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The Epiftle.

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"Wednesday before Eafter.

Hebr. 9. 16.
HER E. a testament is

, there must also of necessity bę 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 teftator 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 hyffop, and fprinkled 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 inen once to die, but after this the Judgment: fo. Christ was once

* Where & Testament is, there must also of necessity cious blood of the Son of God. be the Death of the Tefiator. St. Paul in order to prove

$ For Christ is not entered, Gr. As the Jewish High the necessity of Christ's Death for the establishment of 'Priest entered once a year into the Holy of Holies (the the Gospel, or new Covenant (as it is called) cites as a most sacred part of the Temple) to make atonement for parallel case, what was well known amongft mankind the Sins of the people, with the blood of slain beasts : in their worldly affairs, viz. that a common Will or so Christ 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 hath ob. ment, or first Covenant which was given by Moses was - tained cternal redemption for us ; of which the afore. dedicated by sprinkling it with the blood of Nain calves mentioned ceremony, under the law, was but a Figeand goats, but that the New Testament was purified rative representation. with

far better Sacrifices than these, even with the pre

offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him, shall he appear the fecond time without fin unto salvation.

The Gospel. S. Luke 22. 1.
OW the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is

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 promised, 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 entereth in. And

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shall say unto the good-man of the house, The Mafter faith unto thee, Where is the guest-chamber where I shall eat the paffover 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 passover. 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 Pasopar, was so called, and observed, in com- also the Lamb which was killed on these occasions was memoration of the Israelites 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 paschal Lamb who was facrified for us. raelites without entering therein, Exod. xii. 11. Hence

vine, until the kingdom of God saali come «And he took bread, and gave thanks; and brake jit, and gave unto them, faying+ This is my body, which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me, Likewise also the çup after fupper, saying, This -cup is the new teftanient in my blood, which is shed 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 sitteth 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 unțo you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and fit 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

? 1.9 bis is my Budy which is giver for you. As if he had the greatest Men who have the greatest and most absosaid This is the representation of my Body, which is lute power, or who pom poufly affume the Title of Benes'ven 10 Death, for you. Do it no longer in conj- factors fas some of the Kings of Egypt and Affyriadid,) memoration of the Deliverance from Egypt, but in but that he is most truly to be filed great who, with a Rememb, ance 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 And I appoint unto you a Kingdom, & The Kingof the Children of God, Do it in a thankful Rememia dem he e meant by Jesus was his mediational Kingdom brande of me, who, by laying down my life, will ran over Mankind, by the Difpenfation of the Gospel; som you from Death and Helt; and set open the Gates in the propogation of which he hereby affures his Difof Heaven, that you may enter Immortality in Triumph. ciples

, that they, as his Ministers should be next to him The Kings of the Gentilis 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 Irael of God throughout the Disciples it appears, that they are not to be accounted World.

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 transgressurs; 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 difciples, he found them fleeping for forrow, and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, left ye enter into temptation. And while he yet

T But now, be that barh a purfe, &c. When our tional Submision to the Will of God! Our Lord does Lord sent out his Disciples at first to Preach the Gof 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 dispose the Hearts of their Hearers to be friend yet becaufe he knew the End and Necedity of thote 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 mult ex- his heavenly

Father. So likewife, as Chriftians, it is pect a different usage from Mankind : and that it would not expected of as, that we thould be insensible of the be therefore wife to provide themselves by Faith and afflictions that befall us, or that we fould not desire to Patience again the Trials and AM ctions that inight be relieved from them : but that we hould always pray

for deliverance, with an hum sle fubmillion to God's : Farber, if Ibou be willing, &c. What a glorious Wil; accounting that to be the best which he is pleased Pausra have we here set belose us of Patience and sx .10. do for us.

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spake, -bchold, a multitude; and he that was called Jułas; 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 faid unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the (word? And one of thein 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 elders who were come to him, Be ye come out as against 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, Mar, I am not. And about the space of one hour atter, 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 fayeft. And immediately, while he yet {pake, the cock crew. $ And the Lord turned, and looked upon

PeJudas, 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! betrayelt thou?-cant + This is your Hour, &c. i. e. This is the time is shou be guilty of such a malicious design against my which it is permitted you to exercise your malice, and life? Again, Judas, betrayeft thou !--Canst thou, my effe& your bloody designs against me. Servant and Disciple act such a perfidious parti- Judas ! | And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter, &r. With betrayeft thou the Son of Man ---Canit thou be fo 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, betrayeft thou the Saviour's look might be on this occasion: yet to be fixed Son of Man with a Kiss P-Canft thou act fuch an by- upon that frail Apofle at a time when he who had pro pocritical part, as to make the fymbol of Love, the feffed such zeal for chis Master's service was 'denying

hignal of Treafon? Let us take heed that the Ma. him with loud Baths and Imprecations, and when Lice. Perfidiousaess, Ingratitude, and Hypocrify which that Maiter was suffering the bitter raunts and seats and

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