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“There is a fountain filled with blood,

Drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.' On New-year's-day friends often express for each other the wish, “A good new-year and many happy returns of the season.' This is the very wish David speaks of when he says, “What man is he that desireth life and loveth many days, that he may see good?' and then he tells us what we must do if we would have this good wish fulfilled; He says, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile,' &c. That we may be able to obey these precepts, would it not be well to begin the new-year with David's prayer

*Do thou with hyssop sprinkle me,

I shall be cleansed so;
Yea, wash thou me, and then I shall

Bé whiter than the snow.

LITTLE GEORGIE'S SERMON. LITTLE Georgie was very fond of

playing at being a minister. before he could speak quite plainly, he used to build for himself a pulpit in the nursery, and standing there address his little sister. And what do you

think he said? This is what he said oftenest, • Be good, and don't be naughty.'

Little Georgie's sermon was a very short one, but it meant a great deal, and it reminds us of a sermon to children that was written three thousand years ago. The writer was a poet and a musician, a shepherd and a soldier, and he became a king. His sermons were all poems, arranged to sweet music, and they were written in a very wonderful manner. He tells us himself, that when he wrote these poems, he was only a pen in the hand of the Holy Spirit. Is it not wonderful that the Holy Spirit should have whispered into his mind words for the children? Would you like to know of which of his words little Georgic's sermon reminded us? We shall tell you part of that old, old sermon to the little ones

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HOME LESSONS FOR THE LORD'S DAY.

WHO IS HE? "WHAT think ye of Christ? whose

son is He? That was the text of the sermon we heard to-day, mamma, and the minister told us that when Jesus was in the world, even the learned Scribes and Pharisees did not know that the Christ, the promised Messiah was to be God as well as

When Jesus asked them, “Whose son is He?” they only answered, “The son of David,” and they could not tell why David called him Lord!'

• And can you answer the question which so puzzled the Pharisees. If David call Him Lord, how is He his son ?'

• Yes, mamma, Katie replied, Christ is David's Lord, because He is God Almighty, and He is David's son, because Mary His mother was descended from King David.'

"The truth that Christ is God, as well as man, is clearly revealed in every page of the New Testament, and in many portions of the Old, and yet even in our own day many learned men, like the Pharisees of old, deny that Jesus is the Son of God, and only regard Him as the son of David.'

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These lines were written for children to commit to memory, and if you think of their meaning, you will see that it is very like little Georgie's sermon, Be good, and don't be naughty.'

But perhaps some of our young friends will say as little Georgie sometimes said, • I want to be good, and not to be naughty, but the badness always comes, and I can't keep it away.' Good King David felt so too, and so in another poem he teaches us to pray, Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.' We can never be good till we have washed in the blood of Jesus

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• Did the Jews not understand the pro

• Willie, you might repeat the answer in phecy where Jesus is called Wonderful, the Catechism to the question, Who is the Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Ever- Redeemer of God's elect?' lasting Father, The Prince of Peace ??

The only Redeemer of God's elect is the • The Jews knew well that that prophecy Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son and also the 110th Psalm quoted by Jesus, of God, became man, and so was,

and both referred to the Messiah, but their continueth to be, God and man in two distinct minds were so filled with the expectation

natures, and one person, for ever. of an earthly prince, who should sit on • That answer is a very clear statement King David's throne, that they never of Scripture truth, concerning the person thought of the Messiah as divine. They of the Lord Jesus, the only Redeemer. It looked for one who should deliver them tells us who He is that we may believe on from the Romans, not for a divine Re- Him, and is the first of a series on His deemer from sin, and when they read the work of redemption, a very interesting Scriptures the veil was on their hearts, so portion of the Catechism. The last portion that they could not understand them.' you learned shewed us our sinful and mis

• And mamma, did they not believe when erable, lost and ruined condition by nature; they saw the wonderful miracles Jesus this shews us One mighty to save.

You did?' asked little Maggie.

cannot mistake the meaning of the answer Only those who were taught by the you have now repeated, it is so plain, it Holy Spirit believed. When Jesus healed tells us of the greatest wonder in the a man who was deaf, dumb, and blind, i world's history. Harry, you know what is some of the Pharisees were so very wicked

the most wonderful event that ever took that they said that He had cast out the evil place in the world?' spirit by Satan's power. They knew that

· That was when Jesus was born in Bethman could not do such a miracle, and yet lehem, mamma.' they would not believe Jesus when He told • That is the wonder of wonders. That them that He had done it by the finger of

the eternal Son of God, the King of kings, God.'

should have laid aside His glory, taken a •Some of the Jews believed that Jesus is human body, been born in a stable and laid God, mamma, 'added Katie, 'for Peter said, in a manger, that He might redeem us from Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living death is the great mystery into which God.'

angels look with adoring wonder. Yes, Peter and many others believed,

“Cold on His cradle the dew-drops are shining, and if you read Jesus' answer to Peter's Low lies His bed with the beasts of the stali, confession, it will tell you why they did so. Angels adore Him, in slumber reclining,“ Matt. 16. 17.'

Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour of all.” • And Jesus answered and said unto him, • Willie, you can tell me some things Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for from the life of Christ which shew us that flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto He was really a man like ourselves, with a thee, but my Father which is in heaven.' true body and a reasonable soul?'

•These words explain to us why men • He was born a babe, and grew to mannow, as well as in the time of our Saviour,

hood as we do. He was hungry in the have so many different opinions concerning wilderness, and wearied and thirsty when the person of the Lord Jesus. It is only

He sat by the well. He fell asleep in the those who are taught of God who think little ship, He wept by the grave of Lazarus, rightly of Christ:

and He died on the cross and was buried.'

* All these circumstances shew us that •What think you of Christ is the test? To try both your state and your scheme:

the Son of God was partaker of human You cannot be right in the rest,

nature, that He was in all points tempted Unless you think rightly of Him.'

like as we are, yet without sin. He took

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asked how could one stand for so

After thinking for a moment, Charlotte Elizabeth saw a pile of rose leaves in the room. Taking her ring from her finger, she held it in one hand, while she lifted a bunch of the withered rose leaves with the other, and holding out both hands to the boy, she said, one and so many." He grasped the idea at once, and said, "the one was worth far more than the many,' and thus he learned the meaning of the expression, the precious blood of Christ.'

That dumb boy not only learned to know the truth about Christ, but he learned to know Him as His own Saviour.

Tis eternal life to know Him;

O how He loves.'

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not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. He needed to take a human nature that He might die for us, and He needed a divine nature to be able to save us from death. Could He have been our Redeemer had He been only man?'

· No, mamma,' little Maggie replied, “a man could not save us though he was ever so good, but we know that Jesus is God, because He healed so many sick people, made blind men see, and raised the dead. No one but God could do these things.

“Yes, we know that Jesus is God, and so able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him. Those who tell us that Jesus is only a very holy man, a perfect example for our imitation, leave us without a Saviour, for no man can redeem his brother nor give to God a ransom for him. It is because He is both God and man in two distinct natures, and one person for ever, that He is an all-sufficient Saviour.'

• And, mamma,' added Willie, the minister told us that Jesus could not be a good man at all if He was not God, because He told the people over and over again, a great many times that He was God, and no good man could say such a thing.'

• Certainly not. What an awful sin it would be for any mere man to say that he was God. And yet this was what Jesus constantly affirmed, and what He was at last put to death for affirming, and He shewed the truth of what He had said, by rising again from the dead on the third day. Who but God could destroy death. Do you remember what Thomas said when Jesus shewed him the print of the nails?'

• He said, My Lord and my God.'

• The divinity of Christ is the truth on which all our hopes of salvation depend; Jesus cannot be our Saviour unless He is our Lord and our God.'

Charlotte Elizabeth was on one occasion trying to explain the way of salvation to a deaf and dumb boy, in whom she took a great interest. She told him that Jesus stood in the room of sinners, that He had obeyed God's law, and borne the punishment of sin instead of them. But the boy

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I LONG TO SEE THEE, JESUS.
LONG to see Thee, JESUS,

And dwell with Thee on high,
To wear the robe of glory,

And never, never die!
I long to see the angels,

And be like them above;
And share for aye the glory

Of Thy eternal love!
I long to see the mansions

So beautiful and fair;
To tread their golden pavements,

To breathe their balmy air:
I long to see my Saviour,

And join the blood-bought throng, Who round His throne for ever

Praise Him in lofty song. I long to love Thee, Jesus,

In perfect fulness there; Urmarr'd by sin or weakness,

By frailty or by fear!
But oh! I am so sinful,

So weak, so poor, so blind!
I NEED THEE, GREAT PHYRICIAN!

To heal my sinful mind.
Then, never leave me, Jesus,

Let not my footsteps stray;
Be Thou my Guide, my Shepherd,

Lead Thou me on my way:
And then, at last, dear Jesus,

May I with joy serene Behold Thee! and for ever

UPON THY BOSOM LEAN! (Tune 83 or 52 in Hynms and Tunes for Forenoon Services' will be found very snitable for the above.)

WILLIAM QUIN.

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