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“ where they have laid him." yet they (t) knew not the Scrip3. Peter therefore went forth, and ture,
« that he must rise again that other disciple, and came to «< from the dead." Then the dis. 10. 4. the sepulchre. So they ran both ciples went away again unto their
together : and the other disciple own home.
did outrun Peter, and came first 5. to the sepulchrę. And he, stoop
ing down, and looking in, saw the
Monday in Easter Week.
For the Epistle. Afts x. 34. the sepulchre, and seeth the linen Peter (x)opened his mouth, and 7. clothes lie; and the napkin that said, “ Of a truth I perceive that
was about his head, not lying with " God is no respecter of persons:
the linen clothes, but wrapped to- “ but in every nation he that 35. 8. gether in a place by itself. Then “ feareth him, and worketh righ
went in also that other disciple " teousness, is accepted with him.
which came first to the sepulchre, 6 The word which God sent un- 36. 9. and he saw and believed. For as
to the (y) children of Israel,
(1) “ Knew not,” &c. Our Saviour Cornelius arrived, Peter had just seen a
as common or us.
“ present before God, to hear all things
“ that are commanded thee of God.” ever, from John ii. 22. that what he meant And it was in answer thereto that by “ destroying this temple,” &c. was St. Peter made this address. not understood till he was risen from (v) “ The Children of Israel.” It 4. jó the dead. And however plain the inti- was to the Jews first that the Gospel was mation is in Matt. xx. 19. St. Luke tells us in the parallel passage, Luke
preached, because they had long been
the only worshippers of the one true xvii. 34. “ they understood none of God; it was to their nation that the “ these things ; and this saying was later prophecies were delivered ; and it “ hid from them ; neither knew they" was in their sacred books that all the (i. e, comprehended) “ the things that prophecies were preserved. They are were spoken.” See post, note on accordingly called the children of the
“ kingdom,” Matt. viii. 12. (ante 58.)
It was in the wilderness of Judea (the
Jews country) that John the Baptist be:
gan his preaching. Matt. i. 1. And
Luke xxiv. 45.
“ preaching (z) peace by Jesus 66 drink with him after he rose
“ Christ; (he is Lord of all ;) " from the dead. And he com- 42. 37.
" that word, I say, ye know, “ manded us to preach unto the
Galilee, after the (a) baptism “ God to be the Judge of quick
66 and dead. To him give all 43.
« devil: for God was with him. The Gospel. Luke xxiv. 13.
things which he did, both in went that (b) same day to a village
Jerusalem about threescore fur. 40. “ and hanged on a tree.
Him longs. And they talked toge. 14. “ God raised up the third day, ther of all these (i) things which 41.
“ and shewed him openly; not had happened. And it came to 15.
even to us, who did eat and himself drew near, and went with
apostles to preach the gospel, he com-
X. 5,6. See ante 84. note on Matt. xv. 24. 9. 36. (z) “ Peace," either from Gud to
man, or between man and man.
“ wards man.” Luke ii. 14. 0.37
(a) “' Baptism," i.e. unto repentance. " I indeed baptize you with water unto
repentance." Matt. iii. 11.
(6) “ John," i.e. the Baptist.
of our Saviour's life and miracles was
him; but he fully refuted that insinuation,
ie) " Witnesses. St. Peter relies v. 39.
powers communicated to them, of speaking languages they never learnt, healing diseases, &c.
(f) “Remission of sins.” See ante 123. v. 43. note on 1 Pet. ii. 18. (8) “ Two of them.” Cleophas was v. 13.
See post, verse 18. (h) “ That same day,” i. e. the day v. 13: of the Resurrection; corresponding with our Easter Day. (i) “ All these things," i. e. the cruci
v.14. fixion, &c.
