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 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Introduction
 Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations
 Look to Jesus
 The promise fulfilled
 Herod's anger and jealousy
 John the forerunner -- the first...
 Driving out the money changers
 The woman at the well
 The sermon on the mount
 Jesus cast out of Nazareth
 The miraculous draught of...
 Christ's loving deeds
 The sower -- hushing the storm
 Christ walking on the water
 The sinful woman
 The transfiguration
 Jesus in the temple
 Raising Lazarus from the dead
 The prodigal son
 Blind Bartimeus begging at the...
 Mary reproved by the traitor...
 Jesus enters Jerusalem in...
 Preparing a place for the last...
 Peter denies his master
 Jesus before Pilate
 The remorse of Judas
 Calvary
 Christ appears again
 Choosing a new apostle -- day of...
 Peter heals a lame man
 Sapphira and Ananias struck...
 Stephen dies a martyr
 Philip converts a rich man
 Saul is converted
 Peter works miracles
 Peter is delivered from prison
 Paul and Silas arrested
 Paul utters his defence
 Festus hears Paul's story
 Paul is sent to Rome
 Paul writes to the churches
 Sowing the seed
 "Of such is the kingdom of...
 "The child Jesus"
 The widow's mite
 Denial by Peter
 Hour of death
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Title: Bible story-land New Testament edition for home, school, and Sunday-school
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Physical Description: 220 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Creator: White, Annie Randall
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Publication Date: c1898
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Front Matter
        Page 3
    Frontispiece
        Page 4
    Title Page
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Introduction
        Page 7
    Table of Contents
        Page 8
    List of Illustrations
        Page 9
    Look to Jesus
        Page 10
    The promise fulfilled
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Herod's anger and jealousy
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
    John the forerunner -- the first miracle
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
    Driving out the money changers
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
    The woman at the well
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
    The sermon on the mount
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
    Jesus cast out of Nazareth
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
    The miraculous draught of fishes
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
    Christ's loving deeds
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
    The sower -- hushing the storm
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
    Christ walking on the water
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
    The sinful woman
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
    The transfiguration
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
    Jesus in the temple
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
    Raising Lazarus from the dead
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
    The prodigal son
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
    Blind Bartimeus begging at the gate
        Page 99
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 103
    Mary reproved by the traitor Judas
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
    Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
    Preparing a place for the last supper
        Page 117
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
        Page 126
    Peter denies his master
        Page 127
        Page 128
        Page 129
    Jesus before Pilate
        Page 130
        Page 131
        Page 132
        Page 133
        Page 134
    The remorse of Judas
        Page 135
        Page 136
        Page 137
    Calvary
        Page 138
        Page 139
        Page 140
        Page 141
        Page 142
        Page 143
        Page 144
        Page 145
        Page 146
        Page 147
        Page 148
        Page 149
        Page 150
    Christ appears again
        Page 151
        Page 152
        Page 153
        Page 154
    Choosing a new apostle -- day of Pentecost
        Page 155
        Page 156
        Page 157
    Peter heals a lame man
        Page 158
        Page 159
        Page 160
        Page 161
    Sapphira and Ananias struck dead
        Page 162
        Page 163
        Page 164
        Page 165
    Stephen dies a martyr
        Page 166
        Page 167
        Page 168
    Philip converts a rich man
        Page 169
        Page 170
        Page 171
        Page 172
    Saul is converted
        Page 173
        Page 174
        Page 175
        Page 176
    Peter works miracles
        Page 177
        Page 178
        Page 179
    Peter is delivered from prison
        Page 180
        Page 181
        Page 182
        Page 183
        Page 184
        Page 185
    Paul and Silas arrested
        Page 186
        Page 187
        Page 188
    Paul utters his defence
        Page 189
        Page 190
        Page 191
        Page 192
        Page 193
        Page 194
        Page 195
        Page 196
        Page 197
        Page 198
        Page 199
        Page 200
    Festus hears Paul's story
        Page 201
        Page 202
        Page 203
    Paul is sent to Rome
        Page 204
        Page 205
        Page 206
        Page 207
        Page 208
    Paul writes to the churches
        Page 209
        Page 210
        Page 211
    Sowing the seed
        Page 212
        Page 213
    "Of such is the kingdom of God"
        Page 214
    "The child Jesus"
        Page 215
    The widow's mite
        Page 216
        Page 217
    Denial by Peter
        Page 218
    Hour of death
        Page 219
        Page 220
    Back Cover
        Page 221
        Page 222
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THE HOPE THAT IS AN ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL.







BIBLE STORY-LAND


New Testament Edition

-FOR-


Home, School,


and Sunday-School


MOST BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED


BY
MRS. ANNIE RANDALL WHITE.


Author of Bible Story-Land," (Old Testament Edition); "Polite Society, at Home
and Abroad," and formerly Editor Young Folks' Monthly."



CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, AND STOCKTON, CAL.,
MONARCH BOOK COMPANY.
(Successors to, and formerly L. P. Miller & Co.)
PUBLISHERS,


































COPYRIGHTED BY
CHAR-LES S. SUTPHEN.
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INTRODUCTION.


In Bible Story Land, New Testament Edition, the author
has sought to- clothe the events of the Bible in such simple
and plain language that no one can fail to receive the deep
lessons which a perusal of its pages will convey to the young-
est mind.
The Bible is the grandest book which has ever been given
to man, and the child's education has not been completed,
until it has been made acquainted with the high moral lessons
inculcated within its pages.
Believing this fully, it has been a labor of love to place
before our young readers a brief recapitulation of its most
important events, and if it shall serve to awaken a love for that
best of books, which shall stimulate the young student to a
more extended acquaintance with its beauties and truths, the
author will feel amply rewarded for the efforts spent in their
behalf.
This volume comprehends the New Testament; in con-
junction with Bible Story Land, Old Testament edition, of
1891, the story of the Bible is complete.
MRS. ANNIE RANDALL WHITE.




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CONTENTS.


POEM.
CHAPTER I.
POEM.
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III.
CHAPTER IV.
CHAPTER V.
CHAPTER VI.
CHAPTER VII.
CHAPTER VIII.
CHAPTER IX.
CHAPTER X.
CHAPTER XI.
CHAPTER XII.
CHAPTER XIII.
CHAPTER XIV.
CHAPTER XV
CHAPTER XVI.
CHAPTER XVII.
CHAPTER XVIII.
CHAPTER XIX.
CHAPTER XX.
CHAPTER XXI.
CHAPTER XXII.
CHAPTER XXIII.
CHAPTER XXIV.
CHAPTER XXV.
CHAPTER XXVL
CHAPTER XXVII.
CHAPTER XXVIII.
CHAPTER XXIX.
CHAPTER XXX.
CHAPTER XXXI.
CHAPTER XXXII.
CHAPTER XXXIII.
CHAPTER XXXIV.
CHAPTER XXXV.
CHAPTER XXXVI.
CHAPTER XXwXVII.
CHAPTER XXXVIII.
POEM.
POEM.
POEM.
POEM.
POEM.
POEM.


PAGE.
LOOK TO JESUS .................... .............. 10
THE PROMISE FULFILLED .......... ... ............. II
WISH You MERRY CHRISTMAS... ......... ........ 12
HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY........................ 17
JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE ......... 27
DRIVING OUT THE MONEY CHANGERS. ............... 36
THE WOMAN AT THE WELL ......................... 39
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT ......................... 44
JESUS CAST OUT OF NAZARETH ....................... 48
THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES ................ 51
CHRIST'S LOVING DEEDS ............................ 58
THE SOWER-HUSHING THE STORM .................... 66
CHRIST WALKING ON THE WATER .......... .......... 71
THE SINFUL WOMAN ... ............. ................. 75
THE TRANSFIGURATION............................. 80
JESUS IN THE TEMPLE .... .............. ......... 85
RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD ................... 90
THE PRODIGAL SON .................................... 96
BLIND BARTIMEUS BEGGING AT THE GATE............. 99
MARY REPROVED BY THE TRAITOR JUDAS .............. 104
JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM IN TRIUMPH .............. 109
PREPARING A PLACE FOR THE LAST SUPPER............. 117
PETER DENIES HIS MASTER ......................... 127
JESUS BEFORE PILATE ............... .............. 130
THE REMORSE OF JUDAS ............................ 135
CALVARY....................................... ..... 138
CHRIST APPEARS AGAIN ............................ 151
CHOOSING A NEW APOSTLE-DAY OF PENTECOST ....... 155
PETER HEALS A LAME MAN ........................... 158
SAPPHIRA AND ANANIAS STRUCK DEAD. ............... 162
STEPHEN DIES A MARTYR. .... .......................... 166
PHILIP CONVERTS A RICH MAN. ..................... 169
SAUL IS CONVERTED..................................173
PETER WORKS MIRACLES............................. 177
PETER IS DELIVERED FROM PRISON ...................... 18o
PAUL AND SILAS ARRESTED .......................... 186
PAUL UTTERS HIS DEFENCE ....................... 189
FESTUS HEARS PAUL'S STORY ............ ............ 201
PAUL IS SENT TO ROME .............................. 204
PAUL WRITES TO THE CHURCHES..................... 209
SOWING THE SEED....... ........ ................... 213
"OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD".... ............ 214
"THE CHILD JESUS". ............................ .... 215
THE WIDOW'S MITE................................. 216
DENIAL BY PETER ................................. 218
HOUR OF DEATH.......................................... 219
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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.


