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ther words of the angel, and tells also see in this an illustration of the Spirit that there was a second angel there, who wbich should always actuate the disciremained silent. (Luke 24 : 4).
ples of Christ. Ye seek Jesus. God and angels know what we are seeking. Well for them who seek Jesus ! Jesus of Nazareththis was a pointed allusion to His ex
ST. NICHOLAS. treme humiliation. “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth ?" Ye seek “St. Nicholas !” who was be? No Him which was crucified. But “why“ topic of the times" is more prominent seek ye the Living among the dead ? I just now than this kindly Saint. It ' He is not here.” (Luke 24: 6).
were a pity, knowing him so well, pot And now is heard the most joyful to know more about him. His home, it announcement ever made on earth, on a is said, was in Asia Minor. He lived par with that other glorious message about the time of St. Augustine. He heard on Bethlehem's plains: “Unto was a bisbop. His benevolence was unyou is born this day a Saviour, which is limited, and was continually sending Christ the Lord !" HE IS RISENI bim out on errands of unexpected kind. He is not here: behold the place where ness. If some noble family had fallen they laid Him. The victory over death into misfortune and poverty, it was bis has been won at last.
special delight, in an unknown disguise, And now mankind has received the 10 surprise them with the means of relief. first tilings of the Resurrection. The His gifts, discriminatingly distributed Sun of Righteousness bas arisen with on every side, in spite of his attempts at healing in His wings! Such good news self-concealment, made him famous ; must not be kept concealed from a until, after a while, bis good deeds havsorrowful world. Go your way and telling been, perhaps, cousiderably magni. His disciples. They had often heard fied as men retold the delightful story Him say He would rise again, but did of them, he came to be taken as the not seem to realize what He meant. persoual embodiment of the gift-giving They must now bear that the resurrec-spirit of Christianity itself. tion is an accomplished fact.
Tell Peter especially, for he is sad and despondent, because he denied bis Lord. He will know by the message that he is AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE. not rejected. He goeth before you into Galilee. The
A flash of light, a merry him, Shepherd will gather His scattered flock
And peals of rippling laughter sweet, again; and where, but in Galilee, the The pattering of tiny feet. scene of their early labors? There shall And,- 1o, the little children come. ye see Him. You shall not only be hearers of good tidings from the lips of A strangely fir tree rears its head, others, but shall see Him with your own With stars and tapers all ablaze; eyes, and handle Him.
And quivering in the fairy rays,
The glittering, loaded branches spread. As He said unto you. He had foretold His resurrection ; and this was re
The childish eyes are sparkling bright, called to their mind by the angel. Dis
And childish hearts with joys o'erflow, miss your un helief. And they went out And on the birthday long ago quickly, &c. They were overawed. They They ponder with a grave delight. went to see a lifeless body, and found an empty tomb; they heard an angel Then to their gifts they turn once more, speak, and the tidings were too good to And in the present sunshine lost, be believed: The Lord is risen. They
They fear no future tempest-tost, said nothing to any man—that is, on
But unto fairy regions soar. their way to the disciples. They tarried not on the road, because they were in
No cares, no fears, a happy time
Of laughter--tears that cannot stayhaste to tell the good news. They were An April day, a year of May, to be the first heralds of the Resurrection.! Pealed in and out with Christmas chime.
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. LESSON XII.
December 17, 1882. AFTER JESUS' RESURRECTION. Mark 16: 9-20.
Commit to memory verses 15-18. 9. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the world, and preach the gospel) to every the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out creature. of whom he had cast seven devils.
16. He that believeth and is baptized shall 10. And she went and told them that had been with be saved , but he that believeth not shall be him, as they mourned and wept.
damned. 11. And they, when they had heard that he was believe: In my name shall they cast out
17. And these signs shall follow them that alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
devils; they shall speak with new togues ; 12. After that he appeared in another form unto! 18. They shall take up serpents; and is two of them, as they walked, and went into the they drink any deadly thing, it shall not country.
hurt them; they shall lay hands on the siek, 13. And they went and told it unto the resid ne; and they shall recover. neither believed they them.
| 19. So then, after the Lord had spoken upto them, 14. Afterwards he appeared unto the eleven as they he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief hand of God. and hardness of heart, because they believed not 20. And they went forth, and preached every them which had seen him atier he was risen.
where, the Lord working with them, and confirming 15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the word with signs following. Amen.
| 1. HIS APPEARANCES. Vg. 9-14. OUTLINE: ? 2. HIS COMMISSION. Vs. 15-18.
