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The sweet story of old

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The sweet story of old
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CONTENTS.

PAGE

I. TELL ME ABOUT JESUS . ... . 1
eee MAME JESUS, 8
Ill. THE HOLY CHILD JESUS .. . .. 33
IV. JESUS WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD. . 59
_V. JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. ..._ 81
VI. CHILDREN MAY NOW GO TO JESUS . 101
Vil. JESUS, THE CHILD’S BEST EXAMPLE . 199

VIII. DO YOU LOVE JESUS? ..... 447









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I. WELL ME ABOUT JESUS.







‘‘COME, YE CHILDREN, HEARKEN UNTO Mp.”

“TELL ME ABOUT JEsUs.” So
said a little boy to a lady who had
called to see him.

The dear child’s mamma was
dead, and he now lived with a kind
aunt, who was very fond of him.

The lady had taken him on
her lap, to talk to him. Among
other things she had told him a
story out of the Bible about Jesus,



4 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

the Son of God. As soon as he
heard the name, he sprang on his
feet with joy in his face, and cried,
““Oh! please do tell me about
Jesus.”

Tell you about Jesus?” said
the lady. ‘‘Yes, my dear child, I
cannot better speak of any one.
than he. We ought often to talk
about him.’

He then sat on her lap again,
while the lady spoke to him of the
birth, the life, and the death of
our Lord Jesus Christ. She told-
of his great love to children, and



TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 5

of the kind words he spoke to them.
You may be sure she did not
forget those spoken by Jesus when
mothers came with their little ones
to him: “ Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto
me; for of such is the kingdom of
heaven.’ ’*

When she had done talking,
the child threw his arms round
her neck, and kissed her a good
many times.

Why did he wish her to speak
in this way? ‘“ Before dear

_ * Matthew xix. 14,



6 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

mamma went away, said he,
‘‘ she often told me about Jesus.
And when mamma had told me
all, she used to kneel down alone
with me, and hold me by the
hand. ‘Then she used to whisper
to Jesus.” -He meant that she
used to pray very softly.

‘“‘ But when mamma had gone,
she never came back. I have no
one now to talk to me, and to kiss
me as she did.”’

That night, the lady sat by
the side of his bed, and told the
aunt of what the little boy had said.



TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 7

It was found that he had often
spoken to his aunt in the same
way. But she said that she
did not know how to talk to
children.

The little boy lay asleep with
one of his tiny hands under his
cheek, and a smile upon his pale
face. The aunt looked at him,
and felt that she loved him very
much. ‘I will try,” she said,
“to speak to him as his mamma
used to do. If I try, God will |
help me to speak in a way that
may do good to my dear boy.”



8 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

A few weeks after this time, he
was taken very ill. Day after day
his aunt folded him in her arms,
and told him of some kind deed
that Jesus did, or some blessed
word he spoke. Then the child
would put his hands round her
neck and kiss her, saying, ‘Tell
me more about Jesus.”’

The little boy did not live long,
for he was taken to dwell in
heaven. After he was gone, his
aunt often went to his grave. As
she stood by its side she wept.
And in her heart she said, ‘I



TELL-ME ABOUT JESUS. 9

will from this time try to tell dear
little ones of the love of Jesus. It
shall be my delight to lead them
to him of whom my sweet child
loved so much to hear.”’

It was not long after this before
the aunt was a teacher in a Sun-
day-school ; and many little ones
heard her tell of ‘‘ the sweet story
of old.”’

Dear young reader, are you
ready to say with this little boy,
“Tell me about Jesus?’ Then
read this book. It has_ been
written for you. You may find in



10 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

it some words of truth and love
which may do you. good.

There are some tales that are
not true. They are about what
might have taken place. They
tell of little boys and girls who
never lived. Yet they are true in
one sense, for these children are
very much like some children who
have lived in the world. Those
who wrote the stories made them
out of their own minds. Perhaps
they did not wish us to think that
theyare true. But they wrote them
to teach us good and wise lessons.



TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 11

There are other stories that are
foolish. ‘They only amuse us. They
do us no real good. We are not
better or wiser after we have read
them than we were before.

The Holy Bible is full of stories.
They are all true, wise, and good.
One is of the babe Moses in his
little ark of rushes. Another is
of the child Samuel in the Temple
of God. Then there is the story
of young David killing the Giant;
and one of pious Josiah, who was
a king when only eight years old.
Nor must we forget the little cap-



12 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

tive maid, whose words led her rich
master to the prophet of God.

It is hoped that you will always
love to read all these stories and
other blessed things in the book
of God itself.

But the best story is about our
Lord Jesus Christ. Though all
cannot be told you now, you will
be glad to hear a part of it.

The story is not a new one, yet
it never seems to be old. Little
children who lived long ago, used
to listen to it with joy. There
are many who are now alive, who



TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 13

have read it many times, yet they
love to read it- again and again.
They say it suits them now, though
they have grown to be quite old.
Other little girls and boys will
listen to it and read it when
you have passed away from this
world. And in heaven it will be as

a ‘‘new song’ for ever and ever.

There are some pretty verses,
which a lady wrote for little chil-
dren. Perhaps you know them
by heart, and can sing them.
Come, let us listen to them again.



14 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

I think, when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus dwelt here among men,

And call’d little children as lambs to his fold,
I should like to have been with them then.

I wish that his hands had been put on my
head, |
And that I had been placed on his knee,
And that I might have seen his kind look
when he said,
‘¢ Let the little ones come unto me.”

Yet still to my Saviour in prayer I may go,
And ask for a share in his love;

And if I thus earnestly seek him below,
I shall see him and hear him above:

In that beautiful place he’s gone to prepare
For all who are wash’d and forgiven ;

And many dear children are gathering there,
For of such is the kingdom of heaven.”



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“HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS!”

THE Son of God dwelt in
heaven before the world was made.
He ever lived there. He will
always live there. He is “over
all God blessed for ever.”’

But he took upon him our
nature. In that nature he was
born into this world. He came
as a child like you; and yet not
like you. He had the nature
and body of a child; but he was

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18 THE NAME JESUS.

not born in sin. He was the
‘holy Child’ ’—quite holy—always
holy.

When the angel came to the
Virgin Mary, and told her that she
should be the mother of the blessed
Child, the angel said that his name
was to be JESUS.

In that place in the Bible in
which this is told us,* there is no
reason given for calling the Child
by this name. But in another
place,t it is said that when the
angel came to Joseph, the husband

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THE NAME JESUS. 19

of Mary, and made this thing
known unto him, he gave this
reason for naming the child: ‘‘ For
he shall save his people from their
sins.

Jesus was a right name to give
to a child that was to be the
Saviour of the world. It means
the very same: as Saviour.

In those days people used to
give to their children names that
might tell something about them.
And many of the names we give
to infants now have a meaning.
David means “beloved;” Job,



20 THE NAME JESUS.

‘““he that weeps;” John, “the
gift of the Lord; Sarah, “a
princess; and Mary, “ exalted.”
_ A German father called his little
son by the name of Gott-hold,
because God had been very kind
to the family, and they were
thankful to him. Gott means
‘God ;” and hold means “mild ”’
or ‘‘kind.” They wanted to have
their child’s name remind them
how very kind God had pent to
them.

We have said that Jesus is a
Saviour. Whom did he come to



THE NAME JESUS. 21

save? It was to save sinners that
he came; to save every one who
trusts in him and. loves him; to
save you if you will do so.
You know what sin is. All evil
deeds, and all bad words, and all
wrong thoughts, and all naughty
tempers, are sin. When children
do not speak the truth, but tell
lies, they sin. When they are in
a passion, or are sullen, or selfish,
they sin. When they do not obey
their parents, they sin against
God. .
Every little child has a heart



22 THE NAME JESUS.

from which sins are as sure to
come as sparks from burning
wood. They have a sinful nature.
They do what they ought not to
do, and leave undone what they
ought to do. Satan, the wicked
spirit, also seeks to lead them
into sin. ee

All people who have lived in
the world were lost sinners. But
Jesus ‘‘came to seek and to save
the lost.” This is why all who love
him may call him eur Saviour.
A girl was at play by the side

ofariver. As she ran along, her



THE NAME JESUS. 22

foot slipped, and she fell into the
water. She would have been |
drowned had not a man jumped
into the river. He caught her by
the hand, and swam with her to
the shore. He saved her from
drowning.

As a man rode on a horse
through a forest, on a dark night,
he heardacry. It was like the cry
of a little child. He stopped,
and then he heard it again. He
was not quite sure that it was a
child, for he knew that some wild
beasts often make a noise like a



24 THE NAME JESUS.

child's cry. Now, if he should
~ go to the place, and it should be a
tiger or a panther, he might be
torn to death. But if it were a
child lost in the forest, and if he
‘should go on and not try to find
it, then the poor child might be
starved, or be eaten up by the
wild beasts. Its mother would
never again see her dear child.
The man was kind and brave ;
and as the sad cry kept coming to
his ears, he made up his mind
what to do. He sprang from his
horse, tied it to a tree, and went



THE NAME JESUS. 20

slowly in the dark to the spot
whence the sound came. He
walked a little way, and then
stopped to listen. Then he went
a little ‘further, and stopped again.
As he walked among the trees, he
felt something touch his knee, and -

a soft voibe said, ‘‘ Dear papa, is
it you?’

Yes; there was the lost child
—a little boy. He had strayed
away from his father’s house, in
search of wild roses.

The kind man took him in his ©

arms. When he got to his horse



26 THE NAME JESUS.

again, he put the little boy in
front on the saddle. After a
while he saw a light. When he
came to it, what place do you
think it was? It was the home
of the child. His father and
mother had been seeking for him
for two days. They had said,
‘‘' We shall never see our boy any
more;’’and then they wept. But,
oh, with what joy did they now
take him to their arms! Thus the
man saved the child that was lost.

Jesus came as the Good Shep-
herd, to seek the sheep that were





THE NAME JESUS. 27

lost. It was said of him more
than seven hundred years before
he came into the world, that he
would ‘‘gather the lambs with his
arm, and carry them in his
bosom.’’*

If you were to see a shepherd
now, in the lands where the Bible
was written, you would better
know what is meant by these
_ words. ‘There the shepherd still
carries the tender lambs, and goes
before the sheep. He feeds them,
and is kind to them. If any one

— * Isaiah xl. 11.



28 THE NAME JESUS.

wanders, and is lost, he seeks till
he finds it. When he has found
it, he carries it back to the fold.
You may now look at the picture,
and see such a shepherd.

How does Jesus save? In this
way. He saw that we were lost
in sin. He knew that if he did
not save us, we must for ever
perish. 'To save us, he came into
the world. He lived and died for
us. The Bible says that Jesus
‘‘ died for our sins.’ * |

* 1 Cor. xv. 3.





AN EASTERN SHEPHERD



THE NAME JESUS. 29

Jesus obeyed the law of his
_ Father. He kept every command.
In him was no sin. It was for us
he obeyed. For us, too, he bore
great sorrow and pain. He wore
-a crown of thorns, and was nailed
to a cross of wood, for us. He
was wounded for our sins. He.
laid down his life to save us. He
_ suffered that those who believe in
him might not suffer. Greater
love he could not have shown than
by laying down his life, that he
might save sinners.

Jesus came to save both body



30 THE NAME JESUS.

and soul. ‘The man who saved
the little gir] from being drowned,
only saved the body. So he who
found the little boy in the forest,
only saved the body from death.
But Jesus came to save both soul
and body.

It was, also, to save us from sin
itself that Jesus came. He came
to save from its power over us,
and from the love of sin in us.
For this he gives his Holy Spirit,
to make us holy. If we are not
made holy, we cannot go to heaven.
He gives a new heart, to love and



THE NAME JESUS. 31

obey God. If we have not this
new heart, we cannot live with
God in heaven.

‘Think, then, how great was the
love of Jesus, to. do all this. for
those who have sinned. And his
love is still as great as it ever was.
He says, ‘‘Come unto me, and
be saved.”” He speaks to us now :
- Come, I am able. Come, I am
willing. Come, I am waiting.”

