Page images




Why seek ye the living among che dead?

6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unco you, when he was yet. in Galilee,

7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands.. of finful men, and be. crucified, and the third.

day rise again. 7 And go quickly, 7 But go your way, and tell his disciples tell his disciples and that he is risen from Peter, that he goeth the dead ; and behold, before you into Gali: he goeth before you lee : there shall ye see into Galilee : there him, as he said unto shall ye see him, lo, you. I have told you.

8 And they remem.

bred his words, 8 And they depart.. 8 And they went on ed quickly from the out quickly, and fled fepulchre, with fear from the fepulchre ; and great joy, for they trembled, and

were amazed : neither
0† said they any thing to

any man; for they
were afraid.

9 And returned from
and did run

the fepulchre, and told to bring his disciples.

all these things unto word.

the eleven, and to all

the rest. living among the dead. He is revivid, and has left this place, according to what he himself predicted while he was yet in Galilee, chap. 35.

, which you must needs remember. For he plainly foretold, that he should be deliver’d up into the power of the Gentiles, that he should be crucified, dead and buried, and rise again to life on the third day. But now make haft to his Apoftles, acquaint them with the News, and tell them he will go before them into Galilee, where they shall again see him according to his Prediction. Take notice of what I say unto you, and remember to execute the Message you are charg’d with.

The Women then collected, that he had actually foretold his Resurrection on the third day, and making hast from that place, being divided between Fear and Joy, they imparted their News to none upon the way for fear of the Sanhedrim, but made what halt they could to acquaint the eleven Apostles with these joyful Ti.




10 It was Mary Magdalene,
and Joanna, and Mary the
mother of James, and other
women that were with them,
which cold these things unto
the apostles.

ii And their words seemed
to them as idle tales, and they
believed them not.

2 Then the runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and faith unto them, . They have taken away the Lord out of the fepulchre, and we know not where they

have laid him. 12 Then arose Peter, and 3 Peter therefore went ran unto the fepulchre,

forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came

first to the fepulchre.
and stooping down, he 5 And he stooping down
beheld the linen clothes laid and looking in, saw the linen
by themselves,

clothes lying
yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Pe. ter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seech the linen clothes lie;

[ocr errors]

dings. Mary Magdalene therefore, as we faid, and Foannd, and Mary the Mother of James, and fome others related what they had heard and seen to the Apostles, who were still so stupid as not to remember the repeated Predi&tion of Christ concerning his Refurre&ion; or at least not rightly understanding it, they look'd upon this Relation of the Women as a dream or vision. Then Mary Mag. dalene affur'd Peter and John apart, that she had bin in the Tomb, which she found empty; and that if Fesus was not risen to life again, they had' however remov'd his Body, nor could the possibly guess where they had' laid him. Upon this Peter and John ran both to the Sepulchre; and John, the youngest of the two, being got thither first, stoop'd down, and look'd into the Tomb, where he saw only the linen Clothes in which the Body had bin wrap'd, but went not in. Peter shortly after came, and went in, and took notice of the liten Clothes, and besides Аааа 2


[ocr errors]





CHAP. XX. 7. And the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapred together in a place by it felf.

8 Then went in also that other disciple which came first to the fepulchre, and he law, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then che disciples went and departed,

away again unto their own

wondring in himself at that
which was come to pass.

u But Mary stood without at the fepulchre, weeping: and as she wept, the stooped down, and looked into the fee pulchre,

12 And seeth two angels in white, fitting the one at the head, and the other at che. feet, where the body of Jesus had lain :

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou She faith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know noc - where they

have laid him, of the Napkin with which his head had bin cover'd, lying apart from the Clothes. John then went in also, and baving narrowly viewed the Sepulchre, doubted no longer of the truth of what Mary Magdalene had told them, viz. that some body had remov'd the Body of their Master. For as for his Resurrection, they did not yet understand the Prophecies concerning it. They returnd therefore, from the : Sepulchre greatly wondring what was become of their Master's Body. But Mary continued at the Monument, bemoaning her self for not being able to see Jesus either alive or dead. Peter and John being, as we said, departed, she again went : into the Tomb to affuage the Violence of her Grief if possible, and there again beheld the two Angels, one of them sitting at the place where Jesus's Head lay, the other at his Feet, who thus accosted her : Woman, why weepest thou ? She replied, because they have taken the Body of my Lord from hence, and I know





JOHN. CHA P. XX. . 14 And when she had thus said, the turned her self back, and faw Jefus ftanding, and knew not that ic was Jesus.

Is Jefus faith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekelt thou ? the suppofing him to be the gardener, faith unco him, Sir, if thou hart born him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away;

16 Jesus saich unto her, Mary. * She turned her self, and faith

unto him, Rabboni, which is to say, Master.

17 Jefus faith unto her, Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my Father : buc go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto 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 i Ipoken these things unto her.

[ocr errors]

not where they have laid X. As soon as she had said this, she turn'd about and law'
Fesus himself standing by her, but knew him not. Jesus ask'd her why she wept,
and whom she fought ? Mary fupposing him to be the Gardener, answer'd, Sir,
if thou hast taken away the Corps, tell me. I pray where thou hast laid it, that it
may be transferr'd to a more convenient place, and no more remov'd. Jesus faid
unto her, Mary. This Surprise made her look more attentively on Jesus, whom -
Me now own’d to be the same, her Lord and Master, and fell down at his Feet to
embrace them. Then faid Fejus, Touch me not, neither lose time by tarrying here
to demonstrate thy reverence and love for me ; make hast to my Disciples, whom
I efteem as my Brethren; tell them thou hast seen me, and that I have allur'd thee,
I shall quickly leave this World, and ascend to the God and Father of us all, untó:
those happy Mansions, where he manifests his Presence in a most especial manner,
according as I told them before my Death. Mary accordingly, immediatly de-
parted to acquaint the Apostles with this joyful Message,


[blocks in formation]

9 Now when Jesus was risen early, the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, our of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, be

lieved not. 9 And as chey went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came, and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.


Mary Magdalene tells the Apostles, that she bad seen Jesus, but they give no

credit to her. Jesus appears a second time to several Women. The Report among the Jews concerning the taking away bis Body. The same day he appears io Peter, and a fourth time is seen by two Disciples, as they were going to Emmaus. He appears fiftbly to the eleven Apostles, wbom be upbraids with their Infidelity, and instructs in several particulars relating to the publishing of the Gosiel. Eight days after he is seen the sixtb time by the eleven Apostles in Galilce, and rebukes Thomas for his obstinacy.

ΤΗ HUS Mary Magdalene was the first that saw Jesus early on the Sunday morn

ing after his rising from the dead. This was the fame out of whose Body Fesus had cast seven evil Spirits ; for which benefit she afterwards constantly attended on him.

But when she deliver'd her Message to the Apostles and Disciples, they gave I no credit to her strange Relation, so blinded were they, or so unmindful of

the promises of their Malter. The other Women also, whom we mention'd, having in like manner gone a second time to the Sepulchre, which they found empty, upon their return to the Apostles, to assure them that they could no where find the Body of their Master, Jesus himself met them, and first laluting them, was immediatly known to them. They therefore prostrated themselves at his Feet, altho they were greatly afraid. Eut Jcfus bid them not fear, but go to his


« PreviousContinue »