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time the lord of those servants
cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five
talents came and brought other five
talents, saying, Lord, thou deliver-
edst unto me five talents : behold,
I have gained beside them five tal-
ents more. His lord said unto him,
Well done, thou good and faithful
servant : thou hast been faithful

over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou
into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came
and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have
gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well
done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the
joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and
said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou
hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was
afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth : lo, there thou hast that is
thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful
servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I
have not strawed : thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the

(Copyright, 1903, by William H. Kau, Phila.)
Crushino- olives for the oil.



exchanged, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with
usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which
hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall
have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even
that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer dark-
ness : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. — Matthew XXV. 14-30.

The last parable is about a shepherd and his sheep and
goats. Yon know how the shepherd in Palestine leads his
flock where there is green pasture and water to drink, and
keeps them safe at night. Often sheep and goats follow the
same shepherd, the sheep feeding in the softer green of the

Jerusalem, from the Mount of Olives.

valley, and the black goats among the rocks of the hill-side.
At night perhaps the shepherd separates the sheep from
the goats and gives them each their place in the fold.

The Lord is our Shepherd who leads us all, and feeds and
protects us. When the day of earthly life is over, He calls us
to our eternal home. But not all are ready for the same
home. The sheep in the parable are those who have done
good, kind deeds for the Lord's sake. The goats are those
who have known what was good, but have not done it except
for show. They cannot live in heaven, for to be useful from
love to the Lord and one another is heaven.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels
with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory : and before him


shall be gathered all nations : and he shall separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the
sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King-
say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was
an hungred, and ye gave me meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink :
I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I Avas
sick, and ye visited me : I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then
shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred,
and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a
stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? or when saw we
thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer
and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have clone it
unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then
shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed,
into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an
hungred, and ye gave me no meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink :
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in : naked, and ye clothed me not :
sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer
him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger,
or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall
he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not
to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away
into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. — Matthew
XXV. 31-46.


The day for the Passover had come, and in the evening
each household would gather for the sacred feast, or two
households together, if they were small. The Lord's dis-
ciples were His family, and He sent Peter and John from
Bethany to prepare the Passover for them to eat together.
They saw, as the Lord told them, a man carrying a jar of
water. They followed him to the house, and the large upper
room was ready. We have learned how the lamb was killed
at the temple and how unleavened bread was made ready,
and bitter herbs, and a preserve of fruits, and wine. To-
wards evening — it was Thursday — the Lord came with the
other disciples from Bethany and they reclined at the table

But even there, after all the Lord had taught them and
shown them about being humble and serving, they disputed
who should be greatest, and the Lord gave them one more



example of loving service. He washed their feet. Then, too,
the Lord told the disciples that one of them would betray
Him. Leonardo da Vinci's wonderful picture shows the
disciples at this moment, when they are asking, "Lord, is
it I?"

While they were still about the table the Lord taught
them how to keep the Holy Supper, the Christian Passover.
He blessed the bread and wine and gave them, and told them
to keep the Holy Supper in remembrance of Him. He says
that the bread and wine are His flesh and blood ; as we take
them reverently, He strengthens our souls with something
of His own love and wisdom. Psalms were sung during the
Passover, and, at the end, Psalms cxv. to cxviii. : "0 give
thanks unto the Lokd; for he is good: because his mercy
endureth for ever." This was probably the "hymn" which
the disciples sang together before they went out with the
Lord to the Mount of Olives. Let us read so much of the

Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be
killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the pass-
over, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we
prepare?/ And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the
city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him
into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman
of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where
I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large
upper room furnished : there make ready. And they went, and found as
he had said unto them : and they made ready the passover.

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles
with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this
passover with you before I suffer : for I say unto you, I will not any more
eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the
cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the
kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and
brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for
you : this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper,
saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. —
Luke XXII. 7-20.

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour
was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having
loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And
supper being ended,* the devil having now put into the heart of Judas

* The Revised Version reads " during supper."



Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had
given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went
to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a
towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and
began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel where-
with he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter : and Peter saith unto
him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him,
What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter
saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I
wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him,
Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to
him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every
whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him;
therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and
was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then,

(Leonardo da Vinci.)

