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THOSE whom God loveth He loveth for ever,
Tender and true is His care over them;
Patient, He watcheth each tiny endeavour,
To deepen the root and strengthen the stem.
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God is Love.
N t7" f NH/E Bible tells us that in the beginning God
A J made the earth, and sea, and sky, and every living
thing. None but a good and loving Father
would have made this bright and beautiful world full
/ of birds, and flowers, and sunshine.
How great and glorious God must be!
And yet He is not too great to care for the smallest.thing that
He has made; a little baby lying in its cradle is as precious in God's
sight as a King upon his throne.
David says of God's goodness, "How excellent is Thy loving-
Every blessing we possess-our friends, our clothes, our food-
God gives us. All He asks in return is, that we should give Him our
hearts, and love and obey Him.
If we do this, we need never fear Him. We may think of God
as great, and wise, and wonderful, but, better than all, that "God is
/IBRA HAM lived at a time when a great many people had
forgotten to love and worship God, but instead, some of them
worshipped the sun and moon, and stars, and others, idols or
images, made of wood and stone.
God was grieved at this, and said He would choose a man from
amongst these people, who should love and honour Him, the only
true God-and the man whom God chose was Abraham.
The first thing God called Abraham to do, was' to leave his
home and friends, and go away, with his wife, Sarah, into another
Whilst Abraham was in this new. country, which was called
Canaan, God said, Lift up now thine eyes; all the land which
thou seest, I will give to thee and thy children for ever!"
Another time, God told him to look upward at the sky, and
promised that his children and descendants should be as many as
the stars in Heaven.
After this, God gave Abraham a little son, named Isaac.
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now thy son, thine only son, Isaac, whom
Sthou lovest, and offer him for a burnt
I offering, upon one of the mountains which
SI will tell thee of." And Abraham's trust
in God was so great, that he prepared to
i 7 obey Him. As soon as he had made the
'' fire and bound Isaac, and laid him upon
the altar, a voice cried-: Abraham,
Abraham! Lay not thine hand upon the
lad, for now I know that thou fearest God."
And looking round he saw a ram caught
Sin the bushes, and took it and offered
it upon the altar instead of Isaac. Then
the voice cried a second time, "Because thou hast not withheld
thy son-thine only son-I will bless thee and thy children for ever."
God also promised to make Abraham the father of a great nation, that
should be blessed above all the nations of the earth, and whose
people should be His own chosen people.
Joseph and his Brethren.
ONE of these chosen people, a man called Jacob, or Israel, had
twelve sons; ten were shepherds, and looked after their sheep; the
others, Joseph and Benjamin, were younger, and lived at home.
Jacob was so fond of Joseph, that he made him a coat of many
colours, and the elder brothers were jealous of Joseph because their
father loved him best. Once Joseph dreamt that the sun, and the moon
and stars bowed down to him. This made the brothers more angry
and jealous, for they thought the dream meant, that they and their
father and mother would some day bow down to Joseph, their younger
brother. Once, when Joseph came running towards them with a message
from Jacob, their father, they said, Here comes the dreamer! Let
us kill him !"
But Reuben, one of the brothers, said: "Do not kill him, but
put him into this pit, and let us kill a goat and dip Joseph's coat in
its blood, and tell our father a wild beast has eaten him up."
So they did this, and sat down by the side of the pit; and,
presently, some merchants came by who bought Joseph for twenty
pieces of silver, and carried him away into Egypt.
Joseph grew up to be such a good and wise man, that the King
of Egypt made him ruler over all the people, and soon after there was
a great famine, and the people of other countries did not know what
to do for corn, the Egyptians' barns being quite full, because Joseph
had made his people save in times of plenty. So some of these strangers
came to Joseph and bowed down to him, and begged to be allowed to
buy corn of the Egyptians, and amongst them were Joseph's brothers. But,
of course, they did not know that the great ruler was their own brother
Joseph, whom they had treated so cruelly, but Joseph knew them, and
kissed and forgave them, and had their sacks filled with corn, and sent
them back to fetch their father, Jacob, their wives and children, and
servants, and gave them a part of the land of Egypt to live in.
And all these people who settled in Egypt were called by the
Egyptians the Children of Israel.
The Story of SMoses.
WyHEk" Joseph and his brothers were dead, another King Pharaoh
-rreigned over Egypt. This king was afraid of the Children
of Israel, because there were now so many of them. He
thought they would become soldiers and fight, and take away
his kingdom. So he determined to destroy them, and made them
work very hard in the hot sun; some made bricks, others built great
cities, while those who did not work fast
enough, were beaten by cruel task-masters.
When Pharaoh found that this wicked
treatment did not harm the Children of Israel,
he ordered every little boy to be thrown into
the River Nile. One poor woman hid her
little baby from the soldiers as long as she V
could, but when he was three months' old "
and too big to hide away any longer, she made
a basket of bulrushes, and put him in it, and ''i
set the basket down by the side of the river,
and told her daughter, Miriam, to watch and -
see what might happen to the poor baby;
and as she watched, Pharaoh's daughter came
past. The Princess was so grieved to see the -
helpless little baby, lying all alone by the side -
of the great river, that she took pity on him
and saved him, and brought him up as her
r .. own son, and called him Moses.
,.-b.:*.."i,_* t Moses was not happy in Pharaoh's palace,
because of the sufferings of the Children of
-i / Israel, and often tried to save them from their
"I' < :-)i cruel task-masters. When Moses became a man
/ t- he displeased Pharaoh, and had to fly into a
S, strange country, and become a shepherd. One
day, whilst minding his sheep upon a mount,
_-_ _'._ _- called Horeb, God spoke to him out of a
burning bush, and told him he should set the
Children of Israel free, and lead them out of Egypt, inL. the Promised
Land. So Moses left his sheep, and went back into Egypt and
begged Pharaoh to let the Children of Israel come away. But Pharaoh
"I cannot let them go," he said, and was more cruel to them, and
made them work harder than ever.
Then God punished Pharaoh for his wickedness, and sent ten
dreadful plagues upon the land of Egypt and the Egyptians, and the
last was so terrible, that Pharaoh let the people go.
They had not gone very far, before Pharaoh repented, and
hurried after them with horsemen, and chariots, and soldiers, but
God put a pillar of cloud behind the Israelites, so as to hide which
way they went.
At last they came to the shores of the Red Sea, where there
was nothing but high rocks on each side of them, and big waves in
front, and as they were considering what they should do, God divided
the waves, so that Moses and the Israelites might cross over in safety,
but as soon as the Egyptians tried to follow after them, the waves
rolled back again, and Pharaoh and his mighty hosts were drowned
in the Red Sea.
For forty years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness. And
although God cared for them, and sent food from Heaven and water
from a rock, they often rebelled against Him.
