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10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told 'these things unto the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and, stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that, which was come to pass.
13 ¶ And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. b
14 And they talked together of all these things, which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed c together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden, that they should not know him. d
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications e are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, an
to two disciples.
swering, said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things, which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet, mighty in deed and word before God and the people.
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
b Threescore furlongs, 60 furlongs, or 7 and an half miles.
21 But we trusted that it had been he, which should have redeemed Israel; and, beside all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to
c Communed, conversed.
d But their eyes were so affected, enter into his glory?
that they did not know him.
e Gommunications, conversations
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he ex
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked to us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
the scriptures, &c.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled ? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts ?
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And, when he had thus spoken he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which Í spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father fupon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. 50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany; and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy ;
53 And were continually in the tempie, praising and blessing God. Amen.
TO THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN.
THE history of St. John as well as of the other apostles, is involved in much obscurity. We know however, he was the son of Zebedee, and the brother of James the Greater, or Elder, and that he was by occupation a fisherman of Bethsaida in Galilee. It was James and John, whom Jesus, for their zeal and fidelity in his service, distinguished with the name of Boanerges, or sons of thunder. John was one of the three, whom Jesus admitted to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jairus' daughter, of his transfiguration on the mount, and of his agony in the garden; and he was honoured among the apostles by being the one, whom Jesus loved. John alone of all the apostles, had the courage to follow Jesus to the cross and see him expire.
Soon after the death of Jesus, we find John with eight other of the apostles returning to their former occupation on the sea of Tiberias; but this was soon left for the more glorious work, to which they were appointed. Hence John became a preacher of the Gospel, and a pillar of the church in Judea; and it is supposed he continued here till the time approached for the predicted destruction of Jerusalem, and that he then went into Asia Minor, and resided some years at Ephesus. It is proba ble he continued here some time and preached the Gospel, and, as he in the Revelation expresses it, was for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus, banished thence to the island of Patmos, in the Archipelago sea, which probably happened in the persecution under the Roman emperor Domitian; that
f The promise of my Father, The Holy Spirit.
Divinity, humanity, and Chap. i.
office of Jesus Christ after the death of that emperor he returned to Asia Minor; that he lived till he was nearly a hundred years of age, having survived all the other apostles, and then died a natural death, at Ephesus, in the reign of the emperor Trajan, being the only apostle who escaped martyrdom.
The precise time, when John wrote his Gospel, is not ascertained; but it is thought most probable he wrote it after his return from exile near the close of the first century, at the request of the churches in Asia Minor, where he resided in the latter part of his life. The particular objects, for which his Gospel was written, were probably to supply what had not been fully communicated in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and also to refute the errors of Cerinthus and the Gnosties, who taught many extravagant notions concerning God and Jesus Christ.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
1 The divinity, humanity, and office of Jesus Christ. 15 The testimony of John. 39 The calling of Andrew, Peter, &c.
Ihed, beginning was the
N the beginning was the
with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him ; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light a shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
a And the light, &c. And the Messiah appeared in this dark and sinful world, and the world, by sin and prejudice, would not understand, that he
was the Messiah.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,b that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the b Light, our Saviour.
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me; for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.c 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou ?
20 And he confessed, and denied not, but confessed, I am not the Christ.
21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that
of Christ. sent us; what sayest thou of thyself?
23 He said, I am d the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, e as said the prophet Esaias.
24 And they which were sent, were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water; but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not.
27 He it is, who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
Of his fulness have we all received fulness, even grace for his grace.
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!