling heavily. It is near mid-
night when a weary man enters a
house, and, gladly sitting down
.ioceeds to remove his wet coat and
I ..ots. He is a preacher of the good
news of God's grace to lost sinners, who
has been labouring to spread the glad
tidings of salvation, and he hopes soon to
enjoy the sweet sleep of a labouring man
(Eccles. V. 12.) Suddenly a knock startles
him; an Irish lad is at the door asking,
"Please sir, will you come and see my
brother, who is very ill, maybe dying?"
LOST AND FOUND.
Where do you live ? "
About three or four miles away."
"Will it do if I come to-morrow morning ?"
"No, sir ; I was to be sure not to come
back without you, as my brother may not
live until morning."
The hat, coat, and boots were put on
again, and tired though he was, it was the
preacher's joy to follow the example of his
Lord and Master, who, though weary at
the well (John iv. 6), found it His meat to
do His Father's will.
As they trudged together over the wild
snow-covered moor, the gentleman asked
his young companion some questions about
the sick boy. "Can he read ?"
Did he ever go to the Sunday School?'
Is there a Bible at home ? "
No, sir, my brother is very ignorant,
but he would like very much to see you ?"
The preacher lifted up his heart to God
for help and guidance, that he might be
able to speak so simply as that the dying
boy should understand. In due time they
reached the boy's home, which was only a
LOST AND FOUND.
rude cabin, containing one room, which
served as bed-room, sitting-room, and pig-
stye. In a corner of this wretched abode
lay the poor boy. The gentleman sat down
by his bedside, and told him, as gently and
simply as possible, of his lost condition as
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a sinner --of the love of God in giving His
beloved Son-of the love of the Lord Jesus
in coming to die; but all was in vain, the boy
did not seem able to comprehend the fact
either of his own sinfulness or of God's love.
LOST AND FOUND.
All at once it occurred to the gentleman to
ask how his illness came on. He was told
that the boy's father had a few sheep, and
some weeks before one of these sheep had
strayed away; knowing that his fatherfelt the
loss of his sheep very much, the boy resolved
to try and find it; so, having discovered
footprints in the snow, he commenced his
search. Mile after mile he walked, following
the tracks in the snow which showed by
which way the straying sheep had passed,
until at last the poor boy became weary and
hungry ; still, knowing how much his father
wished to find the sheep, he kept on its track,
and at length his patience was rewarded
by seeing it in the distance ; he hurried on,
and, taking hold of the sheep, tried to make it
walk back, but found that the only way was
to drag or carry it. After a great deal of
labour he succeeded, to the great delight of
all at home, in bringing the lost sheep back,
but on that day he took cold and became
weaker and weaker, until it was plain that
his life was fast ebbing away.
Ah," thought the gentleman, when he
had heard the story, "that is the very thing
I want." Sitting down again beside the
THE LOST SHEEP.
LOST AND FOUND.
dying boy, he read these verses, from that
beautiful chapter, Luke xv:-" What man
of you, having an hundred sheep, if he
lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety
and nine in the wilderness, and go after
that which is lost, until he find it ? And
when he hath found it, he layeth it on his
shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh
home, he calleth together his friends and
neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with
me; for I have found my sheep which was
lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall
be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth,
more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance."
Now," he said to the dying boy, You
are the lost sheep. You, like all other boys,
have strayed away from the fold. Jesus is
the Good Shepherd, whose Father loved
His sheep, Who came down, followed the
sheep, found it, and brought it home
rejoicing. Just as you are dying now,
through saving the sheep, so Jesus died on
the cross, in order to bring back His sheep;
it cost Him His life to do it."
The Spirit of God graciously blessed the
illustration, the light flashed into the dark
LOST AND FOUND.
soul of the dying Irish lad. He learned
that he was the lost sheep that Jesus came
to-save. Joy filled his heart, and out of
its fulness he often spoke of the Good
Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep.
He found that the Lord Jesus was the
VILLAGE IN IRELAND.
" Wicket Gate" out of the City of
Destruction." His feet had not travelled
the narrow pathway many days ere his
ransomed spirit passed through the "Golden
Gate into the presence of Him who had
loved him, and given Himself for him.
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" There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold ;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold,
Away on the mountains wild and bare,
Away from the tender Shepherd's care.
'Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine,
Are they not enough for Thee ?'
But the Shepherd made answer ; 'This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find my sheep.'"
