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In the preparation of this volume the Editor has taken considerable portions of Schmid's New Testament History. He has endeavoured to combine simplicity and reverence; and he trusts it will be acceptable to Christian mothers.
Little Lambs of Christ's flock.
MY DEAR CHILDREN,
In this little book you will learn some of the great and wonderful things, which our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ said and did when He was in this world. It will tell you that He was once a little Child, that He was very poor, that He was often hungry and tired, and that He was treated unkindly, and put to a cruel death by wicked men. When you read about these things, you must remember that Jesus Christ was not a common man ; but that He was the great, Almighty God, as well as man. He was not obliged to bear all this misery; but He came down from heaven to save us from our sins, and to make us good and happy.
The Church tells us Who the Lord Jesus Christ is; and she teaches us in the Creed
to say —
“I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father ; by whom all things were made, Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead : Whose kingdom shall have no end."
I hope, dear children, you will often say this Creed when you read this little book, and that you will learn to love and fear this great, good, and merciful Saviour. Imitate Him by doing every thing your dear parents bid you ; by loving your brothers and sisters, and every body else, and being kind and obliging to all people. Pray often to your Saviour, and He will give you His Holy Spirit, to help you to do these things. You will then be happy; for the good Shepherd will love you and take care of you.