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COMMENTS.—Jubilate.-Opening La- Him no more. The world. In the tin word of Psalm 66, read on this day widest sense the elements of evil and in the Ancient Church. This Gospel unbelief; but, in its immediate sense, properly belongs to the Easter season the rulers of the Jews, the Scribes and which celebrates the accomplished re- Pharisees, and the wicked rabble genersurrection of the Lord, foretold by Him ally. He had called them out of the in it.
world, represented by these, and which 16. A little while.- About one day; now hated Him and them. Shall rejoice. from Thursday evening, when the Lord Though also only for a little while, when was speaking, till Friday, when He the Lord, triumphing over it, would would be crucified. Not see me. Because return. So always in this life, the disof His death. His body would be inciples of Christ and the men of the the grave; His spirit, in the words of world do not rejoice at the same time. the Apostles' Creed, “ descended into Your sorrow. Also only for a little hades," or as He Himself says, gone to while. Turned into joy. At His resurthe Father. And again, A little while — rection. From His death to His resurrection. 21. The sorrow of the disciples was Ye shall see me. After “He rose from like that of a woman, not only great, the dead.” I go to the Father. Not to but also full of doubt and fear. In the the realm of the dead simply ; but to resurrection of Christ lay, in a sense, a the Father's own world of life and new birth for man, and thus for the glory. Hence His power to return as disciples. in the resurrection.
22. Now. His conduct for several 17. Of late the Lord had repeatedly days past, and His explanatory adspoken of His approaching departure dresses brought about this state of mind. to His disciples. They were slow to Their hopes of an earthly kingdom, to understand it. What, however, now be founded by their Master, were cut off, seems to have been darkest in His say- and darkness seemed to enshroud the iming was the declaration that they should mediate future, their finely wrought picsee Him again a little while after His tures of temporal power and glory had departure in death, and connecting this been shattered, and they could not yet lay with His going to the Father. His firm hold of the eternal forces which were resurrection lay as yet beyond their drawing nigh in their stead. I will see conception.
you again. Tender words of comfort. 18. We cannot tell. Their interest | Your joy no man taketh from you. It was wrought up, but the saying was at will base itself upon my resurrection, that time yet too mysterious for them. and partake of its immortal character,
19. Jesus knew. He may have no- with God and man at peace. ticed their inquiring among themselves, and their solicitous disposition. Then
Personal Influences. here, as often elsewhere, we must not overlook His divine insight into the Upon the higher Alps, the snow is thoughts of His disciples, and of men sometimes piled so high, and so evenly generally. To this point of attentive balanced, that a crack of a whip, or the thinking about the matter the Lord shout of a voice, may give sufficient had, doubtless, sought to bring them, vibration to the air to bring down the so that His further statements might whole mass upon the travelers below. find lodgement in their minds, and pre- So, in our moral world, there are souls pare them, to some extent, for the events just hovering over the abyss of ruin; a referred to, when they should come. I word, or even a look from us, may cause said. He repeats, no doubt with em- | them to plunge down into the depths phatic tone and mien. The terms were from which there is no return; or a to be firmly riveted upon their atten- helping hand stretched out to them in tion.
the moment of peril may lead them back 20. Verily, verily. Most solemn af to the safe, sure paths of virtue and peace. firmation, common in Jewish speech. Knowing that we have such power, Weep and lament. When His appre- shall we not humbly pray, “Lead us hension, trial, crucifixion and death not into temptation, but deliver us from should take place, and they should see evil?”
Fourth Sunday after Easter- Cantate.
St. John xvi. 5-15.
5. But now I go my way to him that sent me, ' 11. Of judgment, because the prince of this and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? world is judged.
6. But because I have said these things unto 12. I have yet many things to say unto you, you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
but ye cannot bear them now. 7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth ; It is ex- 13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is pedient for you that I go away; for if I go not come, he will guide you into all truth : for he away, the Comforter will not come unto you; I shall not speak of himself; but whatever he but if I depart, I will send him unto you. shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will
8. And when he is come, he will reprove the show you things to come. world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judg. 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive ment.
of mine, and shall show it unto you. 9. Of sin, because they believe not on me: 15. All things that the Father hath are mine:
10. Of righteousness, because I go to my therefore said I, that he shall take of inine, and Father, and ye see me no more:
shall show it unto you.
