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tér; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had faid unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they ftruck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people, and the chief priests, and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, faying, Art thou the Christ ? Tell us. And he faid unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe. And if I also ask you, you will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Then said they all, art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness ? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.

Thursday before Easter.

The Epistle. I Cor. 11. 17.
IN this that I declaré unto you, I praise you not ; that

together, not for the better, but for the worse. For firft of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divia fons among you, and I partly believe it. For there must be alfo herefies among you, that they who are approved, may be made

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insults of an ungrateful people.--Surely it must fill him have given of my being gfent fiom God, you will not with the sharpeit compunction and remorfe ; and we give me an answer, noi let me go, even though I should need not wonder to find that he went out and wept offer the Itrongest arguments in my favour. bitterly. Such are the reАections which naturally arile This is not to eat the Lord's Supper. It may be ob. in our Minds upon this Event. And yet how many served here that in the primitive Church it was cuf. can go on impenitently, and with ut concern, in a tomary to bring to their religious Assemblies, every course of iniquity, though the Eye of God is continu. Öne as he was able or disposed, Bread and Wine for ally upon them, who teeth the very secrets of their a common Entertainment ; which was called a Feoft of hearts; and from which no darkness nor; Mhadow of Love. The defign of which was to express and main. deata can conveal them.

tain Friendship and Concord, andChriftian Unity Out And if I aljo ak you, you will not answer mi, &c. of the provisions which were brought for this occafion, That is, If I ask your opinion of the proofs which I a part was relesved, and consecrated for the Holy SaFor if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the work. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tary one for another. rament; which was generally administered after the fuever by the irregular. indecent practice, beforemene Love Featt. But this custom became at length abufed. tioned, shall profane this Holy Sacrament, they treat. For instead of eating in common (according to the Christ with a contempt like his Murtherers. first institution,) several took upon them to cat + But let a Man examine bimself, &e. That is, before their portions separately, whereby they that were poor, every approach to this Sacrament, it is proper, that a and could bring little, were hungry; and they that were man examine into the disposition of his mind, that he

taketh before other his own fupper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not ? What shall I say to you? fhall I praise you in this? I praise you. not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the fame night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you : this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup when he had fupped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blogd: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it io remem: brance of me, For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this. cup, ye do shew the Lords death tiļl he come. Wherefore, * whofoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. + But ler a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lords body. For ti is cause many are weak, and fickly among you, and many sleep.

rich, and had brought much ate and drank to a riotous come with due reverence to so holy an Ordinance and i excefs : making' no diftincion between the Lord's Sup- with Charity to those for whom Christ died.

per, and a common diforderly feast, and turning what For he shat caieth and drinketh unwertbily, &c. That was intended to promote religion, into an occafion of is, He that eatech and drinketh in the indecent and dif intemperance and profaneness. Thereby forgetting the orderly manner in which the Corinthians did, (whom end of the infitution of the Sacrament, which was, St. Paul. reproves) provoke God to infiet his Judge " the eating Bread, and drinking Wine in a thank- ments upon them; as he did upon the Corinthians. "fal remembrance, of what Christ Jesus has done and Concerning whom we are told, that for this cause

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11 Tbe: Gospel, i S. Luke 23: 1.

,!, : THE whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilatet

And they began to accule him, faying, || We found this fel: low perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Çefar, faying, That he himself is Christ å king. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he answered him, and faid, Thou sayeft it. I hen' faid Pilate to the chief priests, and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, faying, He ftirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, bezinning from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilean. And as foon as he knew that he' belonged unto Herods jurisdiction, he fent bim to Herod, who himself was also at Jerusalem at that time. And when Herod saw. Jefus, he was exceeding glad, for he was defirous to see him of a long feason, because he had heard many things of him, and he hoped to have feen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he' an-fwered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accufed him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, .and sent him again to Pilate. ŞAnd the same day Pilate and Herod

were made friends together; for before they were at enmity between themfelves. And Pilate when he had called together the chief priefts, and the rulers, and the people, faid unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people, and

