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HE PROPHESIES JERUSALEM'S RUIN.

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highest. And some of the Pharisees from

among

the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you,

that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing ? behold, the world is

gone

after him. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace ! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another *; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation,

And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet, of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer ; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

And the blind and the lame came to him in the tem

* All the words of this prophecy, and of Christ's other predictions of the destruction of Jerusalem, and the unparalleled miseries to be endured by the Jews, were fulfilled to the letter, within less than forty years afterwards, by the Roman armies under the command of Titus, son of the emperor Vespasian.

ple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosan. na to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say ? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise ?

PRAYER.
Almigħty God, who, through thine only.
begotten Son Jesus Christ, hast overcome
death, and opened unto us the gate of ever-
lasting life; we humbly beseech thee, that as
by thy special grace preventing us, thou dost
put into our minds good desires, so by thy
continual help we may bring the same to good
effect, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who
liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy
Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

Amen.

THE LIFE OF CHRIST.

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Questions on Section XIX.

What was the behaviour of blind Bartimæus ?
What did Jesus say to him?
Who was Zacchæus ?
Relate the interview between Christ and Zacchæus.
Recount the parable of the pounds, and its interpretation.
What was the emphatic reply of Christ when Martha said

she knew that Lazarus, her brother, would rise again in

the resurrection at the last day ? What was Martha's confession of faith in Christ ? Relate the circumstances of the raising of Lazarus from

the dead. How were the Jews affected by this miracle? What was the fear which the chief priests and Pharisees

expressed in case Jesus should be let alone ? What was the prophecy unconsciously made by Caiaphas? How does the Evangelist explain this prophecy? Relate the circumstances of the anointing of Jesus by

Mary, and the conversation that followed between Jesus

and Judas Iscariot. Why did the chief priests seek to put Lazarus to death ? What preparation did Jesus make for entering Jerusalem ? What prophecy did this fulfil ? Describe our Lord's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and

the exclamations of the people. What was the mournful prophecy of Christ when he gazed

upon the city ? When was this prophecy fulfilled ? What did Jesus do when He entered the temple ? How did He afterwards reprove the chief priests and

scribes there?

SECTION XX.

From the glorifying of Christ in presence of the Gen

tiles, to His proving to the Sadducees that the Dead are raised.

PRAYER

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; mercifully hear the supplications of thy people ; and grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew : and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone : but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled ; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name.

Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both

HE PREDIOTS HIS DEATH.

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glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered : others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world : now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of Man must be lifted up? who is this Son of Man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him : That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, when he saith,

Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed ? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias,

when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

Nevertheless, among the chief rulers also many believed on him : but because of the Pharisees they did inot confess him, lest they should be put out of the syn

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