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offered to bear the fins of many; and unto them that look for him, shall he appear the fecond time without fin untó falvation.
The Gospel. S. Luke 22. 1. N O W the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is
I called *the Passover. And the chief priests and fcribes fought, how they might kill him; .for they feared the people.". Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. . And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains how he might betray him unto them, And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promifed, and fought opportunity to betray him unto'them, in the absence of the multitude, Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he fent Peter and John, saying, Go, and prepare us the.passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare ? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water ; follow him into the house where he enterech in. And ye shall say unto the good-man of the house,, The Mafter faith unto thee, Where is. the guest-chamber where I shall eat the passaver with my disciples? And he shall fhew you a large upper room furnished; there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the paffover. And when the hour was come, he fat down, and the twelve apostles with him. and he faid unto them, With defire have I desired to eat this paffover with you before I fuffer. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourfelves., ** For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the
The Palover, was so called, and observed, in com- also the Lamb which was killed on these occasions was memoration of the Ifraelites departure out of Egypt,' called the Passover ; which was eaten with unleavened when the destroying Angel which put to death the first- bread. This was a representatian of Christ the true born of the Egyptians, pafjed over the houses of the If pafchal Lamb who was facrified for us. raelites without entering therein, Exod. xii. 11. Hence
vine, until the kingdom of God shall come, And he took bread, and. gave thankszand brakejit, and gave unto them, faying + This is my body, which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise, also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new teltament in my blood, which is thed for you. But behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me, is with me on the table. : And truly the Son of man goeth as it was determined; but wo unto that man by whom he is betrayed. · And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, $ The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and they that exercise authority upon them, are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so; but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that fitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that fitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they. which have continued with me in my temptations. I and I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may fift you as wheat : but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he ..^, I his is my Budy which is giver for you. As if he had the.gieatest Men who have the greatest and most abso,
Said This is ühe representation of my Body, which is lute power, or who pompoufly allume the Title of Bene. s ven to Death, for you. Do it no longer in conic factors fas some of the Kings of Egypt and Aflyriadid,) memoration of the Deliverance from Egypt, but in but that he is most truly to be filed great who, with a Remembrance of me, who, by dying for you, will bring condescending Humility, is most serviceable to his Felyou out of the spiritual Bondage of Sin, (a Bondage low Creatures, after the example of our Saviour. far worse than the Egyptian) into the glorious liberty - Avid I appoint unto you á Kingdom, &• The Kingof the Children of God, Do it in a thankful Remema: dom here meant by Jesus was his mediational Kingdom brinde of me, 'who, by laying down my life, will ran over Mankind, by the Difpenfation of the Gofpel; fom you from Death and Heli; and fet open the Gates in the propogation of which he hereby affures bis Difof Heaven, that you may enter Immortality in Triumph. ciple, that they, as his Ministers Mould be next to him
$ The Kings of "he Gentiles exercise, &c. From the in Dignity and Office; thus giving Laws to the con. manner in which Jesus composed this contention of his verted Tribes of the Israel of God throughout the Disciples il appears, that they are not to be accounted World. ei.
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Taid unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, *But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him fell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written, must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the tranfgrefførs; for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough. And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives, and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stones cast, and kneeled down and prayed, saying, + Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for forrow, and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, left ye enter into temptation. And while he yet Spake, behold, a multitude, and he that was called sucłas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, *.Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss ? When they who were about him, faw. what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the (word? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jefus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elo: ders who were come to him, Be ye come out as againfc a thief, with swords and staves : When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me : but + this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priests house, and Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him, as he fat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and faid, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while, another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour af. ter, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him; for he is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayeft. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. $ And the Lord turned, and looked upon Pe
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1. But now, be that barh a purje, &c. When our tional Submiffion to the Will of God! Our Lord does Lord sent out bis Difciples at first to Preach the Gore not affect here a Stoical insensibility of his appel, he ordered them to make no particular provision proaching sufferings. On the contrary, He, in the lan. for the purpose, but to rely wholly upon God, who guage of nature, pray'd to be delivered from them: would difpose the Hearts of their Hearers to befriend yet becaufe he knew the End and Necelity of thore and support them. But now, he tells them hat he was Sufferings, he meekly resigned himself to the Will of going to be treated as a Malefactor, they too must ex- his heavenly Father. So likewife, as Christians, it is ped a different usage from Mankind : and that it would not expe&ted of us, that we thould be insenfible of the be therefore wise to provide chemfelves by Faith and amictions that befall us, or that we hould not desire to Patience againft the Trials and Adictions that might be relieved from them: but that we should always pray befall them, or
for deliverance, with an hum de fubmillion to God's et Father, if thou be willing, &c. What a glorious .wdi; accounting that to be the bed which he is pleased
Bauern have we here ser before us of. Patience and su to do for us. - . bodes, lisot t i ssit
• Judas, betrayeft thou the Son of Man, &c. There thus aggravated the crime of Judas, be not chargeable is something remarkably affecting in almost every upon us. word of this Reproach. Judas! betrayeft thou? --canít + This is your Heur, Edc. i. e. This is the time in show be guilty of such a malicious design against my which it is permitted you to exercise your malice, and life ? Again, Judas, betrayeft chou :-Canft thou, my effect your bloody designs against me. '.11. Servant and Difciple act fuch a perfidious parti-Judas! And the Lord turned and looked uport Peter, &r. With betrayeft thou the Son of Man Canit thou be so fuch a Look what heart must not have been pierced that ungrateful to him who has always thewn himself fo had been in Peter's situation ! For however mild our gracious a Mafter to thee -Judas, betrayelt thou the Saviour's look might be on this occasion: yet to be fixed Son of Man with a Kiss Canft thou act such an by- upon that frail Apostle at a time when he who had pro pocritical part, as to make the symbol of Love, the fefied such zeal for his Master's fervice was denying Signal of Treason: Let us take heed that the Ma. him with loud Baths and Imprecations, and when lice, Perfidiousness, Ingratitude, and Hypocrify which that Master was suffering the bitter taunts and Seaks and
ter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had fard unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. And the men that held Jefus mocked him, and smöte him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. · And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people, and the chief priests, and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, faying, Art thou the Christ? Tell us. And he faid unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe, S And if I also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness ? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
Thursday before Easter. .
· The Epifle. I Cor. 11. 17. TN this that I declare unto you, I praise you not ; that you come
together, not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divis sions among you, and I partly believe it. For there must be alfa herefies among you, that they who are approved, may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, * this is not to eat the Lords fupper : for in eating, every one
T 2 insults of an ungrateful people.--Surely it must fill him have given of my being sfeut fiom God, you will not with the sharpeit compunction and remorse ; and we give me an answer, no, let me gó, even though I should Deed not wonder to find that he went out and wept offer the strongest arguments in my favour. bitterly. Such are the reiections which naturally arise * This is not to eat the Lord's Supper. It may be ob. in our Minds upon this Event. : And yet how many ferved here that in the primitive Church it was cur. can go on impenitently, and with ur concern, in a tomary to bring to their religious Assemblies, every courte, of iniquity, though the Eye of God is continu: one as he was able or disposed, Bread and Wine for ally upon them, who teeth the very secrets of their a common Entertainment ; which was called a Feaft of hearts; and from which no darkness nor, Shadow of Love. The design of which was to express and main death can conceal them. .'... ! !
tain Friendship and Concord, andChriftian Unity Qut And if I also ask yok, you will not answer miy. &c. of the provisions which were brought for this occasion, That is, if I ask your opinion of the proofs which I a part was relesved, and consecrated for the Holy Sa