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vinely glorious and blessed in the deepest humiliation. Therefore thou desiredst these mourners to reserve their tears for themselves, and their children. Thy heart felt the greatest compassion for thy murderers, expressing itself in praying to thy father to forgive them, because they knew not what they did. Help us, Lord, when we remember thy sufferings, to be grieved for our own misery, which procured them; and which will still be greater, if we do not believe in thee: and for these wretched persons who reject the benefit of them. What will become of such? If these things were done in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry? O merciful Saviour, let them yet be converted and saved.

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Blessed Lord, how unconquerable must that love have been, which uttered these words! there never was such a prayer before. It was a stream of thy divine compassion that broke out towards thy murderers, just when they were nailing thee to the cross. In that hour of trial thou lookedst upon them with tender pity, and, lifting up thy soul to thy Father, prayedst for them: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."


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Though thy Father permitted thy enemies to treat thee in this manner, thou didst not take it ill at his hand. Thou knewest his love, and that he was still thy Father: Father, forgive them." This prayer was not for thyself, but for thy crucifiers. Thy mind was superior to the pains of the cross. It was more pained for the sake of those poor blinded souls, that were plunging themselves

into such dreadful guilt. O loving Saviour, who, that is not void of all the feelings of humanity, can forbear admiring thy goodness!

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They know not what they do." When they came afterwards to know it, they were pierced with remorse and anguish. When Paul came to know what he had done against thee, he could not forgive himself: But thou forgavest both him and them. And where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Never were hearts so filled with love to thy name, as those of thy pardoned persecutors and murderers.

Glory to thee, thy love is as great as ever. Thou still prayest for miserable men who do not know thee. "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."

Many blasphemers, many infidels, many grievous transgressors, have been already forgiven; and many will yet be forgiven at thy intercession. Lord, open their eyes, that they may see whom they are sinning against. -And cause them to feel what thy murderers felt, both when they were convinced, and when they were pardoned.

There is so much goodness; such amiable, sweet, overcoming power in this prayer of thine; that we cannot have the least hesitation to commit all our interests in time and eternity, with unbounded confidence, to the heart from which it came. Do with us what thou pleasest. Only suffer us not to sin against such love. Let us not be guilty of returning evil for such divine good

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And, O give us the high honour (too high honour for us to ask if thou hadst not made it our duty) to imitate thy goodnes; to pray, from our hearts, for those who are injurious to us; and affectionately to love and pity them.


S5. And the people stood | soldiers also mocked him, combeholding. And the rulers also ing to him, and offering him with them derided him, saying, vinegar, 37. And saying, If He saved others; let him save thou be the King of the Jews, himself, if he be Christ, the save thyself. 38. And a superchosen of God. 36. And the scription also was written over

him, in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41. And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. 44. And it was about the sixth


hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45. And the sun darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 46. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit; and having said thus, he gave up he gave up the ghost. 47. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. 48. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. 49. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.


[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVII. v. 37—56, p. 134-142.]

50. And, behold, there was | This man went unto Pilate, a man named Joseph, a coun- and begged the body of Jesus. sellor; and he was a good 53. And he took it down, man, and a just; 51. (The and wrapped it in linen, and same had not consented to the laid it in a sepulchre that was counsel and deed of them :) hehewn in stone, wherein never was of Arimathea, a city of the Jews; who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 52.

man before was laid. 54. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVII. v. 57-66. p. 142, 143.]


The Resurrection,

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55. And the women also, lilee, followed after, and be which came with him from Ga- held the sepulchre, and how

his body was laid. 56. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested


the sabbath-day, according to the commandment.

Son of man must be delivered


into the bands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise agam. 8. And they remembered his words. Aud returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the 3. rest. 10. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

NOW upon the first day of
the week, very early in the
morning, they came unto the
sepulchre, bringing the spices
which they had prepared, and
certain others with them. 2.
And they found the stone rolled
away from the sepulchre. 3.
And they entered in, and found
not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4. And it came to pass, as they
were much perplexed there-
about, behold, two men stood
by them in shining garments:
5. And, as they were afraid, and
bowed down their faces to the
earth, they said unto them,
Why seek ye the living among
the dead? 6. He is not here,
but is risen: remember how he
spake unto you when he was
yet in Galilee, 7. Saying, The

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVIII. v. 1-9. p. 144, 145.]


Jesus appears to two of his Disciples, going to Emmans

13. And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself

drew near, and went with them16. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17. And he said unto them, What manner of communica tions are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18. And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art

thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19. And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people. 20. And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done. 22. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre: And when they found not his body, they came, saying, That they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said; but him they saw not. 25. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things,


and to enter into his glory? 27. And, beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28. And they drew nigh unto the village whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33. And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 34. Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 35. And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

In this memorable history it appears, that while the two disciples talked together of all those things which had happened concerning thee, blessed Lord, while they communed together and reasoned, thou thyself drewest near, and wentest along with them, and joinedst in their conversation. This teaches us to discourse with our Christian friends, not so much on cher matters, as upon

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