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the same cause, and probably with more earnest-
West Lexham, Norfolk.
THE HUMILITY OF JESUS CHRIST*.
They forget that it is easy to be useless, end that
And by this selection he left an example to
I THINK it should be interesting to you, to re-
From "The Happy Home." London: Bogue. This little tract is the first of a series written for the working peo
ple. It appears that, whereas twenty-seven millions of publications issue every year from the press opposed to religion, there are but twenty-two millions in behalf of the truth. becomes, therefore, right-minded persons to use every means of circulating wholesome books and tracts among our population. In order to promote Christian principles the author of this series has taken up his pen; and we give our approval, so far as we have examined, to the temper and principles of what he has written. But let us also give him an earnest admonition. If he would hope that his tracts should be widely read by the working-classes, he must altogether remodel his style. He must not write in long sentences (one we observe is just a page), or employ out-of-the-way words. Let him strive to produce good Saxon English, and eschew for ever such nonsense as "returnless portals," "intentional lowlihood," &c., &c.; else working men will never read him. If he will take this word of warning in good part, he may, by the divine blessing, be useful; and we shall wish him God speed.—We may here notice another publication we have received, intended for the amelioration of the working classes, viz., "The Drunkard's Children;" eight plates, by G. Cruikshank; with illustrative poem, by Dr. Mackay. The evils of intemperance are vividly depicted.-ED.
stantly it welters with a silvery spoil. Again and again the eager throng hangs round him, till the sun is setting, and it is discovered that there are only a few small loaves among all the fainting thousands; but he speaks the word, and, as little loaves bulk out an endless banquet, the famished villagers rejoice in the rare repast. And, though he did not grudge his cures to centurions and rulers of the synagogues, they were usually the poor and despised who craved and got the largest share; the woman who had spent on physicians . all that she had; the impotent man at Bethesda; the Samaritan lepers; and Bartimeus, the blind gar. And thus would the kind Redeemer teach us that, if there are always to be the poor on earth, there will always be the poor man's Friend in heaven. He would teach those sons of toil who are his true disciples, that in all their afflictions he is afflicted; that he knows their frame and feels their sorrow. And, should these lines be read by one who is indigent in spite of all his industry, let him remember how it fared with the world's best benefactor when here below: let him remember that the Saviour himself had once nowhere to lay his head, and, asking for a cup of cold water, could scarcely obtain it. But, now that he has all power in heaven and earth, that Saviour is as tender as ever; and to you, O children of want and woe! he says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy-laden; and I will give you rest."
law recognized not only an immaculate deliverer but in all his ransomed company could detect no stain of sin, no spot of the old corruption; when it was pronounced that millions of plague-stricken beings were now so convalescent and so pure, that they might even pass the pearly gates and join the fellowship of angels, enough was seen to justify the self-denial, through that self-denial was the incarnation of the Son of God-enough to recompense the sacrifice, though that sacrifice was the death of a divine Redeemer.
But this was the simple fact. An Angel of beg-mercy, a Volunteer of pure compassion, the Saviour, assumed our nature, and visited our world. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." And, coming into the world, he came into a moral lazaretto. Young and old, rich and poor, every soul was smitten with sin's disgusting malady. None were holy: none sought after God. All were corrupt: all were, to God's pure eye, offensive; and all were sickening towards the second death. And by coming hither, and taking on the human nature, the Son of God committed himself to our woful case. He virtually declared that, unless he brought a convalescent company with him, he would return to heaven no more. But the balsam, which alone could heal this malady, was found to be very costly. It must contain, as an ingredient, something which could compensate for sin; something so compensating, that God would be a just God in forgiving the sinner. And nothing, it was found, could atone for guilt, save blood divine. But Jesus had counted the cost; and even this price he was prepared to pay. And he paid it. He offered himself as the propitiation for sin, and he was accepted. And, though amongst those whom he sought to save were atheists and infidels, murderers and liars, blasphemers and sabbath-breakers, thieves and robbers, drunkards and debauchees, that one offering was infinite, and more than sufficed. It finished transgression, and the Supreme Judge and Lawgiver proclaimed it to the world, "The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin." And, reappearing at the gates of paradise with his ransomed, "the gates lifted up their heads;" and, having long since returned from that errand of kindness, and rejoined the acclaiming celestials, already has the King of Glory been followed by many a trophy of his life-giving death and peace-speaking blood. Dear reader, will not you be another? Will you not entrust your soul to one so skilful to heal and so mighty to save? Will you not begin to sing that new song even here: "Thou art worthy; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood"? And will you not, from this time forward, give a higher place in your affections to that adorable Friend, "who, though he was rich, for your sakes became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich"?
