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not a chamber to receive thee at thy birth, nor a house to dwell in during thy life; and at thy death thou wast laid in a borrowed grave. We would take great pleasure in our thoughts, to go into that garden where Joseph's sepulchre was, and to see where they laid thy body. The grave is no more frightful, but a pleasant refreshing bed, since thou wast pleased to consecrate it. The places where the bodies of thy saints sleep, are pleasant; for their souls are with thee in heaven; and of their dust thou wilt lose nothing, but wilt raise it up in glory. Blessed be thy name, the appearance of the grave is quite altered; the clods of the valley are sweet. We will not by thy grace fear to go down to the grave; for thou wilt bring us up again: and in the mean time, we trust thou wilt receive our souls to be where thou art, for that is all our desire. Amén.

ples come by night 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. 65. Pi-
late said unto them, Ye have a
watch: go your way, make it
as sure as ye can.
66. So they
went, and made the sepulchre
sure, sealing the stone, and set-

62. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63. Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disci- | ting a watch.

Here is a remarkable instance of the jealousy of thy enemies over-ruled to thy glory, and to the confirmation of the faith of thy disciples. They called thee a deceiver, and represented thy poor simple followers, as capable of forging a story of thy resurrection, and imposing it upon the people; and consulted with Pilate how to prevent such an imposture, and got a guard of soldiers to watch, and sealed the stone that lay at the entrance of the sepulchre. But all this precaution was vain against the truth and power of God.

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CHAP. XXVIII.

SECT. CV.

The Resurrection.

N the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4. And for

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fear of him the keepers did shake,
and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said
unto the women, Fear not ye:
for I know that ye seek Jesus,
which was crucified. 6. He is
not here; for he is risen, as he
said. Come, see the place where
the Lord lay. 7. And go quick-
ly, and tell his disciples that he
is risen from the dead; and be-
hold, he goeth before you into
Galilee; there shall ye see him;
lo, I have told you.

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The sight of this heavenly messenger made the soldiers tremble, and deprived them of all strength and spirit. The poor women would therefore have been quite overwhelmed with fear, if the angel had not comforted them with these reviving words: "Fear not ye, for I know "that ye seek Jesus which was crucified. He is not "here; for he is risen, as he said; come, see the place "where the Lord lay." May not they, O Lord, take comfort from these words, who can say, "Thou knowest that we seek thee with our hearts daily. There is nothing in the world we desire in comparison with thy "favour, conformity to thee, and the enjoyment of thy presence." Should not such therefore banish all slavish fear, and look with pleasure into the grave; and, above all, rejoice when they lift up their eyes to heaven, and by faith see thee exalted there at the right hand of God. The angel commanded the women to give notice to the other disciples of thy resurrection, and to assure them, that they should see thee in Galilee. They ran with great joy to carry these glad tidings, though they were not yet free from that fear which the appearance of the angel had struck them with. Lord Jesus, should not we, if we are thine, run with joy to see thee, though the terror of the grave intervene? It is awful to leave

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the body, and to go into eternity; but the joy of meeting with thee ought to be greatly superior to this fear. Lord, work it in us; for without thee we can do nothing. Let thy grace be sufficient for us; let thy strength be made. perfect in our weakness.

8. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, and did run to bring his disciples word. 9. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And

they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me,

When they were going to give notice of thy resurrection to their fellow-disciples, they unexpectedly met thee, and were saluted and comforted by thee. What words, O Lord, are these! "Go tell my brethren, that they "shall see me." Their forsaking thee in thy distress is all forgotten. "Go tell my brethren!" Lord Jesus, who can sufficiently admire thy grace? O that whilst we are employed in preaching and hearing of thy resurrection, thou wouldst graciously meet us. O that thou wouldst meet us now! we fall at thy feet, and worship thee with the words of Nathaniel, (O make us like him!) "Thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of "Israel."

SECT. CVI.

The Chief Priests and Elders bribe the Guards.

11. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done, 12. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13. Saying, Say ye, his disciples

came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

The story which the soldiers were bribed to tell, is not only improbable, but contradictory. It is highly

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improbable, that the poor timorous disciples would attempt such a thing against a guard of soldiers and it is as improbable, that the soldiers should all be asleep: and if they were asleep, how could they tell how or what was done? Lord, save us from every degree of that wickedness which contrived this story, and of that blindness and hardness of heart which receives it.

SECT. CVII.

Jesus appears to his Disciples, whom he commissions to teach and baptize all

Nations.

16. Then the eleven disci- | when they saw him, they worples went away into Galilee, shipped him: but some doubtinto a mountain where Jesus had ed. appointed them. 17. And

The doubts which some of thy disciples entertained of the reality of thy resurrection, proved afterwards confirmations of it, as in the case of Thomas. Glory to thee for bringing good out of evil. We desire to join with those who worshipped thee, and with joy to hear that "all power is given to thee in heaven and earth." Lord, subdue every thought in our hearts to thy obedience, Thou commandedst thy apostles to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: hence we learn, that Thou and the Holy Ghost are objects of the same divine worship with the Father, Lord, we here recognize and ratify our baptism; we renounce the devil, the world, and the flesh, and give ourselves up to thee, O Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that thou mayest be our God and Father in him, and we may serve thee as thy obedient and dutiful children. We believe in thee, O Son of God, help our unbelief. O be thou our Saviour, our Prophet, our Priest, our King, our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption. Make us thy true disciples and servants. This is our earnest desire. O holy Spirit, we beseech thee, come and take full possession of our souls and bodies. Be our sanctifier, our comforter, our guide, and helper; and let all our powers and capacities

be employed as thy instruments in doing thy will. Glory be to God, Father, Son, and Spirit, for ever and ever.

18. And Jesus came and of the Holy Ghost; 20. Teachspake unto them, saying, All ing them to observe all things power is given unto me in hea-whatsoever I have commanded ven and in earth. 19. Go ye, you: and, lo, I am with you therefore, and teach all nations, alway, even unto the end of the baptizing them in the name of world. Amen. the Father, and of the Son, and

Thy apostles were ordered to teach mankind to observe all things whatsoever thou hast commanded. Lord, give us carefully to remember thy precepts, and rightly to understand them, and conscientiously to put them in practice. Let us never be ashamed of thy words: may our hearts be cast into the mould of thy gospel; and the whole and every part of our conduct be formed upon it. We bless thee for the promise of thy gracious and powerful presence with thy disciples to the end of the world. May not those who labour in preaching thy word take comfort from thy promise? Lord, be with them in every work of this kind. May they undertake it in thy name, and in thy strength only; and may the thoughts of thy gracious presence set them above all slavish fear, and all sinful pleasing of men.

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