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the interests of thy kingdom; and that in so doing we may humbly hope for thy gracious presence with us.

Again we see from this passage, that there are many things in the Old Testament scriptures which relate to thee and thy sufferings and glory. Though they are not particularly quoted here, yet thou sayest, "All things "must be fulfilled which are written in the law of Moses "and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me.' We bless thee that we know any of these things from the writings of thy Evangelists and Apostles. Lord, open our understandings, that we may understand them all. Let us not be blind, and slow of heart to believe what the prophets have spoken. Let us not overlook any passages that really point to thee, or to thy kingdom. Neither let us put a forced interpretation upon others that have no such reference; enlighten and guide us, and let it be our delight to discover thee in the sacred writings. May our hearts burn within us, while thou talkest with us by the way, and openest to us the scriptures. We cannot but remark also, that if the two disciples had been indifferent about thy company, and had not relished thy discourse, thou wouldst have left them; but they constrained thee to abide with them, and in consequence of this, as thou satest at meat with them, their eyes were opened, and they knew thee. O Lord Jesus, let us never be weary of thy conversation. And we beg thou wouldst abide with us, for it is towards the evening of many of our lives. The day is far spent. Come in then, thou Lord of glory, and tarry with thy poor servants; though we are not worthy that thou shouldst come under our roof; yet we cannot be happy, we have no peace without thee. And thou hast been pleased to invite thyself into the hearts of poor sinners. Come then, Lord, and make thy abode with us, and give us to know, when thou suppest with us, that thou art indeed that Jesus who was crucified, but is now alive, and lives for evermore, and art our Lord and our God.

SECT. XCVII.

Jesus appears a second Time to his Disciples.

36. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42. And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honey-comb. 43. And he took

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it, and did eat before them. 44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46. And said unto them, Thus it is written, (Isa. liii. 4, 5.) and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name amoug all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48. And ye are witnesses of these things.

Dearest Lord! instead of upbraiding them for basely forsaking thee, contrary to their solemn protestations, thy words and behaviour were full of love; "Peace be "unto you," and "why are ye troubled? why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself." When Joseph discovered himself to his brethren, they were troubled at his presence: so, it seems, it was here. But how much more affecting and joyful was the discovery! perhaps, too, when thy servants depart out of this life into the world of spirits, they are terrified and affrighted as the disciples were here. How transporting will the change be when thou meetest their souls in paradise! Joy and wonder will then be so great as to weaken faith, if it was not turned into open vision. O our Saviour, we trust in thee.

Another thing in this passage most admirable, is, that repentance and remission of sins were to be preached in thy name, beginning at Jerusalem. Jerusalem, where thou wast crucified. Jerusalem, full of bloody sinners, who could not be at rest till they put thee to a cruel and infamous death, and whose rage increased with thy sufferings, mocking and insulting thee amidst thy dying prayers. Yet Jerusalem-sinners must have the first offer of salvation. And blessed be thy name, many of them were made to accept of it; and so changed by faith in thee, as to be ready to lay down their lives for thy sake, whom they had so lately crucified. Thus were thy prayers for these Jerusalem-sinners heard. O merciful Saviour, pity us, and take us in among them.

49. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of

Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

They waited for the promise of thy Father which thou wast to send them, and were soon endowed with power from on high, according to thy word. O ascended Lord, ought not we also to wait for thy Holy Spirit? For thou hast promised, that thy Father will give him to them that ask him. Thou knowest we have often asked this unspeakable gift, and do now ask and implore it. We trust, therefore, that we also, though most unworthy, shall receive thy Holy Spirit, not to enable us to work miracles, but for the salvation of our souls.

SECT. XCVIII.

Jesus blesses his Disciples, and ascends to Heaven.

50. And he led them out as far as to Bethany; and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51. And it came to pass, while he blessed them he was parted from them, and carried up into

heaven. 52. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53. And were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.

The last thing thou didst upon earth, Lord, was to bless thy disciples. While thou wast blessing them, thou

wast parted from them, and carried up into heaven. O Lord Jesus, bless us this day. Let us not be like Esau. We will not let thee go, except thou bless us: thou hast ascended on high, and received gifts for men, even for the rebellious, that the Lord God might dwell among them. O give us thy blessing, and we ask no more. We will then with the disciples be filled with great joy, and will be continually, in the temple of our hearts, praising and blessing thee. Amen.

THE GOSPEL

ACCORDING TO

ST. JOHN.

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SECT. I.

The Divinity of Christ asserted.-The Mission of John the Baptist,

CHAP. I.

N the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. The same was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name : 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Lord Jesus! thou art the Word that was in the beginning, the Word that was with God, the .Word that was God, the Word that was in the beginning with God. All things were made by thee, and without thee was not any thing made that was made. In thee is life, and the life is the light of men. O make us partakers of thy light and thy life. Let us not be that darkness

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