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people who afterward found him on the other side of the sea, for they knew that no vessel had conveyed him to his disciples, and asked, "Rabbi, how camest thou hither?" JESUS in his own divine power commissioned his disciples to work miracles in his
No prophet or teacher merely could thus have gifted his followers. But he was Emmanuel, GOD with us he was "made man for us and for our salvation"—and when he laid down his life as our Mediator, he left a promise which divinity only could fulfil, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end." He ascended whence he came, and with the FATHER and the HOLY GHOST reigneth one GOD for ever.
Irrefragable is the testimony of the apostles to the divinity of CHRIST after his ascension and the coming of the HOLY GHOST,-7th, 8th, and 9th verses of the Second General Epistle of John-and "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son." "This is the true GoD and eternal life." Had not the works of CHRIST collectively been "such as none other man did, they would not have had sin." He asked them to "believe in him, seen for the works' sake." He need not ask them to
believe that by his power the blind saw-the lame walked the leper was cleansed-the deaf heardthe dumb spake the dead were raised-or that winds, and waves, and private thoughts were rebuked!-these undeniable prodigies were evident and experienced. CHRIST asked men to believe in him as the CHRIST of GOD! come in the flesh-and to yield their entire faith in the true Messiah-and yield with full assent of their reason also, for Jesus CHRIST demonstrated his Godhead; therefore let all men exclaim, "My LORD and my God!"
THE BELIEVING JEW.
“HAVE I not seen him? have I not heard him ?" exclaimed Zerah after a moment's pause, as he proceeded along one of the rather retired streets of Jerusalem, reflecting upon the astonishing things he had recently witnessed in the city, and always with a result such as prodigies were likely to produce in such a mind.
As he again exclaimed,-"Yes, I have seen! I have heard! and can I doubt?"-the fine eyes of the youthful Jew emitted such beaming brightness that they seemed imbued with the light of heaven. While his thoughts dwelt fervently upon the astonishing being who occupied the deep consideration of many at Jerusalem, two persons approached and steadfastly beheld him. Zerah knew them to be followers of the Nazarene, yet could not suppose his features familiar to them, or likely to be remembered among the thronging crowds surrounding their Mas
He was consequently somewhat surprised to perceive, that instead of proceeding on their way, they turned, and silently followed him. The young man bore in his hand a small pitcher of singular
beauty, containing water, at that moment complying with a certain custom peculiar to the Jews at that season. He entered a neighboring house; the two men closely followed and entered with him. Zerah, directing his steps to the interior, stopped an instant to learn their purpose, for they stood in the midst about to speak to the owner of the house, who was a publican, of great wealth and good reputation. One of the strangers simply said, "The Master saith, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples ?" The host immediately withdrew with the inquirers to show it to them.
In the spirit of ardent desire, without a shadow of presumptuous curiosity, Zerah wished to behold the approaching solemnity, and thought that, without offence, he might be gratified by placing himself in a part of the guest chamber where he could remain unobserved. More ardently he desired to join the disciples of Him who so powerfully touched the soul of this youth, that he would have kneeled to kiss the print of his footsteps-or, as many had done, the hem of his garment,-and acknowledged his divinity--had not reasons of the most imposing nature at that time restrained him.
The evening came, and Zerah beheld the entrance of a group interesting to human nature beyond all comparison of past or future among mankind. One individual yet stood aloof from the table when all the rest were seated, and seemed to shrink from joining them. The position in which he stood presented a full view of his face, over which a sud
den flush, succeeded by livid paleness, produced the strongest effect, combined with a glance of indescribable expression cast at JESUS, whose look shed all around ineffable benignity mingled with protecting kindness-an elder brother's tenderness, and friendship's generous confidence. But very
quickly was the satanic glance withdrawn, as if it could not meet that sight; and rapidly scanning the surrounding countenances, Judas Iscariot took his place.
The repast proceeded, when a voice clear, rich, but in tones of deeply-moved feelings, said, "Verily I say unto you, one of you which eateth with me shall betray me." The grieved, agitated, and astonished men began to inquire "which of them?" JESUS replied, "It is one of the twelve that dippeth with me in the dish." At that instant Judas having with a convulsed movement reached forth his hand-it met the Master's!
gave it to them,
Fear came upon them all with sorrowful amazement. JESUS calmly looked round, and taking bread, blessed and brake it, and gave it to them, saying," Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he and they all drank of it. And he said, This is my blood of the new testament, do this in remembrance of Verily I say unto you, that I shall no more drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom of God."
Again the voice.
Awful silence ensued awhile. was heard--and then a strain of seraphic sweetness,