It was whilst the people wandered in the dreary wilderness that
God wrote ten laws, or commandments, upon two tables of stone,
and gave them to Moses to show the Children of Israel what they
must do to serve and obey Him.
A MU.EL was a good man, whom God loved, and
the wisest judge that ever lived. When Samuel
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Sup to the Tabernacle to live with Eli, the High Priest,
1 I and Eli taught him to love and serve God.
i One night, when Samuel was sleeping, a voice
> cried, "Samu/el! Samuel!" The little boy awoke, and
ran to see what Eli wanted. "I did not call you,"
said Eli, lie down again." But the voice came again
and again, so then Eli told Samuel it must be the voice of God,
and that if it came a fourth time, Samuel must answer: "Speak,
Lord, for Thy Servant heareth!"
So when the voice came the fourth time, Samuel answered as
Eli had taught him, and then God told Samuel, Eli had greatly
displeased Him, and that He was going to send a terrible
punishment upon him because he had allowed his two sons, who
were priests in the Tabernacle to grow up selfish and wicked. In the
morning, when Samuel told the High Priest what God had said, Eli
cried out, "It is the Lord, let Him do what seemeth Him good!"
A great many years afterwards, the punishment came; Eli's two
sons were killed in a battle with some heathen people called
Philistines, and the Ark of God, that had been taken from the
Tabernacle, fell into their hands.
When Eli, who was now a very old man, heard this terrible
news, he sank backwards from his seat and died.
After this, Samuel became High Priest and Judge over Israel;
and God made him His Prophet, and talked with him as to how
he should govern the people. The first thing .he -did was to make
the people promise they would never worship idols again. He next
fought a great battle with the Philistines, and conquered them and
drove them back into their own country.
When Samuel was very old, the Children of Israel complained 4
and said they would have a King to rule over them instead ot
a Judge. Samuel told God what the people wanted, and God
commanded him to choose one of the Children of Israel to be
their King. And the man Samuel chose was Saul, .a descendant of
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S aut;i a 7 first the new King did all that
A he could to please God and govern
the people, but soon afterwards he
became self-willed and disobedient. Then
God said to the prophet Samuel, "Go
to Bethlehem, to the house of a man
S called Jesse, for I have chosen one of
his sons to be King over Israel."
So Samuel took some oil to anoint
Sthe new King's head, and set out for
Bethlehem. When he came to Jesse's
S- house and told him what God had
said, Jesse made his seven sons stand up
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the other, God whispered to him, No, it is none of these." Then
Samuel said to Jesse, Are all your sons here?" Jesse said, "No,
there is one more son, David, the youngest, who is keeping the sheep."
Now David had such a beautiful face, and was so good and noble
that everybody loved, and was proud of him.
People often told of his strength and bravery; how once, when a
lion stole a lamb from his flock, David ran after the lion and killed it,
and took the lamb from its cruel jaws, and carried it back to the fold
in safety, and another time they told how he had killed a bear.
Besides this, David was always thinking of God; sometimes he
made these thoughts into beautiful songs, and sang them to his harp
-this is why he is called the sweet singer of Israel.
So Jesse sent for his son David, and as soon as he came and stood
up before SamuelGod whispered to the prophet, "Anoint him, for this
is he !" So Samuel poured oil upon David's head and anointed him,
and David afterwards went back to his sheep, for God did not mean
him to reign over Israel for a long time yet, not until King Saul
All this time Saul was very unhappy, because he knew he had
displeased God, and that God meant to take away his kingdom. At
last he became quite ill, and so sad and gloomy, that nobody in the
palace could cheer him.
Perhaps a little music might do him good," said the servants;
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so they ran to the King, and said: "Let us send for some one to
play and sing to you upon the harp. Perhaps music will soothe
you and make you better."
And Saul said, "If you know a man who can play and sing
well, you may bring him to me."
When they told Saul about David, the shepherd boy, he sent
for him to come to his palace, and David came and played and sang
so sweetly, that the King was made quite well. And, once more,
David returned to Bethlehem, to mind his sheep.
David and Goliafh.
JN OT very long after this, the Philistines came back into the
Israelites' country with a great army, and set up their tents
upon some hills, and prepared to make war with the Israelites
again. So King Saul ordered the Israelites to set up their tents,
too, on some hills opposite. When this was done, the two armies
looked across at one another.
One morning, just before the fight began, Jesse said to his son
David: Go to the camp and find out your three brothers, who are
fighting against the Philistines, and take with you some loaves, and
corn, and cheese for the soldiers." David was delighted to be sent
with a message to the camp, where he could see so many brave
sights, so he ran off as fast as he could.
When he reached it, he soon
found his three soldier brothers, and
gave them their Father's message.
He had hardly finished speaking with /
them, when a giant came out of the '
enemy's camp, on the hills opposite, -
and shouted, in a loud, boastful voice '
to the Israelites
Send one of your soldiers to \'
fight me; if he is able to kill me
we will be your servants, but if I
kill him you must all be our servants
and serve us."
Now the Philistines were heathens,
men who prayed to idols of brass .
and stone instead of to God. David --r .
knew this, and knew they could not hurt God's people, so he said to
the soldiers standing with him: "Who is this heathen Philistine?
Does he think he can conquer God's army?"
Then the soldiers told David the giant's name was Goliath, that
every morning, for forty days, he had called to them to come and
fight with him, but no one dared to do so, because he was so big and
fierce, and wore such strong armour, that nothing would pierce through
it. "As for his sword," said they, "it is so heavy that none but himself
can lift it, and a man goes always before him carrying a shield."
Yet this description of the mighty giant did not frighten David,
who feared nothing in the wide world, because he loved and trusted
So the soldiers went and told Saul of the brave shepherd lad, and
Saul sent for him.
"Do not be afraid of Goliath," said David, when he came before
the King, "I will fight him."
"You!" cried the King. "You! a shepherd boy, fight this
mighty man, who has fought so many great battles!"
"I am not afraid," said David, "for once I killed a lion, and
at another time a bear; the Lord who saved me out of the paw of
the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, will also. save me out of
the hand of this Philistine."
Go, and the Lord be with you !" said Saul. Then he put
his own armour upon him, and lent him his sword and helmet. But
David could not wear them, and said to the King, "These things
are too heavy; I am not used to them. Let me wear my shep-
herd's dress, and instead of this sword, I will take my staff and a
sling, and five smooth stones out of the brook."
When Goliath, the giant, saw a young lad running to meet him,
She said, "Am I a dog, that you come to me with a staff!" and
laughed and mocked at him. Come," he said, I will soon kill
you David answered: You come to me with a sword and a
spear, but I come in the name of the Lord; this day will God
give you up into my hand !" Then he put a stone in the sling,
and shot it at the giant, and it went right into his forehead, and
the giant fell down dead upon the ground. And David ran and
stood upon his body, and drew out his great sword and cut off his
head and carried it to Saul.
