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Merciful God, who hast mide all men, and hateit nothing

that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted, and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels

, and Hereticks, and take from them all igno fance, Hardness of heart, and con:empt of thy word; and fo fetch them home, blessed Lord to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reignėth with thee and the holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Anzen.

The Epiftle. Hebr. 10. 1.
HE law having a shadow of good things to come, and not

very image of the things, can never with those facrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect: for then would they not have ceased to be offered; because that the worshippers, once purged, should have had no more conscience of fins. But in those facrifices there is a remembrance again made of fins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away fins: Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body haft thou prepared me: In burntofferings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure: Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do


Paraphrate on the thir. Colle& for Good Friday. O God of infinite Mercy, the Maker of all Men, Difpofitions, that they being thus admitted into the who lovet thy Creatures, and desireft not that any one number, and privileges of thy People, may be made of them should perifh in his Sins, but that he should partakers of that eternal Salvation which is purchased turn from his Iniquities, and he saved; have Mercy for all real Christians by Jesus Christ our Lord, who upon all Jews, Mahumetans, Pagans, and Unbelievers reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for of every persuafion, and in every part of the World: ever and ever. enlighten their Understandings, and reform their

Il be Law having a shadow, The Apostle proves reality which they only represented, they ought to be in this paffage of Scripture that the Sacrifices which done away. Behold therefore O Sinner, what forrows thy were made ude of under the Law of Moses were only Saviour endured for thy Iniquities ! Behold and Repent. types, and figúrative Representations of that perfect Beboli ye truly penitent Believers how the Prince of Sacrifice, which Jesus Chrift, by his Death, offered up Peace procured for you Reconciliation with the Pather! ence for all; and therefore that as that was come in Bebold and rejoice with Thanksgiving.

thy will, O God. Above, when he said, Sacrifice and offering, and burnt-offerings, and * offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadît pleasure therein, which are offered by the law: Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jelus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering, and offering oftentimes the same facrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after he had offered one facrifice for fins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his foot-stool. + For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are fanctified: whereof the Holy Ghost, also is a witness to us: For after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, faith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their fins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for fin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his Aesh: and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, liaving our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised) and let us consider one another to provoke untoʻlove and to good works; Inot

Offering for Sin thou wouldejt not. &c. By this world; but was revealed in these last times. paffage of Scripture, which is quoted from Psalm xl. it t For by one Offering be hatb perfifted, &c. Observe is plain that facrifices were, in themselves, not ac here that it is those who are sanctifiid, those who are ceptable to God: but that they were instituted for a truly obedient Christians, that are perfetled, and made time, and fuited to the genius of the Jews, a carnal peo- partakers in the benefiis of Christ's redemption. ple, who, without such outward rites and ceremonies INot forsaking the afsembling Ge. If St. Paul fo ear. in their religious worlhip, would have been too apt 10 neftly exhorted Christians, even in times of Perfecution, fall into the idolatious practices of the Gentiles. not to neglect the assembling themselves together for They were defigned likewise to represent that great public worthip; then how much more is this duty Offering of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, wbich (in incumbent upon us, who are protected and fupported in God's intention) was fain from the foundation of the our religious worship by the civil Government

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forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of fome is; but exhorting one another: and fo much the more as ye see the day approaching.

The Gospel. S. John 19. 1. Ilate therefore took Jefus, and scourged him. And the Soldiers

platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail

, King of the Jews: And they smote him with their Hands. Pilate therefore went forth azain, and faith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate faith unto them, * Behold the man. When the chief priests. therefore, and Officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

Pilate faith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him:' for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, becaufe he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; and went again into the judgment-hall, and faith unto Jefus, $ Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then faith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not, that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? fesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee, hath the greater fin. And from

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Behold tbe Man. Thus Pilate endeavoured to raise the charge laid against Jesus by the Jews was that he the compassion of the people. He had caused Jesus to had called himself the Son of God, seems to have fup. be scourged, and in derifion to be adorned with a posed that Jesus had pretended he had derived his derCrown of Thorns, and an old purple robe, in hopes cent from fome Deity; as some of the Her les of old that the people would be pacified with this punish- had done; such as Alexander, who represented hi nself as ment; and that Jesus' life might be fpared. In the son of Jupiter ; and Romulus who was reported to this woeful condition he brought him forth to them, have been the son of Mars,. &c. Therefore he said saying Behold, the Man But their hearts were too much. Whence artsbox? That is, “ Which of the Deities art. hardened, and too much berit: upon his deftruction, to thou sprung. from ?” Therefore it was perhaps that be satisfied with any thing less than his death. Thus Jesus did not choose to explain to him his divine origiwere the divine counsel fulfilled...