3. HIS ASCENSION, Vs. 19-20.
GOLDEN TEXT: “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature." V. 13.
INSTRUCTION. Verse 9. The first day of the week, the first Christian Sun y. Appeared first to Mary. (See John 20: 11-17). Seven devils, not merely did one demon amict her. This does not mean that she was a greater sinner than others, or a dissolute woman. It was her affliction, not her sin. 10. Them that had been with Him-His disciples. Journed, because they still thought was dead. 11. Believed not; slow of heart to believe. 12. Unto two, as they went maus, (Luke). 13. Unto the residue, to the eleven. Neither beliered; no wonder Heupbraida them. (14.) 1-16. Go ** preach ; this is the Apostolic Commission. Bilire and be bypud -these are the conditions of salvation. 17-18. Signs, to call out and contirin faith in Christ. 19. Receired up into heaven-Flis Ascension. Right hand-place of honor, power, and glory. 20. They went, no longer sat, doubting and mourning.
(Read MATT. 28: 9-20. LUKE 24: 12-53. JOHN 20 and 21. 1 Cor. 15: 4-8 ) The Appearances of Jesus: 1. To Mary. 2. To the women. 3. To two going to Emmans. 4. To Peter. 5. To ten Apostles in an upper room. (First Sunday). 6. To the eleven (Thomas now present), 7. To seven Apostles at the Sea of Tiberias. 8. To eleven Apostles on a mountain in Galilee. 9. To 500 brethren at once. 10. To James. 11. When He ascended into heaven. 12. To Stephen, " I see heaven opened, and Jesus standing, &c." 13. To Paul near Damascus. 14. To John on the Isle of Patmos. (Rev. 1: 13-20).
CATECHISM. Ques. 51. What profit is this glory of Christ, eth out heavenly graces, upon us, His mense our Head, unto us?
bers; and then, that by His power He destnds Ans. First, that by His Holy Spirit He pour- and preserves us against all His enemies.
QUESTIONS. Verse 9. To whom did the Risen Redeemer ( nesses of the resurrection worthy of belief? first show Himself? What had He done for Does Mark mention all the appearances ! her? Was her faith in Him strong? Her love? How many in all do we know of? (See list). Was she specially wicked, or only afflicted ?
15. What great command did Jesus gire ? To whom did He next appear? (See list). 16. What are the conditions of salvation ?
10. To whom did Mary tell the good news? What condemns a man? How many women followed her example? 17-18. Can you enumerate the signs that Why were the disciples mourning?
followed the first preaching? Are these sigus 11. Why did the disciples not believe? needed now? Does preaching produce similar Had He not often told them He would rise spiritual effects and signs in our days?
19. On what day of the week did He 12. To whom did He make a third appear ascend? How many days after Easter? How ance? Whither were they going? Did you many days did He then linger on earth ? (Acts read the account in Luke? How was He 1: 3). What does “ the right hand of God” “ nade known to them ?”
mean? 13. What did the two do? How far was it? 20. What did they do? Have they sucWas their witness believed ? To whom did cessors in office? Does the work still make He then appear privately ?
progress? Who works with true preachers ? 14. Where was the 12th disciple, Judas ? What does “Amen" mean? What does " upbraid” mean? Are the wit
LESSON HYMN: “Our Lord is risen from the dead."
LESSON XII. Dec. 17, 1882. rewarded; for she lingered at the tomb
until she should receive some explanaThird Sunday in Advent.
tion of the mystery. Magdalene, that I. THE APPEARANCES OF JESUS AFTER is, of the town of Magdala. Out of His RESURRECTION.
uhom He had cast seven devils. What Jesus was not visible to the ordinary is meant by this explanatory statement? gaze of men after He rose from the centuries ago it was suggested that dead. By His death He passed out of Mary was a dissolute woman; the story and beyond the order of nature; and was repeated, until it became the genHis resurrection was not a coming back eral opinion; and Mary came to stand into this order, but it was His entrance as the type of a reclaimed prostitute. upon a glorified, spiritual state of exist- Now, this is grossly unjust to the memence. His human pature was raised to ory of Mary. There is not a word in a higher stage of life than that which it all the Scripture that even intimates previously occupied. It lived hence that she had ever been a lewd woman. forth in the Spiritual world.
