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LIFE OF CHRIST
JESUS QUESTIONING THE DOCTORS.
LIFE OF CHRIST
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLORS
GILBERT II. McKIBBIN
By G. H. McKIBBIN
Printed by the Mankattan Press,
474 W. Broadway, New York
IT is delightful to witness the deep interest which
children take in the History of their Saviour; they
are early attracted and sweetly riveted by the
wonderful Story of the Master from the Manger
to the Throne.
If God has implanted in the infant heart a desire
to hear of Jesus, surely it behooves the friends of
little children (whom Jesus delighted so to gather
around him) to bring together from Scripture
every incident, expression, and description within
the verge of their comprehension, and to weave
them into a memorial garland of their Saviour.
Children will gaze with admiring love upon each
wondrous act and word-from the pure snow-drop
of innocence in the manger to the passion-flower of
agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and thence to
the glorious Ascension of our Divine Saviour into
The command given by our Lord to those He
sent forth was to "Preach and Teach." We, in
this little book, humbly try to follow in their steps.
We have introduced a profusion of illustrations, re-
garding them as being very important in a narra-
tive of occurrences so distant from this modern life
of ours, both in time and place.
LIFE OF CHRIST.
PALESTINE AT THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD-THE ANNUNCIA-
TION TO MARY-THE SAVIOUR BORN IN BETHLEHEM-
THE WISE MEN AND THE STAR.
VERY far away from our own country lies the
land where Jesus Christ was born. More than five
thousand miles stretch between us and it. It rests
in the very heart and centre of the Old World, en-
circled by Asia, Europe, and Africa. A little land,
it is only about two hundred miles in length and
but fifty miles broad; but its hills and valleys, its
dusty roads and green pastures, its vineyards and
olive yards, and its village streets have been trod-
den by the feet of our Lord; and for us, as well as
for the Jews, it is the Holy Land.
Nearly nineteen hundred years ago there lived in
the quiet town of Nazareth a pious Jewish maiden:
her name was Mary. She was going to be married
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to a poor man named Joseph, who was a carpenter
by trade. Though living thus in humble life, they
were of the royal family of Judah, and were the
descendants of King David.
The Jews were very particular to keep exact lists
of the names of their families-genealogies they
called them-and these lists went back for many
Though Joseph and Mary belonged to the royal
family of David, yet they lived in Nazareth of Gali-
lee, far away from King David's city, Bethlehem.
The Roman Emperor Augustus had conquered
Palestine and put a king of his own choosing on the
throne of Judah. His name was Herod the Great
and he was obliged to rule as the emperor ordered.
We now go back to Nazareth, and see Mary, who
is sitting alone in her own house. A glorious
visitor stands before her, and says, Peace be with
you, Mary. Be glad, for the Lord is with you, and
has blessed you more than any other woman. Mary
saw that her bright visitor was an angel of God,
and she felt troubled at his saying. What did it
mean, why was he sent to her? she asked herself.
Then the angel told her not to fear; for he came
to tell her that God would send her a baby-a
wonderful baby. It would be no other than Jesus,
the long-promised Saviour of the world.
Oh, how long the world had waited for this Seed
of the woman, which was to undo the mischief
caused by Satan, according to the promise made
thousands of years ago to Adam and Eve! And
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how often from that time had the prophets foretold
his coming, how a maiden should have a son, who
would be Christ the Lord!
Mary had heard all these wonderful sayings of
God, and she was glad to find that, of all the
women of Israel, she was the one chosen to be the
mother of this child.
But the old prophets said that this child was to
be born at Bethlehem, whereas Mary lived at Naz-
areth. This old saying, however, came exactly
true in a strange way.
The Emperor Augustus, who was the master of
the land of Palestine, said that he wanted a list of
the names of every man and woman, their ages,
their rank, and their trades, throughout the land.
This list was called a census and was taken every
Herod was to make out the list; and he said, to
prevent mistakes, he must take the people accord-
ing to the tribe to which they belonged. Every
one was, therefore, obliged to go to the city to
which his tribe or family belonged, however trouble-
some or however far it might be for some of them.
They could not help it-the will of Augustus was
law and had to be obeyed.
Yes, into every city, into every town, into every
village, there came a messenger to say, Every one
must go to his right place, to have his name put
down in the list for the Emperor.
Now Joseph and Mary belonged to the family of
David, of the tribe of Judah; so they had to go to
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Bethlehem, for that was David's city, to have their
names written down.
It was about sixty miles from Nazareth to Beth-
lehem, a very long journey in those days.
How tired they are, and how glad to see the
white walls of the little city through the olive trees
and vines which grew around it!
It is evening, and the city is full, for others, like
them, have come from a distance to be registered.
They go to the inn, but there is no place for them
-where shall they sleep for the night?
The master of the inn pities them, and says, They
may rest in the stable for the night. How glad
Joseph and Mary are even of that lowly place!
There is straw for them to lie upon, and a roof over
their heads; but that is all. The oxen and asses
are around them, and many are going and coming;
but they are thankful, after their long and weary
journey, to find any shelter in Bethlehem.
That night the old saying of Micah the prophet
came true; for there, at Bethlehem, did God send
to Mary the promised baby. Yes, that night was
the most wonderful and most joyous in the world's
history, for then was born the Son of God.
Mary took her baby, and dressed him in some long
clothes, called swaddling clothes, and laid him in a
manger. She had no soft cradle near; she dared
not lay him on the ground, lest the beasts should
tread on him, so she put him into one of the troughs
from which the cattle ate their food.
On the night that Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
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some shepherds were watching their flocks in the
fields around the city.
More than a thousand years before had David,
when a lad, kept his father's sheep in the very same
place. Now, these shepherds were guarding their
flocks from the wolves and foxes, which still lived
in the hills and woods of Palestine.
All at once, they see a strange bright light. It
is night, so it is not the sun; nor is it the moon-
nor the stars. Brighter than the brightest day is
this light from Heaven.
The glory of the Lord shines round about them.
No wonder they are afraid. Then an angel spoke
to them, and said, Fear not: for behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all
people. For unto you is born, in the city of David,
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. He is a new-
born baby, lying in a manger at the inn of Beth-
lehem. Go, and you will find him.
Now they saw in the sky a great number of
angels, who filled the air with their praises; and
the shepherds heard the words of the angels' cradle-
song. It was this:
Glory to God in the highest,
On earth peace, and good-will to men.
Having sung this song, the angels went back to
Heaven: the light faded away, and all was dark as
The shepherds now began talking together about
these strange sights and sounds. And they said,
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Let us got the nearest way to Bethlehem, and see
this thing which has come to pass.
They did not say, Let us wait till morning, be-
cause of our flocks; no, the event was so great they
could not wait till then to see its truth.
At once, they went to the inn of Bethlehem, into
the court-yard, around which were the stables.
There, even as the angels had said, and as they ex-
pected to find, was the babe lying in a manger,
with Mary and Joseph by his side.
Said they to Mary, This baby is the Saviour of
the world, the long-promised Messiah; we knew
we should find him here, for God has sent his angels
to-night to tell us of his birth. The whole air was
filled with music from Heaven, and we heard the
Glory to God in the highest,
On earth peace, and good-will to men.
Mary, like all other mothers, kept these sayings
about her baby like treasures in her heart. Often
and often, in after years, did she think over all the
strange things that had happened at the birth of
The shepherds could not stay any longer in Beth-
lehem, for their flocks were alone; but they told
many in the city what they had heard and seen.
Every one who heard the good news wondered at
the things which were told them by the shepherds.
Many heard; but all did not believe. As it was
then, so it is now.
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To you is the Saviour sent; do you know it-and
do you love him?
Many pious men in Israel were at this time look-
ing for the birth of a great Prince, and this expecta-
tion was shared in by many people in other parts of
In one of the countries east of Palestine, probably
Arabia, there lived some Wise Men-magi, sages,
or, perhaps, priests. As they lived near the bor-
ders of the old kingdom of Chaldea, no doubt they
had heard of the prophecy of Daniel in which he
spoke of the coming, about this time, of Messiah
the Prince, to whom should be. given glory and a
Or they had most likely heard from the children
of Moab, whose country was also near theirs, of the
saying of Balaam, "I shall see him, but not now;
I shall behold him, but not nigh. There shall come
a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of
Israel. Out of Jacob shall come he that hath
It was more than fourteen hundred years before
that these words were spoken, and now that "Star"
These Eastern sages were one night looking at
the sky, studying, as was their way, the movements
of the stars. As they gazed into the quiet depths
of the midnight sky, they saw a new bright star.
Is this the star of Jacob's Ruler? said they; surely
it is the sign of that Great King's coming! With
feelings of awe and wonder they continued to gaze
THE STAR IN THE EAST.
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on. At last they said, We will go to Jerusalem,
where the God of Israel has his temple; and per-
haps there we shall hear that he has come. We
will go and worship him, and will take some gifts
for his acceptance.
When they reached Jerusalem, they earnestly
asked the people whom they met, Where is he that
is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star
in the East, and are come to worship him!
King Herod and the people of Jerusalem had not
yet heard of his birth, and these inquiries of the
Wise Men troubled them.
Herod was afraid. The King of the Jews, did
the Wise Men say? Perhaps he will one day take
away my crown, and himself sit upon the ancient
throne of David. Thus thought this wicked king.
Herod became more and more frightened, for he
must have heard something of the old prophecies,
which people were expecting to be fulfilled. His
own conscience must have troubled him, too, as the
thought of many of his crimes arose in his mind.
But he need not have feared this King of the Jews,
for his kingdom was to be one over the hearts of
men: it was "not of this world."
Then herod said, Call all the men together who
are wise in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Then the chief priests, and the scribes, who were
the writers of the law, met together at Herod's
command. Tell me where your writings say that
Christ should be born, demanded he.
They quickly answered, In Bethlehem of Judea,
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as they unrolled the parchment on which Micah's
ancient prophecy was written.
They showed him the words most plainly writ-
ten, "But thou, Bethlehem-Ephratah, though thou
be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of
thee shall he come forth unto me, that is to be Ruler
It is enough! said Herod; and he sent for the
Wise Men. He asked them when they had first
seen the star, for he felt sure that it was the star of
the King of Israel. Go, said he, to Bethlehem, for
it is there, and not at Jerusalem, that the prophets
say this child is to be born. When you have found
him, come back and tell me, that I also may go and
worship him. .
These Eastern sages now turned from Jerusalem
to go to Bethlehem, which was a few miles off.
They felt quite sure now that they were walking in
the right road, for lo! they saw again the beautiful
star that they had seen in their own land. Exceed-
ing great was their joy; and the star never left
them again till they came to the place where the
young child was.
