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" house it fecms) and preached every where ; the ' Lord working with them, and confirming the ' word with ligas following. Amen.'

Having finished the histories given by Matthew and Mark, we will now take up where we left, and finish that given by Luke. ' And they Chapter Verse • (the two disciples at Emmaus) rose up the same

hour, and returned to Jerusalem and found the ? eleven gathered together. (John says Thomas

was not with them. He certainly knew, and in that case there were but ten) and them that

were with them, (women, I suppose) saying, • the Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to

Simon. (Why not, to us?) And they told what things were done (or rather said) in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus fpake, Jesus

himself stood in the midft of them, and faith unto ' them; Peace be unto you. But they were ter- 37 • rified and affrighted, and suppofed that they

had seen a spirit. (The natural consequence of ! his appearing in this supernatural way : John ! tells us that the doors were fout; for fear of the Jews.) And he said unto them, Why are ye

troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your "hearts ? Behold ту hands and my feet, that it 39 S is I myself; handle me, and fee ; for a spirit . hath not flesh and bones, as ýe see me have;

and when he had thus spoken, he lhewed them 40 his hands and his feet. And while they yet

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them; have ye here any meat ? and they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honey

comb, and he took it, and did eat before them. (Neither Matthew nor Mark mention these cir

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different way.) 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 ful• filled which were written in the law of Moses,

and in the prophets, and in the Psalms con45 cerning me. Then opened he their under

standing, that they might understand the scrip46

tures, and said unto them; Thus it is written, • and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to • rise from the dead the third day; and that re

pentance, and remission of fins should be preach

ed in his name among all nations, beginning at 48 Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things, 49 · And behold I send the promise of my Father

upon you : but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until je be endued with power from on bigla (This speech; that in Matthew, and that in

Mark, differ from each other. Mark and Luke ' seem to agree as to the place where it was 'made-a house in ferufalem : but Matthew fays

it was in a mountain in Galilee.) And he led

them out as far as Bethany: and he lift up his " hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass « while he blessed them, he was parted from them,

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say, with Mark—and sat on the right hand of • God) And they worshipped him, and returned xxiv. 52

to Jerusalem with great joy; and were conti' nually in the temple, praising, and blessig God. « Amen.'.

Thus ends St. Luke's gospel : and we learn from three of the evangelists, that this had been a very busy day. The resurrection : appearance of angels : his own appearance at different times and places : his different conversations with, and instructions given to, different people: are all comprised within it, and so is even his ascension, according to the accounts given by Mark and Luke in their gospels." The latter, in his history of the Acts of the Apostles, tells us, that forty days elapsed from the resurrection to the ascension. John records more appearances than either of them; the second of which (to the disciples) he says, was eight days after the first : as he records no ascenfion, in course no time is ascertained. We will now take up his gospel where we left it*. Jesus--near the fepulchre, and after Peter and John had left it—appeared to Mary Magdalene : lhe, thinking it had been the gardener, conversed with him as such : at length, discover

JOHN. ing her mistake, she (I suppose) advanced to fa

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Chap. Verse.' me not; for I am not yet afcended to my Father,

and your Father; and to my God, and your God, 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples

" that she had seen the Lord, and that he had • spoken these things unto her.' This conversation, and this message, differ exceedingly from those recorded by Matthew, viz.' And as they • (the two Mary's) went to tell his disciples,

(that they, at the sepulchre, had seen an angel; « who told them, that Jesus was risen; and di' rected them so to inform his disciples; that he • would go before them into Galilee; and that

they should see him there) behold Jesus met " them saying, All hail: and they came and beld

him by the feet, and worshipped him : then faith Jesus unto them, be not afraid; go tell

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bre. • thren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Agreeable to this, Matthew sends the eleven to a mountain in Galilee where he fays Jesus had appointed them. Mark says, that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene; that she informed his disciples fhe had seen him alive, and that they would not believe her : but he says not a word of the speech or message. Luke's record does not inform us that Jesus ap

peared to Mary, the two Mary's, or the women, at 19 all. John proceeds Then the same day at evci

ing, being the first day of the week, (the day • of the resurrection) when the doors were shut • where the disciples were affembled (in Jeru

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falem Luke fays plainly) for fear of the Jews, Chapter Verre came Jesus, and stood in the midst, and faith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he xx. had so faid, he shewed unto them his hands and

his fide. Then were the disciples glad when • they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them

again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath fent me, even so send I you. And when he had

22 « said this, he breathed on them, and faith unto ' them, Receive ye the Holy Ghoft. Whose

23 ' foever fins ye remit, they are remitted unto • them: and whose foever fins ye retain, they are • retained.' Here ends the conversation ; at which Thomas was not present. Upon these five verfes, it is necessary to make as many remarks: Time. Place. Speech. Its effect.

Its effect. And the Holy Ghoft. Luke, and John, agree in the two first ; that it was upon the evening of the resurrection day, and at a house in Jerusalem. Mark fays nothing contrary to this : but Matthew says it was in a mountain in Galilee : consequently it must have been some days later. And here, though Matthew stands alone, yet is his account the best connected. He saysThe angel first, and immediately after, Jesus himself sends a mef sage to the disciples, informing them, that Jefus was gone before them into Galilee, and that they Thould meet him there. Mark likewise says the angel sent this message to the disciples. Not. withstanding these plain directions, certain it is,

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