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ed eternal redemption for us. I the Jews unto him, Now we For if the blood of bulls and know that thou hast a devil : of goats, and the ashes of an Abraham is dead, and the heifer sprinkling the unclean, prophets; and thou sayest, If sanctifieth to the purifying of a man keep my saying, he the flesh; how much more shall never taste of death. shall the blood of Christ, Art thou greater than our fawho, thro' the eternal Spirit, ther Abraham, which is dead? offered himself without spot and the prophets are dead : to God, purge your consci- whom makest thou thyself? ence from dead works to serve Jesus answered, If I honour the living God? And for this myself, my honour is nocause he is the Mediator of thing; it is my Father that the new testament, that by honoureth me, of whom ye means of death, for the re- say, that he is your God : demption of the transgres- yet ye have not known him sions that were under the but I know him: and if I first testament, they which should say, I know him not, are called might receive the I shall be a liar like unto promise of eternal inherit- you ; but I know him, and
keep his saying. Your faThe Gospel. St. John viji. 46. ther Abraham rejoiced to see JE ESUS saidWhich of
you my day, and he saw and convinceth me of sin: and was glad. Then said the if I say the truth, why do Jews unto him, Thou art not ye not believe me: He that yet fifty years old, and hast
of God heareth God's thou seen Abraham: Jesus words; ye therefore hear said unto them, Verily, verily, them not, because ye are not I say unto you, before Abraof God. Then answered the ham was, I am. Then took Jews, and said unto him, Say they up stones to cast at him: we not well, that thou art a but Jesus hid himself, and Samaritan, and hast a devil? went out of the temple. Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Fa- The Sunday next before Easter. ther, and ye do dishonour
lasting God, who, of seeketh and judgeth. Verily, thy tender love towards manverily, I say unto you, If a kind, hast sent thy Son, our man keep my saying, he shall Saviour Jesus Christ, to take never see death. Then said | upon him our flesh, and to
own glory, there is one that ALMIGHTY and ever
suffer death upon the cross, And when they had bound that all mankind should fol- | him, they led him away and low the example of his great delivered him to Pontius Pihumility ; Mercifully grant, late the governour. Then that we may both follow Judas who had betrayed him, the example of his patience, when he saw that he was and also be made partakers condemned, repented himof his resurrection ; through self, and brought again the the same Jesus Christ our thirty pieces of silver to the Lord. Amen.
chief priests and elders, say, The Epistle. Phil. ii. 5. ing, I have sinned, in that I ET this mind be in you, have betrayed the innocent
Jesus : who, being in the is that to us? see thou to form of God, thought it not that. And he cast down the robbery to be equal with pieces of silver in the temple, God; but made himself of no and departed, and went and reputation, and took upon hanged himself. And the him the form of a servant, chief priests took the silver and was made in the likeness pieces, and said, It is not of men: and being found in lawful for to put them into fashion as a man, he humbled the treasury, because it is the himself, and became obedient price of blood. And they unto death, even the death of took counsel, and bought the cross.
Wherefore God with them the potter's field, also hath highly exalted him, to bury strangers in. Whereand given him a Name which fore that field was called, The is above every name; that at field of blood, unto this day. the Name of Jesus every (Then was fulfilled that which knee should bow, of things in was spoken by Jeremy the heaven, and things in earth, prophet, saying, And they and things under the earth; took the thirty pieces of siland that every tongue should ver, the price of him that was confess that Jesus Christ is valued, whom they of the Lord, to the glory of God children of Israel did value, the Father.
and gave them for the potThe Gospel. St. Matt. xxvii. 1. ter's field, as the Lord ap
Jesus WHEN the morning was pointed me.) And
come, all the chief stood before the governour; priests and elders of the peo- and the governour asked him, ple took counsel against Je- saying, Art thou the King of sus, to put him to death. the Jews: And Jesus said
unto him, Thou sayest. And him, Let him be crucified. when he was accused of the And the governour said, chief priests and elders, he Why, what evil hath he answered nothing Then done? But they cried out saith Pilate unto him, Hear- the more, saying, Let him est thou not how many things be crucified. When Pilate they witness against thee? saw that he could prevail And he answered him to nothing, but that rather a never a word, insomuch tumult was made, he took that the governour marvelled water, and washed his hands greatly. Now at that feast before the multitude, saying, the governour was wont to I am innocent of the blood release unto the people a pri- of this just person: see ye to soner, whom they would. it. Then answered all the And they had then a nota- people, and said, His blood ble prisoner, called Barabbas. be on us, and on our chilTherefore when they were dren. Then released he Bagathered together, Pilate said rabbas unto them : and when unto them, Whom will ye he had scourged Jesus he dethat I release unto you? Ba- livered him to be crucified. rabbas, or Jesus which is Then the soldiers of the gocalled Christ? For he knew vernour took Jesus into the that for envy they had deli- common hall, and gathered vered him. When he was unto him the whole band of set down on the judgement soldiers. And
And they stripped seat, his wife sent unto him, him, and put on him a scarsaying, Have thou nothing to let robe. And when they do with that just man: for I had platted a crown of thorns have suffered many things they put it upon his head, this day in a dream because and a reed in his right hand: of him. But the chief priests and they bowed the knee beand elders persuaded the mul- fore him, and mocked him, titude that they should ask saying, Hail, King of the Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. Jews.