PAGE.
FRONTISPIECE.-THE HOPE THAT IS AN
ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL ..................
WISH You MERRY CHRISTMAS .............. 12
GOOD TIDINGS ................ ........... 13
SHEPHERD AND WIFE OF ANCIENT SHILOH. 16
THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE ........ 19
NAZARETH.... ............................. 21
AN EASTERN SCHOOL.............. .. .... 22
THE SAVIOUR IN THE TEMPLE ARGUING WITH
THE RABBIS ............. ......... ... 24
THE BOYHOOD OF CHRIST. ................. 25
JOHN THE BAPTIST PREACHING.............. 28
THE CALL OF PETER AND ANDREW.......... 30
CHRIST FASTING IN THE WILDERNESS. ....... 31
THE BEGINNING OF CHRIST'S MINISTRY...... 33
THE MARRIAGE AT CANA ................. 34
IN THE PORTICO OF THE TEMPLE.. ......... 36
DRIVING OUT THE MONEY CHANGERS........ 37
JOHN THE BAPTIST IN PRISON ............... 39
THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE WELL..... 41
CURING THE LAME....... ................ 42
AN EASTERN SYNAGOGUE. ................. 44
" LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER."............. 45
"NO PROPHET IS ACCEPTED IN HIS OWN
COUNTRY "............................. 49
MIRACULOUS CAST OF FISHES.......... .... 51
"RENDER UNTO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT
ARE CESAR'S "....... .... .... ............ 54
PHARISEE'S ENTERING THE TEMPLE. ........ 55
THE WIDOW'S MITE...................... 56
AN EASTERN WELL ............... ........ 59
CHRIST RAISES THE DAUGHTER OF JAIRUS.... 61
WELCOMED TO.EVERY HOUSE ............. 62
SALOME DANCES BEFORE HEROD............ 63
EXECUTION OF JOHN THE BAPTIST............ 64
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER ............... 66
HEALING THE DEMONIAC IN THE CAVES....'. 68
COSTUMES OF WOMEN OF BETHLEHEM ....... 70
CHRIST MOURNING OVER JERUSALEM ........... 72
WALKING ON THE WATER ........... ..... 74
CHRIST IN THE HOUSE OF THE RICH LEPER. 76
CHRIST'S FEET WASHED BY THE REPENTANT
WOMAN .... ......... ............... 77
CHRIST DRIVING THE SEVEN DEVILS OUT OF
MARY MAGDALENE .................... 79
" EXCEPT YOU BECOME ONE OF THESE,"
ETC..................................... 83
PHARISEES STONING CHRIST AND HIS APOS-
TLES..... ............................... 86
" HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN LET HIM CAST
THE FIRST STONE"...................... 87
A JEWISH WEDDING CEREMONY............ 88
CHRIST AT MARY AND MARTHA'S. ............ 91
VIEW INSIDE THE WALL OF JERUSALEM ...... 95
THE PRODIGAL SON LEAVING HOME......... 97
"HE RAN AND FELL ON HIS NECK AND
KISSED HIM." ............................ 98
HEALING THE BLIND BARTIMEUS ............ 100
"SUFFER LITTLE CHILDERN TO COME UNTO
ME."...... .. ......... ....... ... .......... 01


PAGE.
ZACCHIEUS IN THE TREE.................... 102
THE TEN VIRGINS ......................... 104
MARY ANOINTING CHRIST WITH PRECIOUS
OINTMENT ... ...... ........... ...... io6
JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM IN TRIUMPH ...... 109
PALMS BORNE BY THE CHILDREN ........... 110
FORETELLING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEM-
PLE ........ ................ .......... 112
MOSQUE OF OMAR ...................... 113
DRIVING OUT MONEY LENDERS............. 114
PLOWING IN BIBLE TIMES................... 16
VERILY I SAY UNTO YE, THAT ONE OF YE
WILL BETRAY ME........................ 118
HE IT IS TO WHOM I SHALL GIVE A SOP.".. 120
HE FELL ON HIS FACE."............. .... 122
CHRIST'S AGONY IN THE GARDEN ........... 123
THE ARREST OF JESUS ..................... 124
JUDAS' KISS... .. .... .., ................. 125
AN EASTERN NOONDAY REST................ 126
CHRIST BEFORE THE HIGH PRIEST.......... 127
PETER DENIES HIS MASTER................. 128
PILATE EXAMINES JESUS PRIVATELY ......... 131
THE SCOURGING OF CHRIST. ................ 132
JESUS CROWNED WITH THORNS.............. 133
ECCE HOMO .............................. 134
JUDAS REPENTANT .................... ... 136
ON THE ROAD TO CALVARY. .............. 138
CHRISTS' FAITHFUL FRIENDS FROM GALILEE.. 139
THE CRUCIFIXION ........................ 140
"IT IS FINISHED." ........................ 142
DESCENT FROM THE CROSS.................. 143
BURIAL OF CHRIST......................... 144
CHRIST APPEARS TO MARY................... 146
TEN OF THE DISCIPLES SAT WITH DOORS
LOCKED................................ 147
GOING TO EMMAUS ........................ 148
DOUBTING THOMAS ....................... 149
DAY OF PENTECOST.......................... 156
I WILL TALK OF THY DOINGS" ............ 160
THE BLESSING OF THE LORD ............... 163
THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. STEPHEN .......... 167
UNDERSTANDEST THOU WHAT THOU READ-
EST?. ..................... ... .. ..... 171
THE ANGEL OF THE LORD. ................. 175
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. ...... 178
THE LIBERATION OF ST. PETER ............. 181
WE THEN THAT ARE STRONG OUGHT TO BEAR
THE INFIRMITIES OF THE WEAK........... 184
THROUGH THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS
CHRIST ........... ....... ..... ........... 188
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT, LOVE............ 191
ST. PAUL MADE PRISONER.................... 192
ST. PAUL PREACHIN ....................... 194
LET ALL THINGS BE DONE DECENTLY AND IN
ORDER ... ...... ...... ............... ... 197
BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD ................ 198
WAILING WALL OF THE JEWS .............. 200
ST. PAUL'S ARRIVAL IN ROME............... 206
KEEP THE SABBATH DAY TO SANCTIFY IT .... 207
APOCALYPSE .............................. 212
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LOOK TO JESUS.


O, eyes that are weary,
And hearts that are sore
Look off unto Jesus,
And sorrow no more.
The light of His countenance
Shineth so bright,
That on earth, as in heaven,
There need be "no night."

Looking off unto Jesus,.
My eyes cannot see.
The troubles and dangers
That throng about me;
They cannot be blinded
With sorrowful tears.
They cannot be shadowed
With unbelief's fears.

Looking off unto Jesus,
My spirit is blest;
In the world I have turmoil,
In Him I have rest.
The sea of my life
All around me may roar,
When I look unto Jesus
I hear it no more.

Looking off unto Jesus,
I go not astray;
My eyes are upon Him,
He shows me the way.


The path may seem dark
As He leads me along,
But following Jesus
I cannot go wrong.

Looking off unto Jesus,
My heart cannot fear;
Its trembling is still,
When I see Jesus near;
1 know that His presence
My safeguard will be,
For "Why are ye troubled? "
He saith unto me.

Looking off unto Jesus,
Oh, may I be found,
When the waters of Jordan
Encompass me round I
Let them bear me away
In His presence to be:
'Tis but seeing Him nearer
Whom always I see.

Then, then shall I know
The full beauty and grace
Of Jesus, my Lord,
When I stand face to face;
I shall know how His love
Went before me each day,
And wonder that ever
My eyes turned away.
10









CHAPTER I.


THE PROMISE FULFILLED.
You were told, dear children, in the Bible Story Land that a
Saviour was foretold who would come and make all hearts glad.
The prophets had been promised a king who should arise
from out of the House of David, to bring peace and joy to the
world forever.
That promise had been made many, many years before, to
Abraham. And it was fulfilled amply. For there came a time
when a beautiful and pure young girl was chosen as alone worthy
of this high honor-that of becoming the mother of this great
king.
Mary was the daughter of Joachim and Anna, and both her
parents were of royal lineage. Thus our Lord was directly de-
scended from King David, and the prophecy was fulfilled.
In that same city where Mary was born, and where she yet
dwelt, an angi 1 came to her, and as she was alone in her home
one day, she saw a man standing before her. She looked at him
timidly, for his brightness overpowered her.
But when he spoke to her in gentle tones, he said words of
cheer and comfort; and yet they sounded strange and myste-
rious to her, for he hailed her as among the most favored of
women. And he bade her be rejoiced, for she was chosen as
the mother of the future king, the Saviour of all mankind. And
he told her that she must call the babe whom God was about
to send her-" JESUS."
Scarcely daring to ask a question, she hurried away to her










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WISH YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS.


TELL me the story old and true,
That each glad Christmas makes so new,
How Christ was born in Bethlehem,
And cradled in a manger;
One bright star, like a diadem,
Shone o'er the holy stranger.

Say, did the Christ-child light that star,
As he came down from Heaven afar?
The wise men followed where it led,
With costly myrrh, sweet-smelling;
And kneeling, gave him gifts and said,
"Our King, all kings excelling I"

On that, the first of Christmas days,
The angels sang a song of praise,
And on this happy Christmas, they
The same sweet song are singing,
"Good-will from God to men !" they say;
Set all the joy-bells ringing.


