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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, March 20, 1918, Image 10

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TUB SUNDAY-SCHOOL*
(Continued from page 7)
They did not hesitate to admit that
they were in danger. But th^y tried
to blind one another and tbjmselves.
it may be, by saying taht Ihe danger
was from Rome. Although Jesus had
not in any way influenced the people
politically, they said that if He held
His following among the people, the
Romans would consider Him and His
followers seditious, and would hold
thiB Council responsible for allowing
the sedition to grow up. The result,
they said, would be that the Romans
would come and turn them out of their
offices, and take over the entire gov
ernment of the nation, which was
now largely in the hands of the Coun
cil. What was concerning them was
not the question as to whether Jesus
could prove His claims to be the Me
ssiah, but whether they could hold
their offices.
Calphas, the High Priest, spoke out
what was no doubt the sentiment of
the others, saying, that the only way
that they could put a stop to the dan
ger that was threatening them was to
to put Jesus to death. He said: "It Is
expedient for us," not a question of
right or Justice, "that one man should
die for the people, and that the whole
nation perish not." He had no
thought above his own selfish aims,
but God so controlled his words that
he gave utterance to a great and fun
damental truth.
Although he was at heart a wicked
man God used the high office that he
held to present to the members of
that Council the great fundamental
truth of the substitution of the life of
the Saviour for that of the sinner.
On other occasions God used wick
ed men to deliver His message to the
people, as In the case of Balaam.
The same thing is true even in this
day. A group of lawyers were spend
ing Sunday afternoon together).
That morning one of them, who was
far from being a religious man, had
attended the country church nearby.
The preacher, a plain man, had some
peculiarities which amused the law
yer very much. Being a good mimic
he undertook to reproduce for his
friends the sermon he had heard, as
a matter of amusement. To his sur
prise and that of other members of
the party, when he coucluded he
found that one of the company was in
tears. Asked what the tears meant,
the man said: "I want to thank you
for that sermon. I now see myself as
a sinner as I have never seen before,
and I see Jesus Christ as my Saviour.
I here consecrate my heart and life
.to Him." His after lire proved him
sincere.
John said that, though he did not
know it, Calphas was predicting the
death of Jesus as a substitute for the
sinner.
The Jews believed that the Messiah
was to come to them only, and that if
any one else wanted to receive salva
tion from Him, they must first be
come JewB. But John realized that
God's people could be found among
all nations, and that they were to be
gathered out of all the nations by
Jesus as their Saviour.
This is one of the great truths that
has never been taken in real earnest
by the Church. If those who have
received the blessing of salvation from
Jesus could once realize what that
salvation means to them, and then all
who have not received it are lost, and
without it will be cast into hell, they
would arouse themselves and carry
or send the gospel to all the world.
"There is no other name under
heaven given among men whereby we
must be saved."
YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
THE FORTY DAYS.
M., Mar. 25. Death abolished. 2 Tim. 1:7-10.
T? M?r. 24. Personality persist*. John 20:11-18.
W., Mar. 27. Christ's thoughtful care. Mark 10:7.
T., Mar. 28. Christ drawn to his own. John 20:19-23.
F., Mar. OT. Risen with Christ. Rom. 8:1-13.
8.. Mar. 30. Christ in the heart. Gal. 2:19-21.
S., Mar. 31. Topic ? Lessons from the Risen Christ's
Forty Days. John 21:10-17. (Easter
meeting.)
Hhut pritilrgtt had Christ' t fritndtT
H'otr may v xcalk and talk with Chriit to-day t
WA?X dots Ckritt'i rtturreciion teach about deatht
l>oath Abolished. 2 Tim. 1:7-10.
When Christ died He paid the debt oi
Bin, and when He rose from the dead
He showed that the Father bad ac
cepted His payment. Death, eternal
death had dominion over the souls of
men, because of their sins, when the
sins are removed, death can no more
have dominion over them. Those
who die in Christ Jesus, that is who
will accept from Him the benefits of
His death, shall live forever more.