# We found this fellow perverting & Who sees og and the fame day Pilate and Herod were mude friends. * Ret the notorious falfhood of this accufation ? But The Friend hip which they now contracted seems only what will not malice invent to effect its wicked pore to have been in order to serve their own selfish purposes ? So far was Jesus from refuting to pay tri. poses. And the obfervation is too generally true that bote, or from affecting temporal Royalty, that he payed. jarring vices will easily unite for the destruction of the one; though it could not be rightfully demanded of wintuc.. him, and refused the other when it was offered him.

behold, I having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching thole things whereof ye accufe him: No, nor yet Herod: for I fent you to him, and ld, * nothing worthy of death is done unto him.:' I will therefore chastise him, and re{case him. For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast. And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (who for a certain fedition made in the city, and for murder was cast in prison) Pilate there'fore willing to release Jesus, fpake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third tiine, Why, what evil hath he done ?. I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucificd: and the voices of them, and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence, that it should be as they required. + And he released unto them, him that for fedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they. laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jelus. And there fola lowed him a great company of people, and of women, who also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus. turning unto them, faid, Daughters of Jerusalem, #weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never -bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; 'and to the hills, Cover us.

Nothing worthy of Death is done unto him. Or as it. Corruption, and the Lamb of God, who was without might be otherwise translated, it does not appear that any spot or blemish, given up as a Sacrifice in their stead. tbing worthy of Death bas been done by bim.

1 We p. not for me but weep for yourselves, &c. This, † Ana be released unto them him, &'s. As a seditious · relates to the destruction of Jerulalem, which our Murderer was thus set at liberty, and an innocent Lord thus prophecied was approaching: when it person given up to Death. Thus were the rebellious ' might juffy be said concerning the people at that time. zace of Adam delivered from the bondage of Sin and that better had it been that they had never been boon

For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place which is cailed Calvary, there they crucified him; and the malefactors one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, | Father, forgive thein, for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiments and caft lots! And the people stood beholding; and the rulers also with them derided him, saying, 'He faved others, lét him fave himself, if he be Christ the chosen of God. And the foldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offer- . ing him vinegar, and saying, If thou be the King of the Jews, fave thyself. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged, railed on hiin, saying, If thou be Christ, fave thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thoù art in the same condemnation? And we indeed juftly; for we teceive the due reward of our deeds, but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesús, Lord, "remeinber me when thou comeft into thy kingdom. And Jefus faid unto him, Verily I-fay unto thee, * To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour; and there was a darkFor if they do these ibing's i

in a green Tree, &c. That shew all meekness to all men, to make all fair allow is, if they fo cruelly great à righteous person : Ezek. ances for human infirmity, and as God for Christ's Xt: 47. what mall' become of those wicked persons, Sake ha:h forgiven us, chearfully to forgive our Felwho like a dry tree are realy to be burned...

low Creatures, who have injured as also.

។ ill Farher forgive them,, &c. Behold here an instance To day shalt thou be with me in Paradise. Let no of the most perfect charity, which calls equally for one who profelles himself a Christian cite the example our admiration and imitation. Jesus 'not only forgives of this penitent Thief as a Piea for a late repentance. his perfecutors himself, when, by their means expiring ondct the unconceivable torture ; but no one ever did either before or fince. He acknow. even implores his heavenly Father to forgive them. ledged our Lord when mocked by men, hanged upon a Nay more---He even endeavours to extenuate their Cross, and treated as the worst of Malefactors. But * guilt, and excufe "his Marderers : by representing for those who have enjoyed the light of the Gospel from their cruelty as the effect of ignorance ; they know not their infancy, and have daily enjoyed the means of rewwbar obey do. Surely did we duly and frequently con- Jigious instruction : yet have hardened themselves atemplate this glorious example, we should be ashamed gainst conviction, and rejeded all helps for their spi. of Indalging violent wrath, and implacable refent- ritual improvement. For such to hope that by a few ment' against our brethren for such petty injuries als prayers and fighs and tears upon a death-béd they 800 many do. Nay we should be itrongly induced to Thall be able to make atonement for a whole life of


he was He thewed such an Act of Faith on this occafion as

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