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venly Canaan opened, at the Expence of our Leader's own Life, without Impressions, as Grateful, as Human Hearts can admit? If the Prophet confess, that after all those extraordinary Appearances of Almighty God in their behalf, his People's disingenuous Behaviour turned him to be their Enemy; how greatly ought We to fear, how carefully to avoid, any unworthy returns, to One who hath Loved us so tenderly, which may justly alienate his Affection from us, and be at once our eternal Ruin and Reproach? If He again thought the former Favours of God, and the remembrance of his Covenant, proper Inducements to Incline his Mercy; With what Confidence may We be allowed to approach him, in the Anguish of our Souls, in Distresses and Temptations, when we plead his Son's Name and Merits for Acceptance, and depend upon the Goodness, which hath not only done, but endured, fo much for our Sakes, for all proper Succours and Comforts? 'Tis true, our Difficulties are many, our Enemies mighty, our felves Impotent to the last degree. But let it be remembred, for our Support; that more are They that are with us, than All that are or can be agninit us: That the Heat of the Action is over, and we march against a Force al
ready discomfited. He that is mighty to
Save, He that hath trodden the Wine-press of his Father's Wraih alone, hath broken thein in his Anger, and trampled them in bis Fury. And all the Representations of his bitter Sufferings, which we are now especially conversant with, are not only so many Intimations, how much this Conquest stood hiin in: But certain Evidences withal, that the Bloody Field is won. And all the Prayers and Tears, the Fastings and Mournings, that now humble our Souls, and exercise our Bodies, are not the proper and efficient Causes of this Conquest, but the Instruments of applying, and securing it to us. They are Acts of Re
pentance and put bim to death. 2. But they said, Not on the feast day, left there be an uproar of the people.
Rev. xix. 15.
pentance and Obedience, which hope to be accepted in the Beloved; not in any Virtue of their own, abstracted from Him: Decent Expressions of Gratitude and Love, to a Saviour, so liberal of himself for our Salvation. Thus we may die after his Example, die to the Sins, which pierced his Soul to Death ; And, rising again to righteousness, conquer, as he hath done; conquer our vicious Appetites eftectually, and trample down every unruly Passion. So shall we be qualified to attend, to bear a part in, his Triumphs; And, in the midst of our Religious Sympathies, when melting away in Sorrow. for his Agonies and Death, have a Right to sustain our Spirits, with the Prospect of a part, in the Glories of his Resurrection.
St. Mark xiv.
Fter two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and i be scribes fought how they migbe tåke him by craft, 12. And the firft day of urleavened bread, when shey killed the pallover, bis disciples said unto bim, Where wilt tbou ibat we go and prepare, ebat ibou mayest eat rbe palliver ?
3. And being in Bethany, in the kouse of Simon tbe leper, as ke sat at meat, there came a woman, baving an alabaster box of ointment of jpikenard, very precious, and the brake the box, and poured it on bis bead.
4. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the cintment made ?
5. For it migbe bave been fold for more than ebree hundred pence, and bave been given to the poor : and they murmured against ber.
6. And Jesus said, Let her alors, why trouble you her? she bath wrought a good work on me.
ye have the poor witb you always, and wbensoever .ge will ye may do them good: but me ye bave not always.
8. She baib done what she could : she is come aforchard to aneint my body to the burying:
9. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this Gelpel jhall be preacbed throughout the wkole world, ibis also ibat she haib donc, jhall be spoken of, for a memorial of her.
10. And Judas Iscariot, one of the scuelve, went unto tbe chief pricts, to betray lim unto tbem.
II. And when they beard it, they quere glad, and promised oo give bim money, And be fought bow be might conveniently betray bim,
13. And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and faith unto them, Go ge into ibe ciry, and there shall meet you a man bearing a piicber of water, follow him.
14. And wherefoever behall goin, jay ye to the good man of the boufe, The mafier faith, Where is obe guest-obamber, wbere I shall eat the Paffover with my disciples?
15. And be will jhew you a large upper room furnished and prepared, ibere make ready for us.
16. And his disciples went fortb, and came into tbe city, and found as be bad said unto tbem : and they made ready the pallover.
17. And in the evening be cometh with the twelve.
18. And as tkey sate, and did oat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eaterb with me, shall betray me.
19. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I ? andanother said, Is it I?
20. And be answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippet b ceitb me in tbe dish.
21. The son of man indeed goetb, as it is written of bim: but woe to that man by wbom ibe jon of man is betrayed: Good were it for that man, if be bad never bees born.
22. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blefjed, and brake it, and gave them, and said, Take, eat : This is my
bidy. 23. And he took the cup, and when be had given tbanks, be gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
24. And be said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, wbicb is foed for many.
25. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of tbe fruit of the vine, w nilibat day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26. And when they bad sung an hymo, they went out into the mount of Olives. 27. And Jefus faith unto them, Allyc shall be offended becara
je of me this nigbt : fər it is written, I will finite obe shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered,
28. But after that I am rijen, I will go before you into Galilee.
36. Ard Jefus faith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that ibis day, even in tbis nigke, before the cock crow twice, tbou jhalt deny me thrice.
31. But be spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will na dery thee in wife. Likewise also said they all.
