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59. And when Joseph had taken “ by night and steal him away, the body, he wrapped it in a clean “ and say unto the people,
" He linen cloth, 60. and laid it in his " is risen from the dead :” SO own new (n) tomb, which he had “ the last error shall be worse hewn out in the rock: and he 6 than the first." 65. Pilate said rolled a great stone to the door unto them, “ Ye have a watch; of the sepulchre, and departed. " go your way, make it as sure 61. And there was Mary Magda- " as ye can.
66. So they went, lene, and the (0) other Mary, and made the sepulchre sure, sitting over against the sepulchre. sealing the stone, and setting a 62. Now the next day, that fol- watch. lowed the day of the Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees (P) came together unto Pilate, 63. say
EASTER DAY. ing, “Sir, we remember that that
[At Morning Prayer, instead of the Psalm, 0 'deceiver said, while he was yet
come let us sing, &c. the following Anthems
shall be sung or said.] « alive, “ After (9) three days
1 Cor. v. 7. "I will rise again.” 64. “ Com“ mand therefore that the sepul- Christ our (r) passover is sacri"chre be made sure until the ficed for us : 8. therefore (s) let " third day, lest his disciples come us keep the (t) feast,
(n) v. 60. “New tomb, &c.” So that pression, on the third day. See ante, 41. though he made his grave (or died) with note on John xx. 26. According to Matt. the wicked, (from being crucified with the xx. 19. our Saviour told the twelve discitwo thieves), he was with the rich (or ples he should rise again the third day, treated as a person of distinction) in his (r) v. 7. “Our passover,” “the true Pasdeath, See Is, lüi. 9.
“chal Lamb, 1 Mag. 304." When the angel (o) v. 61. “ The other Mary.” The wife of the Lord destroyed all the first-born in of Cleophas, (John xix. 25.) and mother the land of Egypt, and the houses of the of St. James, (Mark xv. 40.)
Israelites, being sprinkled with the blood (p) 0. 62. « Came, &c." This is not of the Paschal Lamb, were passed over by mentioned by any of the other Evangelists: the destroying angel, they were protected but it may be observed, that this Gospel from what was bodily and temporary: was written chiefly for the use of the Jews; how much more important the deliverance that the Jews from all quarters would be Christ gives ! the destroying angel in the at Jerusalem at this time, because of the day of judgment shall pass over such feast of the passover; and St. Matthew as are sprinkled by Christ's blood, and could not have stated this fact, had it not save them from what is spiritual and been notoriously true. In the next chap- everlasting! See ante, 108. note on Mark ter, Matt. xxviii. 15. he says, the chief xiv. 1. priests and elders told the soldiers to say, (s) 6. Therefore." As Christ is sacrificed " his disciples came by night, and stole for us, to purify unto himself a peculiar " him away whilst we slept;" " and this people, zealous of good works, we must " saying is commonly reported among the do our part, by putting away all unright.
Jews unto this day.” He refers, there- eousness. On the day the passover was fore, to a report which he says was sacrificed, they carefully examined their subsisting when he wrote his Gospel. How houses, to put away all their leaven, and would his Gospel have been impeached then they kept the feast of unleavened had there been no such report? If there bread. See Exod. xii. 15. to 20. St. Paul was, it confirms this account.
alludes here to this practice. (9) v. 63. “ After three days.” That * (t) “ The feast," i.e. “of the passover Is, according to the Jewish mode of ex- 6 and unleavened bread."
Not with the (u) old leaven, As it was in the beginning, is neither with the leaven of malice now, and ever shall be: world and wickedness: but with the without end. Amen. unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Almighty God, who through Chkist, being raised from the thine only-begotten Son Jesus dead, dieth no more: death hath Christ hast overcome death, and no more dominion over him.
opened unto us the gate of ever10 For in that he died, he died lasting life; We humbly beseech unto (y) sin once: but in that he thee, that as by thy special grace liveth, he liveth (z) unto God. preventing us, thou dost put into
11 Likewise reckon ye also our minds good desires ; so by thy yourselves to be dead indeed un- continual help we may bring the to (a) sin: but alive unto God
same to good effect, through Jesus through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ our Lord; who liveth and 1 Cor. xv. 20.
reigneth with thee and the Holy Christ is risen from the dead :
Ghost, ever one God, world with
out end. Amen. and become the (6) first-fruits of ther that slept.
