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me.

we go

but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

11 How dreadful this deliberate sin! when they heard it, they were sin counselled and matured ! O God, glad, and promised to give “keep my soul from presumptuous him money. And he sought sins, lest they get the dominion over how he might conveniently 12 And the first

19 Let us, in our several families, betray him.

imitate the example thus set in the day of unleavened bread, family of Christ. Let us habitually when they killed the pass- observe all his holy ordinances, and over, his disciples said unto

in them seek our comfort and our him, Where wilt thou that strength.

and

prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the good man of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guest-chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples ? And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. And

16 This foreknowledge of events, as

it added proof to the disciples that his disciples went forth, and their blessed Master was indeed came into the city, and found “God manifest in the flesh," so it as he had said unto them: strengthened their faith, and conand they made ready the firmed their hope, and prepared them

for their trials. See ch. xi. 4. passover. And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I ? and another said, Is it I ? And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him : but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed ! good were it for that man if he had never been born. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat : this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24 And he said unto

24 He died for many—not for Jew them, This is my blood of only, but for Gentile. He died then

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the new testament, which is for me! O let me never, neder turn shed for many. Verily I say

away from partaking of that blessed

sacrifice. unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice,

31 We cannot but admire the sinthou shalt deny me thrice. cere devotedness of Peter, whilst we » But he spake the more ve- lament and take warning by his selfhemently, "If I should die confidence. with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. 52 And they

Prayer is even the Saviour's recame to a place which was fuge in his hour of trial. In your named Gethsemane : and he season of sorrow the same refuge is saith to his disciples, Sit ye for you. here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy ; 34 and saith unto 34 Throughout this solemn scene them, My soul is exceeding how entirely does our Lord show sorrowful unto death : tarry himself to be “ touched with the

feelye here, and watch. And he ing of our infirmities.” went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour 36 “ Nevertheless !What a noble might pass from him. 36 And submission in that word ! what a he said, Abba, Father, all firm resolve does that one word conthings are possible unto thee; vey! take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch

lest ye

enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the

39 Perhaps you may sometimes feel

a sorrow so overwhelming, that you same words. And when he cannot find words wherewith to pray. returned, he found them Be not dismayed! Thy Saviour himasleep again : for their eyes self “ spake the same words.”

heavy: neither wist they what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now,

ye

and pray,

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45 And as

soon

and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed

42 Never any evinced a courage like into the hands of sinners.

His. He foreknew all he should sufRise up, let us go; lo, he fer, and it was in his power to have that betrayeth me is at hand. avoided the suffering. Upon his will And immediately, while he

to suffer rests the high proof of his

love to man. yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he ; take him, and lead him away safely.

45 How surely does sin harden the as he was come, he heart. goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master ; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him. And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me ? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him : and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest : and he sat with the ser. vants, and warmed himself at the fire. And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will

58 Jesus spake of the temple of his destroy this temple that is body, which should die, and the third made with hands, and within day be raised again—or built upthree days I will build ano

by his own power. ther made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together. And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting

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on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of hea

Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses ? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy : and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: and when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch ; and the cock crew. And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. And he denied it again. And a little after, Never be ashamed to confess your

70 Guard against the fear of man. they that stood by said again self a follower of a despised and cruto Peter, Surely thou art one cified Saviour, lest, like Peter, you of them : for thou art a Gali, prepare for yourself sad and bitter

. lean, and thy speech agreeth tears of penitence and sorrow thereto.

But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

CHAPTER XV.

FEB. 15, JUNE 15, Oct. 12. And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, Art thou the king of the Jews? And he, answering, said unto him, Thou sayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things ; but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing ? behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing ; so that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. * And the multitude, crying 8 It was the usual Roman policy, aloud, began to desire him to to grant periodically some favour to do as he had ever done unto the people,

them. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? (For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.) But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Cru. cify him. " Then Pilate said 14 Strange perversion of law and unto them, Why? what evil justice, to condemn the innocent. hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. 15 And so Pilate,

15 The highest station is not always willing to content the people,

a check to base actions and unworthy released Barabbas unto them, motives. Pilate, on the judgmentand delivered Jesus, when he seat, forfeits his character for justice had scourged him, to be cru

and honour" willing to please the cified. And the soldiers led people.” Such was his mean and

fatal love of popularity. him away into the hall called Pretorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

19 And they smote him on the head with xxii. 6.

19 A fulfilment of prophecy. Ps. a reed, and did spit upon him, and, bowing their knees, worshipped him. And when they had mocked him they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. 23 And they gave him to drink

23 This was a stupifying draught ; wine mingled with myrrh : to deaden the pain of the sufferers

. but he received it not. 24 And Our Lord did not taste it. His sacriwhen they had crucified him fice was throughout of free will. they parted his garments,

24 This was a still more remarkable

accomplishment of foretold events. casting lots upon them, what

(Ps. xxii. 18.) every man should take. And it was the third hour; and they crucified him. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

29 What availed their scorn! Jesus they that passed by railed on did destroy that temple ; for he gave

29 And

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