They went to the house in which Joseph and
Mary now lived, and there they saw the baby in the
arms of his mother.
Did they turn away and say, This poor infant
cannot be a king; if he were, he would have come
to a kingly dwelling, in the midst of the well-born
and the noble?
No: had not the star guided them? With faith
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and reverence these Wise Men at once fell down
and worshipped him; and when they had opened
their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
That night God told them in a dream not to re-
turn to Jerusalem to tell Herod what they had seen,
but to go straight home some other way.
HEROD SLAYS THE YOUNG CHILDREN-THE FLIGHT INTO
EGYPT-THE PREACHING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST-
THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST.
HEROD was waiting with great impatience for the
return of the Wise Men to Jerusalem. He was
continually asking his servants if they had heard or
seen anything of them. At last, after waiting some
time, he said, They must have gone home again by
now; they have found the infant King, and they
would not come to tell me about him. In great
anger he sent for some Roman soldiers, and said,
Make haste, and go to Bethlehem. A young King
has lately been born there, and I will have him
killed at once. I do not know in which house this
baby is; but to make sure of his death, you shall
go into every house in the place, and kill every child
under two years old.
Do you think that these soldiers said, Sureiy King
Herod will alter his mind when his passion is gone?
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THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT.
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No; they knew too well that he was old in cruelty,
and that it was of no use for them to refuse to obey
His soldiers enter Bethlehem. Why are these
men come here? the people ask. They had not long
to wait for an answer. The soldiers went into one
house after another, and snatched every baby from
its mother's breast, and threw it down again a life-
less corpse. Every little child that was just able
to walk about they caught up in their arms, and
pierced it with their swords. In vain the mothers
ran with their babies to the tops of their houses; in
vain the fathers carried their little ones to the
vineyards round; every garden was searched, every
door was opened, and every child under two years
old was killed. And from the city of Bethlehem
there arose an exceeding bitter cry.
But I think I hear you ask, Did they find the
baby Jesus, and kill him? No; God would not let
them do that. He knew what the wicked king
would do, so he took care that Jesus should be in a
safe place far away.
The night after the Wise Men had left, God sent
an angel to Joseph, and said to him, Rise from your
bed, and get ready for a journey to Egypt. Take
Mary and the baby away directly, for Herod will
seek for the infant to kill him. I will tell you when
it will be time for you to return home.
Joseph did not wait a moment. In the stillness
of the night they went through the village gate,
and were soon far away in the desert.
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Joseph and Mary and the baby did not long live
in Egypt, for Herod died very soon afterward.
Then God sent an angel to Joseph, to tell him that
now he might go back again, because they were
dead who sought the young child's life.
But Joseph felt afraid to go and live at Bethlehem
again, so he went back to his old home at Nazareth
For twelve years the life of Jesus is wrapped in
unbroken silence. We only know that he grew,
and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and
the grace of God was upon him.
When Jesus was about twelve years old Joseph
and Mary took him to Jerusalem to the feast of the
Passover. This was a long journey from Nazareth,
but it happened at a good season of the year, after
the summer's heat and before the winter's rain be-
gan to fall. When the feast was over, Joseph and
Mary set out on their return journey, but Jesus
tarried in Jerusalem, and Joseph and Mary were
some distance from Jerusalem before Jesus was
missed. Not finding him among their kinsfolk and
friends, they returned to Jerusalem, and after three
days they found him in the temple among the
teachers of the law, both hearing and asking them
questions. And when they saw him they were
amazed, and his mother said, Son, why hast thou
thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have
sought thee sorrowing. Jesus answered, How is
it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be
about my Father's business? He would have his
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mother know that implicit obedience to his Heavenly
Father was the first rule of his life. Still, although
the Son of God, he yielded to them the true obedi-
ence of a son, and returned with them to Nazareth,
where, we doubt not, he labored with Joseph at the
carpenter's bench for his own support and that of
For the next eighteen years there is silence re-
specting the life of Jesus. We only know that he
grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God
If you had been living in the land of Palestine,
thirty years after the birth of Christ, you would
have heard of a man called John the Baptist.
He lived mostly among the wild places and desert
parts of Judea, and by the river side of Jordan.
He wore the coarsest clothing, and lived on the
plainest food. Yet he was a greater prophet than
all those who had come before him. He was "a
man sent from God" to prepare the Jews for the
teaching of Jesus.
Up to this time Jesus had been living quietly
with his parents at Nazareth. Now the time had
come for him to begin to teach and to preach to the
Some time, however, before Jesus began his work,
John told the Jews to get ready for the teaching of
Jesus. Some one is coming who is greater than I
am. He already stands among you, though you
know him not. Put away, he cried, all that will
hinder his coming to you. He is the Holy One of
JOHN THE BAPTIST.
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Israel, turn away from your sins. Repent! the
kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
These sayings of John roused the whole Jewish
people. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all
Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and
were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their
sins. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan
unto John, to, be baptized of him. But John for-
bade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of
thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answer-
ing, said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus
it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he
suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized,
went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the
heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the
Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting
upon him: and, lo, a voice from Heaven, saying,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
The Pharisees and Sadducees, too, came to John.
They were mostly proud men, who thought a great
deal of themselves.
John was surprised to see them come, and said,
Who has told you to flee from the wrath to come?
You think you are safe because you are the children
of faithful Abraham; but I tell you that each one
of you must give up his sins, his pride, and all un-
righteousness, or he can have no part in Messiah's
kingdom; that kingdom is close at hand. Repent!
for he will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.
These plain words of John made the Pharisees
angry-they thought themselves so much better
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than others, that they had no need to repent. But
no one can enter the kingdom of Jesus unless he
turns away from his sins.
I cannot tell you of all the people who came to
John; but some there were who felt very sorry for
their sins, and to them he spoke words of love and
peace. He told them to look to Jesus as the Lamb
of God who taketh away the sins of the world.
CHRIST'S TEMPTATION-THE CALLING OF THE DISCIPLES-
JESUS BEGINS HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY--THE MIRACLE OF
THE FISHES-HIS FIRST MIRACLE AT CANA-DRIVES
THE BUYERS AND SELLERS OUT OF THE TEMPLE-JESUS
BEFORE Jesus began to teach, he went into the
wilderness for forty days. The quiet of the desert
was only broken by the roar of wild beasts, as they
went about at night seeking for their food.
But Jesus was not afraid of them; he wanted to
be all by himself, that he might pray to God, his
Father, and think over the great work which he was
so soon going to begin.
God kept him alive without food for these forty
days. At the end of that time, Jesus was hungry.
Now, thought Satan, will be a good time for me to
try to make him do wrong. So he came to Jesus
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and said, You are very hungry, and there is no food
to be had in this desert, but that will not matter.
If you really are the Son of God you can soon turn
these stones that lie around you into bread.
But Jesus said, No; I will trust to God to feed
me in any way that he thinks fit. Man does not
live by bread alone.
You see it was like meat and drink to Jesus to do
the will of his Father.
Then Satan took Jesus to the temple at Jerusalem,
to the top of a very high tower.
Now, said Satan, throw yourself down; you will
not be hurt, for God your Father will take care of
you. It is said in the Scriptures, The angels shall
bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot
against a stone.
Jesus said, No, I will not do as you wish. It is
written in the Scriptures, Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God. God only works miracles for wise
ends, not-for the sake of making a wonder. Jesus
knew that he could not expect his Father to take
care of him, if he went into danger on purpose.
He could come down from the tower by the steps in
the usual way; he need not throw himself from the
top, in order to reach the ground.
Satan now took Jesus to the top of a very high
mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the
world, and the glory of them. All these, said he,
I will give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship
me. You say you are to be King over all the earth;
seek my help, and your kingdom shall be set up in
THE TEMPTATION OE JESUS.
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the world, without any giving up of life and ease
on your part.
But Jesus said, Get thee hence, Satan, for it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and
him only shalt thou serve. My kingdom is not one
of show and splendor; it is one in the hearts of men.
Then Satan went away. The holy Jesus would
not yield to him when he tried to lead him into sin.
Adam and Eve listened to the Evil One, they be-
lieved his lies, and disobeyed God; but Christ, who
is called the Second Adam, was tempted, and did
Satan comes to us all with just the temptation
that he thinks we shall listen to. To one he says,
I would not bear that cross word; give a hard word
back again; and he tempts to revenge.
Jesus knows how hard it is to do right, when the
devil tempts us to do wrong. One reason why he
let the devil come to him was, that he might know
how hard it was to say "No" to him.
When the devil comes to tempt us, Jesus is by
us, too, watching to see if we mind his words, and
ready to help us to do right if we only ask him.
God sent help to Jesus as soon as Satan had gone
away. We are told that angels came and brought
him the food he so much needed. How glad they
always were to do the least thing that he wanted.
You will often read in the New Testament of the
twelve disciples of Jesus. Do you know what the
word disciple means? It means a learner. These
twelve men were learners of Christ. All who
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learned of him were his disciples; but these twelve
were with him always, and learned of him the most.
They are called apostles, too, because Jesus sent
them out into different parts of the country to teach
others. The word apostle means "one who is sent."
The disciples were also the friends of Christ. He
told them things about God and about himself that
he did not tell people generally. They loved Jesus
dearly, and he loved them, too, and took great pains
to correct their mistakes, and to make them good.
Peter, James, and John are the three that we
read most about. John was the disciple that was
the most like his Master in spirit, and he was called
"the disciple whom Jesus loved."
One day John the Baptist was teaching his dis-
ciples or learners, when Jesus passed by. He was
just talking to them about Jesus, and as he saw
him looking so calm, so gentle, so.meek, he said,
Behold the Lamb of God! Two of John's disciples
heard his words, and as they looked at Jesus, they
felt the words were true; so they turned at once,
and followed him.
It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when
they went after Jesus. They did not speak to him,
lest they should disturb him. Jesus knew that in
their hearts they wanted to speak to him, so he
turned round and said to them kindly, What is it
you wish for?
They said, Will you tell us where you live? Jesus
said, Come with me, and I will show you where I
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Then they were very glad; this was just what
they wanted, only they did not like to ask.
Jesus is the Greatest Teacher that has ever lived
in this world, and yet he did not make himself very
grand. No; it was always easy for any one who
really wanted to be his disciple, to see him and to
talk with him.
The names of these two young men were-John,
who was afterwards called the beloved disciple; and
Andrew. They spent all that evening with Jesus,
and the more they saw of him the more they loved
him: they felt quite sure now that he was the Son
of God. They went and told some other young
men what they knew about Jesus. Andrew went
first of all to his own brother, Simon Peter, and
said, We have found Christ. He brought him to
Jesus, and Peter became one of Christ's disciples.
These young.men lived by the sea of Galilee, for
they were fishermen.
