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come, and calledst for her, she arose quickly, and came unto thee. With the same alacrity may we run to meet thee through the gates of death. Thou knowest, that we would fain be delivered from all thy enemies in our souls: O by thy almighty grace destroy them, and make us in every respect what thou wouldst have us to be.

30. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. 32. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell

down at his feet, saying unto
him, Lord, if thou hadst been
here, my brother had not died.
33. When Jesus therefore saw
her weeping, and the Jews also
weeping which came with her,
he groaned in the spirit, and
was troubled, 34. And said,
Where have ye laid him? They
say unto him, Lord, come and
35. Jesus wept.

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May we humbly inquire, compassionate Lord, into the cause of thy weeping? When thou weptst over Jerusalem, it was at the foresight of its dreadful calamities; but here it is attributed to thy seeing the grief of Lazarus's friends. Dost thou not here give an example to weep with them that weep? Forbid it, Lord, that ever we should be insensible of the sorrows of others; or that we should ever think it unmanly to grieve and weep with the afflicted. Blessed be thy name for giving this evidence, among many others, of a humane, sympathizing heart. Can poor souls doubt, after this, of thy willingness to save them? Glory to thy name for shewing so much pity. We trust thou wilt pity us. have had parents, and brothers, and friends, whose pity we could confide in: thy pity is certainly greater than theirs; far greater, and more constant: we will therefore entirely trust in it.

36. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37. And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the


eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

They never thought of thy raising him again to life; and Martha spoke as if she would not have thee go near the dead body, because it was now in a state of putrefaction: but thou canst go beyond all human expectations.

38. Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39. Jesus said, Take ye away the

stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

Thou wilt have us to use the means. Thou wilt not work a miracle to do what thou hast given men power to do in the ordinary way. Help us, Lord, to attend to this, and to make the proper improvement of it.

40. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou

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wouldest believe, thou shouldest. see the glory of God?

Thus thou rebukest the weakness of Martha's faith. It is thy will we should believe. This is the way, thou hast said, to see the glory of God. O give us faith. We believe thy omnipotence, Son of God; we believe thy promise; help our unbelief.

41. Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard

me. 42. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Thou wast perfectly sure of thy Father's love, and his readiness to hear thee on all occasions; yet with eyes lifted up to heaven, thou thankedst him at this time for hearing thee, that the people standing by might for their own good believe thy divine mission. Since faith in thee is such an object of thy desire, Lord Jesus, give us to abhor all remains of unbelief more than ever.

43. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth!

It is thus, O glorious Author of life, thou raisest souls dead in sin, by the powerful voice of thy word and Spirit. Didst thou not call us, Lord, when we

were rotting in the abominable grave of corruption? If not, O be pleased to do it now. At best, many of us are still like Lazarus, bound and blindfolded with graveclothes. O give command to loose us, and to let us go, that we may walk after thee with the joy of a Lazarus raised from the dead.

44. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 45. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and

said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him; and the Romans shall come, and take away both our place and nation. 49. And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50. Nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

Thus that wicked man urged the necessity of putting thee to death, though innocent, for the public good. Whereas, if he had persuaded them to live agreeably to thy doctrine, to give to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's, and to God the things that are God's, they might have enjoyed prosperity; but rejecting and killing thee, they brought upon themselves what they feared, in its most dreadful form.

Lord, keep us from that hellish policy which useth sinful means to promote any end, however specious ; and convince all who are tempted to such courses, that they will in the issue prove foolish and hurtful.


Caiaphas prophesied. Yea, thou hast said, "Many "will say in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? to whom thou wilt profess, I "never knew you: depart from me, ye that work ini"quity." O save us from being in the number.

51. And this spake he not of himself: but, being high priest that year, he prophesied, That

Jesus should die for that nation; 52. And not for that nation only, but that also he

should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53.Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 54. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. 55. And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand, and

many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. 56. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? 57. Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

Caiaphas did not know what he said; but it was a glorious and rejoicing truth, that one man was to die for the nation; and not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Adored be the wisdom and philanthropy of the divine persons in this wonderous dispensation! Strange, that it should be just to give an innocent person to suffer for the guilty! that God should devote his beloved and only Son! that the Son of God should devote himself to such a death! and that all this should not only be consistent with justice, but the highest exaltation of it, and of mercy at the same time! Blessed invention of eternal wisdom and love!

O put us among the children of God whom thou gatherest in one. Give us, by thy Spirit of adoption, with well-grounded confidence to call thy Father our Father; and to be joined by faith to thee as our living head, and to all thy members, by that pure love which will make them dearer to us for thy sake, than mother, and sister, and brother.

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This is a picture of what thou dost to dead souls, after thou hast raised them from the grave of corruption. Thou makest them dwell with thee, and sit with thee at table. Thou feedest them upon thy body and blood; and, at last, takest them up to feast with thee at the marriage-supper in heaven.

3. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 4. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, 5. Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6. This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. 7. Then said Jesus, Let her

alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. 8. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. 9. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 10. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXVI. v. 7—12, p. 115, 116.]


Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem.


eth, sitting on an ass's cult. 16. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then re

12. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13. Took branches of palm-membered they that these things trees, and went forth to meet were written of him, and that him, and cried, Hosanna! Bles- they had done these things unto sed is the King of Israel, that him. 17. The people therecometh in the name of the fore that was with him when he Lord! 14. And Jesus, when called Lazarus out of his grave, he had found a young ass, sat and raised him from the dead, thereon; as it is written, (Zech. bare record. 18. For this cause ix. 9.) 15. Fear not, daughter the people also met him, for of Zion: behold, thy King com- that they heard that he had done

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