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were those who did military duties. vipers. Repentance is always proclaimed They were to abstain from all unneces- as the only way out of and away from sary violence, from unjust accusation, judgment and death. The proof of a and from discontent with their pay. true repentance will manifest itself in Many took more than the law allowed, that new principle of life, Charity. in order to increase their wages.
This new life can only be obtained from How largely had John imbibed the Jesus Christ, to whom the Gospel ever spirit of the Gospel! All these pre- directs us. John conducts us to Jesus. cepts apply to the various classes of John i. 15-16. modern society.
VERSE 15. As the people were in e.rpectation, or waiting for the Messiah to come, about that time, men mused, or
“However impetuous Americans may be,
they have one great grace of patience; they spoke to one another their inward mind,
d, listen like gentlemen. An American audience whether John were not the Christ. They anywhere gathered together, make the most felt that the Messiah Himself would courteous listeners in the world.” bardly preach a more elevated Gospel. VERSE 16. John now contrasted
1 Thus speaks a distinguished English himself and his baptism with Christ and
| tourist. It is pleasing to hear a foreigner, Christian baptism. He places himself
especially an educated Englishman, exfar away from Jesus, in worth and dig
tol American courtesy and politeness, nity. John i. 19-27. To unloose the
virtues which many Europeans say we latchet of shoes was the work of the
lack. Of course it requires much palowest slaves in the house, whose part it
tience to listen long where little is said. was to remove the sandals of guests. But many an otherwise able public His was an external water baptism, indic
speaker catches the spirit of dullness ative of the inner cleansing, which was
from dull hearers. Stupid, listless alone possible by the operation of the
hearers would clip the wings of a DeHoly Ghost, under the Gospel, the effect
mosthenes. An exchange says: “ We of which was like the work of fire, per
ministers hear much about 'good vading deep within.
preaching' from certain hearers who VERSE 17. Here the Jewish nation is
assume to be judges of the article. Did
it ever occur to these critical gentlecompared to a threshing floor, on which
men that hearers are not always good are found wheat and chaff. God's
hearers ; not qualified to judge of preachjudgments are likened to a fun or wind- Ling whether good or bad?! Some peomill, which is to separate the worthless
ple show by their conduct as soon as from the pure.
they are seated in their pew, that they VERSE 18. And many other things
expect to be bored, no matter who John proclaimed during his ministry to preaches. They seat themselves in a his nation. He did his work well. corner of the pew, with the face turned “Among them that are born of women,” away from the pulpit towards the sideJesus said, “there has not risen a great-wall, looking at the window or ceiling, er than John the Baptist.” How long the head propped on the hand and he continued to labor is not known ; l elbow, the posture and whole demeanor but he still preached and baptized after being that of an ill-humored man, who Jesus began His ministry at Cana in endures the sermon simply as an inflicGalilee. He was finally imprisoned, I tion of duty, but cares not a straw about under Herod Antipas, because of his lit. He is an eyesore to the preacher, faitbfulness against sin. He was behead- the sight of wbom dampens his feelings ed in consequence of the whim of a bad and impedes his utterance. Hearers mother and dancing daughter. He had who come to church from their closets been faithful in all things, even unto I and their Bibles give inspiration to the death. He stands among the glorified pulpit. If the pastor is dull or upinin heaven, a martyr to the truth. lieresting, they pray for him. The sight
APPLICATION.—The Gospel, preached of their eager, attentive faces helps to in its purity, ever yet uncovers the give him clear conceptions of truth, and true nature of men. generation of a free, impressive utterance.
Sexagesima Sunday. Luke iv. 14-21.
THE SUBJECT.—THE PREACHING OF JESUS.
KEY-NOTE._"HE THAT HATH EARS TO / opened the book, he found the place where it ABAR, LET HIM HEAR.”—Luke viii. 8.