Listen, then, to his words. If
you are a very little child, go to
Jesus, for he will not turn away
from those who are young in



32 THE NAME JESUS.

years. Are you a poor child?
Go to Jesus; he will look in
love on the poorest child on earth.
Are you an afflicted child? Go
to Jesus; he was once afflicted
too. Are you an orphan child ?
Do you say that. your dear father -
or mother is dead? Go to Jesus:
he will pity you, and be better to
you than any earthly parent can
be. |

It will never be more easy for
you to go to Jesus than it is now.

Then hear his kind words, and be
happy.







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UT. THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.







HOLY HE WAS, AND MEEK, AND MILD,
A PATTERN FOR THE YOUNGEST CHILD.

A GREAT many yéars ago, a
large crowd was seen in the land
of the Jews. They were on their
way home from the great city of
that people. A feast had been
kept there, called the feast of Pass-
over. |

God. had told the Jews to keep
this feast.* It was to remind them
of the night when their iattliere

* Exodus xii, 3—17.



36 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

were passed over by the angel
who slew the first-born of Egypt.
At such a time the people from all
parts of the land went up to the
city to keep the feast. It was to
them a season of great joy.
Those who came from distant
towns were on the road some
days. They rested under the
shade of trees or rocks when the
sun s heat was great. In the cool
of the day they went on their
way. |
The Pass-over was kept at a
time of the year when the fruit



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. oT

had begun to appear on the fig
and olive trees, and the vines had
put forth their young grapes.
Roses then bloomed on the sides
of the hills, and _ sweet lilies
peeped out in the corners of the
valleys.

It must have been a_ pretty
sight when the people rested at
night by the side of a well. Do
you not think you can see them ?
Look how they set up their tents,
and spread their cloaks on the
ground for beds. ‘They sit down
to their supper. Now they sing



38 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

a sweet hymn, and then they say
their evening prayer. Soon they
are all at rest, and the full bright
moon shines above them in the
sky.

Among these people is Mary
the ‘mother of Jesus. She has
been up to the feast with her
husband Joseph, and her son, who
is now about twelve years old. As
they return, her son is not at her
side, but she thinks that he is
along with some of her friends m
the company.*

* Luke ii. 41—52,



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 39

But when night comes on, she
seeks for her boy. She asks her
friends if they have seen him.
No; he has not been seen on the
road. He is not to be found
among the travellers.

Other parents have their chil-
dren quite safe, and close the day
in peace and joy. But where can
the son of Mary be? Has any
one seen her son Jesus? He
had never done anything to sad-
den her heart, for he had always
obeyed her word. He was all
that a mother’s heart could wish



40 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

a child to be. She could trust
him at all times, but what had
now become of him? She must
go back, and seek for him on the
road and in the city.

One day passes away, but
Mary has not found her son.
‘Two days are gone, and yet he is
still lost. At last she comes to
the Temple, and hastens up its
broad steps, and through its wide
doors; and there is her son, sitting
with some of the doctors, or
learned men. He is both hearing
them and asking them questions.



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 41

These wise men are full of wonder
as they find the child so ready to
listen to their words, and so
quick to learn every truth they
speak.

When his mother told him that
she and Joseph had sought him
in sorrow, he said that he must be
about the business of his Father.
He had come into this world to
do the work of God. It was not
an idle wish to break away from
his mother, or to take things into
his own hands. It was a desire
to do what was right, and to obey



42 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

God: for he oncesaid, ‘‘I do always
the things that please him.’”*
But because he had to do a-
great work for God, did he refuse
to go home with his mother? Oh
no; he knew that it was right to
obey her. He then went back to
her house, and was ‘‘ subject unto
her.’ | |
Mary his mother, and Joseph,
who stood in the place of an earthly
father, were sinners. Jesus was
without sin, yet he obeyed them.
They were human, and he was

* John viii. 29.



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 43

God as well as man; yet he was
subject unto them. Though he
was so wise, and great, and good,
he did what they told him to do,
and he did all in a meek and

loving spirit.

Jesus was called ‘the car-
penter’s son.” Do you think,
_ that when he was young, he lived
an idle life? Do you suppose
that he strolled over the hills, and
along the fields, or sat at home,
and did nothing to help his mother

* Matthew xiii. 55.



44 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

and Joseph? Even rich Jews
made their sons learn a trade.
So that, if the sons became poor,
they might be able to work for
their living. But Mary and Jo-
seph were poor. ‘They had to
toil for their bread: you may be
sure, then, that Jesus helped them,
and that he spent the days of his
youth in a useful and busy way.
He has taught us that common
work, if it be honest work, is no
disgrace.

Jesus loved his mother all the
days he was on the earth. He



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 45

showed her honour to the last.
Oh, what love was that which
grew day by day between that
mother and her son!

About twenty years after he
first went to the great city, he
went there for the last time. It
is not said that Mary went with
him ; but we suppose she did, for
she was there. When he was
nailed to the cross, and all his
disciples had left him but John, .
his mother did not leave him.
She stood near him in his great
pain. And in the midst of his



46 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

sorrow he did not forget her. He
said to John, ‘‘ Behold thy mo-
ther. As if he had told him,
‘Be to her as a son; look to her
as a mother. Take care of her
as long as she lives.”” And John
did so; for ‘‘from that hour he
took her to his own home.’’* Thus
Jesus loved his mother to the
last.

Dear child, who may now read
this book, do you love to learn
what is good, and seek to be wise

* John xix. 25—27,



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 47

in the things of God? Do you
ask questions about the truths that
are in the Holy Bible, and listen
to what is said to you? You will
do so, if you wish to be like J esus.

Do you try to please your pa-
rents?’ Do you mind them in
little as well as in great things ?
Yes, if you are like Jesus.

Will those who grow up to talk
with the great and wise listen
to the words of their parents?
Will they never by speech or con-
duct bring sorrow to their hearts ?
When their parents have grown



48 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

old, or have become ill, will they
still obey and honour them? To
be sure they will, if they have the
same mind as was in Jesus.

Think of these things.

A party of little girls and boys
stood talking on the village green.
‘They were about to spend a half-
~ holiday in the woods. Wild
flowers—red, white, and blue—
were to be made into little crowns
and put on their heads. Oh, it
was a nice happy time they hoped
to have in the woods.



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 49

‘¢ Now, dear Ellen,’’ said Susan
Jones, ‘“‘run home, and ask your
mother if you may go with us.
Tell her we are all going, and that
you must go too.’ Ellen skipped
across the road, and soon was in
her mother’s cottage. She was
gone some time.

The little party waited for her,
and when she came slowly walking ~
towards them, they cried, ‘‘ You
have got leave, Ellen; have you
not?’ Ellen shook her head,
and said that her mother could

not spare her. ‘‘Oh, do come;
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50 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

you must go,’ shouted some of
the children.

Then Ellen tried to look happy,
and meekly said, ‘‘ My mother
knows best.” That was right,
Ellen. Obey and honour your
mother, and it will save you from
many tears and sorrows.

You can now read another true
story of a little girl who'wished to
be like Jesus. It is thus told by
one who loves children.

I am very sure if you had
known my young friend Minka



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 51

- you would have loved her. © It is
a great many years ago when I
met her for the first and only time,
but it seems as if I could still
hear her soft voice, and see her
smiling face.

Minka was born in the cold
snowy land called Russia. It
pleased God to take her dear
mother away from her when she
was quite a child. But she hada
kind father, who was a nobleman,
and very rich. ,

As her father loved Jesus, he

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52 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

in doing good. He had school-
houses built on his estates for
children, and Bibles were freely
given to their fathers and mothers.

Two or three years after the
death of her mother, Minka went
with her father a long journey.
It was to visit some pious friends
in Switz-er-land.

Little Minka dearly loved her
father. She tried in every way she
could to obey him. One lovely
day, when the flowers filled the
air with their sweet smell, she was
at a house where there were a



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. ‘53

good many ladies and gentlemen.
There were also present some
children of her own age, with
whom she could talk; for Minka
had learned to speak English and
French very well.

It was soon time for tea, and
Minka's father was at the top of
the table, and she was at the other
end. A gentleman sat next to her,
and was much pleased with her
gentle, modest ways. He hoped
she was a good child. Soon hefound
that she was so, for she not only

obeyed her parent, but feared God.



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There was on the table some
nice sweet honey. ‘The comb was
white as silver, and was running
over with its sweet honey. The
gentleman who sat by Minka
asked her to taste it. As he
thought she might be timid in
not taking some, he put a piece of
it on her plate.

‘‘ Minka,’ said he, ‘‘ you have
never tasted such honey. It is
got by Swiss bees from Swiss
flowers on the high hills. Ho eat
some : it will not hurt you.’’

But Minka did not touch it.



THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 55

She asked that the tempting bit
of sweet should not be placed on
her plate. And looking up with
her blue eyes, she said, ‘ Please,
sir, do not give me any. I do
not wish to have it.”’

‘Why, Minka, do you not like
honey? All the little girls whom
I know like it. Have the children
in Russia no taste for that which
is sweet ?”’

“Oh, I like it much, sir; but
my papa says it is not good for
me, and I am not to touch it.”’

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56 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

what she said; and he thought
he would further try her. He
should not have done so. It was
not right to tempt the little girl.
But we shall see how firm and
brave she was.

‘¢ Your father,’ said * “will
not know that you have had any
honey. I will only let you taste
it. Let me give you this very
small bit.” |

Now what do you think the
little Russian girl did? Did she
take it, or did she not ?

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fixed her eyes on the gentleman.
Then in a very modest way she
replied, ‘‘ But God sees me, sir,
and he will know it.”’

As I have already said, I never
saw Minka after that time. Her
_ father soon went back to Russia,
and Minka with him. But often
do I think of that dear girl, and
hope that she grew up to be strong
in the fear and love of God.

Will you, young reader, ask
God to give you his grace, that
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whom you have now read? But
more than all, will you not try
to be like Jesus?

Oh! why did not the Son of God
Come as an angel bright ?

And why not leave his fair abode
To come with power and might?

Because he came not here to reign —
As king and prince below ;

He came to save our souls from sin,
Whence all our sorrows flow.

Accept, O ever-blessed Lord,
An infant’s humble praise ;
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own. Foxes had holes, and birds
flew to their soft nests, but he had
not where to lay his head. If
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to serve. Tle Lord of angels
came not to be waited on as a
master, but to wait on others as a
servant. He did not seek to
please himself. He was ready to
give up his own ease and rest,
that he might make men happy.
But though so poor, no one
ever did so much good as he did.
He did good at all times, in all
places, and to all- kinds of people.
It was his delight to-do good.
Jesus did not sit down in some
quiet spot, and wait for the people
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JESUS DOING GOOD. 63

the streets of the city, and did
good there. Then he passed into
the green lanes and fields and
villages, and did good there. He
walked by the side of the sea, and
did good there. When the sun
was hot, or the storm blew, or the
roads were bad, he did not stop in
his work of mercy. When he was
tired, and hungry, and thirsty, he
was ready to help all who were in
any trouble.

Let us see some of the ways in
which Jesus did good.

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64 JESUS DOING GOOD.

the use of their limbs. They
cannot walk or move about. They .
lie in a helpless state for many
years, and are often full of pain.
When Jesus was on the earth,
many such poor men and women ~
were made well by him.

As he went up one day to the
Temple, he saw a man lying by
the side of a pool of water. The
place was called the ‘house’ of
mercy. He had lost the use of
his limbs for thirty-eight years.
That you know is a very long time

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JESUS DOING GOOD. 65

This pool had been as a house
of mercy to many. God was
pleased at times to send an angel |
to trouble, or move the waters.
Then the first person who stepped
in upon the moving of the waters
was made well. Only one was
cured at a time. a

‘The poor man had seen others
who had lain at his side made
well. He had seen them go to
their homes with joy. Did he
not hope that some day he too
might be cured ? |

Jesus looked in pity at this poor

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66 JESUS DOING GOOD.

man, and asked, ‘‘ Wilt thou be
made whole?” Why, this was
what he had long waited for; but
he had no kind friends to help
him to the waters when the angel
came to move them. But as
there was so kind a look in him
who spoke, the man told his sad
tale.

