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sures with inimitable patience !-If
HYMN. I forget thy love, blessed Jesus, let
“ My Father!" thus the Saviour cried my right hand forget her cunning. While horrors pressed on eyery side,
- What an encouragement is here And prostrate on the ground he lay,to believe thy word, which I see
“Remove this bitter cup away. so punctually accomplished! The
“ But if these pangs must still be borne,
“Or helpless man be left forlorn, ancient prophets foretold that Christ
“I bow my soul before thy throne should suffer, and so it came to "And say, Thy will, not mine be done." pass. Let me for ever believe thy
Thus our submissive souls would bow, promises. In all dangers, in all And, taught by Jesus, lie as low; troubles, in all necessities, let thy
Our hearts, and not our lips alone, promises be for my comfort. Let me
Would say Thy will, not ours be done! never mistrust thy goodness, O hea
Then though, like Him, in dust we lie,
We'll view the blissful moment nigh, venly Father, after so great an
That from our portion in the pains, instance of it as the gift of thy Son
Calls to the joy in which he reigns. must be. How can I despair of
DODDRIDGE. mercy upon unfeigned repentance, when, in this passion, mercy was drawn out to that length on purpose
LXXXV. that it might reach the greatest sinners ! O Jesus ! thou hast de CHAP. XXVI. 47–56. feated all mine enemies. Thou hast overthrown all obstacles to my sal Christ is betrayed with a kiss. vation. Let me pretend and plead excuses no more. Now let me run | 47 | And I while he yet with patience the race which is set spake, lo, Judas, one of the before me. The way being opened twelve, came, and with him a into the holy of holies, encourage great multitude with swords me to walk in it, with all that wait
and staves, from the chief for the salvation of God. Affect my heart with religious fear, and
priests and elders of the peolet thy humble passion kill my pride. Let my sins appear more 48 Now he that betrayed dreadful to me when I contemplate him gave them a sign, saying, thine agonies; and let the world Whomsoever I shall kiss, that with all its deceitful vanities become same is he: hold him fast. loathsome to me when I see how
49 And forthwith he came little thou didst regard it. Let
to Jesus, and said, Hail, masevery thing die in me that is not
ter ; ' and kissed him. agreeable to thy life; that when thou, who art my life, shalt appear,
50 And Jesus said unto him, I may also appear with thee in Friend, wherefore art thou glory. Amen. Amen.-HORNECK. I come? Then came they, and
laid hands on Jesus, and took What shall we think of Judas who him.
betrayed him? of the officers who 51 And. behold, one of apprehended him? of the chief
priests and elders who accused him? them which were with Jesus
what shall we think of the rabble stretched out his hand, and
who preferred a murderer before drew his sword, and struck a him, and cried out Crucify him, servant of the high priest's and crucify him! What shall we think smote off his ear.
of Pilate who pronounced sen52 Then said Jesus unto tence upon him ? And of the him, Put up again thy sword
soldiers who put a crown of thorns
upon his head, who stripped him, into his place; " for all they
who mocked him, who spit upon that take the sword shall perish
him, who smote him upon the with the sword.
head, who fastened his blessed 53 Thinkest thou that I can- hands and feet unto the cross with not now pray to my Father, nails driven through them? What and he shall presently give me shall we think, I say, of these ? , more than twelve legions of
| These certainly are far more odious angels ?
to all good Christians than we can 54 But how then shall th
think them to be. Or rather, with
what patience are we able to think scriptures be fulfilled, that
of them at all? O generation of thus it must be ?
vipers! Who could ever have ima55 In that same hour said gined that men, created after the Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye image of God, could have had such come out as against a thief venom and poison, such rancour with swords and staves for to
and malice, so much of the spirit of take me? I sat daily with you
the devil in them, as to sell their
Redeemer, accuse their advocate, teaching in the temple, and ye
condemn their judge, destroy their laid no hold on me.
Saviour, kill him that gave them 56 But all this was done, life, and so do all the mischief they that the scriptures of the pro- could do to him who did all the good phets might be fulfilled. Then that could be done for them ? * all the disciples forsook him, But we must not spend all our and fled.
wrath and fury upon them, but remember that we ourselves had
also a hand in that horrid act. vil. 10.-y Is. Hii. 7, &c. ver. 24. Luke xxiv, 25, 44, 46. They indeed were the instruments; - Lam. iv. 20. ver. 54.- See John xvili. 15.
but the sins of men, and ours among Reader. And while he yet spake, the rest, were the principal causes lo, Judas one of the twelve came, 8c. of it: the consideration whereof is
ecused, hied. Dankind.
enough, one would think, to make broken and dissolved? What perus out of love with sin as long as we fidiousness, what treachery, what live, and to hate it with a perfect dissimulation, have we been guilty hatred, and ourselves also for the of? Can we think of it, and not commission of it. Which that we be concerned ?-HORNECK. may do, let us search into our And Jesus said, Friend, wherefore hearts, review our lives, and bethink art thou come ? Then came they, and ourselves what sins we have com- laid hands on Jesus, and took him.mited against the eternal God; and Let us ponder and weigh the cause remember these men, they which of his death, that thereby we may put our Saviour to so much grief be the more moved to glorify him and pain. These are they for in our whole life. Which if you which the Son of God was betrayed, will briefly comprehend in one word, apprehended, derided, accused, ar it was nothing else on our part but raigned, condemned, and crucified. only the transgression and sin of --BEVERIDGE.
