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Chapter Verse and cut off the ear of a servant belonging to the

high priest. Jefus immediately healed the wounded man, and forbade further resistance, in these remarkable words— Put up again thy sword, • for all they that take the sword shall perish with

the sword.' We will now resume St. Matthew xxvi. 36 –Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place

called Gethsamane. (Mark likewise calls it Gethsemane. Luke says it was the Mount of Olives.

And John says it was a garden beyond the brook 37 Cedron) And faith unto the disciples, fit ye here,

while I go and 'pray yonder. (We may suppose, by Matthew's account, that Judas left them at this juncture) and he took with him, Peter, and

the two sons of Zebedee (James and John) and 38 began to be sorrowful, and very heavy. Then

faith he unto them, my soul is exceeding for

rowful, even unto death : tarry ye here and watch 39 with me. And he went a little further, and fell

on his face, and prayed saying. O my Father, if it be posible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the Disciples (Peter, James and

John) and findeth them asleep, and faith unto 41 Peter ; What, could ye not watch with me

one hour ? Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation : the spirit indeed is willing, but the fielh is weak. Here I have two observations to make. If, as we are taught, Jesus voluntarily offered himself a sacrifice for the fins of



the world and the redemption of mankind; how Chapter Verse happened it, that when the time of trial approached, he wished to avoid it If it be posible, let 'this cup pass from me.' Mark's record is much stronger, ch. xiv. v. 36. 'Father, all things are

posible unto thee, take this cup from me. If the concluding speech, in Matthew, ' The spirit ' indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,' is given as a solution, I reap no advantage from it; being as incapable of separating the God-head, and humanity, as I am of putting them together. The other observation is; if these words were spoken by Jesus; from whence did the three evangelists derive their knowledge of them? The three disciples nearest to him, were asleep. Matthew goes on-He went away again the second xxvi. time, and prayed saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it; thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them and went away again, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples and faith unto then, Sleep on now and take your rest, behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of finners. Rise, let us be going : behold he is at hand that doth betray me. Judas immediately enters. Mark gives nearly the same account. But Luke varies the place and circumstances, ch. xxii. v. 39 to 46. And he came out,






pray, left

and went as he was wont to the Mount of Olives. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation, and he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed saying; Father if thou be willing remove this cup from me : nevertheless not my will, but thiné be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from Heaven. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly : and his fweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose


prayers, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for forrow. (Sorrow 'has generally a contrary effect.)

And said unto them-Why sleep ye? Rise and

ye enter into temptation : Judas immediately enters. In this account of Luke's, we find some particulars are added, and some are omitted. He says nothing of Peter, James, and John being separated from the rest : he says nothing of the repetition, &c. but he adds—the appearance of an angel, the agony, and its extraordinary effects. In Matthew and Mark we read that Jesus having said to his disciples 'Sleep on now and take your reft;' immediately added-Rise let us be going. This absurdity is not found in Luke. John, who (according to Matthew and Mark, with his brother, and Peter, was selected from the rest, to assist at, or be witnesses of this transaction, says not a word about it; (John, with James and Peter, were likewise selected for witnesses of the trans- Chapter Verfe figuration scene, and yet John records not a word of either *.) Though he alone gives us the particulars of a very long and interesting discourse made by Jesus to his disciples, previous to his apprehension, ch. xiii. v. 31. to ch. xvii. v. 26. This discourse being the ground-work of the Trinitarian system, will be properly considered in its place, together with observations that John only records particulars of the life of Jesus previous to the imprisonment of John the Baptist : the miracle of water turned into wine : the story of the woman caught in adultery : the raising Lazarus froin the dead, &c. Proceed we now to the different accounts given of the apprehenfion. And first Matthew's :- And while he yet


spake, lo Judas, one of the twelve, came, and xxvi. ' with him a great multitude, with swords and ' staves from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him, gave them

48 a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he, hold him fajt. And forthwith he

came to Jesus, and said, Hail Mifter; and ' killed him. And Jesus said unto him Friend, 50

Wherefore art thou come? Then came they

and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. And si • behold one of them (Peter) which were with

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Chapter Verse “ sword, and struck a servant of the high prieit's, xxvi 52 - and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto

him, put up again thy sword into its place; • for all they that take the sword, shall periíh

with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently

give me more than twelve legions of angels ? ' (Possibly Peter's courage was raised to rashness

by the expectation of such potent auxiliaries) * Bụt how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled,

that thus it must be ? (And how was it that ' this reasoning escaped him when he prayed so

' fervently to his Father that it might not be ful55 ' filled ?) In that same hour, said Jesus to the

? multitudes, are ye come out as against a thief, ' with swords and staves for to take me? I sat

daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye 56 “ laid no hold on me, (vide John, ch. viii. v. 59.) ' but all this was done that the scriptures of the

prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the dif

ciples forsook him and fled.' St. Mark's record says ' And immediately while he yet fpake

cometh Judas one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests, and scribes, and the elders.

And he that betrayed him, had given them a - token, saying, Whomsoever I Mall kiss, that “fame is he: take him and lead him away jufely. • And as soon as he was come, he goeth ftraitway to him, and faith, Mafier, Master, and

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