When the Philistines saw this, they were frightened and ran
away, and then Saul and his soldiers ran after them and drove them
back into their own country.
Saul and David.
W HEN the Israelites heard that
; the Philistines had been driven
back, they rejoiced greatly, and
cried out, Saul hath slain his thou-
sands, but David his tens of thousands,"
Sd and praised the shepherd lad so much
S/ more than the King, that Saul was
Dreadfully jealous; indeed, so jealous,
that next day he cast a long spear at
S"" David, and would have killed him, only
he escaped out of the way.
Soon afterwards Saul made David
a captain and sent him to fight the
Philistines, Perhaps they will kill him,"
She said; but instead, David won another
brave victory, and came back more
glorious than ever. At last, Saul's jealousy became so terrible that
David was obliged to run away and hide in wild and lonely places;
yet, wherever he went, Saul and his soldiers pursued him.
Jonathan, Saul's son, was very fond of David. Although Jonathan
knew David had been anointed King, he was not jealous of him like
his father, but did all he could to help and comfort him.
Once, when David was hiding from Saul in a cave, Saul came
into the same cave, and, being tired, he lay down to sleep.
Then David's friends, who were with him in hiding, said, "Look, there
is your enemy. Why not kill him, and have the kingdom for yourself?"
David would not do this, and said, No, I cannot harm the King
whom God hath set over me," but he stooped down and cut off a
little bit of Saul's skirt to show the King how David might have killed
him while he slept. The next morning when the King heard how
nobly David had spared him, he was ashamed of his own wickedness and
jealousy, and said, David, thou art more righteous than I, for thou hast
rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil." And after this
Saul never pursued David again.
At last, one day Saul and his sons were killed in battle, and David
became King. David reigned a great many years, and was beloved by
his people, but, better than all, God loved him, and called him "a
man after His own heart."
The a an of God.
ETjLIfAH was a great and good prophet, who lived in the days
of Ahab, a very wicked King. Prophets were holy men,
whom God chose to direct and teach the people, and to rebuke
them whenever they displeased Him. One day, God told Elijah to
tell Ahab, that because he and his people bowed down to
idols, He would send a famine over the land of Israel, and that no
rain should fall for a great many days. After Elijah had delivered
this terrible message to Ahab, God sent him to live beside the
Brook Cherith. And because Cherith was a wild desolate place, God
sent ravehs to feed him every day, and told him to drink water
from the brook. But soon, the brook dried up, and then God told
Elijah to' go to a certain city, where he would see a poor widow
woman, who would take care of him and give him all that he
wanted. When he found this poor widow, she was gathering sticks,
so he said to her: "Fetch me a little water, I pray thee, and a morsel
of bread." Then the poor woman said, "I have no bread, because of
this terrible famine; and only a handful of meal and a tiny drop of
oil, just enough to make a last cake for me and my little son; after
that is gone, we must die. See, I am gathering these sticks to
make a fire to bake it."
"Fear not," said Elijah, "make me a little cake, and then make
one for yourself and your little boy; you shall not die, because as
long as the famine lasts, there will always be some meal in your
barrel, and oil in your cruse."
The poor woman was very much
astonished at this, yet she obeyed
Elijah; every day she made the \
cakes, and every day there was
plenty of meal and oil left, just as
Elijah had said. -
Many more wonderful miracles,
Elijah, the prophet, did; and at last,
one day, when he was very, very
old, God sent a chariot and horses I
of fire to take him up to Heaven.
Elijah has been called "the Man
of God," and is the only man that
ever went to Heaven without dying.
The Story of Daniel.
SL A TER on, in the history of the Israelites
L Nebuchadnezzar, a heathen King of Babylon,
/made war upon Jerusalem and conquered it.
When he returned to the City of Babylon he took
with him a great many prisoners, amongst whom
was Daniel, a little Jewish boy. One night, whilst
Daniel lived in Babylon, the King dreamt a strange dream, and sent
for his wise men to explain it; but because they could not guess the
dream, the King ordered them to be killed.
Then .Daniel prayed to God to tell him the dream, and God
did so. And Nebuchadnezzar was so delighted, that he bowed down
and worshipped Daniel, and gave him all kinds of beautiful presents.
After this, the King set up a golden image, and because three
of Daniel's friends would not worship it, he ordered them to be put
into a fiery furnace. "God will help us," they said; "even if He does
not, we will not worship any other God !" So they were bound and
cast into the furnace, and the King stood by to see if God would really
come and help them. Presently, Nebuchadnezzar said, I can see
four men, unbound, and walking in the midst of the flames; and the
fourth is like the Son of God!"
Then he ordered the furnace to be opened, and called to the
men to come out. And when he saw that they were not burnt,
or even singed, he cried out, No other God can save like this!"
Years after, another King reigned over Babylon, who loved
Daniel very much, and made him governor over his people. Some
of the nobles were jealous of this, and said to the King, O King,
wilt thou promise, that if any man prays to any God or man,
excepting thee, that he shall be thrown into a den of lions?" And
the King promised. So that night, they watched Daniel, and when
they saw him praying to God, they hurried off to tell the King,
and the King was obliged to keep his promise.
But all night long he could not sleep, for thinking of Daniel in
the den of lions. So, very early in the morning, he arose and went to
see what had happened. Oh, how glad he was, to find the prophet
unharmed, and to hear him say, "0 King, God hath not let the lions
destroy me, since He knows I have done no wrong!"
After that, the King ordered his people to fear the only
true God, who had saved Daniel from the lions' den.
OR, THS SWST STORY OF OL'D.
A'ND now, let me tell you the story of Jesus, whom God sent
down from Heaven to be the Saviour of the World.
One beautiful starry night, as some shepherds were watch-
ing their flocks upon the hills of Bethlehem, suddenly they saw a
great light, such a bright, dazzling light, that they fell down upon
their faces and were sore afraid.
Fear not said an angel, "I bring you good tidings, for
unto you is born this day a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.
Go into Bethlehem, and there you will find Him wrapt in
swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger." Then a' great many more
angels began singing and praising God, and the song that they sang
was-" Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will
toward men." So the shepherds made haste into Bethlehem, and
found the little baby as the angels had said, lying in a manger.
Not long after this, some wise men set out to find Jesus.
Which way shall we go?" they said to one another. Then
looking up, they saw a star shining brightly overhead, so much brighter
than any other star, that they thought God had put it in the sky to
point out the way they should .
go, so they followed it. 7,
"This cannot be the place!"
the wise men cried, "Yet we
will go in and see "
Yes, this was the place; '
this little baby cooing in its
mother's arms must be Jesus! .'