32. Ardibey came to a place sobich was named Gethsemane, and be faith zo bis dijciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
33. And be taketb with bim Peter, and James, and John, and began to be fore amazed, and to be very beavy,
34. And faith unto them, My soulis exceeding sorrowful unto death : tarry se bere, and watch.
35. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed, tbaif it were possible, tbe bour might pass from bim.
36. And be said, Abba, Farber ; all things are possible unto thee, take away ibis cup from me: nevert belejs, not what I will, but what thou wilt.
37. And be cometh, and findeth them fleeping, and faith unto Peter, Simon, seepej thou ? Couldelt nor thou watch one hour
38. Hatch ye and pray, left ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
39. And again be went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.
40. And wben be returned, be found them asleep again, (for their fyes were beavy) neither wil they what 19 answer biwi,
41. And be cometbebe third time, and saith unto tbem, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enougb, the bour is come, bebold, the son of man is betrayed into the hands of finners.
42. Rise up; let us go, Lo, be that betrayeth me is at band.
43. And immediately, while be yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with bim a great multitude with swords and faves, from ebe chief priests, and the scribes, and i he elders.
44. And be that betrayed him, bad given obem a token, saying, W bomsoever I shall kiss, that same is be; take him, and lead bim away safely.
45. And as soon as he was come, be goetb ftraitwayto him, and faith, Mafter, Mafer, and killed bim.
46. And they laid their hands on him, and cook bim.
47. And one of them that food by, drew a sword, and smote a servant of the bigb priest, and cut off bis ear,
48. And Jesus answered, and said unto tbem, Are ye come out as against a tbief, wirb fwords and with faves to take me?
49. I was daily with you in tbe temple, teaching, and ye took me not; but the Scriptures must be fulfilled.
50. And they all forsook him and fled.
51. And there followed bim a certain young man, baving a linnen cloth cast about his naked body, and the young man laid bold on bim.
52. And be left the linnen cloth, and fled from them naked.
53. And they led Jefus away to the bigb priest, and with him were assembled all the obief priests, and the elders, and the scribes. 54. And Peter followed bim afar off
, oven into the palace of tbe bigh priest: and be sat with the servants, and warmed bim elf at the fire.
55. And ibe chief priests, and all the council fought for witness against Jefus, to put bim to death, and found none.
56. For many bare false witness against him; but obeir witness agreed not together. 57. And there arose certain, and bare falje svirness against him, Jaying,
58. We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with bands, and wiebin three days I will build anor ber made without bands.
59. But neitber so did their witness agree together.
60. And the bigh priest food up in ibe mids, and asked Jesus, saying, Ansiveres ibou nothing ? What is it which tbefe witness againft ebce?
61. But be held bis peace, and answered nothing: Again the high priest asked him, and said unto bim, Art sbou obe Cbrist, the son of ibe blejed?
62. And Jcfus said, I am; and ye shall see ibe son of man sitting on the rigbe bard of power, and coming in the clouds of beaven.
63. Then the bigh priest rent bis clothes, and faitb, What need we any farther witnelles ?
64. Ye bave beard the blasphemy, what think ye? And obey all condemned him to be guilty of death.
65. And some began to spit on bim, and to cover bis face, and to buffet bim, and so Say unto him, Propbesy: And the servants did strike bim with the palms of obeir bands.
66. And as Peter was beneatb' in tbe palace, there cometh one of the maids of obe bigh priest.
67. And when she saw Peter warming bimself, she looked upon him, and said, And rhou also wast with želus of Nazareth.
68. But be denied, saying, I know not, neitber understand I what thou sayes. And be went into tbe porcb, and the cock crew. 69. And a maid saw bim again, and began to say to obem ibat stood by, This is one
70. And be denied it again. And a little after, they that food by, said again to Peter, Surely obou art one of them, for ebou ari a Galilean, and by speech agreetb tbereto.
71. But be began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not rbis man of whom.
32. Ard the second time the cock crew: and Peter called to mind i be word tbat Jofus faid unto him, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me tbrice i And wten be ibou be thereon ke wept.
HE Vileness of Judas his Treachery, in deliver
irg up his Master to the Will of those Bloodthirsty Enemies, whose implacable Malice sought his Life, we have had occasion, in some measure, to consider, when treating of Yesterday's Gospel. The next thing, in order of Time, is our Lord's Celebration of his Last Paschal Supper, and the Institution of that Blessed Sacrament, which he designed to be a constant
Memorial, of his Body broken, and his Gospel for Blood shed, for us. Of This it is my purWednesday
posc, particularly to treat hereafter. Let
us at present therefore attend him to the Garden, in company of his Three Choice Friends; and thence to the High Priest's Hall. And so we shall employ the Meditations of this Day, partly on his Sufferings and Behaviour there; and partly on the unhappy Circumstances, into which one of those Beloved Companions shortly after fell. The Former will inftruét us, how much he was content to endure for Our fakes: The Latter, will put us in Mind of our own Weakness, when content (and, as We think, able) to suffer much for His. Upon which occasion, we will farther consider, what Reparations are fit to be made, for
any Failures of Duty, which such Trials of our falsely supposed Strength thall, for our Humiliation, be permitted to drive us into.
First then, What more lively Representation can we possibly desire of our Lord's willing Sufferings for Our lakes, than this, which the Tragical Scene in the Gar