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19 And the disciples did as 28 For “ this is my blood of Jesus had appointed them; and the new testament, which is they made ready the passover. shed 'for many for the remis
20 " Now when the even sion of sins. was come, he sat down with the 29 But · I say unto you, I twelve.
will not drink henceforth of 21 And as they did eat, he this fruit of thé vine, until said, Verily I say unto you, that day when I drink it new that one of you shall betray with you in my Father's kingme.
dom. 22 And they were exceeding 30 And when they had sorrowful, and began every one sung an "hymn, they went out of them to say unto him, Lord, into the mount of Olives. is it I?
31. Then saith Jesus unto 23 And he answered and them, o All ye shall be offendsaid, ” He that dippeth his handed because of me this night: with me in the dish, the same for it is written, o I will smite shall betray me.
the shepherd, and the sheep of 24 The Son of man goeth the flock shall be scattered • as it is written of him: but abroad. pwoe unto that man by whom 32 But after I am risen the Son of man is betrayed ! | again, I will go before you it had been good for that man into Galilee. if he had not been born. L 33 Peter answered and said
25 Then Judas which betray- unto him, Though all men shall ed him, answered and said, be offended because of thee, Master, is it I? He said unto yet will I never be offended. him, Thou hast said.
34 Jesus said unto him, Ve26 | 'And as they were rily I say unto thee, That this eating, "Jesus took bread, and night, before the cock crow, "blessed it, and brake it, and thou shalt deny me thrice. gave it to the disciples, and 35 Peter said unto him, said, Take, eat ; 'this is my Though I should die with thee, body.
yet will I not deny thee. Like27 And he took the cup, and wise also said all the disciples. gave thanks, and gave it to
Greek copies have: 2000 tkanks... See Mark vi. 41. finite treasure ! Temporal profit,
honour, ease, and pleasure have but gently knocked at the door, and
thou hast listened, and heard, and Reader. There can be little need run to open to them. See where of explanation of the plain, but thy love and thy treasure lies.affecting and solemn, details which HORNECK. are here set before us.
They were exceeding sorrowful ; and Any person of common capacity, began every one of them to say unto and honest mind, who has been him. Lord, is it I? Self examination instructed in the truths of religion is the only way to come to a right without an admixture of popish knowledge of ourselves. Yet how superstition, may easily understand careless, O my soul, hast thou been what our Lord meant when he said of this duty! How easily mightest of the bread and the wine, which he thou have found that thou wert appointed as memorials of his death, guilty of such a sin, and didst “This is my body, This is my blood.” transgress such a command ; but It was the same as though he had thou wouldest not. How much said, This is a sign or token of my better is it to be acquainted with body broken, and my blood poured our own hearts than to be strangers out :—just as when we read in to ourselves! And what danger Ex. xii. 11, “It is the Lord's pass- dost thou involve thyself in, for over” we understand those words want of this holy search! How to mean, It is a sign or token of the dost thou prepare for self delusion ! Lord's passing over the houses of The disease being known, it may be the children of Israel.
cured; but, lying hid, it kills, and The words “new testament” in destroys, when we think all safe. verse 28 mean “new covenant.” How easy a matter were it, to
The hymn which was sung by inquire whether thou art that our Lord and his disciples (v. 30) hypocrite, that unprofitable servant, consisted probably of Psalms, 113— that loiterer, that slothful person, 118, which were usually sung by that busy body, which the Holy the Jews at the Passover.
Ghost condemns. Yet thou hast READER.—The Master saith, My shunned this search, and been time is at hand; I will keep the afraid of it, as of prison ; whereas it Passover at thy house with my disci was the only medicine from which ples.—How often, O my soul, hath thou mayest promise thyself a happy the great Master attempted to enter recovery.-HORNECK. into thy heart, and to make that The Son of man goeth, as it was his guest-chamber! And how ill written of Him. It was wickedly natured hast thou been in refusing and maliciously done by men against 80 great a guest, whose presence him; but it was determined, wisely would have enriched thee with in- and graciously, by his father, with
his own consent. As in these two- | ill end. They say, he was born to faced pictures :- look upon the cru- it, it was his fortune, - and the cifying of Christ one way, as plotted | like. Pray hear what Christ said by a treacherous disciple, and mali of Judas, “Woe unto that man by cious priests and rulers, and nothing whom the Son of man is betrayed." more deformed and hateful than Jesus Christ would not have said the authors of it; but view it again, so, if Judas had not brought this as determined by God's counsel for evil upon his own head, by hardenthe restoring of lost mankind, and ing his heart, and adding one sin it is full of unspeakable beauty and to another, until God thought fit sweetness, infinite wisdom and love, to permit the devil to enter into in every trait of it.-LEIGHTON. him; and then he filled up the
But woe unto that man by whom the measure of his iniquities. Son of man is betrayed ! it had been And as they were eating, Jesus took good for that man if he had not been bread, and blessed, and brake it, &c. born.—Whenever men provoke God — The Lord's Supper was ordained, to withdraw his protection, that not for the repetition, but the conmoment the devil takes them under tinual remembrance, of the sacrifice his power, and, as the Scriptures of Christ. The outward signs in say, leads them captive at his will.— it, are bread and wine; both which Judas was not now his own master; the Lord hath commanded to be so that neither fear for himself, nor received by all Christians, and both love for his Lord, nor the baseness which are accordingly received, and of the crime, could prevail with him not changed and transubstantiated to repent of his evil project. You into the real and natural body and will perhaps say, that if he was not blood of Christ : which, however, his own master, his crime was the the faithful and they only, do, under less. By no means. He might this representation of it, verily and have continued under the protection indeed receive, into a most beneficial of God, if it had not been his own union with themselves,—that is, do fault. It is true, the devil is still verily and indeed, by a spiritual seeking whom he may devour; that connection with their incarnate is, whom he may be permitted to Redeemer and Head through faith, devour; but then, we are well assu- partake, in this ordinance, of that red that he is permitted to be mas heavenly favour and grace which, ter of none but such as, by a course by offering up his body and blood, of wilful, presumptuous, sins, have he hath procured for his true disforced the Spirit of God to leave ciples and members.-SECKER. them to themselves.
