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it, when he tells the apostles that “when the Son fore, in all humility, addresses himself to our Saof Man shall sit on the throne of his glory," that viour ; which he had no sooner done but servants is, be gone back to heaven, and have taken full came post to tell him that it was in vain to troupossession of his evangelical kingdom, which ble our Lord, for that his daughter was dead. principally commenced from his resurrection, that Christ bids him not despond; if his faith held out then “ they also should sit upon twelve thrones, there was no danger. And suffering none to foljudging the twelve tribes of Israel ;"* that is, low him but Peter, James, and John, he goes they should have great power and authority in the along with him to the house ; where he was dechurch, such as the power of the keys, and other rided by the sorrowful friends and neighbors, for rights of spiritual judicature and sovereignty, telling them that she was not perfectly dead. But answerable in some proportion to the power and our Lord entering in, with the commanding effidignity which the heads and rulers of the twelve cacy of two words, restored her at once both to tribes of Israel did enjoy.

life and perfect health. 3. In the enumeration of these twelve apostles, 5. Our Lord after this preached many sermons, all the evangelists constantly place St. Peter in and wrought many miracles; amongst which none the front, and St. Matthewt expressly tells us that more remarkable than his feeding a multitude of he was the first; that is, he was the first that five thousand men, besides women and children, was called to be an apostle : his age also, and the but with five loaves and two fishes ;* of which, gravity of his person more particularly qualifying nevertheless, twelve baskets of fragments were him for a primacy of order amongst the rest of taken up. Which being done, and the multitude the apostles, as that without which no society of dismissed, he commanded the apostles to take ship, men can be managed or maintained. Less than it being now near night, and to cross over to Cathis, as none will deny him, so, more than this pernaum, whilst he himself, as his manner was, neither Scripture nor primitive antiquity do allow retired to a neighboring mountain, to dispose him. him. And now it was that our Lord actually con- self to prayer and contemplation. The apostles ferred that name upon him which before he had were scarce got into the middle of the sea, when promised him. “Simon he surnamed Peter."I on a sudden a violent storm and tempest began It may here be inquired, when and by whom the to arise, whereby they were brought into present apostles were baptized." That they were, is un- danger of their lives. Our Saviour, who knew questionable, being themselves appointed to con- how the case stood with them, and how much fer it upon others; but when or how the Scrip- they labored under infinite pains and fears, having ture is altogether silent. Nicephorus, from no himself caused this tempest for the greater trial worse an author, as he pretends, than Euodius, of their faith, a little before morning (for so long St. Peter's immediate successor in the see of they remained in this imminent danger) immediAntioch, tells us, that of all the apostles Christ ately conveyed himself upon the sea, where the baptized none but Peter with his own hands; that waves received him, being proud to carry their Peter baptized Andrew and the two sons of Ze- master. He who refused to gratify the devils, bedee, and they the rest of the apostles. This, when tempting him to throw himself down from if so, would greatly make for the honor of St. the pinnacle of the temple, did here commit him. Peter. But alas! his authority is not only sus self to a boisterous and instable element, and that picious but supposititious, in a manner deserted in a violent storm, walking upon the water as if by St. Peter's best friends, and the strongest it had been dry ground. But that infinite power champions of his cause. Baronius himself, how that made and supports the world, as it gave rules ever, sometimes willing to make use of him, else. to all particular beings, so can, when it pleaseth, where confesses that this epistle of Euodius is countermand the laws of their creation, and make altogether unknown to any of the ancients. As them act contrary to their natural inclinations. for the testimony of Clemens Alexandrinus, which If God say the word, the sun will stand still in to the same purpose he quotes out of Sophronius, the middle of the heavens ; if, Go back, it will re(though not Sophronius but Johannes Moschus, trocode, as upon the dial of Ahaz: if he command às is notoriously known, be the author of that it, the heavens will become as brass, and the earth book,) besides that it is delivered upon an uncer- as iron, and that for three years and a half togetain report

