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angel answered, and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus which was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where our Lord lay; and go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead ; and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there ye shall see him. Lo ! I have told you. And they departed from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold Jesus met them, saying, All hail ; and they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, be not afraid. Go, telli myl brethren, that they go into. Galilee, and there shall they see me *." ; jstri vili
This is the relation given by St. Matthew of our Lord's first appearance, after his resurrection, to the women who came to the sepulchre. The accounts given by the other three evangelists are substantially the same, though differing in a few minute circumstances of noi moment, which however have been very ably reconciled by many learned men. 'I shall * Matth. xxviii. 1-10.
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therefore wave all diseussions of this kind, and
confine myself to the main fact of the resurrec- tion, in which all the evangelists agree, and of iwhich the proofs are numerous and clear.. ? 24The principal and most obvious are those fwhich arise from the various appearances which Jesus made after his resurrection to various persons, and at various times.
The first was to Mary Magdalen alone *. -The second, to her in company with several other women, as we have just seen ti
A The third, to Peter : 6.5 The fourth, to the two disciples going to Emmaus .. . .
The fifth, to the apostles in Jerusalem, when - they were assembled with the doors shut on the first day of the week; at which time he shewed them his hands and his feet, pierced with the nails, and did eat before them ll. 1. The sixth, to the apostles a second time as they sate at meat, when he satisfied the doubts
of the incredulous Thomas, by making him othrust his hand into his side . . .,-106. vhus 98418.136 ii , , Hleri Mark, xyi. 9. . + Matth. xxviij. De 1 I i Cor. xv. 5.
§ Luke, xxiv. 13. || John, xx. 19. Luke, xxiv. 37-43. !!0 Jolin, xx. 26.
The seventh, to Peter and several of his disciples at the lake of Tiberias, when he also ate with them *. · The eighth, and last, was to above five hun dred brethren at once t. . There are then no less than eight distinct appearances of our Lord to his disciples after his resurrection, 'recorded by the sacred hisa torians. And can we believe that all those different persons could be deceived in these appearances of one, whose countenance, figure, voice, and manner, they had for so long a time been perfectly well acquainted with; and who now, not merely presented himself to their view, transiently and silently, but ate and i drank and conversed with them, and sufferedd them to touch and examine him thoroughly,o that they might be convinced by all their senses that it was truly their beloved Master, i and not a spirit that conversed with them. In: all this surely. it is impossible that there could17 be any delusion or imposition. Was it thenasi tale invented by the disciples to impose upon others? Why they should do this. iv ise not. easy to conceive; because it would have beens: an imposition, not only on others, but on them* John, xxi. 1. + 1 Cor. xv. 6.
selves. It would have been an attempt to persuade themselves that their Master was risen when he really was not, from whence no possible benefit could arise to them, but, on the contrary, grief, disappointment, and mortification in the extreme. But besides this, the narratives themselves of this great event bear upon the very face of them the strongest marks of reality and truth. They describe, in so natural a manner, the various emotions of the disciples on their first hearing of our Lord's resurrection, that no one who is acquainted with the genuine workings of the human mind, can possibly suspect any thing like fraud in the case. When the women were first told by the angels that Christ was risen, and were ordered to tell the disciples, they departed. quickly from the sepulchre with feur and great joy*, with joy at the unexpected good news they had just heard ; and with fear, not only from the sight of the angel, but lest the glad tidings he had told them should not prove true. They therefore "* trembled, and were amazed, and ran to bring the disciples word ; neither said they any thing to any man, for they were made.!..Matth. 'xxviii. s. :::
afraid*." And when they told these things to the apostles, their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not f. When Jesus himself appeared to the apostles at Jerusalem, they were tèrrified and affrighted, and thought they had seen a spirit ; and they believed not for joy, and wondered When he appeared again unto the eleven as they sat at meat, they were so incredulous that he upbraided them with their unbelief &; and Thomas would not be convinced without thrusting his hand into his side. This certainly was not the behaviour of men who were fabricating an artful story to impose upon the world, but of men who were themselves astonished, and overpowered with an event which they did not in the least expect, and which it was with the utmost difficulty they could be brought to believe. : imici;
The account therefore of the resurrection, given by the evangelists; may safely be relied upón as true.' .. -i ! tibi fete It may, however be said, that this account
H ! ir...! ?!? Ndot babae * Mark, xvi. 8. ..... Luke, XXIV. Ide ore . Luke, xxiv. 37-41: " $ Mark, xvi. 14.. ; . . #John, xx: 27: ditanVd NIKO