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In a short time after speaking this parable, our blessed Lord set off with the disciples for Jerusalem. This was the name of the principal town in the country in which he lived. And in this town he was to be taken by wicked men, and crucified and slain. To this town our Lord was now going, and going for the last time. Accordingly, he took the twelve disciples apart by the way, and told them of what was about to happen. "Behold," says he, "we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man (by which name he means himself) shall be betrayed unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles or Romans (for the Romans were Gentiles or Heathens, not Jews) to mock, to scourge and to crucify him and the third day he shall rise again."

You see, my friends, that our blessed Lord, the adorable Saviour of us all, knew

beforehand all that would happen to him. He saw all his sufferings drawn out in dismal array before him. He saw the agonizing scourge, the cruel mockings, the painful death. But he was not disheartened by it all. He knew that he had undertaken to do all this in order to reconcile his Almighty Father to sinners: he knew that he was to die, in order that we might live : he laid down his life of himself. No man could take it from him. He had power to lay it down, and power to take it again. Having therefore engaged to do all this for sinful man, he was not slack in performing it but like a lamb led to the slaughter, he made no resistance, but went on to the dismal scene. You see too in this instance, how kind and considerate our blessed Lord was to his friends and companions, the twelve disciples. He endeavours to prepare their minds for the shock-to accustom them to think of itto enable them to call up all their courage and strength of mind for bearing the part

ing from him. This shews his kindness of disposition-his friendliness of heart. He would not that they should be taken by surprise he would have them prepared for the loss of him.


Now what are you to learn from all this? Learn from it, my friends, always to do your duty in your state of life, whether you meet with kind or unkind usage. You are to do your duty, whether others do theirs or not. Submit to every hardship, rather than commit a wicked act. whether you are treated well or ill, endeavour to have a good conscience towards God, to have Jesus Christ for your friend. He tells us himself that through much tribulation we must all enter into the kingdom of God: and therefore though our road through life may be sometimes a hard and laborious one, we must all, both whites and blacks, both free and bond, cheer ourselves with the hope, that with

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all good Christians the road is sure to lead to Christ's kingdom in heaven. But then, we must remember that on no occasion "we suffer as evil doers."-For if we be buffeted for our faults and take it patiently, this is doing no service to God, as we read in the Bible: but when we do well and suffer for it, this alone is thankworthy and acceptable to God.

Learn also to have kindness of heart and friendliness of disposition towards your relations, friends and acquaintances. Give them no needless pain. And if at any time you see them suffering and unhappy, because you are in pain and labouring under sickness, add not to their uneasiness by peevishness and ill humour. Be kind, gentle, and patient. Our Lord Jesus Christ was meekness and gentleness itself.

One would think that after what Jesus Christ had said, none of his disciples would

have thought of any thing that was proud and haughty. However, they were very liable to mistakes, till our Lord, after he went up into heaven, sent the Holy Ghost to teach them, and to clear their minds of all ignorance and doubt. The mother of James and John, two sons of Zebedee, and two of our Lord's disciples, came to him with these sons, and begged that he would grant her a favour. He asked her what the favour was. And she said to him, "Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom." She thought that some how or other, and some time or other, Jesus Christ would be a great king upon earth. And she wished her sons to be great men in his court, to be on his right hand and on his left-that is, to be always placed above the rest. Our Saviour told her, that "she knew not what she asked:" that he was to be no king on earth, but on the contrary was to be ill treated, crucified and slain. Would your

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