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to deliver us from all sin, more especially from enormous wickedness; for what is not a fallen spirit capable of, when joining with Satan, and entangled by him.

SECT. XCVI.

The Lord's Supper instituted. Peter's Denial, and the Apostle's Flight foretold.

26. And, as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, | eat; this is my body. 27. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it: 28. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for

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many for the remission of sins. 29. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 30, And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.

The treason of Judas, and the weakness of the other apostles, all of whom thou sawest about to forsake thee that very night, and one of them to deny thee; all this did not hinder thy appointing the holy supper, that memorial of thy dying love to perishing sinners. Many waters could not quench this love, neither could the floods drown it. It is worthy to be had in remembrance through all eternity. Thou didst bless the bread, and break it, and give it to thy disciples, saying, "Take, eat; "this is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. Lord, we are not worthy that thou shouldst come under our roof, much less to eat of thy body and blood; but thou hast declared, that except we eat thy flesh, and drink thy blood, we can have no life in us. O give us true, divine, saving faith, to feed upon thee daily; and when thou callest us to eat at the communion table, give us that faith in a lively exercise, that we may receive and feed upon the broken bread as thy body given for us. And give us to remember thee with suitable affection; with godly sorrow for our sins which thou bearedst in thy body upon the tree; and with superlative love to him who so loved us, and gave himself for us; and with the love of the dearest friends and brothers to all thine.

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Thou didst also give them the cup after supper, say ing, "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." Lord Jesus, we bless thee for the new covenant, which is thy testament, sealed with thy blood. With our whole heart we embrace the promises of it: we believe them: Lord, help our unbelief. We wait for the accomplishment of them, like those that wait for the morning. Oh when wilt thou indeed write thy laws on our hearts, and put them in our minds? Oh be our God, and make us thy people: make us all to know thee, from the least to the greatest: and, according to thy gracious word, be merciful to our unrighteousness, and our sins and iniquities do thou remember no more. This new covenant, made by thy Father, and sealed with thy blood, in which also thy holy Spirit is promised, is all our salvation; and it is the highest desire, O Lord, thou knowest, of some of us, (oh let it be the highest desire of us all,) to have the promises of it fulfilled in us. We look to thee with humble expectation that they shall be so; for thy Father is a God of truth, and thou art the Amen, the faithful and true witness, and thy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Here we rest waiting and hoping, and blessing thy gracious name, Oh Jehovah, for what thou hast already done for us unworthy, hell-deserving creatures. Glory, glory, glory, to thy name for ever and ever. Oh how pleasant will it be, Lamb of God, to join with that innumerable multitude who have washed their robes in thy blood, in singing the songs of heaven to thy Father, and Thee, and the Holy Spirit, for evermore.

Then we shall drink with thee of that new wine in the kingdom of thy Father, and shall be filled with the Holy Ghost above the apostles themselves at the day of Pentecost, for they were still upon earth. Thy joy shall be in us, and our joy shall be full. In this blessed hope we would now begin to sing in this valley of tears, as thou hast given us an example, by singing an hymn with thy disciples before going to the Mount of Olives, where thy great and bitter sufferings were to begin. Though now for a season, if need be, we are in heaviness through manifold temptations; yet may we

greatly rejoice in thy salvation which is to be revealed, and never forget thy praise.

31. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad, (Zech. xiii. 7.) 32. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. 33. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be of

fended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. 34. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 35. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Thou knowest all the circumstances of thy sufferings, and the scriptures predicting them. In this text concerning the smiting of the Shepherd, and scattering the sheep, we see that great truth of thy equality with thy Father, who calleth thee, "The man that is my fellow;" and another awful truth, "That he commanded the sword of justice to awake against thee," O wonderful mystery! what must the evil of sin be? and what must be that love, which made thee give thy only Son, O infinite God, to be a sacrifice for thy enemies? Though thou sawest, compassionate Saviour, that thy disciples would be offended in thee, and basely desert thee; thy love made thee comfort them by saying, "After I am "risen again, I will go before you into Galilee." But they were so self-confident, and secure of their own strength, that they undertook, " though they should die "with thee, not to deny thee." And Peter in particular, who was to deny thee that very night before the cockcrowing, vehemently protested, that though all men should be offended because of thee, yet would he never be offended. Alas! how little do men, even thy sincere disciples, know what they are capable of! Lord, keep us from self-confidence. May we ever be sensible of our own weakness, and rely on thee for strength; and do thou make thy strength perfect in our weakness.