In the early part of the year we had Consequently mankind could not see the subject of demoniacal possessions the Risen One. To them He was the for our study, and we learned that cerUnseen. But Christ could manifest tain persons, through some misfortune, Himself to those who had known Him or through physical and mental weak. when He tarried in the flesh whilst in ness, became subject to Satanic influthe form of a servant. On how many ences; the heart, will and conscience occasions He may have made Himself not consenting to such mastery, but proknown we cannot tell. The Scriptures testing against it; by the exercise of tell us of a number of such appearances, strong faith in Jesus, such persons were or revelations, of Jesus to His chosen delivered from Satan's power. Mary ones.
was one who had been thus afflicted; He remained on the earth forty days and, in response to her faith in the after the Resurrection, as we learn from Lord, He gave her deliverance. Her the opening words of the Acts. The devotion to Jesus thenceforth was so number is significant. Moses, the Law- great that nothing could separate her giver, was forty days on the Mount; from Him; she lingered at the cross, and now Christ, the giver of the new and she hastened to the tomb; and to Law," the Mediator of a new and bet- her Jesus first showed Himself after His ter covenant," tarried 40 days with His resurrection. disciples and spake of the things per- She went and told it. She could not taining to the Kingdom of God.” (Acts keep the good tidings shut up in her 1: 3).
own bosom ; nor ought any one do so, On the lesson leaf we have given a to whom Jesus has revealed Himself in list of the appearances of Jesus, so far His word and by His Spirit. as they are recorded. Doubtless He was As they mourned and wept. The disseen more frequently; for John tells us ciples were still mourning over the at the close of His gospel, that he had death of Christ, whilst He was alive. pot attempted to write all, but merely Sense so overpowers faith that we often mentioned a few instances of Christ's mourn when we onight to rejoice. manifestations of Himself. “Even They believed not. They must have when most closely touching the material remembered that He had said He would and earthly, He is always seen speaking rise again; but they could not think it and acting only as a spirit, coming sud- possible that He had risen. It was too denly, revealing Himself in an imper- good to be true, they thought. ceptibly increasing completeness wbich Woman's message was not believed, culminates at last in some unmistake. though it was true. able sign, and presently vanishing as After that He appeared in another suddenly as He appeared.”—Geikie. form unto two. Luke gives us the par
When Jesus was risen He appeared to ticulars in chapter 24, verse 13, &c. Mary Magdalene. Great honor was put. The place in the country was Emupon Mary by this fact, and indeed up- maus, about 8 miles from Jerusalem. on her sex. Her loving devotion was At first He concealed Himself from
their recognition, and then revealed the technical phrase for official duty, Himself in the breaking of bread and does not convey to our ears its full which was a significant act, typifiying meaning and beauty : proclaim the good His body broken, yet having power to news, the glad tidings of salvation. impart life and strength.
To every creature, or to the whole These two told it unto the residue, creation, to all kinds and conditions of neither believed they them. The testi men. This command has been partially mony of two male witnesses met with complied with; the gospel is preached no more credence than that of the in 235 languages, on every contineot, women. But “tbeir skepticism affords and in most of the islands; but many just ground for our belief. Their testi- | nations still refuse to accept the glad mony is the testimony of incredulous tidings. and scrutinizing witnesses."— Whedon. Go, preach; such is the great mis
Afterward He appeared unto the sionary charter. The Christian dare eleven. Judas being uo longer among pot say no. The command is positive. the Apostles, they are called no longer the promise is cheering: L), I am the Twelve, but the Eleven. Yet only with you alway. And the conditions of ten were really present; Thomas was salvation are plainly given ; faith, and absent at this first meeting. Eleven baptism. He that believeth and is bap was the official number at this time. In tized shall be saved. He that has faith 1 Cor. 15 : 5 they are still called the in Christ, and trusts Himself to Him, Twelve, Paul taking no notice of the and then publicly confesses that faith in well-known history of Judas.
Baptism, and enters upon a new life of As they sat at meat. He ate with them, devotion to the Triune God, shall be too; not because He needed food, but saved. to convince them of the reality of His He that believeth not shall be damned. human body. They thought He was Unbelief here means, not doubt or peronly a Spirit. At this feast He opened plexity, but a refusal to open the beart their eyes to understand the prophecies, to the influence of a living Saviourshowing that He must die and rise rejection of God's offer. again, according to the prophets.
