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Jesus bearing the cross and the weeping multitudes following after. No wonder the road bears the name Via Dolorosa.
We know very little concerning Simon the Cyrenean. Mark mentions him as the father of Alexander and Rufus—perhaps the same Rufus whose name is enrolled among the worthies in the 16th chapter of Romans. Cyrene was a large and beautiful city on the north coast of Africa.
Who can tell how much Simon learned of Jesus while bearing the cross after Him, along the Via Dolorosa ? If he had been a disciple before that time, his faith and love to the Saviour would be greatly increased, and if till that day he had been a stranger to Him, he could be so no longer.
Those who compelled Simon to bear the cross after Jesus little knew what an honour they were conferring upon him. Ever since, Simon the Cyrenean has been remembered as the man who bore the cross after Jesus, and by doing so shewed us what Jesus requires of every one who would be His disciple. Jesus' own words are, · Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose His life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.'
Jesus will never again tread the path of sorrow-Simon was never again called on to bear the wooden cross on which Jesus was pailed, and yet all his life long he was a cross-bearer. The thought of the wondrous love of Jesus in bearing our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might inherit everlasting joy, enables the believer to look on his own cross as light and but for a moment, and to take it up and follow Jesus.
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Learn of Him to bear the cross.' A little girl named Theresa received a present of a small ebony cross. The cross piece becoming loose, she asked her father
1 to mend it for her. "That I will do
willingly,'her father replied; and by means of it will try to teach you a lesson how you may live in this world, and no affliction or duty prove a cross to you. See! without this cross-piece, the longer piece is not a cross; only when the cross-piece is added is a cross formed. So it is in every trial which we call a cross. The longer piece represents God's will: our will, which always desires to cross God's will, is represented by the cross-piece. Each cross you are called upon to bear, take from it the crosspiece, (your will), and it will no longer prove a cross to you.
A pious old slave had well learned how to bear the cross. When asked if he was never unhappy he answered, I nebber allows myself to reflect on de bad tings dat happen to me, nor de good tings dat I nebber had; and, when I tink about something to call my own, it seems as if I had a big treasure right here, dat I dont owe any man, for, when all de rest ob de world are saying, Dis. is my house,' •Dat is my sugar-mill,' • Dere is my great cotton-patch,' I say, Dere is my hope, and dere is my Saviour ;' and when I own de Lord Jesus, it seems as if I owned all de rest; for de earth is de Lord's and de fulness dereof. De air is mine, and I can bread it; de sunshine is mine, and I can sit in it; de earth is mine, and I can lie down on it to sleep.'
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith ; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.' M. T. 8.
PRIZE BIBLE QUESTIONS. THREE Prizes are offered for the largest number of correct answers to the Questions during 1880. The Competition is limited to those under 14 years of age. The answers to be sent to the REV. JOHN KAY. 2 Cumin Place, Grange, Edinburgh, by the 25th of each month.
4 What king was urged to act wickedly by his own wife? ,.5 What king was advised to act wickedly by his own mother?
6 When did a mother induce her daughter to commit a great sin?
been given, his last good bye taken, when OR, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE.'
weeks before he had brought the doll,
promising as he left to come soon again. "W HAT will become of me? where Suddenly death had called him avay; and
VV shall I go? or what shall I do?' while Annie had been looking out for him said little Annie, as she was told that Mr and wondering when he would come, the Morton her dear old friend was no more. snows were falling on his newly made
Annie was eleven years old; a pretty grave. blue-eyed, brown-haired child, with a I don't know how I shall ever tell pleasant bright expression in her face that Annie what has happened,' said the housemight have led one to think that she had not mother to one of the ladies who visited the known much sorrow, and that when it did Home. Little does she think that her friend : come, friends would not be wanting to 1 is gone; it will take her a long time to get help her to bear it. But this was not the over this and who is to pay for her, or case; no kind father or other had take a lift of her now?' watched over her in her short life; com You must do the best you can,' said panions she had in plenty in the home' to the lady. Tell her she has kind friends still, which she had been brought, but it was who will not cast her off, and that we are not such a home as many of my young sure God will provide in some way.' readers can rejoice in. Annie had been And so little Annie heard the doleful news; deserted when she was but a little child, and although she was very sad at first, and and one cold winter day Mr Morton had wondered, as you have seen, what would placed her in an Institution where there become of her, she gradually got accustomed were a great many destitute ones like her to her loss, and by and by her old cheerfulself, and had paid for her there. She had ness came back. Sorrow treads with a felt sorry at first when left amongst lighter step in childhood than in mature strangers, but soon she began to love the years, and its footprints on the sands of life house-mother and many of her little friends, are sooner washed out. who were taught to be kind and helpful. Now neither the house-mother nor the Then her old friend often came to see her. lady knew where friends were to come from, Many of the children had nobody who or how she was to be provided for, but seemed to care about them, but it was they remembered some texts that were different with Anpie; and I dare say some promises for little Annie, and which they times she was a little flattered by the all three could trust. Man's promises often attention she received; but she was not turn out to be false ones: sometimes they are selfish, and was bright and happy. One made by people intending to deceive; day Mr Morton made his appearance at the sometimes those who make them are not Home, with a beautiful large doll, and his able to perform, however anxious they pockets filled with cakes and sweetmeats. may be to keep their word; but this cannot The doll was of course for Avnie, and the be the case with God. He cannot possibly other good things were to be shared with deceive, and there is nothing too hard for the merry group of girls, who were sure at Him to do. I shall tell you some of the such a time to crowd round their fortunate proinises or sayings of God, that they could companion.
