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learned the song, and repeated it in the Temple Matt. xxi. 1-6.
19. When he found in the Temple thofe that fold Oxen, and Sheep, and Doves, and the Changers of Money, he made a Scourge of small Cords, and drove them all out of the Temple, and overthrew the Tables, with the Money on them; and faid, It is written, my House pill be called the House of Prayer, but ye have made it a Din of Thieves. And he went out of the City, and lodged that Night at Bethany, Matt. xxi. 12, 13, 17.
20. When he returned from Bethany, the next Morning he cursed a Fig-tree that had only Leaves and no Fruit on it, to thew the Doom of fruitlefs Profeflors of Religion ; and presently the Fig-tree withered
away: This is said to be the only Miracle of Deftruation that Jefus wrought, for all the reft were Miracles of Goodness, Matt. xxi. 17-20.
Conclusion of this Chapter. 70 Q. After we have heard this brief Account of the Transactions of the Life of Christ, tell me what was the Sum of that Religion which Christ taught during his Life?
A. It confted chiefly in these few Articles.
1. He confirmed the Doctrine of the one true God, and the Revelation of his Mind and will to Men by Moses and the Prophets.
2. He explained the Moral Law, and enforced the Observance of it for ever; and summed it up in short in two great Commandments, namely, Love God: with all yaur Heart, and love your Neighbour as yourself..
3. He continued: the Observance of the Cerem monial Law for the prefent, that is, wheresoever it did not interfere with the Duties of the Moral
Law; but where it did interfere, he taught that the Moral Law was always to be preferred.
4. He required Repentance for Sin, and Faith in himself, as the great Prophet who came to reveal the Grace of God to Men, both for the Pardon of Sin, and eternal Life.
5. He appointed the Profession of his Religion to be made by Baptism, to denote the washing away of our Sins, and our being renewed to Holiness by the Spirit of God.
6. Just before his Sufferings and Death, he appointed the Feast of the Lord's Supper, as a conftant Memorial of his dying for the Sins of Men, and our partaking of the Benefits thereof, Matt. xxvi. 17-31. I Cor. x. 16, 17. Nate, This Dispensation during the Life of Christ,
was a Medium between the Jewish and CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION.
CHA P. XXIV. . of the Death, RESURRECTION, and
ASCENSION of CHRIST.
Sect. I. Of bis SUFFERINGS, DEATH, and
BURIAL. IQ.WHEN Jefus had instituted his holy
Supper, where did he go? A. He knew thai the Hour of his Sufferings was at Hand, and he went with his Disciples into a neighbouring Garden in Gethsemane, where he suftained great and grievous Agonies and Sorrows in his Soul, Matt. xxvi. 38, 39.
2 Q. How did it appear that his Anguish was so great ?
A. It is written of him, that he began to be fore amazed and very heavy, or over burdened. He told his Disciples, that his Soul was exceeding forrowful, even unto Death; and under this Agony or Tharp Conflict, his Sweat was like great Drops of Blood falling down to the Ground, Mark xiv. 33, 34. Luke xxii. 44.
3 Q. What was the Cause of these Sorrows and Agonies ?
A. They could not arise merely from the Fears of Death, or being nailed to a Cross; for then be would not have been a fit Example of Courage and Patience to his Disciples and Followers, some of whom have suffered the fame Death of the Cross, without such overwhelming Terrors and Fears as Christ discovered: It has been generally supposed therefore, and with very good Reason, that these Agonies of his Soul arose from a Senfe of the Anger of God for the Sins of Men, fome way manifefted to him ; perhaps also increased by the Temptations of evil Angels, for it pleafed God to bruise him, and make his soul an Offering for Sin, Luke xxii. 53. Ifa. liii. 6, 10. And it is evident, the Powers of Darkness were let loose upon him, Luke xxii. 53. John xiv. 30.
4 Q What did Jefus do in these Agonies ?
1. He prayed three Times earnestly, that, if poffible, this Hour might pass from him; his innocent human Nature being afraid of such sharp and smarting Sorrows; yet he submitted himself to the Wisdom and Will of his Father, Mark xix. 35, 36.
5 Q. What Affistance had he to support him under this Agony?
A. There appeared an Angel from Heaven, encouraging and strengthening him, ver. 43.
6 Q. Where were his Disciples at this Time?
A. He had withdrawn to a little Distance from the rest of his Disciples; but Peter, James, and John, were nearest to bim, Mark xiv. 32, 33, yet they could not help him; and indeed they fell asleep Part of the Time, uer. 37.
7 Q. Was Judas the Traitor with the rest of the Disciples in the Garden?
A. Judas had privately departed from them juft after the Pafs-over, and having agreed with the Chief Priests and Elders for thirty Pieces of Silver, to betray him into the Hands of their Officers, he was now at Hand with a Band of Men, with Weapons and Torches, to accomplish his Design, and betray his Master, Mark xiv. 43. Matt. xxvi. 14-16.
8 Q. How came the Rulers of the Jews to be fo much offended with Chrift, as to seek to deftroy him?
A. For feveral Reasons, namely,
3. Because he being a poor Man in Israel, and the fuppofed Son of a Carpenter, owned himfelf to be the Mefliah; whom they expected to be an earthly King, and to deliver them from Subjection to the Romans.
2. Because in his Sermons, and in his whole Conduct, he endeavoured to reform those Corruptions which the Priests and Teachers, and Rulers of the Jews, had brought into their Religion.
3. He had foretold the Anger of God against them and their Nation, in some of his Parables pretty plainly, for their great Sins, and for their Rejection of his Ministry.
4. They envied him, because many of the People followed him.
9 Q. How did Judas give Notice to the Officers which was Jefus ?
1. He gave them a Sign, that he would kiss him; and accordingly, when he came to him, he said, Hail Master ! and kised him, Matt. xxvi.
10 Q. Was there any Resistance made for the Relief of Chrift?
A. Simon Peter cut off the Ear of Malchus, the High Priest's Servant; but Jesus bid him put up his Sword, and he healed the Man's Ear with a Touch, Luke xxii
. 50, 51. John xviii. 10. 11 Q. Did Christ shew any further Instance of bis divine Power on this Occasion?
4. When they asked for Jesus, he answered, I am be ; and they went backward, and fell to the Ground, John xviii. 5, 6.
12 l. Did they yet, after this, perfift to lay Hands on him?
4. Yes, they took him and carried him away to Caiaphas the High Priest's House, where the Scribes and Elders were assembled, Matt. xxvi. 57.
13.0. What became of his Disciples?
4. They all forsook him and fled, as Chrift foretold them they would do, Matt. xxvi. 31, 56.
14 Q. What did Peter do, who particularly boafted of his Love and Courage ?
A. Peter followed him afar off, into the High Priest's Hall, but there, for fear of Suffering, he shamefully denied his Lord and Master thrice, and that with swearing and cursing, Markxiv. 70-72.
15 Q. How was Peter brought to Conviction and Repentance for this Sin?
A. When Jesus heard Peter a little before boasting of his Zealand Courage, he foretold him, that he should deny him thrice, before the Cack crowed