Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Half Title
 Title Page
 The saviour
 The wise men and the star in the...
 Joseph warned in a dream
 The murder of the innocents
 The temptation of Christ
 The sermon on the mount
 Christ stilleth the storm
 A woman touches the hem of Christ's...
 Raising of Jairus's daughter
 Christ teaching from the ship
 Christ walking on the sea
 Christ and the woman of Canaan
 The transfiguration
 Zebedee's children
 Jesus opening the eyes of...
 Christ entering Jerusalem
 The last supper
 Christ's agony in the garden
 Christ betrayed
 Peter denying Christ
 Repentance of Judas
 Christ crowned with thorns
 Christ taken from the cross
 The two Marys at the sepulchre
 The resurrection of Jesus
 Saint John preaching
 Saint John baptizing
 Simon and Andrew called by...
 Jesus casting out the unclean...
 The leper cleansed
 Christ healing one sick of the...
 Casting out the unclean spirit...
 John the baptist's head brought...
 Jesus feeds the multitude
 Christ restores sight to the blind...
 Christ disputing with the...
 Christ blessing little childre...
 Christ restoring sight to...
 Christ curses the barren fig-t...
 Christ casting out the money-c...
 The tribute money
 The widow's mite
 Jerusalem hath sinned
 Precious ointment poured on the...
 Jesus finds the disciples...
 Jesus taken before the high...
 They bade him prophesy
 Peter's repentance
 Simon, the cyrenian, compelled...
 Vinegar given to Christ on the...
 Joseph of Arimathaea begs the body...
 An angel proclaims the resurrection...
 Christ appearing to Mary
 Christ appearing to his discip...
 The ascension of Christ
 The angel appearing to Zachari...
 The angel appearing to the virgin...
 Elisabeth visited by Mary
 The infant St. John
 The nativity
 Angels proclaim the birth...
 Adoration of the shepherds
 The naming of Jesus
 The holy family
 Christ disputing with the...
 Jesus in the wilderness
 Christ tempted
 Christ teaching in the synagog...
 Christ the comforter
 Christ healing the sick
 The miraculous draught of...
 Christ healing the centurion's...
 Christ raising the widow's son
 The woman anointing Christ's...
 The parable of the sower
 Back Cover

Title: Tallis's Illustrated Scripture history for the improvement of youth
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Title: Tallis's Illustrated Scripture history for the improvement of youth
Alternate Title: Illustrated Scripture history
Physical Description: 2 v. : ill., plates ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Gaspey, Thomas, 1788-1871
Tallis, John, 1817-1876 ( Publisher )
Rogers, J ( Engraver )
Publisher: John Tallis and Co.
Place of Publication: London
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Publication Date: 1851
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Statement of Responsibility: by the editor of Sturm's Family devotions.
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General Note: Added engraved title page imprint J. & F. Tallis.
General Note: Illus. engraved by J. Rogers.
General Note: Baldwin library copies bound as 4 volumes: v. 1, pt 1 & 2; v 2, pt 1 & 2 (Spine labels v I-IV)
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
    Half Title
        Half Title
    Title Page
        Title Page 1
        Title Page 2
        Page i
        Page ii
    The saviour
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
    The wise men and the star in the East
        Page 4a
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Joseph warned in a dream
        Page 6a
        Page 7
        Page 8
    The murder of the innocents
        Page 8a
        Page 9
        Page 10
    The temptation of Christ
        Page 10a
        Page 11
        Page 12
    The sermon on the mount
        Page 12a
        Page 13
        Page 14
    Christ stilleth the storm
        Page 14a
        Page 15
        Page 16
    A woman touches the hem of Christ's garment
        Page 16a
        Page 17
        Page 18
    Raising of Jairus's daughter
        Page 18a
        Page 19
        Page 20
    Christ teaching from the ship
        Page 20a
        Page 21
        Page 22
    Christ walking on the sea
        Page 22a
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Christ and the woman of Canaan
        Page 24a
        Page 25
        Page 26
    The transfiguration
        Page 26a
        Page 27
        Page 28
    Zebedee's children
        Page 28a
        Page 29
        Page 30
    Jesus opening the eyes of the blind
        Page 30a
        Page 31
        Page 32
    Christ entering Jerusalem
        Page 32a
        Page 33
        Page 34
    The last supper
        Page 34a
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Christ's agony in the garden
        Page 36a
        Page 37
        Page 38
    Christ betrayed
        Page 38a
        Page 39
        Page 40
    Peter denying Christ
        Page 40a
        Page 41
        Page 42
    Repentance of Judas
        Page 42a
        Page 43
        Page 44
    Christ crowned with thorns
        Page 44a
        Page 45
        Page 46
    Christ taken from the cross
        Page 46a
        Page 47
        Page 48
    The two Marys at the sepulchre
        Page 48a
        Page 49
        Page 50
    The resurrection of Jesus
        Page 50a
        Page 51
        Page 52
    Saint John preaching
        Page 52a
        Page 53
        Page 54
    Saint John baptizing
        Page 54a
        Page 55
        Page 56
    Simon and Andrew called by Jesus
        Page 56a
        Page 57
        Page 58
    Jesus casting out the unclean spirit
        Page 58a
        Page 59
        Page 60
    The leper cleansed
        Page 60a
        Page 61
        Page 62
    Christ healing one sick of the palsy
        Page 62a
        Page 63
        Page 64
    Casting out the unclean spirits
        Page 64a
        Page 65
        Page 66
    John the baptist's head brought in a charger
        Page 66a
        Page 67
        Page 68
    Jesus feeds the multitude
        Page 68a
        Page 69
        Page 70
    Christ restores sight to the blind man
        Page 70a
        Page 71
        Page 72
    Christ disputing with the Pharisees
        Page 72a
        Page 73
        Page 74
    Christ blessing little children
        Page 74a
        Page 75
        Page 76
    Christ restoring sight to Bartimaeus
        Page 76a
        Page 77
        Page 78
    Christ curses the barren fig-tree
        Page 78a
        Page 79
        Page 80
    Christ casting out the money-changers
        Page 80a
        Page 81
        Page 82
    The tribute money
        Page 82a
        Page 83
        Page 84
    The widow's mite
        Page 84a
        Page 85
        Page 86
    Jerusalem hath sinned
        Page 86a
        Page 87
        Page 88
    Precious ointment poured on the head of Christ
        Page 88a
        Page 89
        Page 90
    Jesus finds the disciples sleeping
        Page 90a
        Page 91
        Page 92
    Jesus taken before the high priest
        Page 92a
        Page 93
        Page 94
    They bade him prophesy
        Page 94a
        Page 95
        Page 96
    Peter's repentance
        Page 96a
        Page 97
        Page 98
    Simon, the cyrenian, compelled to bear the cross
        Page 98a
        Page 99
        Page 100
    Vinegar given to Christ on the cross
        Page 100a
        Page 101
        Page 102
    Joseph of Arimathaea begs the body of Jesus
        Page 102a
        Page 103
        Page 104
    An angel proclaims the resurrection of Jesus
        Page 104a
        Page 105
        Page 106
    Christ appearing to Mary
        Page 106a
        Page 107
        Page 108
    Christ appearing to his disciples
        Page 108a
        Page 109
        Page 110
    The ascension of Christ
        Page 110a
        Page 111
        Page 112
    The angel appearing to Zacharias
        Page 112a
        Page 113
        Page 114
    The angel appearing to the virgin Mary
        Page 114a
        Page 115
        Page 116
    Elisabeth visited by Mary
        Page 116a
        Page 117
        Page 118
    The infant St. John
        Page 118a
        Page 119
        Page 120
    The nativity
        Page 120a
        Page 121
        Page 122
    Angels proclaim the birth of Christ
        Page 122a
        Page 123
        Page 124
    Adoration of the shepherds
        Page 124a
        Page 125
        Page 126
    The naming of Jesus
        Page 126a
        Page 127
        Page 128
    The holy family
        Page 128a
        Page 129
        Page 130
    Christ disputing with the doctors
        Page 130a
        Page 131
        Page 132
    Jesus in the wilderness
        Page 132a
        Page 133
        Page 134
    Christ tempted
        Page 134a
        Page 135
        Page 136
    Christ teaching in the synagogue
        Page 136a
        Page 137
        Page 138
    Christ the comforter
        Page 138a
        Page 139
        Page 140
    Christ healing the sick
        Page 140a
        Page 141
        Page 142
    The miraculous draught of fishes
        Page 142a
        Page 143
        Page 144
    Christ healing the centurion's servant
        Page 144a
        Page 145
        Page 146
    Christ raising the widow's son
        Page 146a
        Page 147
        Page 148
    The woman anointing Christ's feet
        Page 148a
        Page 149
        Page 150
    The parable of the sower
        Page 150a
        Page 151
        Page 152
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
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Adultery, the Woman taken in 201
Ananias, the Death of .243
Apostles, Christ preparing the 233
Antioch, Paul at 263
Barren Fig-tree, Christ curses the 79
Bartimaeus, Christ restoring to
Sight 77
Betrayed, Christ 39
Blind Man, Christ restores Sight
to the 71
Bloody Issue, a woman cured of a 155
Brother, the Prodigal's 167
Cana, the Marriage at 191
Canaan, Christ and the Woman of 25
Charger, John the Baptist's Head
brought in a 67
Children, Zebedee's 29
Christ, the Temptation of 11
Peter denying 41
---- Precious Ointment poured
on the Head of 89
the Ascension of 111
-- Angels proclaim the Birth
of. 123
Judas betrays 175
- scourged 215
-- the Dead 221
Cleansed, the Leper 61
Comforter, Christ the 139
Commandments, the First to the
Tenth .285-304
Cornelius, the Angel appearing to 255
Council, Christ led before the 177
Cross, Christ taken from the 47
- Simon the Cyrenian com-
pelled to hear the 99
- Vinegar given to Christ on
the 101
- Christ bearing the 217
- Christ on the 219
Crucified, Christ 179
Daughter, raising of Jairus's 19
Devils,Christ casts out a Legion of 153