mankind. When the angel came Forthwith he came to Jesus, and to warn Joseph that he should not said, Hail master! and kissed him.- fear to take Mary to his wife, did And have we never thus betrayed he not therefore will the child's him, even with a false and coun- name to be called Jesus, because terfeit devotion ? Have we not he should save his people from their too often pretended God's glory, sins ? When John the Baptist when we have sought our own? preached Christ and shewed him to And seemed to be zealous for re the people with his finger, did he ligion, when it was only our own not plainly say unto them, Behold private interest we aimed at ? the Lamb of God, which taketh Have we not professed love to the away the sins of the world ? When holy Jesus when at the same time the woman of Canaan besought we have most basely affronted him ? Christ to help her daughter which Have we not drawn nigh unto him was possessed with a devil, did he with our lips, when in conversation not openly confess that he was sent we have denied him? Have we not to save the lost sheep of the house sometimes told him that we repent- of Israel, by giving his life for their ed, when we have been loath to part sins? It was sin, then, Oman, with our darling bosom sin ? Have even thy sin, that caused Christ, we not sometimes kneeled under his the only Son of God, to be crucified cross, to express our veneration to in the flesh, and to suffer the most him, when, in good truth, we have vile and slanderous death of the conspired against him with his cross. If thou hadst kept thyself enemies? Have we not maintain upright, if thou hadst observed the ed a league with sin, while we commandments, if thou hadst not have pretended, by bowing to the presumed to transgress the will of Son of God, that that league was God in thy first father Adam, then
Christ, being in form of God, need- | If God hateth sin so much, that he ed not to have taken upon him the would allow neither man nor angel shape of a servant; being immortal for the redemption thereof, but only in heaven, he needed not to have the death of his only and wellbecome mortal on earth; being the beloved Son, who will not stand in true bread of the soul, he needed fear thereof ? If we consider this, not to hunger; being the healthful that for our sins the most innocent water of life, he needed not to thirst; | lamb was driven to death, we shall being life itself, he needed not to have much more cause to bewail have suffered death. But to these ourselves that we were the cause of and many other such extremities his death, than to cry out against was he driven by thy sin, which was the malice and cruelty of the Jews, 80 manifold and great, that God which pursued him to his death. could be only pleased in him and We did the deeds for which he was none other.—Homily of the Pas- thus stricken and wounded ; they SION.
were only the ministers of our wickAnd behold, one of them that were edness. It is meet then that we with Jesus stretched out his hand, 8c. should step low down into our hearts, What preposterous means and ways and bewail our own wretchedness do men make use of to effect their and sinful living. Let us know for a deliverance! These poor men hope certainty, that if the most dearly beto do wonders by smiting with the loved Son of God was thus punished sword; a way neither warranted by and stricken for sins which he had any command of God, nor profitable. not done himself,—how much more So the Jews, in the time of Jeremi- ought we to be stricken for our ah, thought that there was no way daily and manifold sins which we for them to escape but by fleeing commit against God, if we earnestly into the land of Egypt.-And have repent us not, and be not sorry for not Christians very often, out of them ? No man can love sin, mistrust of God's Providence, made which God hateth so much, and be use of wrong means to compass in his favour. No man can say their safety ?-But what comfort that he loveth Christ truly, and can we take in deliverance compass- have his great enemy (sin, I mean, ed by sin ? Or what satisfaction in the author of his death) familiar, a rescue effected by the devil's and in friendship with him. So means, or, at least, by doing things much do we love God and Christ as acceptable to him ?-HORNECK. we hate sin. We ought therefore
But how then shall the Scriptures be to take great heed that we be not fulfilled that thus it must be ?—Who favourers thereof, lest we be found can consider the grievous debt of enemies to God, and traitors to sin, which could none otherwise be Christ. For not only they which paid but by the death of an innocent, nailed Christ upon the cross are his and will not hate sin in his heart? | tormentors and crucifiers, but all they, saith St. Paul, crucify again By thy woe intensely great, the Son of God, as much as in them, Agony, and bloody sweat ; who commit vice and sin, which
By thy robe and crown of scorn.
Rudely offer'd, meekly worn ; brought him to his death. If the
By the scandal and the shame wages of sin be death, and death Cast upon thy honour'd name; everlasting, surely it is no small
Jesus look with pitying eye,
Hear and spare us when we cry. danger to be in service thereof. If we live after the flesh, and after the
By thy passion, cross, and cries ;
By thy perfect sacrifice; sinful lusts thereof, St. Paul threat
By thy power from death to save; eneth, yea, Almighty God in St. By thy triumph o'er the grave; Paul threateneth, that we shall Jesus, Saviour of the lost,
Giver of the Holy Ghost; surely die. We can none otherwise
Look on us with pitying eye, live unto God but by dying unto
Hear and spare us when we cry. sin. If Christ be in us, then is sin
GRANT. dead in us: and if the Spirit of God be in us, which raised Christ from death to life, so shall the same
LXXXVI. Spirit raise us to the resurrection of everlasting life. But if sin rule CHAP. XXVI. 57—64. and reign in us, then is God, which is the fountain of all grace and
Christ is carried to Caiphas. virtue, departed from us ; then hath
57 T. And they that had the devil and his ungracious spirit
i laid hold on Jesus led him away rule and dominion in us. And surely, if in such miserable state we
to Caiaphas the high priest, die, we shall not rise to life, but fall where the scribes and the elddown to death and condemnation, ers were assembled. and that without end. For Christ 58 But Peter followed him hath not so redeemed us from sin, afar off unto the high priest's that we may return thereto again;
palace, and went in, and sat but he hath redeemed us, that we
with the servants, to see the should forsake the motions thereof, and live to righteousness.”—Hom
end. ILY OF THE Passion.
59 Now the chief priests,
and elders, and all the council, HYMN.
sought false witness against By thy birth and early years,
Jesus, to put him to death ;
though many false witnesses In the lonely wilderness ; By thy vict'ries in the hour
came, yet found they none. At Of the subtle tempter's power;
the last came “two false witJesus, look with pitying eye, Hear and spare us when we cry.