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Helping Others.

Helping Others.

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' Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these My brethren, even
these least, ye did it unto Me." — St. Matt. xxv. 40 (R.V.).

' Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these My brethren, even
these least, ye did it unto Me." — St. Matt. xxv. 40 (R.V.).

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 23, 2014
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HELPING OTHERS. BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD ' Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these My brethren, even these least, ye did it unto Me." — St. Matt. xxv. 40 (R.V.). The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords is speaking. He is speaking to the peoples gathered before Him for judgment ; and He tells that mercy and lovingkindness shown to others for His sake will then, in the Great Day, be reckoned as shown unto Himself. If, in this day of probation, men have helped others, done good, been loving, kind, sympathizing, the Saviour and the Judge of those men will, of His boundless mercy, account all as done unto Himself. Thus, then, Helping Others becomes a very Christian practice indeed. Now, my pattern to-day ^ for the Christian practice of helping others shall be St. Christopher. You will recollect that we have one scriptural story, one Bible story, which tells how once Jesus * See the note on p. 203.
HELPING OTHERS, 215 Christ was carried, was held, by a man in his arms. Forty days after the birth of Jesus Christ into the world, in the Temple at Jerusalem, Simeon, an old man, a righteous and devout old man, received into his arms from the arms of His mother, the child Jesus ; and then it was that Simeon uttered the ever-remembered words, " Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart, O Lord, according to Thy word, in peace ; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation." There is another story, not scriptural, not in the Bible, which also tells how Jesus Christ was carried, was held by a man in his arms, or on his shoulder  — a story which, as it has been quaintly said, if it is not true ought to be true, — the story of St. Christopher, who is generally represented carrying the child Jesus through a rapid and boisterous river. This is the old tale ; this is the legend of St. Christopher : It was about three hundred and fifty years after Christ, and the day on which he used to be commemorated was July 25th. Christopher was of the land of Canaan, and the name by which
he was there known was Ofifero, the bearer, a great giant, and proud of his strength. He was resolved that he would serve no other than the greatest and most powerful monarch that existed. So he travelled far and wide to seek this greatest of kings, and at length he came to the court of a certain monarch who was said to exceed in power and riches all the 2i6 HELPING OTHERS. kings of the earth, and he offered to serve him ; and the king, seeing his great height and strength, received him gladly. One day a minstrel sang before the king, and Offero noticed that when, in the song, the name of Satan was mentioned, the king made the sign of the Cross. " Why that gesture t " inquired Offero. The reply of the king was, " I make that sign to preserve me from the power of Satan, for I fear lest he overcome me and slay me." "Then," said Offero, "if thou fearest Satan,

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