Disciples, Christ appears to his 109
-- Christ sends forth his 157
-- Christ discourses with
his 171
Jesus going forth with
his 211
-- Mary Magdalene and
the 223
Doctors, Christ disputing with
the 131
Dragon, Michael and the 283
Dream, Joseph warned in a 7
Emmaus, Christ at 185
Ephesus, Paul preaching at 273
Eutychus, Paul restoring Life to 275
Eyes of the Blind, Jesus opening
the 31
Family, the Holy 129
Father, the Prodigal Son leaves
his 161
the Prodigal Son returns
to his ,165
Feet, the Woman anointing
Christ's 149
- Behold my Hands and my 187
- Christ washing the Disci-
ples' 209
Felix, Paul before 277
Fishes, the Miraculous Draught of 143
-- the Great Draught of 229
Garden, Christ's agony in the 37
Garment, a Woman touches the
Hem of Christ's 17
Ghost, Descent of the Holy .236
God, the Lamb of 189
High Priest, Jesus taken before the 93
-- -- Peter before the 241
Impotent Man, Christ curing the 197
Innocents, Murder of the 9
Jerusalem, Christ entering 33
- St. Peter's first Ser-
mon in 237
Jesus, the Resurrection of 61


Jesus, Simon and Andrew called
by 57
- Joseph of Aremathla begs
the body of 103
- an Angel proclaims the
Resurrection of 105
- the Naming of 127
- the Entombment of 11
-- Martha meets 203
Mary anointing the feet of 207
John, St., the Infant 119
Preaching 53
Baptizing 55
Judas, Repentance of 43
Lame Man, Peter and John cur-
ing the 239
Lazarus, Raising of 205
Little Children, Christ blessing 75
Lystra, Paul and Barnabas at 265
Paul stoned at 267
Magdalene, Christ appearing to
Mary .. 225
Mary, Christ appearing to 107
- an Angel appearing to the
Virgin 115
- Elizabeth visited by. 117
Money-changers, Christ casting
out the 81
- the Tribute 83
Mite, the Widow's 85
Mount, Sermon on the 13
Multitude, Jesus feeds the 69
-- Christ feeding the .199
Nativity, the 121
Nobleman's Son, Christ curing the 195
Palsy, Christ healing one Sick of the 63
Peter, Christ's charge to .231
---- Cornelius meeting 257
Pharisees,Christ disputing with the 73
Philippi, Paul at 269
Pilate, Christ led forth by .213
Prophesy, they bade him 95
Prison, Peter delivered out of 259

Prison, Paul and Silas in 271
Publican, the Pharisee and the 169
Repentance, Peter's 97
Sanmaria, Christ and the Woman of 193
Samaritan, the Good 159
Sapphira, the Death of 245
Saul, Conversion of 249
Saviour, the 1
Sea, Christ walking on the 23
Sepulchre, the two Marys at the 49
-- Women viewing the 183
Servant, Christ healing the Cen-
turion's 145
Shepherds, Adoration of the 125
Ship, Christ teaching from the 21
Sick, Christ healing the .141
Sight, Saul restored to 251
Sleeping, Jesus finds the Disciples 91
Sinned, Jerusalem hath 87
Sorcerer, Elymas the 261
Sower, the Parable of the 151
Star in the East, Wise Men and
the 5
Starving, the Prodigal Son 163
Stephen, St. stoning of, to Death 247
Storm, Christ stilleth the 15
Spirit, Jesus casting out the Un-
clean 59
Spirits, Casting out the Unclean 65
Supper, the Last. 35
Synagogue, Christ teaching in the 137
Tabitha, Peter raising 253
Tempted, Christ 135
Thomas, the Incredulity of 227
Thorns, Christ crowned with 45
Transfiguration, the 27
Viper, Paul shaking off the 279
Wilderness, Jesus in the 133
Widow's Son, Christ raising the 147
Woman, the Dragon persecuting
the 281
Zaccheus, the Calling of 173
Zacharias, the Angel appearing to 113

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THE words JESUS CHRIST, mean "the Saviour
of the world," the word MESSIAH, has the same
meaning as Christ.
It is not a little remarkable, that most of
the nations of antiquity, however remote from
Christianity, had a faith or superstition which
Exhibited many of the features of the re-
( ligion of the Jews, as set forth in the Scrip-
tures. They believed, that the world having
been created and peopled with mortals, that
gods and angels not unfrequently descended
to earth and conversed with them. Pre-
suming on this familiarity, men forgot their
duty, offended their celestial visitants, who
thereupon withdrew, and left them to their own
evil ways. They greatly sinned, and then a
mighty deluge punished their depravity, but
some portion of the sinful men being spared,
the world again became populous, and unhap-
pily again became wicked. Their course in
this advanced or second stage of depravity,
became indeed so monstrous, that mercy could
not be allowed to interpose her shield, and
sacrifice was required. Thus it was that a
Heavenly being, laying aside his inherent glory,
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came to earth-he came to suffer tnat man
should be spared. Such, in various myths, as
they are called, or mythological fables, is made
to appear the early history of man's creation,
fall, punishment, relapse into vice, and final
I salvation through redeeming love.
We find here a confused and imperfect
representation of those grand events on which
depend the Christian's hope. They serve to
prove the universality of the belief that man
had fallen from a state of purity which was
originally his; and that to snatch him from
the consequences of his evil doings, the inter-
cession of a gracious Mediator was held to be
Such a one was found. He, "the desired of
all nations," appeared, but he came not in
royal state. To give mortals an opportunity
of manifesting disinterested love, he was born in
poverty, and appeared before men as the son of
a mean carpenter. It was by his deeds, by his
words of wisdom and acts of charity, that the
Son of the Almighty chose to manifest himself
to the sons of men.
Children who are so happy as to have kind
parents who supply all their wants, and keep
them in peace and safety, may rejoice that their
lot is so very different from that of the infant

Jesus. He came to this world to teach men
their duty, to warn them against sin, and to
rescue them from the power of the evil one.
While such the glorious task which he took
upon himself to perform, he was exposed to
great danger; not merely of being unkindly
treated, but of being killed by hard-hearted men.
There was a wicked king whose name was
Herod, and he feared that when Christ came
he would lose his kingdom, and therefore
wished to put the child to death. He artfully
concealed his cruel purpose, and sent some wise
men to enquire where Jesus was born. He
wanted to know exactly the spot in which he
could be found, as he said, that he might go
and worship him.
But the false king had no such purpose in
his heart, and if he had been told where the
child was, whose coming he dreaded so much,
lie would have sent some of his people to
murder Christ. Happily he failed in his object.
How he was baffled will hereafter be more
particularly explained. For the present it is
enough to say that Joseph, his reputed father,
and the Virgin Mary, removed their tender
charge beyond the reach of Herod, by taking
him to the land of Egypt.
A long and painful journey they had to
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perform, not without dread of being overtaken
by some of the bad king's people. Had that
came to pass Joseph and Mary would have
been at least imprisoned, while the child would
have been slain.
Such was the commencement of tne mortal
Career of the Illustrious Messenger from Hea-
ven, who mercifully came to save a guilty race
) from the just consequences of their mad doings,
i their wretched idolatry, and their neglect of
Sthe Creator of all things.
S In Roman Catholic countries some narratives
Sof the life and occupation of Joseph, Mary,
(and Jesus, while the last was a child, exist.
(i They are the inventions of a former age, but
Share devoid of truth, and are in no respect
Sborne out by Scripture.