, pretended to have been alleged in a ther, as in the case of Elijah's prayer: If he say discourse between one Dionysius, bishop of Asca- to the sea, Divide, it will run upon heaps, and be. lon, and his clergy, out of a book of Clemens not come on both sides as firm as a wall of marble. now extant; his authors are much alike, that is, Nothing can be more natural than for the fire of no great value and authority.

to burn, and yet at God's command it will forget 4. Amongst these apostles our Lord chose a its nature, and become a screen and a fence to the triumvirate, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, three children in the Babylonian furnace. What to be his more intimate companions, whom he ad- heavier than iron, or more natural than for gravity mitted more familiarly than the rest unto all the to tend downwards ? yet, when God will have it, more secret passages and transactions of his life. iron shall float like cork on the top of the water. The first instance of which was on this occasion : The proud and raging sea, that naturally refuses -Jairus,ll a ruler of the synagogue, had a daugh- to bear the bodies of men while alive, became here ter desperately sick, whose disease, having baffled as firm as brass, when commanded to wait upon all the arts of physic, was only curable by the im- and do homage to the God of nature. Our Lord mediate agency of the God of nature. He there walking toward the ship, as if he had an intention

to pass it, he was espied by them, who presently • Matt. xix. 28.

+ Matt. x. 2. Mark iii. 11. # Mark v. 22.

• Matt. xiv. 17.

thought it to be the apparition of a spirit. Here- neither they nor their fathers were able to bear. upon they were seized with great terror and con- Should they go to the Scribes and Pharisees ? sternation, and their fears were, in all likelihood, they would feed them with stones instead of heightened by the vulgar opinion, that there are bread, obtrude human conditions upon them for evil spirits that choose rather to appear in the night divine dictates and commands. Should they bethan by day. While they were in this agony, our take themselves to the philosophers amongst the Lord, taking compassion on them, calls to them, Gentiles? they were miserably blind and shortand bids them not be afraid, for that it was no sighted in their notions of things, and their sentiother than he himself. Peter (the eagerness of ments and opinions not only different from, but whose temper carried him forward to all bold and contrary to one another. No, it was he only had resolute undertakings) entreated our Lord, that if the words of eternal life,” whose doctrine could it was he, he might have leave to come upon the instruct them in the plain way to heaven ; that water to him. Having received his orders, he they had fully assented to what both John and he went out of the ship, and walked upon the sea to had said concerning himself; that they were fully meet his master. But when he found the wind persuaded, both from the efficacy of his sermons to bear hard against hiin, and the waves to rise which they heard, and the powerful conviction of round about him, whereby, probably, the sight of his miracles, which they had seen, that he was Christ was intercepted, he began to be afraid ; " the Son of the living God,” the true Messiah and the higher his fears arose the lower his faith and Saviour of the world. But notwithstanding began to sink, and together with that, his body to this fair and plausible testimony, he tells them that sink under water: whereupon, in a passionate they were not all of this mind; that there was a fright, he cried out to our Lord to help him ; who, satan amongst them, one that was moved by the reaching out his arm, took him by the hand, and spirit and impulse, and that acted according to set him again upon the top of the water, with this the rules and interest of the devil : intimating gentle reproof: "Othou of little faith, wherefore Judas, who should betray him. So hard is it to didst thou doubt?" It being the weakness of our meet with a body of so just and pure a constitufaith that makes the influences of the divine tion wherein some rotten member or distempered power and goodness to have no better effect upon part is not to be found. us. Being come to the ship, they took them in ; where our Lord no sooner arrived, but the winds and waves, observing their duty to their sovereign Lord, and having done the errand which they came upon, mannerly departed and vanished away,

SECTION IV. and the ship in an instant was at the shore. All that were in the ship being strangely astonished Of St. Peter, from the time of his Confession till at this miracle, and fully convinced of the divinity

our Lord's last Passover. of his person, came and did homage to him, with this confession: “Of a truth thou art the Son of It was some time since our Saviour had kept his God.” After which they went ashore, and land-third passover at Jerusalem,* when he directed ed in the country of Genesareth, and there more his journey towards Cæsarea Philippi; where by fully acknowledged him before all the people. the way, having, like a careful master of his fa.