As Christ broke the bread, so it It is a very unwarrantable way is justly supposed that he did eat of speaking, which some people use, of it himself; for this was the cuswhen they hear of any person falling tom among the Jews, for the master into evil courses, or coming to some of the family, who broke the bread, to eat of it himself.—But if Christ such traitors shall lodge in my did eat of the consecrated bread house. O blessed Master! Shall himself, the doctrine of transubstan- I see thy head broken with thorns, tiation, that idol of the Church of and not cry out, О that my head Rome, falls to the ground; for from were water, and mine eyes a founhence it would follow, that Christ tain of tears ? Shall I see thy face did eat and devour himself, which broken with grief, and not blush as it is absurd, so it wants very at my daring sins that broke it little of being ridiculous.
thus ? Break, stubborn heart ! When thou seest the holy bread Break, my perverse and ungovernbroken before thine eyes in this able will! Break, my headstrong Sacrament, thou must not look upon passions ! O Jesus break these this as an empty ceremony; but cockatrice eggs, and let all the poithy soul must flee away to Geth- son evaporate; then thy servant semane, walk about Golgatha, take shall be whole. a turn on the Mount of Olives, and | Hear this, thou broken, thou constand still awhile on Moriah, and trite penitent. Hear this, thou disbehold how the innocent Isaac is tressed soul, that art broken with a bound on the altar, how the Son of sense of sin, who feelest the burden God hangs on the infamous tree, a heavy, and bowest under it. Bespectacle to angels and to men. hold the rock that was broken for See here, my sins, what work ye thee; and of the waters that flow have made, what injury ye have from it, drink; yea, drink abundone. Ye pulled down the Son of dantly. Hide thyself in the holes, God from the mansions of glory; in the clefts of the rock; hither flee ye afflicted, persecuted, broke him for refuge. When devils haunt here on earth, and left him not till thee, when temptations follow thee, ye had killed and murdered him ! | when despair, like the avenger of How shall I be revenged upon you ? | blood, is at thy heels, run into this How shall I testify my concern at city of refuge, save thyself in this the sufferings of the Lord Jesus ? Zoar. Here fear no storm, no How shall I convince the holy waves, no tempest; here all travailangels that stand about me that I ing and weary souls find rest; here condole with him? Pride and de- devils have no power, for they are sire of vain-glory, thou shalt die ! conquered, their dominion is taken Envy and malice thou shalt live no | away, their empire broken. Here longer in my soul! Wrath and is balm of Gilead; here is the phyanger, thou shalt be dispatched ! sician, whose blood is for the healHypocrisy and covetousness, thou ing of the nations; here fix, though shalt be broke to pieces! Intem- the earth be moved; here shelter thyperance and luxury, thou shalt self from the wrath to come. Christ, breathe thy last! I will harbour the same yesterday, to-day, and for no murderers in my bosom ; no ever. Heb. xiii. 8.-HORNECK.
I say unto you, I will not drink of from the second death. — Wilson. this fruit of the vine until that day. O Jesus, who hast loved us, and when I drink it new with you in my washed us from our sins, and Father's kingdom. — Whenever the purchased us by thy own blood, and memorial of the death of Christ is didst ordain this sacrament, in celebrated in the Lord's Supper, let order to secure us to thyself, by a us be careful, by faith, to apply it to grateful remembrance of what thou ourselves, and to be qualified to do hast done and suffered for us, make so by a due preparation ; each of us me truly sensible of thy love, and saying in his heart, This body and of our sad condition, which did blood were given and shed for me : require such a sacrifice.—May I the minister of God assures me of always receive this pledge of thy it, and I do faithfully trust in it. love, the offers of mercy, pardon, It was for this reason that Jesus and grace, tendered to us in this Christ ordained that holy Sacra- holy ordinance, with a thankful ment, that we might be often heart, and in remembrance of Thee, obliged to remember his love for our great and best benefactor; in us; his bitter sufferings; the occa- remembrance of thy holy example, sion of his death ; the misery we of thy heavenly doctrine, of thy have thereby escaped, if it be not laborious life, of thy bitter passion our own fault; and the happiness and death, of thy glorious resurreche has obtained for us; that we tion, of thy ascension into heaven, may be obliged, by all the motives and of thy coming again to judge of interest and gratitude, to love the world !-And may I never him with all our heart and soul, and forget the obligations thou hast laid to put our whole trust in his mercy. upon us, to live as becomes thy Then will our own death whenever disciples, and to forsake every course it shall happen, be a blessing to of life contrary to thy gospel! us, and better than the day of Cease not, O Lord, to love us; and our birth ; when nothing in this by thy grace vouchsafed in this world can be a comfort to us, but a ordinance, cause us to love thee firm faith in Jesus Christ, and what with all our hearts. Amen.he has done and suffered for our Wilson. salvation. We shall then see the If you love God, and your neighimportance of a true faith, and bour though not so fervently as you set a true value upon the blood of could wish; if you have a real desire Christ, when every thing else will of being better than at present you yield us no substantial comfort; find yourselves to be; if the fruits when we can say with the Apostle, of the Holy Spirit, though in a very I know in whom I have believed, low degree, do appear in your life; even in the Son of God, who came lastly, if you do daily pray for God's to seek and to save lost sinners, and graces, that you may in his good who gave his life to redeem them time be what he would have you to