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glory. 28. And when these things begin to come to pass, 'then look up, and lift up your

heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXIV. v. 1—28.
p. 107, 109.]


Jesus declares the Sign of his second Coming.

29. And he spake to them a parable; Behold, the fig-tree, and all the trees; 30. When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your ownselves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled. 33. Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away. 34. And

take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35. For as a

snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Lord, we would turn these words of thine into a resolution and a prayer. We resolve by thy grace to take heed to ourselves, lest at any time our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting or drunkenness, or the cares of this life, and so the day of death or of judgment come upon us unawares. We would in thy strength watch and pray always, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all the evils that shall come upon the impenitent, and to stand before thee, and serve thee day and night in thy temple. O incline our hearts steadily and unweariedly to pursue this course.

37. And in the day-time heed the mount of Olives. 38. was teaching in the temple: And all the people came early and at night he went out, and in the morning to him in the abode in the mount that is call- temple, for to hear him.

After teaching in the temple in the day time, thou wentest out at night to abide in the mount of Olives. It does not certainly appear that thou wast lodged in any house there. Perhaps there were soine who received thee secretly. Or if none, it was not the first time thou passedst the night under the open sky. However mean thy lodging or fare, thou wast early in the morning at thy work of teaching. How ought thy example to shame effeminacy and sloth! Let no hardship or toil in the way of duty frighten us, when we look on thee. May we have power froin thee to do and suffer according to thy will.


The Jews conspire against Christ.


NOW the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. 2. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. 3. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains how he might betray him unto them. 5. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. 6. And he promised, and sought opportuuity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. 7. Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passo

ver, that we may eat. 9. And
they said unto him, Where wilt
thou that we prepare? 10. And
he said unto thein, Behold,
when ye are entered into the
city, there shall a man meet
you, bearing a pitcher of wa-
ter: follow him into the house
where he entereth in. 11. And ye
shall say unto the good man of
the house, The Master saith
unto thee, Where is the guest-
chamber, where I shall eat
the passover with my disciples?
12. And he shall shew
large upper room furnished:
there make ready. 13. And
they went, and found as he had
said unto them: and they made
ready the passover. 14. And
when the hour was come, he
sat down, and the twelve apos-
tles with him.

you a

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVI. v. 14-19, p. 116, 117.]

15. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17. And

he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God | shall come.

Glory to thee, dear Lord, for earnestly desiring the salvation of sinners, though brought about by sufferings so tremendous. Thou rejoicedst that the true paschal Lamb was now to be offered, though thyself was the victim; that the kingdom of God was now to come, in the light and grace of the gospel, though by means of thy bitter agony and death. Lord, grant that the advancement of thy kingdom may be our chief desire, and its prosperity our greatest joy.


The Lord's Supper instituted.---Jesus admonishes his Disciples.

19. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

20. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my

blood, which is shed for you. 21. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. 22. And truly the Son of man goeth as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVI. v. 26-30. p. 118.]

23. And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. 24. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. 25. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called

Benefactors. 26. But ye shail not be so but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 27. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. 28. Ye are they which have continued with

me in my temptations: 29. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 30. That

ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XX. v. 25–28. p. 90.]


The Fall of Peter foretold.

31. And the Lord said, Si- | mon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32.

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But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

How kind and condescending was it in thee, Lord, to speak thus to one that was so full of self-confidence! Blessed be thou, who carefully observest all the malicious designs of Satan against thy disciples, and art still more vigilant to defend, and preserve, than he is to accuse and destroy. Blessed be thou, who prayest for them that their faith may not fail. Hath not Satan often desired to have their souls to sift them as wheat, and in the hour of temptation to make appear all the chaff and tares, and dust that are mixt with thy grace in them. But we trust thou hast prayed for us, that our faith might not utterly fail. We see there is a second conversion. Alas, we have often fallen, some of us since it pleased thee first to touch our hearts. Oh, convert us thoroughly to thyself. Heal all our backslidings, and give us grace to strengthen our brethren. Or, if we are yet in the dreadful state of alienation from thee, O merciful Lord Jesus now pity. O deliver these souls from Satan. Make haste to help us from the jaws of the roaring lion; make no tarrying, O our God.

33. And he said unto him, Lord I am ready to go with thee, both into prison and to death. 34. And he said, I tell


thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVI. v. 31-35.

p. 120.]

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Thou, dear Lord, never deceivedst any one. Nothing was wanting to thy disciples, when thou sentest them first to preach thy gospel, without any visible means of subsistence, saying, "The workman is worthy of his "meat." But now when the things concerning thee were to have an end; when thou their Lord and master wast to be numbered amongst transgressors, and put to an infamous death; what could thy disciples expect but hatred and opposition? They had more need of a sword to defend them from such cruel enemies, than of a garment to keep off the inclemencies of the air. Yet, blessed be thy name, they were and still are more than conquerors through thy love,


The Agony of Jesus in the Garden.

39. And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will,

but thine, be done. 43. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

What an awful sight was this! Thy sweat was like great drops of blood falling to the ground. The inward

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