6. The next day, great multitudes flocking after mily, first prayed with his apostles, he began to him, he entered into a synagogue at Capernaum ; ask them (having been more than two years puband taking occasion from the late miracle of the licly conversant amongst them) what the world loaves, which he had wrought amongst them, he thought concerning him. They answered, that began to discourse concerning himself

, as the the opinions of men about him were various and “ true manna,

,*** and the “ bread that came down different ; that some took him for John the Bapfrom heaven;" largely opening unto them many tist lately risen from the dead; between whose of the more sublime and spiritual mysteries, and doctrine, discipline, and way of life, in the main, the necessary and important duties of the gospel. there was so great a correspondence. That Hereupon a great part of his auditory who had others thought he was Elias; probably judging hitherto followed him, finding their understandings so from the gravity of his person, freedom of his gravelled with these difficult and uncommon no- preaching, the fame and reputation of his mirations, and that the duties he required were likely cles; especially since the Scriptures assured to grate hard upon them, and perceiving now that them he was not dead, but taken up into heaven, he was not the Messiah they took him for, whose and had so expressly foretold that he should rekingdom should consist in an external grandeur turn back again. That others looked upon him as and plenty, but was to be managed and transact. the prophet Jeremiah alive again, of whose return ed in a more inward and spiritual way; hereupon the Jews had great expectations, insomuch that fairly left him in open field, and henceforth quite some of them thought the soul of Jeremiah was returned their backs upon him. Whereupon our inspired into Zacharias. Or if not thus, at least Lord, turning about to his apostles, asked them that he was one of the more eminent of the anwhether they also would go away from him! cient prophets, or that the soul of some of these Peter (spokesman generally for all the rest) an- persons had been breathed into him : the doctrine swered, whither they should go to mend and bet- of the metempsychosis, or transmigration of souls, ter their condition; should they return back to first broached and propagated by Pythagoras, be, Moses ? alas! he laid " a yoke upon them which ing at this time current among the Jews, and

* John vi. 32

* Mark viii. 27: Matt. xvi. 21; Luke ix. 18.

owned by the Pharisees as one of their prime no- very much tend to exalt the honor of Peter, yet is tions and principles.*

there nothing herein personal and peculiar to him 2. This account not sufficing, our Lord comes alone, as distinct from, and preferred above the closer and nearer to them ; tells them, it was no rest of the apostles. Does he here make confeswonder if the common people were divided into sion of Christ's being the Son of God? Yet, bethese wild thoughts concerning him; but since sides that herein he spake but the sense of all the they had been always with him, had been hearers rest, this was no more than what others had said of his sermons, and spectators of his miracles, he as well as he, yea before he was so much as call. inquired what they themselves thought of him. ed to be a disciple. Thus Nathanael, at his first Peter, ever forward to return an answer, and coming to Christ, expressly told him, “ Rabbi, therefore, by the fathers, frequently styled " the thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of mouth of the apostles,” told him, in the name of Israel."* Does our Lord here style him a rock? the rest, that he was the Messiah, “ the Son of All the apostles are elsewhere equally called the living God," promised of old in the law and foundations ; yea, said to be the “twelve foundathe prophets, heartily desired and looked for by tions upon which the wall of the new Jerusalem,"' | all good men, anointed and set apart by God to that is, the evangelical church, is erected; and be the King, Priest, and Prophet of his people. sometimes others of them besides Peter are called To this excellent and comprehensive confession pillars, as they have relation to the church already of St. Peter's, our Lord returns this great eulogy built. Does Christ here promise the keys to and commendation : “ Blessed art thou, Simon Peter? that is, power of governing, and of exerBar-Jonah; flesh and blood hath not revealed it cising church censures, and absolving penitent unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven :" sinners? The very same is elser:here promised that is, this faith which thou hast now confessed is to all the apostles, and almost in the very same not human, contrived by man's wit, or built upon terms and words : “If thine offending brother his testimony, but upon those notions and prin- prove obstinate, tell it unto the church ; but if he ciples which I was sent by God to reveal to the neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee world, and those mighty and solemn attestations an heathen and a publican. Verily I say unto which he has given from heaven, to the truth both you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be of my person and my doctrine. And because thou bound in heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on hast so freely made this confession, therefore “I earth shall be loosed in heaven.”I And elsealso say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon where, when ready to leave the world, he tells this rock I will build my church, and the gates of them : “ As my Father hath sent me, even so send hell shall not prevail against it.” That is, that as I you: whose soever sins ye remit, they are rethy name signifies a stone, or rock, such shalt mitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye rethou thyself be, firm, solid, and immovable in build- tain, they are retained."|| By all which it is eviing of the church ; which shall be so orderly dent, that our Lord did not here give any personal erected by thy care and diligence, and so firmly prerogative to St. Peter, as universal pastor and founded upon that faith which thou hast now con- head of the Christian church, much less to those fessed, that all the attempts and assaults which who were to be his successors in the see of Rome; the powers of hell can make against it shall not but that as he made his confession in the name of be able to overturn it. Moreover, “I will give the rest of the apostles, so what was here prounto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and mised unto him was equally intended unto all.whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be Nor did the more considering and judicious part bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose of the fathers (however giving a mighty reverence on earth, shall be loosed in heaven :" that is, thou to St. Peter) ever understand it in any other sense. shalt have that spiritual authority and power with Sure I am, that Origin tells us, that every true in the church, whereby, as with keye, thou shalt Christian that makes this confession with the same be able to shut and lock out obstinate and impeni- spirit and integrity which St. Peter did, shall have tent sinners, and, upon their repentance, to unlock the same blessing and commendation from Christ the door and take them in again : and what thou conferred upon him. shalt thus regularly do, shall be owned in the court 4. The holy Jesus, knowing the time of his pas. above, and ratified by God in heaven.