One day, as Jesus was walking by the seashore,
he saw two ships-one of them belonged to Peter.
There were a great many people crowding round
Jesus to hear him talk, so he said to Peter, Let me
get into your empty ship, and push it away from
the land a little way; then I shall be able to speak
to the people, so that all can hear me.
Then Jesus taught the people out of the ship.
When he had quite finished teaching, he said to
Peter, Push your ship out now into deep water, and
throw your nets down into the sea.
Peter said, Master, we have been trying all night
JESUS WALKING ON THE WATER.
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to catch fish and we have caught nothing, but as
thou sayest, Throw in the net, I will do so.
Peter threw in the net, and at once it was full
of fishes-so full that the net broke with their
Then Peter called his partners, who were in the
other ship, to come and help him. So James and
John went to the ship and helped to pull up the
net; and they filled both their ships with the fishes.
When Peter saw their number he was astonished
and frightened. He felt that Jesus was more than
man to work such a miracle. He felt that he was
a sinful man and not worthy to be so near to him,
so he begged Jesus to go away from him.
Jesus told him not to be afraid because he had
seen this wonderful draught of fishes. Have faith
in me, and you will see me do yet more wonders,
and I will teach you to bring men to know me too.
Peter and his partners, James and John, then
brought their ships to land, and left them in care
of some hired men, while they followed Jesus wher-
ever he went.
They left all that they had, to go with him:
there was nothing in the world that they cared for
so much as to learn of him, and listen to his sayings.
I have now told you about John and James, who
were brothers, and Simon Peter and Andrew, who
There was one young man who lived in the same
place with Andrew and Peter; his name was Philip.
Jesus said to him, Follow me.
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At once he came; he knew that Jesus was the
Messiah for whom the Jews had so long been hoping.
Then there was Matthew, a tax-gatherer, who
had often heard Jesus speak. One day Jesus said
to him, Follow me.
He was very glad to hear Jesus ask him to come
and be with him wherever he went; so he gave up
all at Christ's bidding, and followed him.
At other times Jesus chose the rest of the twelve
apostles. I have already told you of six,-James
and John, Andrew and Peter, Philip and Matthew.
Beside these there were Thomas, Bartholomew (who
was the same as Nathanael), another James, Simon
(called Zelotes), Judas or Jude, who wrote one of
the epistles or letters in the Bible, and Judas Iscariot,
who betrayed Christ.
We next find our Lord at Cana of Galilee where
a marriage was being celebrated. Mary, the moth-
er of Jesus, was there, and he and his disciples
were invited. The bride and bridegroom were poor
people, and in the midst of the feast it turned out
that there was not wine enough. Mary said, in a
low voice, to her Son, They have no wine.
Now there were six great jars standing by, and
Jesus told the servants to fill them with water.
So they filled them up to the brim; and then he
told the servants to draw out some of what they
had poured in, and carry it to the chief person there.
As soon as this man had tasted it, he found it
was such good wine that he said to the bridegroom
that most people began their feasts with their best
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wine, but that here the best had been kept for the
last. This was the first wonderful thing our Lord
did on earth, and it made his disciples know that
he was God, for no one else could have done such a
wonder. We call these wonders miracles. Our
Lord worked many more while he was on earth,
and most of them were cures to the blind, or the
lame, or the sick. He made them well directly by
his power and love.
After this Jesus went with his mother and dis-
ciples to Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee,
and there they remained until the time for going
up to Jerusalem to keep the feast of the Pass-
This was Jesus' first visit to Jerusalem since his
baptism. On going into the temple he found men
selling oxen, sheep, and doves; also the changers of
money. And when he had made a scourge of small
cords, he drove them out of the temple with it, say-
ing, Take these things hence: make not my Father's
house an house of merchandise.
And when the Jews asked him for a sign that he
had a right to do this, he replied, Destroy this
temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then
said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple
in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Jesus spake of the temple of his body, but they did
not understand. Neither did his disciples at that
time, but after the resurrection they remembered
During the Passover week Jesus wrought many
THE MARRIAGE .. !;!FEAST AT CANA..
THE MARRIAGE FEAST AT CANA.
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miracles, and many believed on him because of the
miracles, but their faith was weak.
The Pharisees, as I told you before, were a party
among the Jews who were mostly rich and learned
men. They were also very proud, and thought
themselves much better than other people. Their
outward conduct was very strict, but in general
their hearts were full of self-glorying and unkind
thoughts of others.
They thought that when Messiah came he would
be a king, just like other kings on earth; and that
he would be sure to give them the chief places in
his kingdom, and make much of them.
Now Messiah has come. He is Jesus of Nazareth.
He has gone from the Sea of Galilee, where he
called some of his disciples; and he is working
miracles, and is teaching in Jerusalem. The Phari-
sees look on, but they say, This new teacher is only
the son of a carpenter. He cannot be the Christ.
They turn away, and talk among themselves,
and say, This man from Nazareth teaches strange
things. He says God is his Father. And then see
how he cures all manner of diseases. If he were
but rich, we might think he was the King of Israel;
but that cannot be. His disciples are only poor
fishermen: we do not know that any rich men will
believe in him.
But there was one among them, named Nico-
demus, who, when he reached his home that day,
thought over all that he had seen and heard of
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He thought to himself, I cannot understand this
new teacher: I should like to talk to him all alone.
I will go and see him, but I will wait till it is dark,
for I should not like any to know that I went to
learn of him.
So, when all was still in the streets of Jerusalem,
Nicodemus quietly left his home, and went to the
house where Jesus was staying.
He knocked at the door, and asked for Jesus.
Jesus did not say, I am tired with teaching all day;
you must go away, and let me rest now. Besides,
if you are ashamed to be seen talking to me, I will
have nothing to say to you. No; Jesus was always
courteous, and always ready for his great work: he
at once listened to what Nicodemus had to say.
Master, he said, I know you must be sent from
God to teach men, for no one could do the wonders
that you do if God did not give him the power.
I am from God, said Jesus; I have come to set
up his kingdom on earth, but not the kind of king-
dom that you expect-not one that you can see, nor
one of earthly grandeur. Do not think that because
you are a Jew and a Pharisee, you will have a share
in my kingdom. I tell you truly, that unless you
are born again you can have no part in it.
Born again! cried Nicodemus: what does that
Yes, said Jesus; I speak the truth. God's spirit
must change a man's heart before he will be able
to enter that kingdom. A man naturally loves to
please himself; but, in the new life that God gives,
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he will be quite changed, for he will seek to please
God, and care for that which he thinks much of.
He is like another man, after he listens to and obeys
Nicodemus looked very much astonished.
Jesus said, Do not wonder, Nicodemus, at my
saying, You must be born again. I know that it is
difficult to explain all about a man's soul. But
look at the wind, it blows where it pleases; you
cannot tell where it comes from, nor where it goes.
You can see what it does, but you cannot see it.
So you can see what God's Spirit does.
Again Nicodemus asked, How can it be? He did
not like to think that his birth as a Jew went for
nothing, nor that if he was to be a sharer in the
kingdom of heaven, his heart must be entirely
Jesus said, Are you a teacher in Israel, and do
you not understand that God's kingdom is in the
hearts of men? God's way of saving men is not as
you think. You think that the Messiah will come
and reign over the Jews with greater splendor than
Solomon of old; but I tell you that the Messiah will
have to suffer and die, and that it will be through
his death that the whole world, and not the Jews
only, will be saved.
You may not understand this yet, but by and by
you will see more plainly God's great love to the
world in sending his Son to die for it.
Nicodemus then left Jesus. We may be quite
sure that he never forgot the conversation of that
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night, and that he thought of it three years after-
ward, when he saw Jesus lifted up on the cross,
dying to give life to the world.
I dare say he often came to Jesus to speak with
him, after this first visit, and that he learned to
love him very much. When Jesus was dead, he
brought costly spices to embalm his body; a mix-
ture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds
weight. What a change from the Nicodemus, who
at the first came to Jesus by night.
Children! do not say, I am sure to go to heaven,
because I am born in a Christian land, of pious
parents. Unless your hearts are made new by
God's Spirit, you cannot enter there. You must be
born again. God waits to give you his Spirit. He
says, Ask and ye shall have. Will you not pray, O
Lord, for Jesus' sake, give me thy Holy Spirit?
THE SAMARITAN WOMAN-JESUS HEALS THE NOBLEMAN'S
SON-TEACHES IN THE SYNAGOGUE AT NAZARETH-
STILLING THE TEMPEST.
THE Pharisees in Jerusalem were very angry with
Jesus because many people, seeing the wonders that
he did, believed on him. They would not love him
themselves, because he reproved their pride, and
did not teach the things that they bid. Jesus, see-
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ing their dislike to him, said to his disciples, We
will go back to Galilee, and leave Jerusalem for a
It would take three days to go from Jerusalem to
Galilee, straight through the country of Samaria;
and this was the road that Jesus now took.
When they came near a city of Samaria, called
Sychar or Shechem, Jesus sat down by the well
outside the city.
He was very tired, and hot and thirsty, so he
rested there while his disciples went into the city to
buy some food.
It was about twelve o'clock at noon when a
woman came to the well to draw some water, and
saw Jesus sitting there alone.
He asked her for some water; she gave it, but
said, How is it that you ask me to give you water,
for you are a Jew, and I am a woman of Samaria?
The proud Jews are not willing to take anything
from the despised Samaritans.
Jesus said, You do not know who I am. I have
taken some water from you, but if you knew me,
you would ask me to give you some ever-springing,
Sir, said she, how do you get this water? You
have no pitcher with you to draw it up, and the
well is deep.
Jesus said, I am not speaking of the water at the
bottom of this well, for those who drink of this
water will thirst again. But he that drinks of the
water that I will give shall never thirst, for it shall
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be in him a well of water springing up into ever-
The woman was glad to hear of water ever fresh,
ever springing up, which she could always carry
with her. There would be no need then for weary,
hot, dusty walks from the city to the well. Not to
thirst again! What a delightful thought in that
She did not quite understand yet that it was not
real water that Jesus was speaking about. It was
life in the soul he meant.
As water satisfies the thirst of the body, so will
Jesus satisfy the thirst of your soul for goodness.
I cannot altogether explain how, for you must
learn this of yourself; the well of living water is in
you, Jesus says.
Go to him, and ask him to take away sin, which
is like death to the soul, and he will give you life
and strength to be good.
- Jesus then went on talking to the woman about
her past life.
She said, Sir, you must be a prophet to know so
much about me, for you have never seen me be-
Jesus told her he was more than a prophet, he
was the Messiah-the Christ promised to the world
so long ago.
The woman then left her pitcher, and ran back
to the city to tell her neighbors that" she had found
the promised Christ.
