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45 ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the vail of the temple was rent in the midst.

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit (h): 47 and having said thus he gave up the Ghost. Now

when the Centurion faw what was done, he glo

rified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous 48 man (i). And all the people that came together to

that fight, beholding the things which were done, 49 smote their breasts, and returned. And all his ac

quaintance, and the women that followed him from

Galilee, ftood afar off beholding these things. 50

And behold there was a mian named Joseph, a counsellor, and he was a good man, and a juft : 51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed

of them) he was of Arimathea, a city of the Jews, ,

(who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.) 52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of 53 Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in

linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in 54 ftone, wherein never man before was laid. And

that day was the preparation (k), and the fabbath (1) 55 drew on, And the women also which came with

him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the 56 sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they

returned, and prepared (m) spices and ointments; and

(h) Happy are they who can with just confidence, after the ex. ample of Christ, at the close of life, cominend their fpirits into the hands of their heavenly Father! let this then be the great

end we all of us aim at.

(2) See Matt. xxvii. 54.

(k) Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath ; and the day before, which was Friday, was called the preparation. This is the day, which, on account of the inestimable benefits resulting from the mournful event of the crucifixion, is called Good Friday.

(1) The fabbath began at fix in the evening; the Jews reckoning the beginning of the day from sun-set.

(m) Not knowing that Nicodemus had prepared every thing necessary. John xix. 39.


rested the fabbath-day, according to the commandment.


с н А Р. XXIV. 1 NOW upon the first day of the week, very

, early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and 2 2 certain others with them. And they found the stone 3 rolled away from the fepulchre. And they entered 4 in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And

it came to pass, as they were much perplexed there

about, behold, two men stood by them in shining 5 garments. And as they were afraid, and bowed

down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, 6 Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is

not here, but is risen : remember how he spake unto 7 you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son

of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful

men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, And returned

9 from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the Jó eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magda

lene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James,

and other women that were with them, which told II these things unto the apostles. And their words

seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them 12 not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the fepulchre,

and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself

at that which was come to pass. 13 And behold, two of them (a) went that same day to

a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusa14. lem about threescore furlongs. And they talked to15 gether of all these things which had happened. And

() Two of the disciples,


it came to pass, that while they communed together,

and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went 16 with them. But their eyes were holden, that they 17 should not know him (b). And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that

ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are fad? 18 And then one of them, whose name was Cleophas,

answering, faid unto him, Art thou only a stranger

in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which 19 are come to pass there in these days (c)? And he said

unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a pro

phet mighty in deed and word before God, and all 20 the people : And how the chief priests and our

rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and 21 have crucified him. But we trusted that it had

been he, which should have redeemed Ifrael: and

beside all this, to day is the third day since these 22 things were done. Yea, and certain women allo

of our company made us astonished, which were 23 early at the fepulchre : And when they found not

his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen

a vision of angeis, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us, went to

the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women 25 had said ; but him they faw not. Then he faid un- .

to them, O fools, and flow of heart to believe all 26 that the prophets have spoken (d)! Ought not Christ

(6) Their thoughts were so entirely employed on the melancholy subject, that they probably did not attend to the figure of the person they were conversing with ; or else, we may suppose that some supernatural and miraculous means prevented their knowing him ; in order that from their freely expressing their doubts, he might take occasion to give them the fullest satisfaction.

(c) Art thou the only person dwelling in Jerusalem, who does not know what has happened there.

(d) How can you be so flow and dull of understanding, when the prophets have plainly foretold that this was to happen to the Melliah.


to have suffered these things, and to enter into his 27 glory? And beginning at Moses and all the pro

phets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures 28 the things concerning himfelf. And they drew nigh

unto the village (e), whither they went: and he made 29 as though he would have gone further. But they

constrained (f) him, saying, Abide with us, for it

is towards evening, and the day is far spent. And he 30 went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass,

as he fat at meat with them, he took bread, and 31 blefied it, and brake, and gave to them. And their

eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he va32 nifhed out of their fight (8). 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 33 us the scriptures ? And they rose up the fame hour,

and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven ga

thered together, and them that were with them, 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath ap35 peared to Simon (b). And they told what things

were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

And as they thus fpake, Jefus himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto 37 you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and 38 supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he

said unto them, Why are ye troubled, and why do 39 thoughts arise in your hearts (i)? Behold my hands


(e) Whither they intended to go.

f) They prevailed on him to Nay with them. Chap. xiv. 23. Note.

(5) He became invisible; they could no longer see him.

(h) This was said by the eleven apostles, and their company; and then these two disciples related how Jesus had joined them on the road. (2) And why do doubts arise in your



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and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see (k);

for a spirit hath not flesh and bones,, as ye fee me 40 have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed 41 them his hands and his feet. And while they yet

believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto 42 them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave

him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honey-comb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them (1). 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 45 psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their un

derstanding, that they might understand the fcrip46 tures; And said unto them, Thus it is written, and

thus it behoved Christ to suffer,, and to rise from the 47 dead the third day; And that repentance and re

miffion of sins should be preached in his name, 48 among all nations, beginning at 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

ye be endued with power from on high.' 50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany: and he

up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them (m), he was parted from

51 lift

(k) Our blessed Lord, you see, appeals to the senses for the reality of his body; for lie shewed them the prints of the nails with which he was fastened to the cross by the hands and feer. Will the doctrine of transubstantion bear such an appeal ? No; it is contrary to the evidence of sense, and overthrows every principle of right reason.

(l) And while their joy and surprise was so great, that they could hardly believe their own eyes, our Lord was pleased to give them a yet stronger proof of his being really a living man, and not a {pirit, as they at firlit supposed; for he eat along with them of such victuals as they had ready for their own meal.

(m) While he was blessing them,

52 them,

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