Damned, literally, judged against, Bernard says: “If He condescended condemned ; and thus subjected to eter80 far as to appear to them where they nal ruin or perdition. sat at meat, much more reason have we Signs shall follow. At first outward to expect His gracious presence where testimony was needed to confirm the we are prostrated in prayer.”
word. In Acts we read that this took He upbraided them with their unbelief. place on many occasions. “Should ocIt is wrong to reject the testimony of casion arise for its fulfilment, there can true witnesses; their words are entitled be no doubt that it will be made good to a hearing; there will be time to in- in our own or any other time. But we vestigate afterwards, and prove their must remember that signs are not needtruth or error.
ed where Christianity is professed ; nor
by missionaries who are backed by the II. THE APOSTOLIC COMMISSION.
influence of powerful Christian nations." And He said unto them, Go. This -Alford. refers to His meeting with the disciples Cast out devils. “Their first miracle on Ascension Day, forty days after His should be that signal work which typiresurrection. In Matthew the commisfied the great work of Christ in expellsion is stated more fully: Go ye, there-ing evil and its author from the soul of fore, and make disciples of all nations, man, and from the world, namely, the baptizing them in the name of the casting out of devils." — Whedon. Father, and of the Son, and of the | Speak with new tongues—an intimaHoly Ghost, teaching them to observe tion of the miracle of Pentecost, when all things wbich I have commanded the disciples were enabled to preach in you ; and lo, I am with you alway, even many languages ; a gift which remained unto the end of the world. The com- with the early Church. See 1 Cor 12: mand is to go, and to preach.
| 10. Men preach in all tongues to-day. Preach the Gospel, This has become They shall take up serpents. “The
And with eyes all aglow with excitement
(As I took through the doorway a peep), Said, “She don't know anything 'bout it;
I'm tired and going to sleep.
For our stockings are hung below,
'Cause my father told me so."
powerful grace of God enables the faithful Christian to handle unbarmed the evil things of this life, and perform its secular business, which bite other men, and kill them."
If they drink any deadly thing. “The cup of temptation and trial which poisons the soul of the unregenerate is drained by the faithful truster in Christ unhurt. And from all the ailments of which men sicken and die, the power of the resurrection shall completely heal them.” — Whedon. “Christianity is itself a greater sign than any the Apostles wrought."- Abbott.
And I thought, О trustful childhood,
How you shame our riper years! And so easily learn faith's lesson
That we learn so slowly, with tears. And I thanked the little teacher,
And silently asked I might know That the way God leads us is always right, For “Our Father tells us so."
III. THE ASCENSION.
He was received up into. This was the last stage in the glorification of Christ. We need not enlarge upon it here; it will come up after New Year again in our lessons on the Acts. .
The stockings were hung in the corner,
Three of them all in a row !
The evening prayers were said ;
That the children had gone to bed.
Upstairs, from the quiet nursery,
Where the lamp burned soft and low, I conld hear the prattle of voices
Come floating down below.
A lengthened watch to keep,
And they be fast asleep.
Christmas is near at hand, and, no doubt, many of our youthful readers are asking themselves, “ What shall: I give to papa and mamma, and to my brothers and sisters ?” Or, perhaps, they slily wonder what Aunt Mary, or some other kind friend, has provided for them. We are told in the Bible that “the Lord gave gifts unto men,” and it is very right to give gifts to each other on the anniversary of His birth; but we should not limit them to our own households and to those who can repay us. Remember what the Lord says with reference to the guests whom we ought to invite to our feasts (Luke 14:12). Do you not know some poor sufferer who would be cheered by a token of remembrance ? Can you not provide a garment for a sbivering child, or in some other way perform an act of unpretentious charity? It is with reference to such works of mercy that the Lord says: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me." Matt. 25, 40.
“But,” said the voice of Mabel,
“Perhaps he won't come, because Lucy Gray says there's no such person
As good old Santa Claus. And if this should be the case,
Why, then he won't come, you know; And our stockings will all be empty,
From the top clear down to the toe.”
Then up rose Will, indignant
At such a suggestion as this,
And visions of Christmas bliss ;
Of stockings stuffed full to the toe; Of pictures and games without number,
And a wonderful trumpet to blow;
ST. NICHOLAS. Illustrated Monthly Maga
zine for Young People. November, 1882.
This number of this justly popular Magazine is before us. It is fully up to the standard it aims to maintain. It is full of interesting reading matter for young folks, and is finely illustrated. Published by the Century Co., New York.