While she was gone, the disciples, who had by
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this time come back from Sychar with the food they
had bought, said, Master, why do you not eat?
They had left Jesus hungry and tired, and now
he did not seem to notice the food they offered him.
They thought that perhaps some one had given him
something to eat.
He then explained to them that he had been so
busy that he had forgotten his hunger. It was
meat and drink to him to do his heavenly Father's
The woman came back again with many more
people, and they asked Jesus if he would stay in
their city a little while. Jesus stopped two days,
teaching them and answering their questions; and
the people said to the woman, Now we believe, not
because of what you have said, for we have heard
him ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the
Christ, the Saviour of the world.
After two days, Jesus and his disciples left Sy-
char, and continued their journey to Galilee.
There was great sorrow in the house of a noble-
man at Capernaum, for one of his children was
very ill. In vain did the doctors come, for no
medicine would cure him; and the parents, in deep
grief, watched the progress of the fever.
At last some one said, Jesus of Nazareth has re-
turned from Jerusalem; he is now at Cana, per-
haps he will make the child well.
Cana was not far from Capernaum, so the noble-
man said, I will go at once to Jesus, and see if he
will come here to heal my son.
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He soon found Jesus, for his fame was very great;
and he begged him very earnestly to go back with
him at once to Capernaum before the child was
He believed that when Jesus saw him, he could
cure him, but he thought if the child was dead,
then even he could do nothing.
Jesus now showed the nobleman that he had
more power than he thought-God had put into the
hands of his Son power to do any miracle.
Jesus could make the child well again, if he stayed
at Cana, just as easily as if he went to Capernaum
and saw him. He said to the father, Go home again,
your son is cured.
The nobleman believed that Jesus had cured his
son, when he spake these words; so he turned to go
On the way back to Capernaum he met some of
his servants, who were bringing him the good news
that his son was better.
When did he begin to get well? the father asked.
They replied, Yesterday, at the seventh hour, the
fever left him.
The father knew that that was the exact time
when Jesus had told him his son should live. Now
he knew that Jesus could do anything. He and all
his family, when they saw the kindness and power
of Jesus in sending health to this sick child, knew
that he must be the Son of God.
The fame of Jesus now grew exceedingly. They
who had sick friends brought them to Jesus, and
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he healed them all. No disease was too bad, no one
had been ill too long, for Jesus to cure.
You would have thought that all men would have
loved him; but they did not.
About this time Jesus went to Nazareth, where
he had spent his childhood and youth.
The people there had heard of his miracles, and all
eyes were turned on him one Sabbath day, when he
entered the synagogue, or Jewish place of worship.
He took the roll of parchment on which the
prophecies were written, which they handed to him
to read aloud to them. He unrolled the scroll, and
read from Isaiah. It was where the prophet was
telling how in time to come, God would send
Messiah to preach good news to the poor, to heal
the broken-hearted, to set the captives free, to give
sight to the blind. After Jesus had read these
words, he closed the scroll and sat down. Every
one looked up in astonishment and in silence.
Jesus then said, I am the Messiah of whom the
prophet speaks. I am come for the very purpose
to set men free from the power of Satan and from
habits of sin. I am come to bring light to the
minds of men, by teaching them about God. I am
come to speak words of pardon and comfort to
those who are sorry for their sin.
At first, all who heard Jesus speak wondered very
much that a man whom they had known from a
little child should say that he came to do these great
things. They said, Is he not the son of Joseph? we
cannot believe him.
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One evening Jesus said that he should like to
cross over to the other side of the lake. Then he
and his disciples, and a few more men, went into a
ship. All at once a strong wind began to blow, and
the water became very rough. Now the waves get
stronger and stronger, and rise higher and higher,
till they dash over the little ship. The wind roars,
and a black tempest darkens the sky.
Though the men on board were used to the sea,
they could not manage the vessel in this terrible
storm. The waves begin to fill the ship with water,
and in great alarm the disciples went to Jesus.
Where was he all this time? He was fast asleep.
He was very tired, for he had been teaching a great
many people all day long; and as soon as he got
into the ship he went to the farther end of it, and
laid his head upon a pillow, and the movement of
the vessel soon rocked him to sleep.
The noise of the wind and the waves had not
awaked him, but he awoke at once when he heard
the voice of his disciples asking his help.
Master, Master, they cried, we perish! Do you
not care for us? 0 Lord, save us!
He arose at once, and said to the wind, Be still;
and then he turned to the waves, and said, Be still.
And the noisy wind heard that calm voice above
all its roar, and was hushed to stillness; and the
raging waves listened to the commands of their
Lord and Master, and became smooth and quiet.
The angry storm, at one word from Jesus,
changed to a great calm.
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The men in the ship feared exceedingly. Who
could he be who could make even the wind and the
sea obey his voice? They might well say, that
"God alone could do that." Jesus is God as well
as man, and that is why all things in nature owned
When Jesus had quieted the fears of his disciples,
he gently reproved them for their want of faith in
Why were you afraid, 0 ye of little faith? he
said. You should have believed that I would have
taken care of you. I knew that you were tossed
about, though I was asleep.
It is not only raging seas that Jesus calms; he
can still the angry passions of men, too.
Have you never felt something like a storm
within you, when conscience begged you not to
yield to the power of evil habits-when a sudden
wish to do wrong was met by the thought, "How
can I thus sin?" In that hour of strife between
good and evil, turn to Jesus and ask his help. He
will send a calm, for the evil will flee at his pres-
ence, and leave you strong for good.
You will often read in the New Testament about
Jesus curing people who were possessed with devils.
We can hardly tell you what this sad disease was
that Jesus cured. It seemed to be a kind of mad-
ness, in which people lost their senses, and fancied
that an evil spirit lived within them, making them
do dreadful things.
A poor man who was thus afflicted lived at the
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little town at which Jesus landed after he had
stilled the tempest. This poor man lived among
the dreary gravestones and old tombs of the wilder-
ness. He was very fierce, and men were afraid to
pass by the place where he was. It was no use to
chain him, for he broke his chains to pieces, and
got loose again. There he was all day and all
night, in lonely places, crying out and cutting him-
self with stones.
Hearing the noise of the landing of the vessel, he
turned and saw Jesus and his disciples come out of
the ship. He ran to meet Jesus, and fell down at
his feet, and cried very loud.
Jesus told the evil spirits to come out of the man.
The evil spirits said, What have we to do with
thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come to
punish us before the judgment-day?
Jesus now spoke to the man, and said, What is
The devils would not let the man speak; they an-
swered their name was Legion, which means many.
They said to Jesus, Do not make us leave the man,
but if you do cast us out, let us go into the swine
that are feeding on the hills.
Jesus now spoke to the evil spirits, and told them
they might go.
Then the devils went out of the man and entered
into the swine, and the herd ran down the moun-
tain-side into the sea, and were drowned.
The man was now quite cured, and could listen
to Jesus. He was in his right mind. He felt so
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loving and grateful to Jesus for making him well,
that he wished to follow him everywhere.
Jesus said, No, go to your home, and tell all your
friends what great things God hath done for you.
The people who saw this wonderful cure were
afraid of Jesus, and begged him to go away. Did
they suppose the gentle Jesus ever harmed any one?
His power was always used for mercy; it was only
used against disease, and sin, and evil.
At another time a poor man was brought to Jesus,
who was troubled with an evil spirit that made him
deaf and dumb.
Jesus told the devil to leave the man, and he did so.
When he was gone, the poor man could both hear
and speak. All who saw the cure, wondered, and
said, This Jesus must be the Son of God.
The Pharisees did not like to hear Jesus praised,
for they hated him, and were wicked enough to say
that his great power was given to him by Satan. "It
is by the help of the Evil One that he casts out devils."
Jesus told them that Satan would not cast out
Satan, that evil would not fight against evil. Evil
could not do good, and good could come only from
If, he said, it is thus God's power that cures
these poor people, then is God very near to you, and
I warn you to believe my teachings. But the
Pharisees only hated Jesus the more, because they
knew he spoke the truth.
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THE RAISING OF JAIRUS' DAUGHTER-THE HEALING OF
THE WOMAN WHO TOUCHED THE HEM OF JESUS' GAR-
MENT-THE WIDOW'S SON-OTHER MIRACLES OF HEALING
-A WOMAN WASHES JESUS' FEET WITH HER TEARS.
JESUS crossed the lake again and came to Caper-
naum. A large crowd of people were waiting for
him. They asked him a great many questions.
The Pharisees were always trying to find fault
with what Jesus did. They said to his disciples,
How is it that your Master goes to the houses of
wicked people, and eats and drinks with them? He
keeps bad company.
Jesus heard them speaking to his disciples, so he
turned to them and said, You do not send a doctor
to a man who is quite well, but you send him to a
sick man. So I go to those whose souls are sick,
that I may cure them; I go to sinners, to make
them good. You proud Pharisees say that you are
righteous, so you feel no need of me; if you felt
your need of a Saviour, I would come to you too.
While Jesus was busy talking to different people,
a man named Jairus came to him, and kneeled at
his feet, and begged him very earnestly to come to
his house directly.
He said, I have only one little daughter; she is
twelve years old, and she is dying. Come, I pray
you, at once, and put your hand on her, and make
her well again.
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Jesus then rose up to go with the sorrowing
father. His disciples went with him, and a great
crowd of people besides.
After they had walked on a short distance, Jesus
turned round and said, Who touched my clothes?
Those nearest to Jesus all said that they had not
Then Peter said, Master, how is it you ask who
touched you? The crowd is so great, that it is no
wonder if some one has pressed against you.
Yes, said Jesus; but somebody has touched my
clothes on purpose to be healed by touching them.
Who is it?
Then there came from among the crowd a poor
woman, and she fell down at the feet of Jesus, and
said, It was I, Lord.
She said, I have been very ill for twelve years,
and I have gone from one doctor to another to be
cured, but all in vain. I have suffered a great deal
of pain, and I get worse rather than better, and I
have spent all my money. I heard of you, Lord,
and how you cured all manner of diseases; so I
thought if I could but touch the hem of your gar-
ment I should be made well at once. It has been,
too, exactly as I hoped, for the moment I touched
you I felt quite well.
The poor woman trembled very much all the
while she was speaking to Jesus, for she was afraid
that he would think that she had been too bold.
But Jesus spoke to her very kindly, and told her
that he was very much pleased with her faith in
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him. Daughter, he said, be of good comfort, thy
faith hath made thee whole: go home in peace.
Just then some one came with a message from
the house of Jairus, and said to him, Your daughter
is dead, do not trouble the Master any further, for
nothing can be done for her now.
Jesus told the poor father not to be cast down at
the sad news: Be not afraid, only believe in my
power, and she shall be made well again.