But I hasten to notice the greatest boon which the Saviour purchased. Returning to an instance already mentioned: Had you seen the devoted missionaries pass into the leper hospital, along with admiration of their kindness you would have felt a grievous pang at such an immolation. To think that men in the height of health should thus be lost to the land of the living, that good men and generous should be buried quick in such a ghastly grave, it would have oppressed your spirit, and you could only have given grudging approbation to such a self-devotement. But, if at the end of a certain term they had appeared at the gate again, and along with them a goodly band of the poor victims restored to perfect soundness; if it turned out that they had not only been able to mitigate much suffering, but, in the case of every one who submitted to their treatment, had effected a perfect cure; and if, on examining the matter, the competent authorities declared that not only were these heroes of humanity themselves uninjured, but that those whom they brought with them were clean every whit, and might forthwith pass out into the world of the hale and the happy, you would be more than reconciled to the great price which purchased such a wondrous restoration. When Immanuel went into this world; when he first put human nature on, and in all his innocence identified himself with the fate of sinful men, we might almost imagine the anxiety awakened by this" mystery of godliness" in any celestial spirit who did not foreknow the issue. But, when that issue was developed ; when, with a multitude which no man can number, rescued and restored, the mighty Redeemer re-appeared at the gate of the lazaretto; when infinite purity and eternal justice and the holy
This refers to an account the writer had previously given of the Moravian missionaries; but his statement is not quite accurate.-ED.
ANTI-ROMANIST MOVEMENT IN GERMANY.
THE APOSTOLICAL CHRISTIANS*. THE communication which you have made to me, that you do not possess the means of continuing your support to us, has occasioned us much sorrow, though it is alleviated by the assurance of • Extracted from the correspondence of the rev. B. Jettmar, D.D.
people on Easter-day. German-catholic flocks at Spandau and New Ruppin are preparing to join us. By God's grace, the band of true confessors of the Holy Trinity is thus gradually gathering in strength and numbers; tidings which must be welcome indeed to you and your brethren who have been moved to do so much for us*."-Berlin, April 20, 1848.
GOD OUR FATHER.-As by this word "Father” I am taught to glory of thee and in thee, and all that ever thou hast; for thou art wholly mine, my Lord, my God, and my Father; so by this word "our" I am taught to glory of all the good that all and every of thy servants that ever were, are, or shall be, had, have, and shall have. For now I am taught to believe that thou hast called me into the communion of thy church and people, whom hereby I perceive thou hast commanded to be careful for me as for themselves, and in all their prayers to be as mindful of me I am taught to remember and render my duty I owe as of themselves. Again, as by this word "Father" to thee-wards, faith, love, fear, obedience, &c., so by thy word "our" I am taught my duty towards thy people, to be careful for them, and to take their sorrow, poverty, and affliction, &c., as mine own; and therefore to labour to help them in heart and hand after my vocation and ability, utterly abhorring all pride, self love, arrogancy, and contempt of any.
your unswerving love for us, and of the warm in-
(For the Church of England Magazine.)
"The Son of man is come to save that which was lost."
MATT. Xviii. 11.
CHRIST is enough to banish sorrow's powert:
The mourner's breast feels in his love the peace
The crown of thorns upon his holy head;
Eternal mercy o'er the lost to shed.
M. C. L.
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DEATH OF ABSALOM.
THERE are few narratives of scripture history more affecting than the rebellion and death of Absalom.
David was an indulgent parent, and probably did not exercise sufficient control over his numerous family; at least we have little or no evidence that any of his sons, with the exception of Solomon, evinced real piety. They appear to have been luxurious, lustful, and self-willed. They scrupled not to take advantage of their position to indulge their wayward desires, and depended,
it is likely, on their father's fondness to screen them from punishment.
David had in the afflictions of his family the righteous retribution of his own sins. It was a sharp chastisement; but doubtless he found it eventually good for him to have been so troubled. He was led to deeper humiliation, to more fervent repentance, to more devoted reliance upon God. And the mournful events which attended the death of Absalom taught him, though sad, yet salutary lessons which otherwise he would have been slow to learn.