But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed ; [through
Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
Sick, and helpless, and ready to die.
And all through the mountains, thunder-riven,
And up from the rocky steep,
There rose a cry to the gate of heaven,
Rejoice I have found My sheep !'
And the angels echoed around the throne,
'Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own !'
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UR next subject is one that should in-
deed melt the hardest heart; it is the
loveof Jesus in coming downfromthe glory of
His Father's house, to die a shameful death
upon Calvary's mount. What grace, pity,
and condescension we see, as we gaze upon
Him toiling up the steep ascent of Calvary,
bearing His cross! He had been crowned
with thorns, spat upon, buffeted, reviled;
but was patient amidst it all ; like a sheep led
to the slaughter He opened not His mouth.
" He who knew no sin was made sin for
us." He who deserved no curse, was made
a "curse in our stead. This is what is
called substiltution ; perhaps some of my
very young readers may think that this
word is rather a hard one, so I must try to
make the meaning of it very plain.
We read in the book of Genesis that God
said to Adam, In the day thou eatest thereof,
thou shalt surely die." You remember that
there was one tree in the garden of Eden of
the fruit of which Adam might not eat; but
he disobeyed God, and brought judgment
upon himself and upon us; andas Godcannot
break His word, either the sinner must die,
or some one must die in his place. The
one who takes another's place, is called a
I will now seek to illustrate, by one
or two simple anecdotes, what a sub-
stitute is. May my reader thus learn
how the Lord Jesus became the sinners'
In a garrison town on the Continent,
many years ago, there was great distress
and famine. A king with his army had
besieged it. The inhabitants bravely de-
fended their town, until at last they were
dying of hunger, for the king's soldiers had
built themselves huts all round the town,
and no one could bring in any food. The
day came when they were obliged to send
a flag of truce, and ask the king what
terms he would offer them if they gave
"up their town to him. The king's terms
were hard. They were these: If six of
the most distinguished townsmen would
come out with ropes round their necks,
ready to be hanged, he would let the others
There was great excitement in the town;
the question was who among the inhabitants
would offer themselves as "substitutes";
presently a brave man of high rank came
forward and offered to go out to the king;
his son, worthy of such a father, next
stepped forward; four other noble, brave-
hearted men followed their example; the
gallant little band marched out to meet the
king, and saved their fellow townsmen at the
risk of their own lives.
As that town was in the power of the
mighty king, so this world was under the
power of a cruel enemy called Satan; and
he kept all the inhabitants in bondage
through fear of death until, as we read
(Hebrews ii. 14, 15), Jesus came, and "des-
troyed him that had the power of death,
that is, the devil, and delivered them, who
through fear of death, were all their lifetime
subject to bondage"; for--
As the serpent raised by Moses
Healed the fiery serpent's bite,
Jesus thus Himself discloses
To the wounded sinner's sight.
Mark the sacrifice appointed !
See Who bears the awful load i
'Tis the Word, the Lord's anointed,
Son of man and Son of God."
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Christ bore the sinner's judgment, took
the sinner's place, and this He did, not to
save friends and fellow townsmen, as the
brave men I have told you of did, but, as
we read (Romans v. 8), God commendeth
His love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us."
You know Jesus is called the Lamb of
God, that taketh away the sin of the world."
(John i. 29.) Picture to yourself a pure
\white lamb about to be killed and then burned
in the fire on an altar; such a lamb was
brought by a Jew of old, and he laid his
hand upon its head, while he confessed the
sins of which he had been guilty, and then
they passed from the man to the little lamb,
and the lamb's life was taken as a snubstittec
for the man. These were what are called
types or shadows to enable all who had
faith to look forward to God's Lamb, the
Lord Jesus Christ; for they all pointed to
Him. We do not need a lamb nowv, for
Jesus has died, and unlike those lambs,
which could only shadow the putting away
of sin, God's Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ,
has died once, and by one offering He
hath perfected for ever them that are
sanctified." Another beautiful type is seen in
the two birds we read of in Leviticus xiv.
How precious and pure is the truth !
How simple and homely its words
'Tis suited for age and for youth,
As shown in this type of the birds.
A bird of the air was to die,
Instead of the leper unclean ;
And Jesus, whose home was on high,
Descended to suffer for sin.
The bird must be clean of its kind,
Or else 'twere unfit to be slain;
And none could in Jesus e'er find
A blemish, a spot, or a stain.
