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ther. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. He, therefore, on this hospitable invitation, went in to tarry with them. But it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. There the Lord poured his Spirit upon them, on which their eyes were opened, and they knew him; but he vanished out of their sight. They now said one to an-other, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and when he opened to us the Scripture? As it may be naturally concluded, my love, they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem; and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with thpn, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon: and they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them. Peace be to you, he said, as he stood looking upon them. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. Why are ye troubled? observed Jesus: why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as'ye see me have. When he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of an honey-comb. And he took it, and did eat before them. These are the words which I spake unto you, continued the beloved Lord, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as Bethany; and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while he was yet blessing them, he was parted from them in a moment, and carried up into heaven. Their eyes were uplifted at the glorious scene, and doubtless their lips sung songs of joy.
They worshipped him, and finally returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God, giving him the glory, majesty, dominion, and power, both now and for ever.
• • • u fane your songs,
High o'er the angelic bands he rears
His once dishonour'd head;
M ho dwelt among the dead.
With joy like his shall every saint
His empty tomb survey;
To realms of endless day."
O Mamma, look at all those natives just arrived; have they heard of all the things you have told me of God, Mamma?
O no, my child; they are, I lament to say, in ignorance of these things.
Then, Mamma, when they die, will they go to heaven?
No person can go to heaven, but through the righteousness of Christ, my love.
But, Mamma, they have not heard the law which was given to Moses.
True, my love.
Why, then, you told me that unless I had been told the law, equity could not require my obedience of the law: for unless I possessed a knowledge of what you enjoined, Mamma, how could I be liable to punishment for disobedience?
It is most gratifying to me, my beloved child, to find that the most abstruse part of our conversation has been so retained. But all men, my dear child, have received the law. The law of the Jews, which is called Levitical, because the tribe of Levi had charge of the law, was given by the voice of God, and written upon tables of stone ; but God, my love, by the silent whisper of our consciences, writes it upon the tables of our hearts: so that the latter law may be called the law of nature. The law of nature is that knowledge eaten in the garden of Eden, my child, of good and evil.
All men know that benevolence, kindness, and truth are rewarded; that the opposite malignancy, evil, and falsehood are punished; and every barbarous nation in the world is sensible of a God. This is the law of nature, which makes these poor natives amenable to God; and it is this knowledge, my sweet child, that occasions the great anxiety in the Christian world to convert the ignorant minds of these poor deluded people to the knowledge of the way of salvation through Christ, by which they may be saved.
Where did you learn this law of nature, my dear Mamma?
By hearing and the Scriptures, my child. It says, in the 2d Epistle of Paul to the Romans, Sd chapter: "As many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law, (meaning the law of