Why is this Sunday called Cantate
i no more? How would this reprove the world 5. Who is here speaking? To whom? What of righteousness ? does He say? Who sent Him? Where would 11. Who is the prince of this world? How is He go? Why did they not ask Him?
He judged ? In what way does this fact reprove 6. In what state of feeling were the disciples the world of judgment? at this time? Why? Said these things—which? 12. Had the Lord anything else to say? Why
7. What does lie tell them? Was this what did le refrain? Why not bear them now? they had all along expected ? What reason 13. Who is the Spirit of Truth? When did does He give? Who is the Comforter? Why He actually come? Did He then come to abide called Comforter in this connection?
always in the Church ? What was He to do? 8. What will the Comforter do? Reprove IIow? Hear-from whom? What things to whom? In what sense? In a general way come? What is the Spirit of Truth called in what do we understand by sin? What by verse 7 ? Is He still the Comforter to men? righteousness? What by judgment?
14. Glorify means what? How shall He glo9. What sin is here specified? Why this sin rify Christ? particularly?
i5. What things does Christ say are His? 10. What going to the Father is meant? How Does He in this expression claim equal character many days would this be yet? Why see Him with the Father.
XVII. Lord's Day.
45. What does the resurrection of Christ pro- by His death. Secondly: we are also by Ilis fit us?
power raised up to a new life. And lastly : the First: by His resurrection He hath overcome resurrection of Christ is a sure pledge of our death, that He might make us partakers of that blessed resurrection. righteousness, which He had purchased for us!
Jesus, who hath gone before us
Heavenly mansions to prepare,--
For us with prevailing prayer;
And with His angelic train,
On the clouds will come again.
That, with hearts and minds uplifted,
We with Christ our Lord may dwell, Where He sits enthroned in glory
In His heavenly citadel.
So at last, when He appeareth,
We from out our graves may spring,
Flocking round our heavenly King,
And may meet Him in the air,
And may reign for ever there.
Raise us up from earth to heaven,
Give us wings of faith and love, Gales of holy aspirations
Wafting us to realms above;
COMMENTS.-Cantate.–First word in to His ascension, forty-three days afterLatin of Psalm 98, read in the morning ward. His ascension was His final bodiservice on this day in the Ancient Church. ly removal from His earthly disciples,
This Gospel foretells the coming of the whereas, His descent into the grave or Comforter or the Holy Spirit, and initi- hades was only a temporary one. This ates properly the Pentecostal period of removal, however, was at the same time, the Church Year.
Christ's ascent to the throne of the uni5. But now I go–The reason why He verse. tells them so many things pertaining to 11. The prince of this world.—Satan, Himself and His people. None of you the personal embodiment of the princiasketh me. Which He would have pre- ples of evil. He is judged, i. e. conferred. The present was gloomy, the demned. His fate will be shared by all future dark to them. Had they asked evil and and all evil doers. With their Him, Whither goest thou? they would prince must His subjects go. Christ have found reason for joy. They lacked | borne down, as it appeared at the Cross, heart; which in this case means faith. Sin, with universal disorder, would have
6. These things-His going away, become the hopeless lot of men: Christ and the persecutions which would follow. triumphing, as in His resurrection and See chap. 15:18—27: and 16:1–5. ascension, righteousness became supreme,
7. This verse is essentially consoling and possible to men, while working in its character. Though they had not judgment upon whatever opposes it. asked Him why He was going, He gives The Spirit, in the new dispensation them the great reason for it, and one would manifest this. which should have cheered their hearts. 12. Many things. Refers principally
The truth. By a sort of emphasis, to to things which He afterward told them show the comprehensive character of the during the time between His resurrection fact He mentions. Comforter. The Hoiy and His ascension. Cannot bear them now. Ghost. The sorrowful circumstances like-Amid the present sorrow their hearts ly led to the use of this name. In the were too heavy, their minds too confused. New Testament economy God in Christ 13. The Spirit of truth. The Comworks and reigns through the Spirit. forter before promised. He will guide
8. Reprove-In the sense of convicting you. To learn the truth we must make it. The world. The very same ele- an effort, and then the Spirit will guide ments of whom He speaks in the para- us step by step. Such was the case with graphs immediately preceding this Gos- the apostles. Men who do not care and pel. The world, which is there repre- make no exertion will not come to the sented as so persecuting and defiant to-truth. All truth. Having reference, ward Christ and His followers, will be especially to whatsoever relates to the arraigned and convicted by the unerring character and fortunes of Christ's and invincible Spirit of God. The re- Church and to their own salvation. proof of the Comforter will lead those, Hear. From Christ and the Father. who turn to God, to repentance unto life: Things to come. Such as the prophethose who turn away from God, to con- cies found in the Epistles of the Aposdemnation. Sin. Wrong: Conflict with tles, and in the Book of Revelation. God's order and laws. Righteousness. 14. He shall glorify me. By making The direct opposite of Sin. Judgment. my words, deeds, and missions, so poorly Decision of the conflict between sin and understood by you now, all intelligible righteousness, final, complete, and that to you. Receive of mine-show it unto in favor of the latter.