The bird in a vessel of earth
Must yield up its blood and its breath;
And Jesus, of heavenly birth,
In form as a man suiTer'd death.
The blood of the bird that was slain
The living one bore to the sky;
So Jesus, in rising again,
The worth of his blood took on high.
We see then how Jesus, the Just,
Descended for sinners to die,
And having accomplished His trust,
Now lives to receive them on high."
I would like to ask, Do you understand
what a substitute is ? and can you say that
you have come and confessed your sins, and
owned Jesus as your Substitute ? It is the
privilege of all who believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ to say that all their sins are
" forgiven, for His name's sake." (I John
You may see, by another little illustra-
tion which I will give you, that it is bringing
glory to the Lord Jesus Christ to own that
He has paid all your debt.
There was an old man, who became very
ill,and could not workfor his living, and as he
had no money, I am sorry to tell you, he got
into debt; in this he was wrong, for the
Bible says Owe no man anything." (Rom.
xiii. S.) But this is just like all of us ; we
have done that which we ought not to do.
To return to my story the old man's
creditor said he must have his money, and
so the little bit of furniture was to be sold
to pay his debt. The old man was very
much troubled and did not know what to
do, but a kind gentleman, who heard of his
difficulty, paid all the debt. Now, the
gentleman having paid the debt for the old
man, let me ask you, how could the old
man best honour and praise him for doing
By fearing and hoping that his debt was
Certainly not," I hear you say.
Quite right; he would bring most praise
to him who had befriended him, by pointing
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him out to others, as the one who had paid
all his debt.
John Bunyan, when a soldier at the siege
of Leicester, was drawn to stand sentinel.
Another soldier desired to take his place and
be his substitute; Bunyan consented, and
whilst on duty his friend was shot through
the head by a musket-ball.
I know not what the motives were which
induced Bunyan's friend to offer to take his
place, nor do I know whether he would
have done so if he had known the exchange
would cost him his life. But of one thing I
am sure: I can tell you of One who know-
ingly and willingly left the glories of heaven,
to suffer, bleed, and die on Calvary's accursed
tree-One who came out of pure love and
compassion to die, not for H is friends, but for
His enemies. Jesus is His name, Jesus-
the Friend of sinners. Oh say, did you ever
go simply to Him and thank Him for His
love and grace in taking your place? If
not, I ask you to do so now; all that He
wants is the thanks of the heart.
We read (Luke xiv.) of a great supper
being provided; the guests at that supper
are found "giving thanks." (Col. i. 13.)
86 .SU ISTITUTION.
I ave you ever given thanks to God for His
unspeakable gift ?
O render thanks to God above,
The Fountain of eternal love;
"Whose mercy firm through ages past,
Hath stood, and doth for ever last.
The Father's boundless love we sing,
The Fountain whence our blessings spring;
How great the depth, how high it flows,
No saint can tell, no angel knows.
Its length and breadth no eye can trace,
No thought explore the bounds of grace;
The love that saved our souls from hell,
Transcends the creature'spower to tell."
I will now tell you of one who learned
that she was a sinner, and found Jesus as
BOUT thirteen years ago, an
evangelist was preaching to a vast
assemblage of people, and among
them was a young lady.
The preacher took for his theme
the text, This is a faithful saying
and worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sin-
ners, of whom I am chief." (i Tim. i. 15.)
After showing various ways in which we
sin, and describing different classes of sin-
ners, he added, "I have another class among
the chief of sinners' to point out; I myself
belonged to it, and therefore I speak with
feeling. I address those who have had muzhrt
lizgh, andjyet have sinnedagainst it, who have
been taught better, who have had a know-
ledge of the way of truth, and yet have
turned aside to crooked paths.
"To have been nursed upon the lap of
piety," continued the preacher, "to have
been rocked in the cradle and hushed to
sleep with a lullaby in which the name of
Jesus comes as a sweet refrain-this in-
volves an awful responsibility. No man can
go to hell over a mother's tears without
accumulated vengeance. No son can rebel
against a father's affectionate and tearful
admonitions without perishing ten times
more frightfully than if he had never been
Ah, my hearers, alas, alas, for the hard-
ness of your hearts there are many such
I would charitably suppose that very few
of you belong to the other classes I have
been speaking of, but the great mass of
you who are unconverted belong to this
Dost thou remember, young man, how
thy mother put her arms around thy neck,
and wooed thee to turn to Christ ?
Do you remember that little Bible,
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