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"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great
joy."-MATTHEW, chap. ii., verse 10.

A BRIGHT star had appeared in the Heavens,
and certain wise men seeing it, concluded that
it told of the birth of one who was to be king
of the Jews. They mentioned this to king
Herod, and he, not understanding that the
kingdom of Christ was unlike the kingdoms
of this world, came to the conclusion that
the birth announced would be fatal to his
Filled with alarm, Herod sent for the wise
men, and enquired of them in private, the
exact time at which the star had appeared;
and then directed them to go and search dili-
gently for the child, and when found, to bring
him word, that he might also go and see it,
pretending that he was desirous of offering his
homage to Jesus.
They departed on this errand, and the star
which they had noted in the East, went before
them as a guide, till at length "it stood over
where the young child was."
The wise men saw the child with the Virgin
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Mary his mother. Then they fell on their
knees before him, opened their treasures, and
presented to him gifts of gold, and frank-
incense, and myrrh."
Thus far all had fallen out as the wicked
king Herod wished, but his evil purpose was
soon defeated, as God, who sees all that is
passing in a bad man's heart, warned the wise
men in a dream that they must not return
to him, and therefore they went back into
their own country by another way.
Jesus was therefore for the present left in
safety. From this we learn that even a power- )
ful king cannot conceal his thoughts from the
Almighty. Those who seek to do evil must
not hope to escape his all-seeing eye. Their
most cunning schemes are often in a moment
rendered vain, by wisdom which cannot be
dazzled or misled, and frustrated by a will
which the whole world has no power success-
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"The angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream,
saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother,
and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee
word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."
-MATTHEW, chap. ii., verse 13.

THE warning God was pleased to give to Joseph
of the wish of Herod to put the child Jesus to
death, was not neglected. Joseph arose in the
night, and took the infant and Mary his mother
from Bethlehem in Judea, where they had
previously rested, and set out for Egypt.
It will interest those who carefully read the
Bible, to mark that Joseph was directed, in
order to save the child from being destroyed, to
repair to that land from which, in other days,
Moses, by God's command, and under his benign
protection, had rescued the Israelites from cap-
tivity. Egypt was a land wonderfully favoured
in many respects. There, when famine involved
the surrounding nations in great distress, abun-
dance of corn was stored; there Jacob and his
family found a home in the old age of the
patriarch; and now, it was appointed to offer
blessed refuge to the distressed earthly parents
of the Saviour of the world.
Yet, strange as it is true, in that same Egypt


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wild fancies inst
true God.
Some of their
to England; as
they may interest
before which ma
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ments of Egyptia

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selves up to t
Instead of bowin
instead of offer
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wise barren san
trate themselves
stone, and even
hateful reptiles.
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goodness of the Eternal valued
hat its inhabitants gave them-
he most shocking idolatry.
g before the altar of the Lord ;
ng homage to that gracious
ed the river Nile to overflow,
den corn wave over its other-
ds, they were content to pros-
before monstrous images of
before senseless animals, and
Such is the wretched abase-
men condescend, who madly
light, and indulge their own
ead of seeking to honour the

huge idols have been brought
works of art, or as curiosities,
t, but viewing them as objects
in should prostrate himself in
can only be regarded as monu-
In folly.

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"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise
men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the
children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts
thereof, from two years old and under, according to the
time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men."-
MATTHEW, chap. ii., verse 16.

JOSEPH and Mary, with the child Jesus, had left
Bethlehem, and were on their way to Egypt,
when king Herod, who had waited in vain for
the return of the wise men, found that they
had gone to their home, and would not tell
him what he wished to know. He was then
very angry with them, and as he could not
gratify his cruel nature by slaying the son of
Mary alone, the wicked thought came into his
mind, that by ordering all the poor little chil-
dren in Bethlehem to be put to death, what he
desired might be effected. He made sure that
Jesus was among them, and cared not how
much blood he shed. so the cause of his alarm
were removed.
Then his wicked soldiers went and seized all
the little boys and girls they could find in
Bethlehem. Those hard-hearted men tore
them from their helpless mothers. They cared
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not for the cries ot the children nor the prayers
of their fond parents, but slew them all.
Dreadful was the scene Bethlehem p e-
sented; but it realized what a holy prophet
had long before told would take place, and
" in Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation,
and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel
weeping for her children, and would not be
comforted, because they are not."
When kind mothers are deprived of their
children, in their deep affliction they at first
can receive no comfort. The law of nature
forbids them to hope that the lost ones will be
restored in this world. They can only be
soothed by the blessed assurances which they
find in the Testament, that in his own time
God, who "wipes the tear from all eyes," will
remove their sorrow by death, and then, so
they lead a pious life here, and live with
becoming resignation to the will of their Eter-
nal Father, they will at last rejoin their beloved
infants in Heaven.


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"The devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain,
and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the
glory of them."-MATTHEW, chap. iv., verse 8.
SATAN, the Devil, is the great foe of man.
Because for his rebellion and ingratitude he
has been expelled from Heaven, where but for
his wickedness he might have lived for ever,
he seeks to make human beings his partners
in misery. To this end he strives to tempt the
good, and uses all his art to lead them into
evil ways.
He was bold enough to try to impose upon
the Son of God. Satan, fallen as he is, has
still great power, and presumed to hope that
he could prevail upon Christ to forget his
Heavenly Father. He therefore carried Jesus
to the top of a high hill or mountain, fi'om
which he could look down on all the kingdoms
of this world. He could see their grandeur,
their riches, and their glory. All these he pro-
mised to give to Christ, if he would consent to
worship him.
But Jesus knew the tempter, and scorned
both him and his offer. "Get thee hence,
Satan," he said for it is written, Thou shalt

worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt
thou serve." Then the Devil left him.
Satan now often tries to make the good
forget their duty. He shows them riches and
worldly honours, and whispers to them that all
these may be enjoyed, if they will lend them-
selves to falsehood and fraud. Too often he
"Blinded in youth, by Satan's arts,
The world to our unpractised hearts
A flattering prospect shows;
Our fancy forms a thousand schemes
Of gay delights and golden dreams,
And undisturbed repose."
But let the young be assured vain, very vain,
are all these tempting prospects. To be happy
they must be good. All that can be gained by
sin soon passes away, or becomes an evil:
"Turns to sorrow shame and pain.
SLet them bear in mind the words of our Lord
to Satan, and remember that God only they
Must serve.


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"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and
when he was set, his disciples came unto him."-MATTHEW,
chap. v., verse 1.

