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baptising with water. And John bare record, saying, saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptise with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptiseth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God."
The next day Jesus passed by again; and John said to his disciples, " Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world." When his disciples heard these words, they wished very much to know more about Jesus; and they followed Him. Jesus looked round, and saw them coming after Him; He then turned round, and said, "What
seek ye?" They replied that they wished to see where He lived. Jesus asked them come and see." They followed Him joyfully, and spent that day with Jesus.
One of these disciples was named John, the other Andrew. Some time after this Jesus made them His Apostles, and they were among His dearest friends.
Andrew had a brother, Simon Peter, and he went to seek him, and to tell him the happy news. When Andrew met his brother, he said to him, "We have found the Messias." He then led him to Jesus.
The Saviour knew Peter's name before He saw him. When he came, Jesus said to him, "Thou art Simon, the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas." After this, Peter became one of His disciples.
The next day Jesus was going to Gali
lee, and met Philip. Jesus saw the hearts, and knew the secret thoughts, of every body who came near Him. He saw that Philip's heart was upright and sincere ; and He said to him, "Follow me. Philip was drawn by the Saviour's love and kindness, and followed Him. He had a friend named Nathaniel, whose heart was full of sincere piety, and a strong desire to know the Messiah. Philip made haste to find his friend. Nathaniel had been sitting under the shade of a fig-tree; and perhaps he had been praying to God for the promised Saviour. Soon after he left the fig-tree, Philip saw him, and said, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathaniel was full
of Jewish prejudices, and he asked, " Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip then told him to come and see; and Nathaniel went, to convince himself. When Jesus saw him coming, He said, "Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile." Nathaniel was surprised to hear Jesus speak so to a man He had never before seen; and he said to the Saviour, "Whence knowest Thou me?" Jesus saw to the bottom of his heart, and replied, "Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee." Nathaniel now felt sure that Jesus was God, or He could not have seen him under the fig-tree, which was a long way off; and he cried out, "Master, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel." Jesus then said to him, "Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than
these. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
"Son of man!" this is the name which Jesus the Son of God chose to take. He did so, no doubt, to teach us to be humble, and to shew us how great His love for us was, which made Him become man, that He might save us.
14. THE MIRACLE AT CANA.
THERE was a marriage at Cana, a town of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and His disciples were also asked, and they went. When the guests wanted some wine, Mary said to Jesus, "They have no wine." She told the servants to do every thing that Jesus should bid them. There were six large stone water-pots standing in the hall of