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tér; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had faid unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they ftruck 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. 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 Epistle. I Cor. 11. 17.
IN this that I declaré unto you, I praise you not ; that

together, not for the better, but for the worse. For firft of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divia fons among you, and I partly believe it. For there must be alfo herefies among you, that they who are approved, may be made

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insults of an ungrateful people.--Surely it must fill him have given of my being gfent fiom God, you will not with the sharpeit compunction and remorfe ; and we give me an answer, noi let me go, even though I should need not wonder to find that he went out and wept offer the Itrongest arguments in my favour. bitterly. Such are the reАections which naturally arile This is not to eat the Lord's Supper. It may be ob. in our Minds upon this Event. And yet how many served here that in the primitive Church it was cuf. can go on impenitently, and with ut concern, in a tomary to bring to their religious Assemblies, every course of iniquity, though the Eye of God is continu. Öne 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 Feoft of hearts; and from which no darkness nor; Mhadow of Love. The defign of which was to express and main. deata can conveal them.

tain Friendship and Concord, andChriftian Unity Out And if I aljo ak you, you will not answer mi, &c. of the provisions which were brought for this occafion, That is, If I ask your opinion of the proofs which I a part was relesved, and consecrated for the Holy Sa

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taketh before other his own fupper: and one is hungry, and another is slrunken. What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and faid, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner. also he took the cup when he had fupped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it io remem: brance of me, For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this. cup, ye do shew the Lords death tiủl he come. Wherefore, * who

soever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unwor; thily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. + But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eaterh and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lords body. For this cause many are weak, and fickly among you, and many sleep.

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we Thould not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tary one for another. rament; which was generally administered after the fuever by the irregular indecent practice, beforemenLove Featt. But this custom became at length abused. tioned, thall profine this Holy Sacrament, they treat. For instead of eating in common (according to the Christ with a contempt like his Murtherers. first institution,) several took upon them to eat + But let a Man examine bımself, &c. That is, before their portions separately, whereby they that were poor, every approach to this Sacrament, it is proper, that a and could bring little, were hungry; and they that were man examine into the disposition of his mind, that he rich, and had brought much ate and drank to a riotous come with due reverence to so holy an Ordinance and excefs : making' no difinĉion between the Lord's Sup- with Charity to those for whom Christ died. - per, and a common diforderly feast, and turning what 1 For be sbat careth and drinketh unwortbily, &c. That

was intended to promote religion, into an occasion of is, He that eatech and drinketh in the indecent and difintemperance and profaneness. Thereby forgetting the orderly manner in which the Corinthians did, whom end of the institution of the Sacrament, which was, St. Paul reproves) provoke God to infli& his Judge “ the eating Bread, and drinking Wine in a thank ments upon them; as he did upon the Corinthians,

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11 Tbe: Gospel, i S. Luke 23: 1.

,!, : THE whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilatet

And they began to accule him, faying, || We found this fel: low perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Çefar, faying, That he himself is Christ å king. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he answered him, and faid, Thou sayeft it. I hen' faid Pilate to the chief priests, and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, faying, He ftirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, bezinning from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilean. And as foon as he knew that he' belonged unto Herods jurisdiction, he fent bim to Herod, who himself was also at Jerusalem at that time. And when Herod saw. Jefus, he was exceeding glad, for he was defirous to see him of a long feason, because he had heard many things of him, and he hoped to have feen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he' an-fwered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accufed him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, .and sent him again to Pilate. ŞAnd the same day Pilate and Herod

were made friends together; for before they were at enmity between themfelves. And Pilate when he had called together the chief priefts, and the rulers, and the people, faid unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people, and

# We found this fellow perverting & Who sees og and the fame day Pilate and Herod were mude friends. * Ret the notorious falfhood of this accufation ? But The Friend hip which they now contracted seems only what will not malice invent to effect its wicked pore to have been in order to serve their own selfish purposes ? So far was Jesus from refuting to pay tri. poses. And the obfervation is too generally true that bote, or from affecting temporal Royalty, that he payed. jarring vices will easily unite for the destruction of the one; though it could not be rightfully demanded of wintuc.. him, and refused the other when it was offered him.

behold, I having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching thole things whereof ye accufe him: No, nor yet Herod: for I fent you to him, and ld, * nothing worthy of death is done unto him.:' I will therefore chastise him, and re{case him. For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast. And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (who for a certain fedition made in the city, and for murder was cast in prison) Pilate there'fore willing to release Jesus, fpake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third tiine, Why, what evil hath he done ?. I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucificd: and the voices of them, and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence, that it should be as they required. + And he released unto them, him that for fedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they. laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jelus. And there fola lowed him a great company of people, and of women, who also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus. turning unto them, faid, Daughters of Jerusalem, #weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never -bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; 'and to the hills, Cover us.

Nothing worthy of Death is done unto him. Or as it. Corruption, and the Lamb of God, who was without might be otherwise translated, it does not appear that any spot or blemish, given up as a Sacrifice in their stead. tbing worthy of Death bas been done by bim.

1 We p. not for me but weep for yourselves, &c. This, † Ana be released unto them him, &'s. As a seditious · relates to the destruction of Jerulalem, which our Murderer was thus set at liberty, and an innocent Lord thus prophecied was approaching: when it person given up to Death. Thus were the rebellious ' might juffy be said concerning the people at that time. zace of Adam delivered from the bondage of Sin and that better had it been that they had never been boon

$For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place which is ca led Calvary, there they crucified him; and the malefactors one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, | Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding; and the rulers also with them derided him, faying, 'He saved others, lét him fave himself, if he be Ghrift the chosen of God. And the foldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying, If thou be the King of the Jews, fave thyself. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged, railed on hiin, faying, If thou 'be Christ, fáve thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying, Doft not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we teceive the due reward of our deeds, but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comeft into thy kingdom. And Jefus faid unto him, Verily I-lay unto thee, * To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour; and there was a dark

$ For if they do the je ibings in a green Tree, &c. That few all meekness to all men, to make all fair allow is, if they fo cruelly treat a righteous person: Ezek. ances for human infirmiy, and as God for Chriit's XX. 47. what ihall become of those wicked persons, . Sake ha:h forgiven us, chearfully to forgive our Felwho like a dry tree are realy to be burned.

low Creatures, who have injured us also... Il Father forgive them, &c. Behold here an instance * Today Inalt thou be with me in Paradife. Let no of the most perfect charity, which calls equally for one who profeffes himself a Christian cite the example our admiration and imitation. Jesus 'not only forgives of this penitent Thief as a Plea for a late repentance. his perfecutors himself, when, by their means he was He shewed such an Ad of Faith on this occasion as expiring under the moit unconceivable torture ; but no one ever did either before or fince. He acknow. even implores his heavenly Father to forgive them. ledged our Lord when mocked by men, hanged upon a Nay more-He even endeavoars to extenuare their Cross, and treated as the worst of Malefactors. But guilt, and excufe his Marderers : by representing for those who have enjoyed the light of the Gospel froin their cruelty as the effe&t of ignorance they know not their infancy, and have daily enjoyed the means of re"wbar rbey do. Surely did we duly and frequently con- ligious instruction : yet have hardened themselves 2template this glorious example, we thould be ashamed gainst conviction, and rejected all helps for their spi. of indaiging violent wrath, and implacable referit- ritual improvement. For such to hope that by a few atent againk our brethren for such petry injuries as prayers and fighs and tears upon a death-bed they too many do. Nay we should be ttrongly induced to Thall be able to make atonement for a whole life of

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