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XXIX. JESUS SUFFERING IN THE GARDEN, AND
XXX. JESUS DENIED, MOCKED, AND SCOURGED
XXXI. JESUS CRUCIFIED
XXXII. JESUS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS, AND
PUT INTO THE GRAVE
XXXIII, JESUS RISING FROM THE GRAVE
XXXIV. JESUS ASCENDING INTO HEAVEN
MAMMA'S LESSONS ABOUT JESUS.
DEAR CHILDREN, I know that you love to hear wonderful stories, and you often ask, “Are they quite true ?” Now, many tales are written, which, though they sound very pretty, are not really true.
But I am going to tell you a history, far, far more wonderful than any which man could write; and yet every word of it is true. One of you asks, “How do you know that it is true?” Another says, “Are you quite sure of it?” Dear children, I know that what I am going to tell
you is true, because it is written in God's Word; and I am quite sure it is true, because “God, who cannot lie” (Titus
" i. 2), put it into the hearts of holy men of old to write it. (2 Peter i. 21.) Are you longing to know what it is I am going to tell you ? Listen, then, and I will tell you of a great and wonderful King, “The King of kings, and Lord of lords,” (Rev. xix. 16,) who left His throne in heaven, and came down to earth to die.
For whom? For you, dear children, yes, for you, that you might be made the children of God, and at last be taken to be with Him, and like Him, for ever! Are you like God now? Oh, no! Think of all your naughty tempers, your self-will, your disobedience, and I am sure you will
say, “Indeed, I am not.” Well, but how is this ? Have you not read, that when God made man, He made him in His own image ? (Gen. i. 27.) Yes, but you know too that Adam and Eve sinned. Then they lost the
image of God, and from that sad day, every little child that has been born into the world has been “born in sin, and shapen in iniquity” (Ps. li. 5), that is, it has been born with an evil heart, and a sinful nature.
You have this sinful nature, this evil heart. Now you know, none but “the pure
in heart shall see God” (Matt. v. 8); so that, even if you had never really done anything naughty, you could not hope to live with God in heaven. But, oh! you have often sinned against God; yes, every hour of every day .
God says, “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” (Ezek. xviii. 20.) Not die so as to have no feeling. Oh! no, but be for ever and ever banished from the presence of God, and sent to dwell-yes, to dwell for ever -- with Satan and his dreadful angels in hell.
There the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark ix. 48.) Do you not tremble as you hear these words? It is right you should see