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them, saying, Drink ye all of

28 As wine refreshes the body, so it; * for this is my blood faith in my blood refreshes the soul*. of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. $0 And when they had

30 It is pleasing to think that our sung an hymn, they went out Lord hath thus specially sanctioned into the mount of Olives. singing as part of our devotions t. * Then saith Jesus unto them, 31 We are all too apt to be offended, All ye shall be offended be- when religion brings us into trouble: cause of me this night: for as a faint heart easily turns from its it is written, I will smite the path when obstacles cross it. shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples

, Sit ye here, while I go 37 These three, having been witand pray yonder. ' 37 And he nesses of his glory in his transfiguratook with him Peter and the tion, witness now his humiliation. two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful,

even unto death : tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, 39 Fortitude in suffering, and a and fell on his face, and strong reliance on Heaven, are sure prayed, saying, O my Father,

marks of a great and generous chaif it be possible, let this cup pass from me : nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto 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 flesh is weak.

13 Occasions may happen to any one

of us, when the soul, too deep in went away again the second sorrow to look up, and too overtime, and prayed, saying, O

whelmed with anguish to lay hold * Hitherto the paschal lamb represented his body ; henceforth, He being himself the sacrifice of which all others had been types, the sacrifice of life was to cease.

Bread was to be received as his body. + They sang from

the 112th to the 119th Psalms.


42 He


my Father, if this cup may on prayer-says

the same words." not pass away from me, ex- Take we heed, that in our own case

there be the same submission. cept 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 the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh ne to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going : behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the peo

48 The traitor Judas crowns his ple.

Now he that betrayed treason with hypocrisy. him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forth with he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus 50 Nothing disturbs our Lord's pla. said unto him, Friend, where- cidity, fore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him. 51 And, behold, one of them which

51 This was the courageous act of

Peter. were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. 52 What equanimity in danger ! 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Even in a scene like this, how ealm Put up again thy sword into and dignified our Saviour's bearing! his place : for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my

Angels are at hand to protect us

also, Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be ? 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 ? 1 sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death ; but



found none : yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came 61 Jesus spoke of his death and retwo false witnesses, and surrection the body being often said, This fellow said, I am compared to a temple. able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. ** Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said ; nevertheless I say

64 Our Saviour, having allowed

himself to be the Son of God, speaks unto you, Hereafter shall ye of himself as the Son of man also see the Son of man sitting on

thus claiming both a divine and a the right hand of power, and

human nature. coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses ? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

saying, Prophesy unto us, 68 How often do we now find that thou Christ, Who is he that scorn is a favourite weapon against smote thee? Now Peter sat

the faithful servants of God. without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he Was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know

And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them ; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. "Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. ** And Peter remembered the 75 Peter's denial is a painful proof, word of Jesus, which said how dangerous is the fear of man ; unto him, Before the cock and how fatal, self-confidence. Crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out and wept

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JAN. 30, May 29, Sept. 26.

King CHARLES THE MARTYR, morning. When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death :

and when they had bound 2 The Jews, being a conquered him, they led him away, and people, had lost the power of life delivered him to Pontius Pin and death : therefore they delivered

Christ to the Roman governor. late the governor. Then

3 Successful sin is often followed by Judas, which had betrayed overwhelming shame. Judas, stung him, when he saw that he by his own conscience, and tortured condemned, repented

by the triumphant scorn of his em

ployers-“ See thou to that! what is himself, and brought again that to us ?” – was driven frorn the thirty pieces of silver to shame t despair—from despair to the chief priests and elders, death *. saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us ? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. 'Then 9 This price was the usual recomwas fulfilled that which was pense when a slave had been slain spoken by Jeremy the pro- by any beast +. phet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value ; and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.


11 To Pilate, as to one in authority, Jesus stood before the gover- he replies : to the insolence of his nor: and the governor asked countrymen he deigns no answer I. him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews ? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said

* Peter also had sinned. But the end, how different ! The reason is clear. Peter sinned from infirmity,—but by God's grace he repented, and regained his Master's love. Judas sinned in his heart-with delibe rate purpose-planning and contriving how he might “ conteniently be. tray” his Lord. Hence he fell to rise no more. + The sum was about 31. 103. 8d.

Bear patiently calumnies and false accusation. A good conscience can well afford a dignified silence.


Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man : for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 21 The

21 Pilate's love of popularity and

fear of the people led him into the governor answered and said awful injustice of permitting guilt to unto them, Whether of the escape, and condemning innocence twain will ye that I release to suffer. He who was appointed to into you? They said, Bar- rule the people was himself their abbas.

slave. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be 24 How vain this attempt to clear

24 When Pilate saw the conscience ! that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person : see ye to it. 25 Then answer- 25 This imprecation ! how fearfully ed all the people, and said, it has been answered, let the fallen His blood be on us, and on

Jerusalem now tell ! our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him

to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall

, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand : and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, say

30 My reader ! do you meet with ing, Hail

, king of the Jews. contempt and reproach for your SaAnd they spit upon him, viour's sake! Be patient--the serand took the reed, and smoté vant is not greater than his Master. him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him,


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