He had not now long to wait ;
for Jesus said, ‘‘ Rise, take up
thy bed, and walk.” He who
spoke the word gave the power.
And at once he stood up, and
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JESUS DOING GOOD. 67

on which he lay, he went to his
own house.*

A father once came to Jesus.
‘‘]T have brought unto thee my
son, said he, ‘‘ who hath a dumb
spirit. O Lord, look upon him,
for he is my only child.” The
father went on to tell his great
sorrow. His son, in the bloom
of youth, had lost his reason.
Instead of being a comfort to his
parents, he was a cause of care
and distress. Sometimes he fell

*: John: ¥. :1—16.



68 JESUS DOING GOOD.

into the fire, and at other times
into the water; so that his life
was always in danger. Nor could
the poor child tell what he felt,
for he was deaf and dumb. And
what was worse than all, an evil
spirit was in him.

‘‘ Lord, have mercy on my son,”
cried the father. Jesus turned
and told him to bring the poor
boy to him. And as they brought
him, the unclean spirit cast him
on the ground, where he lay tear-
ing his body, and foaming at his
mouth.



JESUS DOING GOOD. 69

Was not this a very sad case ?
But it was to show the power of
Jesus over wicked spirits, and the
love of his heart for those who
are sick, |

Jesus knew what he could do,
and what he would do. He said,
“Thou deaf and dumb spirit, come
out of him.”’ And at once the
spirit came forth. Then he took
the boy by the hand and lifted him
up. He was no longer a deaf and
dumb child, and under the power of
the devil, but quite well and free.*

* Mark ix. 14—29.



TO JESUS DOING GOOD.

Do you not hope that the first
use he made of his ears was to
listen to the words of Jesus, and
that his new gift of speech was
used to thank and praise him?
Yes, we will hope so.

When some people see a sick
_man they turn away. We know
that Jesus did not. He was ready
not only to speak kind words, but
to help and heal. He showed his
pity in deeds. We will see it in
another case.

A rich man had a little girl,



JESUS DOING GOOD. 71

about twelve years old. She was
very ill, and at the point of death.
He had heard of the wonders
Jesus had done, and as his last
hope went to him.

Do you not think you see him,
as he goes to the place where
Jesus was? It may be that he
said in his own mind, ‘‘ He healed
a rich man’s son. He raised up
the servant of another. He
cured the poor man at the pool.
‘To those blind men he gave sight,
and that deaf and dumb boy he
made quite well. I will try what



72 JESUS DOING GOOD.

~ he can do for me. Will he not
hear me, also, when I ask him to
help my dear girl ?”’

When the father met Jesus, he
told him his errand. And Jesus
went with him. As they came to
the house where the young child
lay, the people ran from the door,
and said, ‘‘ She is dead.’

Oh, what did the father then
feel? He thought that help had
come too late. As soon as Jesus
heard the word that was spoken,
he said, ‘‘ Be not afraid ; only be-
lieve, and she shall bemade whole.”



JESUS DOING GOOD. * 73

The rich man was soon to. see
that Jesus had as much power.
over the dead as over the living.

Our Lord went into the room
where the body of the young
maiden lay, and stood by its side.
He took hold of her hand, and
called on her to arise. ‘The words
were no sooner spoken, than the
soul came back to the body. The
glow of health was again on her
cheeks, and she arose as if only
awoke out of sleep.”

Did this little girl live to be

* Mark v. 22—24, 35—43.



74 JESUS DOING GOOD.

old? Did she become. one of
those who loved Jesus ? Did she
follow him all the days of her life ?
We do not know, and yet we may
trust that she did become one of
the holy women who obeyed his

word.

One day Jesus was seen on the
road which led to the city of Nain.
Had any one sent for him? No;
he knew there was a work of
mercy to be done, and he was
going to do it.

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JESUS DOING GOOD. 75

the people slowly bore the body
of a young man, to lay it in the
grave. A mother had lost her
only son. She had no husband °
to comfort her, for he, too, was
dead. .

Jesus saw her tears. He drew
nigh to her, and said, ‘Weep
not. He knew all about her
trouble, and he meant to turn her
sorrow into joy. ‘‘ Young man,”’
he said, ‘‘ [say unto thee, Arise.”
Then he that was dead sat up,
and began to speak; and Jesus

took him by the hand, and gave



76 JESUS DOING GOOD.

him to his mother. And what a
gift was that—her son, her only
child, folded in her arms again !

Who can tell what the young
man felt as he started into life from
the dead? - Who can tell the joy
of the mother as she felt the warm
kiss of her son again? Jesus
saw the delight he had given, and
went on his way to other works of
mercy.”

It is a very sad case when any
one cannot see the bright sky and

* Luke vi. 11—17.



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the sweet roses and lilies, and the
faces of those he loves. Pity the
poor blind. Jesus always pitied
them. |

‘l'wo poor blind men were by
the way-side, and heard the noise
of the people as they ran along
the road. Who is coming? Oh!
good news; it is Jesus. When
the blind men heard who it was,
they cried aloud, ‘“‘Thou Son of °
David, have mercy on us.”’

There were some in the crowd
who told them to ‘hold their
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louder, ‘¢ Have meroy on us, O
Lord.”

Jesus heard their call, and said,
‘What wilt thou that I shall do
unto thee?’ Did they ° want
money? Oh, no. They cried,
‘‘Lord, open our eyes.” Their
sight was more to them than gold
or silver.

He then put his finger on their
eyes, and in a moment they saw
clearly. How great must have
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that sight had been given them in
answer to their faith and prayer.*

There were many more such
kind deeds as these which Jesus
did. His life was full of them.
He cured the people without
delay, without pain, and without
money. No wonder, then, that
they went to him. ©

Do you think that he cured
these because they were holy and
good people? No; they were
sinners as we all are. They were

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80 JESUS DOING GOOD.

not better than others. It was
his great love that led him to be
so kind.

Did not every one love him
because he was so full of love to
them? No; only a few loved
him. Wicked men called him
bad names. They cast him out
from their cities. They mocked
him, and in every way were cruel
to him. Yet he bore it all, for he
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NOT, TO COME UNTO ME; FOR OF SUCH IS
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” —WMait. xix. 14.

THE heart of Jesus was so full
of love, that we should have been
quite sure he loved little children,
even if we had not been told so.
One so kind and gentle as he was,
would not turn away from them.

But we are plainly told that -
Jesus cares for children. Rich
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84 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

desires that they should be saved.
Here, then, is good news for you
—for all the little ones.

Should you like to see a picture
of some children who came to
Jesus? It is not such a picture
as you may have seen, where a
sort of likeness is given of our
Lord. We are not told in the
Bible who or what he was like.
There may be a reason why we
should not know. We might bow
before a picture, and honour
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self.



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We cannot tell how he looked,
and we will not make a picture of
that kind. But we will give a
word - picture, taken from the
Bible, and therefore true. |

A crowd is seen on the road to
the Temple, in the great city of
the Jews. The people are told
that the holy Teacher, Jesus, is
on his way, and they go out to
meet him. |

When they see him they put
him on an ass. As they go along
the crowd becomes very great.
Some spread their clothes on the



86 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

eround. Others cut down branches
from the trees, and lay them on
the road.

We think we hear the debe
say, ‘‘ Who is this?’ And now
a loud shout is heard, ‘‘ Hosanna
to the Son of David. Blessed is
he that cometh in the name of
the Lord.”” The word Hosanna
means, ‘‘ Lord, save, we pray
thee.’

But now another cry is heard.
It is the sweet voices of children.
They stop in their play, and begin

to shout ‘‘ Hosanna,” too;



JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 87

Nor does their zeal offend him ;
But, as he rides along,

He lets them still attend him,
And listens to their song.

Jesus now goes into the Temple;
and it is not long before the blind
and the lame hear that he is in
the holy place. Soon their cry
for pity and help is heard. Nor
do they call on him in vain. In
his great love he makes them quite
well. You may be sure that there
is much joy among all the people
who have come to the place, when
they see what is done. And
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88 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

come to the Temple cry ‘ Ho-
sanna. —

‘I'he priests try to stop the songs
of the little ones. They say to
Jesus, ‘‘ Hearest thou what these
say? And Jesus replies, ‘‘ Yea,
have ye never read, Out of the
mouths of babes and sucklings
thou hast perfected praise ?”’ |

It may be that some of these
little ones do as other people do.
They do not quite know what they
mean when they cry aloud; lke
some now who sing the praises of
God, but do not mind the words



JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 89

they use. Yet we think some of
them may know. It is as if they
say, ‘‘ We are glad that the Sa-
viour has come. Save us, O Lord.
Welcome to the Son of David.’’*

Young reader, you cannot do
as these little children did. But
you can go to the house of God,
and praise him there. You can
there sing with your heart as well
as with your voice.

‘The children of whom you have
just read CAME to Jesus. There

* Matthew xxi. 12—16 ; Luke xix. 35—41.



90 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

were others who were BROUGHT to
him. They may have been too
young to have gone alone. ‘Their
mothers took them by the hand,
or carried them in their arms.

The account in the Bible of:
those who were thus brought is
very short, but it 1s full of hope
and promise for the little ones.
We love to call it the ‘‘ SWEET
STORY OF OLD.”

Jesus with loving words and
kind looks is teaching the people,
and doing good to their bodies.
Just at this time some proud men



JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 91

come to ask him many things.
They do not wish to be taught, but
they hope to stop Jesus in his work.

While they are speaking, there
is a stir among the crowd. Who
are they who push and try to
get forward? They are mothers
and others who wish to get
near the good ‘Teacher.. What
do they want? It is a great
matter that has brought them here.
They have come with their little
children that Jesus may ‘‘ touch
them.’’* They have come to ask

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92 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

him to put his hands on their
infants, and pray for them.*

We may suppose that the pa-
rents have seen what the touch of
Jesus can do. And they know
that laying the hands on the head
is a very old custom. When this
is done, they hope that a blessing
will rest on their dear little ones.

Are the disciples glad when
they see these children brought to
ther Master? No; they are
angry. ‘They may think that
Jesus will not notice these babes.

* Maithew xix. 13.



JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 93

Or they may suppose that he will
not be troubled about them just at
this time. That he is too busy,
and cannot attend to children.
He is now talking to wise men—
perhaps old men— why come
now ? |

How strange it is that they
should so think! They do not
wait to see what Jesus will do,
but they begin to rebuke those
who have brought the children.

But Jesus knows all that is
going on. He turns and says,

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THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY;

56, PATERNOSTER ROW, AND 164, PICCADILLY ;
AND SOLD BY THE BOOKSELLERS.
1861.

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CONTENTS.

PAGE

I. TELL ME ABOUT JESUS . ... . 1
eee MAME JESUS, 8
Ill. THE HOLY CHILD JESUS .. . .. 33
IV. JESUS WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD. . 59
_V. JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. ..._ 81
VI. CHILDREN MAY NOW GO TO JESUS . 101
Vil. JESUS, THE CHILD’S BEST EXAMPLE . 199

VIII. DO YOU LOVE JESUS? ..... 447






JERUSALEM.

ORV

I. WELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

‘‘COME, YE CHILDREN, HEARKEN UNTO Mp.”

“TELL ME ABOUT JEsUs.” So
said a little boy to a lady who had
called to see him.

The dear child’s mamma was
dead, and he now lived with a kind
aunt, who was very fond of him.

The lady had taken him on
her lap, to talk to him. Among
other things she had told him a
story out of the Bible about Jesus,
4 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

the Son of God. As soon as he
heard the name, he sprang on his
feet with joy in his face, and cried,
““Oh! please do tell me about
Jesus.”

Tell you about Jesus?” said
the lady. ‘‘Yes, my dear child, I
cannot better speak of any one.
than he. We ought often to talk
about him.’

He then sat on her lap again,
while the lady spoke to him of the
birth, the life, and the death of
our Lord Jesus Christ. She told-
of his great love to children, and
TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 5

of the kind words he spoke to them.
You may be sure she did not
forget those spoken by Jesus when
mothers came with their little ones
to him: “ Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto
me; for of such is the kingdom of
heaven.’ ’*

When she had done talking,
the child threw his arms round
her neck, and kissed her a good
many times.

Why did he wish her to speak
in this way? ‘“ Before dear

_ * Matthew xix. 14,
6 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

mamma went away, said he,
‘‘ she often told me about Jesus.
And when mamma had told me
all, she used to kneel down alone
with me, and hold me by the
hand. ‘Then she used to whisper
to Jesus.” -He meant that she
used to pray very softly.