you. The Spirit will be to you the in9. The root of sin is disbelief in God terpreter of Me. and His revelation. It was so at the first 15. Are mine. These last few verses in the garden of Eden. The fullest and can only be understood in the light of completest revelation of God to man the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. In possible is made in the person of Jesus them we have brought before us in the Christ, and disbelief in Him comes now intimate relations of a common Being to be the greatest sin, and makes room the personal activity or distinction of for all the sins. The Spirit will make Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Hence this clear.
in this verse Christ says, all things that 10. I go to my Father. Has reference the Father hath are mine.
Begin, betimes, to teach your child for sugar plums. Happening to lose the Holy Scriptures. There is nothing one of these he used the other for sugar like it for the tender, simple heart of plums, on the plea that the one he had childhood. Daniel Webster said: “From intended for the heathen had been lost. the time that at my mother's feet, or As the result of this wrong reasonon my father's knee, I first learned to ing the different objects of charity and lisp verses from the Sacred Writings, religion are left to languish for want of they have been my daily study and support. Religious papers are stopped, vigilant contemplation. Great credit is whilst the secular and often trashy due my parents for instilling into my journals are retained. Money is too mind an early love of the Scriptures." scarce to buy good religious books, but It is wonderful' how the Word of God not too scarce to buy bad literature. has been preserved and its circulation Curtail expenses, but see well to it and teaching prospered. But three that you begin at the right end. hundred years ago a body of Romish priests made a great fire in Earl street London, and burned every copy of the
Our Book Table. Bible that could be found, and then TREASURY PICTURES ; or, Readings for congratulated themselves that the last the Young in the Sunday-school and Bible was destroyed. To-day, on the
Family. Compiled by J. David Miller. very spot where this fire was built. | SEEKING AND FINDING. From the Gerstand the great buildings of the British I man, by Lewis Henry Steiner.
| Both these works have been issued by and Foreign Bible Society, where the
the Reformed Church Publication Board, Bible is printed in one hundred and
ed ang | 907 Arch Street, Philadelphia. The first seventy-eight different languages; and is a neatly-bound volume of 144 pages, it may almost be said that an addi compiled from the pages of the “Cnild s tional copy comes from the press at Treasury," designed more particularly for every tick of the clock.
| the smaller children of the Church.
