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verned and preferved evermore, both in body and foul, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
The Epifle. Hebr. 9. 11.
Hrift being come an high Prieft of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands; that is to fay, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats, and calves; but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the afhes of an heifer fprinkling the unclean, fanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Chrift, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? +And for this caufe he is the Mediator of the new Teftament, that by means of death for the redemption of the tranfgreffions that were under the firft Teftament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
The Gofpel. S. John 8. 46.
Efus faid, Which of you convinceth me of fin? And if I fay the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God, heareth Gods words; ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then anfwered the Jews, and faid unto him, Say we not well, that
thou art a Samaritan, and haft a devil? Jefus anfwered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I feek not mine own glory; there is one that feeketh and
Paraphrafe on the Collect for the fifth Sunday in Lent.
All powerful God, we intreat thee to deal with us according to thy Mercy; that, through thy unfpeakable
By his own Blood he entered, &c. This portion of Scripture points out to us the pre-eminence of the Gofpel above the Law of Mofes.-For, whereas the High Priest under the Law, by the Sacrifice of flain Beafts, procured only a temporary Purification of the unclean, which was performed every Year.-Jefus Chrift hath obtained eternal Redemption for us, through the Offering ofhis precious Blood once for all.
↑ And for this cause he is the Mediator, &c. That is
kindness, our Souls and Bodies may be continually ruled and protected, through our Lord Jefus Chrift. Christ, by his Blood, hath fealed a new Covenant between God and us; that, in confideration of his Death for the expiation of Sins, which the Law of Mofes could not expiate, all who are admitted to, and perform th ir part of it, may receive the Promife of Immorta lity and Happinefs in Heaven.
Thou art a Samaritan, &c. The Jews and Sa. maritans bare a mortal hatred to each other on account of Religion, infomuch that the Word Samaritan was
judgeth. Verily, verily I fay unto you, * If a man keep my faying, he shall never fee death. Then faid the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou haft a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou fayeft, If a man keep my faying, he fhall never tafte of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makeft thou thyself? Jefus anfwered, If I honour myfelf, my honour is nothing; it is my Father that honoureth me, of whom ye fay, that he is your God; yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should fay, I know him not, I fhall be a liar like unto you; but I know him, and keep his faying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad. Then faid the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and haft thou seen Abraham? Jefus faid unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, Before § Abraham was, I am. Then took they up ftones to caft at him: but Jefus hid himself, and went out of the temple.
The Sunday next before Eafter.
Lmighty and everlasting God, who of thy tender love towards mankind, haft fent thy Son our Saviour Jefus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind fhould follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and alfo be made partakers of his refurrection, through the fame Jefus Chrift our Lord. Amen.
Paraphrafe on the Collect for the Sunday next before Eafter.
Moft mighty and eternal God, who fo loveit the world that thou gavest thine only begotten Son to be made in the likeness of men, and to be obedient unto the death of the Crofs, leaving us an Example, that we fhould follow his fteps; mercifully grant that we may made ufe of by the Jews to fignify, not merely one of that People, but also one that bore an enmity to their Nation and Religion, and a Man of bad Morals. Thus in our own Language a Turk fignifies one of a barbarous disposition, and a few, one who is covetous and rich.
If a Man keep my faying, &c. That is, whofoever
both faithfully imitate the pattern of his Humility and Refignation, and be fo planted together in the likeness of his death; that we may be alfo in the likeness of his Refurrection, through the fame Jefus Christ our Lord.
The Epiftle. Phil. 2. 5.
ET this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jefus: who 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 alfo hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jefus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue fhould confess that Jefus Chrift is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The Gofpel. S. Matth. 27. 1.
HEN the morning was come; all the chief priefts and elders of the people took councel against Jefus, 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 filver to the chief priests and elders, faying, I have finned, in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they faid, What is that to us?. fee thou to that. And he caft down the pieces of filver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himfelf. And the chief priest took the filver pieces, and faid, It is not lawful for to put them into the treafury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counfel, and bought with them the potters field to bury
fal Dominion. That all Nations fhould acknowledge him as ther King, and by fubmitting to his Laws and Government, promote the Glory of God the Father; who delights to be honoured in the Belief and Ob.dience, paid to his blessed Son and his Gofpel.
And hanged himself. A miferable example of the fatal effects of Covetoufnefs, and a ftanding monument of God's vengeance; which fhould deter mankind from facrificing confcience to worldly gain; for which this' Wretch betrayed his Mafter, Friend, and Saviour, and caft away his own Soul.
frangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood unto this day. (Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, faying, And they took the thirty pieces of filver, 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 Jefus ftood before the governor; and the governor asked him, faying, Art thou the king of the Jews? And Jefus faid unto him, Thou fayeft. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, § he answered nothing. Then faith Pilate unto him, Heareft thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word, infomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. *Now at that feaft 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 faid unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jefus, which is called Chrift? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was fet down on the judgment-feat, his wife fent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: + for I have fuffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders perfuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and deftroy Jefus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They faid, Barabbas. Pilate faith unto them, What fhall I do then R
He anfwered nothing. Jefus might perhaps de- innocent perfon, is a lively reprefentation 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, fhould ask his ator, from the bondage of Sin and Satan and the Sareleafe, and prevent his death. Befides, the grofs falf-viour of the world, who was without spot or blemish hood of the accufation, known to all the inhabitants being given up to death in their stead. of Galilee, rendered any reply needless.
Now at that Feaft the Governor was wont, &c. The Paffover is the Feast meant here. And as it was kept in memory of the Jews' releafe from Egyptian Bondage; fo the custom of fetting a prifoner at liberty on that occafion, was a very proper Emblem of their Deliverance. But the circumftance, at this time, of Barabbas, a vile rebel, being preferr'd to Jefus an
For I have fuffered many things this Day in a Dream. Perhaps it prefaged the vengeance of God purfuing her Husband and Family, on account of the injuftice he was going to commit. But whatever it was, Pilate, (as Jofephus relates) was afterwards banished by the Roman Emperor Vitellius, to Vienne in Gaul, where he laid violent hands upon himself.
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with Jefus, which is called Chrift? They all fay unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor faid, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, faying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate faw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, faying, I am innocent of the blood of this just perfon: fee ye to it. Then anfwered all the people, and faid, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then releafed he Barabbas unto them: and when he had fcourged Jefus, he delivered him to be crucified. Then the foldiers of the governor took Jefus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of foldiers. And they ftripped him, and put on him a fcarlet 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 fpit 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 fay, A place of a fcull, they gave him vinegar to drink, mingled with gall: and when he had tafted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, cafting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vefture did they caft lots. And fitting down, they watched
His blood be on us and on our Children. The weight of this Imprecation lies heavy on that nation to this day, by the deftruction of their city, and their miferable difperfion into all parts of the world.
§ Then the Soldiers of the Governor, &c. &c. Who can read the following scence without horror? Who can reflect that the Son of God was thus fcourged, arrayed like a Fool and an Impostor,-his head wounded with prickly Thorns whofe injuries were increafed by the blows of an heavy Eastern Reed-that he was mock
ed, fpit upon, and ftruck by an impious rabble-I fay, Who can reflect that the Son of God endured fuch things for his fake, and will not hate and abhor his Sins which were the occafion of it? And, on the contrary, who must not fervently love him, wlio thus loved us, and gave himself for us?
• Him they compelled to bear, &c. They did this, however, not out of compaflion to Jefus, but for fear he fhould die under the fatigue, and thereby elude his intended punishment.