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You will perceive, by what I have here said on the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, that I have confined myself to that which was immediately before me, the original institution, of it by our blessed Lord. I have not entered into those further illustrations of this holyn rite, which are presented to us in other parts of Scripture 3. particularly in the 11th-chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians. To go at length into the consideration of this important subject, would lead me into a much longer discussion than the nature of this discourse will admit. I shall therefore, only observe further, that whoever reads with attention this first institution of the Lord's, Supper, whoever reflects that it was the very last meal that our Lord ate with his disciples, that the next day he underwent for our sakes a most excruciating and ignominious death, and that he requires us to receive this sacra- . ment in remembranee of him; whoever, I says: can, notwithstanding all this, disobey the last command of his dying Redeemers must be destitute, not only of all the devout sentiments of a Christian, but of all the honest feelings of
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After having thus kept the passover for the last time, lour Lord and his apostles sung a Hymn, as was usual with the Jews after their ! repasts; and tlie hymn they sung on this oca? cásion' was probably what they called the Paschal Psalms, from the 113th to the 118th,: in which the disciples, accustomed to that recital, readily joined. They then went out into the mount of Olives; and as they were going, Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written; I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the Hock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am rigen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”.. This was a prophetic warning to the disciples, that they would all be terrified by the dangers that awaited bim, and would desert and virtually renounce him that very night. The words here quoted, "I will smíte the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock'shall be scattered abroad," are from the thirteenth chapter of Zechariah : But to console and support them under this trial, our Lord o assures them that he would rise again from the videada and after his resurrection would meet them at a certain place hei apa VOL. II.
pointed in Galilee. The apostles, as we inay easily imagine were greatly hurt at this admonitory prediction of our Lord, and protested that they would never forsake him. But-St. Peter more particularly, who, from the ardour of his disposition, was always more fori ward in his professions, and more indignant at the slightest reflection on his character, than any of the rest, immediately cried out with warmth and eagerness, " Though all men should be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.".. But Jesus, who knew him much better than he did himself, said unto him; “ Verily I say unto youy that this might before the cock crow (that isy before three in the morning) thou shalt deny me thrice.” Peter, still confident of his own integrity and sincere attachment to his divine Master; and ignorant of the weakness of human nature at the approach of danger, tea plied, with still greater vehemences " Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee;" and the rest of the disciples joined with him in these earnest protestations of inviolable fidelity. How far they were verified by the event we shall soon see... i D1
on We are now arrived at a very awful and somewhát: niysterious part of our Saviour's bhistory, his agony in the garden; which is next related to us by St. Matthew. -te Then cometh Jesus, says the evangelist,
with them to a place called Gethsemane, a trich valley near the Mount of Olives, through
which ran the brook Cedron, and on the side was a garden, into which Jesus entered. And
he said unto his disciples, Sit ye here, at the entrance probably of the garden, while I go vand pray yonder. And he took with him, into a more retired part of the garden, Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John,
the very same disciples who accompanied him sat his transfigurations that they who had been witnesses of his glory might be witnesses also of his humiliation and affliction: Then saith he. unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ve here; and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible that is, if it be
possible for man to be saved, and thy glory promoted as effectually in any other way as by my death, let this cup, this: bitter cup of
affliction, pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, Whats could ye’ not watehi with me one hour? you who so lately made such vehement professions of attachment to me! Watch and
ye enter not into temptation. Ye have need to watch and
your own sakes, as well as mine; that you may not be overcome by the severe trials that await youts nor be tempted to desert me. Yet at the same moment; feeling for the infirmity of human nature, he adds, " the spirit indeed is willing; but the flesh is weak." "That is, I know your hearts are right, and your intentions good; but the weakness of your frail nature overpowers your best resolutions, “and the thing which ye would ye do not.
" went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy: And he
023 a Vios left ther, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Ther cometh he'to his disciples, and saith unto