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Infant Children.

Infant Children.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

By John William Burgeon



S. Matthew xviii. 2, 9
Except ye be converted
and become as little children^ ye shall not enter
into the Kingdom ofSeaven.

By John William Burgeon



S. Matthew xviii. 2, 9
Except ye be converted
and become as little children^ ye shall not enter
into the Kingdom ofSeaven.

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IFAT CHILDRE.By John William BurgeonS. Matthew xviii. 2, 9Except ye be convertedand become as little children^ ye shall not enterinto the Kingdom ofSeaven.Thk prominence into which even Infants arebrought by the Gospel, is very remarkable. Itis quite a feature of the new Dispensation. Inthe Old Testament there is certainly nothing tobe met with like it. I need hardly remind youof the manrellous drstinction which Children ob-tain in the Gospel. Our Saviour has fencedthem round with a solemn warning addressed toany one who shall at any time cause them tofall, that '* it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and hedrowned in the depth of the sea." — ^Again, Hehas invested them with more than human ma- jesty, hy fiainlf declaring that in Heaven " ffceirTHE IOCETS DAY.AngeU do always behold the face" of the EternalFxtHER. — He is found to have sometimes " takenthem up in His arms, laid His hands uponthem, and blessed them." — He rebuked HisDisciples for rebuking those who broughtlittle Children to Him with a request that Hewould touch them: — saying, "Suffer the littleChildren to come unto Me and forbid them not,for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." And inthe text. He proposes "little Children" to His
 
Church as a model for imitation, — the modelwhich must be conformed to by as many as wouldenter into Life. " Jesus called a little child untoHim, and set him in the midst of them, andsaid. Except ye be converted and become aslittle Children, ye shall not enter into the King-dom of Heaven."either the widow of ain's son, nor Jairus'daughter were Infants. We pass them over,as we pass over those two who were raised tolife in the Old Testament. The "lad" whosupplied the Saviour with the materials out of which He fed the five thousand, may for thesame reason be passed by. We prefer to re-mind you how, out of the mouths of Babes andsucklings God perfected praise, when the chil-dren shouted " JTosanna*' in the Temple, after ouruIKFAT CHILDRE.LoBD^s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Aboveall, you are reminded of the Babes of Bethlehem,^-the Infants which glorified God by theirdeaths, — and which, by consequence, stand inthe Calendar in close connexion with the firstmartyr, St. Stephen ; and the aged Apostle, Evan-gelist, and Prophet, S. John. Your attention isinvited particularly to the Holy "Innocents,"who never will be deprived of their nearness toChrist in the Church's Calendar, until Timeitself shall come to an end.It does not seem out of place to-day to re-mind oneself of the majesty with which Childhoodis invested in the Oospel: to collect the scat-
 
tered rays of glory which encircle it, and makethem converge to a point. And now, havingdone this after a summary fashion, I invite you — (it will not take us many moments) — to look at Infancy by the light which the Gospel throwsupon it; and consider wherein it is a type oremblem of the dispositions which God approves,and has pledged Himself to bless.Look especially then at the innocence of littleChildren. Fresh from the waters of Baptism, — the laver of Regeneration, — they are worthyto be companions of the Holy Angela, TVvdi^is ihe life spiritual uDsulUed as yet by Ibe ^A^^.THE IKOOETS^ BAY.natural. Consider next, as intelligence begins todawn, their guilelessness and simplicity: theirtrustfulness and confiding faith : their truthful-ness. Mark how amused they are with trifles, — how little it takes to please them: — howsatisfied with their lot, whatever it may happento be. The exuberant spirits of the youngestChildren in a very poor family, is a sight todraw tears. The father looks sad and subdued.The poor mother looks heavy and care-worn.You yourself, like a prophet of woe, are graveand silent. But the little Children, — O they areevidently living in quite a difierent world ! Theyare clearly keeping a private festival ! . . . Again,how unselfish are those little creatures: — howdevoid of anxiety about to-morrow, — how utterlyindiflferent to money, — how incapable of hoard-ing ! Their gratitude for small favours is exces-sive. They forgive most readily, and forgetright soon. They are ever hopeful. The me-mory of past sorrow passes from them with in-

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