SECT. XCVII.

The Agony and Prayer of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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36. Then cometh Jesus with | enter not into temptation: The them unto a place called Geth-spirit indeed is willing, but the semane, and saith unto the dis- flesh is weak. 42. He went ciples, Sit ye here, while I go away again the second time, and and pray yonder. 37. And he prayed, saying, O my Father, took with him Peter and the if this cup may not pass away two sons of Zebedee, and began from me except I drink it, thy to be sorrowful and very heavy. will be done. 43. And he 38. Then saith he unto them, came, and found them asleep My soul is exceeding sorrow- again: for their eyes were heaful, even unto death: tarry ye vy. 44. And he left them, here, and watch with me. 39. and went away again, and And he went a little farther, prayed the third time, saying and fell on his face, and prayed, the same words. 45. Then saying, O my Father, if it be cometh he to his disciples, and possible, let this cup pass from saith unto them, Sleep on now, me: nevertheless, not as I will, and take your rest: behold, but as thou wilt. 40. And he the hour is at hand, and the cometh unto the disciples, and Son of man is betrayed into the findeth them asleep, and saith hands of sinners. 46. Rise, let unto Peter, What! could ye us be going: behold, he is at not watch with me one hour? hand that doth betray me. 41. Watch and pray, that ye

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Lord Jesus, we would humbly follow thee in our meditations to the place where thy deep sufferings were to begin. Oh fix our hearts, and put and keep them in a right frame. We see thee taking thy eleven disciples along with thee to Gethsemane. It was night. Thou saidst to the rest, "Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder." And thou tookest with thee Peter, James, and John, the same three who were lately witnesses of thy transfiguration, that they might now be witnesses of thy sorrow and agony. And in their presence thou didst begin to be sorrowful, and very heavy, and didst even express thy grief and anguish of heart in these words: My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me." O amazing humiliation! to be reduced to complain to these poor weak men, who were soon to forsake thee, and to desire their sympathy by watching with thee.

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What must have been that deadly sorrow, that oppressed thy soul in this hour of darkness! who can conceive the greatness of it? This sorrow thou enduredst for our sins, and the sins of such as we. O why do not the thoughts of it break our hard stupid hearts? Thy sorrow was so exceeding great, that thou didst retire even from these thy intimate friends. Thou hadst work to do with thy Father, in which no creature could help thee. And now thou fallest on thy face, and prayest with strong cries and tears, "O my Father, if it be pos"sible, let this cup pass from me." Was it the nearer view of thy terrible sufferings, that made thee pray thus? or was it rather the present anguish and deadly sorrow oppressing thy soul, from which thou didst ask deliverance? It seems rather to have been the last; for thou didst never repent of thy undertaking to die for thy people, according to the will of thy Father. And thy apostle says, that" in the days of thy flesh, when thou hadst "offered up prayers and supplications, with strong

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crying and tears, unto him that was able to save thee "from death, thou wast heard in that thou fearedst." Thou wast heard in this petition; for thy sorrowful anguish passed away, and thou didst with fresh alacrity go out to meet thy enemies. An angel was sent to strengthen thee, and to suggest comfort to thy afflicted soul; while being in an agony, thou prayedst more earnestly, and thy sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground. O merciful Saviour, how great the love in thy heart, which all this oppression could not extinguish and how dreadful was the pressure of the sins which thou bearedst in thy innocent soul! We trust, thy agony will be our deliverance from eternal despair. We see, Lord, thy most earnest prayer was attended with perfect resignation. O give us the same mind. We see also thy kind and charitable way of speaking to thy dejected, but too careless disciples. "The spirit indeed "is willing, but the flesh is weak." This is very comfortable to us. O give us to watch and pray, that we enter not into temptation. Give us to watch with thee the short hour of this life.

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