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themselves much better than others. Some were Sadducees, who cared very little about religion. He spoke to them all, like a good and faithful minister, and told them all alike that they never could escape the wrath of God unless they would turn from all sin and lead a new life. Many were baptized by Him in the river Jordan. Jesus, too, came to be baptized. Do you ask, “Did Jesus need to be baptized ?” So asked John. He felt he needed rather to be baptized by Jesus ; but the holy Saviour, though He needed it not, yet for our sakes would fulfil all righteousness. Thus He set us an example that we should follow his steps. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, a wonderful sight was seen. The heavens were opened, and the Spirit of God, in the shape of a dove, was seen to descend upon Him. At the same time God the Father spoke, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. iïi. 17.)

You see here, dear children, that, though there is but one God, there are three persons in the Godhead—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. God the Father spoke from heaven to God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost descended upon Him like a dove.

Very soon after this John was cast into prison, so you will not hear any more of him at present.

CHAPTER IV.

JESUS TEMPTED.

I TOLD you, dear children, that Jesus was tempted, as we are, to sin. Will you not like to know what He did when the great tempter came to Him? Jesus had been forty days in the wilderness without eating anything, so He was very hungry. The devil knew this. He thought it was a good time to try and induce the Saviour to sin. And you must learn from this to be very watchful, for Satan often chooses a time when you are tired, or not very well, to tempt you to be fretful and naughty. Three times he tried to make Jesus do what would have been wrong, and three times Jesus refused. You must not fancy when you have got rid of one temptation that you may leave off being watchful, for you may be quite sure if Satan cannot succeed in one way he will try you in another. But how did Jesus conquer him ? I will tell you. He carried a very sharp sword about with Him. Ah! dear children, and so must you, if you wish to conquer too. I am sure you are longing to know what sort of sword I mean. It is the word of God, which is “ quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Heb. iv. 12.) Every time Satan tempted Him, Jesus answered by a text from God's Word. Satan could not withstand this sword. He left the Saviour, and angels came and ministered to Him. Try, dear children, to store up God's Word in your memory, to hide it in your heart, that you may always be ready to fight with Satan. I will teach you a little text, to show

you what good King David did. He says, Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

(Ps. cxix. 11.) If you are tempted to do something wrong because you are alone, say, “Thou, God, seest me.” (Gen. xvi. 13.) If Satan tempts you to tell a lie to cover a fault, say, “I hate and abhor lying." (Ps. cxix. 163.) If some temptation comes which you do not know how to answer, say, “Get thee behind me, Satan” (Matt. xvi. 23), and you will soon find he is gone. Yes, and when he has left you, God will send sweet and holy thoughts into your heart, just as angels came to wait on the blessed Jesus. But remember, dear children, you can never use this sword unless God gives you grace and strength. Pray, then, much to Him. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James iv. 7.)

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