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no man had yet sat " was brought, a blue garment was thrown
over its back and Jesus took his seat, his friends rejoicing loudly,
for they thought that now he was surely going to enter the holy
city as a king. It was the custom for a prophet or a king to
ride upon an animal like this, and they believed that at last
their great Prophet and King was coming to his own !

Some ran ahead and threw down their outside garments
of blue and yellow and brown upon the dusty road for him to
ride over, while others cut green branches from the trees and
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joyfully and waved their branches of palm, while joyous children
ran ahead, gathering branches and singing praises with the rest.

It was a happy band of pilgrims indeed. When Jesus
and his friends came to the top of the hill they saw another
company winding up the path on the Jerusalem side of the
Mount of Olives, who also welcomed Jesus with loud shouts and
waving palm branches.

And what did the gentle Jesus think of all this tumult
and display? He did not tell the rejoicing crowd to be silent,
for he knew that the end was near, and for this once he allowed
them to honor him.

Among the company who had come up from Jerusalem
to meet him, were some Pharisees, who were very angry when
they saw the joy of the people and heard them call Jesus a king.
They shouted to Jesus to stop them, but he calmly said, that if
the people had been silent the very stones would cry out ! And
yet, though Jesus let himself be treated as a king, it was a sad
hour for him, for he well knew that he must soon lay down his
life for the sins of the world, and that even his friends would
fail and forsake him. None could understand his sadness as the
triumphant company marched on, singing: "Hosanna! Blessed
is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the
highest." Loudest and sweetest of all were the voices of
children who loved Jesus and joyfully sang praises to him.

And still

" Sing praise, O happy children !
Sing praise to Christ the Lord,
Who calls the children to him
With gentle, loving word."



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THE GIFT OF LOVE.




T was Tuesday afternoon of the last week of our
Lord's life on earth. He was in the Temple, the
place which he had named, "My Father's House."
Soon the services for the day would end, and the
Temple gates would close, — ne\er to open again to
the Lord of life !

Before going away Jesus sat down for a little while
opposite the part called the " Treasury." Here were thirteen
large money chests, standing against the wall. Into these the
people dropped their gifts of money as they entered the Temple.
Each chest had a trumpet-shaped opening made of. brass into
which the money was dropped. If you had been there you
would have seen that each chest bore a name which showed
for what purpose the money in that chest would be used, as
" Wood," " Incense," " Gold Dishes," and so on.

Jesus watched the people as they came, each one
dropping something into the chests. Here came a rich Pharisee,
perhaps, wearing a fine robe, who dropped a handful of gold
pieces into the brass mouth of the chest with a look which
seemed to say, " See how rich and generous I am ! " Then
came a merchant, not so rich and proud perhaps, but looking
pleased as he heard his silver coins tinkling among the gold
pieces. Poorer people came along and cast in their money,
and even though it may have been copper coins, they showed
by their manner how pleased they were to be seen giving to
the Lord.

But by and by came a poor woman. Jesus knew that
she was a widow and so poor that she could scarcely get enough
to cat. When he saw her take from her pocket two of the



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smallest pieces of money then in use, and drop them into the
box with her head bowed as in prayer, he turned and said to his
disciples, " Of a truth I say unto you that this poor widow hath
cast in more than they all, for all these have of their abundance
cast into the offerings of God, but she of her penury hath cast
in all the living that she had."

Jesus taught his disciples this lesson so that by and by,
v/hen he was no longer with them and they had become the
teachers of his Gospel, they would know and teach that true
giving to the Lord's cause is not in the outward act, but in the
love and sacrifice that go with the gift. The rich Pharisees
and merchants who had thrown their large gifts into the
Treasury, could easily spare the money, and really gave to be
seen and praised of men. But the poor woman who gave only
a farthing because she loved the Lord's House, Jesus said gave
more than all the rest.

This story teaches that Jesus does not count as men do.
He looks down below the spoken word, the outward deed, even
the gift of money or service, to see what lies behind them all.
If he sees there the wish to be praised, he is not pleased, but
if he sees the loving desire to please him and to help some
child of his, he says, " That is well, my child."

"It is not the deed we do,
Though that be never so fair,
But the love the dear Lord looketh for,
Hidden away with care
In the heart of the deed so fair."





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Copyright, 1904, by Hertel, Jenkins & Co.



Matt, xxv ; 32, 33.



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