THE disciples of Jesus gathered round their
divine preceptor on a mountain, and there the
Son of God deigned to teach them their
And sweet and soothing were the words that
fell from him. Blessed," said he, "are the
poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of
Heaven." Those who are humble here, are
thus taught that happiness is reserved for them
in a better world.
The Saviour continued, "Blessed are they
that mourn: for they shall be comforted."
Those who are here depressed by affliction,
may look for comfort from God.
Further, he said, "Blessed are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are
they which do hunger and thirst after righteous-
ness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the
merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."
S Thus it will be seen he taught his followers
That meekness would have its reward; that
Smortals who seek to be good, shall not seek in
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vain; and that those who are merciful to others
shall find mercy for themselves.
And Blessed," he added, are the pure in
heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the
peacemakers: for they shall be called the chil-
dren of God."
In this noble sermon we are taught the
mission of our Lord. It was a mission of
peace. He came not to destroy, but to purify
and to save: he came to warn men against that
strife to which they are sometimes betrayed by
their evil passions. To calm these, to do their
best to disarm rage, is the duty of the good,
and the peacemakers shall be called the children
of God.
Mercy and meekness, peace and purity, he
wisely commends to all the sons of men. This
ought not to be lost sight of in the world's
rude strife. Great will be the reward of those
who profit from his sage and gentle admoni-
tions, for "the pure in heart shall see God;"
though the meek and the righteous may
suffer for a time, "theirs is the kingdom of

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S"And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, 0 ye of little
faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the
Ssea; and there was a great calm."-M-ATTHEW, chap. viii.,
verse 26.
THE disciples of Jesus were in a ship, the winds
Rose, and a storm raged. He was sleeping, but
they were dreadfully frightened, and thought
the ship would sink, and that they would all be
drowned in the sea.
So they went to him and awoke him, and in
their dismay cried, Save, Lord: we perish."
(i These men, though instructed by Christ,
Sand though he was present with them, still
wanted courage. The roaring winds, and the
agitated waves, filled them with vain alarm.
Instead of manfully and serenely braving the
danger, they seem to have given themselves up
for lost; and despairingly exclaimed, "We
Jesus looked on them with displeasure.
"Why," said he, are ye fearful, 0 ye of little
faith? He blamed them, but he relieved
their fears, for "he arose, and rebuked the
winds and the sea; and there was a great

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In reading this remarkable history, we see a
picture of the weak anxieties and foolish alarms
to which men are prone to give themselves up.
The disciples looked at the tempest and
abandoned hope. In an agony of terror their
cry was, "We perish." How much suffering
would they have been spared but for their little
Let the lesson thus afforded never be for-
gotten. Great as the dangers may seem, deep
as the gloom which surrounds us may be, the
christian whose faith is firm, may calmly re-
pose and defy the fury of the storm. He
who came not to destroy, still lives; is com-
petent to save those who humbly put their
trust in him. While the man of the world
weakly trembles and is filled with miserable
fear, the Christian preserves his fortitude. He
knows that he is in the hands of a gracious and
Almighty father, and feels that he is secure,
come what may, because he has faith in God.




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"And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of
blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem
of his garment."-MATTHEW, chap. ix., verse 20.

THE Saviour of the world, as presented to us
in Scripture, proved his exalted dignity, not
by exerting his power to control men, or to in-
vest himself with those honours and possessions
Which ordinary mortals covet; but by reprov-
ing vice, doing good, and setting a bright ex-
ample of spotless purity.
He did not reside in lordly halls, and revel
in the luxuries which glad the rich. On the
contrary, we find him constantly associated
with the poor, enlightening their minds and
abating their sorrows.
Those who were slow to believe in his divine
mission, could not shut their ears to the fame
of his great deeds. Among them was a woman
who had been very ill for a number of years;
she was meek and lowly, and did not dare to
ask our Lord to relieve her pain. A worldly
doctor she knew, with far less power than he
possessed, would not give her such relief as
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might be hoped from his skill, without fee
or reward, and she had probably nothing to

But having heard of the wonderful works of
Jesus, she resolved to watch his footsteps, and
said within herself, this holy visitor is so full of
virtue, that if I can but touch his garment I
shall be well.
With this anxious hope, she approached him
as he walked along, and touched only the hem
of his dress. She did this as privately as pos-
K sible, but the Saviour perceived it and turned
round, asking who had done it.
The poor woman trembled, and was much
frightened, but owned that the act was hers.
Jesus kindly removed her fears, and told her
not to be disturbed, for her faith had made her
whole, and from that hour she was quite well.
Faith in the Saviour is thus shown to be all-
sufficient to relieve distress. True christians
constantly feel that,--
"The wounded conscience knows its power
The healing balm to give,
SThat balm the saddest heart can cheer,
s And make the dying live."

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"But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took
her by the hand, and the maid arose."-MATTHEW, chap.
ix., verse 25.

A STILL stronger proof of the power of faith
than that already described, is furnished in the
case of a young female, the daughter of a
"certain ruler," named Jairus, who was re-
ported to be dead.
Her father, in great distress, went to Jesus
and told him that she was no more. He wor-
shipped Christ, his child slept in death, but he
felt assured that if the Lord would but lay his
hand upon her, she would revive.
He was on his way to the ruler's house when
the poor woman touched the hem of his gar-
ment. Arriving there he found minstrels
assembled, according to the custom of that
country, to perform a solemn or funeral ser-
vice. Jesus told them that the daughter of
Jairus was only sleeping. They were so con-
vinced that she was really dead, that they not
only doubted the truth of his declaration, but
they even laughed at the Son of God. In the

words of Saint Matthew, "they laughed him
to scorn."
The folly of these scoffers was soon proved,
Jesus approached the supposed corpse, took
the maiden by the hand, and she immediately
Self-sufficient men often believe that it is
not in the power of God to make things other
than they seem to their eyes. We ought to
distrust ourselves. Jesus was not always to
remain on earth, and miracles like those which
he performed to prove to the beholders that
his mission was from Heaven, we are not per-
mitted to witness, but the record of them
which has been preserved, should teach us that
nothing is impossible to Him who made us.
His goodness and his power know no bounds;
his providence now often works mighty and
unforeseen changes, and a day will come when
wonders still more startling, will bring convic-
tion of his greatness to all whose hearts may
at present be inaccessible to truth.


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"And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so
that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude
stood on the shore."-MATTHEW, chap. xiii., verse 2.

THE simple eloquence of the Saviour of man,
as well as the miracles he performed, caused
many to attend him, who were not considered
of the number of his disciples. They were
attracted by admiring curiosity, some of them
probably by a feeling less pardonable; but at
all events crowds followed him.
On one occasion, to avoid the pressure, he
passed into a ship, and thence addressed those
who had gathered on the shore. He spoke to
them in parables. That mode of teaching he
adopted, because it was given to those more
immediately connected with him "to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven," though
in some degree veiled, and to profit from his
discourse, which scoffers could not understand.
From the ship he addressed the listeners
and told this parable: a sower, when sow-
ing his seed, dropped some of it by the
way-side, when the fowls came and devoured

it; another portion fell on stony places, where
there was not much earth, and this, when it
sprung up was scorched and withered by the
sun; while some fell among thorns, which
choked it as it grew.
Such was not the case with all; one part
of the sower's seed fell on good ground and in
due time produced a noble harvest, some
thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred-fold!
By this Christ is understood to have pic-
tured the course of worldly men, in regard to
divine knowledge. The good seed, that which
truth and religion supply, is often dropped
where it fails to take root. Cares which ought
never to be allowed to interfere with our
musings on eternity, in a manner consume it;
present enjoyment causes the word as it were
to wither in the mind, or growing troubles,
when it is springing up, choke and cause it to
be neglected or forgotten.
Blessed is he whose heart presents that good
ground, in which the seed of eternal joy can
fructify. Richly will it compensate the wise
anxiety which duly tended it. Pious care will
be largely requited, as in the case of the sower:
nay still more magnificent the return-a brief
season of virtuous labour will insure the pure-
minded christian everlasting glory.


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"And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught
him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore
didst thou doubt ?-MATTHEW, chap. xiv., verse 31.

