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Chapter Verse very fhoit of the others; at least he omits the

greatest and most material circumstances : conxxvii. 16 cluding his history with Then the eleven dif

ciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain 19' where Jesus had appointed them. And when

they faw 'him, they worshipped him: but fome 28 doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them,

• saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven, and 19. in earth. Go'ye therefore and teach all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father, and 20 the Son, and the Holy Ghoft. Teaching them

to observe all things whatsoever I have com• manded you, and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.'

These are all the particulars Matthew has given us of the tranfactions fubsequent to the resurrection: the ascension he has omitted entirely.

We must now have recourse to the other three; MARK. and firit Mark; who after recording the account Chapter Verre given by Mary to the disciples, that she had seen xvi. 12 Jefus alive; and their unbelief: fays-- After

• that he appeared in another form unto two of

• them (disciples) as they walked and went into 13 " the country. And they went and told it unto

the residue : neither believed they.' As Luke gives us a long and interesting account of this conversation between Jesus and the two disciples, so little noticed by Mark, and not at all by Matthew or John, I think it necessary to infert it here, viz.— And behold two of them (Cleopas

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s and Simon, disciples) went that same day to a

village called Emmaus, which was from Jeru"salem about threescore furlongs, and they talked

together of all these things which had happeno ed; and it came to pass that while they comfmuned together, and reasoned, Jesus himself • drew near and went with them. And their eyes ¢ were holden, (their ears likewise, it is to be § fupposed) that they should not know him. . And he said unto them, What manner of com' munications are there that ye have one to ano

ther as ye walk, and are fad? And the one of ç them whose name was Cleopas, answering faid ' unto him, Art thou a ftranger in Jerusalem,

and hast not known the things that, are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto

them, What things? And they said unto him, · • Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a pro

phet mighty in deed and in word before God

and all the people--and how the chief priests • and our rulers delivered him to be condemned ' to death, and have crucified him. But we

trufted it had been be which pould have redeemed ! Ifrael. (We find, and it is not a little extraor? dinary, that they all laboured under thịs error ( to the very last ; and were only cured of it by

the certainty of his death. Nay, so strongly had this hope, this expectation poffefled them,

that after the resurrection it revived, and we • find them, Acts, ch. i. v. 6. saying to Jesus

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"Lord, wilt thou at this time, restore again the • kingdom to Israel ? And this they might be in* duced to, by his saying to them, after his re* furrection, All power is given to me in Heaven * and in earth : vide Matthew, ch. xxviii. v. 18.) * And beside all this, to-day is the third day i fince these things were done, yea, and certain • women also of our company made us astonish

ed, which were early at the sepulchre, and ' when they found not his body, they came, “ saying, that they alfo (I know not what is meant " by allo) had seen a vision of angels, which said

he was alive. (And why a vision ? Surely, after

all, this story of angels, &c. was not a woman's I dream only.) And certain of them which were s with us (Peter and John) went to the sepulchre, " and found it even so as the women had said, ' (That is, the body was not there.) But him

they saw not. (Neither did they the angel or • vision of angels.) And he said unto them, O

fools (an odd phrase) and flow of heart to be • lieve alt that the prophets have spoken! Ought

not Christ to have fuffered these things, and to - enter into his glory? (They could not have

conceived this the way to it.) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded ? unto them in all the scriptures, the things con• cerning himself. And they drew nigh the vil. • lage, whither they went ; and he made as . though he would have gone further : but they

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is towards evening, and the day is far spent. • And he went in to tarry with them. And it .came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he • took bread and blessed it, and brake, and gave

them, and their eyes were opened, and they • knew him : and he vanished out of their fight:

And they said one to another; Did not our heart I burn within us, while he talked with us by the I way, and while he opened to us the scriptures. Thus concludes Luke's singular account of the Emmaus affair. It is extraordinary that these disci. ples, nor Mary Magdalene, should know neither the person nor voice of their brother, companion, and master. To disguise himself, was not a method to obtain their belief of his resurrection: and why, as soon as they had discovered him, vanish out of their fight? This was a more likely method to inspire a belief that he was a spirit. That this latter belief did prevail, is undoubted : as we are informed, that after this, Jesus had some difficulty to remove it; and to convince them that he really had flesh and bones. We will now resume Mark's account, viz. -' And they (Cleopas xvi. 13

and Simon) went and told it unto the residue ; “ neither believed they them. Afterwards (Luke * says it was at this very time) he appeared unto " the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided

them with their unbelief, and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen

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Chapter Verse' him after he was risen. (Nor did they, ac

'cording to Matthew, all believe him at this xvi 15 time.) And he said unto them, Go ye into all

o the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 ' He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved:

.but he that believeth not, fhall be damned. (This 5 harsh sentence is not recorded, either by Mat

thew, Luke, or John ; indeed the four differ * exceedingly, not only in the particulars of this

• speech ; but the time when, and place where it 17 was made.) And these signs shall follow those

that believe ; in my name shall they cast out 18' devils; they fall speak with new tongues;

they shall take up serpents; and if they drink 'any deadly thing it shall not hurt them : they

shall lay hands on the sick and they shall re• cover. I am happy to find this description of those who were to be saved is likewise peculiar to Mark. The eleven apostles, and Matthias whom they elected, were the only men who answered this description; and in course, according to Mark, there were only twelve who escaped

damnation. We will now conclude St. Mark's 19 gospel-So then after the Lord had spoken unto

them, he was received up into Heaven, (this ascension seems to be from a house in Jerusa

lem) and sat on the right hand of God.' (Is this history? And from whence did Mark derive

his information of the fact?) He concludes his 20 gospel with~' And they went forth (from the

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