‘“‘ But when mamma had gone,
she never came back. I have no
one now to talk to me, and to kiss
me as she did.”’

That night, the lady sat by
the side of his bed, and told the
aunt of what the little boy had said.
TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 7

It was found that he had often
spoken to his aunt in the same
way. But she said that she
did not know how to talk to
children.

The little boy lay asleep with
one of his tiny hands under his
cheek, and a smile upon his pale
face. The aunt looked at him,
and felt that she loved him very
much. ‘I will try,” she said,
“to speak to him as his mamma
used to do. If I try, God will |
help me to speak in a way that
may do good to my dear boy.”
8 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

A few weeks after this time, he
was taken very ill. Day after day
his aunt folded him in her arms,
and told him of some kind deed
that Jesus did, or some blessed
word he spoke. Then the child
would put his hands round her
neck and kiss her, saying, ‘Tell
me more about Jesus.”’

The little boy did not live long,
for he was taken to dwell in
heaven. After he was gone, his
aunt often went to his grave. As
she stood by its side she wept.
And in her heart she said, ‘I
TELL-ME ABOUT JESUS. 9

will from this time try to tell dear
little ones of the love of Jesus. It
shall be my delight to lead them
to him of whom my sweet child
loved so much to hear.”’

It was not long after this before
the aunt was a teacher in a Sun-
day-school ; and many little ones
heard her tell of ‘‘ the sweet story
of old.”’

Dear young reader, are you
ready to say with this little boy,
“Tell me about Jesus?’ Then
read this book. It has_ been
written for you. You may find in
10 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

it some words of truth and love
which may do you. good.

There are some tales that are
not true. They are about what
might have taken place. They
tell of little boys and girls who
never lived. Yet they are true in
one sense, for these children are
very much like some children who
have lived in the world. Those
who wrote the stories made them
out of their own minds. Perhaps
they did not wish us to think that
theyare true. But they wrote them
to teach us good and wise lessons.
TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 11

There are other stories that are
foolish. ‘They only amuse us. They
do us no real good. We are not
better or wiser after we have read
them than we were before.

The Holy Bible is full of stories.
They are all true, wise, and good.
One is of the babe Moses in his
little ark of rushes. Another is
of the child Samuel in the Temple
of God. Then there is the story
of young David killing the Giant;
and one of pious Josiah, who was
a king when only eight years old.
Nor must we forget the little cap-
12 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

tive maid, whose words led her rich
master to the prophet of God.

It is hoped that you will always
love to read all these stories and
other blessed things in the book
of God itself.

But the best story is about our
Lord Jesus Christ. Though all
cannot be told you now, you will
be glad to hear a part of it.

The story is not a new one, yet
it never seems to be old. Little
children who lived long ago, used
to listen to it with joy. There
are many who are now alive, who
TELL ME ABOUT JESUS. 13

have read it many times, yet they
love to read it- again and again.
They say it suits them now, though
they have grown to be quite old.
Other little girls and boys will
listen to it and read it when
you have passed away from this
world. And in heaven it will be as

a ‘‘new song’ for ever and ever.

There are some pretty verses,
which a lady wrote for little chil-
dren. Perhaps you know them
by heart, and can sing them.
Come, let us listen to them again.
14 TELL ME ABOUT JESUS.

I think, when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus dwelt here among men,

And call’d little children as lambs to his fold,
I should like to have been with them then.

I wish that his hands had been put on my
head, |
And that I had been placed on his knee,
And that I might have seen his kind look
when he said,
‘¢ Let the little ones come unto me.”

Yet still to my Saviour in prayer I may go,
And ask for a share in his love;

And if I thus earnestly seek him below,
I shall see him and hear him above:

In that beautiful place he’s gone to prepare
For all who are wash’d and forgiven ;

And many dear children are gathering there,
For of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
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Ti, TE NAMIE JBSUS.

“HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS!”

THE Son of God dwelt in
heaven before the world was made.
He ever lived there. He will
always live there. He is “over
all God blessed for ever.”’

But he took upon him our
nature. In that nature he was
born into this world. He came
as a child like you; and yet not
like you. He had the nature
and body of a child; but he was

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18 THE NAME JESUS.

not born in sin. He was the
‘holy Child’ ’—quite holy—always
holy.

When the angel came to the
Virgin Mary, and told her that she
should be the mother of the blessed
Child, the angel said that his name
was to be JESUS.

In that place in the Bible in
which this is told us,* there is no
reason given for calling the Child
by this name. But in another
place,t it is said that when the
angel came to Joseph, the husband

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THE NAME JESUS. 19

of Mary, and made this thing
known unto him, he gave this
reason for naming the child: ‘‘ For
he shall save his people from their
sins.

Jesus was a right name to give
to a child that was to be the
Saviour of the world. It means
the very same: as Saviour.

In those days people used to
give to their children names that
might tell something about them.
And many of the names we give
to infants now have a meaning.
David means “beloved;” Job,
20 THE NAME JESUS.

‘““he that weeps;” John, “the
gift of the Lord; Sarah, “a
princess; and Mary, “ exalted.”
_ A German father called his little
son by the name of Gott-hold,
because God had been very kind
to the family, and they were
thankful to him. Gott means
‘God ;” and hold means “mild ”’
or ‘‘kind.” They wanted to have
their child’s name remind them
how very kind God had pent to
them.

We have said that Jesus is a
Saviour. Whom did he come to
THE NAME JESUS. 21

save? It was to save sinners that
he came; to save every one who
trusts in him and. loves him; to
save you if you will do so.
You know what sin is. All evil
deeds, and all bad words, and all
wrong thoughts, and all naughty
tempers, are sin. When children
do not speak the truth, but tell
lies, they sin. When they are in
a passion, or are sullen, or selfish,
they sin. When they do not obey
their parents, they sin against
God. .
Every little child has a heart
22 THE NAME JESUS.

from which sins are as sure to
come as sparks from burning
wood. They have a sinful nature.
They do what they ought not to
do, and leave undone what they
ought to do. Satan, the wicked
spirit, also seeks to lead them
into sin. ee

All people who have lived in
the world were lost sinners. But
Jesus ‘‘came to seek and to save
the lost.” This is why all who love
him may call him eur Saviour.
A girl was at play by the side

ofariver. As she ran along, her
THE NAME JESUS. 22

foot slipped, and she fell into the
water. She would have been |
drowned had not a man jumped
into the river. He caught her by
the hand, and swam with her to
the shore. He saved her from
drowning.

As a man rode on a horse
through a forest, on a dark night,
he heardacry. It was like the cry
of a little child. He stopped,
and then he heard it again. He
was not quite sure that it was a
child, for he knew that some wild
beasts often make a noise like a
24 THE NAME JESUS.

child's cry. Now, if he should
~ go to the place, and it should be a
tiger or a panther, he might be
torn to death. But if it were a
child lost in the forest, and if he
‘should go on and not try to find
it, then the poor child might be
starved, or be eaten up by the
wild beasts. Its mother would
never again see her dear child.
The man was kind and brave ;
and as the sad cry kept coming to
his ears, he made up his mind
what to do. He sprang from his
horse, tied it to a tree, and went
THE NAME JESUS. 20

slowly in the dark to the spot
whence the sound came. He
walked a little way, and then
stopped to listen. Then he went
a little ‘further, and stopped again.
As he walked among the trees, he
felt something touch his knee, and -

a soft voibe said, ‘‘ Dear papa, is
it you?’

Yes; there was the lost child
—a little boy. He had strayed
away from his father’s house, in
search of wild roses.

The kind man took him in his ©

arms. When he got to his horse
26 THE NAME JESUS.

again, he put the little boy in
front on the saddle. After a
while he saw a light. When he
came to it, what place do you
think it was? It was the home
of the child. His father and
mother had been seeking for him
for two days. They had said,
‘‘' We shall never see our boy any
more;’’and then they wept. But,
oh, with what joy did they now
take him to their arms! Thus the
man saved the child that was lost.

Jesus came as the Good Shep-
herd, to seek the sheep that were


THE NAME JESUS. 27

lost. It was said of him more
than seven hundred years before
he came into the world, that he
would ‘‘gather the lambs with his
arm, and carry them in his
bosom.’’*

If you were to see a shepherd
now, in the lands where the Bible
was written, you would better
know what is meant by these
_ words. ‘There the shepherd still
carries the tender lambs, and goes
before the sheep. He feeds them,
and is kind to them. If any one

— * Isaiah xl. 11.
28 THE NAME JESUS.

wanders, and is lost, he seeks till
he finds it. When he has found
it, he carries it back to the fold.
You may now look at the picture,
and see such a shepherd.

How does Jesus save? In this
way. He saw that we were lost
in sin. He knew that if he did
not save us, we must for ever
perish. 'To save us, he came into
the world. He lived and died for
us. The Bible says that Jesus
‘‘ died for our sins.’ * |

* 1 Cor. xv. 3.


AN EASTERN SHEPHERD
THE NAME JESUS. 29

Jesus obeyed the law of his
_ Father. He kept every command.
In him was no sin. It was for us
he obeyed. For us, too, he bore
great sorrow and pain. He wore
-a crown of thorns, and was nailed
to a cross of wood, for us. He
was wounded for our sins. He.
laid down his life to save us. He
_ suffered that those who believe in
him might not suffer. Greater
love he could not have shown than
by laying down his life, that he
might save sinners.

Jesus came to save both body
30 THE NAME JESUS.

and soul. ‘The man who saved
the little gir] from being drowned,
only saved the body. So he who
found the little boy in the forest,
only saved the body from death.
But Jesus came to save both soul
and body.

It was, also, to save us from sin
itself that Jesus came. He came
to save from its power over us,
and from the love of sin in us.
For this he gives his Holy Spirit,
to make us holy. If we are not
made holy, we cannot go to heaven.
He gives a new heart, to love and
THE NAME JESUS. 31

obey God. If we have not this
new heart, we cannot live with
God in heaven.

‘Think, then, how great was the
love of Jesus, to. do all this. for
those who have sinned. And his
love is still as great as it ever was.
He says, ‘‘Come unto me, and
be saved.”” He speaks to us now :
- Come, I am able. Come, I am
willing. Come, I am waiting.”

Listen, then, to his words. If
you are a very little child, go to
Jesus, for he will not turn away
from those who are young in
32 THE NAME JESUS.

years. Are you a poor child?
Go to Jesus; he will look in
love on the poorest child on earth.
Are you an afflicted child? Go
to Jesus; he was once afflicted
too. Are you an orphan child ?
Do you say that. your dear father -
or mother is dead? Go to Jesus:
he will pity you, and be better to
you than any earthly parent can
be. |

It will never be more easy for
you to go to Jesus than it is now.

Then hear his kind words, and be
happy.




NAZERETH.

AO he

UT. THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

HOLY HE WAS, AND MEEK, AND MILD,
A PATTERN FOR THE YOUNGEST CHILD.

A GREAT many yéars ago, a
large crowd was seen in the land
of the Jews. They were on their
way home from the great city of
that people. A feast had been
kept there, called the feast of Pass-
over. |

God. had told the Jews to keep
this feast.* It was to remind them
of the night when their iattliere

* Exodus xii, 3—17.
36 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

were passed over by the angel
who slew the first-born of Egypt.
At such a time the people from all
parts of the land went up to the
city to keep the feast. It was to
them a season of great joy.
Those who came from distant
towns were on the road some
days. They rested under the
shade of trees or rocks when the
sun s heat was great. In the cool
of the day they went on their
way. |
The Pass-over was kept at a
time of the year when the fruit
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. oT

had begun to appear on the fig
and olive trees, and the vines had
put forth their young grapes.
Roses then bloomed on the sides
of the hills, and _ sweet lilies
peeped out in the corners of the
valleys.

It must have been a_ pretty
sight when the people rested at
night by the side of a well. Do
you not think you can see them ?
Look how they set up their tents,
and spread their cloaks on the
ground for beds. ‘They sit down
to their supper. Now they sing
38 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

a sweet hymn, and then they say
their evening prayer. Soon they
are all at rest, and the full bright
moon shines above them in the
sky.