sion to draw on, began to prepare the minds of 3. Upon these several passages, the champions his apostles against that fatal hour ; telling them of the church of Rome mainly build the unlimited what hard and bitter things he should suffer at supremacy and infallibility of the bishops of that Jerusalem, what affronts and indignities he must see; with how much truth and how little reason undergo, and be at last put to death, with all the it is not my present purpose to discuss. It may arts of torture and disgrace, by the decree of the suffice hero to remark, that though this place does Jewish Sanhedrim. Peter, whom our Lord had

infinitely encouraged and endeared to him, by the * The Jews had long since imbibed the love of great things which he had lately said concerning Grecian philosophy, which began to be current him, so that his spirits were now afloat, and his among them from the time of Alexander. And as passions ready to overrun the banks, not able to the Christians of Alexandria afterwards mingled endure a thought that so much evil should befall Platonism with the gospel, so the Pharisees, but by his master, broke out into an over-confident and doing much more force to both systems, mingled the unseasonable interruption of him : " He took him doctrines of Pythagoras with those of Moses; or rather with the fanciful comments by which their rabbis had corrupted the pure word of Scripture. * John i. 49. † Rev. xxi. 14; Eph. ii. 20; Gal. č. 9. This system is alluded to in the account of the man # Matt. xviii. 17, 18. 11 John xx. 21, 23. born blind, John ix. 3.-Ed.

S Matt. xvi. 21 ; Mark viii. 31; Luke ix. 22.