Personality Persists. John 20:11
18. There are some who say that
when man dies that is the end of him;
that the soul Is annihilated and the
body returns to dust, and its identi
ty is lost forever. There are others
who say that the body returns to dust
and that the soul Is absorbed into the
Great Spirit of Life, which to them
stands for God. When Jesus rose
from the dead, He was still a person.
More than that He was so identically
the same person that Mary and the
other disciples recognized him atonce.
This certainly Beems to show that, af
ter our death, we shall rise from the
dead distinct persons, and we shall
in heaven recognize and be recognized
by our friends.
Christ's Thoughtful Care. Mark
16:7. "And Peter." No words can
Bhow Christ'B thoughtfulness of His
people more than these. Peter had
sinned so grievously and had treated
Jesus so badly that he had no right
to expect from Jesus anything but
condemnation. No doubt he expected
to be turned out of his office as an
apostle. If Jesus had Just sent the
message to the apostles, Peter might
have thought that he was not includ
ed, as he had forfeited his right to be
called an apostle. When then the
message came to him individually, it
must have brought great happiness
and joy to him. So Christ deals with
all of us. "He knows His sheep and
calleth them by name."
Christ Drawn to His Own. John
20:19-23. "Where two or three are
met together in my name there am I
in the midst of them.V Christ's
people never meet together for prayer
or worship without His being with
them. When He appeared to them
that night He had already appeared
to several of them that needed Him
specially but it was only when they
were together in prayer that He ap
peared to them at all. Thomas was
not at the prayer meeting and so he
spent a miserable week, while the
others were happy.
Risen With Christ. Rom. 8:1-13.
If we have Christ dwelling in us while
we are alive here on earth, when we
die we shall be raised to life by the
same spirit that raised Christ from the
dead. One of the glorious blessings
of salvation is that we are to be raised
in the likeness of Christ, to dwell for
ever with Him.
Christ in the Heart. Gal. 2:19-21.
When we put our trust In Christ and
give our hearts to Him, He takes up
His abode in them. We should re
member that wherever we go we carry
Christ with us. This thought ought
to keep us from the paths of sin.
Lesonp Prom the Risen Christ's
Forty Days. John 21:10-17. In this
passage, as In one of our other read
ings for today we see haw thought
ful Christ Is of His people. These
disciples had tolled all night and had
taken nothing, so they probably had
little or nothing for their breakfast.
He filled their net, and had a break
fast ready when they landed. His
threefold command to Peter to feed
His sheep and His lambs, must have
given him a comforting assurance
that He has forgiven and that he had
not been deprived of his office.
What Privileges had Christ's
Friends? After His resurrection, as
before, his friends had the privilege
of coming to Him and associating with
Him on the most intimate terms. He
is always ready to have His people
come to Him as to a friend.
How May wo Walk and Talk With
Christ Today? By having Him in our
hearts, by living with Him, by the
reading and study of His word and by
prayer.
WTint Does Christ's Resurrection
Tench about Death? That death can
not hold those who have received life
from Him, but He will raise them up
at the last day. ,
C. E. NOTES.
By Watt A. Taylor, All-South Field
Secretary.
One of the very livest Endeavor So
cieties in all Dixie is that of the First
Presbyterian church, Augusta, Ga.
With more than sixty members and
with twelve committees at work they
are rendering fine service in many
directions. Their biggest work Is
among the three thousand Pennsyl
vania Endeavorers among the soldiers
at Camp Hancock. The Endeavorers
were the first church workers In Au
gusta to do anything of the kind for
the soldiers. Large numbers attend
their meetings on Friday nights, and
after each Endeavor meeting there is
a social hour, when the soldiers are
the guests of honor. This society's
officers recently had a banquet, upon
the visit to the city of one of the Field
secretaries. Miss Caroline Brown,
the secretary of this society has few
peers as a "live wire," and A. C.. Sib
ley, the president is likewise "on the
Job." Rev. Joseph R. Sevier, D. D.,
the pastor of the church is a great be
liever in his young people, and his in
terest in their work means much to
the success of this wonderful society.