Among these people is Mary
the ‘mother of Jesus. She has
been up to the feast with her
husband Joseph, and her son, who
is now about twelve years old. As
they return, her son is not at her
side, but she thinks that he is
along with some of her friends m
the company.*

* Luke ii. 41—52,
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 39

But when night comes on, she
seeks for her boy. She asks her
friends if they have seen him.
No; he has not been seen on the
road. He is not to be found
among the travellers.

Other parents have their chil-
dren quite safe, and close the day
in peace and joy. But where can
the son of Mary be? Has any
one seen her son Jesus? He
had never done anything to sad-
den her heart, for he had always
obeyed her word. He was all
that a mother’s heart could wish
40 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

a child to be. She could trust
him at all times, but what had
now become of him? She must
go back, and seek for him on the
road and in the city.

One day passes away, but
Mary has not found her son.
‘Two days are gone, and yet he is
still lost. At last she comes to
the Temple, and hastens up its
broad steps, and through its wide
doors; and there is her son, sitting
with some of the doctors, or
learned men. He is both hearing
them and asking them questions.
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 41

These wise men are full of wonder
as they find the child so ready to
listen to their words, and so
quick to learn every truth they
speak.

When his mother told him that
she and Joseph had sought him
in sorrow, he said that he must be
about the business of his Father.
He had come into this world to
do the work of God. It was not
an idle wish to break away from
his mother, or to take things into
his own hands. It was a desire
to do what was right, and to obey
42 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

God: for he oncesaid, ‘‘I do always
the things that please him.’”*
But because he had to do a-
great work for God, did he refuse
to go home with his mother? Oh
no; he knew that it was right to
obey her. He then went back to
her house, and was ‘‘ subject unto
her.’ | |
Mary his mother, and Joseph,
who stood in the place of an earthly
father, were sinners. Jesus was
without sin, yet he obeyed them.
They were human, and he was

* John viii. 29.
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 43

God as well as man; yet he was
subject unto them. Though he
was so wise, and great, and good,
he did what they told him to do,
and he did all in a meek and

loving spirit.

Jesus was called ‘the car-
penter’s son.” Do you think,
_ that when he was young, he lived
an idle life? Do you suppose
that he strolled over the hills, and
along the fields, or sat at home,
and did nothing to help his mother

* Matthew xiii. 55.
44 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

and Joseph? Even rich Jews
made their sons learn a trade.
So that, if the sons became poor,
they might be able to work for
their living. But Mary and Jo-
seph were poor. ‘They had to
toil for their bread: you may be
sure, then, that Jesus helped them,
and that he spent the days of his
youth in a useful and busy way.
He has taught us that common
work, if it be honest work, is no
disgrace.

Jesus loved his mother all the
days he was on the earth. He
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showed her honour to the last.
Oh, what love was that which
grew day by day between that
mother and her son!

About twenty years after he
first went to the great city, he
went there for the last time. It
is not said that Mary went with
him ; but we suppose she did, for
she was there. When he was
nailed to the cross, and all his
disciples had left him but John, .
his mother did not leave him.
She stood near him in his great
pain. And in the midst of his
46 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

sorrow he did not forget her. He
said to John, ‘‘ Behold thy mo-
ther. As if he had told him,
‘Be to her as a son; look to her
as a mother. Take care of her
as long as she lives.”” And John
did so; for ‘‘from that hour he
took her to his own home.’’* Thus
Jesus loved his mother to the
last.

Dear child, who may now read
this book, do you love to learn
what is good, and seek to be wise

* John xix. 25—27,
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in the things of God? Do you
ask questions about the truths that
are in the Holy Bible, and listen
to what is said to you? You will
do so, if you wish to be like J esus.

Do you try to please your pa-
rents?’ Do you mind them in
little as well as in great things ?
Yes, if you are like Jesus.

Will those who grow up to talk
with the great and wise listen
to the words of their parents?
Will they never by speech or con-
duct bring sorrow to their hearts ?
When their parents have grown
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old, or have become ill, will they
still obey and honour them? To
be sure they will, if they have the
same mind as was in Jesus.

Think of these things.

A party of little girls and boys
stood talking on the village green.
‘They were about to spend a half-
~ holiday in the woods. Wild
flowers—red, white, and blue—
were to be made into little crowns
and put on their heads. Oh, it
was a nice happy time they hoped
to have in the woods.
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‘¢ Now, dear Ellen,’’ said Susan
Jones, ‘“‘run home, and ask your
mother if you may go with us.
Tell her we are all going, and that
you must go too.’ Ellen skipped
across the road, and soon was in
her mother’s cottage. She was
gone some time.

The little party waited for her,
and when she came slowly walking ~
towards them, they cried, ‘‘ You
have got leave, Ellen; have you
not?’ Ellen shook her head,
and said that her mother could

not spare her. ‘‘Oh, do come;
E
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you must go,’ shouted some of
the children.

Then Ellen tried to look happy,
and meekly said, ‘‘ My mother
knows best.” That was right,
Ellen. Obey and honour your
mother, and it will save you from
many tears and sorrows.

You can now read another true
story of a little girl who'wished to
be like Jesus. It is thus told by
one who loves children.

I am very sure if you had
known my young friend Minka
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 51

- you would have loved her. © It is
a great many years ago when I
met her for the first and only time,
but it seems as if I could still
hear her soft voice, and see her
smiling face.

Minka was born in the cold
snowy land called Russia. It
pleased God to take her dear
mother away from her when she
was quite a child. But she hada
kind father, who was a nobleman,
and very rich. ,

As her father loved Jesus, he

felt a wish to spend his money
52 THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.

in doing good. He had school-
houses built on his estates for
children, and Bibles were freely
given to their fathers and mothers.

Two or three years after the
death of her mother, Minka went
with her father a long journey.
It was to visit some pious friends
in Switz-er-land.

Little Minka dearly loved her
father. She tried in every way she
could to obey him. One lovely
day, when the flowers filled the
air with their sweet smell, she was
at a house where there were a
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. ‘53

good many ladies and gentlemen.
There were also present some
children of her own age, with
whom she could talk; for Minka
had learned to speak English and
French very well.

It was soon time for tea, and
Minka's father was at the top of
the table, and she was at the other
end. A gentleman sat next to her,
and was much pleased with her
gentle, modest ways. He hoped
she was a good child. Soon hefound
that she was so, for she not only

obeyed her parent, but feared God.
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There was on the table some
nice sweet honey. ‘The comb was
white as silver, and was running
over with its sweet honey. The
gentleman who sat by Minka
asked her to taste it. As he
thought she might be timid in
not taking some, he put a piece of
it on her plate.

‘‘ Minka,’ said he, ‘‘ you have
never tasted such honey. It is
got by Swiss bees from Swiss
flowers on the high hills. Ho eat
some : it will not hurt you.’’

But Minka did not touch it.
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 55

She asked that the tempting bit
of sweet should not be placed on
her plate. And looking up with
her blue eyes, she said, ‘ Please,
sir, do not give me any. I do
not wish to have it.”’

‘Why, Minka, do you not like
honey? All the little girls whom
I know like it. Have the children
in Russia no taste for that which
is sweet ?”’

“Oh, I like it much, sir; but
my papa says it is not good for
me, and I am not to touch it.”’

The gentleman was struck by
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what she said; and he thought
he would further try her. He
should not have done so. It was
not right to tempt the little girl.
But we shall see how firm and
brave she was.

‘¢ Your father,’ said * “will
not know that you have had any
honey. I will only let you taste
it. Let me give you this very
small bit.” |

Now what do you think the
little Russian girl did? Did she
take it, or did she not ?

Minka calmly looked up, and
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fixed her eyes on the gentleman.
Then in a very modest way she
replied, ‘‘ But God sees me, sir,
and he will know it.”’

As I have already said, I never
saw Minka after that time. Her
_ father soon went back to Russia,
and Minka with him. But often
do I think of that dear girl, and
hope that she grew up to be strong
in the fear and love of God.

Will you, young reader, ask
God to give you his grace, that
you may be like the little girls of
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whom you have now read? But
more than all, will you not try
to be like Jesus?

Oh! why did not the Son of God
Come as an angel bright ?

And why not leave his fair abode
To come with power and might?

Because he came not here to reign —
As king and prince below ;

He came to save our souls from sin,
Whence all our sorrows flow.

Accept, O ever-blessed Lord,
An infant’s humble praise ;
Teach me to love thy holy word,
And serve thee all my days.
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HE THE SICK TO HEALTH RESTORED ;
TO THE POOR HE PREACHED HIS WORD ;
AND LET LITTLE CHILDREN SHARE

IN HIS LOVE AND TENDER CARE.

JESUS had no home to eall his
own. Foxes had holes, and birds
flew to their soft nests, but he had
not where to lay his head. If
you had seen him, you would have
known how poor he was for our
sake. |

He who was the Maker of all

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to serve. Tle Lord of angels
came not to be waited on as a
master, but to wait on others as a
servant. He did not seek to
please himself. He was ready to
give up his own ease and rest,
that he might make men happy.
But though so poor, no one
ever did so much good as he did.
He did good at all times, in all
places, and to all- kinds of people.
It was his delight to-do good.
Jesus did not sit down in some
quiet spot, and wait for the people
to come to him; He ‘‘went about ’
JESUS DOING GOOD. 63

the streets of the city, and did
good there. Then he passed into
the green lanes and fields and
villages, and did good there. He
walked by the side of the sea, and
did good there. When the sun
was hot, or the storm blew, or the
roads were bad, he did not stop in
his work of mercy. When he was
tired, and hungry, and thirsty, he
was ready to help all who were in
any trouble.

Let us see some of the ways in
which Jesus did good.

There are some people who lose
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the use of their limbs. They
cannot walk or move about. They .
lie in a helpless state for many
years, and are often full of pain.
When Jesus was on the earth,
many such poor men and women ~
were made well by him.

As he went up one day to the
Temple, he saw a man lying by
the side of a pool of water. The
place was called the ‘house’ of
mercy. He had lost the use of
his limbs for thirty-eight years.
That you know is a very long time

indeed.
JESUS DOING GOOD. 65

This pool had been as a house
of mercy to many. God was
pleased at times to send an angel |
to trouble, or move the waters.
Then the first person who stepped
in upon the moving of the waters
was made well. Only one was
cured at a time. a

‘The poor man had seen others
who had lain at his side made
well. He had seen them go to
their homes with joy. Did he
not hope that some day he too
might be cured ? |

Jesus looked in pity at this poor

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man, and asked, ‘‘ Wilt thou be
made whole?” Why, this was
what he had long waited for; but
he had no kind friends to help
him to the waters when the angel
came to move them. But as
there was so kind a look in him
who spoke, the man told his sad
tale.

He had not now long to wait ;
for Jesus said, ‘‘ Rise, take up
thy bed, and walk.” He who
spoke the word gave the power.
And at once he stood up, and
soon, rolling up the bed or carpet
JESUS DOING GOOD. 67

on which he lay, he went to his
own house.*

A father once came to Jesus.
‘‘]T have brought unto thee my
son, said he, ‘‘ who hath a dumb
spirit. O Lord, look upon him,
for he is my only child.” The
father went on to tell his great
sorrow. His son, in the bloom
of youth, had lost his reason.
Instead of being a comfort to his
parents, he was a cause of care
and distress. Sometimes he fell

*: John: ¥. :1—16.
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into the fire, and at other times
into the water; so that his life
was always in danger. Nor could
the poor child tell what he felt,
for he was deaf and dumb. And
what was worse than all, an evil
spirit was in him.

‘‘ Lord, have mercy on my son,”
cried the father. Jesus turned
and told him to bring the poor
boy to him. And as they brought
him, the unclean spirit cast him
on the ground, where he lay tear-
ing his body, and foaming at his
mouth.
JESUS DOING GOOD. 69

Was not this a very sad case ?
But it was to show the power of
Jesus over wicked spirits, and the
love of his heart for those who
are sick, |

Jesus knew what he could do,
and what he would do. He said,
“Thou deaf and dumb spirit, come
out of him.”’ And at once the
spirit came forth. Then he took
the boy by the hand and lifted him
up. He was no longer a deaf and
dumb child, and under the power of
the devil, but quite well and free.*

* Mark ix. 14—29.
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Do you not hope that the first
use he made of his ears was to
listen to the words of Jesus, and
that his new gift of speech was
used to thank and praise him?
Yes, we will hope so.

