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WHAT are the contents of this lesson?

On what day of the week was the sepulchre first visited, and by whom?

What did the women bring with them, and for what purpose?

In what state did they find the sepulchre?

Who appeared to them there, and what was said to them?

Of what words of our Lord did the angels remind the women?

Who were these women, and to whom did they tell what they had seen?

Did the apostles believe them?

Which of the apostles ran to the sepulchre, and what did he see there?

Did Jesus appear on that day to any disciples journeying, and where were they going?

What was their conversation about?

Did they know the Lord?

What question did he ask of them?

What was the answer, and what was the name of the disciple that gave it?

What character did Cleopas give of Jesus?

In what words did Cleopas allude to the reports of the

women ?

What was Christ's reply to Cleopas, and what the subject of his discourse?

What happened when they arrived near Emmaus ?

How was he recognized by them?

What said the two disciples after that Christ had vanished? Where did they then go, and for what purpose?

When returned to Jerusalem what news did they hear, and from whom?

Whilst they were assembled together, what sudden appearance alarmed them?

What did the Apostles suppose Jesus to be?

How did he try to convince them that it was he?
What hindered them from being quite convinced?
What conclusion did he draw from Scripture?
In what place was the Gospel to be first preached ?
Who were the witnesses of the Gospel truths?
What was "the promise of the Father?"

Where were the Apostles to dwell, and until what time?
What was the "power from on high?”

How far did he lead them from Jerusalem?

To what village?

What was his last act towards his disciples before his ascension ?

In what state did they return to Jerusalem?

How were the apostles employed in Jerusalem, and for what were they waiting?


Comments in the New Testament upon our Lord's resurrection, including quotations from the Old Testamemt.

[The Apostle Peter shews that the resurrection of the Lord Jesus was foretold in the sixteenth Psalm.]*

YE men of Israel, hear these words. Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know, this man being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye with lawless hands, have crucified and slain; whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death, as it was impossible that he should be held by it. For David saith concerning him, "I foresaw the Lord always before my face; because he is at my right hand that I may not be moved Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue was glad, moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope, because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell,+ neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways

* Douay, Psalm xv.

+ Hell, or Hades, the state of the dead.

of life; thou wilt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak to you of the Patriarch David, that he died and was buried, and his sepulchre is with us to this present day. Wherefore being a prophet, he knew that God had sworn to him with an oath, of the fruit of his loins to seat one upon his throne ;* foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that he was not left in hell,+ neither did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, of which all we‡ are witnesses. Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear. For David did not ascend to Heaven, but he himself saith, The Lord said to my lord, Sit thou on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made to be both Lord and Christ that same Jesus whom ye have crucified.-Acts ii. 22-36. See also Acts xiii. 26-41.

[Peter and John, after healing the lame man at the gate of the Temple, speak thus of the resurrection of Jesus:-]

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, Ye rulers of the people and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made whole; be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name§ of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified,

* Psalm cxxxii. 11. Douay cxxxi. 11.

+ Hell, Hades.

All we, the apostles.

$ Name.-i. e. Manifestation of power: as the Temple is called the place where the Lord would “cause his name to dwell," &c.

whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man stands here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders; which is become the head of the corner :* neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts iv. 8-12.

[Paul reasons thus from the resurrection of Jesus :-] Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye remember in what manner I preached unto you, unless indeed ye have believed in vain : for I delivered unto you, first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that he was seen by Cephas, then of the twelve + after that he was seen by above five hundred brethren at once; of whom many remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that he was seen by James; then by all the apostles. And last of

all he was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am; and his grace which was upon me was not in vain; But I laboured more abundantly than they all yet not I, but the grace

* A quotation from Psalm cxviii. 22, 23. Douay cxvii. 22, 23.

Twelve. Some ancient manuscripts read eleven, which is the reading followed in the Rheims New Testament. There were only eleven apostles when the Lord Jesus rose from the dead but the phrase "the twelve," was used as a designation of the apostles as a body, without immediate reference to their actual number at any particular time.

of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. Now, if Christ be preached that he rose again from the dead, how say some among ye that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have witnessed against God that he raised up Christ; whom he raised not up, if the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised; and if Christ be not risen, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ

risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that are fallen asleep.

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Afterwards cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy, death, shall be destroyed. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they

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