18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because 14. I And Jesus returned in the power of the he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenof him through all the region round about. hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
15. And he taught in their synagogues, being and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at glorified of all.
liberty them that are bruised. 16. [ And he came to Nazareth, where he had 19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. been brought up: and, as his custom was, he 20. And he closed the book, and he gave it went into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, again to the minister, and sat down. And the and stood up for to read.
eyes of all them that were in the synagogue 17. And there was delivered unto him the were fastened on him. book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had 21. And he began to say unto them, This day
is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
How old was Jesus when we last read of you find these words ? Chap. lxi. 1-2. Can you Him? Chap. ii. 42. For bow many years do repeat them from memory : Who are meant by we hear no more of Him ? Chap. iii. 23. But the poor l What has rendered our spiritual wbat, nevertheless, transpired in Him, during humanity poor - broken-hearted - blind, and this interval? Chap. ii. 52.
captive. What remedy is provided for the When do we meet Jesus, for the first time, consequences of sin? What era is the acceptapublicly ? Matt. iii. 3; 13-17. What did he | ble year of the Lord endure immediately after His baptism ? Matt. VERSE 20. Did the audience listen to Him ? iv. 1-11. Also, verses 1-13.
With what effect ? VERSE 14. Into what Province did Jesus re 21. How did He apply this portion of Esaias ? turn, some time later ? In whose power? Did What did He mean by this declaration ? His name begin to be known abroad now?
22. What did they wonder at? What did 15. What did He do? Where? What is they ask? Why did they say so? meant by being glorified of all
VERSES 23-30. What was the sequel of the 16. Into what town did He,come? What visit of Jesus to Nazareth ? visit did He make on the Sabbath? What Is the Gospel still brought to us? Do many privilege was given to any devoted attendant ? still reject it? But is it not also accepted by Did Jesus embrace this liberty ?
others? What do we learn from the Gospel for 17. What book was handed Him ? Had this this Sunday (Chap. viii. 5-8), in reference to Prophet's sayings, likely, been considered on the effect of the Gospel in various hearts? Do that day?
you have any reason to believe that your heart VERSES 18-19. In what part of Esaias do 1 is good ground:
REMARKS.-Eighteen more years bad Capernaum, probably Peter's house. now passed for Jesus in the seclusion of His heart yearned to proclaim the New Nazareth-thirty in all. He had learned Kingdom to His old friends and neighJoseph's trade, and worked with his bors. But it was a grave matter to foster-father in the bumble calling of a appear in so entirely a new character carpenter. Joseph is said to have died before them. He went into the Synagogue when Jesus was but eighteen years old, on the Sabbath day, as He had been from which period Mary was supported accustomed from childhood. It was by her son, in common with other morning service. After the regular friends.
duties were ended, He stood up for to read Jesus grew in spirit, by communion a portion of the Old Testament. with His own beart and His Father's ; VERSE 17. The prophet Esaias, in a by gathering in the lessons of daily life roll, was handed Him, which was being and nature; by studying the hearts and read and commented on, during that actions of men in society about Himself; hour. He selected the portion that lay by silently mastering the religious par- nearest to His spirit. ties and questions of His day; by reading VERSES 18–19. This was the lesson the Holy Scriptures ; by obeying all the for the day, and is found in the lxi. Law; and by in ward illumination. chapter, verses 1-2. He could not have
He was, no doubt, a mystery to others, selected a more appropriate portion, and it may be to Himself. Meanwhile, since the prophet here speaks plainly of the time of manifestation to Israel, as the coming of the Messiah, and His the Messiah, drew near, with the addi- blessed mission. Let us commit to tion of years, and the ripening of His memory this choice Scripture selection. glorious faculties. John the Baptist The words of the prophet are filled with was breaking the way already for His life and spirit—more so tban our compublic mission. Jesus bad been waiting ments can possibly convey. the fit moment for leaving Nazareth, | VERSES 20-22. He closed the book, and presenting Himself before His gave it to the servant, and sat down. But forerunner. At last He stands before now, as usual, He explained and apJohn, soliciting baptism at His cousin's plied the text to Himself in such a way hands. Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-23. as to astonish all His hearers. But their This was His induction, initiation, or honest and sincere wonder and delight inauguration. Then followed His at His words soon gave way to jealousy temptation. Matt. 4: 1-11; Luke 4: and envy, especially on the part of the 1-13. Immediately after His return more learned, we may suppose. Is not from the wilderness, He opened His this Joseph's son. He had gone to no public ministry.