When some people see a sick
_man they turn away. We know
that Jesus did not. He was ready
not only to speak kind words, but
to help and heal. He showed his
pity in deeds. We will see it in
another case.

A rich man had a little girl,
JESUS DOING GOOD. 71

about twelve years old. She was
very ill, and at the point of death.
He had heard of the wonders
Jesus had done, and as his last
hope went to him.

Do you not think you see him,
as he goes to the place where
Jesus was? It may be that he
said in his own mind, ‘‘ He healed
a rich man’s son. He raised up
the servant of another. He
cured the poor man at the pool.
‘To those blind men he gave sight,
and that deaf and dumb boy he
made quite well. I will try what
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~ he can do for me. Will he not
hear me, also, when I ask him to
help my dear girl ?”’

When the father met Jesus, he
told him his errand. And Jesus
went with him. As they came to
the house where the young child
lay, the people ran from the door,
and said, ‘‘ She is dead.’

Oh, what did the father then
feel? He thought that help had
come too late. As soon as Jesus
heard the word that was spoken,
he said, ‘‘ Be not afraid ; only be-
lieve, and she shall bemade whole.”
JESUS DOING GOOD. * 73

The rich man was soon to. see
that Jesus had as much power.
over the dead as over the living.

Our Lord went into the room
where the body of the young
maiden lay, and stood by its side.
He took hold of her hand, and
called on her to arise. ‘The words
were no sooner spoken, than the
soul came back to the body. The
glow of health was again on her
cheeks, and she arose as if only
awoke out of sleep.”

Did this little girl live to be

* Mark v. 22—24, 35—43.
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old? Did she become. one of
those who loved Jesus ? Did she
follow him all the days of her life ?
We do not know, and yet we may
trust that she did become one of
the holy women who obeyed his

word.

One day Jesus was seen on the
road which led to the city of Nain.
Had any one sent for him? No;
he knew there was a work of
mercy to be done, and he was
going to do it.

As he came near to the city,
JESUS DOING GOOD. 75

the people slowly bore the body
of a young man, to lay it in the
grave. A mother had lost her
only son. She had no husband °
to comfort her, for he, too, was
dead. .

Jesus saw her tears. He drew
nigh to her, and said, ‘Weep
not. He knew all about her
trouble, and he meant to turn her
sorrow into joy. ‘‘ Young man,”’
he said, ‘‘ [say unto thee, Arise.”
Then he that was dead sat up,
and began to speak; and Jesus

took him by the hand, and gave
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him to his mother. And what a
gift was that—her son, her only
child, folded in her arms again !

Who can tell what the young
man felt as he started into life from
the dead? - Who can tell the joy
of the mother as she felt the warm
kiss of her son again? Jesus
saw the delight he had given, and
went on his way to other works of
mercy.”

It is a very sad case when any
one cannot see the bright sky and

* Luke vi. 11—17.
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the sweet roses and lilies, and the
faces of those he loves. Pity the
poor blind. Jesus always pitied
them. |

‘l'wo poor blind men were by
the way-side, and heard the noise
of the people as they ran along
the road. Who is coming? Oh!
good news; it is Jesus. When
the blind men heard who it was,
they cried aloud, ‘“‘Thou Son of °
David, have mercy on us.”’

There were some in the crowd
who told them to ‘hold their
peace.’ But they called the
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louder, ‘¢ Have meroy on us, O
Lord.”

Jesus heard their call, and said,
‘What wilt thou that I shall do
unto thee?’ Did they ° want
money? Oh, no. They cried,
‘‘Lord, open our eyes.” Their
sight was more to them than gold
or silver.

He then put his finger on their
eyes, and in a moment they saw
clearly. How great must have
been the joy of these poor blind
men when they looked above them,
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that sight had been given them in
answer to their faith and prayer.*

There were many more such
kind deeds as these which Jesus
did. His life was full of them.
He cured the people without
delay, without pain, and without
money. No wonder, then, that
they went to him. ©

Do you think that he cured
these because they were holy and
good people? No; they were
sinners as we all are. They were

* Matthew xx. 30—34.
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not better than others. It was
his great love that led him to be
so kind.

Did not every one love him
because he was so full of love to
them? No; only a few loved
him. Wicked men called him
bad names. They cast him out
from their cities. They mocked
him, and in every way were cruel
to him. Yet he bore it all, for he
loved them still. We love those
who love us. Jesus loved those
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VY. JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

‘* SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN, AND FORBID THEM
NOT, TO COME UNTO ME; FOR OF SUCH IS
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” —WMait. xix. 14.

THE heart of Jesus was so full
of love, that we should have been
quite sure he loved little children,
even if we had not been told so.
One so kind and gentle as he was,
would not turn away from them.

But we are plainly told that -
Jesus cares for children. Rich
or poor, he loves them. He does
not wish them to be lost. He
84 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

desires that they should be saved.
Here, then, is good news for you
—for all the little ones.

Should you like to see a picture
of some children who came to
Jesus? It is not such a picture
as you may have seen, where a
sort of likeness is given of our
Lord. We are not told in the
Bible who or what he was like.
There may be a reason why we
should not know. We might bow
before a picture, and honour
that, instead of the Saviour him-
self.
JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 85

We cannot tell how he looked,
and we will not make a picture of
that kind. But we will give a
word - picture, taken from the
Bible, and therefore true. |

A crowd is seen on the road to
the Temple, in the great city of
the Jews. The people are told
that the holy Teacher, Jesus, is
on his way, and they go out to
meet him. |

When they see him they put
him on an ass. As they go along
the crowd becomes very great.
Some spread their clothes on the
86 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

eround. Others cut down branches
from the trees, and lay them on
the road.

We think we hear the debe
say, ‘‘ Who is this?’ And now
a loud shout is heard, ‘‘ Hosanna
to the Son of David. Blessed is
he that cometh in the name of
the Lord.”” The word Hosanna
means, ‘‘ Lord, save, we pray
thee.’

But now another cry is heard.
It is the sweet voices of children.
They stop in their play, and begin

to shout ‘‘ Hosanna,” too;
JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 87

Nor does their zeal offend him ;
But, as he rides along,

He lets them still attend him,
And listens to their song.

Jesus now goes into the Temple;
and it is not long before the blind
and the lame hear that he is in
the holy place. Soon their cry
for pity and help is heard. Nor
do they call on him in vain. In
his great love he makes them quite
well. You may be sure that there
is much joy among all the people
who have come to the place, when
they see what is done. And
now again the children who have
88 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

come to the Temple cry ‘ Ho-
sanna. —

‘I'he priests try to stop the songs
of the little ones. They say to
Jesus, ‘‘ Hearest thou what these
say? And Jesus replies, ‘‘ Yea,
have ye never read, Out of the
mouths of babes and sucklings
thou hast perfected praise ?”’ |

It may be that some of these
little ones do as other people do.
They do not quite know what they
mean when they cry aloud; lke
some now who sing the praises of
God, but do not mind the words
JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 89

they use. Yet we think some of
them may know. It is as if they
say, ‘‘ We are glad that the Sa-
viour has come. Save us, O Lord.
Welcome to the Son of David.’’*

Young reader, you cannot do
as these little children did. But
you can go to the house of God,
and praise him there. You can
there sing with your heart as well
as with your voice.

‘The children of whom you have
just read CAME to Jesus. There

* Matthew xxi. 12—16 ; Luke xix. 35—41.
90 JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

were others who were BROUGHT to
him. They may have been too
young to have gone alone. ‘Their
mothers took them by the hand,
or carried them in their arms.

The account in the Bible of:
those who were thus brought is
very short, but it 1s full of hope
and promise for the little ones.
We love to call it the ‘‘ SWEET
STORY OF OLD.”

Jesus with loving words and
kind looks is teaching the people,
and doing good to their bodies.
Just at this time some proud men
JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 91

come to ask him many things.
They do not wish to be taught, but
they hope to stop Jesus in his work.

While they are speaking, there
is a stir among the crowd. Who
are they who push and try to
get forward? They are mothers
and others who wish to get
near the good ‘Teacher.. What
do they want? It is a great
matter that has brought them here.
They have come with their little
children that Jesus may ‘‘ touch
them.’’* They have come to ask

* Mark x. 13,
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him to put his hands on their
infants, and pray for them.*

We may suppose that the pa-
rents have seen what the touch of
Jesus can do. And they know
that laying the hands on the head
is a very old custom. When this
is done, they hope that a blessing
will rest on their dear little ones.

Are the disciples glad when
they see these children brought to
ther Master? No; they are
angry. ‘They may think that
Jesus will not notice these babes.

* Maithew xix. 13.
JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 93

Or they may suppose that he will
not be troubled about them just at
this time. That he is too busy,
and cannot attend to children.
He is now talking to wise men—
perhaps old men— why come
now ? |

How strange it is that they
should so think! They do not
wait to see what Jesus will do,
but they begin to rebuke those
who have brought the children.

But Jesus knows all that is
going on. He turns and says,

‘¢ Suffer little children, and forbid
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them not, to come unto me: for of
such is the kingdom of heaven.”’
Then he takes them up in his
arms and blesses them. The
kingdom of heaven is for the little
ones as well as for grown people.
It is as much for poor children as
for rich kings and queens.”

How joyful must those have
been who thus took the children
to Jesus! What delight they
must have felt when they saw him
put his hands on their heads, and

* Matthew xix. 13—15; Mark x 13—16; Luke
xviii. 15—17.
JESUS AND LITTLE CHILDREN. 95

bless them! And surely there is
nothing that pious friends so much
wish for their dear children as
that they should come to Jesus.
They have often told you of his
love: will you not choose him for
your Saviour and your Lord ?

At another time it was not like
what you have now read. There
were parents who would not let
him bless their little ones. There
were men and women with their
children who did not believe on
him. They were ready to cast
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him out, and kill him. Then he .
looked on the city where they
dwelt, and wept. As the tears
flowed down his face, he said that
he would have gathered them as
a hen gathers her chickens under
her wings, but they would not.*
How sad, that they all, both pa-
rents and children, would not
come to Jesus !

One of the first things he did
after he rose from the dead was to
tell one of his disciples to take care

* Matthew xxiii. 37-—39.
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of the young. He said, ‘‘ Feed
my lambs.” Notice the kind way
in which he speaks. Not the
lambs, but My LAMBS. ‘Those
whom I love, who belong to my
flock—my little ones.*

These stories of the love and
tender care of Jesus for children
come to us from years long past ;
but they are ever new and sweet
to us. He knew that the souls
of children were of more value
than all the silver, and gold, and*

* John xxi. 15.

a
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yewels that were in the world. He
knew that their souls might be
lost. He knew that he could save
them; that they might be happy
now, and happy with him in
heaven, and he said, ‘‘ Suffer the
little children to come unto me.”’

A little girl, only six or seven
years old, was dying. Her eldest
sister sat by her side with a Bible
in her hand. ‘‘ Read to me about
Jesus blessing little children,”’
said the dear child. The verses
were then read, and the book was

closed. ‘*Oh, how kind,”’ she
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said.. ‘I shall soon go to Jesus.
He will soon take me in his arms,
and bless me too. No one will
keep me away from him in
heaven.” |

Her sister then kiieod asi and
said, ‘‘Do youlove me?” “Yes,
dear,’ she replied, ‘‘but, do not
be angry, I love Jesus best.”’

It was right. Others had loved
her; but Jesus had died for her.
Young reader, love your father
and mother, love all around you,
but be sure that you love Jesus
more than all the rest.
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-“ Forbid them not,” the Saviour cried,
‘ Let children in my blessings share ;
My love can never be denied
To such as need my special care.”

Then in his kind enfolding arms,
Children enjoyed his tender love ;

Heard his mild voice, that voice which charms
‘The saints below, and blest above.

Rejoice, ye children, rich and poor,
For, lo! his smiles to you extend :

Receive his words; then love, adore,
Your nearest, dearest, kindest Friend,
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Vi. CHILDREN MAY NOW GO TO JESUS.

