THE JOY OF JESUS. 1 99to be SO entirely in harmony with the universe and its God,so sensitive to the touch of spirit-fingers, and yet benothing but a " man of sorrows" ? I think not. You saythat he sorrowed for sin as none other, and felt the wicked-ness of the world as none other. True; but did he not alsosee more virtue and moral beauty than ever blessed a mortaleye ? We should have mourned over Magdalene as only alost one ; but he saw so much good in her to rejoice in, thathe said, "either do I condemn thee." We look uponprodigals as objects for our tears only; but he heard themusic and dancing which would celebrate his return, evenwhile he was feeding on swine-husks. \Ve should have lostalt patience with the vacillations of Peter and the rest ; theyseemed only to endear them to him.I tell you that no man can look upon this universe asJesus did and not be happy. His biographers have natu-rally given only the severe, missionary side of his life. Butthere was another side, a rich, sunny side, to it, which wewould as gladly know. He certainly enjoyed social life.He went to a wedding of his friend and countryman, andmade him a present of the best wine. He was oftenasked out to dine, even with the Roman officers and sinners,and he always went. At evening, when the day's teachingwas over, he walked out to Bethany, to spend the night withMary, and Martha, and Lazarus. Was there no rejoicingthere ? o recounting the experiences of the day ? o realhuman enjoyment of the home curcle ? o real friendly talk,as between men and women ? It would be a libel upon himand his doctrine to say so. And besides, we have conclusiveevidence that he wore a smiling face in this — that childrenloved him and went to him, and he took them up in hisarms. ow, children know who loVe them and who do not.