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and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from | shine as the sun, in the kingdom of the Father.” thee, Lord; this shall not be unto thee.” Be- During this heavenly scene, there appeared Moses sides his great kindness and affection to his mas- and Elias, (who, as the Jews say, shall come toter, the minds of the apostles were not yet tho- gether,) clothed with all the brightness and maroughly purged from the hopes and expectations jesty of a glorified state, familiarly conversing with of a glorious reign of the Messiah; so that Peter him, and discoursing of the death and sufferings could not but look upon these sufferings as unbe- which he was shortly to undergo, and his departcoming and inconsistent with the state and dignity ure into heaven. Behold here together the three of the Son of God; and therefore thought good to greatest persons that ever were the ministers of advise his Lord to take care of himself, and, while heaven: Moses, under God, the institutor and prothere was time, to prevent and avoid them. This mulgator of the law; Elias, the great reformer of our Lord, who valued the redemption of mankind it, when under its deepest degeneracy and corrupinfinitely before his own ease and safety, resented tion; and the blessed Jesus, the Son of God, who at so high a rate that he returned upon him with came to take away what was weak and imperfect. this tart and stinging reproof: “Get thee behind and to introduce a more manly and rational insti. me, Satan:” the very same treatment which he tution, and to communicate the last revelation once gave to the devil himself, when he made that which God would make of his mind to the world. insolent proposal to him, “to fall down and wor- Peter and the two apostles that were with him ship him."* Though in Satan it was the result were, in the mean time, fast asleep; heavy through of pure malice and hatred, in Peter only an error want of natural rest, (it being probably night when of love and great regard. However, our Lord this was done,) or else overpowered with these excould not but look upon it as a mischievous and traordinary appearances, which the frailty and diabolical counsel, prompted and promoted by the weakness of their present state could not bear, great adversary of mankind. Away therefore, says were fallen into a trance; but now awaking, were Christ, with thy hellish and pernicious counsel : strangely surprised to behold our Lord surrounded “ Thou art an offence unto me,” in seeking to op- with so much glory, and those two great persons pose and undermine that great design for which conversing with him: knowing who they were, I purposely came down from heaven: in this, probably by some particular marks and signatures " thou savourest not the things of God, but those that were upon them, or else by immediate revethat be of men,” in suggesting to me those little lation, or from the discourse which passed betwixt shifts and arts of safety and self-preservation, Christ and them, or possibly from some communiwhich human prudence and the love of men's own cation which they themselves might have with selves are wont to dictate to them: by which, them. While these heavenly guests were about though we may learn Peter's mighty kindness to to depart, Peter, in a great rapture and ecstacy of our Saviour, yet that herein he did not take his mind, addressed himself to our Saviour, telling him measures right; a plain evidence that his infalli- how infinitely they were pleased and delighted bility had not taken place.

with their being there ; and, to that purpose, de5. About a week after this, our Saviour being siring his leave that they might erect three taberto receive a type and specimen of his future glori- nacles, one for him, one for Moses, and one for fication, took with him his three more intimate Elias. While he was thus saying, a bright cloud apostles, Peter and the two sons of Zebedeef and suddenly overshadowed the two great ministers, went up into a very high mountain, which the and wrapped them up; out of which came a voice: ancients generally conceived to have been Mount " This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well Tabor, a round and very high mountain, situate pleased; hear ye him:" which when the apostles in the plains of Galilee. And now was even lite- heard, and saw the cloud coming over themselves, rally fulfilled what the Psalmist had spoken : they were seized with great consternation, and “ Tabor ard Hermon shall rejoice in thy name."I fell upon their faces to the ground; whom our For what greater joy and triumph than to be pe- Lord gently touched, bade them arise and disband culiarly chosen to be the holy mount, whereon our their fears; whereupon, looking up, they saw none Lord, in so eminent a manner, “received from but their master, the rest having vanished and God the Father honor and glory,” and made such disappeared. In memory of these great transacmagnificent displays of his divine power and ma- tions, Bede tells us, that in pursuance of St. Peter's jesty? For while they were here earnestly em- petition about the three tabernacles, there were ployed in prayer, (as seldom did our Lord enter afterwards three churches built upon the top of upon any eminent action but he first made his ad- this mountain, which, in after times, were had in dress to heaven,) he was suddenly transformed great veneration; which might possibly give some into another manner of appearance ; such a lustre foundation to that report which one makes, that and radiancy darted from his face, that the sun in his time there were showed the ruins of those itself shines not brighter at noon-day: such beams three tabernacles which were built according to of light reflected from his garments as outdid the St. Peter's desire. light itself that was round about them; so ex 6. After this, our Lord and his apostles having ceeding pure and white that the snow might blush travelled through Galilee,* the gatherers of the to compare with it; nor could the fuller's art puri- tribute-money came to Peter, and asked him, fy any thing into half that whiteness ; an evident whether his master was not obliged to pay the triand sensible representation of the glory of that bute, which God, under the Mosaic law, commandstate wherein the just shall " walk in white, and ed to be yearly paid by every Jew above twenty

years old, to the use of the temple ; which so con* Luke iv. 8. ** Matt. xvii. 1; Mark ix, 2. * Psalm lxxxix. 12.