‘‘] LOVE THEM THAT LOVE ME, AND THOSE
THAT SEEK ME EARLY SHALL FIND ME.”—
— Proverbs vi. 17.

JESUS still lives.. He rose from
the dead, and is now in our nature
in heaven. He still invites little
children to come to him. He is
very near to them by his Spirit.
He can hear what they say. He
knows all they think.

He is not now going fio
place to place, as when he was on
the earth. But he is by his
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Spirit everywhere. He is now,
and ever will be, the Lover of
children. He still says to the
young, “1 love them that love
me, and those that seek me early
shall find me.”’

The words, ‘‘ Suffer little chil-
dren to come unto me,’ are put
in the Bible for you. He had
them written and printed for you
to read. It is as if he spoke them
to you, and to every little child.

The Lord Jesus now calls you
by your parents, when they talk
to you about your soul, and God,
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and heaven. He calls you by
teachers and ministers when they
speak to you of the blessed gospel.
He calls you, it is hoped, by this
little book, when you read it, or
when it is read to you. He wants
you to love him now, while your

eyes are bright, and your cheeks

have the bloom of health.

The call is made to you as chil-
dren. He speaks to you as those
who are very young in years, who
know but little, and who cannot
do much for him.

Jesus does not want you to talk
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as grown-up people, or to act in
all things like them. Early piety
will not make you little men and
women. It will not turn the tiny
bud all at once into the full-blown
flower. It will not change the
small twig into a strong tree. You
may run about and play. You
may be happy all day long.

But it will make you humble,
gentle, and loving. It will teach
~ you to obey those who are over
you. It will lead you to be kind
to everybody. You will love to
pray. You will do all — to
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please Jesus, just as his little ones —
should do. You will cling to him
as your Saviour, with the simple
love and faith of a child’s heart.
How are you to obey his call ?
How can you come to him? ~
First, YOU CAN THINK ABOUT
HIM. There was once a child who
was far away from his father. His
name was Frank. He was born
in the hot country called India.
His dear mother was dead, and so
were three little brothers, who
used to play with him. Frank

was the only one left to his father,
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and very dearly did that father
love him.

After some time Frank was
taken ill. No care or love could
make the roses bloom on his pale
face. The doctor said that if he
did not leave India he would die.
This was sad news to his father.
So to save his life, the father’s
darling boy was sent to Eng-
land.

A lady took charge of Frank,
for the father could not leave
India. As they sailed in a ship

the poor boy was very sad in his
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heart. He used to sit in a corner
of the vessel, and weep.

There was an old sailor on
board the ship who pitied the little
pale child. He would often sit
down with him and tell him nice
stories. He spoke about the great
deep sea, and storms, and far-off
lands, and many other things.
Then Frank told the sailor of his
great trouble, and that he feared
he should never see his father
again.

' The old man tried to comfort
the little boy. _ He said that if he
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truly loved his father, he might
fancy that he was nigh to him all
the day long. He could do every-
thing he had taught him to do
just as if his eye were upon him.
He might say the prayers and the
hymns his father had taught him
as if he were with him. He could
do all things as if he heard his
voice, and felt his soft kiss on his
cheek. .

And Frank found the old sailor's
words true. During that long
voyage he used: to sit alone and
think of his father. It almost
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seemed as if his father were with
-him, and spoke to him. Then he
was happy when he began to en-
joy what he called ‘ heart visits to
papa.” It was then he found
that those who really love one
another may meet in thought, and
feel as if they were once more with
each other. |

After this manner we may go
to Jesus. He is not to be seen
with our eyes, but we may take
delight in thinking of him. We
may think:.of what he did and
said, and how he lived and died
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for us. ‘‘ Coming to Jesus,’ then,
is to think of him with trust: it is
to have the desire of the heart
towards him. |

2. YOU CAN SPEAK TO JESUS.
If he were on earth, as he once
was, you could go to him. But
then you would have to travel
many, many miles. You would
have to cross wide seas. It would,
perhaps, take many weeks or
months to get to him. The jour-
ney would take much time, and
cost much money. And when

y
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you came to where he was, you
might have to push your way
through a crowd of people. There
also might be some who would
keep you back, as it was in the
old times.

But without all this trouble you
can come to Jesus now. You are
really better off than those who
lived when he was on the earth.
He is always within your call.
You have not to go over the hills
or across the deep waters, or from
city to city, to find him. He is

very near to you. He hears the |
I
114 CHILDREN MAY GO TO JESUS.

softest call. He knows all you
want and all you wish.

Have you seen the wires raised ~
on posts, at the side of the rail-
road? ‘They go along for many
miles. They pass over the hills
and across the valleys. In some
places they are carried under the
water, from one land to another.
People who have never seen each .
other, and who live hundreds of
miles apart, can talk by the use of
these wires. ‘They can send mes:
sages by them. As soon as a wire
is made, as it were, to speak at
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one end, it is heard at the other
end. Almost as quickly as you
think the message is carried along
to a place afar off.

Is not this a great wonder?
But it is not so great a wonder as
prayer. he prayer of a little
child on earth is heard in heaven
at the very moment it is spoken.
And in the same moment an an-
swer may be given.

It is a great thing to speak to
Jesus. He is the King of kings
and Lord of all. Angels bow be-

fore him. All who are in heaven
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serve him. But if we pray with
the heart he will be sure to hear
us. :
A lady once asked a little deaf
and dumb girl, by writing on a
slate, ‘‘ What is prayer?’ Now
- this little dumb girl, of course,
had never said a prayer, for she
could not speak; and she had
never heard a prayer, for she was
quite deaf. Yet you will find that
she well knew what prayer is. She
took the pencil, and wrote on the
slate this reply: ‘‘ Prayer is the
wish of the heart.” _ 7
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‘Do you pray, William? ”’ said
a teacher to a little boy who often
did what he ought not to do.
‘Yes, sir, replied William, ‘TI
say my prayers twice every day.”
‘‘ But are you quite sure that you
pray, or do you only repeat some
words that you have been taught
to use? I think, my dear boy,
that if you truly prayed you would
not be so cross and sullen. You
would do what your parents wish
you to do. You would be humble
and loving, and not proud and un-
kind. You would love to speak
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the truth. Ask Jesus to give you
his grace, that you may turn from
all sin, and may obey him in every
duty.” ?

Prayer, then, is the wish and
desire of the heart. This is the -
prayer that Jesus loves. For fine
words do not, make true prayer if
we do not feel what we say. Butif
we truly say, ‘‘ Jesus, have mercy ©
upon me; Lord, help a little
child; Jesus, save me from all
sin,’ this will be prayer, and so
praying we shall be coming to
him, |
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3. YOU CAN BELIEVE IN JESUS.
Perhaps you are not old enough
to know what it 1s to believe, and
what faith is. The sweet rose
does not know how the dews of
the night and the rain refresh it.
The lily, that catches a few of the
bright beams of the sun, does not
know how they help to make it
grow. But the dew and the rain
and the sun do refresh the
flowers, and make them what
they are. So a child may not
be able to know much about
faith, and yet it may be in his
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heart, and he may be a Christian
child.

If your papa or mamma promise
to do anything for you, you be-
lieve them. If they tell you that
they will take you on a visit, you
trust their word. You have faith
in them, and you are quite sure
that they mean what they say.
They always speak the truth,
and you know that they love
you too well for them not to do-
what they promise. And in the
same way you can _ believe the
words and promises of Jesus.
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_ You can rely on,what he tells you —
in the Bible. You can trust in
him as the Saviour of sinners.

One night a house was on fire.
‘The smoke and flames rose up
very high. The family rushed out
of the door, all but a little boy.
In his fright he ran up stairs, and
soon was seen at a window. ‘The
poor fellow cried aloud for help.
His father missed him. He
looked up, and then heard his —
cries. ‘‘'Throw yourself into my
arms, my dear boy,’ he called to
him: ‘1 will catch you.”
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““QOh, I cannot see you, fa-
ther.’’

‘‘ But I can see you, my child.
Be quick, jump now.’

Then the smoke grew more
thick, and the fire was fast reach-
ing the poor child. He stood fora
moment, and with a bold spring
threw himself from the window,
and in an instant was in his father’s
arms. Do you not see that he
had faith in his father ?P

We are all in danger of being
lost—lost for ever—lost through
sin. But Jesus can save us. He
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can save us now. He will save
us if we cast our souls on him.
He must, for there is no one else
who can save us.

Come, then, like Mary, whom
we read of in the Gospel, and sit
at his feet. Come, like John, his
disciple, and lean on his bosom.
Come, like the children of old,
and cry, ‘‘ Hosanna: save, Lord,
we pray thee.” Like the little
boy who threw himself into his
father’s arms, cast yourself by
faith on Jesus.

We will now tell you of another
124 CHILDREN MAY GO TO JESUS.

little boy—of one who looked to
Jesus—who had faith in him.
This child, when four years old,
was very much burnt. His clothes
took fire. As he grew older he
often was kept to his bed for three,
four, or six months at a time. He
was very weak, and mostly full of
pain. His great comfort was to
go to a Sunday-school when he
was able. He used to go there
on crutches. He loved his school,
and was one of the best boys in it.
But he got so bad that he

could not walk there, even on his
CHILDREN MAY GO TO JESUS. 125

crutches. Some kind lads then got
a little cart, and used to call for
him; and in this way he was car-
ried to his Sunday-school.

At last he got so much worse,
that he could not go at all, and
he was kept to his bed—a poor,
sick boy.

You will be glad to know that
he had been led by the Holy
Spirit to believe in Jesus. ‘Though
he was so very ill, he was quite
happy. His heart was full of love
to the Saviour.

When he got any rest for his
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body, or when anything was done
for him, or given to him, he would
say, “I thank Jesus for that
help.”

About a week before he died,
his teacher asked him if he had
any word to send to the school.
He smiled, and said, ‘ Tell them
to mind what you say. Ask them
to be at the school as often as
they can. And tell them to look
to Jesus.”

These words, ‘‘ Look to Jesus, ”
were often on his lips) He had
looked to him, and was happy ;
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and he wished every one to do so,
that they might be happy too.

When he was dying, his teacher
went to see him again. He found
him with his eyes closed, and he
seemed fast sinking. His mother
bent over him, and asked if he had
anything to say to his teacher.
Yes, he had some words to speak:
they were these—‘‘ Look TO
Jesus,” he said, with a soft, weak
voice.

The last words he spoke were to
a little girl named Ellen, who had
often called to sing to him. And
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what were those words? They
were the same he had so often
spoken, and which had given joy
to his own heart: ‘‘ Look To
JESUS.» |

Soon after this he went to be
with the Saviour in whom he
trusted, and whom he loved.

Young children once to Jesus came,
His blessing to entreat ;

And I may humbly do the same
Before his mercy seat.

If babes so many years ago
His tender pity drew,

He will not surely let me go
Without a blessing too.
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VII. JESUS THE CHILD'S BEST AXA? LIE.

‘¢ LEARN OF ME.—FOLLOW ME.”—WMaitt. xi. 29;
Luke 1x. 59.

Every little boy should have a
good copy before him when he is
- learning to write. A good pattern
is what every little girl wishes to
have when she is trying to do a
piece of fancy work. If we have
to take a long journey in a strange,
dark road, it is well for us to have
a guide that we may safely follow.
But then, it is much more need-

ful that we should have a good
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example, a pattern, and a guide
for our conduct in life.

We have many examples in the
Bible. Some are for the young,
and others for the old, and some
. for all sorts of people. Many are
of those who lived in wicked times.
They shine like stars in a-dark
sky. But there is one example
which shines like the —— sun
in all its glory.

Jesus is the best sixsionleles He
is a lovely pattern of what even
the youngest child should be. We
may safely follow him. If we love
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him, we shall be like him ; for we
are almost sure to oupy those we.
love.

Let us now find out some of the
ways in which a child should be
like Jesus. You have already
heard of the Hoty CHILD,” that he
obeyed his mother. He has shown
you, by his example, that you
must do all you can to honour
your parents, and to make their
hearts glad. For piety towards
them is the next thing to piety to-
wards God. It will be for Str

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now to see in what other ways
you may take him as a pattern.

