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of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is.

born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is

Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye

shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a

manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multi-

tude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, Glory to

God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward

men.

LECTURE VII.

HISTORY OF JESUS CHRIST.

Luke ii. 40.-And the child grew, and waxed strong in spi-

rit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon

him.

LECTURE VIII.

HISTORY OF JESUS CHRIST.

Luke üi. 41, 52.-Now his parents went to Jerusalem, every

year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve

years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of

the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they re.

turned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem., and

Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they supposing

him to have been in the company, went a day's journey, and

they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

And when they found him not, they turned back again to Je-

rusalem seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three

days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of

the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions.

And all that heard him were astonished at his understand-

ing and answers. And when they saw him they were ama-

zed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou

thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought

thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, how is it that ye

sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my father's

business? And they understand not the saying which he

spake unto them. And he went down with them and

came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them ; but his

mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus in-

creased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God

and man.

LECTURE IX.

HISTORY OF JESUS CHRIST.

Luke iii. 21, 23.--Now when all the people were baptized, it

came to pass, that Jesus being also baptized, and praying,

and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the

Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was de-

livered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias : and,

when he had opened the book, he found the place where

it was written, the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because

be hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he

hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliver-

ance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty them that are bruised; to preach the ac-

ceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and

he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the

eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fasten-

ed on him. And he began to say unto them, this day is

this Scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bear him

, witness, and wondered at the gracious words which pro-

ceeded out of his mouth. And they said, is not this Jo-

seph's son? And he said unto them, ye will surely say un-

to me this proverb, physician, heal thyself: whatsoever

we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy

country. And he said, verily, I say unto you, no prophet

is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth,

many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the

heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great

famine was throughout all the land ; but unto none of

them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon,

unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were

in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet, and none of

them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all

they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were

filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust him out of the

city, and led lim unto the brow of the hill, whereon their

city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way,

and came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and

taught them on the Sabbath days. And they were aston-

ished at his doctrine : for his word was with power.'

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