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The Epistle. Phil. 2. 5.
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 27. 1,
ders of the people took councel against Jesus, to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself; and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests, and elders, saying, I have finned, 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 priest 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 potters field to bury
** Let this Mind be in you, &c. Since Christ Jesus, sal Dominion. That all Nations Should acknowledge. who was the Brightness of his Father's Glory, and the him as their King, and by submitting to his Laws and exprefs Image of his Person, designed to make himself of Government, promote the Glory of God the Father; no Reputation, and to fuffer death upon the Cross for who delights to be honoured in the Belief and Ob.our salvation : We ought to think no condescension to dience, paid to his blessed Son-and his Gospel. low, no Office too mean that may ferve to advance the !! And hanged bimself. A miserable example of the good of our Fellow Creatures, and promote the same fatal effects of Covetousness, and a standing monument glorious end.
of God's vengeance ; which fhould deter mankind from I Wherefore God also hath highly exalted himi, &c.- facrificing conscience to worldly gain ; for which this God hath rewarded this unparallelled act of Obedience Wretch betrayed his Master, Friend, and Saviour, and in Chrift, by advancing his human Nature to univers cait away his own Soul.
strangers in.' Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood unto this day. (Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Ifrael did value, and gave them for the potters field, as the Lord appointed me.) And Jesus ftood before the governor; and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the king of the Jews ? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayeft. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, ş he answered nothing. Then faith 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: f 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 alk Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate faith unto them, What shall I do then
He answered nothing. Jesus might perhaps de- innocent person, is a lively repretentation of the delicline making a public Defence for himself, left the com verance of mankind, who were rebels against their Cremon people, moved by his arguments, should ask hisator, from the bondage of Sin and Satan : and the SaTeleafe, and prevent his death, Befides, the grofs falf-viour of the world, who was without spot or blemish hood of the accusation, known' to all the inhabitants being given up to death in their fead. of Galilee, rendered any reply needless.
4: For I have suffered many things this Day in a Now at that Feaft the Governor was wont, &c. Dream. Perhaps it presaged the vengeance of God purThe Passover is the Feast meant here. And as it was suing her Husband and Family, on account of the inkept in memory of the Jews' release from Egyptian justice he was going to commit. But whatever it was, Bondage ; fo the custom of setting a prisoner at Pilate, (as Josephus relates) was afterwards banished liberty on that occasion, was a very proper Emblem of by the Roman Emperor Vitellius, to Vienne in Gaul, Their Deliverance. But the circumstance, at this time, where he laid violent hands upon himself. of Barabbas, a vile rebel, being preferr'd to Jesus an
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 crucified. When Pilate fáw 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: fee ye to it. Then answered all the people, and faid, His blood' be on us, and on 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 Jefus 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, faying, Hail, king of the Jews. And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and fmote 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, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: * him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, A place of a fcull, they gave him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And fitting down, they watched
# His blood be on us and on our Children. The ed , fpit upon, and struck by an impious rabble--I say, weight of this Iinprecation lies heavy on that nation to who can reflect that the Son of God endured fuch this day, by the destruction of their city, and their mi- things for his fake, and will not hate and abhor his Sins ferable dispersion into all parts of the world,
which were the occasion of it? And, on the contrary, $ Then the Soldiers of the Governor, &c. &c. Who who must not fervently love him, wlio thus loved us, can read the following scence without horror ? Who and gave himself for us? can reflect that the Son of God was thus fcourged, ar • Him they compelled to bear, &c. They did this, rayed like a Fool and an Impostot, -his head wounded however, not out of compallion to Jesus, but for fear he with prickly Thorns whose injuries were increased by should die under the fatigue, and thereby elude his ipe the blows of an heavy Eastern Reed-that he was mock tended punishment.
him there; and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him : one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by, reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days save thyself: if thou be the son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, faid, He saved others, himself he cannot save: + if he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land, unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jefus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani ? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forfaken me? Some of them, that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them fan, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest faid, Let be, let us fee whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake; and the rocks rent, and the graves were opened, I and many bodies of saints which slept, arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy
f If he be the King of Israel, &c. They scoffed at the And many Bodies of Saints, &c. It hould seem, Miracles by which he demonstrated himself to be the as if these Saints were Disciples, who had died but late. Meliahi, and promised to believe in him on condition ly. For when they went int the city, they were he would prove his pretensions by coming down from known by the persons who faw them; which could the cross. Though nothing could be more false and hye not well have happened, had they not been their co. pocritical: for they continued in their unbelief, not, temporaries. By their resurrection it was demonfrated withitanding Jesus raised himself from the dead, which that the power of Death and the Grave was broken ; was a ňuch greater miracle than his coming down from and an earnet given of a general Resurrection from the Cross would have been. But, alas! their condition: the dead. al professions of Bclief were a mere insult.
city, and appeared unto inany. Now, when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus; faw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feated greatly, faying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Monday before Easter.
For the Epistle.' Isai. 63. I.
from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength ? I that speak in righteousness, $ mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat? I have trodden the wine-press alone, and of the people there was none with me: *for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought falvation unto me, and my fury it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. + I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness towards the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them, according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his
Mighty. to save. In this Portion of Seripture Jesus tion of Christ taking vengeance upon his Adversaries : Christ is represented to us, by the Prophet, as a Con- which should make every Sinner tremble to provoke queror returning bloody from battle : and herein we are the divine displeasure. For though God is Long-sufled to contemplate the hardfhips, and the fuccess, of fering and of great Goodness to those that fear him: that combat with the enemies of our fouls, by which he yet to his enemies he is, indeed; a consuming fire. brought Salvation to Mankind. The account of which + I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord,. These is given by way of Dialogue.
are the words of the Prophet. And if he thought there I I have trodden the Wine-press alone. That is, none less than He who undertook it, was thought proper to he had always taken of his people Israel ;, how much: procure so glorious a deliverance for us.
more cause have we to bless him for the victory which * For I will tread them in mine anger, &c. Nothing Jesus Chrifthas gained over our spiritual enemies, by his can be more magnificent and sublime chan this descrip- precious bloodthedding, and his glorious Resurrection
was fo much reason for thankfuluefs to God for the care