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thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried dur? flying, If thou let this man go:, thou art not Cesars friend: Whosoever maketh himself a king, speaketh against Cesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth,"ancf fat down in the judgment-feat, in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, % and about the sixth hour: and he faith unto the Jews, Behold your King. But they cried out, Away- with him j away with him, crucify him. Pilate faith unto them, Shall I crucify your king? Thez chief priests answered, We have no King but Cesar. Then deliveredhe him therefore unto them to be crucified: and they took Jesus, and led him away. || And he bearing his cross, went forth into a place called the place of a scull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha: where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one,- and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a tide, and put it on the cross: And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH' THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews t for the place where Jesus was cruci-? fled was nigh: to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, the King of the Jews; but that he said, I. am the King os the Jews. Pilate answered^ § What I have written, I have written. Then the soldiers, whe» they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, (and made four parts, to every soldier a part) and

t Andabo-it the sixth Hour. In order to reconcile were afraid he should die under the fatigue; and they

this passage with St. Mark who fays- that they Ciuei- be thereby disappointed of putting him to the intended

sied, or fixed him to the Cross at the third Jewijh Hourr Tenure.

which is about our nine o'Clock: we mult observe $ What I he-ve >wriiicn\ I have written. That is,

that St. John, who lived in the later Times of Christia- ** I am determined the Inscription fh;dl not be altered.''

nity, and wrote his Gospel principally for the benefit As it was usual for Malefactors amongst the Romans to

of the Gentile Converts, adapts his account of Things have the Crime for which they suffered, inscribed upon

to the Roman computation of Time; which agreed a Tablet, and'carried before them to their execution t

pretty much with ours:.- Therefore the sixth Hour neve, so Pilate, according to custom, made a superscription

is much the fame with our six in the Morning. for Jesus: but wrote it in so ambiguous a manner, as

|| And he bearing his Cross. 'Tis said indeed in the that it might seem either that Jesus had falsiy assumed

other Gospels that they obliged one Simon a Cyrenian to himself the title of King of the Jews, 'or that 11

to bear it for him: but this it may be supposed was -was indeed the King of the Jews, done after Jesus had carried it to long as till they

'»/ tfa ne t) M M O N P R- A Y fe R.

also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top' throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us no rend it, But cast lots>,-iwhose it?* mall bei that the scripture; might be fulfilled, .which faith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture.they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. Now-therfe-stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mothers sisters 'Mary ihe wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. Wliea Jefas therefore saw his mother, and the£ disciple standing by, whom he loved, he faith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son. !Then faith he to the disciple, *Behold thy. mother. And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all: things- were now accomplished, that the sciipture might be fulfilled^ faith,. I thirst. Now there was set. a vessel full of vinegar; and they filled a fpunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyflbp, and put it to his mouth. When Jcfus therefore had received the»!vinegar, - lieHsaid1, fit is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was- the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath-day (for that sabbathday was an high day) besought Pilate tliat their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the firsthand of the other which was- crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead akeady, they brake not his legs. But one of the soldiers wfth a spear pierced his fide, and X forthwith came there out blood and

Bddd thy Mother. Whatever some in these —TGod's Justice is satisfied,—and the great work of

Ikys aright think of such an action, our Sav iour, here-' Man s Rcdemp.ion is accomplished.'' , ..

in, gave a proof of his regard for St. John, as wett as J Forthwith tame thtrtout Blood and Water. The

fur his Mother: and entrusted her to his care a* an Apostle seems to bave'tak<n particular notice of this

Ihnour not indulged to his other Disciples, Hereby , incident both here and .in -his first Epilile chap. v. 6.

acknowledging hint, in his last moments, as the Dij- because it was an evident proof of the certainty of his

«//< inborn hi particularly loved—z% one whom he knew Death i (in opposition to the opinion of some Heretics

to be his. Friej.d indeed. If Jesus took such 'Thought i who affirmed that he only died in appearance.) For

for his worl-lly Parent amidst all the agonies of his Cru- Anatomists tell us that there is ai Catjula near the

t fixion: none surely can justly be accounted hi* Fol- Heart, called the P.ricardtum, which hath Water in

lowers who neglect a proper discharge of this duty. it; and therefore that the coming out of Water, with

t It is finijhtd. Which was as if he had said,, '« aU the Blood was a sure evidence that the Heart was

Types and Prophecies concerning me are now fulfilled, wounded.

water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true r and he knoweth that he faith true, that ;ye might believe. For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone os him shall not -be broken. And again, another scripture saith3 They shall look on him whom they pierced.:

Eafter-Bvm* -.o ?. .

The Coik$. 'A ?».'..;;.'

GRant, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections, we may be buried with him, and-that through the grave and gate of dearth*; we may pass to our joyful resurrection, for luV merits, who died, and was buried, and iofe again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle, i S. Pet. 3.. 17.