At the door of the house the mother meets them,
and a crowd of curious persons seek to enter the
house with Jesus and his disciples. But Jesus will
not let any one come in but Peter, James, and John.
They then, with the father and mother of the little
girl, go into the room where she lies dead. Already
a great many people were in the room who were
paid, as was then the custom, to play sad music,
and sing sad songs, and make a great crying over
the dead body.
Jesus said to them, Do not weep; the child is not
dead, she is only sleeping.
Jesus meant that her detth would be as a sleep,
to her, for he could raise her out of it.
These people did not wait to see what Jesus
would do, but laughed at him rudely, and said, She
is dead; you cannot make her alive now.
Jesus put them all out of the room, for they were
not worthy to see the great work he was going to
When the noisy mourners were gone, and he was
alone with the father and mother, and Peter, James,
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RAISING OF THE DAUGHTER OF JAIRUS.
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and John, he took the hand of the little girl. Then
he said unto her, Maiden, I say to thee, arise!
And the dead body heard the voice of him who is
the Life of the World, and she arose and walked
about the room.
Jesus said to her parents, Give her something to
eat; you see she is really alive and well.
The parents were greatly pleased to have their
little girl well again; and they, and all who heard
about it, were very much surprised indeed at this
I dare say that you have often met a funeral
when you have been out walking. Is it not a sad
sight to see the mourners following to the grave the
body of a dear friend?
Once, when Jesus was walking along the road,
he saw a funeral coming out at the gates of the
little town of Nain.
A great many people were walking after Jesus, for
they liked to hear him talk, and they also liked to see
the wonderful things which he was constantly doing.
By and by, they came close up to the funeral
procession; it was a very long one. All the people
who followed the dead body seemed to be grieving
very much indeed. It was a young man that they
were carrying to the grave. He was lying on a
bier, which is something like a coffin without a lid.
One poor woman was crying very much, for she
was the mother of that young man, and he was her
only son: she was a widow too, and now she was
very sad and lonely.
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Everybody felt very sorry for her, but no one had
any power to take away her trouble. When Jesus
saw her, he felt very sorry too, and he had power
to help her, and make her glad again. He said to
her very gently, Weep not.
He then went to the bier, and touched it; and
those who were carrying it stood still, and all the
crowd also stood still.
No one spoke, but every one thought, What will
the Master do?
His disciples knew he could raise the dead, as well
as cure the sick; but perhaps many thought, It is
of no use to stop the funeral, for he cannot make
the dead hear his voice; they are past cure.
Then Jesus spoke to the dead body, Young man,
I say unto thee, arise!
Will he hear? Oh, yes! death obeys the voice of
its Lord, and at once, he that was dead sat up and
began to speak.
Then Jesus, with great grace and kindness, gave
him to his mother, and said, Here is your son alive
So this funeral procession was changed into a joy-
ful company, and every one wondered at the great
work that Jesus had just done.
He has raised a dead man to life again, people
said, and the news spread in all the country round.
Many people praised God for sending such a great
prophet among them. Surely, they said, God hath
visited his people.
The fame of the wonderful works of Jesus spread
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everywhere, and many people wanted to see the
man about whom every one was talking.
One day a rich, proud Pharisee, named Simon,
asked Jesus to come and dine with him. I am
afraid he only asked him to come because he wanted
to hear him talk, and not because he loved him.
However, Jesus told Simon that he would come.
When Jesus went, Simon treated him with great
neglect; he did not honor Jesus as his guest. He
ought to have brought him some water to wash his
feet, as this was the first thing that was done on
coming into a house. As people in those countries
only wore sandals, and not shoes, their feet would
be very dusty after walking, and it was necessary
to their comfort that they should often wash their
feet. Then he should have given him some sweet
ointment, and also a kiss of welcome, which means
nearly the same thing as our shake of the hands.
But Simon paid none of these attentions to Jesus.
Perhaps he thought that he was doing the Lord a
great favor by asking him to come to his house.
When Jesus sat down to dinner, a woman came
into the room.
She had heard that Jesus was in this rich man's
house, and she came to the place where he was
reclining, and stood at his feet.
She began to cry, for she had been very wrong
and wicked, and she longed to hear Jesus pardon
her sins. She knew he would forgive her if she
could but ask him, as she was very sorry, and
wished to forsake her sins. She loved him dearly,
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MARY ANOINTING THE FEET OF JESUS.
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and she felt sure that he would not send her away
Her tears fell fast-like a shower of rain on the
feet of Jesus, and so she washed them.
She then wiped them dry with her long hair, and
kissed his feet many times.
She then opened a box that she had brought with
her. It was a box of alabaster, a kind of pure
white marble, and in it was some sweet, precious
ointment. This she rubbed on the feet of Jesus.
While she was doing this Simon looked on, and
he was very much surprised that Jesus would even
let the woman touch him.
He said to himself, for he did not dare say it out
loud, This Jesus is no prophet. If he were, he
would know how wicked this woman has been, and
he would have nothing to do with her; he would
send her quite away.
But Jesus did know, and he knew too what was
passing in Simon's thoughts. He turned to him,
and said, Simon, I have something to say to
Simon said, Master, what is it?
There was once a person to whom two men owed
some money. One man only owed a little, the
other owed a great deal. They had neither of them
any money at all with which to pay their debts.
Then the man to whom they owed the money for-
gave them both, and said they need not pay any-
thing. Tell me now which of these two men will
love him the most?
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Simon said, I suppose that he who owed the most,
and who had most forgiven, will love the most.
Yes, said Jesus, that is quite right. He then
turned to the woman, and said to Simon, Do you
see this woman?
Yes, said Simon.
When I came to your house, you gave me no
water to wash my feet; but she has washed my feet
with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her
head. You gave me no kiss of welcome, but she
has kissed my feet ever since she has been here.
You poured no sweet oil upon my head, but she has
rubbed my feet with precious ointment. She has
done a great many sinful things, but I have for-
given her, and she loves me very much. You think
that you have not much to be forgiven, so you only
love me a very little.
Jesus then turned to the woman, and said to her
in the kindest tones, Your many sins are all for-
given you. You believed I would forgive you, and
I have done so; go to your home in peace.
The poor woman went away comforted at heart
by these kind words of Jesus, but the people who
were sitting at table with Jesus were very angry
They would not believe that he could forgive sins,
and they thought that he was taking on himself the
power of God when he forgave the woman.
Who are you, that you should forgive sin? they
said to Jesus.
The poor sinful woman was wiser than the proud,
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self-righteous Pharisee. She knew that Jesus could
pardon sin, for she felt he had done so by the peace
that he had given her.
Jesus will pardon your sins if you confess them
to him and desire to forsake them. Of course he
will not forgive you, if you think yourself very
good, as the Pharisee did. He does not love the
proud, but he does love those who are sorry for
their sin, and he will give them sweet comforting
words of pardon.
THE PARABLES-THE PRODIGAL SON-THE LOST SHEEP
AND THE LOST MONEY.
JESUS often taught people by parables. Do you
know what a parable is? It is a kind of story, in
which something is explained by showing what it
We will tell you one of Christ's parables so you
can see what is meant.
Jesus wanted people to know what love God felt
for all those who were sorry for sin, and he showed
them what that love was like, by the love of. an
earthly father for his naughty but repentant son.
He said, There was a man once who had two sons.
One day, the younger son said to his father, Father,
give me my share of your money and goods. Then
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the father divided all that he had between his two
Not many days after this, the younger son put
all his things together, and took them and his
money with him, and went on a long journey into
a country a great way off. He wished to get as
far from his good father as he possibly could, for he
knew he would not like to see how badly he went on.
He kept rude, bad company, and ate and drank
a great deal, and not only spent his money, but
wasted it in a great many wicked ways.
At last his money and his goods were quite gone,
and there was a great famine, or scarcity of food,
in all the country. He began to want for bread.
His old companions would not help him. Now
that he had no money to spend, they left him all
He could not starve. What should he do?
He went to a man, and asked him to give him
some work, so that he might earn something to eat.
The man said, I have no work to give you unless
you like to go into the fields to feed the herds of
There was nothing that a Jew hated worse than
to keep pigs. Only the very lowest and the very
poorest would do such a thing.
But this young man, though he had once been
rich, and had fared sumptuously, was glad to do it,
and even to eat of the coarse food that he gave to
the pigs. This was a kind of pulse or pea.
No one gave him anything else to eat.
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Sad, starving, and almost naked, he began to
think of his disgrace, misery, and degradation.
He thought of his old home, of his kind father,
of his folly in leaving him, and wanting to do as
he liked. Then he thought of all the unhappiness
his wicked ways had brought him to, how his money
was gone, and he had nothing left, and how not
one of his sinful companions would help him now
that he was in trouble.
Then he thought of the servants in his father's
house; even they were better off than he was.
They had food enough and to spare, while he was
dying of hunger.
Then he said, Why should I stop here? I will go
back to my father, and say, Father, I have sinned
against God, and against you. I know I am not
worthy to be called your son, but let me come to
your house and be a servant.
So he began to go back to his father, and at last
he came within sight of his father's house, but as
yet he was a great way off.
The father happened to be looking along the road
by which his son had gone away when he left his
home. I dare say he was wondering what had be-
come of him, he had not heard of him for so long.
Perhaps he was wishing he could hear something
about him, for he did not know whether he was
alive or dead. At last he sees a poor ragged man
walking in the distance: he comes nearer and
nearer, he seems coming to the house. The poor
ragged man is just about as tall as his youngest
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son, he is something like him too. Can it be his
son come back, poor and wretched? Yes, it is; he
knows him now, notwithstanding his rags and his
half-starved look. Oh, how glad he feels! he runs
at once to meet him. His heart is full of pity for
his poor son. As soon as he comes up to him, and
before the son can say one word, he throws his arms
around his neck and kisses him.
Father, says the son, in a voice so full of grief
that the father can only just hear him speak:
Father, I have sinned against God in heaven, and
against you. I do not deserve to be called your son.
The father tells his servants to bring him not
merely clothes, but the best robe; and to put a ring
on his hand, as a mark of honor, and shoes on his
He said, Get ready the best food too; kill the
fatted calf, for we will have a feast and be merry.
I thought my son was dead, but he is here alive; I
thought he was lost, but now he is found.
Now his elder son drew nigh, and heard music
and dancing. And he was angry, and would not
go in, and said to his father, Lo, these many years
have I served thee, and have not transgressed; and
yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make
merry with my friends. And the father said, Son,
thou art ever with me. It was meet that we should
make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was
dead, and is alive again; was lost, and is found.