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THE PROMISE FULFILLED.


cousin, Elizabeth, who, though much older than she, was a dear
friend, and together they rejoiced at the promised blessing.
But this grand event was already known to others, for there
were shepherds who tended their flocks at night in the open
fields, and an angel had also shown himself to them, and told


them of the birth of this wondrous babe, and they hastened to
find him, that they might carry their simple offerings of fruits
and doves.
These plain and honest men never doubted for an instant
that the'angel had told them the truth. He had promised them
good tidings, and they received them into their hearts at once.





THE PROMISE FULFILLED.


But there were still other men-men of wealth and learning,
who were made acquainted with the fulfilment of the promise.
They, like the shepherds, were led by a star which went before
them, and whose rays were a guide to them, and which shone
steadily down when they came to where the young child lay.
And these wise men (or Magi as they were called) were not
men who dealt in magic, but were wise and learned princes of
far Eastern countries. And they were given to watching the
stars, for they were students of astronomy. When they saw
the Star of Bethlehem they remembered the prophecy: "There
shall come a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of
Israel."
So they rose at once when they saw that star, and journeyed
on to Jerusalem. Their way lay over rough mountains, and
deep streams, but they did not hesitate. They knew they
should find that King who had been promised the whole world.
And when they reached that city they went on to Bethle-
hem, where they found the infant lying in a manger, and going
in to the place, they threw themselves down before Him, and
offered the rich gifts of frankincefise and gold and myrrh which
they had brought.
Mary was betrothed to Joseph, a man of good repute, who,
when he was told by the angel that Mary was a pearl among
women, was rejoiced to accept the great destiny which lay be-
fore them both. In his soul he thanked God for this great
honor.
And when the wise men and the shepherds journeyed to
Bethlehem to lay their offerings before the new born babe, how
happy Joseph and Mary, the father and mother, must have felt,






THE PROMISE FULFILLED.


to see that precious one already acknowledged as a king. They
felt God's goodness to them was wondrous.
There were many others who were looking anxiously for a
Messiah who should come and deliver them from their oppres-
sors; but God had not revealed to them where His beloved Son
was. That was a mighty secret known only to the shepherds
and the wise men.
The people were very unhappy. Their rulers were hard and
cruel, and made them pay such heavy tribute (or taxes as we
would call it now) that they were almost unable to live. Herod
cared nothing for their sufferings, and they all were waiting anx-
iously for the coming of that Messiah whom the prophets had
so long before foretold. They knew He would make their bur-
dens lighter.


































































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SHEPHERD AND WIFE OF ANCIENT SHILOH.

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CHAPTER II.
HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY.
It would not be possible; we think, for so strange a thing as
the birth of a little child whose coming had led men to travel
so far to worship Him, to happen, without its being talked about.
So Herod, who was King of Judea, heard about Mary and
Joseph, and the young child Jesus, and he was very much
troubled. He called the Scribes and chief priests together, and
asked them where Jesus was to be born. They, too, knew
what the prophets of old had said, and they made answer:
"In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the
prophet."
And they told him that though Bethlehem was a small place,
yet there should come out from it a governor who should rule
all Israel.
This did not make Herod very much pleased, for he was
wicked and jealous, and he feared he should lose his throne.
He heard about the wise men coming to Judea, and he sent for
them privately and asked them a great many questions about
the star-when it had first been seen, and he talked very fairly
to them, asking them to search for the babe, and when they
had found Him, he wished them to come back and tell him just
where He was, and he would go and worship Him also.
Don't you think, children, that any one would be deceived
by such words as these? Even the wise men thought he was
sincere, and they promised him that they would come back, as
soonas they found Jesus, and tell him all they could.
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HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY.


When they left Herod, the star which had gone before them
all the way, went "and stood over where the young child was."
How they rejoiced when they saw it stop. They knew then
their long journey was ended, and they rejoiced with exceed-
ing great joy."
.When they promised the cruel King Herod that they would
come to his palace again, they meant to keep their word, for
they thought he would be glad to worship the young child.
But God, who knows all hearts, saw the wicked feelings
Herod cherished, and He warned the wise men in a dream not
to return that way. So they left Bethlehem by another road,
and went back into their own country.
When the little one was eight days old, Mary and Joseph
went up to the temple to present their babe to the Lord.
And a devout man named Simeon was there, and when Mary
held the babe in her arms, he took it and blessed God that,
though he was so old he had been permitted to live to see the
glory of God's people, Israel.
And the old man blessed them and prophesied that the
infant was a sign for all the world, but he warned Mary that her
heart should be pierced as with a sword.
And Anna, a prophetess, entering at that moment, thanked
God Ihat she too had seen the One who should bring redemp-
tion to all the world.
An angel of the Lord also visited Joseph in a dream, and
warned him that Herod, the reigning king, sought the life of
the young child. And he told him to go into Egypt and stay
there till it was God's will that he should come back.
Joseph obeyed at once. He took the little babe and its






HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY.


Saother, and he left Bethlehem in the darkness of the night,
and fled away into Egypt, so that Herod could not know where
they had gone, and could do no harm to the little child.


THE PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE.


But when Herod found that the wise men did not come
to talk with him, he was very angry. He had felt sure he
should discover where the babe was, and he had meant to
take its life. Was he not wicked? He was a very old man,<






HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY.


and had already been a king thirty-seven years, and yet he
could not endure the thought of giving up his throne to any
one.
He had done many wicked things during his reign. He
had murdered his own sons, and oppressed the poor, but now
his wrath was so terrible, for he considered that he had been
mocked by the wise men, that he planned a terrible deed-
and that was, the massacre of all the little boys in the city
of Bethlehem, and all the coasts around, who were two years
of age and under.
What a terrible command that was! And how the hearts
of Joseph and Mary must have rejoiced to think their precious
babe was safe from his anger.
But when that awful edict was carried out, a gloom must
have settled down over that unlucky city. There was mourn-
ing in nearly every house. Their dear children were all
sacrificed to the jealousy and anger of a cruel tyrant, and
nothing could comfort them; their dear little ones were all
murdered.
Herod was punished severely, for God sent diseases and
pains that were so hard to bear that he tried to take his own
life. And when he at last died, we do not think any one
mourned, not even his own family.
When he was dead, God sent an angel again to Joseph,
and told him to go into the land of Israel, for the one who
had sought the young child's life was no longer alive.
Joseph was glad to know that he could go back with
safety, but when he heard that a very wicked son of Herod's,
Archelaus by name, was the king in the place of his father,
















































NAZARETH.





HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY.


his heart was troubled. He knew that he ought to go back,
and yet he was afraid of the new king, so he went into Galilee,
to a town called Nazareth.
You see what a peaceful, pleasant town it was. And how


AN EASTERN SCHOOL.


happy those loving parents of the child Jesus must have been
to dwell where everything was so lovely around.
Here he lived for many years. And here Jesus grew into
manhood.
And here He went to school with other boys of His age.






HEROD'S ANGER AND Ji4LOUSY.


The Jews were very strict about teaching their children. And
it seems strange to think of the youthful Saviour studying as
did other youths of His time.
When Jesus was twelve years old, his parents took Him up
to Jerusalem to the Feast of the Passover.
Do you know, children, what this Feast meant, or why it
was observed? Many long years before, the Lord smote all the
first-born of Egypt, and the Israelites alone remained unharmed.
So Moses instituted this festival in commemoration of the Lord's
gracious mercy.
When the festival was first kept passover lambs were sacri-
ficed on the evening of the fourteenth of the first spring month,
and they were eaten the next night. All leaven was forbidden
from the meals of that and the next seven days, and the first and
the seventh day were considered holy.
But since the final destruction of Jerusalem, the Jews have
celebrated this feast by eating unleavened bread for eight days,
and held other ceremonies of a religious character.
Thus has the command of the Lord been obeyed, when He
said to the Israelites:
"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye
shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations;
ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever."
When Jesus went up to this Feast, which had been kept so
many years, He was very happy to think He should see the
famous temple. Within its walls He spent all His time, earn-
estly arguing with the wise rabbis and doctors of law, who were
amazed at the learning He showed. There was no question they
asked Him which He could not answer at once, and correctly.






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THE SAVIOUR IN THE TEMPLE ARGUING WITH THE RABBIS.







HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY.


And they crowded around the boy with wondering looks;
for never had they seen so remarkable a child before.


THE OYHOD OCHIST.



THE BOYHOOD OF CHRIST.


But when Joseph and Mary were ready to go home, they
missed their child, and with alarm they sought for Him among


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HEROD'S ANGER AND JEALOUSY.


the young people of his own age. Next they inquired of the
older people. But no one had seen Him!
That mother's heart was filled with sadness. Where could
He be? Oh, had He fallen into the hands of His enemies, and
was she never to see Him again, were the questions she asked
herself over and over again.
But they must know the worst, so back they went to Jeru-
salem, and after searching three days, with sad and despairing
hearts, they found Him in an outer court of the temple, talking
earnestly with the priests and learned men.
How thankful His mother was to see Him safe, but she
could not help chiding Him a little, for the anxiety He had
caused her.
But He asked her if she did not know He must do His
Father's work.
What work do you think He meant? Why, teaching and
calling sinners to repentance.
But He went home with Joseph and Mary, although He
longed to stay in the temple, for that was His heavenly Father's
house.
For many years, eighteen, He lived here with His parents,
and toiled with His own hands. Yes, our Lord workedat the
trade of a carpenter, and His mother was cheered by His com-
panionship, and had the proud happiness of seeing Him grow
to manhood. Still His foes had not found the dwelling-place
of the future king of all the earth, although they had searched
most diligently.
Truly Mary was happy, and yet she feared continually lest
those who had sought His life would find Him and destroy Him.
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CHAPTER III.


JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE.
When our Saviour was about thirty, a great prophet arose,
who preached in the wilderness of Judea.
This prophet was called John the Baptist. He came crying
aloud, so that all the people heard:
Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
He was a strange looking man-thin and wasted, and he
wore a rough garment of camel's hair, with a girdle to fasten it,
and ate locusts and wild honey. He lived a self-denying life.
He came to tell the people of the coming of the Saviour. It
was now the Lord's time when Jesus should go forth and
preach, and John was His forerunner.
Now John knew not the Saviour as such; even though
He was his cousin and had played with Him in childhood, yet
he-did not know who He was-that Jesus, the son of Joseph
the carpenter, was the promised Messiah whom he had been
sent to announce to all the people. For John himself was a
great preacher, and baptized many.
And Jesus came from Nazareth to the place where John
was, to be baptized.
John was asked by the priests and Levites from Jerusalem,
" Who art thou? "
And he said at once, "1 am not the Christ." For he knew
that they thought he was the promised One.
Again they asked him if he were Elias? And again he an-
swered that he was not.







JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE.


They became impatient, and bade him tell them who he was,
that they might give an answer to those who sent them. And


JOHN THE BAPTIST PREACHING.


he made reply that he was the voice of one crying in the wil-
derness, "Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the
prophet Esaias."


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JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE.


They asked him why he baptized people, if he were neither
Christ, nor Elias, nor that prophet?"
But he said to them that he baptized with water only, but
that the One who was coming to them, would baptize with the
Holy Spirit.
"He it is," said John, "who, coming after me, is preferred
before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to un-
loose."
The next day John saw Jesus, and at once the Spirit of God
made him recognize Him as the true King, and he cried out in
his conviction:
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of
the world!"
John had been told by the Lord that when the real Messiah
came, he should know Him by seeing the spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and resting upon Him.
And when Jesus asked to be baptized by John the Baptist,
the latter felt he was not good enough to perform that office,
but Jesus said, "Suffer it to be so."
And when John obeyed, then he knew more than ever that
Christ was indeed the Lord.
Now others began to hail Him as the promised King. Two
of John's disciples were first to follow Him. These were Peter
and Andrew. He saw them mending their nets, for they were
fishermen. He simply said to them-
"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
And they l':ft their homes and their occupation, and became
at once His disciples.
Then Philip and FI- ilip's friend, Nathanael, joined the others.






JOHN THE FORERUNNER--THE FIRST MIRACLE.


They all were sure that He was the gracious Lord whom they
had been looking for so long.


THE CALL OF PETER AND ANDREW.


After Jesus was baptized, He began the work which His
Father had sent Him to do-to call sinners to repentance.
But first He went into the wilderness, and there He lived







JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE.


alone, save for the presence of His Father above, and He ate no
food for forty days, but prayed and fasted.


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CHRIST FASTING IN THE WILDERNESS.


Here temptation came to
the Saviour was tempted by a
faint and weary with hunger.


Him. Yes, dear children, even
wicked spirit who kirw He was
This spirit mocked Him., and


Fav.






JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE.


bade Him turn the stones upon the mountain into bread.
But Jesus told him bread alone would not sustain life, but
the love of God and all good things must be present, else would
man perish.
Then this same evil spirit carried Him up into a high mount-
ain, and pointing out all the beautiful fields and woods and vil-
lages, promised Him all that He could see, if He would fall
down and worship Him.
Jesus' answer was: "Get thee behind me, Satan. For it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only
shalt thou serve."
The evil one was loth to give up his wicked attempt to con-
quer our Saviour. So once more he tried. He took Him to
the temple and placing Him on one of the highest pinnacles
he sneeringly said to Him that if He were the Son of God, he
could throw Himself down, and receive no harm, for the angels
would bear Him up, lest He should dash His foot against a
stone.
Then Jesus rose up, and with the majesty of a divine nature
ordered him to be gone, for He said, "Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God."
And the devil fled away, angry and defeated.
Thus you see, that when you are sometimes able to over-
come one temptation, others may come which are harder to
withstand. So do not feel too strong by yourselves, but
humbly ask you- heavenly Father to be with you, and guard you
against all temptations, the small as well as the great.
Jesus now began to work miracles. At Cana, in Galilee, a
wedding was held, and when Jesus, who had come back to see






JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE. 33

His mother,found she had gone to this marriage feast, He went
to the town that He might meet her. And He was bidden with


THE BEGINNING OF CHRIST'S MINISTRY.

hearty welcome to the house where the celebration was to be
held.
You mast know how glad Mary was to see her- dear Son
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JOHN THE FORERUNNER--THE FIRST MIRACLE.


once more. And how much she had to say to Him. But in
the course of the evening the wine which it was the custom to
have at all such gatherings, gave out. It had all been drank.
It seemed to Mary, who knew that to Jesus all power was


THE MARRIAGE AT CANA.


given, that now was a fitting time to have Him show that power.
So she told Him quietly that there was no more wine.
Why do you think she said that to Him? Because her lov-
ing heart was growing impatient to see Him do something that
should show to others who He really was. In those days mir-







JOHN THE FORERUNNER-THE FIRST MIRACLE.


acles were often worked by the prophets, and she knew that
Jesus was more than a prophet-that He was the Lord and
Saviour.
But Jesus was not quite ready to do anything strange and
miraculous. He waited His Father's time, still, when He saw
that the guests were without wine, He ordered the servants
to fill six water pots that stood there with water, and bear the
liquid to the governor of the feast.
They obeyed Him at once, and when the great man tasted
the water which had been turned into wine, he praised its flavor
loudly, and every one who drank was satisfied.
This was the first miracle that our Blessed Saviour
performed.
And this miracle was done to give pleasure to a festive
occasion. Wine was not used in those days as it is now. No
feast or merry-making was complete without it, and it was
drank in moderation. It was deemed a deep disgrace to use so
much that it would make a man lose his sense of propriety and
self-respect.








CHAPTER IV.

DRIVING OUT THE MONEY CHANGERS.

After Jesus had performed the miracle of turning water into
wine, He went up to Jerusalem, for the Feast of the Passover
was at hand.


IN THE PORTICO OF THE TEMPLE.






DRIVING OUT THE MONEY CHANGERS. 37

But here He found the temple profaned by the presence of
those who went there to buy and sell, and exchange money.
The sheep and oxen, and doves, which were to be sacrificed,
made such a noise that those who went there to worship were
greatly annoyed.


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DRIVING OUT THE ANGERS.
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DRIVING OUT THE MONEY CANGEOGRS.


Jesus was angry at the desecration of the place, which
should be kept sacred, and He made a scourge from small
cords, and drove these wicked, selfish po-ple from the temple
and overturned the money cha~tngers' tables.





38 DRIVING OUT THE MONEY CHANGERS.
And to those who sold doves, He spoke more gently, but
still firmly:
"Take these things hence. Make not my Father's house a
house of merchandise."
From this time Jesus taught and worked miracles.








CHAPTER V.


THE WOMAN AT THE WELL.


Herod was very wicked. This king was the son
the Great, who had put all the little boys to death,
Saviour was Himself a babe.


of Herod
when our


JOHN THE BAPTIST IN PRISON.


He was as wicked as his father, and had thrown John the
Baptist into prison, because he had reproved him for his sinful
ways.






THE WOMAN AT THE WELL.


Our Saviour went to Galilee, and He passed through Sa-
maria, till He came to a city called Sychar.
Here He sat down to rest, for He was weary and faint. He
had walked nearly twenty miles, and neither He nor the disci-
ples had tasted food that day. While He sat by a well which
was known as Jacob's well, a woman drew near to fill her jar
with water.
Jesus asked her for some of that cool liquid. This woman
had not a tender heart, or she would not have answered Him
as she did. She told Him that He was a Jew and she was from
Samaria, and that the Jews and Samaritans had no dealings with
each other.
Our Lord spoke very kindly to her, and told her if she loved
God, and could know who was speaking to her, she would have
asked Him for a drink, and He would have given her living
water.
Think of the wonderful goodness of our Saviour, to speak
to her so gently, when He had the power to have punished her
for her selfish thoughts. Oh, children, those people who lived
when He was on earth, were indeed blessed, and they knew it
not. But you can have Him with you always, in your hearts,
and it will make you grow more gentle and like Him, each day.
But when Jesus talked with' her and told her about this liv-
ing water, she grew more thoughtful and anxious to partake of
it, and she listened eagerly to His words.
He sent her to bring her friends, that they too might hear
the word of God. He told her that she needed to have no partic-
ular place to worship the Messiah in, for He was a spirit, and
must be worshiped with the heart, and in truth. So you can






THE WOMAN AT THE WELL.


look up to Him everywhere, and reverence and love Him, at
home, in church, at your play, or at your daily tasks. You can


THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE WELL.


feel that His love and care are about you everywhere, if. you
only ask His protection.
When the disciples came back with the food which they






THE WOMAN AT THE WELL.


had been to buy, they were amazed to see their beloved Master
instructing this woman, for she belonged to a people who were
unfriendly and even savage to strangers.


CURING THE LAME.


