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the people that I am? 19. They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, That one of❘ the old prophets is risen again. 20. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21. And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22. Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and

take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26. For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. 27. But I tell you of a truth, There be some standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the kingdom of God.

Alas! how little do these words seem to be minded by many who call themselves thy disciples! Let us not the less remember and practise them. Lord, give us grace to deny ourselves, to the utmost extent, and in the highest sense thou wouldst have us to understand it : and, oh! be pleased to teach us, and let us not think any day is to pass without the cross. May May we lay our account with it, and take up our cross daily, and follow thee. Why should we be discouraged when the time is so short? One hour of heaven will make amends for all; beside the present inexpressible satisfaction of suf fering for thy sake.

[See also the Reflections on Matt. XVI. v. 21-28.

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The Transfiguration of Christ.

countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31. Who appeared in glory, and

28. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29. And as he prayed, the fashion of his

spake of his decease, which he | should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here and let us make three tabernacles ; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not

knowing what he said. $4. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XVII. v. 1-13.

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Jesus heals a Child possessed by a Demon.

37. And it came to pass, that thy disciples to cast him out; on the next day, when they and they could not. 41. And were come down from the hill, Jesus answering said, O faithmuch people met him. 38. less and perverse generation? And, behold, a man of the how long shall I be with you, company cried out, saying, and suffer you? Bring thy son Master, I beseech thee, look hither. 42. And as he was yet upon my son; for he is mine a coming, the devil threw him only child : 39. And, lo, a down, and tare him. And Jespirit taketh him, and he sud- sus rebuked the unclean spirit, denly crieth out; and it teareth and healed the child, and dehim that he foameth again; and, livered him again to his father. bruising him hardly, departeth | 43. And they were all amazed from him. 40. And I besought at the mighty power of God. [See the Reflections on Matt. XVII. v. 14-21.


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Jesus again foretells his Sufferings, and inculcates Humility.

But while they wondered every did, he said unto his disciples, one at all things which Jesus 44. Let these sayings sink

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[See the Reflections on Matt. XVIII. v. 1-5. p. 81.] 46. Then there arose a rea- | he that is least among you all,

soning among them, which of them should be greatest. 47. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, 48. And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth him that sent me for

the same shall be great. 49. And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we | forbad him, because he followeth not with us. 50. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

Save us from worldly ambition. May all our ambition be, to be among thy children, the least of whom has more true greatness just now, than all the children of the wicked one put together; and will, in a very short time, reign with thee in heaven.


The Samaritans refuse to receive Jesus Christ.

51. And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52. And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54. And when his disciples, James

and John, saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55. But he turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Here, first, we see thee rejected and persecuted every where by a wicked world. The Jews sought to kill thee the Samaritans would not receive thee, because


thou wast going to Jerusalem. In the next place, we see these Samaritans, who worshipped they knew not what, and opposed the worshipping of God at Jerusalem, dreadfully punishing themselves by refusing to receive thee. Lastly, thy disciples, who proposed to bring down fire from heaven upon them, were rebuked by thee with these remarkable words: "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of: for the Son of man is not "come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." Glory to thee, that this was the merciful design of thy coming. Oh, then, save the life of our souls, and help us to remember these words of thine, and to act agreeably to them in all cases to which they ought to be applied. And may we have the same mind that was in thee, inclining us in the whole of our conduct to do all the good we can to all men, and hurt to none, either in soul or body.


The Disciples of Jesus must persevere.

57. And it came to pass, that as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury


my father. 60. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead; but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell which are at home at my house. 62. And Jesus said unto him, No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Have we not professed to renounce this evil world, Lord, and to follow thee? Let us not then have any hankering after it, like those who want to bid farewel to their friends, whom they unwillingly leave. Henceforth may we have no thought of it, but with joy, that thy grace hath wrought our escape; never once looking back, but keeping our eyes upon thee, and upon the work to which thou callest us.

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The seventy Disciples sent forth.

wipe off against you: notwith

the kingdom of God is come
nigh unto you.
12. But I say

unto you, That it shall be more
tolerable in that day for Sodom
than for that city. 13. Woe
unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto
thee, Bethsaida! for if the
mighty works had been done in
Tyre and Sidon which have
been done in you, they had a
great while ago repented, sitting
in sackcloth and ashes. 14.
But it shall be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon at the judg-
15. And

AFTER these things the standing, be ye sure of this, that Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 2. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 3. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 4. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes and salutement than for you. : no man by the way. 5. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 6. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. 7. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 8. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 9. And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 10. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 11. Even the very dust of your city, dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do

thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. 16. He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me. 17. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

[See the Reflections on Matt. X. v. 9—15. p. 49, 50.]

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