school-house, nor studied to be a Rabbi NOTES.- VERSE 14. Jesus returned. |-had no authority from the Doctors.He had left Nazareth in Galilee, to visit was a carpenter and a carpenter's son. John, to be baptized, and tried of Satan. Could their former companion indeed be He came back consecrated in the power a prophet? of the Spirit, the Messiab. He preached VERSES 23-30. These words do not the Kingdom of God is at hand, gather- really belong to the lesson, but we add ed followers around Himself, and them, as they give the sequel to His first wrought miracles. Consequently a fame visit to His old home. He left Nazareth or report of His remarkable doings never to return. Like the old prophet, spread abroad.
He spent His grace among communities VERSE 15. In their Synagogues, or which were less familiar, but more faJewish houses of worship He taught, as vorable to Him. any one had the privilege of doing, who Tnis Gospel of the New Kingdom He felt himself prompted thereto. That He continued to preach to the end of His was glorified of all, means that the force blessed life. His disciples and apostles and divinity of His teachings were ac- aided Him in His communion, and after knowledged and proved.
| His Ascension to His Father, they were VERSE 16. Soon He came to Nazareth, to be endowed with the Holy Ghost, the place where he had been brought up who was to remain in His Church on to His 30th year, when He dwelt in earth, to the end of time. Even yet is the acceptable year of the Lord—the teachers, you need to retire much and Christian dispensation proclaiined. The bo with Christ, and get isolated and Gospel of Christ is for the poor—the drink in His spirit, and then come to poor in spirit. It works illumination, the children, and let them see you have for the spiritually blind; health to the been with Jesns. Unless we do this, we broken-hearted and bruised; and deliver will not have success in this difficult ance to the captives. Let us remember field.
-"This day is this Scripture fulfilled in our ears.”
“Remind me of The King."
LA FONTAINE, chaplain of the Prus
sian army, once preached a very earnest The Rev. Dr. Arnot, of Edinburgh, and eloquent sermon on the sin and folScotland, in a speech at the late anni. ly of yielding to a hasty temper. The versary of the American Sunday-school next day he was accosted by a major of Union, addressing himself to teachers, the regiment with the words : used the following earnest and impres- “Well, sir! I think you made use of sive words:
the prerogatives of your office, to give I have seen an experiment in a chem- me some very sharp bits, yesterday.” ist's laboratory, when they set a person. “I certainly thought of you while I on a chair with glass feet, in order to was preparing the sermon," was the anisolate him from the earth, and then swer, “but I had no intention of being ibey poured in an unceasing stream of either personal or sharp.” elictricity until his frame was full; and “Well, it is of no use," said the maI have seen when, if any one came and jor, “I have a hasty temper, and I cantouched his finger, the sparks would fly not help it, and I cannot control it. It out and kindle wbat they touched. But is impossible." if he touched the earth anywhere, there And still adhering to this opinion, would have been no stream from him after some farther conversation he went and no kindling; it would all have his way. been drunk into the ground. Now, dear The next Sabbath La Fontaine friends, take such a life as William preached upon self-deception, and the Burns. I knew him from our youth up. vain excuses which men are wont to I know tbat no man, if he had a tender make. conscience to speak of the Christian “Why," said be," a man will declare system, could approach that missionary that it is impossible for him to control without feeling some fire coming from his temper, when he very well knows him and kindling his owo heart; but that were the same provocation to hapthe secret lay in this, that he was isola- pen in the presence of his sovereign, he ted-his soul cleaved not to the ground. not only could but would control bimHe was isolated from it, and whenever self entirely. And yet he dares to say 8ny one came near him he was kindled that the continual presence of the King by the sparks of the earnest spiritual of kings and Lord of lords, imposes uplife and soul in habitual communion on him neither restraint nor fear!''. with Christ, getting life, and not cleay- The next day his friend, the Major, ing to the dust to let ooze away all he again accosted him. had gained. Sabbath-school teachers, “You were right yesterday, chapas an ordinary rule, will be successful in lain," he said humbly. “Hereafter, winning the little ones in proportion as whenever yon see me in danger of failthey retire and keep close to Christ ing, remind me of the King!'-Sundayhimself. O, what a world we are in! School Times. Wbat a mighty stream this tidaltime in the nineteenth century! And where is it more rapid and deep, and ready WHETHER God choose you to labor to carry down souls upon it like leaves or suffer, you have no reason to comupon the stream, than in this great and plain; especially if He is leading you growing America! Sabbath-school to glory.