This parable is one of the most affecting, instruc-
tive, and encouraging in the New Testament; and
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the pathos and divine simplicity of the narrative
are unsurpassed in the sacred writings. Let us,
realizing its meaning, take the good intended in
it, and return to our Heavenly Father, who is the
merciful receiver of all truly penitent sinners. The
Scribes and Pharisees had, as usual, been murmur-
ing at the condescending goodness of the great
Shepherd to the wandering sheep of the Jewish fold,
saying, This man receiveth sinners.
When you begin to think of the kind and good
God whose commands you have broken, and feel
sorry that you have grieved him by your naughty
ways, then you are like the young man when he
began to think of his father and his sins.
When you think, "I will go to God, and tell him
I have sinned, and am most unworthy of his love,"
then you are like the young man when he said that
he would go back to his father.
But will God hear me when I go to him? Will
he love me again, notwithstanding all my sins?
Will he indeed forgive me? That was the truth
that Jesus wanted to teach. Yes; did not the
earthly father take back his son in the most loving
way to his home and heart?
So God rejoices to see any sinner returning to
him: he waits to be gracious. God's heart is kind-
er and more tender than any earthly father's heart.
Jesus had lived in Heaven before he came to
earth, and he knew how forgivingly the Heavenly
Father receives the repentant sinner. He came to
show us the Father.
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God can show us his fatherly love, because Jesus
died to bring us near to God, and because he bore
the chastisement which our sins had deserved.
But what about the jealous elder brother? He
was like the Pharisees who outwardly obeyed God,
but had no love in their hearts, and had no pity for
those who did wrong, even when they were sorry
In the parable of the repenting son, Jesus showed
how God feels to those who are sorry for their sins.
In the parables of the lost sheep and of the lost
money, he shows how the angels feel when men
turn away from sin and pray to God.
Jesus said, There was once a shepherd who had a
hundred sheep. He counted them over one day,
and there were but ninety-nine; one was missing.
He left the ninety-nine sheep and went looking over
the mountains to try to find the lost one. At last,
to his great joy, he found it. He laid it across his
shoulders, and brought it back to the flock. He
then called all his friends together, and said to them,
Be glad with me, for I have found my lost sheep.
It seemed dearer to him, now that he had found
it, than the ninety-nine sheep which had never
There was a woman who had ten pieces of silver
money. She lost one of the ten pieces. She swept
her room all over to try to find it. Then she lit a
candle, so that she might search into every corner.
At last she found it, and that one piece seemed more
precious to her than all the other nine.
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She called her friends together and said, Rejoice
with me, for I have found my lost money.
As the shepherd rejoiced over his lost sheep when
he found it, as the woman rejoiced over her lost
money when she found it, so the angels rejoice over
the return of even one lost soul to God.
Why are the angels so glad?
Because they know what a soul is worth. All
the riches of the whole world are of no value com-
pared with the soul of one little child.
Yet people often think but little of their souls.
Not so the angels.
They know so well what a dreadful thing it is to
be lost. They know the awful state of those an-
gels whom God turned out of Heaven because they
sinned, and who now live in the dwelling-place of
lost spirits. They grieve to think that anybody on
earth should go there. They know that all those
who do not love God cannot live with him in heaven;
so they all rejoice when any one turns away from
sinful ways, and prays to God.
THE LORD'S PRAYER-THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
JESUS often liked to be alone, that he might pray
to his Father.
He would go sometimes to the quiet mountain
top, and spend the whole night in talking to and
thinking of God.
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One day when he had finished praying, his dis-
ciples came to him and said:
Lord, will you teach us to pray?
Jesus then taught them a short prayer. It was
the prayer which we call "The Lord's Prayer." I
dare say you all know it:
"Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be
thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive them that trespass against us. And lead
us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, for ever and ever. Amen."
This is not an easy prayer for little children, but
even they may understand some of its meaning.
It begins, "Our Father which art in Heaven."
God is our Father because he made us; but he
is more our Father because Jesus died to make us
his children. It is through Jesus that we dare to
call God Father." He is our Father in Heaven, so
we must trust him with reverence. Heaven seems
near to us when we pray.
"Hallowed be thy name," means, Let God's
name be honored.
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth
as it is done in Heaven." How is God's will done
in Heaven? It is done always, it is done cheerfully,
it is done perfectly. How is God's will done on
earth? Alas! only a few do it at all, and even
those who do it best, do it very imperfectly. But
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most men only do their own will, or Satan's will,
so we may well pray, Thy will be done."
Give us day by day our daily bread." It is God
who gives us our daily food, and we may ask him
for that which is necessary for us.
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them
that trespass against us." What are trespasses?
They are sins. I have heard one little child say
to another who has done him a wrong, I don't love
you, and I won't forgive you. Have you ever said
so? I suppose you would like God to forgive you
your sins? You have sinned more against God
than ever a brother could sin against you. What
if God should turn away his face from you; how
unhappy it would make you feel!
Jesus said, If you will not forgive those who sin
against you, your Heavenly Father cannot forgive
you your sins against him.
Before you pray to be forgiven, in your heart
forgive all those who have done wrong to you; then
will your Heavenly Father also forgive you.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil." This is a prayer to God to keep us from
listening to Satan, who is often watching us and
trying to tempt us to do evil. We are so weak that
we ask God to help us and save us.
"For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the
glory, for ever and ever. Amen." So the prayer
ends with giving God all honor as the High and
Lofty One, who ever lives as the King over all.
When Jesus had finished this prayer, he said to
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his disciples, You may ask God. for anything you
want, it shall be given you.
Then he said, Suppose a boy should come to his
father, and say, Father I am hungry, will you give
me some bread ? Do you think the father would give
him a stone instead? No; no father would give
his child what he knows he cannot eat.
Do you think then that God will give us what is
of no use to us, instead of something that we have
asked him for, and that we much want? Oh, no.
Then Jesus said, Suppose a child should say,
Father, will you give me some fish? would he give
him a serpent? Or if he said, Father will you give
me an egg? would he give him a scorpion?
No, you know that no father would give poison-
ous, hurtful things to a dear child, when he asked
him for food.
Dear children, your father knows how to give
you good things, but he would not give you things
that were not good for you.
Your father knows how to give you good things,
but God only can give you the best things.
Your father can give you a house to live in, and
clothes, and food, and toys, and money, perhaps,
but God can give you his Holy Spirit. Why is this
the best of all? Because the Holy Spirit will teach
you to be good, and if you are good you will be
happy. It is better to be good than to have all the
fine things in the world; if you are good you will
be like God, and live one day with him forever,
and that will be best of all.
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One summer morning, Jesus sat down upon a
mountain plain, and called his disciples around him.
There were a great many people there besides, and
they all listened to the most wonderful sermon ever
Though the sermon was long, the people who
heard it were not tired, and they went away saying,
What wonderful teaching is this of Jesus! He
speaks as if he knew more than any other teacher
that we ever heard. Jesus began by telling them
who the happy people were.
He did not say, Blessed are the great, the rich,
the famous. No; he taught them, saying, Blessed
are those who feel that they are poor, and helpless,
Blessed are those who grieve over their sins, and
wish they were better and holier than they are.
Blessed are the meek and gentle-spirited.
Blessed are those who long to be quite good, as a
hungry and thirsty man longs for food and drink.
Blessed are the merciful and kind-hearted.
Blessed are those who wish to be good in their
hearts, to feel right as well as to do right.
Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be
called the children of God.
Jesus said, You, my disciples, must be like a
light in a dark place, you must be so good, that
men may learn of you to love God and goodness.
Your goodness must not be like that of the Phari-
sees, for they do right that men may praise them.
They are like a cup that is washed clean outside,
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but is unwashed and dirty inside. They do not care
about having sinful thoughts and feelings, as men
cannot see into their hearts. You must do right,
not that men may say, How good you are, but that
God, your Heavenly Father, may be praised by
Then Jesus said, You must be kind and forgiving
to one another. I do not mean only to those who
are kind and loving to you, but even to those who
are unkind, and are your enemies. You must be
like your Father in Heaven, for he is kind and good
even to the unthankful and the unworthy.
You must not be always looking out for the faults
of others. Look into your own hearts, for your
own faults. You will see how many you have, and
how great they are, so you will learn to think
kindly of other people's faults.
If you wish to go to Heaven you will meet with
many difficulties in the way. It is easy to walk in
the way that leads to hell. It is like a broad and
smooth road, pleasant to travel on. If you walk in
this road you can be as unkind, as naughty, as
selfish as you like. But if you walk in the narrow
way you will often find it rough-so rough that only
a few will venture in it. In a word, you must give
up seeking to please yourselves, and try to please
God and to do his will rather than your own. You
must be patient, and good, and loving. You must
feel right and think right as well as do right.
But though the narrow way is hard, it has joys
which are never known in the broad and easy
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way. There is pleasure in overcoming difficulties,
there is peace in doing right, there is joy in God's
smile, and his help is always ready for those who
Jesus said, It is of no use for you to say that you
belong to me, unless you really do what I tell you.
The man who hears what I say, and who does what
I tell him, is like a man who built his house upon
a rock. One day a heavy storm of rain came down
like a flood. The wind blew loud and strong, and
the wind and rain together beat upon that house,
but it did not fall. Why? Because its foundation
was a strong rock.
Another man built. his house upon the sand by
the sea-shore. One day the sky became very dark,
and the large black clouds burst over his house in
torrents of rain. The wind roared loud, and beat
hard upon the house, and it fell, and great was
the fall of it. Why? Because its foundation was
weak, shifting sand.
The foundation, or that on which the house is
built, must be firm and strong, or the house will
not stand. It does not matter how strongly the
house is built, if the foundation on which it rests is
weak. The house then will be sure to fall.
Jesus said that those who heard what he said and
did not obey him, were like the foolish man who
built upon the sand.
Children, if you do right out of love to Christ,
you will not do right to be seen by others, nor will
you yield to others when they tempt you to do
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wrong. Your reason for doing right is built upon
But if you do right to be praised by men, or if
you know what you ought to do but do it not, then
you are like a foolish man-your goodness is with-
out a foundation.
THE HEALING OF THE MAN WITH THE PALSY-THE
You may be sure that the Pharisees did not like
such sermons as those that Jesus preached. They
did not like that he should see through their outside
covering of goodness, into the wicked selfishness of
They showed their dislike by acting as spies upon
all he did and said, and were always trying to find
fault with him. They said that he made himself
equal with God, and pretended to have more power
than he really had.
Jesus had been away from his house in Caper-
naum for a few days, into the towns and villages
near, to preach to the people there. When he re-
turned home again, a great many people came to
his house. Some were sick people who came to be
made well; some were people in trouble who came
to be comforted; some came to be taught, some
came out of curiosity, and some came to find fault.
Altogether there were a great many people there,
so that the doorway was quite crowded.