The Last Supper.

your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one
another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as
I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord ; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. I speak not of you
all : I know whom I have chosen : but that the scripture may be fulfilled,
He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Now I
tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that
I am he. Verily, verily, I say unto yon, He that receiveth whomsoever I
send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and
said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus



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loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who
it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto
him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a
sop, when I have dipped it.* And when he had dipped the sop, he gave
it to Judas Iseariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered
into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Now
no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For
some of them thought, because Juclas had the bag, that Jesus, had said
unto him, Buy those things that Ave have need of against the feast; or,
that he should give something to the poor. He then having received the
sop went immediately out : and it was night.

Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man
glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall
also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little

children, yet a little while
I am with you. Ye shall
seek me : and as I said
unto the Jews, Whither I
go, ye cannot come ; so
now I say to you. A new
commandment I give unto
you, That ye love one an-
other; as I have loved
you, that ye also love one
another. By this shall all
men know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love
one to another.

Simon Peter said un-
to him, Lor cl, whither
goest thou? Jesus an-
swered him, Whither I
go, thou canst not fol-
low me now; but thou
shall follow me after-
wards. Peter said unto
him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for
thy sake. Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast
denied me thrice. — John XIII.

Old olive tree in garden of Gethsemane.

The Lord went on to comfort the disciples, and spoke the
Divinely tender words of the fourteenth chapter of John.

Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions : if it were not so, I would have

* The " sop" was probably a piece of bread dipped in the preserve of


told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where
I am, there ye may be • also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye
know. . . .

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go aAvay, and come again
unto you.* If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the
Father : for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before
it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter
I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and
hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father;
and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go
hence. — John XIV. 1-4, 27S1.

As we read the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth chap-
ters of John we think of the little company leaving the npper
room and passing through the street and out by the city
gate and across the Kidron, to the garden where they had
often been together, on the lower slopes of the Mount of


I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch
in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that
beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye
are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me,
and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide
in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye
are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth
forth much fruit : for without me ye can do nothing. . . .

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have over-
come the world. . . .

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples
over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and
his disciples.— John XV. 1~5; XVI. 33; XVIII. 1.


As the Lord spoke and the disciples listened they crossed
over the Kidron and came to the garden of Gethsemane.
Gethsemane means the ••oil-presses." They were no doubt
among the olive trees, and perhaps there were there presses


cut in the rock where the oil was squeezed from the olive
berries by rolling them with a heavy stone. It was still
night; the Passover moon was full and cast dark shadows
among the trees. The disciples were heavy with sleep.
Even Peter and James and John were sleeping, but the
Lord a little distance from them was in most earnest
prayer. How little they could understand the Lord's
great trials !

He knew what was coming so soon: how He would be
taken and cruelly treated and crucified; how He must feel
only forgiveness and kindness for those who did it. When


Garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives.

we are in trouble we say the prayer. The Lord prayed three
times, and so earnestly that His sweat was as it were great
drops of blood falling down to the ground. Then He was
calm again and strong.

He roused the disciples from their sleep, and as they
looked up towards the city they saw coming down the hill-
side from the gate a band of soldiers with swords and staves
and torches. Judas was showing them the way. The dis-
ciples would have fought to protect their Master, but He
healed a servant of the high priest whom Peter wounded
with a sword, and let Himself be bound and led away, up
the hill into the city. The disciples fled, but John and Peter
followed afar off.



And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane : and he saith
to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him
Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very
heavy; and saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death:
tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the
ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from
him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take
away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon,
sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray,
lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is
weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.
And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were
heavy,) neither wist they
what to answer him. And
he cometh the third time,
and saith unto them, Sleep
on now, and take your rest :
it is enough, the hour is
come; behold, the Son of
man is betrayed into the
hands of sinners. Rise up,
let us go; lo, he that be-
trayeth me is at hand.

And immediately, while
he yet spake, cometh Judas,
one of the twelve, and with
him a great multitude with
swords and staves, from the
chief priests and the scribes
and the elders. And he that
betrayed him had given
them a token, saying,
Whomsoever I shall kiss,
that same is he; take him,
and lead him away safely.
And as soon as he was
come, he goeth straight-
way to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid
their hands on him, and took him. And one of them that stood by drew
a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And
Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief,
with swords and with staves to take me? I was daily with you in the
temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be ful-
filled. And they all forsook him, and fled.— Mark XIV. 32S0.