No other baby could have i',
smiled so sweetly; no other 4_
baby had such holy, dove-like -
So they brought presents -)''
of gold, and frankincense, and ,/ .
myrrh, and laid down at His
The Flight into Egypt.
W/H'(,J Jesus was a Baby, there lived in Judea a very wicked
king, called Herod. And when Herod heard that some wise
men were passing through Jerusalem on their way to find
Jesus, whom they called King of the Jews," he was angry and jealous,
and sent for the wise men to talk with them.
And the wise men came and told Herod of their wish to find
Jesus, and the long way they had journeyed in search of Him.
If you do find Him," said Herod, "make haste back and tell
me where He is, that I, too, may go and worship Him." But Herod
never meant to worship the little King, but to send soldiers instead
to kill Him.
And the wise men went on their way, and the beautiful bright
star that they had followed from their own country, went on before
them and stood still over the lowly place where the infant Jesus was,
and the wise men went in and found Him lying in a manger.
And that night God told them in a dream that Herod was a
wicked king who did not love the baby Jesus, and that they must
not go back to say where they had found Him. So the wise men
returned to their own country another way.
Not long after, as Joseph was sleeping in the night-time, an
angel came to him and said, Get up, Joseph, take your dear little
Baby and Mary, and go quickly into Egypt, or Herod will send.
soldiers to kill the Child Jesus."
So Joseph arose and awoke Mary, and told her all that the
angel had said, and made haste and saddled the ass, and prepared for
their long journey into Egypt. And soon after, Mary, with the little
Baby in her arms, mounted the ass, and rode quickly away from
And Mary and Joseph stayed a long time in the land of Egypt;
they were afraid to return to Bethlehem because of wicked King
But one day the angel came again and told Joseph Herod was
dead, and that it would be quite. safe for them to take their little
child back to their own country. So Mary and Joseph did as the
angel told them, and returned gladly to Jerusalem.
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The Holy Babe.
H OW sweet and wonderful it must have been to Mary to look
upon her little child Jesus, and know He was the Son of
God who made Heaven and earth, the sea, the sky, and every-
thing that lived and moved upon the earth. To know that He had
chosen her out of all other women to be the Mother of His only
beloved Son! How she must have loved and worshipped that little
baby, and how Jesus in return must have loved and reverenced His
Of course, in the little town of Nazareth where Mary lived, there
were many more happy, smiling little babies. Mary must have held
them often in her arms, and kissed and petted them, yet none of
these were so sweet as Jesus, none had such holy, dove-like eyes,
or were so readily pleased, so happy and contented.
We all know the sweetest baby will be peevish and fretful, and
self-willed sometimes, but Jesus was never like that.
When He was eight days' old His Mother took Him to the Temple
at Jerusalem to be presented to the Priests, just as Hannah took her
Mary brought no rich gifts with her as a thankoffering to God for
her little baby. All she had were two pretty white doves; yet she did
not envy the rich mothers that she saw going into the Temple. She
was so meek and lowly, and gentle, all she cared for was the little baby
clasped within her arms. If no one noticed Him or knew who He was,
Mary knew, and was quite happy and satisfied.
But someone noticed Him-an old man called Simeon, a very good
and holy man, whom God had promised should not .die until he had
beheld his Saviour. So as Mary stood with the sleeping baby in her
arms, waiting her turn to take him to the altar, God told Simeon that
the poor woman's baby was none other than Jesus, the Saviour of the
world. In a moment he took Him from His mother's arms and began
singing loud praises to God.
How astonished everybody must have been to see such a strange
sight in the Temple. Old Simeon-that wise and learned man
worshipping a tiny baby, looking up to Heaven, and singing for joy that
God had let him live to see his Saviour.
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The Child Jesus.
T HE Bible does not tell us what Jesus was like, or what He did
when He was quite a little boy. We know that His home
was in Nazareth, that He lived there with His father and mother,
and that Joseph, His father, was a carpenter, and worked at a carpenter's
bench all day long. Perhaps when Jesus was very little, and Mary,
His mother, was busy about the house, Joseph would let Him stay
beside him and play with the long curls of shavings that strewed the
floor. No doubt He sometimes tried to catch the sunbeams that came
in at the door, or laughed and clapped His hands when a bird flew
past; for the birds in Nazareth were bright and beautiful in colour
-far prettier than any in our country.
The Bible tells us that Jesus grew in favour with God and man.
this means that all loved and were pleased with Him-His Father in
Heaven, His earthly parents, and all who lived in Nazareth.
Nazareth was surrounded with beautiful green hills. Up these' hills
in summer, hand in hand with the village children, Jesus must have
gone gathering wild flowers, listening to the birds and bees as He went
along; loving His Heavenly Father more and more, for making such
a beautiful, happy world. We may be sure that the little child Jesus
would not harm the smallest worm or insect that came in His way,
because God had given it life.
All through the long summer day, Jesus roamed and played about
the hills; but in the evening, when long slanting sunbeams lay on the
white roofs of Nazareth, He and His companions would go running
home. Perhaps He went to meet His mother going to the fountain
for water; and she would ask Him to gather some little twigs or
green leaves to put in the red water jar, to keep the water sweet
Or the white doves would fly down from the housetops and remind
Him it was,feeding time. It may have been His task to feed them.
We all know how gladly they would eat from His gentle hand, and
how the most timid dove would come and nestle in His bosom.
Little children, try to be like Jesus. You cannot be quite good, but
you can be gentle and kind to all around, and grow, like Jesus, in favour
with God and man.
Christ in the Temple.
E VE67. year, when Jesus was a child, His parents and their friends
and neighbours used to go to Jerusalem, to keep the Feast of the
Passover, and to worship God in the Holy Temple.
The Feast of the Passover lasted many days, and Mary and Joseph
left the infant Jesus at home in Nazareth, because they thought He was
too little to travel such a long way, and too young to understand what
was taught in the Temple. But when Jesus was twelve years old, they
said to one another, Now, we may take our Son Jesus to Jerusalem.
He is quite old enough to worship with us in the Holy Temple." And
next day they set out upon the journey with their little Son walking
A great many more people were going to Jerusalem at the same
time-people from all the towns and villages round about. All day they
went through fields of beautiful waving corn, and at night time lay dwwn
to rest under cool green trees or in tents that they put up by the road
side. As soon as they reached Jerusalem, they made haste to the Temple,
to thank God for their safe journey, and to listen to the wise and holy
men who sat there teaching the people.
But when the Feast of the Passover was ended, and Mary and
Joseph, with their friends and neighbours, were going back to Nazareth,
they forgot to notice whether Jesus was with them. Perhaps they were
too busy talking of all they had seen and heard in Jerusalem to think
of the little boy.