These Endeavorers recently graduat
ed twelve "C. E. Experts."
The Christian Endeavor Society of
the Athens, Ga., Christian church re
cently gave a splendid Missionary Pa
geant, "The Challenge of the King."
It beautifully Illustrated the challenge
of missionary service and the way
young people may answer this chal
lenge. Miss L. E. Rivers is the wide
awake president of this society, and
Herman Baker, one of its leading
members, wsb largely responsible for
success of the pageant.
The Presbyterian societies of Deca
tur, Ga., and the First Church, Au^
gusta, Ga., are both striving to be
come "Excellent" societies by the
time of the convention in May. The
Decatur society is one of Georgia's
best, and they are to entertain the
convention May 17, 18. 19.
A new Endeavor society was organ
ized recently in the Green Street Pres
byterian church, of Augusta, Ga.,
when Field Secretary Taylor met with
some of the young people. There
are now four societies in Augusta, and
plans will be formed shortly for a lo
cal union.
The Georgia convention, to be held
In Decatur In May, will be the state's
best. A number of prominent men
are to figure on the program, and a
banquet for "Export Endeavorers,"
together with a reception will be.
among the social features. Largo*
delegations will attend from Atlanta
and Macon, and an effort Is being
made to have every society in the
state represented. Field Secretary
Lehmann, a "whole convention In him*
self," will be one of the chief speak
ers."
Russell Bythewood, formerly pres
ident of the Georgia Christian Endea
vor Union, is now a soldier and is
stationed at Newport News. For
many months he was in Y. M. C. A.
work at the Paris Island, S. C. naval
camp, but he recently heard the "call
of the colors" and enlisted.
The Endeavorers of Purity Pres
terlan church, Chester, S. C., are get
ting up a library for tho Sunday
school. They will call on every mem
ber of the church, requesting each to
give a book or the price of a book.
This society has Just organized a
"Mission Study Class,"' with "The
Lure of Africa" aB the text-book. The
Chester society Is one of the best in
the Palmetto state.
Field Secretary Taylor recently
completed a tour of Georgia, in which
he visited a number of Endeavor soci
eties. Under the loadership of Miss
Nora Saye, of AthenB, and W. P. Flem
ing, Jr., of Macon, the Georgia Endea
vor work is boomin. Herman Baker
of Athens, has recently been solected
as treasurer of the Georgia Union..
An "Expert Endeavor" class recent
ly graduated from the society of the
First Presbyterian church, Augusta,
Ga., was led by a soldier from Camp
Hancock, Mr. Clair, of Philadelphia.
Karl Lehman, Southern States Sec
retary of Christian Endeavor, is now
in Arkansas.
I
$3 ass OTorba
Wo GT1 )t lling'* $re*eme
(Prom book of this nam* by Rev. C.
B. Paxion, St. Louis, Mo. Price 25c.)
"BETTER" THINGS.
1. His Love. "Let him kiss me
with the kisses of his mouth: for
thy lov? is better than wine." ?
Song 1:2.
2. His Word. "The law of thy
mouth is .better unto me than
thousands of gold and sliver." ?
Ps. 119:72.
3. His Trust. "It is better to trust
in the Lord than to put confidence
In man. It is better to trust in the
Lord than to put confidence in
princes." ? Ps. 118:8-9.
4. His Wisdom. "Happy is the man
that flndeth wisdom, ard the man
that getteth understanding: for the
merchandise of It is better than the
merchandise of silver, and the gain
thereof than fine gold." ? Prov. 8:
13-14.
ft. His Irving Kindness. "Because
thy loving kindness is better than
life, my lips shall praise thee." ?
Ps. 63:3.
0. Our obedience. "And Samuel
said Hath the Lord as great delight

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