The second is another of Dr. Steiner's
happy translations from the German, a The times are hard, and work and
volume of 346 pages The funds for its money scarce. Many people must cur publication were contributed by Mrs. Bartail expenses somewhere. Strange to l bara Kuhns, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster say, some very good people begin re- | County, Pa. We regard this work as a trenchment at the wrong end. Instead / valuable acce-sion to our Sunday school of dropping some of their luxuries,
literature. The late Dr. Hoffman, of Ber
lin, commends it highly in a short preface. extra sumptuous feasts, needless eating
eating The young daughter of a wealthy, fashionand drinking, and wearing all kinds of able family is introduced into “good comfineries and jewelry, instead of plain and pany, elegant life, high-bred society." She cheaper clothing, just as serviceable as pluoges into social gaieties. “Party folthe more expensive, and wearing it three lowed party, ball followed ball.” She or six months longer than usual, which I soon feels a painful sense of the emptiness by a little mending and brushing can
and vanity of fashionable life. Her soul
thirsts for something better. With a easily be done, using their limbs instead
friend she visits the Bethany Institute, near of street cars and expensive livery ve- Berlin. She sees how cultivated ladies. hicles, they stint the blessed cause of after sacrificing home and fortune, here Christ. Many a dollar could be saved | devote their life to the nursing of the sick in a year without inconvenience or dis- and dying. She seems to breathe a heacomfort. They fare sumptuously every | venly air, and after a severe conflict with day as before, but try to make up losses
| her parents, joins the happy band. The and the falling off of incomes by with
place is quiet, but her uurest she brings
| with her. One of the sisters nurses her holding what belongs to Christ and His during a severe illness, and gently guides Church. They stop giving to the poor her nearer to Christ. Again she returns and to benevolent objects generally, on to her friends, to a wealthy aunt, but takes the plea that they must curtail expenses. her Saviour with her. A merciful ProviOne perhaps excuses himself on the dence teaches her much in the school of ground that he has lately met with
oth sorrow, and subdues her into a meek and
“gentle handmaiden of the Lord. We took losses. Like the Sunday-school boy to
Sunday school boy to up this book with a view of skimming over whom his mother had given two pen- / a few pages here and there, and read half nies, one for the poor heathen and one of the volume before we laid it aside.
Stilling and Gæthe at the University | than St. Paul's, in London. Erwin of of Strasburg.
Steinbach was its architect. He died in
| 1318, when it was only about half finBY THE EDITOR.
ished. It was continued by his son,
and afterwards by his daughter, Sabina. “I am fond of people, and that every | buried within the Cathedral.
This whole family of architects are one feels directly, young and old. I never demoralize any one - always seek out the The spire is open
The spire is open stone fret-work, an good that is in them, and leave what is unroofed skeleton of a structure. The bad to Him who made mankind, and winding stairway coils around the open knows how to round off the angles. In outside. Surely we must ascend this this way I make myself happy and com famous spire. A laborious up-hill work fortable."--Gothe's Mother.
it is. On a platform, two-thirds of the The venerable city of Strasburg has way up, is a station for the watchmen, played a prominent part in European who are to look out for foxes. From history-in European literature, too. here the people in the squares below Its location near the Rhine has made it around the church look like little chila bone of contention between Germany dren, and large horses scarcely as large and France for centuries past. Al- as donkeys. though strongly fortified, the Alsatian We press upward a little higher. plain around it affords no mountain The view is vast and grand, but trying protection. Within a few miles of the to the nerves. Should your foot slip, Rhine, its tall spires can be seen from might you not fall through the open the deck of the passing steamers. Its | fret-work, and make your last long leap long and painful siege during the late on the hard pavement below? And Franco-German war, the destruction of the whole thing is so delicately built, inany of its historic structures, was but you can hardly see how it could avoid one of many instances in its checkered being blown over by every sweeping history, where its unfortunate location storin. And a fatal sweep might just entailed ruin upon its inhabitants. happen to come when you are at the
Its founding dates back to the Ro- | top. In short, your mind runs in search mans. For almost two thousand years of horrid possibilities, and you shudder has it been the metropolis of this charm- / at the bare thought of them, and hasten ing Alsatian country. Its merchant down to the more stable earth. princes, and men distinguished in letters Strasburg is the seat of a celebrated and the fine arts have helped to give it University. This is more than three a European fame. In the sixth century hundred years old, and has been the nurits renowned Cathedral or Münster was sery of not a few men of genius. The founded, now one of the noblest Gothic medical department of the University edifices in Europe. Its spire, 468 feet has for more than a century been celehigh, is the highest in the world. It is brated throughout Europe. 24 feet higher than the pyramid of A hundred years ago, one afternoon, Cheops in Egypt, and 140 feet higher | toward evening, two weary travelers