But at night, when they stopped to rest, and call all the children
together, Jesus was not amongst them. "Where is our Son Jesus?"
said Mary and Joseph to the people that were with them. Has He
not been playing with your children all the day?" But none of them
had seen Jesus, or knew where He was.
"Let us go back to Jerusalem, He must be there," cried Mary to
Joseph, in her great distress. So they went sadly back, looking every-
where for their little child. At last, when they came to Jerusalem, they
thought of the Holy Temple.
Let us go up there," they said. And there, in His Father's house,
they found Jesus at the feet of the wise men, hearing them and asking
them questions. And the wise men were astonished at the questions
He asked, for they knew not it was Jesus sitting amongst them.
The Beloved Son.
OHN the Baptist, was a brave, good man, who lived in the
wilderness. God had sent him into the world to tell the
People Jesus was coming to save them. As soon as the people
heard there was a man living in the wilderness, they went there in
crowds to see him.
Now, many of these people were very wicked; so John told
them of Jesus who was coming to forgive sins; then he would beg
them to repent, and tell God they were sorry; and those who were
really sorry he baptised in the river Jordan.
One day, as John was baptising some of these people, he looked
up and saw a man coming towards him-a man with such a meek
and gentle face, that John knew it was Jesus; so he cried out:
"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of
the world !"
S" Who is this?" said the people.
"Why does John call this poor man-
a man just like ourselves-the Lamb
f of God? How can He take away our
'sins?" Presently they heard the stranger
asking to be baptised.
"Why does John refuse?" they
whispered to one another. "Why will he
7 not baptise this man as he does us ? "
r. John felt he could not baptise One
SV/I who was so good and pure as Jesus-Jesus,
ii iwho had done no wrong, and had no sins
Siw / to be washed away.
But when Jesus spoke again, and said,
i / gently and sweetly, that He wished to be
i-.' baptised, John led Him down to the river
!' Jordan, and baptised Him.
Directly Jesus came up out of the
ii w-ater the heavens opened, and a beautiful
I _- white dove flew down and rested upon
Him, and a voice said: I
--"-- "This is My beloved Son, in whom
'- I am well pleased."
") hat seek ye?"
H-E next time John saw Jesus coming down to the river Jordan,
j he cried out again Behold, the Lamb of God," and
immediately two poor fishermen who were with him, left John,
and followed Jesus.
They did not walk by the side of Jesus, but just a little way
behind, for they were afraid He might send them away.
Jesus knew their thoughts, so He turned and looked kindly at
them, and said:
"What seek ye?"
And the men said: "Rabbi, where dwellest thou ?"
Directly John said this, Jesus answered: "Come and see."
There must have been something very lovely and sweet about
Jesus, for these two poor fishermen to be ready in a moment to
leave their teacher, John the Baptist, their home and friends, and go
they knew not where, so as to be close beside Him.
Though Jesus came at last to have as many as twelve disciples,
Andrew and John, the two poor fishermen, were the first.
Rejoice with Me.
disciples teaching the people, and il
often talked to them in stories
Once He told of a woman who
lost a piece of silver money; although '
she had ten other pieces she could not
rest until she found the one that was __i
missing, so she lit a candle and went
sweeping all over her house until she s 3SI (\,iW(
found it, then she ran to her neigh-
bours and cried, "Rejoice with me for
I have found the piece that I had lost."
Jesus explained to the people that
the angels were just as glad when any-
one came to God to be forgiven, as -V
the woman was to find her lost piece -
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Gie Me to Drink."
ONE hot Summer day, as Jesus was resting by the side of a well
near the city of Samaria, a woman carrying a waterpot came to
get water. Jesus watched her fill her waterpot, and being tired
and thirsty, said, gently, pointing to the cool fresh water:
Give Me to drink ?"
Now, the Jews did not like the Samaritans, but treated them
very unkindly; and the woman to whom Jesus spoke, was one of them.
And, of course, the Samaritans did not love the Jews, for it is hard
to love those who dislike and despise us. So the woman, seeing that
Jesus was a Jew, instead of giving him the water, said, rudely, to
"Why do you ask a Samaritan for water?"
If you knew who I was," said Jesus, sweetly, "and had asked
Me, I would have given you living water."
But the woman only laughed mockingly. How could you give
me water, who have nothing to draw up with, and the well is so
deep ? she said.
Then Jesus, pointing to the waterpot, said: Whosoever drinketh
of this water shall thirst again ; but whosoever drinketh of the water
that I shall give him, shall never thirst."
Never thirst exclaimed the woman, "Do you mean that I
need never come to the well any more ? Sir, give me some of this
Then Jesus talked to the woman about God and His Holy Spirit,
and told her she should love God and worship Him.
I know," said the woman, "that some day Christ will come to
live on the earth."
When Jesus said, "I that speak unto thee am He," the woman
was so astonished, that she threw down her pitcher and ran off as fast
as she could to tell her friends.
Come! she cried, Make haste! Come to the well, and I
will show you a man who knows all I have ever done, and who says
He is Christ "
So they went with the woman, and cried to everyone they passed,
"Come with us! Come, see a man who says He is Christ !"
And directly they saw Jesus, and heard Him speak and tell the
wonderful things of the Kingdom of God, they knew He was, indeed,
the Christ, the Saviour of the World.
7esus with the Fishermen.
ONCE, followed by a multitude of people, Jesus went down to the
sea-shore to preach. A little way out at sea in a fishing boat,
busily mending his net, sat Simon Peter, one of the Lord's
disciples. Jesus beckoned him to bring his boat to shore, and stepped
into it and began talking to the people.
Jesus knew the poor fishermen, mending their nets, had been out
all night in their boats but had caught nothing. So when He had
finished talking to the people, He bade them push their boats out to
sea once more, and throw in their nets.
Simon Peter, and Andrew, who were in the boat with Jesus, told
Him they had been toiling all night but had caught nothing. "But at
Thy word," said Peter, we will let down the nets."
So they pushed out the boats and let down the nets, and immediately
they were full of fish, so full that they could scarcely drag them into
Another time, when a great crowd of people followed Jesus, He
led them to the top of a high mountain, and bade them sit down upon
the grass at His feet. And as they sat there Jesus told them a great
many beautiful things.
How it was blessed to be poor
j Blessed to be meek.
S ..j Blessed to be merciful.
S Blessed to be peace-makers.
-Blessed to be pure in heart;
because for all these things God
"- -would give them a great reward.
S\ Afterwards He taught them the
S-" Lord's Prayer "-that same beautiful
,. prayer, "Our Father," that you may
For us He pray'd, for us He taught,
,-. For us His daily works he wrought,
SBy words, and signs, and actions thus
7 / Still seeking not Himself but us.
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The 7 ich JMan's Little Daughter.