16. them. But their (k) eyes were
66 and found it even so as the holden, that they should not So women had said; but him
know him. And he said unto they saw not.” Then he said 2 17. them, “What manner of com- unto them, “ O fools, and slow
" munications are these that ye 66 of heart to believe all that the
6 have one to another, as ye “ prophets have spoken! Ought : 18.“ walk, and are sad?” And the not Christ to have suffered
one of them, whose name was “ these things, and to (6) enter Cleopas, answering said unto him, “ into his glory?” And begin. “ Art thou only a stranger in Je- ning at Moses and all the pro" rusalem, and hast not known phets, he expounded unto them " the things which are come in all the Scriptures the things
“ to pass there in these days ?” concerning himself. And they 19. And he said unto them, “ What drew nigh unto the village whi
" things ?” And they said unto ther they went: and he made as him, “Concerning Jesus of Na- though he would have
fur. “ zareth, which was a prophet ther. But they constrained him,
mighty in deed (?) and word saying, “ Abide with us; for it
6 before God and all the people: “is toward evening, and the day 20. “ and how the chief priests and “ is far spent." And he went our rulers delivered him to be
in to tarry with them. And it “ condemned to death, and have came to pass, as he sat at meat 21.6 crucified him. But we trusted with them, he took bread, and
" that it had been he which blessed it, and brake, and gave " should (m) have redeemed Is- to them. And their eyes were “ rael: and beside all this, to- opened, and they knew him; and day is the third day since these he vanished out of their sight
. things were done. Yea, and And they said one to another
, 3 “ certain women also of our “ Did not our heart burn within
company made us astonished, us, while he talked with us by " which were early at the se.
“ the way, and while he opened 23•
pulchre: and when they found " to us the Scriptures?" And “ not his body, they came, say they rose up the same hour, and
ing, “ That they had also seen returned to Jerusalem, and found
a vision of angels, which said the eleven gathered together, and 24.
66 that he was alive.” 6 And cer- them that were with them, say“ tain of (n) them which were
ing, “ The Lord is risen indeed, “ with us went to the sepulchre, « and hath appeared to (p) S
(k) “ Their eyes were holden.” Saint Mark (Mark xvi. 12.) says " he appeared " in another form."
(1) “ Deed and word,” miracles and doctrine ; in what he did and said.
(m) “ He which should have redeemed “ Israel.” This implies that a Redeemer was expected. Ante 31. note on Matt. xi. 3. and note on Luke ii. 25.
(n) “Certain of them which were with o us,
," viz. Peter and John. John XX. 3. Ante 127. Acts x. 41.
(6) “ And to enter," i. e. and then, afterwards, to enter into his glory.
(o) “ To Simon.” This appearance of our Saviour is not mentioned by any of the other Evangelists; but St. Paul notices it in 1 Cor. xv. 5. in summing up what
35. “ mon.” And they told what that was written of him, they things were done in the way, and
took him down from the (u) tree,
God raised him from the dead :
of (x) them which came up with
him from Galilee to Jerusalem,
who are his witnesses unto the For the Epistle. Acts xiii. 26. people.
And we declare unto 32. Men (9) and brethren, children you glad tidings, how that the of the stock of Abraham, and promise (y) which was made whosoever among you feareth unto the fathers, God hath ful- 33.
God, to you is the word of this filled the same unto us their chil27. salvation (r) sent. For they that dren, in (z) that he hath raised
dwell at Jerusalem, and their up Jesus again ; as it is also writ-
sabbath-day, they have fulfilled concerning that he raised him up 28. them in condemning him. And from the dead, now no more to
though they found no cause of return to corruption, he said on
Pilate that he should be slain. " the sure mercies of David." 29. And when they had fulfilled all Wherefore he saith also in an- 35.
And as 34•
he had preached to them. Part is, that
"" the twelve," &c.
This is part of St. Paul's address in the synagogue at Antioch, on the Sabbath-day: the Jews and rulers of the synagogue were present, and probably some Gentiles. He had just stated, that “ of David's seed had “ God according to his promise raised “ unto Israel a Saviour Jesus,” and had noticed the testimony John the Baptist bore to him, “ there cometh one after “ me, whose shoes of his feet I am not “ worthy to unloose ;” and then he
Christ. He had stated in verse 23. that
(s) “ Him," i. e. our Saviour Jesus.
had not at that time the power of inflict-
(u) “ The tree," i. e. the cross, on v.9. which he was crucified. (x) “ Seen many days of them which
0.31. came up with him."