And they spit upon The governour answered and him, and took the reed, and said unto them, Whether of smote him on the head. And the twain will ye that I re- after that they had mocked lease unto you? They said, him they took the robe off Barabbas. 'Pilate saith unto. from him, and put his own them, What shall I do then raiment on him, and led him with Jesus, which is called away to crucify him. And Christ? They all say unto as they came out they found
a man of Cyrene, Simon by he will have him: for he said, name; him they compelled I am the Son of God. The to bear his cross. And when thieves also, which were cruthey were come unto a place cified with him, cast the called Golgotha, that is to same in his teeth. Now from say, a place of a scull, they the sixth hour there was gave him vinegar to drink darkness over all the land mingled with gall: and when unto the ninth hour. And he had tasted thereof, he about the ninth hour Jesus would not drink. And they cried with a loud voice, saycrucified him, and parted his ing, Eli, Eli, lama sabachgarments, casting lots: that thani ? that is to say, My it might be fulfilled, which God, my God, why hast was spoken by the prophet, thou forsaken me? Some of They parted my garments a-them that stood there, when mong them, and upon my they heard that, said, This vesture did they cast lots. man calleth for Elias. And And sitting down they watch- straightway one of them ran, ed him there; and set up over and took a spunge, and filled his head his accusation writ- it with vinegar, and put it ten, THIS IS JESUS THE on a reed, and gave him to KING OF THE JEWS. drink. The rest said, Let be, Then were there two thieves let us see whether Elias will crucified with him; one on come to save him. Jesus, the right hand, and another when he had cried again with on the left. And they that a loud voice, yielded up the passed by reviled him, wag-ghost. And behold, the vail ging their heads, and saying, of the temple was rent in Thou that destroyest the tem- twain from the top to the ple, and buildest it in three bottom, and the earth did days, save thyself: if thou be quake, and the rocks rent, the Son of God, come down and the graves were opened, from the cross. Likewise and many bodies of saints also the chief priests mock- which slept arose, and came ing him, with the scribes and out of the graves after his elders, said, He saved others, resurrection, and went into himself he cannot save: if he the holy city, and appeared be the King of Israel, let him unto many. Now when the now come down from the centurion, and they that were cross, and we will believe with him, watching Jesus, him. He trusted in God saw the earthquake, and those let him deliver him now, if things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly hath bestowed on us, and the this was the Son of God.
great goodness towards the
house of Israel, which he Monday before Easter. hath bestowed on them, acFor the Epistle. Isaiah lxiii. 1. cording to his mercies, and WHOD
CHO is this that com- according to the multitude
eth from Edom, with of his loving-kindnesses. For dyed garments from Bozrah; he said, Surely they are my this that is glorious in his ap- people, children that will not parel, travelling in the great-lie : so he was their Saviour. ness of his strength? I that In all their affliction he was speak in righteousness, migh- afflicted, and the angel of his ty to save. Wherefore art presence saved them : in his thou red in thine apparel, and love, and in his pity, he rethy garments like him that deemed them, and he bare treadeth in the wine-fat? I them, and carried them all have trodden the wine-press the days of old. But they alone, and of the people there rebelled, and vexed his Holy was none with me: for I Spirit; therefore he was turnwill tread them in mine an-ed to be their enemy, and he ger, and trample them in my fought against them. Then fury, and their blood shall be he remembered the days of sprinkled upon my garments, old, Moses and his people, and I will stain all my rai- saying, Where is he that ment. For the day of ven- brought them up out of the geance is in mine heart, and sea with the shepherd of his the year of my redeemed is flock? where is he that put
And I looked, and his Holy Spirit within him? there was none to help; and that led them by the right I wondered that there was hand of Moses, with his glonone to uphold: therefore rious arm, dividing the water inine own arm brought sal- before them, to make himvation unto me, and my fury self an everlasting Name: it upheld me. And I will that led them through the tread down the people in deep as an horse in the wilmine anger, and make them derness, that they should not drunk in my fury, and I will stumble? As a beast goeth bring down their strength to down into the valley, the the earth. I will mention the Spirit of the Lord caused him loving-kindnesses of the Lord, to resto so didst thou lead and the praises of the Lord, thy people, to make thyself a according to all that the Lord glorious Name. Look down