pray Him to remember on Annie's account; It was Christmas time; Annie had been and then I shall shew you how faithful nearly a year in the Institution, and she He was to the trust reposed in Him. was daily expecting a visit from her kind When my father and my mother forsake friend. The days were passing slowly by me, then the Lord will take me up.' 'A Each morning as she got up, she thought, father of the fatherless is God in His holy
Surely he'll come to-day;' but ah! he was habitation.' "God setteth the solitary in never to come again-his last presents had families.' He shall deliver the needy when
he crieth; the poor also and him that hath always with you'; and by this He meant to no helper.' The Lord preserveth the commend them to the rich, or to any who stranger, He relieveth the fatherless,' and could help them. See if there are not some many more. These are but a few; if you friendless ones whom you could cheer and like, you can search in God's book, and bless. Try to bless them; and I can see how many more you can find.
confidently promise that in the effort you Now, how in Annie's case did God keep will be blessed yourselves. His word ? Two young ladies in whose hearts He had implanted His fear and a desire to serve Him by helping others, were
FAMOUS BOYS. cigerly anxious to see some way in which they could be of use. Well, though you
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN—THE THOUGHTFUL BOY. may not think of it, God has a plan, a TEW stories are more suggestive than purpose in every one's life; and it is for us T one of the earliest in connection with to watch and wait and ask Him to shew the boyhood of Benjamin Franklin. One us what that purpose is. There is a text day his parents gave him some coppers, which says, "The secret of the Lord is with possibly the first he ever had at his own them that fear Him, and He will show them disposal, and told him he was at liberty to His covenant.' Now this shewing, so far as buy what he liked. Feeling as rich as a our outward life is concerned, means that king, he went out to examine the shops, God points out by His providence, as well wondering whether he would patronise the as by His word and by the promptings of toy-maker, the confectioner, or the baker. His Spirit within our hearts, what He would Before he had gone far he met a boy have us do.
blowing a whistle. What a fine thing Georgina and Mary (these were the that is,' thought Benjamin, I will try to young ladics' names) had compassion, as get one of these;' so off he went to the Jesus had, on the poor and helpless. They toy-shop. Any whistles?' he asked. read in God's book these texts I have | Plenty of them,' replied the shopman, mentioned, and saw by them what God had and showed him a number. I will give promised. When compassion is real, it will you all the money I have for one,' said shew itself in deeds as well as in words. Benjamin, never asking the price, and These two friends did not stay at only afraid he would not have enough to home reading and thinking; but they went | get one. All you have?' said the shopout regularly and visited the poor in whom man; perhaps you have not so much as I they were interested. One place they went ask for them. You see these are very nice to every week was the Home where little whistles.'— I know it,' replied Benjamin, Annie lived; and you may be sure they
and I will give you all the money I have heard the sorrowful tale. They had for one.'— How much money have you?' wished for an opportunity of doing a asked the man. Benjamin told himn the kindness to some needy one, and here was amount; an exchange was made, and in a friendless child. God's plan in her life high glee he started home, blowing his new was that she should be helped ; Georgina purchase. On returning, however, he and Mary resolved to be the helpers. Annie found his bargain was not such a good one. is their special charge now. They pray for His mother pointed out that he should her at the Home, and you may be sure they have asked the price instead of giving all think of what she needs, plan for her, and he had, his brother and his cousin teased above all, ask God to bless her and make him about being cheated, till at last poor her His own. What a happy thing for the Benjamin burst into tears. My readers poor child that she has found such friends! will perhaps wonder why I should call a But there are necdy, helpless ones all boy who made such a stupid mistake a around. Jesus said, "Ye have the poor | thoughtful boy; but the difference between