0~-\8 day, when Jesus was in the house of Matthew, one of the
twelve disciples, a rich man, named Jairus, came and fell at His
feet, and told Him his daughter, a little maid twelve years' old,
was very ill; so ill that he feared she would die before he could get
back to his house.
The rich man had heard much about Jesus, and what wonderful
things He had done-how He had made sick people well, the blind
to see, the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk.
Surely, said Jairus, He will listen to me and cure the little daughter
I love so dearly.
Now Matthew was holding a great feast, and Jesus was one of
the guests; but as soon as he saw Jairus kneeling at His feet and
crying so bitterly, He left the table, and followed him to his house.
A number of men and women followed, too. They wanted to see
what Jesus would do, and if He really could heal the rich man's
Not far from the house a servant pushed through the crowd, and
cried to Jairus, your little daughter is dead. Trouble not Jesus to
come and see her; He can do no good now."
But Jesus, seeing how sad the poor father looked, whispered kindly
to him, Fear not, only believe;" and walked, quickly into the house.
The house was full of people weeping bitterly; and in the room
where the little girl was lying cold and still, a great many more people
were standing about But Jesus told them not to mourn. "She is not
dead, He said, but sleepeth."
At this they laughed and mocked Him, crying, "She is dead."
Jesus sent all but the father and mother out of the room, and
bending over the bed, and taking the little cold white hand in His own,
He cried softly: "Little maid, arise." Then the little girl heard Jesus,
and opened her eyes, and rose from the bed.
How glad the rich man must have been to think that he had
told Jesus his trouble, and how kind of Jesus to help and comfort
him so quickly!
We, too, must trust in Jesus
However sad our fears;
Since He Himself has promised
To wipe away our tears.
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"Peace, be Still."
/T is sad to think that the kind and gentle Saviour, who went about
doing good to all, helping and caring for people from morning till
night, had no place to lay His head when the day was done.
Once, at the end of a long weary day, the disciples, who were not
thoughtless and selfish like the men and women whom Jesus taught,
seeing how weary He looked, took Him out to sea in their boat away
from the noisy crowd of people on the shore. It was a calm summer's
evening; the little white-sailed ship danced lightly over the waves, and
Jesus lay down upon the deck and was soon fast asleep.
All at once a black cloud came across the bright evening sky; the
wind began to blow loudly, and the rippling waves to change into big
white billows, that beat against the side of the little ship and tossed it
helplessly to and fro.
And the disciples, who were "sore afraid," wanted to wake Jesus;
but knowing how tired He was, they let Him sleep on, hoping the
storm would soon be past. But when the waves rose higher and higher
over the little boat, and the boat began to fill with water, they cried
aloud to Jesus, saying, Master, Master, save us, we perish!"
Waking from sleep, and looking wonderingly, perhaps a little sadly
at His disciples, Jesus said to them, "Why are ye fearful? Oh, ye of
little faith !" Which meant, Do you not know that, sleeping or waking,
the Son of God can take care of you?
Then He stood up in the boat and spread His arms out over the
darkness, and cried, Peace, be still !" Immediately the storm ceased,
and the wind and the sea were calmer than before; and once again the
little white-sailed ship rode gently over the waves.
"Who then is this?" whispered the disciples and sailors to one
another, "that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"
A LITTLE ship was on the sea,
It was a pretty sight;
It sailed along so pleasantly,
And all was calm and bright.
\Vhen, lo! a storm began to rise, He to the storm says, 'Peace; be still i'
The wind grew loud and strong; The raging billows cease;
It blew the clouds across the skies, The mighty winds obey His will,
It blew the waves along. And all are hushed to peace.
"Unto many that were blind He gave sight.-LUKE vii. 21.
ONCE when Jesus and His disciples and a great many more people
were passing through Jericho, a blind beggar cried in a loud voice
to Jesus as he went by, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy
The disciples and the people tried to stop him calling out so
loudly, but he cried all the more, again and again, "Jesus, thou Son
of David, have mercy upon me."
And Jesus stood still and told the disciples to fetch the poor
blind man, that He might comfort him. When the blind man was
brought to Him, He asked, "What wilt thou that I shall do unto
Then the blind man said, "Lord, that I might receive my sight."
Jesus was so pleased to find the blind beggar knew He was
willing and able to help him, that He said unto him, "Go thy way,
thy faith hath made thee whole."
S [7TE went about,
S-He was so kind,
i' To cure poor people
SA who were blind,
SS Any many who
were sick and lame,
S He pitied them,
and did the same.
And more than that,
He told them, too,
The things that God
would have them do.
And was so gentle
/and so mild,
SHe would have listened
S.\ /, to a child.
"Thy Son Liveth." -
A ICH Nobleman, whose son
was very ill in Capernaum,
came and besought Jesus to
Jesus said, "Unless I go to this
Nobleman's house, he does not think -
I can heal his little child."
The poor father was too much
troubled to notice what Jesus was
"Sir," he cried, looking implor-
ingly at Jesus-"come down ere my
child die !"
Jesus was too kind and pitiful fi
to keep the poor father waiting any __- l_-__ _
longer, so said gently to him :- O
Go thy way; thy son liveth."
The Nobleman was so astonished at these words he could
scarcely believe them ; yet he obeyed Jesus, and hurried away.
When he was near home, he saw some of his servants running with
such bright and happy faces to meet him, as though they had
some very wonderful news to tell their master.
"My son, my dear little son, how is he now?" cried the father.
Your son liveth!" answered the servants. Yesterday we were
standing around his bed, thinking he would die before you came
back, when, all at once, he sat up quite well. Oh, it was wonderful!"
Then the Nobleman told the servants what had happened, and
explained to them that yesterday, just as Jesus said those kind words,
" Go thy way; thy son liveth," at that very moment the little boy
must have sat up, healed of his sickness.
And from that time the Nobleman and all who lived in his
house believed in Jesus.
Every day people brought their suffering ones to Jesus-the deaf
and dumb, the blind, and the lame-and Jesus healed all who came
to Him with a touch or a few kind, loving words. Not one was
sent comfortless away.
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"It is I."
0 -\('C when the disciples were out in their boat, Jesus went up
into a mountain to pray. He loved to be alone with His
Heavenly Father; for Jesus, who went about doing good and
healing so many broken hearts, had great sorrows of His own to bear,
sorrows which none but His Father could understand or comfort.
It was night-time, and from the top of that lonely mountain Jesus
could look down and see the twelve disciples in their little boat
rowing very fast, as if they feared a storm, for sometimes, without the
slightest warning, terrible storms would come on the Lake of Galilee.
Before morning one of these terrible storms came; the wind roared,
the sea rose mountains high, and the waves seemed as though they
would swallow that tiny boat.
