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THE BURIAL OF JACOB.
thus illustrated. There was once a scaffolding erected by the side of a house, and it gave way; and a person was precipitated from the place where he stood. However, in his descent, he caught hold of a rope, and hung in mid air. A person from below said ‘If you will let go,
I will catch you-do not be afraid, trust me, I will not let you hurt yourself.' He hesitated, but at length relaxed his hold, and fell; and was safely received by his friend below. Just so, if we can trust Jesus, when he calls upon us to venture all upon him, to commit our guilty souls to his care, to take his word as our guide, to accept his authority as our law, we shall find that it is not only a wise, but a safe and a happy course. He never proves faithless. If you trust him, you will find him, “the faithful witness." (1st chapter Revelation, 5th verse.) Do not be afraid of giving up sin. Do not look at the suffering which you will meet with in following Jesus. Rather look at his own sure word—that word which promiseth to him that overcometh he will give to sit with him in his throne. (3rd chapter Revelation, 21st verse.) Let the thought of the cross be swallowed up in the thought of the crown. Following him thus, you will find him “mighty to save.” (63rd chapter Isaiah, lst verse.) If sin comes up and troubles you, and your conscience can find no comfort or peace, then, also, believe the word,
where it says that the blood of Jesus Christ “cleanseth us from all sin.” (1st chapter 1 John, 7th verse.) It is difficult to think and to believe how any body as base as we are, can really be made clean; but the word must be the foundation of our trust, and our hope. And if you will read the 1st chapter Isaiah, 18th verse, you will see what that word says.
Fifth scholar.-" Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Teacher.-And then, the end, Oh! there is such a glory connected with giving up all for Christ, in following him faithfully that I know not how to express it. Eternity will reveal that glory. As the Christian tracks his by-gone course, perhaps one of the first thoughts which will then strike him, will be, "How fully has every promise been realized! How uniformly faithful bas been my God! There were times when I feared God would not fulfil his promises; when my faith wavered, and my heart trembled; but I now see that not a word has failed of all the good which he spoke concerning me. Be it ours to cry,
“ Lord increase our faith.” (17th chapter Luke, 5th verse,) for this is one of the most precious gifts of God, as you will see by turning to the 2nd chapter of Ephesians, and the
Second scholar.-"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
Teacher.-I will just read you a beautiful hymn, in conclusion ; but remember that it is for those only who are able to rest upon Christ's blood for pardon, and upon his Spirit for sanctification.
Why should we mourn departing friends,
Or shake at death's alarms;
To call them to his arms.
Their bodies to the tomb;
And left a long perfume.
And softened every bed, -
But with their dying Head ?
And showed our feet the way;
At the great rising day.
And bid our kindred rise ;
Ye saints, ascend the skies."
G. MORRISI, PRINTER, CAMBERWELL.