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tells us that in order to ascend to His for right doing has been lost. It bringe Throne, we must first be nailed to the a sad look into a man's face to know cross. And He has not forgotten to that he has set an example, bad in itself declare, that the path which He broke, and hopelessly followed by others. is the path for all His followers—by the We know of an empty train that Cross to the Crown-through death unto came to a stop on a gradient, the station Life.
| having been reached. In the absence of an official the train broke loose," and
went crashing down the line to meet the The Other Train that is Coming.
steamboat express. Some one cbased
the runaway train, but could not overAs a train was passing over & New I take it. The opportunity for the arrest England railroad it struck a broken of the train had gone. There was a rail. The brakeman felt the shock. He
collision that night. knew a carriage was off the line, and
Oh, souls on the track! fathers and sprang for a brake. It was his last mothers ! your opportunity in behalf of brave service. The crash came, and he your boys and girls is to-day- now ! was picked up, a poor, mangled wreck;| Don't let it slip from you. his skull had been broken. He was We are not only to have a clear lin heard, however, to utter these words,- for the next train, but in every way we the last utterances of a faithful, loyal are to make and keep'that line suitable soul, “Put out the signals for the for the travel of the coming generation. other train !” Somewhere down the line Here comes the work of the Sunday. he knew another train was coming school teacher, to get the uneasy, ram. thundering, crashing along, dashing bling feet of childhood over into the faster, faster, faster, and there was his
roadway of the very best life. train on the line! Out with the signals!
I passed recently a large rabble of another train is coming! This was his boys in a vacant building plot. They last injunction.
were poisy and rough. What more imThe other train, that other train, Iportant work, I asked myeelf, than to am saying to myself,—the generation labor for that age and class, the generathat is following us ; the boys and girls tion coming. Through the Sunday. tbat are pressing hard after us, coming school, the Bible, the church we are to along faster, faster, faster, just ahead of open a sure, steadfast, blessed way for whom we are, only perhaps to be in their feet. their way, a hindrance, an obstacle, and
| Our opportunity is to-day. Did not possibly, the occasion of their ruin. Voltaire make the age of five the limit What peed of care, what need of caution, inside which character substantially is what need of restless vigilance for their settled? At any rate, that limit cannot sake, in speech, in act, in look, in ges- be set, with safi ty, very far ahead. I ture! I want nothing to escape me that I don't want to be so absorbed in the cares will be an obstacle in their way. If we and pursuits of my generation as to are on the track, blocking it, if we are
forget the next. I want to think of in the way, let us take ourselves out of land plan for the coming generationthe way as soon as possible.
that other train on the track. As the " Wbat will you take?" was the Lord helps me, I mean to think more question asked an observant boy at ta- and more of the interests of the children ble, and referring to the drink he might and the other train that is coming.-Sun. desire.
day school World. "I will take wbat father takes.” The father had received from the waiter a glass of intoxicating drink.
| QUARREL not rashly with adversities The father heard the boy's remark, not yet understood, and overlook not set aside his glass, and called for water. the mercies often bound up in them; for He saw the other train coming, and we consider not sufficiently the good of cleared the line for it at once.
evils, nor fairly compute the mercies of I think the saddest of all experiences Providence in things afflictive at first is the consciousness that an opportunity hand.-Sir Thomas Browne.
Fourth Sunday in Lent. Luke ix. 28-36.
THE SUBJECT.—THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST.
KEY-NOTE.--"WHAT AND IF YE SHALL / were heavy with sleep: and when they were SEE THE SON OF MAN ASCEND UP WHERE awake, they saw his glory, and the two men HE WAS BEFORE!”—John vi. 62.
that stood with him.
