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6. What superscription was written over his head ? A. Matt. xxvii. 67–69.-v. 26, 27.
7. What scripture or prophecy was fulfilled by his being crucified between the two thieves ? A. That of Isaiah, (liii. 12) which saith, “And he was numbered with the transgressors.”-v. 28.
8. Was our blessed Lord mocked and insulted whilst hanging upon the cross ? A. Matt. xxvii. 70 to 93 inclusive, 115.-V. 29 to 41.
9. By whom was he buried ? A. Matt. xxvii. 94 to 97. -V. 42, 43.
10. What is meant by his waiting for the kingdom of God? A. His looking forward to the coming of the Messiah : he was one of our Lord's disciples. Matt. xxvii. 94.
11. Did Pilate comply immediately with his request ? A. He marvelled if he were already dead, and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead? and when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.-v. 44, 45.
12. Why did Pilate, who before had seemed so anxious about the release of our Lord, now seem so apprehensive lest he might be taken down before he was quite dead? A. He was fearful if he had appeared at all disposed to rescue him from death, after the charges which had been brought against him, that a complaint would have been lodged with Tiberius Cæsar the Roman emperor, who was of a remarkably jealous and suspicious character. His extreme caution however, through Divine Providence, was attended with the best effects, as it established the fact of our Lord being really dead, and thus made his resurrection appear more manifestly the effect of divine agency.
13. What did Joseph do with the body ? A. Matt. xxvii. 98, 99.-v. 46.
14. Did any person see where he was laid ? A. Matt. xxvii. 100.- v. 47.
1. When the Sabbath was past, who came to the sepulchre ? A. Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James and Salome.-v. 1.
2. At what time did they come ? A. Very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3. What was the first day of the week ? A. Matt. xxviii. 2.
4. For what purpose did they come ? A. They had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint the body of Jesus.
5. What did they say among themselves ? A. Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre ? they were anxious about it, for it was very great.-. 3.
6. Did they find the stone in the situation they ex• pected ? A. No, when they looked, they saw that the stone
away.-V. 4. 7. When they entered into the sepulchre what did they behold ? A. They saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment, and they were affrighted.-v. 6.
8. What did the angel say to them ? A. Be not affrighted; ye seek Jesus of Nazareth which was crucified; he is risen ; he is not here : behold the place where they laid him.-v. 6.
9. What did he command the women to do? A. Go your way, tell his disciples and Peter', that he goeth before you into Galilee ; there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. Matt. xxvi. 32. Mark xiv. 28.-7. 7.
10. What did the women do? A. They went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre, for they trembled and were amazed—v. 8.
11. What is meant by their not telling any man ? A. They made such haste to bring the disciples word, they
1 It is supposed that Peter is here particularly mentioned to give him consolation, and to show that he had not forfeited his title of being one of our Lord's disciples; he might else have been afraid to come.
feared to lose time; and besides, they were afraid of the Jews hearing what had happened.
12. To whom did our Lord first appear after he had risen ? A. To Mary Magdalen, out of whom he had cast seven devils. John xx. 14'.-v. 9.
13. Whom did she tell of his appearance ? A. Them that had been with him (his eleven disciples), as they mourned and wept.--v. 10.
14. Did the apostles believe that Jesus was alive, and had been seen of her ? A. No; they believed not.—v. 11.
15. After this, to whom did our Lord appear ? A. Unto two of them in another form, as they walked and went into the country.—v. 12. 16. What is meant by in another form ?
A, In a different habit or dress from that in which they had been accustomed to see him.
17. Was this circumstance, when related by them, believed by the remaining disciples? A. No; neither believed they them. Vide Luke xxiv. 13.—v. 13.
18. To whom did Jesus appear after this? A. Unto the eleven, as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
-v. 14. 19. What did he say to them ? A. Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature ; he that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.- -v. 15, 16.
20. What is meant by their preaching the Gospel ? A. Their proclaiming those glorious glad tidings by which sinners can be reconciled to God, through the merits of Him who shed his blood for them
the cross. 21. What is meant by he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ; and he that believeth not shall be damned ? A. He that believes in the doctrines and truths taught by our Lord, and by baptism enters into a solemn engagement to obey them, and through the operation of the Spirit of God does obey them, shall be saved from that destruction which shall be the portion of the guilty ; while on the contrary, he who wilfully rejects the Gospel, the only means
1 There were other women in company with Mary Magdalen, but it is most probable she was the first who saw him.
by which our sins can be pardoned, will be suffered to reap the fruits of his impenitence, and be left to destruction.
22. What signs does our Lord say shall follow them that believe ? A. In my name shall they cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. T'hey shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover 1.
23. Why have not those miraculous powers continued to the present day? A. Because they were only necessary during the infancy of the Gospel, to enable it to bear down the fierce opposition with which it was assailed : afterwards, when its truth was firmly established, these extraordinary powers were withdrawn.
24. After our Lord had spoken this what happened ? A. He received
ир into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.v. 19.
25. What is meant by his sitting at the right hand of God ? A. The right hand was considered the place of honour. It here means the glory and power which our Lord now returned to heaven to re-assume.
26. What did the disciples do? A. They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.--v. 20.
27. What is meant by the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following ? 1. Their being assisted and guided during their ministry by gracious communications of the Holy Spirit, and the truth of their doctrines confirmed by the miracles which, through the power of God, they were enabled to perform.
28. What is the force of the word “Amen,” with which this Gospel concludes ? A. It is used here as a confirmation of the truth of those things which the Evangelist has recorded in his Gospel. The word " Amen,” sometimes implies a wish, in other cases it is only a solemn assertion. - Vide John iii. 11; also Matt. xxviii. Quest. 38.
| For instances of the completion of these promises vide Acts ii. 4; xvi. 18; xxviii. 5 ; xxviii. 8. Ecclesiastical history records of St. John, as well as of many others, their drinking poisons without sustaining any injury.