JESUs had sent his disciples to sea in a ship,
and promised that he would follow. Left alone,
he went apart on a mountain to pray. Mean-
time, a storm arose, and the ship in which the
disciples were, met by contrary winds, was
tossed about on the troubled ocean.
They were apparently in danger, and looked
out in vain for their master till the fourth
Swatch of the night, when they at length saw
the form of a man walking on the sea. Their
minds being disturbed before, so strange a sight
filled them with fear. They thought it was a
Jesus observed their alarm, and was not
slow to comfort his worshippers, but instantly
called to them in these soothing words: Be
of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."
Peter then answered the Saviour, and said:
Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee
on the water." Jesus replied, "Come and

Peter left the ship to walk on the waves to-
wards Christ. But the wind was boisterous,
and he seemed about to sink; and, greatly
alarmed, he cried, "Lord, save me."
Jesus promptly stretched forth his hand,
caught the disciple, and, mildly reproving him,
said: 0, thou of little faith wherefore didst
thou doubt?" Then both passed into the
ship, and the storm subsided.
In the conduct of Peter, we see imaged that of
many a faint-hearted Christian. Men believe
they have made up their minds to follow Christ:
but, when surprised by sharp trials, their
courage fails, and they tremble for the imme-
diate consequences.
But, in their distress, though their hearts
should not be cast down, it is fitting that, like
Peter, they should cry, "Lord, save me."
Doing this, they find heavenly mercy is in
reserve for them, and each may then apply to
himself the kind rebuke of Jesus, 0 thou of
little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"

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And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts,
and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord,
thou son of David ; my daughter is grievously vexed with a
devil."-MATTHEW, chap. xv.. verse 22.


SA POOR woman called upon the Saviour to pity
Sher because her child was afflicted, or, as it
Sis expressed in the text, was vexed with a
The disciples of Jesus, who heard the com-
plaint of the woman, having less compassion
than their divine master, called to him to send
her away. Christ reproved their want of feel-
ing, and told them that he had been sent
unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
To the supplicant he remarked, that it was

not right that the children's bread should be
thrown to the dogs."
Truth, Lord," she replied, "but yet the
dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their
master's table."
This humble answer, joined as it was with a
holy hope that divine goodness would grant
her suit, proved all-sufficient. O woman!"
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Jesus exclaimed, "great is thy faith:" and
her daughter was cured.
Happy, indeed, was this petitioner. The
humility with which she pleaded, not to rank
with the chosen followers of the Lord, but
merely to be allowed access to the crumbs
which fell from their tables-to receive that
comfort of which they did not stand in need-
and the faith manifested in the Son of God,
gained her the boon she craved; and her child
was restored.
A broken and a contrite heart obtains those
blessings which the proud and the self-sufficient
Seek in vain. Hence the weak and the dis-
tressed are taught, that, in the day of their
adversity, though humble their pretensions,
They may boldly fly to the Redeemer for suc-
cour. The crumbs that fall from such a
master's table are rich in celestial nourishment.
SWhile they abate present evils, they assure the
Sufferer that his sorrows shall soon cease for


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"Jesus was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as
the sun, and his raiment was white as the light."-MAT-
THEW, chap. xvii., verse 2.


THE transfiguration of Christ brings a scene of
great splendour before us. As was his habit,
Jesus withdrew from the crowded haunts of
men, taking with him "Peter, James, and
John his brother," to "a high mountain."
There we find, that, to the eyes of his won-
dering followers, he no more appeared like a
mere mortal, as at other times he had done.
He was transfigured; that is, on his human
form celestial lustre was shed. He looked, it
may be presumed, as he will be seen in heaven,
for his face shone like the glorious orb of day.
Not only did the wondering disciples mark
his unearthly aspect, but they saw, conversing
with him, two holy servants of God, who long
before had passed away in the ordinary course
of nature.
Gazing on this sublime spectacle, Peter said,
"Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou
wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one

for thee, and one for Moses, and one for
The disciple was still speaking, when a bright
cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came
out of the cloud, and said: "This is my be-
loved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear
ye him."
Struck with holy awe, the disciples fell on
Their faces; but Jesus dismissed their alarm,
Kindly touched them, and said, "Be not
afraid," and then they found themselves with
him alone. His late companions, Moses and
Elias, had vanished.
The disciples were charged by the Lord not
to make known the wonders they had seen,
till he had risen from the dead. What had
thus been revealed proved to them, and at the
proper time was communicated by them to
their fellow-disciples, and indeed to all man-
Ikind, that their gracious preceptor was really
the Son of God, in whom his Almighty father
was "well pleased."

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Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her
sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him."
MATTHEW, chap. xx., verse 20

Two young men, the sons of a man named
Zebedee, were among the followers of the
Saviour. The mother, anxious for their eter-
nal welfare, came to Christ, and entreated him
to grant her a very great favour-that her
children might sit, one on his right hand, the
other on his left hand, when he should have
entered into his kingdom of everlasting glory.
Jesus replied to her that she knew not what
she asked. Are ye," said he, able to drink
of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be bap-
tized with the baptism that I am baptized
The sons declared that they were able.
Their being thus put forward gave offence to
Sthe other disciples. Jesus was a lover of peace.
In his Sermon on the Mount he had told his
disciples that blessed were the peace-makers;
and he now hastened to calm the angry feelings
which had been kindled. He reminded the
angry brethren of the contentions which pre-



vailed elsewhere among worldly-minded men;
" but," said he, it shall not be so among
you; but whichsoever shall be great among
you, let him be your minister, and whosoever
will be chief among you, let him be your
Here was a lesson for selfishness and pride !
Jesus wished his disciples to know that hu-
mility exalts, and to feel that they best consult
their own welfare, who study the interest and
the happiness of others. This he enforced by his
own example: the Son of Man, he told them,
came not to be ministered unto, but to min-
ister," and even to give his life for the ransom
of many. Pious men, women, and children,
who hope to rejoice with him in heaven, it
follows must be content to give themselves up
to the performance of arduous and painful
duties on earth. The sincere Christian will do
well to bear constantly in mind what his master
suffered, and be prepared to "drink of the
cup of sorrow from which he drank.




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"Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and
immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed
him."-MATTHEW, chap. xx., verse 34.

THE goodness of Jesus Christ had caused him
to do so much to relieve virtuous sufferers, that
wherever he moved, he was beset by the sick,
i the lame, and the blind.
Two blind men on one occasion presented
Themselves by the way-side. The bystanders told
who was about to pass, and they immediately
implored him to aid them, exclaiming, "Have
mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David."
These persons were in a crowd, and the
multitude complained of them for thus calling
on Jesus, and wished them to hold their peace;
but they would not be restrained, and louder
Than ever was heard their cry of Have mercy
Son us, O Lord, thou son of David."
S The Saviour stopped, and turning toward
them, enquired, what it was they wished that he
should do to them. Their answer was, a humble
entreaty that their eyes might be opened.

Moved with their suffering, and affected by
their earnestness, Jesus had compassion on
them. He touched their eyes, and the darkness
in which they had pined was no more. "Their
eyes received sight, and they followed him."
Many eminent divines, have applied their
thoughts, and directed their eloquence, to the
illustration of this passage in Christ's history.
They have pointed out as worthy of imitation,
the resolute importunity of the blind men. In
vain the thoughtless multitude rebuked them,
they cried out the more. Though at first
i unheeded, their perseverance was rewarded,
and their sight was restored.
And hence we are taught that though the
Sprayer of sorrow may for a season appear to be
breathed in vain, supplicants ought not to be
discouraged; ought not to turn aside in despair.
Still pressing forward to the throne of grace, in
his own good time, the All-wise may be pleased
to grant their suit. The repetition of their cry (
accepted as evidence of their faith, their eyes
will be opened, and they joyfully find their
names enrolled among the accepted followers
of Jesus.

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"A very great multitude spread their garments in the way;
others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them
in the way."-MATTHEW, chap. xxi., verse 8.