"We shall surely drown," thought the disciples, "We shall never
reach the shore, our Master is not near to help us."
But Jesus was not far from them, He had watched the little boat
and pitied His dear disciples, and came down from the mountain to
save them. Yes, Jesus was close to them walking upon the sea, drawing
nearer and nearer. Though the disciples feared the tempest that was
raging around them, they feared far more the sight of One walking
on the sea, for they knew not it was their beloved Master.
Look! look !" they cried. It is a spirit!"
Jesus who was now quite near to them, said: "It is I, be no.
"Lord," cried Peter, "If it be Thou, bid me come to Thee upon
Come," said Jesus.
At this one little word, Come," Peter dashed over the side ol
the boat, and began walking on the sea, with his eyes fixed on Jesus.
But, before he reached Him, he grew afraid, and looked down and
trembled, and began to sink.
"Lord, save me!" said Peter.
Then Jesus stretched out His hand, and saved him.
"Why didst thou doubt?" said Jesus, gently.
And as they walked together over the stormy waves, and entered
the little boat, the wind stopped, the sea grew calm, and the disciples
said to Jesus, "Of a truth Thou art the Son of God."
The Good Shepherd.
I am the Good Shepherd."
W HT did Jesus call Himself the Good Shepherd? Shepherds in
the Holy Land were strong, brave men, who lived upon the
mountains, and took care of the sheep and lambs, for there
were many dangers in those wild lonely mountains; wolves and
robbers, crags, and dreadful places, where the poor little lambs would
have fallen over and been dashed to pieces if the shepherds were not
there to mind them. Sometimes a lamb would be missing from the
flock, and the good shepherd would not rest till he had found it.
Sometimes the shepherd who had gone a long way in search of
it, would be found dead from cold and hunger, with the little
lamb safe on his breast. And sometimes wicked robbers, who came
to steal the sheep, killed the poor shepherds. A shepherd has often
died to save his sheep, so this is why Jesus called Himself the
"Good Shepherd," because He knew He was about to die for His
Jesus tells us that a good shepherd i
will leave all that are safe in the fold / \
to seek the one little lamb that is -
lost. The tinier and more wayward it --
is the more the good shepherd pities it l
out on the big lonely mountain. ,
Children! you are the Saviour's
little lambs; Jesus is your Good Shep- \ *
herd. Nothing can harm you safe '
within His fold. If you stray away ,
Jesus will seek you, and call you with "- / '-
His own gentle voice, and carry you
home rejoicing, just as the good shep-
herds rejoiced when they had found
ES[US knocketh! can it be I '
S Jesus needs a child like me?
Jesus speaketh, meek and mild:
"Let me in, O little child." -
"Gentle Jesus, come, oh come, .
Make my little heart thy home." I
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cjAN a pretty village called Bethany, lived two sisters, Martha and
J 'Mary, with their brother Lazarus, and Jesus loved them.
J Sometimes He went to visit Martha and Mary in their quiet
happy home and sat and taught them, yet much as He loved the
sisters He loved Lazarus, their brother, more.
Once when Jesus was not near them, Lazarus fell ill, and the
sisters were in great grief fearing he would die. Of course they
could not leave their sick brother to go themselves and tell Jesus
SHis friend was so ill, but they sent a messenger instead and told
him to say to Jesus: He whom Thou lovest is sick."
And the messenger found Jesus and told Him. "Tell Martha
and Mary," said Jesus, this sickness is not unto death," which meant
they must not be too anxious about Lazarus; all would be well in
the end if they would only trust and wait. Still Jesus did not go
back with the messenger as the sisters hoped He would, but stopped
two whole days away.
After the two days were over, Jesus, who knew all that was
happening in Bethany, said, very sadly, to His disciples, "Lazarus is
dead,-let us go unto him."
When the friends who sat with Martha and Mary trying to
comfort them because Lazarus their brother was dead, told them Jesus
was coming along the road into Bethany, Martha ran quickly out
to meet Him, but Mary stayed weeping at home. Martha thought
it was unkind of Jesus staying so long away from them in their
trouble, and she cried out when she saw Him, "Lord, if Thou hadst
been here my brother had not died."
"Thy brother shall rise again," said Jesus in His sweet voice, as
though to comfort her, and then He bade her go and fetch Mary.
Poor weeping Mary! And when Mary came she fell down at His
feet and said, as well as she could, between her heart-broken sobs, the
same words, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here my brother had not
died." And then, as if unable to bear the sight of so much sorrow,
or the thought of His dear friend, Lazarus, lying in the cold silent
grave,---" Jesus Wept."
The Mothers of Salem.
HEN6, mothers of Salem, their children brought to Jesus,
The stern disciples drove them back and bade them depart;
But Jesus saw them ere they fled,
And sweetly smiled and kindly said,
"Suffer the children to come unto me."
0 XC8, when Jesus was preaching to the people, some mothers
came running towards Him, bringing with them their little
children that He might bless them.
But the disciples were angry with the mothers for pushing through
the crowd with the young children. They feared it would trouble
Jesus. So they spoke angrily to them, and told them to take the
children away. "Jesus cannot bless them now,"
they cried, "He is too busy; take them away."
But when Jesus heard their rough voices,
and looked up and saw the mothers going sadly J
away with their little ones, He held out His
hands to beckon them back, saying, sweetly,
"Suffer little children to come unto Me,
and forbid them not; for of such is ---- -
the Kingdom of Heaven." And they ,
came back, and Jesus lifted them in
His arms and blessed them.
Another time, when He was preaching, i ----
and some proud men were asking Him
about heaven, and who would have the
best place there, Jesus took a child-a dear
little baby-and stood it up where the proud _
men could see it, and told them the best / '
place in heaven would be given to the one \ '
who was good and simple and most like
that little child. For a long time He talked ---- i
to them about the Kingdom of Heaven, and
bade them be kind to little children, whom 7
God His Father loved .
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J'ho is This?
"T HO is -ihis ?" ci ied the people, as Jesus followed by a great
multitude came riding into Jerusalem upon an ass. "Who is
this?" they said, and crowded to the windows, or stood upon
the roofs of the houses, and those who had children held them up in
their arms that they too might see what was passing by.
First came Jesus meekly riding upon an ass, then men, women, and
children, with green branches in their hands. Some wove the branches
into mats and threw them down before Jesus, some took off their
bright mantles and scarves and spread them out in the road for the
ass to walk upon, and all were singing and shouting for joy.
But, alas! all was soon changed; and those who shouted for joy,
and praised Jesus of Nazareth, and called Him King as He entered
Jerusalem, turned against Him, and cried, "Crucify Him! crucify Him!"
as they led Him before Pontius Pilate.
The I7ido w's AMite.