33. And it came to pass, as they departed 28. And it came to pass, about an eight from him, Peter said unto 'Jesus, Master, it is days after these sayings he took Peter, and good for us to be here: and let us make three John, and James, and went up into a mountain tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and to pray.
one for Elias; not knowing what he said. 29. And as he prayed, the fashion of his coun 34. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, teuauce was altered, and his raiment was white and overshadowed them; and they feared as and glistering.
they entered into the cloud. 30. And behold, there talked with him two 1 35. And there came a voice out of the cloud, men, which were Moses and Elias :
saying, This is my beloved Son : hear him. 31. Who appeared in glory, and spake of his 36. And when the voice was past, Jesus was decease which he should accomplish at Jeru | found alone. And they kept it close, and toid salem.
no man in those days any of those things which 32. But Peter and they that were with him they had seen.
What sad revelation did Jesus make to His / 34. What appeared just then? Of what was disciples ? verse 22. What cheering word had the cloud a symbol ?' On what mountain did He added ? v. 27.
God appear in a cloud before? How did this VERSE 28. How long afterwards had Jesus | cloud differ from that? How were they affected ? partially revealed some of the glory of His ! Matt. xvii. 6. kingdom? To whom? Where? In what were they engaged in the Mount?
said? How did this voice differ from the one 29. What change came over His countenance ? uttered at His Baptism? What more do MatHow was His raiment affected ? How do you "thew and Mark add? Chaps. xvii. verses 5-7 ; account for this change about Jesus? What is ix, verses 1-10. the scene called ?
36. Why did they keep all this scene to them30. What two characters joined Jesus? What selves? two departments of the Old Dispensation did! What impression did the Transfiguration of they represent?
Jesus make on St. Peter's mind ? 2 Ep. Peter, this for Jesus' encouragement, too? Did He What benefit did Jesus receive from this miraneed such cheering words?
cle? What benefit was it to the three dis32. By what were Peter and his companions
ciples? awakened? What did they see?
If Moses and Elias survived the ordeal of 33. Who were about to depart now? What | death, what may we believe, now since Christ dit Peter then say? Why did he speak thus? has died and rose again ? 1 Cor. xy. 55-56. Did be fully know what he was saying?
REMARKS.—The sad announcement through death, and knew the victory considered on last Lord's day, that their hat lies beyond it. Their words were Master was to enter into His glorious consoling and cheering to Jesus, who kingdom as Messiah, through suffering, was a man like unto ourselves. shame and death, shocked His poor dis- VERSE 31.- They spake of His deciples. They could not understand it and cease, which He should accomplish at Jewere discouraged indeed. They needed rusalem. That was the subject tbat to be cheered now somewhat. His filled His soul; that caused His human promise, that some of them should see nature to shrink and start back. They His kingdom, before their own death, ten Him how death had not harmed was now to have its partial fulfillment, them; that it would not harm them ; in the Transfiguration scene.
that a glorious victory would be gained VERSE 28. — About an eight days, over death and the grave through His or but six, as we do, or do not count the dying. Thus was He consecrated and first aod last in (Matth. xvii. 1-13) after armed for His martyrdom by such an the incidents of the former lesson had embassy. occurred. Jesus let the fact of His VERSE 32.—But Peter and his comviolent death and of His resurrection panions, though heavy with sleep for a sink into the souls of His disciples for time, found it impossible to sleep on, this period of time. Djubtless, He amid such an effulgence. Roused by taught them many particulars which the surrounding splendors, they gazed are not recorded. Then He took three awe-struck around, at the grand surof them, His best disciplined ones- Pe. roundings, at the glory-arrayed Master, ter, and John, and James-with Him and at the two angelic forms of the heaapart from the other nine. Up into a venly visitors. How long they silently mountain. We are not told what moun- gazed and listened we know not. tain this was. It was for a long time VERSE 33.–Soon, however, Moses supposed to be Mount Tabor. But be- and Elias had done their mission and cause it is not found adapted to such a were about to return. Then Peter, the scene as was to transpire, being too pub-ever-ready spokesman, hardly knowing lic and far removed from Cæsarea Phil- what he was saying, tried to induce the ippi, from which place they did not de- saintly men to remain, to prolong the part, according to St. Mark (ch. viii. 30) glorious scene. It is good for us to be -it is now believed t) have been one of here. He liked it better than a wanderthe peaks of Mt. Hermon. To pray was ing life, and his gloomy thoughts of his perhaps to attend to their nightly devo- Master's death had faded away into tions, which pious Jews did not neglect. bright delight. He suggests the gathBut Jesus continued in prayer, in orderering of branches, to build three taberto strengthen Himself against the fear-nacles, or bootbs, for the Master and ful prospect of humiliation and dying His visitors—never thinking of himself such a death.