THE evangelist Matthew, furnishes a minute
report of the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem.
It is in more respects than one, truly inter-
esting, not merely to the meditative Christian,
but to general readers.
Having reached Bethphage, near the mount
of Olives, Jesus thought it right to send for-
ward two of his disciples to a neighboring
village, in which he told them they would find
"an ass tied, and a colt." These his disciples
were to loosen and take to him. He added,
should any one question them about what they
were doing, they were to say, "the Lord hath
need of them."
All happened as he anticipated; the ass
and her colt were found, brought to him, and
an ancient prophecy was fulfilled, which ran
thus, "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, behold,
thy king cometh unto thee, meek and sitting
upon an ass." The fame of Jesus as a prophet,
was great. Crowds expected his coming, and
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threw their garments and branches of trees in
the road, in honour of their illustrious visitor.
At this period of his earthly course, Christ
was popular. A very great multitude, we
read, assembled to witness his arrival, yet he
was content to enter the proud city of Jerusalem
riding on an ass.
S In the fifteenth century, when the Pope of
SRome affected more than regal state, this was
Snot forgotten by the reforming Christians of
that era. Jerome of Prague, caused a pictorial
Representation of the Saviour entering Jeru-
salem, and the Pope progressing through Rome,
to be produced and exhibited, as contrasts; to
show how luxury and pride had seduced the
prelate who claimed to be regarded as the
Successor of the followers of Christ, from that
lowliness and sublime disregard of all that could
flatter mortal vanity, which marked the course
of Him who came to seek his father's sheep
in the wilderness."
The example set by Christ has in too many
instances been strangely forgotten by those who
wished to hold a distinguished rank among his
followers. Jesus was a foe to pride, and wished
those who aspired to rank with his disciples, to
Prove their fitness by humility, gentleness, and


Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve."
-MATTHEW, chan. xxvi., verse 20
HISTORY presents us with notnmg more affect- )
ing than the details of the last supper of Jesus
Christ with his disciples.
He knew that his time was nearly come;
preparations were made for the passover, and
he sat down to the simple solemn festival with
his twelve followers.
Had all been faithful, the scene would have
been memorable; but it was rendered still more
so, by the fact, then known to the Saviour,
that one of those assembled around him
was sordidly plotting, from love of gold, to
betray him into the hands of cruel foes, that )
he might be mocked, tortured, and put to
Yet it was even so. He knew that one of
them was to act this monstrous part, and
pointed out the sinful individual.
How must Judas have trembled when he
heard those peace-breathing lips, which sel-
dom opened but to utter words of corn-
passion, and suggestions of mercy, pronounce
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the dreadful sentence.-" Woe unto that man
by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! it had
been good for that man if he had not been
Jesus took the bread and brake it, and gave
portions of it to his disciples, and he handed
the wine cup to them, tenderly charging them
to consider that the latter imaged his blood,
which was to be "shed for the remission of
He directed his disciples to do as they were
then doing, to partake of bread and wine in
communion, when he should be no more on
earth, in tender remembrance of him their
Teacher and friend, for he then declared that
he would not drink thenceforth of that fruit
of the vine, until that day when he should drink
it new with them in his Father's kingdom."
That touching and sorrowful repast, has since
been constantly remembered in every Christian
land. It is, of all the affecting observances of the
Christian religion, the one which appeals most
forcibly to the heart, recalling, as it does, what
the Son of God said and did, when his firmness
as a man was to be subjected to the last tre-
mendous trial; when he was to render himself
as a sacrifice for all."




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SHe went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed,
saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."-
MATTHEW chap. xxvi., verse 39.

IF our Lord, when he came on earth, had come
Sin power-in that strength and greatness which
originally belonged to him, it might be ima-
gined that pains which would overcome an
ordinary mortal, would in his case have been
endurable. But the great work of man's salva-
tion was not to be so easily performed; and
Christ, while in the flesh, if he did not betray
all the weakness, was subjected to all the
I painful sensibilities of man's nature.
We find this distinctly marked in the con-
versation which followed the last supper. "My
soul," the illustrious victim sadly exclaimed,
"is sorrowful even unto death."
By that time he and his disciples had reached
Sa place or garden called Gethsemane. Then it
was that he proved the depth of human sorrow.
Dark images of the fiend-like barbarity to
which he was about to be subjected, came over

him, and in his agony he exclaimed, O my
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from
me." How touching-how thrilling the cry !
how intense must the pain have been which
extorted it from the patient, all-enduring Jesus!
But the glorious sufferer did not stop
there. In that moment of exquisite suffering,
he added-" nevertheless not as I will, but as
thou wilt."
Thus in his extremest grief, when most
severely tried, the Redeemer, labouring under
all the anguish that a mere mortal could know,
set before us a shining example of utter self-
abandonment-of prefect resignation to the
will of his omnipotent father.
The Christian pilgrim as he advances through
the rugged paths of life, when storms assail,
and despondency overclouds the mind, will do
well to recal what Christ suffered for him. A
broken spirit in the hour of dismay, will
naturally turn to its eternal source, and pray
that the bitter cup may pass as Christ did, but
let the sorrowing petitioner not forget to add,
"nevertheless 0 my father not as I will,
but as thou wilt."



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"While he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and
with hiin a great multitude with swords and staves, from the
chief priests and elders of the people."-MATTHEW, chap.
xxvL, verse. 47.

JESUs may be said to have been left alone in
his woe. His disciples who had attended him
to the garden, were overcome with weariness
and grief-it could not be that they were
indifferent to their master's distress-but when
he had withdrawn from them only a short time,
he found them asleep.
The prayer which he had addressed to God,
She repeated a second and a third time, but
always with the addition that not his will, but
that that of his Almighty Father should be
Done. He felt that the great task he had taken
upon himself must be performed, and prepared
to undergo the last pang. He roused his sleepy
companions, and announced to them that the
betrayer was at hand.
Judas approached, accompanied by an armed
multitude, who were to arrest the destined
victim. That base-hearted man had before
agreed with the men who were engaged to seize

Jesus, to point him out to them; Whom-
soever I shall kiss," said he, that same is he:
) hold him fast."
S The hostile band approached, and Judas
Advancing to Christ, accosted him in the )
Slanguage of reverential love, saying, "Hail (
) master;" and then he kissed him.
The preconcerted signal given, Jesus was
Instantly secured, by those who attended for
) that purpose. That Jesus should be captured
)) and should suffer, was necessary for the salva-
) tion of the world, and for the fulfilment of
prophecy ; but the treachery of Judas, we
cannot contemplate without horror and dis-
It is the duty of the youth who would have
his name enrolled among the followers of the
Lord, to shun violence and subdue rancour.
He who cannot do this, has but ill-learned the
lesson which it was the object of the Saviour
to teach, for he set mankind an example of
patience and mercy, but violence and rancour
are less hateful than the monstrous perfidy of
the vile Judas, who while smilingly regarding
Jesus as a friend, and crying, Hail master,"
) could betray with a kiss.

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"And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said
to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech
bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear,
saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock
crew. -MATTHEW, chap. xxvi., verses 73 & 74.


ONE of the primary objects of the Gospel, is
to teach those who desire to rank among the
followers of the Saviour, humility.
That humility which becomes a Christian,
can only grow on a knowledge of the weakness
of his nature. The disciple Peter, ardent and
sincere in his devotion to Jesus, presumptuously
declared, that though all beside should fall off
from Christ, he would remain unmoved. He
was immediately checked by Jesus, who told
him, "before the cock crow thou shalt deny
me thrice."
In a very short time this was proved.
When cruel men reproachfully spoke to the
disciple, and told him in an accusing tone, that
he was known to be one of the followers of the
persecuted Saviour, his courage failed him, his
resolution gave way, and in his anxiety to
escape from their anger or their scorn, he began
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to curse and swear, and said, I know not the
man." Scarcely were the words out of his
mouth, when the cock crew. With grief and
shame, the erring disciple then recalled what
Jesus had foretold, and Saint Matthew writes,
" he went out and wept bitterly."
In the conduct of Peter, we see how mourn-
fully the good may swerve from duty. It
should teach men not to be too confident.
Because they mean well, it does not follow as a
matter of course, that under all circumstances
they will have the courage and presence of
mind to do what is right. Let them try to
fortify their good resolutions, and, unmoved by
the frowns of men, be faithful to the truth, and
to duty; be faithful to the end.
Failing to do this, weakly striving to escape
blame or punishment, their hearts soon tell
them they desire it. Then like Peter, they may
weep bitterly. True repentance will, as in his
case, obtain pardon, but the Christian must not
be ashamed of his master here, if he hope to be
owned by that master in heaven.




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"Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was
condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty
pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders."-MATTHEW,
chap. xxvii., verse 3.

