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his whole Conduct towards them through the Course of his personal Ministry: But especially what a pure and inviolable Affection and Friendship towards them breathe in his excellent valedictory Discourses, a little before his last Sufferings! What wonderful Expressions are those! As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my Love. John xv. 9. And 'again, This is my Commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved youj greater hove hath no Man than this, that a Man lay down his Life for his Friends. Ver. 12, 13. Of which Friendship he himself gave the most finished Example j so that one may justly wonder, that any should pretend they can find no such Thing as Friendship in the Gospel, when it is so effectually recommended by the Precepts and the Example of the holy Jesus. What a tender Concern doth he shew for his Disciples, when they Were grieved at the Thoughts of his Departure from them! What excellent Instructions doth he give them! What encouraging and reviving Promises! Never was there united so much Dignity and Tenderness, as in the Prayer he offered up, when he was entering on his hitter Passion. In what affecJionate Strains doth he recommend them to his heavenly Father f Now I am no more in the World, but these are in \ the. the World, and I come unto thee: Holy Father, keep through thine own Name those •whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are. Whilst I was with them in the World, I kept them in thy Name. And now come I unto thee, and these Things I

speak in the World, that they might have my y°y fulfilled in themselves. John xvii. 11, 12, 13. I pray not that thou Jhouldefi take them out of the World, but that thou stouldesl keep them from the Evil. Ver. 15. Sanctify them through thy 'Truth; thy Word is 'Truth. Ver» 17. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe in we through their Word: That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and 1 in thee, that they may be one in us. Ver. 20, 21. Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where lam, that they may behold my Glory which thou hast given me. Ver. 24. And he concludes with faying, J have declared unto them thy Name, and will declare it, that the Love, wherewith thou hast loved

, me, may be in them, and I in them. Ver. 26. After he had finished this his Prayer, when the Jews came with an armed Force to apprehend him, his tender Care for his Disciples still {hewed itself in those distressful Circumstances: Having asked them that came toseize him, Whom seek yes When they said, Jesus of N azareth, he answered, I have told you that . Vol. IV. Y 'I am I am he. If therefore ye seek me, let these go their Way. John xviii. 8.

Our Saviour's Conduct towards Peter deserves special Notice: He knew that be would deny him, yet he did not, for that, resolve to cast him off, but kindly admonished him of his approaching Fall. What an inviolable FriendJhip to him, what Pity and Tenderness, breathes in those Expressions, Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may fft you as Wheat: But 1 have prayed for thee, that thy Faith fail not. Luke xxii. 31, 32. And, after Peter had actually denied him, and repeated the Denial with an Oath, what a Look did he cast towards him, not full of Wrath and Severity to drive him into Despair, but a Look of Compassion and gentle Reproof, accompanied with a Divine Power, whichimmediately melted his Soul into a penitential Sorrow! We are told that the Lord turned and looked upon Peter; and Peter remembered the Word of the Lord, how he said unto him, Before the Cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out and wept bitterly. Luke xxii. 61, 62. And, to shew that he still retained his friendly Dispositions towards Peter, he condescended to take a kind and particular Notice of him, after his ResurreBion, when he. no Doubt was mightily cast down under a Sense of his base and unworthy Conduct. It was in Con* fbrmity to our Lord's Will that the Angel hid to the Women that came early to the Sepulchre, Go your Way, tell his Disciples and Peter, that he goeth before you into Galilee; there Jhall ye fee himt as he said unto you. Mark xvi. 7. And he himself appeared to Peter the first of any of the Apostles: He was seen (faith St. Paul) of Cephas, /. e. of Peter, then of the Twelve. 1 Cor. xv. 5. See also Luke xxiv. 34. And we do not find that he upbraided him with his Conduct after bis RefurreSlion, but in the most gentle ManTier put him in Mind of his threfold Denials without expreffly mentioning it to him, by asking him thrice, Simon, Son of Jonas, loves thou me? And thrice repeating the Charge to him, Feed my Sheep. John xxi. 15, 16, 17.

The benevolent Temper of his Mind mewed itself, even as he hung upon the Cross, when, amidst all his amazing Agonies and Dolours, he recommended his aJlicJed Mother, in the most significant and affecting Manner, to the tender Care of his beloved Disciple John. We are told that, when Jesus saw his Mother, and the Disciple standing by whom he loved, he faith unto his Mother, Woman, behold thy Son. Then faith he to the Disciple, Behold thy Mother! And from Y a - that that Hour that Disciple took her unto his own House. John xix. 26, 27.

Nor did his Benevolence manifest itself only to his Friends and Disciples, but even to his Enemies and Persecutors. He, at the Time of his being apprehended, exerted his miraculous Power in healing one of the High Priejl's Servants, whose Ear Peter had cut off, probably, because he saw him active in laying hold on Jesus: He said unto Peter, Put up thy Sword into the Sheath, suffer ye thus far, and he touched bis Ear and healed him. Luke xxii. 50, 51. One of the last Requests he offered up to his heavenly Father was for those who were then imbruing their Hands in his sacred Blood: They had passed the most cruel and ignominious Sentence upon him; they had buffeted him, spit upon him, and treated him with the utmost Indignity j they had in a Manner constrained the Roman Governor to crucify him, and had demanded a Robber, a Murderer, to be released in Preference to him; they had got him cruelly scourged, and caused him to carry his Cross, though he was fainting under the Load; and, when he was nailed to the Cross, and hung upon it, they wagged their Heads in Scorn, and insulted him in his Miseries: Yet, in these Circumstances, instead of imprecating just Vengeance upon them, as they had in 3 Effect

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