She was so eager to have others hear Him, for He had made
her heart glad, that she left her water pot and went into the


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THE WOMAN AT THE WELL.


city and called many men to the well, saying that a man
who sat there had told her all the things she had ever done in
her life.
"Is not this the Christ?" she asked, for her people, too,
were looking for a Messiah who should come to rule over them
some day.
When the men went back with her, and heard the glorious
words of our Lord, they were, many of them, convinced that
He was the Christ, and they begged Him to stay among them
and preach.
He could only remain there two days, however, for His work
lay in Galilee. But many believed on Him.
Jesus worked many miracles. The blind, the lame, the
deaf, they who were born deformed and those whose minds
were gone, all were objects of compassion in His sight. No one
asked of Him help, and was ever rejected.
How He loved all His creatures-and does to-day, as much
as then. For did He not give His life that all who asked pardon
in His name, might receive it?








CHAPTER VI.


THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.


The Scribes and Pharisees hated Jesus.
people in the synagogues, and in every place.


He taught the
And He taught


AN EASTERN SYNAGOGUE.
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LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER."






THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.


them that they must love their neighbors. He went up into a
high mountain, and when the multitude gathered around Him,
He talked to them so that all could understand.
He said to those who stood or sat around:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven."
He meant that all who were humble and loving, would find
a peace of mind that nothing else could give.
He promised blessings to those who mourn, for they should
be comforted. And the meek were to inherit the earth. He
said that those who were merciful should find mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God."
And the peacemakers were to be called the children of God.
Is not that a beautiful promise; that those who love peace and
purity are to be the children of God ? No earthly honors or
ancestry can equal that.
He told all who followed His teachings and lived good lives,
that they were "the light of the world," and their glory could
not be hid.
He warned them not to hold anger against any one, but to
be reconciledd at once.
Swearing is a very bad habit. Any boy who is guilty of that
sin soon loses his own respect, and the respect of others. Our
blessed Saviour said unto all:
Swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's throne;
Nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; neither by Jerusa-
lem, for it is the city of the great King;
"Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst
not make one hair white or black."






THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.


Will you not remember that, when you are tempted to say
profane words? Shun those who use them. It is a sin which
you should never commit.
The old law said, "Love your neighbor, and hate your
enemy." But the law which the gentle Jesus taught, was that
of love for all. Jesus taught that we should love those who
hated us, and ask a blessing on those who say harsh and spite-
ful things to us. He wishes us to pray for all such.
"That ye may be the children of your Father, which is in
heaven. For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the
good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
That shows you how good and loving He is to those who
do not deserve His kindness, as well as to those who do. And
He asks you all to be as near perfect as you can.
It is very hard to say kind things to those who ill-use you.
But you can do so, if you only try, and ask God to give you a
patient disposition, and a loving heart. He knows how hard it
is, but He is ever ready to help you. All you have to do, is to
ask Him. You will soon grow strong in well-doing.









CHAPTER VII.


JESUS CAST OUT OF NAZARETH.
Jesus returned again to His old home, the peaceful city of
Nazareth, where His boyhood had been spent.
The old friends and neighbors were glad to see Him, and
they. were proud of the fame He had won, though they did not
accept Him as their Lord.
He went into the synagogue, as was always His custom,
and the book of Isaiah was handed to Him to read from.
He read these cheering words from its pages:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He'hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.
"He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind;
to set at liberty them that are bruised.
"To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
Then closing the sacred volume, He sat down and began to
preach. It was the custom in those days for the preacher to
sit. All eyes were fastened upon Him. And they listened,
pleased at His gracious words and gentle manner.
But they began to question each other:
Is not this the son of Joseph, the carpenter?"
He told them that He was sent with the message of redemp-
tion to them.
"No prophet is accepted in his own country," He said,
sadly.
He warned them that God would send His grace upon
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JESUS CAST OUT OF NAZARETH.


others more deserving if they were not careful. He told them
of other peoples who listened and believed, and how they were
blessed.
He chided them for their indifference to His mission, and
as they heard Him, they began to grow very angry, and to ask
what right He had to preach at all, and how He dared to reprove
them.
How dared He, they said, claim to be the coming Messiah-
He, the son of a carpenter, whom they had seen grow up in
their midst.


" NO PROPHET IS ACCEPTED IN HIS OWN COUNTRY."





50 JESUS CAST OUT OF NAZARETH.
Their anger grew each moment more fierce, and from being
glad to hear His loving words, they rose in a body and thrust
Him from their midst.
Yes, these old friends and neighbors laid rough hands upon
the gentle Jesus, whose heart was filled with love and compas-
sion for them. Seizing hold of Him, they cruelly dragged Him
out of the synagogue, and to the brow of a hill, where they
would have hurled Him down, but He, passing through the
crowd of angry men, hid Himself from their sight, and they
could do Him no harm.
He never went back to Nazareth again.








CHAPTER VIII.


THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.
When our Lord left Nazareth, He went down to the quiet
and beautiful Lake of Gennesareth.
Many people lived on the borders of this lake, who caught
fish, and sold them in the towns around.
Peter was still fishing here. Often he had bad luck. No
fish would come to his nets, and one day after Jesus had
finished his sermon, He told His disciples to push the boat out
into deep water, and let down their nets.
They had toiled all night, and caught nothing. When Peter
obeyed him, the nets filled with fish so fast that their weight
tore them in many places.
Peter called John and James to help him; soon the.boats
were full, too. How grateful Peter was. But the Lord told
him that henceforth he must give up fishing, and follow Him.


MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.
51






52 THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.
Near this lake Jesus worked faithfully in His Father's cause,
calling sinners to repentance. People came to hear Him from
far and near, for His words were so full of tenderest love, and
His compassion for their sins was so great, that He touched
many a heart that had been given over to evil.
He often entered the synagogues and taught, and still the
people pressed around Him, until the house would hold no
more. Then He went into the open air, where His voice could
be heard by all.
Here He healed a man whose hand was withered.
The Jews were watching Him closely, and they murmured
because He did good works upon the Sabbath day. He asked
them if it were lawful to do good upon that day, or rather to
do evil-to save life, or to kill ? But they could not answer.
They determined to kill Him, and so they accused Him of
casting out devils by the help of the prince' of devils, Beelze-
bub, but He again puzzled them by asking, if He were Satan,
how He could cast out Satan?
Our Saviour loved to talk in parables. He often told His
hearers great truths under this guise. Thus He told them of
a certain man who planted a vineyard and set a wine vat therein,
and built a hedge all around it, and made it very beautiful for
any one to occupy. He then rented it out to husbandmen, and
when the fruits of the harvest were ready, he sent a servant
to them, expecting to receive some of the products.
These ungrateful men beat the owner's messenger, and sent
him away empty handed. Again he sent another servant, and
he was treated worse than the other. The third man he sent
was killed.






THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.


Still he bore with them, and now he thought, I will send
my only son, whom I love so dearly. Surely they will rever-
ence him."
What did those wicked husbandmen do? They reasoned
among themselves: "This is the heir; come, let us kill him,
and the inheritance will be ours."
And they killed this young man, and cast his body from out
the vineyard.
Then the anger of the master of the vineyard was roused,
and he destroyed these men, and gave the vineyard to others.
The Pharisees who heard Him, knew that He read plainly
the wicked thoughts in their hearts. He knew they meant to
destroy Him, and they went away 'humiliated and angry.
But they were never weary of trying to make Him utter
something which they could call treason, for they wanted the
law to seize Him and punish Him. So they sent some of their
learned men to Him, and asked Him if it were lawful to give
tribute unto Caesar?
The tribute money or taxes, were very heavy upon the
people. They had to give tithes of money for each male citi-
zen, and they had to give of the first fruits of the harvest, and
the first-born of all their domestic animals. Then they were
taxed for the poor, and taxed for their priests or ministers, as
they are called to-day. So that a man had to give a great deal
away in the course of a year.
They asked Him: "Is it lawful to give tribute to Casar?
Shall we give, or shall we not give ?"
He knew what hypocrites they were, and He bade them
bring him a penny.






THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.


When He had looked at it He asked, Whose is this image,
and whose this supersciiption ?"
And they said, Casar's."


"RENDER UNTO C/ESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE Caesar's."
And Jesus answering, said: Render unto Casar the things
that are Casar's, and to God the things that are God's."






THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES. 55

He meant that Casar was an earthly king, and should re-
ceive earthly tribute. But God, who is our heavenly King,
desired the purer tribute of an obedient and adoring soul.
Jesus sat in the temple, and saw the Pharisees coming in,
and He knew they all made great pretence of humility.




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While He was watching the people p.i ; 'ng in and out, ano
saw them casting their coins into the treasury, He observed
that many of them, who were rich, gave largely.


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THE WIDOW'S MITE.


"And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in
two mites, which make a farthing.






THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES. 57
"And He called unto Him the disciples, and saith unto them,
Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in
than all they which have cast into the treasury.
For all then,, did cast in of their abundance, but she of her
want did cast ii; ill that she had, even all her living."








CHAPTER IX.


CHRIST S LOVING DEEDS.
Jesus came down from the mountain, and the people fol-
lowed Him in great crowds. His work was just begun, and
while many doubted, great numbers listened gladly to His
words, and believed that He was the King for whom the weary
people, weary with waiting, had looked so long.
A leper came to Him, and with perfect trust said:
Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."
His faith was rewarded, for the divine hand was put forth,
and the leper, whose unclean body filled all with terror, was
touched, and lo, he became clean and fresh as a little
babe.
A centurion, who was a great man in those days, for he com-
manded many men, begged Jesus to come and see his servant,
whom He was very much attached to, and who was home sick
with the palsy. This centurion, though rich and influential,
was very humble in his prayer, and asked the Saviour merely to
speak the word, and his servant would be a well man.
His humility so touched the heart of Jesus that He told
those who were near, that He had not seen such great faith, no,
not even in Israel.
He granted the officer's petition, and healed the servant.
And He cured the mother of Peter's wife, who lay ill with
a fever.
Thus you see, children, that all our Lord's acts were acts of
mercy, all His teachings were those of love. Do you not think







CHRIST'S LOVING DEEDS.


you would be very happy if you loved Him, and tried to be
gentle and kind as He was?
I will tell you a very beautiful story of a great ruler, who
had a daughter, an only child, who was very lovely. How he
must have loved that child, so fair and sweet she was!