Quinquagesima Sunday. Luke v. 12–26.
KEY-NOTE._"JESUS, SON OF DAVID, I sought means to bring him in, and to lay him HAVE MERCY ON ME.”—Luke xyiii. 38.
19. And when they could not find by what 12. And it came to pass, when he was in a way they might bring him in, because of the certain city, behold, a man full of leprosy, who multitude, they went upon the house top, and seeing Jesus, fell on his face, and besought him, let him down through the tiling with his couch, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me into the midst before Jesus. clean.
20. And when he saw their faith, he said unto 13. And he put forth his hand and touched him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. him, saying, I will: Be thou clean. And im- 21. And the scribes and the Pbarisees began mediately the leprosy departed from him. to reason, saying. Who is this which speaketh
14. And he charged him to tell no man: but blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for alone? thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, 22. But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, for a testimony unto them.
he answering, said unto them, What reason ye 15. But so much the more went there a fame in your hearts? abroad of bim : and great multitudes came to 23. Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be for. gether to hear and to be healed by him of their given thee; or to say, Rise up and walk ? infirmities.
24. But that ye may know that the Son of 16. And he withdrew himself into the wil. man bath power upon earth to forgive sius, (he derness, and prayed,
said unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, 17. And it came to pass on a certain day, as Arise, and take up thy couch, and go unto tby he was teaching, that there were Pbarisees and house. doctors of the law sitting by, wbich were come 25. And immediately he rose up before them, out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and and took up that whereon he lay, and departed Jerusalem : and the power of the Lord was pre- to bis own house, glorifying God. sent to heal them.,
26. And they were all amazed, and they glo18. And behold, men brought in a bed a rified God, and were filled with fear, saying, man which was taken with a palsy : and they | We have seen strange things to-day.
QUESTIONS. What was our theme on last Lord's Day? 1 18. Who was brought near? What is Palsy What is it to-day? What are evils which afflict | How many men carried him ? mankind the results of? What is the Gospel 19. Why could they not get near to Jesus at to effect eventually ?
once? What did they then do? Were Eastern Of what two diseases does this lesson treat ? | houses like ours ? verses 12-14; 18-26.
I 20. What did Jesus admire in these hearts ? VERSE 12. In what city was Jesus now? What did He at once say? Why did He Chorazin, likely. Who met him? What do you say 80 know of leprosy? What was it regarded as an 21. Who were affronted at this speech? Why? emblem of? How did he approach Jesus? Matt. What is Blasphemy? What did they say ? viii.; Mark i. What did he say? What did Were they not right? this prayer teach ?
VERSES 22-23. Between what two questions 13. What did Jesus do? Was it proper for does Jesus now ask tbem to choose? Was it any one to touch a leper? Why did He touch harder to say the one than the oti er? Which him? What did He say? What followed ? was the harder to do?
14. What did Jesus charge on the man ? VERSE 24. Did He then do the latter ? Was Why? What did He command him to do? this a proof that He, likely, possessed the other What did the Law of Moses require of such a prerogative, too? restored one? Lev., Chaps. 13 and 14.
25. What was the direct effect on the sick 15. What effect had Christ's miracles on the people? What did they now?
26. What effect had this miracle on the peo16. Whither did Jesus sometimes with. draw? What did He do there? Why did Hə of which kind of sin is Leprosy sometimes
made the Type of Original or Actual Sin! 17. Into what city did He now come ? Mark Of which kind is Palsy sometimes taken as a ii. 1. Who all were about Him now? What | symbol ? power attended His teaching and working ? Are we then typified by these two characters ?
'In what should we follow him, then ?
1. I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God;
From the accursed load.
2. I bring my guilt to Jesus,
To wash my crimson stains
Till not a spot remains.