Absalom was a young man of great personal
beauty: his hair was very long and ornamental; and he seems to have cherished it with particular care. He was attentive to the outward adorning of the body he cared little for the inward beauty of the spirit, After his base revenge taken upon his wicked brother Amnon, he had been pardoned by his father, David; and it might have been thought that his parent's mercy would have bound him to devoted love to him. But Absalom had other designs: he aspired to the crown: he stole away the hearts of the people of Israel. He so far prevailed that David found it necessary to quit Jerusalem, and to concentrate his forces on the other side of the Jordan. Thither Absalom pursued; and a battle soon became inevitable. The king seems to have been fully assured that victory would be his; and he gave his generals charge in the hour of triumph to spare his rebellious child. All would have obeyed but Joab. Joab was as self-willed as Absa lom: he resolved, if he fell into his power, to put him to death. In this he was fulfilling the just purposes of God, but not with any right motive. And we see how the Lord makes use of wicked instruments to effect his righteous designs. They act according to the dictates of their own ungodly passions; but he overrules their sin to let punish ment fall where punishment is due.
The rebel army is defeated, and Absalom flies. His path lies through a thick wood; and the overhanging boughs intercept his course. His hair, before his pride, is now his ruin: it becomes entangled in the branch of a tree: the mule on which he rides hurries on, and Absalom is left suspended helplessly between heaven and earth. There he is found by Joab, who pierces him to the
heart, and slays him.
David's grief, when he 1 arned the catastrophe, must have been infinitely ag gravated by the recol. lection that his son was destroyed in the midst of fearful sin of his eternal state he could have no comfortable hope,
Let the lessons which th s melancholy history teaches be deeply engraven (n every heart. We see to what pride and vanity nd self-will will lead. Let our prayer then ever be "From all blindness of heart, from pride, vain-glory, and hypocrisy, from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness, good Lord, deliver us!"
SELF-REFORM MORE NEEDFUL THAN
BY THE REV. S. HOBSON, LL.B.,
to the meeting-house, which I had been accustomed to attend ten or twelve years ago.
J. D.-I had hoped, Edward, that had you seen the duty and privilege of attending those means of grace which God has provided for you in your parish church. What can be your reason for pursuing this irregular and unsettled course? A man who is supplied with wholesome food at home cannot surely be acting either wisely or justifiably when he wanders to other places in quest of nourishment.
E, W.-I don't know any particular reason. took it into my head to visit the old meetinghouse again, and was so pleased with what I heard that I have regularly attended during the last six or seven Sundays.
J. D.-You had been so very regular at church during some years past, that I concluded your views on religious matters had become clear, and your principles more settled. I hoped that you had made up your mind to endeavour to be a consistent member of the church of England.
ought to go where we think we can get most good E. W.-Why, James, you must allow that we to our souls. I went to church, as you just now said, very regularly for a long time; but, at last, Į grew tired of hearing the same prayers over and over again, and therefore I went elsewhere for a change.
J.D.-If you went to church, Edward, merely to hear the prayers, I do not wonder that you became tired. Excellent as they are, they cannot be expected to benefit, and therefore to satisfy, those who do not use them properly. They are not only to be heard, but to be prayed. Although they are for the use of the congregation generally, yet they are also to be adopted by each individual as his own prayers. Owing to this dislike of hearing the ried because the scriptures were so often read at same things repeated, you were also probably weachurch. You did not consider that it is necessary wardly to digest" the word of God, in order to not merely to hear, but to "mark, learn, and inderive spiritual nourishment from it. Neither the prayers nor the scriptures will afford you any the great truths which they are constantly bringpleasure or profit, unless you feel an interest in ing before you. It is your wish to go, you say, where you can get most good to your soul. If that be your object, surely a church which supplies you so abundantly with instructions from God's word must be best adapted to your wants. Where do you find so much honour and value put upon the holy scriptures as in the church of England? They are used in every part of the service. The liturgy is composed almost entirely of scriptural passages. In attending, then, the service of our church, you are hearing, for the most part, not the words of man, but the declarations of the Lord our God. If God's word be "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness;" if the holy scriptures are "able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Jesus Christ;" if "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (2 Tim. iii. 14, 15; Rom. x. 17), then assuredly have you far more opportunites of getting good to your soul in your parish church than in any meetgoing-house whatever.
EDWARD WHITE, Good evening to you, James as I had to come this way on my return from M, I thought I would call at your cottage, and have a little conversation with you.
James Dowell.-I am glad to see you, Edward; for I began to think that you must be ill. I have not seen you in your old place at church for five or six weeks.
E. W.-That is very true: I had a mind to