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AN EASTERN WELL.

But alas! she was taken sick, and her parents were so anx-
ious they knew not what to do. Then the father came unto
Jesus, and told Him how sick his little daughter was, begging
Him to come to her. Jesus went with him toward his home,
while crowds followed.


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But on their way, they met a messenger, who said they need
not come now, for the girl was dead!
How that father must have felt! All the joy must have gone
out from his heart at once. But Jesus looked tenderly on
him, and said:
Be not afraid, only believe."
What did He mean ?
They came to the house where the dead girl lay. Here the
mourners were screaming and crying, and tearing their clothes.
And Jesus said calmly to them:
Why make ye this ado, and weep ? The maiden is not
dead, but sleepeth."
And the mourners "laughed Him to scorn." But He sent
them all away, and taking the parents into the death chamber,
and Peter, and James and John, He went to the couch where
she lay so still and cold, and taking her by the hand, He said:
"Maiden, I say unto thee, arise."
And she rose up, as bright and well as she was before she
was taken sick. And He told her father and mother to give
her something to eat.
Now Jesus called unto Himself the twelve apostles, and sent
them away, two by two, and gave them power to do His work--
to cast out evil spirits, to heal the sick, and to preach salvation.
And everywhere the people were praising this great Teacher,
who was performing miracles, and teaching the people a new
doctrine-one of love to all men.
When Herod heard of it, his conscience grew fearful. For
he thought that John the Baptist had risen from the dead, And
would upbraid him.






CHRIST'S LOVING DEEDS.


CHRIST RAISES THE DAUGHTER OF JAIRUS.


Herod had thrown John into prison, because he had
blamed him (the king) for his evil life. Herod had made his
brother's wife queen, which was very wicked. And Herodias,
as this wicked woman was named, hated'him. And one day
when Herod had a large number of nobles at his palace in honor






CHRIST'S LOVING DEEDS.


of his birthday, she sent in her daughter Salome, to help enter-
tain the king's guests.
Salome danced very gracefully, and Herod was so pleased


WELCOMED TO EVERY HOUSE.

with her that he made a vow that she should have whatever
she wished, even if it were half his kingdom.






CHRIST'S LOVING DEEDS.


The young girl did not think of anything which she needed,
and so she ran and asked her mother what she should ask for,
and that wicked queen told her to demand the head of John
the Baptist.
The young girl was not frightened at her mother's order,
but went at once to Herod, and asked that the head of the
prophet might be brought to her upon a charger. That was a
dish much in use, something like a platter.
The king was much troubled, but he had sworn an oath that
he would give her what she asked, and he dared not break it,


SALOME DANCES BEFORE HEROD.






CHRIST'S LOVING DEEDS.


so he sent an executioner secretly to the prison, and John was
beheaded, and the head was brought to Salome, who took it to
her mother, who was happy now that she had this good man slain.


EXECUTION OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.


And the disciples of John went to the prison, and sadly
took the body of their teacher and guide, and laid it away in the
tomb.





CHRIST'S LOVING DEEDS.


No wonder that Herod was filled with terror when he thought
that the prophet whom he had murdered was risen from the
dead. But Jesus departed into a desert place without letting
any one save His disciples know where He was going.
But He could not keep the people from following Him.
They ran ahead of Him, and they followed on behind, and His
loving heart would not let Him refuse to teach them, for He
saw they were as sheep without a shepherd, so He taught them
many things.
As the night drew near, the disciples wished Him to send
them away to their homes, and into the villages near by, for
they were hungry, and there was no food for them.
Jesus bade them feed them, but they told Him how little
they had, and He said:
How many loaves have ye ?"
When it was counted, they had but five small loaves, and
two fishes.
He commanded them to sit down upon the grass, in com-
panies of hundreds and fifties, and taking the loaves and fishes
He looked up to heaven, and blessed the bread and broke it,
while His disciples went round among the people who sat upon
the grass, and gave it to them. And the two fishes were di-
vided in the same manner.
All ate heartily, and when the meal was over, the disciples
gathered up twelve baskets of fragments.
Think of the wonderful kindness of our blessed Lord. He
taught and filled their souls with the true food which would
fit them for a happy life after death, and yet this divine being
remembered that they were human, with earthly needs, and
He ministered unto them also.
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CHAPTER X.

THE SOWER-HUSHING THE STORM.


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THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER.


A parable. is a story with a hidden meaning, or rather one
which can be applied to certain truths. One which our blessed
Lord told was the parable of the sower.
The multitude was so great that the Saviour left the shore,
and went into a ship which was moored there, and then He
spoke about the man who went forth to sow seed.
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THE SOWER-HUSHING THE STORM.


Some seed was scattered so carelessly that it fell by the side
of the road, and the birds picked it up.
Some fell on stony ground, "where the earth was so shallow
that it sprang up at once. And as soon as the sun rose, it
scorched the young plants, because they had no good root, and
they withered away.
More seed fell among thorns, and the thorns choked them.
But some of the seed fell on good ground, and brought
forth plenty of good fruit.
Children, which soil would you wish your hearts to be-the
careless, unthrifty one where the good thoughts that spring up
do not live because the selfish thorns choke them, or the
rich, good soil where pure deeds and kindly acts thrive and
grow, till they bear fruit that will nourish all around ?
I am sure you all would wish the good thoughts to live
forever.
The Saviour and His disciples were exhausted. For hours
He had been talking to the people, and worn and weary, He lay
down in the boat as it glided over the Lake or Sea of Galilee,
and fell fast asleep.
A terrible storm came up; one of those so common in that
country. The boat rocked to and fro, now dipping almost to
the water's edge, and now riding high upon a wave which
seemed ready to swallow it up.
The disciples were alarmed. They knew their Master was
tired, and yet they were so terrified that they almost began to
fear He did not care for them.
Master," they cried, carest thou not for us!"
He heard their cry, and rising, He said to the angry waves:







THE SOWER-HUSHING THE STORM.


"Peace, be still!" and at His command, the howling wind
died away, the waters became still, and all danger was over.
The next morning they crossed the sea over into the country
of the Gadarenes.


HEALING THE DEMONIAC IN THE CAVES.

As they landed, a fearful looking being rushed angrily at
them. He was a lunatic, a man who had lost his reason. He
dwelt among the rocks and caves, and no man could calm him,
and no man knew where he found his food.
When he came running toward the Saviour, the disciples






THE SOWER-HUSHING THE STORM.


trembled. They saw he was a man of immense strength, and
what was their surprise to hear him say:
What have I to do with thee, O Son of the Most High!"
Jesus answered:
"Come out of this man, you unclean spirit!"
The spirit screamed fiercely, but it had to obey.
The Saviour inquired of the man his name.
My name is Legion-for we are many."
This meant that more than one spirit tormented this poor
man. They begged of Jesus that He would send them into a
herd of swine that were feeding a short distance away.
He said: "Go."
As soon as the spirits entered the swine, the whole of them,
two thousand, ran down the steep bank into the sea, and were
drowned.
And the man who was cured, went to his friends and told
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CHAPTER XI.


CHRIST WALKING ON THE WATER.
How bitterly the Pharisees and Scribes hated our Saviour.
They were jealous of the hold he had upon the hearts of the
people, and they feared their old laws and customs would be
overthrown, if He were allowed to continue teaching.
They watched Him continually, ever finding fault with Him,
and trying to make Him say or do something that would be
breaking their laws, so that they might seize, Him and torment
Him.
They tempted Him to give them a sign from heaven, but
He sighed at their hardness of hearts, and told them they should
have no sign.
,. But from this time forth, Jesus began to prepare His disci-
ples for the sad days which were coming, when He should go
up to Jerusalem, and suffer many insults at the hands of the
elders and the people. He also told them He should be killed,
but He should be raised again on the third day.
He lamented over Jerusalem, that city which He loved so
dearly, and which was to be His place of suffering.
It grieved these faithful followers to hear Him talk of His
coming trial, and Peter in a sudden burst of grief, seized hold
of His garments as if to keep Him back, and cried out:
Lord, this shall not be unto thee!"
Jesus turned, and said sternly to Peter:
"Get thee behind me, Satan! Thou art n.ot of the things that
are of God, but those that be of men."
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CHRIST WALKING ON THE WATER.


CHRIST MOURNING OVER JERUSALEM.


You see it was the will of His Father in heaven that these
things should happen, and Peter was unconsciously trying to
prevent their fulfillment.
After the hungry crowd had been filled by the wonderful
power of the Saviour's bounty, He retired to a mountain side
to pray.
Though the night was dark and dreary, Jesus felt refreshed,
because He could pray to His Father without being molested.
The disciples had entered the boat, intending to sail to the
other shore. But the storm was so severe they were nearly






CHRIST WALKING ON THE WATER.


powerless to guide the boat through the stormy waters.
They were beginning to fear that they should be wrecked,
when in the darkness of midnight they saw a man walking upon
the water as easily as they could tread the dry land.
Instead of feeling assured, they were alarmed, and cried out
in terror:
"It is a spirit!"
Jesus' reassuring voice was heard, and these were the words
He spoke:
"Be of good cheer. It is I. Be not afraid."
Peter could not have really believed it was his Master, else
he would not have asked Him if it were truly Jesus, if He would
let Him come to Him on the water.
"Come!" said his Lord.
At once Peter went over into the water, and tried to walk.
But he sank, and earnestly he cried:
"Lord, save me!"
Jesus asked Peter why he had so little faith. And he could
not answer. But the disciples felt happy now that their beloved
Lord was in the boat with them again, and the storm died away,
and they landed in safety on the opposite shore.







































































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CHAPTER XII.