(Copyright, 1903, by C. H. Graves, Phila.)

In the garden of Gethsemane.




The Lord was led first to Annas the father-in-law of Cai-
aphas the high priest, but soon after to the palace of Cai-
aphas himself. We think of them as going by an arched gate-
way from the street into a court-yard, with the buildings of
the palace all about it. The floor of the court was paved with
marble, perhaps in the middle was a fountain and flowering
plants. The doors and windows of the palace opened upon
this court. At one side there may have been a hall raised a
few steps above the pavement and open by a broad high arch,
so that those in the court could see plainly all that was done
in the hall above. On the floor of the hall perhaps were rugs,
and it was lighted by hanging lamps. As the Lord was
brought by the band of soldiers into the palace, the priests
in their white robes and turbans were hastily gathering in

this hall and taking
their places upon the
cushions or divans at
the sides. The high
priest Caiaphas had
the middle place.
The Lord stood in
the midst guarded by
servants. Other ser-
vants and soldiers
stood here and there
in the court below,
and warmed the m-
selves at a fire of
charcoal, for it was
still night, and it was

The priests tried
to find some excuse that they might bring the Lord to the
Roman Governor and demand His death. He had done
nothing wrong ; He had spoken only the truth and done only
acts of love. As they accused Him He made no answer.
"As a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth
not his mouth." At length the high priest asked Him if

(Published by C. H. Graves, Phila.)

Court of a Pasha's house.


He were the Christ, and He answered plainly that He was.
This was enough. They would make it appear that the Lord
claimed to be a king and disputed Caesar's power. The
priests now scattered to their homes, and the Lord was
left standing with the servants. They struck Him and ill-
treated Him.

Peter stood looking on with those in the court below, and
three times as they asked him if he were not one of the Lord's
disciples, he denied that he knew Him. Then the Lord turned
and looked upon Peter, and it all came back, how he loved
the Lord, how he said that he would die with Him, and how
the Lord warned him that he would deny Him. So the night
passed, and in the early morning the priests returned, a
larger company, and led the Lord away to accuse Him to
Pilate the Roman Governor.

And they led Jesus away to the high priest : and with him were assem-
bled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. And Peter followed
him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest : and he sat with the
servants, and warmed himself at the fire. And the chief priests and all
the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and
found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness
agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against
him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made
with hands, and within three days I will build another made without
hands. But neither so did their witness agree together. And the high
priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou noth-
ing? what is it which these witness against thee? But he held his peace, and
answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him,
Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and
ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming
in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith,
What need Ave any further witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy:
what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And
some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and
to say unto him, Prophesy : and the servants did strike him with the
palms of their hands.

And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids
of the high priest : and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked
upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he
denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And
he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. And a maid saw him
again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. And
he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to
Peter, Surely thou ail one of them: for thou art a GalilaDan, and thy
speech agreeth thereto. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I



know not this man of whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew.
And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the
cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon,
he wept. — Mark XIV. 53~72.


It was Friday in the early morning as the priests led the
Lord from the palace of Caiaphas to Pilate. The high priest's
palace probably stood near the temple. Perhaps they now
crossed the bridge which led to the hill of Zion, where the
great palace stood, built by Herod and now used by Pilate
when he was in Jerusalem. The priests would not go into
the heathen's house, for they would be defiled and unable to
take part in sacrifices still to be made at this Passover

season. So Pilate came
out to them, and sat in
his chair on a raised
pavement outside the

The priests began to
accuse the Lord. "We
found this fellow per-
verting the nation, ' '
they said, "and for-
bidding to give tribute
to Caesar, saying that
he himself is Christ a
King." We know how
untrue it was, and what
the Lord had said when
they showed Him the tribute money. Pilate went within
into the judgment-hall of the palace, and the Lord was led
before him. There he questioned the Lord of His king-
dom. He said, "I am a king." "My kingdom is not of this

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