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[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVII. v. 27-30. p. 131, 132.]

SECT. LVIII.

Jesus is derided, while on the Gross, and expires.

20. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. 21. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. 22. And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a scull. 23. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. 24. And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. 25. And it was the third hour; and they crucified him. 26. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27. And with him they crucified two thieves: the one on his right VOL. I.

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hand, and the other on his left. 28. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. (Isa. liii. 12.) 29. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 30. Save thyself, and come down from the cross. 31. Likewise also the chief priests, mocking, said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others, himself he cannot save. 32. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. 33. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is,

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being interpreted, My God, I bottom.
my God, why hast thou for-
saken me? (Psal. xxii. 1.) 35.
And some of them that stood
by, when they heard it, said,
Behold, he calleth Elias. 36.
And one ran and filled a spunge
full of vinegar, and put it on a
reed, and gave him to drink,
saying, Let alone; let us see
whether Elias will come to take
him down. 37. And Jesus
cried with a loud voice, and
gave up the ghost. 38. And
the veil of the temple was rent
in twain from the top to the

39. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 40. There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less, and of Joses, and Salome; 41. (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him ;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVII. v. 31-56. p. 132--140.]

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVII. v. 57-61. p. 142, 143.]

SECT. LX.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

CHAP. XVI.

AND when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet | spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came

unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4. And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

Lord, let us not by any difficulties be discouraged from seeking thee: Thou canst remove them all. Thou canst make our fears unexpectedly to vanish.

5. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6. And he saith unto them, Be not af

frighted.

Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVIII. v. 2—6. p. 144, 145.]

7. But 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. 8. And they

went out quickly and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they, any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

It is very affecting to observe how careful thy angel was to send information of thy resurrection, and of thy going to meet them, to thy ungrateful disciples, who had all forsaken thee, and to Peter by name, who had denied thee thrice. Undoubtedly he gave this in charge to the women by thy command. O loving and forgiving Saviour! how soon didst thou forget so great provocations? Who would not love and serve thee?

SECT. LXI.

Christ appears at various Times.

9. Now when Jesus was | Magdalene, out of whom he risen early the first day of the had cast seven devils. week, he appeared first to Mary

This was one of the women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities. She had been possest with seven devils, till cured by thee. Oh, compassionate Saviour, no wonder she tarried at thy sepulchre after the rest, and was unhappy when she could not find her Lord. She had once been in a very melancholy dismal condition, and perhaps very wicked; but her dreadful diseases had been healed, and her more dreadful sins forgiven therefore she loved thee so much, and her singular affection was rewarded with the first discovery of thy glorious person after thy rising from the dead. Thou knowest, Son of God, what reason we have to be affected with thy kindness to those who were once very wicked and very miserable.

10. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13. And they went

and told it unto the residue; neither believed they them. 14. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Overwhelming sorrow

They mourned and wept. would not suffer them to believe what they thought too good news to be true. Thou upbraidedst them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, after the miracles they had seen thee perform, and that glory which they beheld in thee, which made them confess thee to be the Christ, the Son of the living God; after thou hadst so plainly foretold thy resurrection; yet they believed not

the ocular testimony of their fellow-disciples. Save us, Lord, from unbelief and hardness of heart. We adore, at the same time, thy divine wisdom in bringing good out of evil. This backwardness of thy disciples, at first, to believe thy resurrection, the reality of which they afterwards testified at the peril of their lives, is a remarkable confirmation of the truth of it.

SECT. LXII.

Jesus gives his Disciples their Commission, and ascends to Heaven.

15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16. He that believeth

and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Blessed be thy name for the universal extent of this commission. Thou hast commanded the glad tidings of salvation to be preached to every human creature. They have come to our ears, Lord, and here we read, that if we believe, we shall be saved. Lord, give us that faith to which salvation is promised; that faith of thy gospel; that faith which worketh by love, and purifieth the heart, and overcometh the world.

17. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18. They shall take

up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not | hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

We find these words verified by the event. Thy seryant Paul writes of the Christians in his days, that to one was given by the Holy Ghost the working of miracles; to another, divers kinds of tongues; to another, the gifts of healing; and he himself shook off a viper that had fastened upon his hand, and felt no harm. May we humbly ask, O Lord, why these miraculous gifts of thy Spirit ceased after the first ages, and are now no more to be seen? Thou knowest; but perhaps it is not needful that we should understand the reason of it. Only we beg, that thou wouldst give us much faith, and

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