THfE SINFUL WOMAN.
Christ's life was no longer safe in Jerusalem. Plots were
laid constantly to get possession of His body.
He knew their evil designs, but it had no effect upon Him.
As ever, He labored to help all who would be helped into a better
way. His work was a high and glorious one, and He regarded
not His own safety.
A rich Pharisee sent Him an invitation to come and dine
with him. Now Simon was not a real enemy of the Saviour's,
neither was he an open friend. He wished to hear what Jesus
would talk about. So he asked several friends of his own sect
to come, too.
How did Simon receive this guest whom he had asked to
his table? In the same manner as he did the others, with a
kiss of peace ? And did he instruct his servants to wash His
feet, and anoint His head with oil?
Oh, no, this haughty Pharisee would not pay this compli-
ment to a guest of such lowly estate. He perhaps felt he had
paid Him attention sufficient by asking Him to his house.
The guests were many, and were all placed around the table,
reclining on couches, as was the custom in that country. Jesus
was among them, and many questions were asked Him, you
may be sure.
While they sat at the table, eating and talking, a woman came
in who was so wicked that the Pharisees drew back in disdain.
Going to the Saviour, she threw herself at His feet, and






THE SINFUL WOMAN.


CHRIST IN THE HOUSE OF THE RICH PHARISEE.


while the tears of sorrow for her sin flowed freely down her
face, she took a box of costly ointment from her pocket, and
began to bathe His feet with her tears. She then wiped them
with her long hair, and poured the precious ointment upon
them.






THE SINFUL WOMAN.


Simon was very indignant. Surely," he thought, if this
man were a prophet, He would know just who this woman was."
The Pharisees had no pity for those they called sinners.
They thought they were so holy themselves that no one should
approach them who was wicked.


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CHRIST'S FEET WASHED BY THE REPENTANT WOMAN.


Jesus knew what Simon was thinking. And so He said,
"Simon, I have something to say to you."
The host nodded his head, and bade Jesus say on.
Then our Lord told him a story of a man who lent two other






THE SINFUL WOMAN.


men some money. One man owed him a very large amount,
but the other one only owed-him a little. When he found
neither could pay him back the money, he freely forgave them
both.
Now Jesus asked Simon which of those men would love
their creditor most ?
Of course Simon made answer that the one who owed him
most would love him best.
Jesus told him he was right.
So you see no one need be afraid to go to God, no matter
how deeply he may have sinned against Him, and ask His
forgiveness.
Then the Saviour turned toward the woman, and said:
Simon, this woman came into your house, and washed my
feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
You gave me no water for my feet when I entered your door.
No oil was put upon my head, but she has anointed my feet
with ointment.
"Her sins were many, but they are forgiven. She loved
much, but those to whom little is forgiven, love little."
The guests who heard these words were amazed, and asked
who this man was who forgave sin.
And He said to the sorrowing woman: "Go in peace."
And as He went through the villages many women welcomed
Him, and ministered unto Him.
Among these women were Joanna and Susanna, and many
others. Some of those who were so kind to Him, and cared
for His needs, were those from whom He had driven unclean
spirits.







THE SINFUL WOMAN.


Mary Magdalene was among them. Our Saviour had cast
out seven devils from her, and now she was a good and pious
woman.


CHRIST DRIVING THE SEVEN DEVILS OUT OF MARY MAGDALENE.








CHAPTER XIII.


THE TRANSFIGURATION.
In six days from the time when Jesus had made His disci-
ples so sad by telling them of His coming death, and when Peter
had been almost led into great sin by declaring that it should
not be, the Saviour took Peter, James and John, and together
they went up into a high mountain, apart from the rest of the
disciples.
This mountain was very high and hard to climb. The three
followers were very weary. They had preached and labored
hard all that day, but yet they were ready to follow Him wherever
He led the way.
When they reached the top of the mountain, they were so
exhausted that while their dear Master went a little way off to
pray in silence, for still further strength, these tired men fell
fast asleep.
They were suddenly awakened by what seemed a bright
light, and they saw Jesus standing between two men, whom
they knew were Moses and Elias.
And the face of the Saviour shone like the sun. A light
beamed from it which was so bright it almost dazzled them;
and His garments were white and shining.
Peter's heart was full of awe and reverence. He said to the
Saviour:
Lord, it is good for us to be here."
He wanted to build three tabernacles there; one for Jesus,
one for Moses, and one for Elias.
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THE TRANSFIGURATION.


Even while he was speaking, a luminous cloud appeared, and
a voice came from it, saying:
This is my well-beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Hear ye Him."
The disciples fell upon the ground, with their faces hid, for
they were afraid.
But they felt the gentle touch of Jesus, and heard His dear
voice bidding them to rise, and to have no fear.
And lifting up their eyes, they saw that their Master was
alone. The prophets had passed from their sight. Jesus
charged them to tell no one what they had seen until after He
had risen from the dead.
And they spoke of it to no man.
The next day as they came down the mountain side, a man
pushed his way from among the crowd of people who met Him,
and hailing Him as Master, told Him about his young son who
was possessed by a spirit that tore him, and dashed him around,
and made him foam at the mouth.
The man.told Jesus his pitiful story as he knelt before Him,
beseeching Him to help the boy.
He told the Saviour how that he had asked the disciples to
cure his boy, but they could not do it.
Jesus bade him bring the boy to Him, and rebuking the
evil spirit, it left him, and from that moment the child was well.
The disciples asked Jesus why they had failed to cure this
case, and He told them that they had not prayed or had faith
enough.
How ashamed they must have been to think their Lord had
to reprove them for their lack of earnestness. He had taught
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THE TRANSFIGURATION.


them and prepared them to take up His work of love and heal-
ing, and yet they were wanting in faith!
Just after this reproof, which should have wounded them
to the heart, He heard them disputing as they walked ahead of
Him on their way to Capernaeum.
Not a word did Jesus say about their quarreling until He
reached the house where they were to stay and rest. Then
He asked them what they were saying?
And again they had to confess what they should have been
ashamed of-that they were arguing which should be the
greatest when they should come into the kingdom of heaven!
For they knew their Lord would be a king, and they felt
sure that they should be with Him in glory, and they each
thought that he himself should be the one to receive the great-
est honor.
Jesus answered them thus: Calling a gentle little boy unto
Him, He pointed to the child, and said:
Except your hearts are changed, and you become as little
children, you cannot come into the kingdom of heaven."
He told them further, that the one who was as humble and
unpretending as that child, would be the greatest in heaven.
Little children, are you always humble and gentle, thinking
more of the happiness of others, than of your own ? That is
as your precious Saviour would have you. Every child can be-
come this, if he tries. It may be hard to conquer all selfishness,
but when you have succeeded, how happy you will feel. For
you will be sure that God loves you, and you will be filled
with joy.
Daily the labors of our blessed Lord grew greater. The






THE TRANSFIGURATION.


"EXCEPT YOU BECOME AS ONE OF THESE," ETC.

world seemed full of sin and suffering; from all parts came the
sick, asking that Jesus give them His healing touch; the sad
and sorrowing came to hear the precious words of comfort
that fell from His lips.
So He sent out seventy men to whom He gave power to do






THE TRANSFIGURATION.


the works which He did; to heal and instruct. And to them
He said:
"The harvest is great, but there are few to labor in the
fields." He told them to carry neither money, nor scrip, nor
shoes, and to spend no time idly talking by the way.
When they entered a house, they were to say: "Peace be
to this house."
If they were not received kindly, they were to leave the
place, and to shake off the very dust that was on their feet.
And they went forth on their errand, and returned joyfully, for
they had done great works through the power of God's holy
name.
Christ likened Himself unto a shepherd, who careth for his
sheep.
How these words ring in the ears of all who love Him:
"I am the good Shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his
life for the sheep."
Is not that a joyous thought that our Lord loves us so that
we are to Him as sheep, whom He will gather into His fold?
That He will lead us and care for us, wherever we are? You
know David, the Psalmist, wrote a tender song when he said:
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth
me beside the still waters."









CHAPTER XIV.


JESUS IN THE TEMPLE.
A feast held in great honor was now drawing near.
This festival was held to commemorate the goodness of
God in giving them abundant crops of fruits and grains.
Every one who could leave home journeyed up to the holy
city to partake of its enjoyments. From far and near they
came.
Jesus refused to go with His kindred when they invited
Him. They could not persuade Him to go with them, so they
started on without Him.
But after the town was nearly deserted, He followed on,
with His disciples.
This feast lasted eight days. On the fourth the Jews, who
had been anxiously asking for Him, were surprised to see Him
enter the Temple, and at once begin to preach to all who were
there.
Jesus sat in a porch in the temple, called Solomon's. As
usual, the Jews, who hated Him so bitterly, gathered around
Him and urged Him to tell them truly if He were the Christ.
They wanted Him to declare that He was, so that they could
find fault with Him, and also find an excuse for their own
hatred.
He told them that He had told them that He was, and they
would not believe Him. Neither would they heed His voice,
because they were not His sheep.
He also said to them that He gave them eternal life, as did
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JESUS IN THE TEMPLE.


