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And Jesus said, I am; and ye shall see the fon of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, and faith, What need we any further witnesses ? ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And *they all condemned him to be guilty of death. † And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy; and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest; and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and faid, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch, and the cock crew. Anda maid faw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by, said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them ; for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
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For the Epiftle. Ifai. 50. 5. ST HE Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not re
bellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set" my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me, who will contend with me? let us stand together; who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment: the moth shall eat them up. *Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compafs yourselves about with sparks; walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand, ye shall lie down in forrow.
* They all condemned him to be guilty of Death. It | And when.be thought thereon, C. Behold in Pe. fhould have been translated, They all agreed that he was ter an eminent example of the vanity of self-confidence, guilty of a capital crime, viz. Blasphemy.
and of the weakness of human nature, unsupported by of And fome began to Spit on him, &c. &c. Thus was God's help! God grant that all who Sin, like Peter, may the Judge of the World placed at the bar of his own like him also immediately consider their ways and turn guilty creatures, falsely accused by the Witnesses, un- their feet unto God's testimonies, and henceforward juftiy condemned by his Judges, and barbaroully insult, glorify their Redeemer even unto Death. ed ty all. Yet, because it was agreeable to the end of This portion of Scripture contains so exact a dehis coming, he patiently fubmitted. Though with a scription of the barbarous indignities Our Saviour sufferfrown he could have made his Judges, his accusers, and ed, and of his meek depoitment under them as feems those who had him in custody, to drop down dead in a more like a history, than a prophecy which was fulfilled moment, or shrink into nothing,
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The Gospel. S. Mark 15. 1. A ND straightway in the morning the chief priests held a conA fultation with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, tand delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, Art thou the king of the Jews ? And he answering, faid unto him, Thou fayeft it. And the chief priests accused him of many things : but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? Behold, how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing: so that Pilate marvelled. Now at that seast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they defired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the multitude crying aloud, began to desire
: Who is among you that feareth the Lord, &c. liverance. i. e. Whosoever fearech God, and obeyeth the Gospel of t And delivered him to Pilate. Thus the Je.vs deJesus Chrift: if they be under grievous troubles ; let livered up our Lord to the Romans, and they for that not their affli&tions drive them to despair: but let them Sin, were, themielves, afterwards given up into the fix a firm docendance on God, for protection and de- hands of the Rɔ.12.) ,
him to do as he had ever done unto thein. But Pilate answered them, fuying, Will ye that I release unto you the king of the Jews? (s for he knew that the chief prieits had delivered him for envy.) But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas' unto them. And Pilate answered, and faid again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the king of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done ? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And so Pilate willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, I and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. And the foldiers led him away into the hall, called. Pretorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head; and began to falute him, Hail, king of the Jews. And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees, 'worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, of the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place || Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, the place of a scull. And they gave him to drink wine iningled with myrrh; but he received it not. And when they had erucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them,
$. For he knew that the Chief Priests had delivered bim buted to increase our Lord's sufferings. But, whilft for Envy. What pity it was that he who was so well our hearts sympathize with our afliated Saviour, blessed acquainted with the motive of their accusations against be God who hath taught us that by those stripes we are Jesus, should yield to the execution of their malicious bealed. designs ! But, alas ! when ambition and view of world. + The Father of Alexander and Rufus. There were Jy interest have taken poireision of a Man's heart, he is two noted Men amongst the firit Christians. See Acts too often apt to facrifice to them, conscience, integrity, xix. 33. Rom. xvi. 13. and every good inclination.
I 'll Golgotha probably so called from the criminals And delivered Iofus,when he had fcourged him, &c. The bones which lay scattered there. And for this reason Romans usually scourged the criminals whom they con- perhaps, (as well as this being crucified betwixt two demned to be crucified. This was the reason of Pin Thieves) Chrift might be said to be numbered among late's proceeding in that respect. Thus custom contri- the Tranfgreffors. '! No
what every man should take. *And it was-the third hour, and they crucified him. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucify two thieves, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the Scripture was fulfilled, which faith, And he was numbered with the transgreffors. And they that passed by, railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, " Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, fave thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking, faid among themselves, with the fcribes, He saved others, hinself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, chat we may fee an/ believe. ;;And they that were crucified withi him, reviled him. And when the fixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land, until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, faid, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran, and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone ; let us fee whether Elias will come to take hin down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghoit. And the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion which stood over against him, saw that he fo cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God......
• And it was the third hour, and they crucifea tim. Sun, never continue above twelve or fifteen minutes. That is, it was the third Jewish hour when he was fixed Wherefore it must have been produced by a divine to the crosswhich is about our nine o'clock in the power, in a manner we are not able to explain. To this · morning.
I And when the fixtb hour was come there was dark- man of Adrian (as he is cited by Origen) in treating of nefs over all the land until the ninth bour. That is from the 4th year of the 2ozd Olympiad the 19th of Tibe. twelve till three in the afternoon. That this Darkness rius, (supposed to be the year in which our Lord was was not accafioned hy a natural Eclipse is evident, be- crucified,) tells us, “ That the greatest Eclipse of the cause it was full Moon then. A natural Eclipse never" Sun that ever was known, happened then ; for the happening, except when the Moon is about the change. “ day was so turned into night that the stars in the hea. Besides, the darkness, occafioned by Eclipses of the ".vens were seen." ;
we may add that Phlegon the Astronomer, and Freed. * Where a Testament is, there muft also of necejíty cious blood of the Son of God. . . . be the Death of the Teftator. St. Paul in order to prove . f For Christ is not entered, &c. As the Jewish High the necessity of Christ's Death for the establishment of 'Priest entered once ayear into the Holy of Holies (the the Gospel, or new Covenant (as it is called) cites as a most facred part of the Temple) to make atonement for parallel case, what was well known amongst mankind the Sins of the people, with the blood of lain beasts : in their worldly affairs, viz. that a common Will or fo Chrift has entered; once for all, into the Holy Places Teftament was of no force till the Death of the Testa- of Heaven, there to appear in the presence of God; tor. To the same purpose he spoke that the Old Testa- where, by the offering of his own blood, he 'hach ob ment, or first Covenant which was given by Moses was "tained eternal redemption for us; of which the aforededicated by sprinkling it with the blood of Nain calves mentioned ceremony, under the law, was but a Figuand goats, but that the New Testament was purified rative representation. It i ga with far better Sacrifices than these, even with the pre
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VV the death of the testator: for a testament is of force after men are dead; otherwise it is of no strength at all whilst the ter tator liveth. Whereupon, neither the first testament was dedicated without blood: for when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people, according to the law, he took the blood of calves, and of goats, with water and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and fprinka led both the book and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament, which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover, he sprinkled likewise with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these ; but the heavenly things themselves with better facrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us, nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others: for Then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world; but now once, in the end of the world, hath he appeared to put away sin by the facrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgment: fo. Chrift was once