and his companions. VERSE 29.- And as He prayed, on, as VERSES 34-5.–Then came the testiwell as more and more fervently, the mony from heaven, from the Father, to fashion, or features, of His countenance, that of Moses and Elias, for Jesus' sake, from the divinity shining through the as well as for the cheering of the disciveiling flesh, was altered ; yea, even His ples. The cloud was a symbol of God's garments glittered like the snow, set presence, as He had come to Mount aglow with the light of the sun shining Sinai-only this time it was a bright upon it.
cloud. The voice from out of it settled VERSE 30.- Moses and Elias, the all doubts—This is my beloved Son. JeFounder and the Defender of the Old sus knew that His Father endorsed His Religion — the Law-giver and the course and would sustain Him to tbe Prophet--were with Jesus. Their pres- end. Hear Him. This was for the ence was to teach, that the Law and the disciples, and all who should follow them Prophets had now done their work, and in the faith. The impression which the that a New Dispensation was now to get whole scene made on Peter was never in-the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They forgotten by him. Almost a generation talked with Him. They had passed / afterwards, when he wrote his Second Epistle (chap. i. 16-18), the remem- For know that you will have a noble guest brance of this night-scene wag as bright | To dine, to-morrow, who deserves the best. as ever. See Matth. xvii. vs. 6–7. Also,
| And let the little ones be dressed with care,
80, For such a noble guest as this is rare." Mark's account (chap. ix. 1-10). Sore afraid, the three fell on their faces, be. Then all the children to their father came; cause they felt that they were in the “0, father, tell us, what's the good man's presence of God and the heavenly world. name ?" Jesus could only comfort them.
| Their mother said, “Come, father, please tell
me! VERSE 36.--- We know not what all
Say, hast thou asked a nobleman to thee?" passed between Jesus and the three af The father smiled in silence, but delight ter they came down the mountain. Shone in his features, like a ray of light. They kept it close, even from the other On Sunday, when the chimes began to play, Nine. What could this say? They were
To church the household took its usual way;
But still the good old man prayed silently! themselves too much amazed; and the
0, blessed Siviour, come and visit me! rest were little prepared to receive the Thou, Lord, hast hungered-0, do not decline report. So Jesus told them to tell the My invitation - Come to me and dine!" vision to no man. Jesus had now been especially endowed wiih fresh strength Then, when the solemn services were past, to enter into conflict with the powers of
Back to her hearth the good wise hastened fast :
The fowl was done, the soup was rich and good, darkness. And the disciples had real
And on the table soon they smoking stood. ized the promise He had made to them | The clock struck twelve-she heard it with dis
--verse 27. In this light they walked may; through the night of Calvary, until the “ Our guest,” she thought, "why doth he thus full blaze of the Resurrection-morn.
delay?" Neither let us despond at the thought of death. If Moses and Elias survived "Good man,” she said, “where bides our guest
A quarter more-something must be wrong: the ordeal, though Jesus had not yet so long? brought Life and Immortality to light, The soup is getting cold-the children, too, how much more may not we, since Je
Can hardly wait, Pray, tell me what !o do! bus opened the tomb and conquered
Who is the gentleman ? I greatly fear,
That though invited, he will not be here." death! 1 Cor. xv. 55-6.
“ Be patient, children, wait one moment more," Tlie father said, " our guest is at the door!"
And then, with folded hands, imploring aid, The Invitation.
He lifted up his eyes to heaven, and prayed :
“ Come, Jesus Lord, be Thou our welcome guest, (From the German of Albert Knapp.)
And may what Thou hast given us be blest !''
BY REV, J. H. DUBBS, D. D.
| A knock is heard--the door is opened : lo!