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Jesus was interrupted in his teaching by a noise
outside the door. There seemed to be a great deal
of pushing and loud talking. What do you think
it was all about?
A poor man who was ill with palsy, so that he could
not use any of his limbs, or turn himself round in
bed, or help himself in any way, wanted his friends
to take him to Jesus. Beside all his pains of body,
he was very unhappy because of his sins, so he
wanted to be made well in body and mind too.
His friends, seeing his great distress, said that
four of them would carry him on his bed to Jesus.
The beds in those countries were only a very thin,
soft mattress, no bigger than a hearth-rug, and used
to be laid upon the ground.
The four men went each to a corner of the bed,
and carried the sick man along the streets till they
came to the house where Jesus was. When they
came to it, they found that they could not get
through the door for the crowd. It was of no use
to push, or call out to the people to move; there
was no room to carry a sick man along.
The poor man said, Do not carry me home again,
I must see Jesus.
The man's friends said, We cannot possibly get
into the house. Then they thought of another and
a strange way to reach the Saviour. There was a
staircase outside the house which led to the roof.
The roofs of all houses in those countries were flat,
so that people could walk as well upon the house-
tops as they could upon the floor of a room.
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The four men carried their sick friend up this
outside staircase on to the flat roof. There was a
door in the roof leading to an inside staircase, but
this was not large enough to let a man through
lying on his bed, so they made the opening larger
by breaking away some of the tiles. Then they let
him down into the room where Jesus was sitting.
Jesus was pleased to see their faith, and at once
spoke to the sick man.
First of all, he quieted the sorrow of his soul for
his sins: he said, Be comforted, your sins are for-
The people who came to find fault with Jesus now
said in their hearts, What a wicked man this Jesus
must be, to pretend that he can forgive this man
his sins, when God only can do so.
You know that Jesus can forgive sin because he
is God, but then wicked men would not believe that
he was the Son of God.
He could see into their hearts too, and knew the
thoughts that were there.
He said to them, You think that I cannot forgive
sins, but which is the easiest thing to do, to say to
the man, Your sins are forgiven you, or to tell him
to get up and walk? I neversay that I have power
to do anything, without really having that power,
and to show you how true this is, I say now to the
sick man, Arise, take up your bed, and walk back
to your home.
Then the poor man, who before could not move
a limb, but was obliged to be carried to Jesus, now
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rose, rolled up his bed, put it across his shoulders,
and walked home.
The people who looked on feared and wondered:
they said, We never saw anything like this before.
Strange things have happened to-day.
They could but feel that it was only God who had
the power to put life into those palsied limbs, there-
fore he who could do this had also the power of God
to forgive sins.
The enemies of Jesus found yet more fault with
him. Now they said that he did not keep holy the
One Sabbath morning Jesus went into a syna-
gogue to teach, and a man was there whose hand
was so withered that he could not move it. Jesus,
saw the poor man, and his enemies saw him too.
They watched Jesus to see if he would heal him
or not; for, if he did so, they pretended that it
would be as bad as working on the Sabbath-day.
He called to the man with the withered hand, and
said, Stand up, so that all may be able to see you.
The man stood up. Jesus turned to the fault-
finders, and said, I want to ask you a question: Is
it right to do good on the Sabbath-days or to do
evil? to save life or to kill?
Jesus meant them to feel that if any one can do
good and will not, then he does evil by refusing to
do the good. He could cure this poor man, then he
ought to do so, for it was a duty to save life even
on a Sabbath-day.
Jesus further said, Suppose one of you had a
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sheep which fell into a pit on a Sabbath-day, would
you leave the poor sheep in the deep hole till the
next day because you would not break the Sabbath?
You know you would not. Is not a man better
than a sheep? Why, then, should this poor man
go on suffering pain till to-morrow, when I can
make him well to-day?
Jesus looked all around, to see if any one had
anything to answer. All were silent.
Then he turned to the man and said, Stretch out
your hand. The man obeyed the command; the
hand was cured.
The Pharisees were not glad to see the man made
well. No, they were mad with anger, and said,
We will kill this Sabbath-breaker.
Again, on another Sabbath, while Christ was
teaching in the synagogue, he saw among his hear-
ers a poor woman. Her back was bent down, and
she could in no wise lift herself up.
For eighteen long, weary years had this poor
woman gone about bowed down under this affliction.
The compassionate eye of Jesus saw her. He said,
Woman, come to me: she came, glad to be called
by the Healer. He laid his hands on her, and said,
Woman, you shall be cured. As soon as the words
were spoken, her back was made straight, and she
could walk upright, and she thanked God.
The ruler of the synagogue did not dare to blame
Jesus before all the people, so he turned to them
and said, Why do you come on the Sabbath-day to
be healed? There are six days in the week besides;
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in them men ought to work, and in them come and
The Lord turned to the ruler, and said, You false
man; you know that every one of you will take care
of his ox or his ass, and loose them from their stalls
and take them to their watering-place, even on a
Sabbath-day. Why should I not, even on a Sab-
bath-day, loose this poor woman from her burden,
under which she has been bowed down for years?
When Jesus had said these things, his enemies
felt ashamed that he should have reproved them
before all the people, but others rejoiced at the
glorious things that were done by him.
At another time, a Pharisee asked Jesus to come
to his house, to eat a meal with him, one Sabbath-
day. He did not ask him out of friendship, only to
spy his conduct. He had caused a man all swollen
with dropsy to be there too; so this Pharisee and
his friends watched Jesus to see if he would heal
him. Jesus healed the man, and he asked the
Pharisees if it was not right to cure on the Sabbath-
day? They made no answer, and Jesus knew that
it was of no use to try to teach them what was
right, if they were determined not to learn.
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THE PARABLE OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE-PARABLE OP
THE PEARL-FEEDING THE MULTITUDE-THE TRANS-
ONE day Jesus went into a desert place with his
disciples, for he wanted to be alone with them, that
he might teach them quietly.
A great many people saw them go, and followed
after them. When Jesus saw the crowds coming
to him, he was not angry at being disturbed. He
felt pity for them; they seemed to him to be like
sheep without a shepherd. He began to teach them
many things, and to heal those that had need of
We do not know exactly what it was that Jesus
taught that day, but the large multitude never
wearied of listening to him. We know that he
spoke to them of God's kingdom, and often talked
It may be that he said, The kingdom of God is
like treasure hidden in a field. One day a man
found this treasure: he said nothing to any one
about what he had found, but sold all that he had,
so that he might have money enough to buy the
field, and then the treasure would be his own.
Jesus meant that he who would share in God's
kingdom must be willing to give up everything for
it: wealth, the good opinion of others, ease, self-
pleasing, everything, in fact, that would prevent
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his having that greatest good-treasure in Heaven.
If necessary, all these should be given up for that.
Perhaps he told them the story of the beautiful
pearl. How a man who bought and sold pearls,
went to the countries and markets where they were
to be found, seeking for some which should be pure,
and large, and precious.
One day he saw a pearl so large and costly, that
it was fit to be placed in the crown of a king. This
pearl was worth so much, that he was obliged to
sell all that he had, before he was able to buy it.
When he had bought it, he felt now that he was
Jesus meant, some of you are going about, seek-
ing for the pearl of happiness. Some of you seek
it in riches, but you will not find it there; some of
you seek it in learning, but you will not find it
there; some of you seek it in pleasure, but you will
not find it there; and some of you seek happiness
in always trying to have your own way, and in
pleasing yourselves, but you will only find unhap-
The pearl oi true happiness is only to be found by
believing in me, and learning of me, and obeying
You must be willing to give up everything for
me, as the pearl merchant was willing to give up
all that he had, so that he might be able to buy that
All who seek thus to enter into the kingdom of
God will be sure to find, what is far better than a
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costly pearl-rest and joy. None ever seek in vain,
all are satisfied.
Perhaps Jesus said, Some of you are poor, I see,
and sometimes you feel afraid that you will not al-
ways have food and clothing enough. Do not be
fearful, have trust in God. Look at the fowls of
the air; they do not sow seed for food, they do not
reap, nor store up their food in barns, yet your
Heavenly Father feeds them. It is your Father
who feeds them. Did you ever know a father on
earth feed his fowls, and starve his children?
You know that you never did. You may be quite
sure, then, that the Heavenly Father is not less kind
than an earthly one.
Think of the beautiful lilies, too, how they grow
up in all their loveliness, with no care on their part
as to how they shall grow. They do not spin their
white robes, which are more beautiful and glorious
than all the grandeur of your grandest king. Even
Solomon had no robes like theirs. But they take
no thought for -;.heir clothing; God takes care for
them, though they are only flowers. You may be
quite sure, then, that your Father will not let you
want for proper clothing, if he thus clothes the
flowers of the field.
Be more careful to enter the kingdom of God
than to enjoy any earthly good. Your Father
knows what you need, and he will not forget you.
Such things as these, and many others, did Jesus
say to the multitude, as they stood or sat around
him in that desert place.
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All wondered at his gracious words, all said,
Never man spake like this man.
The day was far spent, and still they crowded
round to listen to the Heavenly Teacher.
Then some of the twelve disciples said, Will you
not tell the multitude to go home now; the day is
nearly gone, and this is a desert place? Send them
into the towns and villages round about, so that
they may buy themselves food, for they have noth-
ing to eat.
Jesus said unto them, They need not depart;
give ye them to eat.
They replied, We have only a little food our-
selves-five small barley loaves, and two fishes.
(These loaves were only as large as a good-sized
The disciples thought that it was no use to offer
them to the vast crowds around them. The Master
said, Make all the people sit down upon the grass.
Then they sat down by hundreds and by fifties.
Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given
thanks, he broke them into pieces, and sent his dis-
ciples round to the people with the loaves and the
fishes which he had divided.
I cannot tell you how it was that the loaves and
fishes were enough for all that were there, but Jesus
made enough for all and every man, woman, and
child was satisfied.
Jesus said, Do not let the pieces that are over be
wasted; go round and pick them up and put them
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How many people do you think there were to
eat of these five loaves and two fishes?
There were five thousand men, beside women and
children. I dare say one hungry man could have
eaten those five little loaves and two small fishes,
but Jesus had made them enough for five thousand
men. Beside that, when the disciples had gathered
together all the pieces, there was so much left that
they filled twelve baskets with them. So you see
there was more at the end of the meal than there
was at the beginning.
But though Jesus could thus create, or make some-
thing out of nothing, as only God can, yet he would
not allow waste. He did not say, Never mind the
broken pieces, I can always create more. No, he
said, Take care of the pieces, so that nothing be lost.