The Epistle. Col. iii. 1. 21 For since by (c) man came death : by (c) man came also the Ir (e) ye then be risen with resurrection of the dead.
Christ, seek those things which 22 For (d) as in Adam all die: are above, where Christ sitteth on even so in Christ shall all be made the right hand of God. 2. Set alive.
your affection on things above, Glory be to the Father, and to not on things on the earth. 3. For the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; ye are (8) dead, and your (h) life
(u) v. 8. “Old leaven," i.e. figuratively, “ impure tempers and habits." (t) See post,
note on Rom. vi. 3. (y) v. 10.“ Unto sin," i.e.“ on account
of sin; to overcome it, to shew how « offensive it is to God."
(z) “ Unto God," i. e. " to promote “ godliness."
(a) v. 11. “ Dead indeed unto sin," i.e.
as free from its control as if really · dead."
(6) v. 20. “ First-fruits." By Lev. xxii. 10, 11. the Israelites were ordered, “ Bring
a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest “ unto the priest, and he shall wave the “ sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for “ you.” So is Christ the first-fruits of the dead, and shall be accepted for all who trust in him.
(c) v. 21. “ By man," i. e. (c) “ by man,” i. e.“ Jesus Christ,"
(d) v. 22. “ As, &c.” So that the influence of our Saviour's righteousness shall be as general as that of Adam's transgression: the one made all liable to death; the other shall give to all the opportunity of eternal life.
(e) v. 1. “ If, &c." St. Paul had been considering them as identified with our Saviour ; circumcised with him ; dead with him ; buried with him, and risen again with him. Col. ii. 11, 12, 13. 20.; and this means,
you are really to be considered as having risen with him, then seek, &c.
(g) v. 3. “ Dead," i, e. “to sin and car“ nal lusts." He uses the same argument, Rom. vi. 2. &c. “ How shall we, that are “ dead to sin, live any longer therein ? He " that is dead, is freed from sin."
(h) “ Your life is hid, &c.” “You are “ to look forward to some other time “ for happiness : you are not to expect it
" Adam ;"
is hid with Christ in God. 4. When other disciple whom Jesus loved, Christ, who is our life, shall () and saith unto them, “ They have appear, then shall ye also appear “ taken away the (s) Lord out of with him in glory. 5. Mortify “ the sepulchre, and we know not therefore
your members (k) which “ where they have laid him.” are upon the earth; fornication, 3. Peter therefore went forth, and uncleanness, inordinate affection, that other disciple, and came to evil concupiscence, and covetous- the sepulchre. 4. So they ran both ness, which is (1) idolatry: 6. for together: and the other disciple which things' sake the wrath of did outrun Peter, and came first God cometh on the children of to the sepulchre. 5. And he stoopdisobedience: 7. in the (m) which ing down, and looking in, saw ye also walked sometime, when the linen clothes lying ; yet went (n) ye lived in them.
he not in. 6. Then cometh Simon
Peter following him, and went The Gospel. John xx. 1.
into the sepulchre, and seeth the
linen clothes lie; 7. and the napTue () first day of the week (p) kin that was about his head, not cometh (9) Mary Magdalene early, lying with the linen clothes, but when it was yet dark, unto the wrapped together in a place by sepulchre, and seeth the stone
and seeth the stone itself. 8. Then went in also that taken away from the sepulchre other disciple which came first to 2. Then she runneth, and cometh the sepulchre, and he saw and beto Simon Peter, and to the (r) lieved. 9. For as yet they (t) knew
now. What is properly to be called to Mark xvi. 2. “ they came unto the se
your life," is at present hid with Christ “ pulchre at the rising of the sun.” " in God.”
(9) “ Mary Magdalen." According to (1) 0. 4. “ Shall appear.” Looking for- St. Matthew and St. Mark, Mary the moward probably to the period so often re- ther of James the less went with her; and ferred to as “the coming,” or “ day of the according to St. Mark and St. Luke, they * Lord."
went with spices to anoint the body. Matt. (k) v. 5. “ Members which are upon xxviii. 1. — Mark xvi. 1.- Luke xxiv. 1. " the earth,” i.e. “ Your earthly carnal They did not, therefore, expect that he was “ members."
about to rise again. Mary Magdalen's (7) “ Idolatry.". As bad as idolatry ; attention to our Saviour, even after his money being the object of his worship. In crucifixion, was most natural : he had cast Eph. v. 5. the same idea occurs :
out from her seven devils, Luke viii. 2. – covetous man, who is an idolater."
