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hands I commend my spirit.” And when he had said this, he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came out of the graves, and after his resurrection they went into the holy city, and appeared to many. And when the centurion who stood over against him saw the earthquake, and that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, “ Truly this man was the Son of God.” And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts and returned. d


38. The day on which Jesus died was the Friday before the great sabbath at the passover. Now that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath day, the Jews besought Pilate the governor that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. This was done with clubs, with which the final death blow was given to them. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the two malefactors who were crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, seeing that he was dead already, they brake not his legs; but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forth with came thereout blood and water. These things were done that

• Mark xv. 33–41; Luke xxiii. 44–48.

the Scripture might be fulfilled, “A bone of him shall not be broken.” And again another Scripture saith, “ They shall look on him whom they pierced.” a

And, behold, in the evening there came Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and honourable member of the council, but who had not consented to their counsel and deed, for he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly. He went in boldly to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate wondered in himself that he was already dead, and, calling unto him the centurion, he asked whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he granted Joseph's request. And Joseph bought fine linen, and took the body of Jesus down from the cross. There came also Nicodemus, (who at first came to Jesus by night,) and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pounds weight. Then they took the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Now there was near to the place where he was crucified a garden, and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid ; Joseph's own sepulchre. There laid they the body of Jesus therefore, because the sepulchre was nigh at hand.b

On the next day, the chief priests and the pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night,

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b John xix. 38–42.

and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead : so the last error shall be worse than the first.” Pilate said unto them, “Ye


have a watch : go your way, make it as sure as ye

So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. c



THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS. On the day after the great sabbath, (that is, on the first day of the week, called afterwards the Lord's day,) there was early in the morning a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door of the sepulchre, and sat upon it.

• Matt. xxvii, 62 - 66.

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His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow; and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Some pious women who had followed Jesus out of Galilee, had already, on the Friday evening, bought spices and ointments; for they intended, as soon as the sabbath was over, to embalm the body of Jesus in his sepulchre. Then early in the morning they went to the sepulchre. Mary Magdalene went first, probably by a shorter way, and came to the sepulchre before the sun was risen. Finding that the stone is away from the sepulchre, she runs back quickly the same way, and says to Peter and John, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Then Peter and John arose to go and see with their own eyes ; and Mary Magdalene followed them. In the mean time the other women also had come to the sepulchre, and found it empty. And as they were much perplexed about this, behold, there appeared to them two shining angels; and they feared greatly. And one of the angels said to them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. Go your way; tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre ; for they trembled and were amazed.

While they were going back to the city the longer way, Peter and John came to the sepulchre, and saw the linen clothes lying there in which Jesus had been wrapped. But him they found not. They also thought that some one had taken him


For it never occurred to them that he could have risen from the dead. Then they went back again to their own home.

But Mary Magdalene stood without the sepulchre weeping; and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou ?” She saith unto them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou ? whom seekest thou ?” She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus saith unto her, Mary !” Then she knew him, and

“Rabboni;” which is to say, “ Master;" and fell at his feet. Jesus saith unto her, “ Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to


Father: but go to my brethren, and

say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”a

And while she was hastening home, Jesus met the other women also who were on their way to Jerusalem, and said to them, “ All hail.” And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then they, together with Mary Magdalene, told all these things to the apostles ; but they would not believe them.

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a John xx. 1-17.

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