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house it fecms) and preached every where ; the • Lord working with them, and confirming the word with ligns following. Amen.'
Having finished the hiftories given by Matthew and Mark, we will now take up where we LUKE. left, and finish that given by Luke. And they Chapter Verle • (the two disciples at Emmaus) rose up the same
hour, and returned to Jerusalem and found the ? eleven gathered together. (John says Thomas
was not with them. He certainly knew, and ( in that case there were but ten) and them that s were with them, (women, I suppose) saying, o the Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to • Simon. (Why not, to us?) And they told • what things were done (or rather said) in the I way, and how he was known of them in break
ing of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus • himself stood in the midft of them, and faith unto
them; Peace be unto you. But they were ter• rified and affrighted, and suppofed that they
had seen a spirit. (The natural consequence of ! his appearing in this fupernatural way : John I tells us that the doors toere lut; for fear of the • Jews.) And he said unto them, Why are ye
troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your "hearts ? Behold my hands and my feet, that it S is I myself; handle me, and see ; for a spirit • hath not flesh and bones, as ýe see me have; ç and when he had thus spoken, he thewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet. 41
Chapter Verses believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto xxiv. 42 them; have ye here any meat ? and they gave
! him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honey43 ' comb, and he took it, and did eat before them. " (Neither Matthew nor Mark mention these cir.
cumstances; and John relates them in a very 44 · different way.) And he said unto them, These • are the words which I spake unto you, while I
was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses,
and in the prophets, and in the Psalms con 45 • cerning me. Then opened he their under
standing, that they might understand the scrip, 46 - tures, and said unto them; Thus it is written,
and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to I rise from the dead the third day; and that re47' pentance, and remission of fins should be preach
ed in his name among all nations, beginning at 48 • Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things, 49 · And behold I send the promise of my Father
• upon you : but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem
I made a house in Jerusalem : but Matthew says to it was in a mountain in Galilee.) And he led
them out as far as Bethany: and he lift up his 51' hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass while he blessed them, he was parted from them,
F! and carried up into Heaven. (He doth not Chapter Verse Ersay, with Mark-and fat on the right hand of
God) And they worshipped him, and returned xxiv. 52 'to Jerusalem with great joy; and were contie 53 nually in the temple, praising, and blessig God. Amen.'.
Thus ends St. Luke's gospel : and we learn from three of the evangelists, that this had been
a very busy day. The resurrection : appearance - of angels : his own appearance at different times
and places : his different conversations with, and instructions given to, different people: are all comprised within it, and so is even his ascension, according to the accounts given by Mark and Luke in their gospels." The latter, in his history of the Acts of the Apostles, tells us, that forty days elapsed from the resurrection to the ascension. John records more appearances than either of them; the second of which (to the disciples) he says, was eight days after the first : as he records no afcenfion, in course no time is ascertained. We will now take up his gospel where we left it*. Jesus--near the fepulchre, and after Peter and John had left it-appeared to Mary Magdalene: she, thinking it had been the gardener, conversed with him as such : at length, discover. ing her mistake, the (I suppose) advanced to fa- Chapter vente hute him. Upon which he said to her- Touch xx. 37
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Chap. Verle.' me not; for I am not yet afcended to my Father,
and your Father; and to my God, and your God. XX. 18 - Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples
• that she had seen the Lord, and that he had • spoken these things unto her.' This conversa. tion, and this message, differ exceedingly from those recorded by Matthew, viz... And as they • (the two Mary's) went to tell his disciples, • (that they, at the sepulchre, had seen an angel; • who told them, that Jesus was risen; and di
rected them so to inform his disciples; that he • would go before them into Galilee; and that • they should see him there) behold Jefus met.
them saying, All bail: and they came and beld
him by the feet, and worshipped him : then faith " Jesus unto them, be not afraid; go tell my bre
thren that they go into Galilee, and there shall
they see me.' Agreeable to this, Matthew sends the eleven to a mountain in Galilee where he says Jesus had appointed them. Mark says, that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene; that she informed his disciples the had seen him alive, and that they would not believe her : but he says not a word of the speech or message. Luke's record does not inform us that Jesus ap
peared to Mary, the two Mary's, or the women, at jy all. John proceeds — Then the same day at event
sing, being the first day of the week, (the day • of the resurrection) when the doors were shut • where the disciples were assembled (in Jeru
falem Luke fays plainly) for fear of the Jews, Chapter Verre came Jesus, and stood in the midst, and faith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he xx. 20 had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and
his fide. Then were the disciples glad when - they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath
fent me, even so send I you. And when he had e said this, he breathed on them, and faith unto
them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose 'foever fins ye remit, they are remitted unto • them : and whose foever fins ye retain, they are * retained.' Here ends the conversation; at which Thomas was not present. Upon these five verfes, it is ncceffary to make as many remarks : Time. Place. Speech. Its effect. And the Holy Ghoft. Luke, and John, agree in the two first ; that it was upon the evening of the resur. rection day, and at a house in Jerusalem. Mark fays nothing contrary to this : but Matthew fays it was in a mountain in Galilee : consequently it must have been some days later. And here, though Matthew.stands alone, yet is his account the best connected. He says-The angel first, and immediately after, Jesus himself sends a mef. sage to the disciples, informing them, that Jesus was gone before them into Galilee, and that they should meet him there. Mark likewise says the angel sent this message to the disciples. Notwithstanding these plain directions, certain it is,