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Chapter Verfe very short of the others; at least he omits the

greatest and moft material circumstances : conxxviii. 16 cluding his history with Then the eleven dis

ciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain 17 where Jesus had appointed them. And when

they faw him, they worshipped him: but some 28 doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, o

saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven, and * in earth. Go'ye therefore and reach all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father, and

the Son, and the Holy Ghoft. Teaching them . to observe all things whatsoever I have com• manded you, and lo, I am with you alway, a even unto the end of the world. Amen.'

These are all the particulars Matthew has given us of the tranfactions fubsequent to the resurrection: the ascension he has omitted entirely.

We must now have recourse to the other three ; MARK.

and first Mark; who after recording the account Chapter Verfe given by Mary to the disciples, that she had seen xvi. 12 Jefus alive ; and their unbelief: fays After

that he appeared in another form unto two of • them (disciples) as they walked and went into 13

" the country. And they went and told it unte * the refidue : neither believed" they.' As Luke gives us a long and interesting account of this converfation between Jesus and the two disciples, so little noticed by Mark, and not at all by Matthew or John, I think it necessary to insert it here, viz.And behold two of them (Cleopas

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$ and Simon, disciples) went that same day to a • village called Emmaus, which was from Jerui

salem about threescore furlongs, and they talked together of all these things which had happen

ed; and it came to pass that while they comfmuned together, and reasoned, Jesus himself • drew near and went with them. And their eyes

were holden, (their ears likewise, it is to be fupposed) that they should not know him. • And he said unto them, What manner of com• munications are these that ye have one to ano

ther aş ye walk, and are sad? And the one of ç them whose name was Cleopas, answering said

unto him, Art thou a franger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things that are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things ? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and in word before God and all the people and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. trufted it had been which should have redeemed

Ifrael. (We find, and it is not a little extraor? dinary, that they all laboured under this error

to the yery last; and were only cured of it by the certainty of his death. Nay, so strongly had this hope, this expectation poffefled them,

that after the resurrection it revived, and we • find them, Acts, ch. i. v. 6. saying to Jesus

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Lord, wilt thou at this time, restore again the kingdom to Israel ? And this they might be in• duced to, by his saying to them, after his re

surrection, All power is given to me in Heaven and in earth : vide Matthew, ch. xxviii. v. 18.) And beside all this, to-day is the third day fince these things were done, yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonish

ed, which were early at the fepulchre, and • when they found not his body, they came,

saying, that they alfo (I know not what is meant by also) had seen a vision of angels, which said

he was alive. (And why a vision? Surely, after ' all, this story of angels, &c. was not a woman's

dream only.) And certain of them which were 6 with us (Peter and John) went to the sepulchre, ' and found it even so as the women had said,

(That is, the body was not there.) But him

they saw not. (Neither did they the angel or ' vision of angels.) And he said unto them, o ' fools (an odd phrase) and flow of heart to bea • lieve all that the prophets have spoken! Ought

not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? (They could not have conceived this the way to it.) And beginning

at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded ? unto them in all the scriptures, the things con

cerning himself. And they drew nigh the vil. lage, whither they went ; and he made as though he would have gone further : but they

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. constrained him, saying, Abide with us, for it Chapter Verse
' is towards evening, and the day is far spent.

And he went in to tarry with them. And it
came to pass, as he fat at meat with them, he

took bread and blessed it, and brake, and gave
" them, and their eyes were opened, and they
* knew him: and he vanished out of their light
. 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. Thus concludes Luke's fingular account of the Emmaus affair. It is extraordinary that these disciples, nor Mary Magdalene, should know neither the person nor voice of their brother, companion, and master. To disguise himself, was not a method to obtain their belief of his resurrection: and why, as soon as they had discovered him, vanish out of their sight? This was a more likely method to inspire a belief that he was a spirit. That this latter belief did prevail, is undoubted : as we are informed, that after this, Jesus had some difficulty to remove it ; and to convince them that he really had flesh and bones. We will now resume Mark's account, viz.— And they (Cleopas xvi. 13 s and Simon) went and told it unto the residue;

neither believed they them. Afterwards (Luke

says it was at this very time) he appeared unto
• the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided 14

them with their unbelief, and hardness of heart,
because they believed not them which had seen

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Chapter Verse' him after he was risen. (Nor did they, ac

'cording to Matthew, all believe him at this xvi 15 ' time.) And he said unto them, Go ye into all

the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 ' He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved: • but he that believeth not, shall be damned. (This

harsh sentence is not recorded, either by Matthew, Luke, or John ; indeed the four differ exceedingly, not only in the particulars of this speech; but the time when, and place where it

was made.) And these signs shall follow those that believe ; in my name shall they cast out 18

devils; they fhall speak with new tongues; they 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 re• cover.' I am happy to find this description of those who were to be saved is likewise peculiar to Mark. The eleven apostles, and Matthias whom they elected, were the only men who answered this description; and in course, according to Mark, there were only twelve who escaped

damnation. We will now conclude St. Mark's 19 gospel — So then after the Lord had spoken unto

them, he was received up into Heaven, (this • ascension seems to be from a house in Jerusa

lem) and sat on the right hand of God.' (Is this history? And from whence did Mark derive

his information of the fact?) He concludes his 20 gospel with— And they went forth (from the

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