J ESUS was once sitting in the Temple '
watching the people put money ,
in the Treasury. And as the
rich men passed by they gave a great
deal of money; and many of them were
proud and foolish, and put in their money
so that everybody should see how good \
Presently a poor widow came past,
and dropped in two very tiny pieces of
money. And Jesus was more pleased
with the poor woman than with all those
rich men; for the rich men had given
only just a little of their great wealth,
but this poor widow had given all the
money she had in the world. T- ,
we lend to Thee
Repaid a thousandfold will be;
Then gladly will we give to Thee,
Who giveth all.
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S7he Prodigal Son.
Y&SSUS tells how once there was
an ungrateful son, who left his
Father's house to go into a far
Country. But before he 0 went
I- he asked his father to give him
Small that belonged to him. And
S-the father gave him a large
sum of money. But the son
soon wasted the money, and
became a beggar, and was
\ so poor, and miserable and
S.. \hungry that he was glad
.'to take care of some swine,
1 and even to share the food
that was given them.
"I will go back to my father," said the son, "and tell him I am
sorry. I don't think he will ever forgive me, but I will ask him
to let me be one of his servants."
So he went back, and his father saw him coming, and was so
glad that he ran out to meet him, and kissed and forgave him, and
put new clothes upon him, the best that he had, and made a great
feast to welcome him; and said to the servants, "Come, we must
make merry, for I have found my dear son, whom I thought I
should never see again."
But the Father had another son, who was busy working in the
fields when his brother returned, so he did not see his Father run
out to meet him. But in the evening, when his work was over,
and he went back to his Father's house, and saw it all lit up, and
heard music and singing, and happy voices within, he asked one of
the servants what had happened. And the servant said, "Thy
brother has come back, and your Father is so glad that he has made
a great feast to welcome him."
And to hear this made the brother very jealous and angry, so
that he would not go in and see his younger brother.
"My Father does not care as much for me," he said. And his
Father came out and begged him to come in and be happy, too.
"I have had you with me always," he said. "But your brother
has been lost so long, that I thought I should never see him again;
we must not be angry with him, and send him away. We must all
rejoice and be glad that he has come back to us once more."
Jesus is like this kind loving father, ever ready and willing to
forgive us, if we only tell Him we are sorry for our sins.
Sowving the Seed.
y COMEM&TIMES Jesus told parables to the
0 people who came to hear Him preach.
The first was about a sower, who went
out to sow seed.
Some of the seed fell by the wayside,
and the birds came and eat it up; and some
on stony ground, where it could not take
root, and the hot sun withered it. Some fell
amongst thorns, and the thorns grew so thickly
around it, that it had not room to grow.
But some fell on good ground, and brought
Forth good fruit, as the sower meant it to do.
SP\the seed was the Word of God, and the
S.. good ground the hearts of those who loved
S'to hear and obey it; so that they, like the
S.. seed, should bring forth good fruit.
SE TTE plough the fields and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand;
He sends the snow in Winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft refreshing rain.
"Lord, who is it?"
J ESUS knew that Judas, one of the twelve disciples, had a wicked
cruel heart, and would give Him up to be crucified for thirty
pie, es of silver.
Now, the Jews hated Jesus, and were waiting to kill Him.
They could not bear to see Him followed by such crowds of people,
or to hear them praising Him.
So, on the night of the Last Supper, as Jesus sat with the
twelve disciples, He looked sorrowfully upon them, and said, perhaps
with tears in His gentle eyes-
"One of you shall betray Me."
The poor, faithful disciples knew not what
to sa 7.
Betray Jesus! Could one of them harm a hair
of His dear head, much less give Him up to die? ?
They dared not contradict their Master; they
knew that He could read all hearts, and that one
of them would betray Him-but which ?
Lord, is it I ?" they said, fearfully. Is
Then John, the best loved of the
disciples, with his head leaning on
Jesus' breast, whispered-
"Lord, who is it?"
He it is," answered Jesus, "to
whom I shall give a sop."
"Rabbi, is it I?" said Judas.
Thou hast said," answered -
Then Jesus broke a piece of bread and dipped it in the dish that
stood near Him, and gave the sopped bread to Judas.
And thus the disciples knew which of them would betray their
Lord. And soon after, Jesus, whose heart was breaking with sorrow,
went out into a quiet garden to pray. And as He prayed the
disciples slept. "Oh, my Father," said Jesus, "If it be possible, let
this cup pass from Me nevertheless, not My will, but Thine
"Art Thou a King?"
C -a3 ( this be Jesus?
SBound with cords, mocked, and spit upon by cruel Jews.
Gentle Jesus! who came to bring love and peace to all the
world. Alas, Yes. Judas has betrayed Him, and taken the soldiers
to the quiet garden where he knew he should find his Master.
And the soldiers bound Him and dragged Him through the
streets to the house of their ruler, Pontius Pilate.
Now Pilate was a judge-a judge is one who can order wicked
people to be punished.
What has this man done?" said Pilate to the soldiers, and
the people and priests who came with Him.
"He calls Himself our King," they cried scornfully, "and
crowds follow Him and praise Him; but He is not our King!"
"Art Thou a King?" asked Pontius Pilate.
"Yes," answered Jesus, meekly, "I am a King."
For a long while Pilate talked with Jesus, but could find no
wrong in Him.
"I must not punish this good man. I find no fault in Him
at. all," said Pilate to the people; "Take Him away.
But the people grew more and more angry. They would have
"What do you want me to do to your King?" asked Pilate.
"Crucify Him! crucify Him!" they cried out altogether, whilst
Jesus stood meekly by and answered not a word.
"What! shall I crucify your King?"
He is not our King," they shouted, "we will not have Him
for our King. Away with Him! away with Him!"
At last, for the Jews would have Him crucified, the dear Lord
Jesus was led away to be nailed on the cruel cross.
Little children, how dearly we should love One who has loved
and borne so much for us. None other would die for us; none other
loves and cares for us like Gentle Jesus.
T H86S'S a Friend for little children
Above the bright blue sky,
A Friend Who never changes,
Whose love will never die.
A RICH man, named Joseph of Arimathea, begged to be allowed
to bury Jesus in a tomb in his beautiful garden, and rolled a
great white stone before the door of the tomb. But three days
afterwards, Jesus arose from the dead, and appeared to Mary and His
dear disciples. Many more times Jesus appeared to them.
At last, one day, He went up to the top of the mountain,
called the Mount of Olives. For a long time he talked earnestly
with the disciples, and told them that they must go about teaching
the people, telling them how Jesus had died for. them because He
loved them so dearly.
Afterwards He blessed the disciples, and said loving farewell
words to them; and while He blessed -them a cloud came and hid
Him from their sight, and He was parted from them, and ascended
into Heaven, back to that good and loving Father, who had sent
Him down to be the Saviour of the world.