JUDAS, who had been one of the followers of
Jesus, who had enjoyed the privilege of con-
versing with the Son of God, and had been
taught by him his duty, was wicked enough to
betray him into the hands of the cruel Jews,
who sought to put him to death.
Sinful men cannot escape punishment. Judas
found this to his sorrow; the stings of conscience
tortured him, and he could not enjoy the wages
of guilt. In an agony of remorse, he took back
the thirty pieces of silver, which he had received
as the price of his crime, to the chief priest and
the elders. He wished them to receive the
money, and said he had sinned against innocent
The hard-hearted men who had tempted him
to his undoing, then looked on him with scorn,
and mocked his distress. "What," said they,
"is that to us? see thou to that."
He had performed the treacherous deed they

had desired to witness, and they cared not what
the sad consequences might be to him. They
rejoiced in the treason, but despised the traitor.
Then the wretched man was truly miserable.
He threw down the money in the temple, and,
mad with grief, at seeing himself mocked by
those whose favour he had hoped to gain, he
went and hanged himself.
Ill-gotten money never fails to bring with it
a curse. From youth to age, this solemn truth
ought to be deeply engraved on every Chris-
tian's heart. All the luxuries, all the splen-
dour, that wealth can command, are utterly
worthless if he who possesses them wants
peace of mind. The rich man who is conscious
of crime, envies the humblest cottager, the
meanest beggar, the most abject slave who has
preserved his integrity. In the lordly hall, the
wealthy wicked chief seeks for rest in vain; he
lives in hopeless sorrow, and often, like Judas,
dies by his own hand in despair.

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" And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon
his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the
knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail King of the
Jews!"-MATTHEW, chap. xxvii., verse 29.

IN our times, when a criminal is doomed to die,
though he is proved to have stained his hands
with blood, and is known to have committed a
dreadfully aggravated murder, while contem-
plating the awful punishment which awaits
him, generous pity is moved, soothing language
is addressed to him, and men almost "forget
his vices in his woe."
It was not so in the case of the Saviour of
the world, who had been guilty of no crime.
The unfeeling men who had power over him in
his mortal state, were not content with con-
demning him to death on the cross. Brutal
mockery was resorted to, and ingenious bar-
barity laboured to heighten his distress.
Crowned with thorns, a reed was put into his
right hand, as a sham sceptre; scoffers spit upon
him, they smote him, and bending the knee

before him, they jeeringly affected to honour
him by shouting, Hail King of the Jews."
Nor was this all. Pretending to give him
drink to allay his thirst, they offered him an
odious mixture of vinegar and gall. He tasted
it, but could not drink.
Then they crucified him. That mode of
punishment was dreadful. A powerful writer
in the Quarterly Review, says-" Of all the
devices of cruel imagination, crucifixion is the
masterpiece. The weight of the body was
borne by a ledge projecting from the middle of
the upright beam, and not by the hands and
feet, which were probably found unequal to the
strain. The frailty of man's frame comes at
last to be its own defence; but enough re-
mained to preserve the pre-eminence of torture
to the cross. The process of nailing was ex-
quisite torment, and yet worse in what ensued
than in the actual infliction. The spikes
rankled, the wounds inflamed, the local injury
produced a general fever, the fever a most in-
tolerable thirst; but the greatest misery to the
sufferer was, while racked with agony, to be
fastened in a position which did not permit
him even to writhe."
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"And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a
clean linen cloth."-MATTHEW, chap. xxvii., verse 59.

WHEN at length the agonies of the Saviour had
reached an end, when he had endured all that
human nature could suffer, death, from which
the happy and the thoughtless recoil with horror,
brought the glorious victim repose. Relieved
from consciousness and from pain, the mangled
form of the Redeemer hung on the cross, when
Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, went to
Pilate the governor, and begged that the body
might be given to him. Pilate who had wished
to save Jesus from his enemies, though he had
not opposed their cruelty with proper resolution,
granted his request.
The governor's consent obtained, Joseph
took the body of our Lord from the cross, and
wrapped it in a linen cloth. In that country
it was common to commit the dead to the
earth, not in a coffin, but in a winding-sheet.
Thus the remains of Jesus were disposed of,
and Joseph, with pious care, caused the corpse

to be deposited in a new tomb which had been
hewed out for him in a rock. That done, he
rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre
and departed.
Joseph acted a kindly part. Pitying the
dreadful inflictions which the victim of man's
sin and of divine compassion had sustained, he
in giving the corpse a grave, did all that charity
in such circumstances could attempt, and placing
a stone at the door of the sepulchre, of course
it was his object to guard against the remains
being disturbed by foolish curiosity, or ruffianly
malice, which with impotent rage, will some-
times seek to pursue the fallen, even in the
There it was his wish, in love for the de-
parted, that the body should rest till reduced
to dust, and for ever. He could hardly have
anticipated what was soon to take place.
Generous pity prompted him to act as he did,
but would not have assured him of that grand
consummation in which all Christians rejoice.


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"And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting
over against the sepulchre."-MATTHEW, chap. xxvii.,
verse 61.


AFFECTION fondly lingers near the remains of
the departed. The cynic may call this weak-
ness, but he can hardly deny that it is nature.
Those moments, though mournful, are deeply
When by the bed of languishment we sit,
Or o'er our dying friends in anguish hang,
Wipe the cold dew, or stay the sinking head."
If sad the duty to perform, it is still a pri-
vilege which the kind relative or friend would
not trust to another hand.
Such are the feelings awakened in virtuous
believers, when in the course of nature an
esteemed fellow-creature is called away. His
good qualities are then industriously recalled,
his faults, his weaknesses, are excused or for-
gotten, and the mourner is absorbed in gen-
erous sorrow.
If such the case when a man or woman dies
of years, by gradual decay, it will easily be con-
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ceived that great indeed must have been the
sorrow of the two Marys, when they beheld,
as Saint Mark tells us they did, "Looking on
afar off," the dreadful spectacle on Mount
Calvary. In the prime of life they saw their
more than blameless friend and preceptor
treated as the vilest criminal that ever sinned
Against divine or human laws. They knew
Shim condemned to the most terrible anguish,
yet they might not approach to "wipe the
cold dew" from the pallid forehead, or to
" stay the sinking head." Set up as a mark
for cruel mockery, Jesus was left to expire in
agony on the cross, while those who lamented
his sufferings, were kept at a distance.
The awful scene at length closed. Human
nature, which Christ had assumed, could sus-
tain such dreadful inflictions no longer, and the
Redeemer slept in death. Then it was the two
Marys approached the dear remains of their
Lord. They wept over those features which
They had so often beheld lighted up by benevo-
lence, instructing the ignorant, and relieving the
Afflicted, and when by the care of Joseph of
Arimathea, the body had been placed in the
rock, the two Marys, reluctant to withdraw,
lingered near the door of the sepulchre.



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"And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of
the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back
the stone from the door, and sat upon it."-MATTHIEW
chap. xxviii., verse 2.

IT was on the night of Friday that the two
mourners, the Marys, seated themselves near
the door of the sepulchre, where it may be pre-
sumed they remained till daylight returned.
In the course of the Saturday, which was
the Jewish sabbath, the chief priests and Phari-
sees entreated Pilate to set a watch over the
body of Jesus, lest his disciples should steal it
away, and report that he had risen from the
dead. Pilate gave them permission to make it
as secure as they could, and they, determined
that none of his friends should have access to
the corpse, put a seal on the stone, and set a
watch to guard it.
These cares were vain. The angel of the
Lord came from heaven and rolled away the
stone, and seated himself thereon. Then the
men appointed to keep watch, were filled with
alarm, they trembled and swooned, or became
as dead men."





But to the two Marys, who at the close of
the sabbath, had returned to the tomb, the
angel brought words of comfort. Fear not,"
Said he, "I know ye seek Jesus, who was
crucified. He is not here: come, see the place
i where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell
Shis disciples that he is risen from the dead."
S Christ had foretold that on the third day he
Should rise again, and this it was made the
Chief priests and Pharisees so anxious to guard
\ against the remains being carried away.
For the two Marys, who had deplored with
tears and heartfelt sorrow the tortures Jesus
v had to bear, what words can describe the joy, /
Sthe emotion they must have felt, when a bright
Messenger from the sky gave them the glad
Stidings, that he whom they mourned as dead,
had risen from the grave.
Often among the wise dispensations of Pro-
Svidence, we see the good mourn the loss of a
Kind and revered friend; but affection after a
Time, where faith is not wanting, receives an
Assurance almost as distinct as that given by
Sthe angel to Mary, that grief may be spared,
That the loved ones removed, are not lost for
Sever, but have risen to happiness and Heaven.