His Father also, and that no one could take them from His
Father's hand.
"I and my Father are one."
The Jews were very angry, and seized stones to throw at


PHARISEES STONING CHRIST AND HIS APOSTLES.


Him. He asked them for which of His good works they stoned
Him.
They answered, for none of His good acts that He had done,
but because He, being a man, blasphemed, and tried to make
Himself a God.


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Jesus repeated His words that He was the Son of God, and
that the Father and He were one.
Now their anger rose to a terrible point, and they seized
stones to kill Him. But He passed out of their sight. In a
moment He was gone, and they knew not where to find Him!
While He was in the Temple, among other things which
they did to torment Him, they brought a woman into His pres-
ence, whom they despised, for she had done some sin which,
by their law, was punishable with death.
They tried to make Jesus say what should be done with her.


"HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN LET HIM CAST THE FIRST STONE."





JESUS IN THE TEMPLE.


Again and again they put the question to Him, but He re-
mained silent.
Stooping, He began to trace letters upon the ground, as
though He heard them not.
At last growing weary of their persistence, He raised Him-
self to His full height, and looking sternly about Him upon the
cruel and pitiless men who gazed so angrily upon the shrinking
woman, he said:
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone
at her."


A JEWISH WEDDING CEREMONY.







JESUS IN THE TEMPLE. 89
Every man knew that he had sinned in some way quite as
deeply as this poor woman, and not a word did they answer,
but stole away, one by one, until only Jesus remained.
Turning to her, He said in gentlest tones:
Who accuses thee ? Has no man condemned thee ?"
She said: "No man, Lord."
His answer was: "Neither do I condemn thee. Go, and
sin no more."








CHAPTER XV.


RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD.
About fifteen furlongs from Jerusalem was a beautiful little
town called Bethany. It was situated on the eastern slope of
the Mount of Olives. Its name had a very pretty meaning-
"Bethany, the house of song." Although it was quite a good-
sized place so many hundreds of years ago, to-day it is nearly
desolate, for not more than twenty families live there.
In that village' a small family consisting of two sisters and a
brother dwelt, whom Jesus loved very much. Whenever He
was near Bethany He always went to their home. The two
sisters were never so happy as when He honored their house
with His presence, though they received Him in a very different
manner.
Martha, the eldest, loved to show her respect by putting
the house in order, and preparing Him nice meals, but Mary
would neglect to help Martha about these tasks, and chose to
sit at the feet of Jesus and hear Him talk. She thought most
of learning from Him how to live, and how to be ready to die.
Jesus loved them both, and they loved Him as their best
friend.
Lazarus, their brother, fell very ill, and they sent word at
once to Jesus, saying:
"Lord, he whom thou lovest, is sick."
His answer was, that this sickness was not unto death, but
that God might be glorified. And although the sisters had
begged Him to come, for they felt that He could cure their






RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD.


CHRIST AT MARY AND MARTHA'S.


brother at once, He staid two days more where He then was
He then said to His disciples that they would go into Judea,
but they tried to persuade Him not to, for they remembered
that the Jews there had taken stones in their hands to stone
Him to death.






RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD.


He said that Lazarus, their friend, slept, but He must go and
awaken him.
The disciples told Him that if Lazarus slept, he was getting
better. Jesus knew that they did not understand Him, and He
spoke more plainly:
Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was
not there, for I want you to believe. But we will go to him."
Thomas, sometimes called Didymus, felt very sad. He
feared his Lord would be killed, but He was anxious to be with
his beloved Master, and he said to the others:
Let us go, too, that we may die with Him."
So they all went with Jesus, and when He reached Bethany
He found that Lazarus had lain in the grave four days already.
Martha was the first to meet Him, and her greeting was a
sort of reproach, for she knew how Jesus loved her brother,
and how able He was to heal, and she said, very mournfully:
"Lord, if you had only come, my brother would not have
died."
Jesus answered, Thy brother shall rise again."
Martha said she knew that he would rise in the resurrection
at the last day.
Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life. He
that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
Martha hurried back to the house and called Mary out very
quietly. The house was full of Jews who had come to stay
with the sisters a short time, so as to console them in their
sorrow, but Martha was careful to call Mary out secretly, lest
they should know Jesus was there, and again attempt His life.
Mary rose up so suddenly, that the Jews thought she was






RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD.


going to Lazarus' grave to weep, and they followed her to give
her some words of comfort.
As soon as she came where Jesus was, she fell down at His
feet, crying as Martha had: "Lord, if you had been here, my
brother would not have died."
You see what faith they both had in His wondrous power; the
same faith that all little children should have-that He is able
and willing to help to the uttermost.
It troubled the tender heart of the loving Saviour to see the
distress of Mary and Martha, and He asked them where they
had laid Lazarus.
And they said: "Come and see."
Jesus wept.
The tears flowed down His own face, at thought of their
great sorrow. And some of the Jews who had followed Mary,
said:
Behold, how He loved Him!"
Others said it was strange that a man who could open the
eyes of the blind, could not have kept Lazarus from dying.
They all came to the sepulcher. It was in a cave, and a huge
stone was rolled over the opening. Jesus commanded some
of those who stood near, to remove this stone. But Martha
did not want to have her brother seen, for he had been dead
four days, and she was afraid he would be very much changed.
Jesus chided her, asking her if He had not told her to be-
lieve and she should see the glory of God. So they took away
the stone, and Jesus, looking up to heaven, thanked His Father
that He had heard His prayer. Then in a loud voice, He called:
Lazarus, come forth."







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And the man who had been dead, came forth, wrapped in
his grave clothes, with a napkin bound around his face. And
Jesus said:
Loose him and let him go."
How grateful these sisters must have been, to have their
dear brother restored. Many Jews believed on Jesus from that
hour. But some went at once to the high priests and told of
this miraculous thing.
And they gathered to themselves the Scribes and plotted to
know what they should do with a man who had such power as
that. For they thought ere long He would make all men be-
lieve on Him, and they would lose their place and nation.















































































































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CHAPTER XVI.


THE PRODIGAL SON.
A great feast was made by a very wealthy Pharisee, and
Jesus was asked to share it with his other guests.
This rich man made a pretence of being hospitable to Jesus,
so that he might have a better chance to entrap Him, and give
Him over to those who were seeking His life.
They were ever hoping to find Him guilty of some great
sin, so they could arrest Him. But His life was blameless and
pure. All His acts were acts of kindness, and all His words
were words of love.
He told them many beautiful stories at this feast.
One was about a very good man who had two sons. One
son was obedient and industrious, the other was restless, and
hated work.
One day the younger son asked his father to give him his
portion of the goods, and let him go away into the world, and
enjoy himself.
His father did not care for the possessions, but he did not
want his son to leave home.
He yielded, however, to the boy's wishes, and gave him his
share, and the son gathered everything together, and started out
to see the world. He left his home, full of glee, but how the
father's heart ached at parting with him!
Soon the money and goods were all gone. He had wasted
them in bad company, and he was poor and friendless now.
Besides, there was a famine in the land, and he did not know
how to work.






THE PRODIGAL SON.


THE PRODIGAL SON LEAVING HOME.


He feared he should starve soon. He hired himself to a
man to take care of his swine. He was now hungry so often
that he ate the coarse food which was meant for the pigs.
Often he murmured at his foolishness at leaving home.
How he wished he could see his father, and sit at his table
once more, where there was plenty and to spare.
Thinking of these things, he resolved to go at once to that
father, and confess his sin, and ask to be forgiven.
And he arose, and came to his father, and when he was
yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and
ran and fell on his neck and kissed him."
And then this most forgiving father ordered a feast to show
his gladness at the return of his son.
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THE PRODIGAL SON.


"HE RAN AND FELL ON HIS NECK, AND KISSED HIM."


"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost,
and is found."
How precious were that father's pardon and welcome. And
so our dear Father in heaven is ever ready to say to us Come I "
when we turn from our sins and selfishness. The welcome
home is ever ready for us.










CHAPTER XVII.


BLIND BARTIMEUS BEGGING AT THE GATE.
There was a secluded little town called Ephraim, near the
wilderness. Here He rested for a few weeks. The time had
come when He must go up to Jerusalem.
He talked daily to His beloved disciples, preparing them for
the sad parting. But ever He promised them He should rise
on the third day.
They came near a town called Jericho. A man sat in the
sun begging. He was blind, but when he heard the people who
were following Jesus going by, he asked what was happening.
Some one answered him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
He called out: "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy
on me!"
'Jesus called the man to His side. And when they led him
thither, He asked Bartimeus what he wished.
He answered: Lord, give me my sight."
And at once the Saviour rewarded his faith, and gave him
his sight. The man who was blind before, now saw Jesus, and
followed Him, praising and glorifying His name.
And all the people rejoiced.
Ever the Saviour exhorted His followers to be humble and
child-like. Long ago He had called the little ones about Him,
and when the disciples would have sent them away lest they
annoyed their Lord, He had bade them be like these children.
He had said to them: "Suffer little children to come unto
me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
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This man was a publican, or tax-gatherer. He loved money
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HEALING THE BLIND BARTIMEUS.

In Jericho there lived a very bad man named ZacchTeus.
This man was a publican, or tax-gatherer. He loved money
dearly, and used every means in his power to obtain it, so that
he might hoard it up and become very rich.
But in spite of his great wealth he had no influence or friends.




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