St. Paul was not converted until some time after the Ascension : he was not among those, therefore, to whom our Saviour appeared ; but the eleven Apostles were. See ante 129, Acts x. 41.
6) “ The promise," i. e. of the v.32. Messiah. (2) “ In that,” &c.
This is our assurance for saying the promise is ful. filled, that God hath raised Jesus.
fa) “ Thou art my Son,” &c. The v.33. ineaning perhaps is, this was a promise that the Messiah should be of David's seed, and so was Jesus Christ.
(6) " Give you," &c. This alludes v.34.
you, even the sure mercies of David.
other (c) Psalm, “ Thou shalt The Gospel. Luke xxiv. 36.
sleep, and was laid unto his fa- frighted, and supposed that they 37. thers, and saw corruption : but had seen a spirit. And he said
he whom God raised again, saw unto them, Why are ye trou. 38. no corruption. Be it known “ bled? and why do thoughts
unto you, therefore, men and “ arise in your hearts ? Behold brethren, that through this man my hands and my feet, that it
is preached unto you the forgive- “ is I myself: handle (b) me, 39. ness of sins: and by him, all that " and see; for a spirit hath not
believe are (d) justified from all 6 flesh and bones, as ye see me things, from which ye could not 66 have." And when he had thus
be justified by the law of Moses. spoken, he shewed them his 40. Beware therefore, lest that come hands and his feet. And while
upon you which is spoken of in they yet believed not for joy, and 41. the prophets ; " Behold (e), ye wondered, he said unto them,
“ despisers, and wonder, and “ Have ye here any meat?"
perish: for I work a work in And they gave him a piece of .
your days, a work which ye a broiled fish, and of an honey. « shall in no wise believe, though comb. And he took it, and .
a man declare it unto you." did (i) eat before them. And he :
them that God would not leave in the
passage is in Ps. xvi. 11. “ My heart was glad, " and my glory rejoiced ; my flesh also u shall rest in hope. For why ? thou “ shalt not leave my soul in hell, neither “ shalt thou suffer thine Holy One to see
corruption." David was probably referring to the Messiah; and to him St. Paul here applies it. It is also so applied by
St. Peter, AAs ii. 27 to 31. 7.39. (d) “ Justified,” i.e. cleared, absolved. W.41.
(e) “ Behold.'s The passage is in Hab. i. 5.
and refers to what God would do by the hands of the Chaldeans: “Be. “ hold ye among the heathen, and regard, “ and wonder marvellously ; for I will u work a work in your days, which ye “ will not believe, though it be told
you." St. Paul, therefore, calls to their recollection what a denunciation had been made in a former instance against those who would not hear, to awaken their attention, &c. in this. It is probable be had in contemplation the approaching day of vengeance on the unbelievers, the
time so often referred to as “ the day," or “ coming of the Lord.” Ante 25.
(5)“ Stood," &c. This was on the 2.. day of his Resurrection; just after the two disciples to whom our Saviour ap• peared on the way to Emmaus had related the particulars of that appearance to the apostles, and to those that were with them. Ante 129 )
(8)“ Of them," that is, of the apostles and their companions.
(6) “ Handle me,” &c. This back. «wardness in the apostles to believe the appearance exempts them from the charge of credulity, and contributes to stamp their accounts with credit. But their speaking languages they never learnt, was a point of all others in which they could not be deceived: they must know whether they had this faculty, and it could not have been conferred but by God, or by his permission.
Eat,” &c. In Acts x. 41. St. Peter says, that they
« did eat and o drink with him after he rose from the “ dead.” And John states, that after appearing to them whilst Peter and others were fishing, “ Jesus cometh, and taketh