A poor old man with locks as white as snow, A pious peasant, in the church, 'tis said, “God bless your meal!" the trembling stranger On Easter Monday heard the lesson read,
said, Where John relates how, standing on the shore, “ Give me, for Christ's sake, but a crust of The Lord said, “Children, have ye any meat ?”
bread ! It was enough--the man could hear no more; Hungry and foot-sure, I have lost my wayIn humble sympathy he kept his seat,
| A single morsel from your board, I pray!" And prayed in silence : “ Blessed Saviour mine! If Thou art hungry, come to me and dine. “Next Sunday, Lord, be Thou my welcome
The father cried, “O, come, thou welcome guest,
guest! And at my humble table take Thy rest.
Here, at our humble table, take thy rest ! Of all Thy servants, sure, I am the least;
See, for thy coming, still we patient wait I cannot spread for Thee a royal feast;
Refresh thyself, thou hast not come too late!" But since, of old time, sinners ate with Thee,
He hastens thus the wanderer to greet, I know Thou wilt not turn away from me!"
And leads him gently to the vacant seat.
The man went home; nor did he cease to pray 'Mother," he said, " and all the children, see!
| A week ago I asked the Lord to dine; “Wise!" said he, “ of your pullets take the best, I knew full well that He would not decline. Prepare it well, let all be neat and clean, In this poor man, according to His word, Adorn the room with posies and with green; Behold our Saviour, Jessus Christ, the Lord !"
wind from the west and south, obey,
and leave their graves behind to breathe AFTER a long dreary winter comes the air of the sweet heavens. Up and the reviving life of Spring. The white up they come, till the year is glorious shroud of snow enfolding the earth is with the rose and the lily, till the trees exchanged for the green and gay garb are not only clothed upon with new of vegetable life. Thus too the dark garments of loveliest green, but the fruit and dreary winter of death and the tree bringeth forth its fruit and the litgrave is succeeded by the “ everlasting tle children of men are made glad with spring” of heaven. The perishable apples and cherries and hazel-puts. The white grave clothes are succeeded by earth laughs out in green and gold. the everlasting white robe of the re- The sky shares in the grand resurrecdeemed in glory. The grassy mound tion. The garments of its mourning, and blooming flowers which mourning wherewith it made men sad, its clouds friends plant and nurse over the dust of of snow and hail and stormy vapors, the sainted dead, are exchanged for the are swept away, have sunk indeed to never-withering flowers of the paradise the earth, and are now humbly feeding of God, where
the roots of the flowers whose dead
stalks they beat upon all the winter “Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
long. Instead, the sky has put on the Stand dressed in living green.”
garments of praise. Her blue, colored
after the sapphire floor, on which stands • Thus when the corruptible shall put the throne of Him who is the Resurrecon incorruption, and the mortal shall tion and the life, is dashed and glorified put on immortality, death with all its with the pure white of sailing clouds, attendant evils shall be swallowed up and at morning and evening prayer, in victory. The resurrection of Christ, puts on colors in which the human indeed, all resurrection, is a great mys- heart drowns itself with delight-green, tery. Every spring-tide is an Easter and gold, and purple, and rose. Is not sermon, a far better one than human this whole world a monument of the learning can compose or preach. Resurrection ?”
Look how the world revives when The ancient Greeks used one and the the sun draws near enough in the spring same word-Psyche-to designate the to woo the life in it once more out of soul and a butterfly; the former symits graye. See how the pale, meek, bolized the latter in its transformation snow drops come up with their bowed from a mortal to an immortal state. heads, as if full of the memory of the The homely creeping worm, which we fierce winds they encountered last spring, dislike to touch or handle, at a certain and yet ready in the strength of their period of its life-perhaps old and sick weakness, to encounter them again. with age-spins certain threads and Up comes the crocus, bringing its gold weaves its own shroud, coffin, and grave, safe from the dark of its colorless grave all in one structure. Thus it prepares into the light of its present gold. Prim- for its own resurrection. “Patienily it roses, and anemones, and blue-bells, and spins its strength, but not its life away, a thousand other children of the spring, folds itself up decently, that its body hear the resurrection trumpet of the may rest in quiet till the new body is