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The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way
of the Lord, make his paths straight."-MARK, chap. i.,
verse 3.

IT had been revealed to the children of Israel
long before the event, that the Messiah would
Visit this world. Holy and inspired seers, gifted
to make known the future, proclaimed that a
Celestial guest might be expected. They more-
over announced that a messenger should be
sent before him to prepare the way.
And a voice was to be heard, the voice of
one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the
Sway of the Lord, make his paths straight."
That voice was the voice of John the Baptist.
It was his mission to "preach the baptism of
Repentance for the remission of sins."
S This eminent person was a pious man, whose
habits were singular and austere. "John was
Clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of
Sa skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts
and wild honey."
John had a grateful task to perform. It was
given to him to announce the speedy coming
k of the Saviour. In his preaching he told his
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hearers of the exalted character of Christ, say-
ing, "There cometh one mightier than I after
me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy
to stoop down and unloose." "I indeed,"
said he, "have baptised you with water: but
he shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost."
Christ came as the prophets had foretold.
He was all that John had reported. But the
Jews, though credulous enough to believe those
who assured them that senseless images might
be worthily worshipped, who taught them to
bend the knee to such objects, and say, these
be thy gods, O Israel," could not put their
trust in one whose piety and truth entitled him
to confidence. Thus unhappily, foolish mortals,
perverse and stubborn, obstinately shut their
eyes, and will not see that which tends to their
eternal benefit. Good men still cherish a hope
that a day will come when the paths of the
Lord shall be made straight," and the truth
beam on each benighted mind, with such resist-
less and appropriate glory, that all must give it
a welcome.

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It came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth
of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan."-MARK,
chap. i., verse 9.

SIE who was appointed to be the forerunner of
the Redeemer, the chosen herald of the Son of
SGod, was permitted to receive a still greater
i honour, that of performing the baptismal cere-
Smony for Christ.
John had been engaged in preaching baptism
Sand the remission of sins, when Jesus left
i Nazareth and repaired to him to be baptized
in the river Jordan.
It is not too much to suppose that one who
had been apprized of the coming of the Lord,
and appointed to prepare his ways, was not
Sunacquainted with the quality of that commu-
nicant who now appeared before him; yet even
a knowledge of his character and high mission,
could hardly have prepared him for the wonders
which were to be seen and heard on that great
The ceremony had been completed, not as it
is usually performed now, but in the open
river, and John had left the water, when he saw

the heavens open, and the holy spirit in the
form of a dove, descending upon Jesus!
It was impossible for the Baptist to gaze on
such a grand and extraordinary spectacle, but
with breathless amazement and awe. It was
still before his eyes, when a voice was heard
from heaven, it was that of the Almighty him-
self, addressed to the Saviour, and saying,
"Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am
well pleased."
Jesus, at this time, as a mortal, had reached
maturity. He had commenced, or was about
to commence, his grand labour, and to undergo
his fiery trial, which, it is generally believed, he )
was not to enter upon till he had passed through
youth to manhood. "The praise and love
breathed on him from the sky," as recorded by
the evangelist Mark, by his great and Eternal
Father, was therefore the reward of a virtuous
and blameless life, up to that moment. ()
Youthful readers perusing the eventful story
of the Son of God, are to remember that he
had all the weaknesses of humanity, while he
was here. Yet he was pure, and his dread Sire
" in him was well pleased." It is quite possible
for his followers to imitate his purity, if with
unbending faith they seek to share his ever-
lasting glory.

"As he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew
his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will
make you to become fishers of men."-MARK, chap. L,
verses 16 & 17.


IN the Old Testament, we read, that when
Presumptuous men undertook to erect a build-
ing which should reach to the sky, their daring
folly was requited by their being thrown into
Helpless embarrassment, from the confusion of
tongues. Their enterprise was rendered a total
failure, bythe will of Him to whose dwelling
they had 'insolently proposed to ascend, in the
vain hope that doing so, would save them from
future danger.
To humble pride, has ever been the will
of the Almighty. Disdain for the proud of
i;this world, is evinced by the Saviour. Those
who in their own conceit, were most eminent
for piety, or for learning, he valued not, but' to
Raise the lowly, and give them dignity and
importance, was his pleasure.
In the case of the arrogant builders of Babel,
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the power of making themselves understood
was taken from them ; in that of the untaught
followers of the Lord, an extraordinary gift of
language was vouchsafed to them, which ren-
dered their speech intelligible, where before
they had no means of giving utterance to their
Such was the miraculous power of Jesus,
that he could qualify the ignorant to teach,
while he confounded the worldly-wise.
When walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw
Simon and Andrew, two poor fishermen, casting
their nets; he knew they were not scholars,
That they were not possessed of learning, but
/ he called to them to follow him, and he would
make them fishers of men. By this he meant
that unlettered as they were, he would enable
them to snatch men from the sea of iniquity,
in which they were immersed, and render
them the messengers of mercy to their fellow-
Divine illumination, no doubt, came instantly
over their minds at the call of Jesus. They
forsook their nets, and followed him: they
abandoned earthly cares, to fix their thoughts
on Heavenly glory.


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S"And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean
spirit; and he cried out. -MARK, chap. i., verse 23.

SJESUs taught as one that had authority, and
not as the Scribes" had been accustomed to
teach, and throughout his mortal pilgrimage,
She was found giving the most important les-
Ssons in a style and manner peculiarly his own,
Sand proving that he "had authority, by the
Wonders he performed."
S He was teaching in the synagogue at Caper-
Snaum when a man was presented to him who
Swas troubled with an unclean spirit.
S This spirit, St. Mark reports to have cried
South, saying, Let me alone; what have we to
do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou
come to destroy us ? I know thee, who thou
art, the Holy One of God."
Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Hold thy
peace, and come out of him."
The command, we read, was not issued in
vain, for the Evangelist goes on, "When the
unclean spirit had torn him (the sufferer), and

cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
And they (the bystanders) were all amazed,
insomuch that they questioned among them-
selves, saying, what thing is this; what new
doctrine is this?"
They were astonished, as well they might be,
to find that the speaker had power over unclean
spirits, who were compelled to obey him. It
was, indeed, an extraordinary case, in which
one so meek, so gentle, as Jesus was in his
general course of life, proved that he had at his
command such irresistible power, that devils
perceiving him, were compelled to tremble and
depart at his bidding.
This the Jews had an opportunity of know-
ing, and in consequence, the Saviour's ftme was
spread abroad, through all the region round
about Galilee. It was known that he was
potent to relieve those who were afflicted, and
many were sufficiently on the alert to resort to
resort to him, that their maladies might be
cured. If men were as careful to seek Heaven
as they are to crave relief from present anguish,
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"There came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling
down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst
make me clean."-MARK, chap. i., verse 40.

IN consequence of that fame, which has already
been spoken of, which Jesus gained as one
who could heal the sick, a leper came to him,
and entreated him to make him clean.
Among the Jews a leper was regarded with
great horror. We see in the Bible that even a
king was no more respected when he was
afflicted with leprosy. Not only suffering pain,
but despised by his fellow-men, who might
have been expected to sooth his distress, the
case of the leper was most pitiable. Happily
he applied to one who, in a case of real woe, it
was not difficult to move. Jesus compassion-
ately put forth his hand and touched him,
and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean."
More was not necessary. No sooner had
the Saviour uttered these few words, than the
leprosy departed from the sufferer, and he was
When he was going, Jesus said to him,
"See thou say nothing to any man; but go

thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer
for thy cleansing those things which Moses
commanded, for a testimony unto them."
The man, however, did not heed what the
Saviour said to him in this instance. He went
forth and published it, or, as Mark tells us,
" began to blaze abroad the matter."
The consequence was, that multitudes went
to Jesus from every quarter, so that he could
no longer go about the city. He then with-
drew into the desert, but even there they seem
to have followed him. To him who could heal
their bodily ailments, and did it too, without
expense, they were willing to resort in crowds.
The case of the leper evinces the importance
of faith in the goodness of the Saviour. There
is a leprosy of the mind as well as of the body.
Let him who is afflicted with the former imitate
the leper of Galilee, and call for aid from
above, in the full conviction that the Lord who
hears the sinner's prayer can make him clean.


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