nal, because in his present state of Gentilism he was Whence art thou? Pilate as he was a Heathen, and not capable of comprehending it. the efore not a Believer in the true God, hearing that

thenceforth Pilate fought to releafe him: but the Jews cried outs saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cesars friend: Whosocver maketh himself a king, speaketh against Cesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jcfus forth, and sat down in the judgment-feat, in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, I and about the sixth hour: and he faith unto the Jews, Behold your King. But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.': Pilate faith unto them, Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered, We have no King but Cefar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified : and they took Jesus, and led him away. || And he bearing his cross, went forth into a place called the place of a scull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha: where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midit. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross: And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.: This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then faid the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, the King of the Jews ; but that he said, I am the King of the Jews. Pilate answered, s What I have written, I have written. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, (and made four parts, to every soldier a part) and

I And about the fixth Hour. In order to reconcile were afraid he should die under the fatigue; and they shis passage with St. Mark who says that they Cruci- be thereby disappointed of putting him to the intended fied, or fixed him to the Cross at the third Jewish Hour, Toiture. which is about our nine O'Clock: we must obferve § Wbar I have writter, I have written. That is, that St. John, who lived in the later Times of Chriftia- w I am determined the inscription shall not be altered. nity, and wrote his Gospel principally for the benefit As it was usual for Malefactors amongit the Romans to of the Gentile Converts, adapts his account of Things have the Crime for which they suffered, inscribed upon to the Roman computation of Time; which agreed a Tablet, and carried before them to their execution : pretty much with ours. Therefore the fixth Hour here, so Pilate, according to custom, made a superscription is much the same with our fex in the Morning.

for Jefus : but wrote it in fo ambiguous a manner, as ll And he bearing his Crofs. 'Tis said indeed in the that it might seem either that Jesus had fally assumed other Gospels that they obliged one Simon a Cyrenian to himself the tide of King of the Jers; or that ko to bear it for him : but this it may be supposed was was indeed the King of the Jews. done after Jesus had carried it to long as till they

also his coat: now the coat was without feam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us no rend it, but caft lots i for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which faith, They parted my raiment among, them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. Now.there-stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mothers sister, Màry the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jefus therefore faw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he faith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son. Then faith he to the disciple; * Behold thy: mother. : And front that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jefus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, faith, I thirst. Now there was fet a veffel fuil of vinegar; and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar," he said, +It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies fhould not remain upon the cross on the fabbath-day (for that sabbathday was an high day) befought Pilate thiat their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the foldiers, and brake, the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jefus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs. But one of the soldiers with a fpear pierced his side, and I forthwith came there out blood and

Bebeld thy Mother. Whatever fome in these -God's Justice is fatisfied, --and the great work of Day's pright think of such an action, our Saviour, here: Man's Redemp.ion is accomplished.” in, gave a proof of his regard for St. John, as well as I Forthwith came thereout Blood and water. The for his Mother: and entralted her to his care as an Apostle seems to brave taken particular notice of this Ilonour not indulged to his other Disciples. Hereby incident both here and in this firft Epifle chap. v. 6. acknowledging him, in his last moments, as the Dif- because it was an evident proof of the certainty of his ciple whom he particularly loved as one whom he knew Death's (in opposition to the opinion of some Heretics to be his friend indeed. If Jesus took fuch Thought, who affirmed that he only died in appearance.) Por for his worldly Parent amidt all the agonies of his Cru. : Anatomists tell us that there is a Capsula near the : cifxion : none surely can juftly be accounted his Fol. Heart, called the Piricardium, which hath Water in 1 lowers who neglect a proper discharge of this duty. it; and therefore that the coming out of Water, with .

7 It is finished. Which was as if he had said, all, the Blood was a sure evidence that the Heart was Types and Prophecies concerning me are now fulfilled, wounded.

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