Notwithstanding the many and notable miracles
which Jesus wrought continually before the eyes of
his disciples, their faith in him appears, nearly up
to the time of his death, to have been feeble and
wavering. There was, no doubt, much of the na-
tional temper in this. The Jewish mind was na-
turally more inflexible and perverse in the matter
of belief than that of the Gentiles generally. Our
Lord had repeated occasion to reprove the infidelity
even of his own disciples, and to commend the faith
They might have known by the wonders that he
did, and by his teaching, that he was more than a
mere man, but they only judged of him by what
he seemed to be.
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Once, however, his three favorite disciples saw
him look quite different from his usual appearance.
One day he took Peter, James, and John to the
top of a high mountain, where they were quite
alone. He went there to pray, and as he prayed he
was changed before them. His face did shine as
the sun, and his clothes were like robes of light.
So exceeding white were they, that the disciples
knew that their splendor was not of earth, but of
Two men then came from Heaven to speak to
him. They were Moses and Elijah.
Moses, who was the giver of the Law to the
Jews, came to speak to him who was the End of
the Law. After Christ was offered up upon the
cross, all the Jewish sacrifices, which only pointed
to his death, were to be done away with, as no
longer needful. Elijah, the prophet, was there to
speak to him, of whose coming the prophets had
foretold. Now their prophecy is ended in fulfil-
ment-Christ has come.
They talked together of the great event so soon
to happen-the death of Jesus at Jerusalem, for the
sake of sinful men.
This death was the wonder of the bright angels
in Heaven; they could hardly understand it. Now
that Moses and Elijah have come from Heaven, it is
that which they talk about. Jesus, too, felt deeply
the need there was for his death, when he saw how
deeply man had fallen. He thought much of it,
he talked about it, he prayed about it.
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At last Moses and Elijah went back to Heaven.
Then a cloud of light came all around the disciples,
and they were afraid as they entered into it.
Out of the cloud 6ame a voice, and they heard
these words,-This is my beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased; hear ye him!
Moses and Elijah are gone; they taught of a
Messiah to come. He is come, he is Jesus who is
my beloved Son, hear and obey him now.
This was the meaning of that voice.
When the disciples heard it, they fell down on
their faces; they were so afraid that they dared not
look upon the glory around them.
Jesus came and touched them: Do not be afraid,
he said. They lifted up their eyes, they saw no one
there but Jesus. Moses and Elijah were gone, the
bright cloud had passed away, the voice spoke no
Jesus said, You have seen my glory, but do not
tell any one what you have seen, until I am risen
from the dead.
THE STRIFE OF THE DISCIPLES AS TO WHO SHOULD BE
GREATEST- BE MAN WHO WAS BORN BLIND-THE
STORY OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
SOMETIMES Jesus sent out his disciples into the
villages, to teach other people what he had before
taught them. Once when they were returning to
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Capernaum, after one of these journeys, they began
talking together, and at last their words were sharp
and hasty; they disputed among themselves.
What do you think it was that they quarrelled
about? It was about which of them was best, who
loved Jesus most, who worked the hardest to teach
others, and who should have the first place in the
kingdom of God.
When they came to Capernaum, they went to
the house where Jesus was.
Jesus looked up to them and said, What was it
that you were quarrelling about as you walked
along? They were all so ashamed of themselves
that they could not give him any answer. Besides,
they knew that if he could tell that they had been
disputing, he could also tell what it was about.
I dare say that each of them thought that he was
the best, and that not one of them was so meek and
lowly as the disciples of so good a Master should be.
Jesus called to a little boy, who was near, to
come to him.
He put him into the midst of the disciples, and
said, This child is the least of you all, he knows the
least, he thinks you are better than he is. Be like
this little child among yourselves; be humble, think
but little of yourselves, and much of the good of
others. Be meek and lowly, and do not care for
grandeur. Great things and little things done for
me are of the same worth, if both are done out of
love to me. All you do is worth only the love that
leads you to do it.
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One Sabbath-day, as Jesus was leaving the temple
at Jerusalem with his disciples, they saw, in pass-
ing along, a man begging, who had been blind from
The disciples said, Master, why is this man blind?
Is it as a punishment for his own sins, or for the
sins of his parents?
Jesus answered, Do not suppose that those people
whom you see suffer most pain are the most wicked.
This man is not blind for any sin of his own, nor
for any sin of his parents, but that the power of
God may be seen by his cure. I will remove his
blindness; as long as I am in the world, I am the
light of the world.
.When he had said these words, he spat on the
ground and made clay of the spittle, and rubbed the
eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said, Now
go and wash yourself in the pool of Siloam. The
man went to the pool, and he came back seeing.
This blind beggar was well known; many had
seen him as he sat daily by the wayside asking for
charity. The neighbors were astonished, and said,
Is not this he who sat by the wayside begging?
Some said, Yes, it is the same man. Others, It is
not he, but somebody like him. The blind man
said, I am the very man; I once was blind.
They asked, How is it that your eyes are opened?
He answered, A man named Jesus put some clay
upon my eyes, and told me to wash in the pool of
Siloam. I went and washed, as he bade me, and
then my eyes were opened, so that I could see.
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They said, Where is this man Jesus?
He answered, I do not know where he is gone.
Then they took the blind man to the Pharisees,
and they asked him how it was that his eyes were
He told them, as he had before told his neighbors,
that Jesus had cured him.
Oh! said some of the Pharisees, this Jesus is not
a good man, for he has broken the Sabbath-day by
Others said, He must be a good man, for God
would not give a wicked man the power to do such
a wonderful work as this.
So they could not agree among themselves about
Jesus. They turned to the blind man and asked,
What do you think of him? He opened your eyes,
you ought to be able to tell whether he is a good
man or not.
He answered, He is a prophet, a man of God.
The Jews then said, Surely there must be some
mistake; you were not really blind before, you only
pretended to be so.
Then they called the man's parents, and asked
them, Is this your son? You say he was born
blind: how is it then that he can now see?
The parents answered, This man is our son, and
he was born blind; but how it is that he can see
now, we do not know. He is grown up, and quite
able to answer any questions himself that you may
wish answered. You had better ask him how it is
that his eyes are opened.
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When they heard what the parents said, and how
it was quite true that the man was born blind, they
called him to them again.
They said, Give God the praise of your cure, for
we know that this Jesus is a sinner.
The man answered, Whether what you say is
true or not, of one thing I am quite sure, that he
has cured me. I was blind, but now I see.
Again they asked, What did he do to you? How
did he open your eyes?
The man replied, I have told you once already,
but you would not believe me. Why do you wish
me to tell you again? Is it because you wish to
become his disciples?
Then they were very angry, and said sharp,
unkind things to the poor man. You are the dis-
ciple of that false teacher! You are the disciple of
that Sabbath-breaker! But we follow the teaching
of the true prophet, Moses, who was sent of God to
teach us his will. As to this man Jesus, we do not
know where he comes from! The man said, How
strange this is: you Pharisees, who pretend to be
so wise, and learned, and good, can you not tell a
false teacher from a true one, or know good from
evil? Has not this Jesus opened my eyes, although
I have been blind all my life before, as my par-
ents have told you, and as every one in the town
No one could do this unless God gave him the
power, and God does not give such power to wicked
men. So wonderful a cure as mine was never
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heard of before, and if Jesus was not sent by God
he could not have done it.
The Pharisees were now still more angry, and
said, You wicked, ignorant man! How dare you
pretend to teach us, who are so much wiser and
better than you are?
Then they drove him away from them, turned
him out of the synagogue, and said they would not
let him worship with them any more; a most seri-
ous penalty, as it deprived him of his rights as a
Jew, and made him an outcast from his father's
home. When Jesus heard of this, he sought the
man out. And when he had found him, he said,
Do you believe in the Son of God?
The man had not seen Jesus before, for he had
left him when he sent him to the pool to wash. He
came back seeing, but the Saviour was gone away.
This, therefore, was the first time that the man
saw him who had restored his sight.
In answer to the question of Jesus, he said, Lord,
who is the Son of God, that I might believe in him?
Jesus said, You see him now, it is he who is talk-
ing to you. Then the man knew that it was the
same person who had cured him; he said, Lord, I
believe, and he worshipped him.
Jesus first of all gave sight to the eyes of his
body, then he opened the eyes of this man's mind,
so that he might see in him the Saviour.
Jesus says, I am the light of the world; he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall
have the light of life.
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Jesus said, I am the Good Shepherd.
You know that a shepherd is a man who takes
care of sheep. Many of the good men that we read
of in the Bible were shepherds. Jacob and his sons
were shepherds. David was a shepherd before he
became a king, and many others that we read of in
the Bible were shepherds too.
In Eastern countries, shepherds are very fond of
their sheep. They lead them into sweet pastures
by day, and at night, should any wild beast come
near the flock, they will hasten to save the sheep
even at the risk of their own lives.
When a lamb is tired or ill, they will not let it
walk, but put it into the folds of their loose dress
and carry it in their bosom. They gently lead their
flocks, for it would not do to drive them fast under
the burning sun of those Eastern lands.
When a silly sheep or lamb strays away from the
fold, how carefully does the shepherd look over the
mountain slopes and behind the rocks and bushes to
find the wanderer! When it is found, how greatly
does he rejoice over the lost sheep!
The shepherd goes before his sheep, and they fol-
low him. He does not drive his sheep, as shepherds
do here. They know his voice, and he calls them
by their names.
A few years ago, a gentleman was travelling in
Judea, and he was watching one of these shepherds
as he tended his flock. He saw that the shepherd
often plucked some grass and called one or other of
the sheep to him. He went up to him and said,
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The sheep come when you call them, but I suppose
they would come to any one dressed as. you are.
The shepherd said, Will you try, sir? So the
gentleman and the shepherd changed clothes.
The gentleman, dressed as the shepherd,, plucked
a handful of grass, and called a sheep, but it would
not come; it did not know the stranger's voice.
The shepherd, who was dressed as the gentleman,
then called a sheep, and it came directly, even
though he had no food to offer it.
There! see, sir, the shepherd said, it is my voice
they know, no matter how I am dressed. A
stranger they will not follow.
Jesus is like the good shepherd of whom I have
been telling you. If they believe in him, grown-up
people are the sheep, and believing children are the
lambs of the fold. The good shepherd will seek
after the sheep that has wandered; Jesus came to
seek and to save those who have gone astray from
God, and are lost in the ways of sin. The good
shepherd will risk his life to save his sheep. Jesus
has laid down his life for the sake of his sheep.
The good shepherd feeds his flocks with sweet
pasture; Jesus feeds his people with truth for the
soul. He puts good thoughts into their hearts.
He gives them the Holy Spirit. Are you one of
the lambs of Christ's flock?
The sheep obey the shepherd's voice, they come
when he calls them, they go where he leads them.
Do you follow Jesus? Do you obey his voice?
When you want to go in the path of your own