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to release, come Prisoner, at the Feal of
the Passover, whomsoever they would
defire, And there being at that time,
one Barabbas, (who for a certain Sedition
made in the City, and for Murder, was cart
into Prison) they requested that Barabbas
might be releas'd. But as for Jesus, they
insisted upon it that he should be crucified.
But Pilate being desirous that JESUS!
should be releas'd, said to them again, i
Why? what evil bath be done? I bave found
no cause of death in bime I will therefore
chastise him for his. Misdemeanout, and then

let him go. I tot corrored Heads 47 Joh. xix.

Pilate accordingly had him (courg'd, in order to his Discharge: And the Soldiers platted à Crown of Thorns, and put

ic upon his Head, and bowing the Knee before him, with the most ignominious Mockery and Scoffing, endeavour'd to turn him into all imaginable Ridicule. And, in this Condi- ? tion, Pilate brought him out to them again, to deliver him back into their Hands. But :they no sooner saw him, but they cried out, Crucify him, Crucify him, Pilate faid unto them, Take ye bim, and crucify him; if you ! will crucify an innocent Person; for I find

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no fault in him. The Jews answer'd him;0; We have a Law, and by our Law, he ought to die;t because he made himself the Son of

GSM 9:12 This obstinate Persistence of theirs, and their alledging of a "Law, in the Café, made some Impression upon Pilate; so he took Jesus again into the Judgment Hall, and began to examine him anew. And he saith unto him, Whence art thou? But J E s U's gave him no Answer. Then Pilate said unto him, Speakest thou not unAnswer? Don't you know that I have power either to crucify or release


your power, you could have none at all, against me, except it were given you" from heaven; which is a Reason, why you should be just and moderate in the Use of it. But, if ic prove 'otherwise," you are not the only Person who will be to blame ; for, theirs will be the greater fin, who delivered me to you,

to you, without any juft Cause, in order to my suffering Death.

This touch'd the Governor's Conscience; from thenceforth he fought to release him; and had another Conference with the Chief Priests and Elders about it. But they would not recede from their Demands; faying withall; If thou let this man go, thou art not Cæsar's friend. Whosoever maketh himself a King, Speaketh against Cæsar. And they got the People to join with them in the same Cry; Crucify this man; we will have no

King but Cæsar. Matt. When therefore Pilate saw that he could

not prevail, and found that the Tumult increas'd more and more; he took Water and wash'd his Hands, before the Multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: See ye to it. Then anfwer'd all the People, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then Pilate releas'd Barabbas, and sent away Jesus to be crucified, as they desir'd.

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The Trials of several of the APOSTLES.

The next Instance we have, is in the Trial and Examination of two of our


blessed Lord's Apostles; even the same

two who had ventur'd into the High Priest's .

Palace, to see what was like to become of 3

their dear LORD; Peter and John. CHRIST, having been crucified, dead, buried, risen again, and afcended into Heaven, had according to his Promise, sent the Holy Ghoft; to prepare and qualify his Apostles, by the Inspiration of sound Doctrine, and a Power of working Miracles, for the Conversion of Mankind.

And these two Apostles, by such extraordinary Assistance, having restor'd to a Ads. iii. lame Man, the Use of his Limbs, and thereby gain'd a numerous Audience, and a favourable Reception, among the People; as they were preaching the Gospel, we are told, The Priests, and the captain of the tem- ----iv. 1, ple, and the Sadducees, came upon them; be- &c. ing grieved that they taught the people, and preached, through JESUS, the Resurrection from the dead. And they laid bands on them, and put them in bold, unto the next day; for it was then eventide.

And it came to pass, on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and Annas the High-Priest, and Caiaphas, and John,


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and Alexander, and as many as were of tbe kindred of the High-Priest, were gathered together, at Jerusalem. And when they bat set the Apostles in the midst, they asked, By wbat power, or by what name, bave ye die this? And when the Apostles had answer's them in such a manner as they could také no Advantage of; and when they saw the Man that was heal'd, standing with them, to atceft che Truth of the Miracle, they could say nothing against it. But, when they bad. commanded them to go afide, out of the council, they conferred among themfelves, faya ing, What Mall we do to these mens For that, indeed, a notable miracle bath been done by them, is manifeft to all them that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the People, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak benceforth to no man, in this name. And they called them, and commanded them, not to Speak, at all, nor teach, in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John, answered and said unto them, Whether it be right, in the hght of God, to bearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we bave seen and beard. Sa, wher


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