Mark xvi. 9. and had raised her brother (m) 0. 7. “ The which," i. e. “ the sins Lazarus from the dead, John xi. 1 to 44. " he had been enumerating : iy dis."
(r) v. 2. “ The other disciple, &c.” i. e. (r) “ When ye lived in them," i. e. “ St. John the Evangelist :' “ when what was thought your life was in St. John is here relating what he himself "them," in opposition to their present personally knew. state, when they were to be considered as (s) • The Lord,” Tày Kratos. See ante, dead to fleshly lusts ; and their life, ac- 29. note on Rom, xiii. 14. cording to verse 3. was to be considered (t) v. 9. “ Knew not, &c.” Our Saviour as " hid in Christ.”
had told the Scribes and Pharisees, “ as (6) v. 1. “ The first day of the week,” “ Jonas was three days and three nights i.e. “ the day after the Jewish Sabbath ; “ in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of what answers to our Sunday.”
man be three days and three nights in (P) “Cometh,” or “goeth :” according “the heart of the earth. Matt. xii. 40."
not the Scripture, “ that he must and said, “ Of a truth I perceive “ rise again from the dead.” “ that God is no respecter of per10. Then the disciples went away “ sons : 35. but in every nation he again unto their own home. “ that feareth him, and worketh
“ righteousness, is accepted with " him.
36. The word which God Monday in Easter Week.
“ sent unto the (x) children of For the Epistle. Acts x. 34.
Israel, preaching (y) peace by ETER (u) opened his mouth, “ Jesus Christ; (he is Lord (3)
And at another time he said unto the Jews, (John ii. 19.) “Destroy this temple, and
in three days I will raise it up,” speaking to them of the temple of his body. He also told his disciples (Matt. xx. 19.) that the Son of Man should be crucified, and “ the third day he should rise again.” It may be collected, however, from John ii. 22. that what he meant by “ destroying “ this temple, &c.” was not understood till he was risen from the dead. And how. ever plain the intimation is in Matt. xx. 19. St. Luke tells us in the parallel passage, (Luke xviii. 34.) “ they understood none « of these things ; and this saying was hid “ from them ; neither knew they” (i. e. comprehended)“ the things that were spoken.” See post, 143. note on Luke xxiv. 45.
(u) v. 34. “ Peter, &c." The occasion of this address was as follows: Cornelius, a centurion, a Gentile of Cesarea, a devout man, had been directed in a vision to send for Peter, and bad this intimation, “ He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to “ do.” When the messengers from Cornelius arrived, Peter had just seen a vision, in which he was told that he was to consi. der nothing “as
or unclean which God had cleansed.” He at once drew this inference from the vision, that he was not to disregard even a Gentile, who had God's approbation ; and he therefore accompanied the messengers. Cornelius met him, with his kinsmen and friends; and after mentioning the vision he (Cornelius) had had, he said, “Now, “ therefore, are we all here present before “ God, to hear all things that are com“ manded thee of God." This address was Peter's answer.
(x) v. 36. “ The children of Israel.” It was to the Jews first that the Gospel was preached, because they had long been the only worshippers of the one true God; it was to their nation that the later prophecies were delivered ; and it was in their sacred books that all the prophecies were
preserved. They are accordingly called (Matt. viii. 12. ante, 64.) “ the children of “ the kingdom.” Our Saviour told the woman of Canaan, “I am not sent but
unto the lost sheep of the house of “ Israel.
Matt. xv. 24.” It was in the wilderness of Judea (the Jews' country) that John the Baptist began his preaching, Matt. iii. I. And when our Saviour sent forth the twelve apostles to preach the gospel, he commanded them, “ Go not “ into the way of the Gentiles, &c.” “ but
go rather to the lost sheep of the house
of Israel. Matt. x. 5, 6." See ante, 91. note on Matt. xv. 24.
(y) “ Peace." “ The chastisement of
our peace,” (that is, the punishment by which we obtained pardon from God)
was upon him, Isaiah liï. 5." He “made “ reconciliation for iniquity, Dan. ix. 24." and the spirit of his religion is universal benevolence,“ on earth peace, good-will " towards man, Luke ii. 14."
