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CHAPTER IX.

FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO MARY TILL JOHN THE BAPTIST'S

TESTIMONY TO MESSIAH.

The mother of Messiah—The descent of Jesus in accordance with the registers
—His essential Being—His birth heralded by angels—Adoringly received by
Simeon and Anna—Sought by the Persian Magi—Herod's plan to destroy
him—Taken in haste to Egypt—Prophecies fulfilled—His private life—John
the Baptist preceding Messiah—Sublime introduction to his public ministry

Bestows sight and hearing—Shows the happiness given by the Word of God-
Refuses to gratify the Pharisees—Whom he considers his relatives—
Teaches at the sea of Galilee—Explains parables—Taught only in parables
on one day—Gives instruction suited to various states of mind, and puts down
the storm—Delivers men from the power of demons—His conversation at
the feast of Levi—Does many mighty works—Not respected in Nazareth—
Cures every sort of disease—His instructions to his Apostles—Gives food to
more than five thousand persons—Walks on the sea—Teaches that the food
of the soul is himself—Reproves the Pharisees—Rewards the faith of the
Gentile suppliant, and gives another person sight and hearing—Cures many
persons, and gives food to more than four thousand—Goes away from the
Pharisees—Asks his disciples what are the opinions concerning him—
Shows sufferings must be borne—His transfiguration—Cures the tormented
youth—Foretells his own death, and brings the piece of money to Peter's
hand—Shows who is the greatest person—Additional instructions to his
Apostles—Corrects John's error in judgment, ....

CHAPTER XIV.

FROM MESSIAH CROSSING THE BROOK CEDRON TILL HIS ASCENSION.

Crosses the brook Cedron—In Gethsemane—His seizure—Looks upon Peter-
Before the high-priest and the Sanhedrim at midnight and at daybreak—

THE MESSIAH. .

CHAPTER I.

THE TYrES AND PEOrHECIES OF MESSIAH BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MOSAIC ECONOMY.

The glorious heavens and the beautiful

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perfect earth were completed; the former containing

countless worlds and luminaries of immense and various magnitudes, all revolving with the utmost precision; supported in illimitable space alone by the will of him who placed them there, held by the laws he appointed to govern them;—the resplendent orbs shedding forth those rays innumerable that swiftly travel to this lower sphere, to enlighten, cheer, and fructify, and which are everywhere " sweet and pleasant."

The earth, composed of materials wondrously adapted to the uses for which they were designed; intersected with waters, vast in extent, or continuous in their streams; adorned with every variety of beauteous plant and flower; from the stately tree to the cryptogamic leaves, almost

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