IT is better if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing,, than for evil-doing. Jfar Christ.also hath once suffered for fins, the just for the unjust; (that he might bring us to God) being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which alsohe went and preached unto * the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering os God waited inthe days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing; wherein few, that is, f eight fouls were saved by water* The like" figure wheieunto, even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away the filth of the flesh,, but the answer os a good conscience towards God) by

■ Paraphrase on ths Colie&for Epftir- Even. Grant, O Lord, that as, by Baptism, we areplant- sires; that, Death and the Grave may Become to used into the likeness of thy Son Jefos Christ's Death, a passage to a blesled Resurrection, through the Merits fowe may imitate his Burial also by continually killing of that Saviour, who died, and was buried for our Sins,, and subduing in ourselves all sinful passions and de- and rose again for our Justification.

* The Spirits in Prison, Signify the Souls of those //'onto Noah and his ^Family, by lifting uo the Ark

wicked Men who, in the time of Noah were dtfobe- oa high. In like manner Baptism is a means of our

dient, and fliut up in the Prison of Sin and Sensuality, spiritual Salvation through Christ, as the Water of the

To these Christ preached by his Spirit, through the Mi- Flood, through the Ark, was of their corporal safety,

nistry of Noah,, when God of his Mercy, bore with Only we must take heed that we rest not in the outward"

their wickedness for the space of i2o- Yeaa, before he sign; or suppose that we shall be saved merely by the

brought a Flood upon: the Earth. being washed, or sprhrkled with Water : but must add:

•t Eight Seyls-nitrtsa ved by Wateri The same Water thereto an earnest desire to know the Will of God,

whkh dt/lrtyed iLt Ungodly, was a means o{p> efcrva~ aitd a diligent endeavour to perform it.'

the resurrection os Jesus Christ: who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God, angels, and authorities, and powers being made subject unto him. h .

The Gospel. S. Matth. 27. 57,

WHen the evea was come, there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus disciple. He went to Pilate, and begged the body os Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 'And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it: in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulcher. Now the next day that followed the day of the prepiration, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three, days I will rife again. Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, *lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and fay unto the people, He is risen stom the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilare said unto them, Ye have a watch, go your way, make it as sure as you can. So they went and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

t Rafter-day,

At Morning Prayer, instead of the Psalm [O come, let us, &c.~\ these Anthems shall be sung or said: ■ .......

* /^^Hrist our pastbver is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast. Not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of

Lest hit Di/cifletJhouU come by Night, Tho' it Sepulcher left empty, notwithstanding; it must have

was very unlikely that a company of poor dispirited been done by a divine power. Thus God not only fruf

Persons should engage in such an undertaking as the trates the courtcelc of the wicked; but makes them in

carryirrg off the Body would not have been serviceable struments to his glory.

to their interest; yet the care which the Jews took to * Christ our Pajj'ovir, \£<^ Christ resembled the

prevent it, afforded another strong proof of Christ's Re- Lamb of-the Pastbver amongst the Jews. Because, as by

sarrection; because under the custody os such a guard; the sprinkling of the Blood of the Paschal Lamb upon

it was improbable that his Disciples should attempt the Doors of the Israelites, the destroying Angel pasted

n remove the Body:—-but as it was removed and the over them: so by the shedding of the precious Blood imdiee a-Erd widtedadsr but-with ;the unleavened bread of sincerity a$wl .•truth,. -&(i^4£ipiJ:iii* £ns - I'.::r J

GHrist being raised from the dead, dieth n6 more: death-hath :nq more dotranipri".over him> For m that-he died, he died u§$©i&ns&d-jhut-iantfeafcv&e limh,-he; liv&k- unto 'God;1 Likewise reckon yje^lso .yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin: but alive u-nto God through _|esu6 Christ our Lord; Rom.- 6. '-fy.1

GHrist 4s rife from the dead: and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death: by man came also tfe resurrection os the dead. For as in Adam all die: evea so iji Christ shall all be made alive, rse. 15. 20. vctlory-be tp.. the Father,. Sfc.; • As if was in the beginning, &c. .--I ■ 1 >i

ALmighty God, who through thine only begotten Son Jesus Christ, hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us, thou dost put into our minds good desires; so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Tfo^EpiJlIe. Col. 3. 1, *TF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which art J[ above,, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your

Paraphrase,on the CoUtS for Eajier-Day- .

Most mighty God, who, .through thy Son Jesus Grace, produce in us good actions, through the /nine

Chiist hast vanquished Death, and given us eternal Jesus Christ, who reigneth with thee and the Holy

-Life; grant, we beseech -thee, that those good desires, Spirit one God for ever and ever, which thou -inspirest into our Hearts, may, by thy

of Christ, we are saved from the wrath to come. As abstaining from the leaven of Sin, and by the practice

the Passover was Jcept in commemoration of the Ifrae- of all Christian Purity.

Jites deliverance from the Bondage of Egypt: so the • If yt tbea be risen tfifl Christ* £sV. TheDoo Feaftof Christ's Resurrection is instituted in remem- trine of Christ's Resurrection should be a continml motrance of our deliverance from the slavery of Sin and live to Believers to rife from the death of Sin to a lift Death. As the Jews were commended to eat no lea- of Righteousness,—to mortify and subdue in.theni- . veaed Bread during their Feast of the Passover; so selves ah inordinate Affections to. the Thu?g*'qfjt)l»s should Christians «oawKBioiate their Redemption by Worlds Slid nrit^Ipally to desire, aadiadeavftuf tff*

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