1. JESUS WAS MEEK. He said,
‘‘T am meek and lowly in heart.’ ’«
To be meek is to be humble, and
not to think too much of yourself.
It is to be gentle and kind when
you cannot have your own way.
It is to speak loving words when
others speak unkind ones. It is
to give up your own will that
others may be made happy. It
is not to fret and murmur when —
others hurt or offend you. -It is

* Matthew xi. 29.
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to do all things in a quiet and
gentle spirit and manner.

Jesus was always meek. He
never spoke an angry word. He
was meek when a child, and meek
when aman. When they called
him ill names, when they struck
‘him with their hands, when they
tried to kill him by throwing him
down a high hill, he bore all
meekly. When they would not
believe his words, and when they
mocked him because he said he
was the Son of God, he did not
speak an angry word. ‘* When he
136 JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE.

was reviled, he reviled not again. *

2. JESUS WAS FORGIVING. —
One day Peter came to him, and
said, ‘‘ Lord, how often shall my
brother offend against me, and I
forgive him? Till seven times ?”’
Peter thought it would be a great
thing to forgive any one seven
times. He might forgive once or
twice ; but it was hard to forgive |
any one seven times. ‘Then Jesus
said unto him, ‘I say not unto
thee,. Until seven times, but, until
seventy times seven. T

* 1 Peter ii, 23. -: - + Matthew xviii. 22.
JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE. 137

You know what he has taught
you to say in his prayer—the
Lord’s prayer. You are to be
forgiven as you forgive others. ©
He says that if we do not forgive,
God will not have mercy on us.
We are not to wait till people ask
for it, but we are to do it at once,
and with all our heart.

And he gave us an example of
it. When they spat on him, and
when they flogged him on the
back with whips, love was in his
heart. When they nailed him to
the cross, he ‘prayed, saying;
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‘‘Father, forgive them, for they
know not what they do.’’* Such
was the lovely spirit of Jesus.

A boy struck a little Irish lad
in school time. The master saw
the blow given, and he called the
boy to stand up to be flogged.
The Irish lad then said, ‘‘ Oh, sir,
do not whip him. Pray forgive
him.’ ‘Why do you wish that
I should not punish him?” the
master asked. ‘* Because, sir, I
have read that Jesus forgave those
who struck him, and he said that

* Luke xxiii. 34.
_ JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE. 139

we must also forgive those who
hurt us.” Surely that Irish lad
had taken Jesus for an example.

When some Hindoo lads read
for the first time these words of
Jesus, ‘‘ I say unto you, Love your
enemies, bless them that curse
you, * one of them cried aloud,
“Oh, how lovely!’ For some
time after he was still heard to
say, ‘‘Ohb, how good! how fine!
Surely this must be the truth.”

If everybody now loves you,
and is kind, you think that they

- Matthew v. 44,
140 JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE.

will always be kind and loving.
But you may find some people
who do not talk and act as they
should. Some may say unkind
words about you, and others may
try to hurt you. Then it will be
for you to think of Jesus, and
follow his example. Forgive all
who do you evil. |

3. JESUS LOVED PRAYER. —
Though he was the Son of God,
he prayed. Though he did no
sin, he prayed. After he had
been all day doing good, and was
weary, he went. to-a-hill and spent
JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE. 141

all night in prayer. He asked his
Father, perhaps, that his body
might be strong to do the great
work he had come to do. He
prayed for his church—for those
he had come to save.

If Jesus prayed, should not we
do so? We who are so dark in
our minds, and are so full of sin:
we who are so weak, and have so
many wants. Yes, we ought to
pray. |
. Just as a child who loves his
parents will love to speak to them,

so those who love God will pray
142 JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE.

tohim. We must tell God that
we are sorry for our sin. We
must ask him to forgive us, for the
sake of Jesus Christ. We must
beg of him to give us his Holy
Spirit, to make us holy. We
must pray for all things we want.
We must pray for all those we
love ; and if there are any who
are not kind to us, we must ask
God to bless them also.

4. Jesus was Hoty. — He
always did what was right. He
never did any evil. Not one sin
was committed by him. He was
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quite pure. No wrong word, or
thought, or deed ever stained his
soul. He always did right from
a right MOTIVE. It was because
he felt rightly, that he did what
was good. He was tempted by
Satan to do evil, but he would not
do it. He came to keep his Fa-
ther’s law for his people's sakes.
They had broken it, but he came
to honour it; and he did it for
those who believe in him.

You can never be holy as he
was, for you have a sinful heart.
But you must try to be like him,
144 JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE.

and ask God to give you his grace,
that you may be like him as far
as you can be. You cannot do
all he did when he grew up to be
a man. You cannot heal the
sick, nor give sight to the blind;
but you can help to make home
a happy place, and be of use in
the world. You can obey a rule
or law which he gave us, and
which he always obeyed himself,
‘“Do unto others as you would
that they should do unto you.’*
This is called ‘The Golden

* Luke vi. 31.
JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE. 145

Rule.” If you attend to it, you
may become more like the holy
child Jesus.

You have now heard that Jesus

was meek, forgiving, prayerful,
‘and holy.
_ There are other ways in which
he is your Pattern and Example ;
but we cannot tell you of them
now. If you seek to follow him
in those things of which you have
been told, you will soon learn
what the rest are.

One word more. It will not

do for you to say that you WISH
L
146 JESUS THE BEST EXAMPLE.

you were like him. You must
TRY to be like him. You will
say when you do anything, Is it
such as | ought todo? Is it such
as will please Jesus? Is it such
as will make me more like him ?
You will say, O Lord, help me to
be meek, gentle, kind, and duti-
ful, that I may be like thee.
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Vill. DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

‘STOVEST THOU ME? ”—John xxi. 16.

THREE times did Jesus ask
Peter, ‘*‘ Lovest thou me?”
‘Three times did Peter reply,
‘¢ Lord, thou knowest that I love
thee.” And now we ask you,
Do you love Jesus ?

You like to hear about him.
You are glad when papa or mam-
ma tell you some of the true
stories of his grace. That is quite _
right ; but do you LovE him?
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You have your own Bible, in
which you read about him every
day. We are happy to know that
too; but do you LOVE him?

Perhaps you say that you can
speak about him, and can repeat
a great many texts by heart.
You have often spoken to your
young friends of Jesus the Sa-
viour. That is again good; but
do you LOVE him ?

There are some children who
give some of their pennies to the
mission-box; or who collect money
from others, that the Bible and
DO YOU LOVE JESUS ? 151

tracts may be sent to the heathen.
If you are one of these, you do
well. Let the name of Jesus be
known through all the world; but
do you LOVE him? |
Our Lord Jesus Christ asks for
your love. He has the best right
to the best place in your heart.
It is a great sin not to love him.
If you give him your heart, it
will be the best thing you have
done, orcan do. You will be glad
of it as long as you live. It will
make you happy for ever and ever.
Jesus says, ‘‘ Ye shall seek me,
152 DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

and find me, when ye shall search
for me with all your heart.’’*
And there never will come a better
time to seek and love than now.
It may be, if you do not love him
while you are young, you may
never love him at all.

Why do we speak in such a
way? It is because we cannot
forget the great love of Jesus to-
wards us. He became poor for
our sakes. He bore our sins in
his own body on the tree. All
who shall be saved have been

* Jeremiah xxix. 13.
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bought with a price of more value
than all the riches of the world.
The price was not silver and
gold, but ‘‘the precious blood of
Christ.’’* | :

We so speak to you because we
know that you will not trust in
him as your Saviour, unless you
love him. You will not seek to
be like him, unless you love him.
You will not truly repent before
God, unless you love Jesus.

Now think of the many favours
you enjoy, and which others do

* 1 Peter i. 18,
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not. ‘Think of your happy home,
your kind parents, your Bible and
pretty books, and then hear Jesus,
who has given them all, say unto
you, ‘‘ Lovest thou me ?”’

Think of some poor black boy.
He was born in Africa. He is
taught to bow down to an ugly
image, made of clay, and to call
it his god. When he sees a ser-
pent he prays to it. He grows
up in the ways of sin, and has no
kind teacher to lead him in the
path to heaven.

See that little Hindoo girl.
DO YOU LOVE JESUS? 155

She is ten years old. She does
not go to any school. In the part
of the land where she lives there
is no school for girls. Her father
says she has no soul, and he feels
no love for her. She is left to
grow up like the beasts that perish.
If she prays at all, itis to a block
of wood or stone.

Look at your happy state, and
then at the state of poor heathen
boys and girls. In your home
how many things there are to
make you happy. ‘Then turn to
the homes of many of those far
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away. ‘Their houses are of mud
walls. There are no chairs, or
tables, or beds. All sit on the
- ground; and if they have a mat
they sit by day and sleep at night
upon it.

A poor heathen child falls ill,
but has not the comforts you
have at such a time. And if it
should die, the parents beat their
breasts and tear their hair; but
they have no good hope of meeting
again in a better world.

You, then, are not like these
heathen children. God has been
DO YOU LOVE JESUS? 157

very kind to you in placing you
where he is known, and giving
you so many of his loving gifts
for the body and the soul.

Now, what can you do to show
your love to him? Jesus does
not expect a child that loves him
to do great things, but little
things. Kind words and gentle
deeds are the fruits he seeks to
find on the young plants of grace :
just those things which a child
may and ought to do.

You shall hear of what a little
girl did. She was in a mission
158 DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

school in Ceylon. First, she
gave her heart to the Lord, and
then she tried to lead others to
know him. But her great concern
was for the soul of her poor
mother, who still bowed down to
idols.

The mother lived a good many
miles from the school, and the
girl used often to go to visit
her. Once when she went to
the hut, her mother spread a mat
on the ground for her to sit upon.
Then she went to boil some rice

for her child.
DO YOU LOVE JESUS? 159

The little girl said, ‘“‘ I am not
hungry, mother. I do not want
anything to eat, but I want very
much to talk to you.”

~“ Well,” said the mother,
‘‘you can do that when I have
got the rice ready.” The people
mostly live on rice in that land.

The girl again said that she
did not want any food. She
had come to speak about Jesus,
and to beg of her to throw away
her false gods. ‘‘Oh! mother, I
love you, and long that your soul
may be saved.’
— 160 DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

“Tf you speak against my
gods, said the mother, “I will
beat you.”

‘‘ Dear mother, if you do beat
me, I must tell you of Jesus ;”
and then she wept.

The mother now felt that her
chila must love her, or she would
not talk to her in such a way. So
she sat down by her side, and heard
her child speak about the Saviour.

It was not long after this time
before the parent was led to give
up her idol gods, and to live as a
Christian.
DO YOU LOVE JESUS? 161

You have now seen how a little
girl in a heathen land showed
her love to Jesus. ‘‘ Even a child
is known by. his doings." It
was a great work she tried, and a
ereat work she did. But love
makes hard things easy.

Now you have come to the end
of the book. But before we say
‘‘ good-by,’ we must first pray
that “God would grant you his
Holy Spirit, so that you may give
your heart to Jesus now. May

* Proverbs xx. 11.
162 DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

you love Jesus all the days you
live on the earth. Then you will
live with him in heaven. It will
be your happy home. ‘There will
be no more sorrow, no more
crying, no more death, because
there will be no more sin. Pride
and ill-nature cannot enter there.
All shall be pure and holy and
happy for ever.

Yes, heaven is full of love.
God is love. ‘The saints dwell in
love. All are loving and lovely.
Will you not, then, love and serve
Jesus on earth, that you may be
DO YOU LOVE JESUS? ~~ 168

with them, and have a white robe
and a crown of glory in heaven ?

Around the throne of God in heaven
Thousands of children stand ;
Children whose sins are all forgiven,

A holy, happy band,
Singing glory, glory, glory.

Once they were little things like you,
And lived on earth below,

And could not praise, as now they do,
The Lord who loved them so ;

Singing glory, glory, glory.

What brought them to that world above,
That heaven so bright and fair ;

Where all is peace, and joy, and love?
How came those children there ?

Singing glory, glory, glory.
164 DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

Because the Saviour shed his blood
To take away their sin ;

Washed in that pure and eee flood,
Behold them white and clean,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

On earth they sought the Saviour’s grace,
On earth they loved his name;

So now they see his blessed face,
And stand before the Lamb,

Singing glory, sila glory.

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