(2) “ Lord of all," máxlwy Kúpos, one of many instances, in which the highest titles are ascribed to Christ. In Rom. ix. 5. St. Paul calls him, “God blessed for ever.' He it is who (according to Rev. xvii. 14. and xix. 16.) is “ King of kings, and “ Lord of lords;" and in Rev, i. 17. he assumes to himself these characteristics: “ I am the first and the last ; I am he “ that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I “ am alive for evermore, Amen : and have “ the keys of hell and of death.” “To him” (in the language of Rev. i. 6.) “ be glory is and dominion for ever and ever, Amen." According to 1 Pet. iii. 22. “ He is gone “ into heaven, and is on the right hand of “ God; angels and authorities and powers “ being made subject unto him." And, according to Philipp. ii. 9. “God hath
given him a name which is above every
name, that at the name of Jesus every “ knee should bow ; and that every tongue “ should confess that Jesus Christ is “Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
“of all;) 37. that word, I say, ye
“ that through his name whoso“know, which was published “ ever believeth in him shall rethroughout all Judea, and began
« ceive remission of sins." “ from Galilee, after the (a) bap“tism which (6) John preached :
The Gospel. Luke xxiv. 13. “ 38. how God anointed Jesus of BEHOLD (l) two of his disciples “ Nazareth with the (c) Holy went that (1) same day to a village “ Ghost and with power; who called Emmaus, which was from “went about doing (d) good, and Jerusalem about threescore fur“(e) healing all that were op: longs. 14. And they talked toge
pressed of the devil : for God ther of all these (m) things which “ was with him.
39. And we are had happened. 15. And it came *(g) witnesses of all things which to pass, that, while they communed “ he did, both in the land of the together and reasoned, Jesus him“ Jews and in Jerusalem ; whom self drew near, and went with
they slew and hanged on a tree. them. 16. But their (n) eyes were “ 40. Him God raised up the third holden, that they should not know
day, and shewed him openly ; him. 17. And he said unto them, “41. not to all the people, but “ What manner of communica“unto witnesses chosen before of “ tions are these that ye have one
God, even to us, who did eat “ to another, as ye walk, and are “ and drink with him after he “ rose from the dead. 42. And whose name was Cleopas, answer"he commanded us to preach ing said unto them, “ Art thou “ unto the (h) people, and to tes- only a stranger in Jerusalem,
tify that it is he which was or- « and hast not known the things “ dained of God to be the Judge “ which are come to pass there in “of quick and dead. 43. To him “ these days ?” 19. And he said give all the prophets witness, unto them, “What things?” And
(a) v. 37.“ Baptism," i. e.“unto repent- and after his resurrection they ate and ance." ." “ I indeed baptise you
with water drank with him : they could not therefore "unto repentance. Matt. iii. 11."
have been deceived. (6) “ John," i. e. “ the Baptist.”
(h) v. 42. “ The people,” “ 75 laq,” ge(c) v. 38. "The Holy Ghost," or "a holy nerally; not confining it to the Jews. See " influence." No article or preposition. Matt. xxviii. 19. — Mark xvi. 15. - Luke Middl.
xxiv. 47. “ that repentance and remis(d) “Doing good." The character “sion of sins should be preached in his of our Saviour's life and miracles was
all nations, beginning at according to the spirit of his religion ; “ Jerusalem." promoting the happiness, and diminishing (k) v. 13. “ Two." Cleophas was one. the miseries of man.
See post, verse 18. James, perhaps, another. (e) “ Healing, &c.” a decisive proof that See 1 Cor. xv. 7. post, God was with him. See ante, 93, 94. note (l) “ That same day,” i. e. “ the day of on Luke xi. 17.
“the resurrection; corresponding with our (g) v. 39. “ Witnesses." St. Peter re- - Easter Day." lies upon what is a strong argument with (m) v. 14. “ All these things," i. e. "the us, that the apostles acted, not upon hear- “ crucifixion, &c." say or report, but upon what they them- (n) v. 16. “ Their eyes were holden.” selves saw; it was in their presence that Saint Mark (Mark xvi. 12.) says “he apour Saviour's miracles were performed ; “ peared in another form."