* Matt. xvii. 24.

tinued to the times of Vespasian, under whom the vice; that for their parts, they should be recomtemple being destroyed, it was by him transferred pensed with far greater privileges; and that whoto the use of the capitol at home, being to the value ever should forsake houses or lands, kindred or reof half a shekel, or fifteen-pence of our money. To lations, out of love to him and his religion, should this question of theirs, Peter positively answers, enjoy them again, with infinite advantages, in this Yes ; knowing his master would never be back. world, if consistent with the circumstances of their ward, either to give unto Cæsar the things that state, and those troubles and persecutions which are Cæsar's, or unto God the things that are God's.” would necessarily arise from the profession of the Peter going into the house to give an account to gospel : however, they should have what would his master, and to know his mind concerning it, make infinite amends for all—eternal life in the Christ prevented him with this question : “ What other world. thinkest thou, Simon, of whom do earthly kings 8. Our Saviour, in order to his last fatal journey exact tribute, of their own children" and family, or to Jerusalem, that he might the better comply with from other people? Peter answered, Not from the prophecy that went before him, sent two of his their own servants and family, but from strangers. apostles, who in all probability were Peter and To which our Lord presently replied, that then, John, with an authoritative commission to fetch him according to his own argument and opinion, both an ass to ride on ;* (he had none of his own; he he himself, as being the Son of God, and they, who was rich, for our sakes made himself poor;" whom he had taken to be his menial and domestic he lived upon charity all his life, had neither an servants, were free from this tax of head-money, ass to ride on, nor a house where to lay his head; yearly to be paid to God. But rather than give no, nor after his death a tomb to lie in, but what offence, by seeming to despise the temple, and to the charity of others provided for him ;) whereon undervalue that authority that had settled this tri- being mounted, and attended with the festivities bute, he resolves to put himself to the expense and of the people, he set forward in his journey; charges of a miracle, and therefore commanded wherein there appears an admirable mixture of Peter to go to the sea, and take up the first fish humility and majesty: the ass he rode on became which came to his hook, in whose mouth he should the meanness and meekness of a prophet; but find a piece of money, (a stater, in value a shekel, his arbitrary commission for the fetching it, and or half-a-crown,) which he took and gave to the the ready obedience of its owners, spake the collectors, both for his master and himself. prerogative of a king; the palms borne before him,

7. Our Lord, after this, discoursing to them how the garments strewed in his way, and the joyful to carry themselves towards their offending bre- hosannahs and acclamations of the people, prothren, Peter, being desirous to be more particularly claim at once both the majesty of a prince and the informed in this matter, asked our Saviour, how triumph of a Saviour ; for such expressions of joy oft a man was obliged to forgive his brother, in case we find were usual in public and festival solemniof offence and trespass, whether seven times were ties. Thus the historian, describing the emperor not enough.* He told him, that upon his neigh. Commodus's triumphant return to Rome, tells us, bor's repentance, he was not only bound to do it that the senate and whole people of Rome, to tes“seven times, but until seventy times seven :" that tisy their mighty kindness and veneration for him, is, he must be indulgent to him, as oft as the offend. came out of the city to meet him, carrying palms er returns and begs it, and heartily professes his and laurels along with them, and throwing about sorrow and repentance: which he further illus- all sorts of flowers that were then in season. In trates by a plain and excellent parable, and thence this manner our Lord being entered the city, he draws this conclusion, that the same measures, soon after retired to Bethany, whence he despatcheither of compassion or cruelty, which men show ed Peter and John to make preparation for the to their fellow-brethren, they themselves shall meet passover; giving them instructions where he would with at the hands of God, the supreme ruler and have it kept it accordingly they found the person justiciary of the world. It was not long after, he had described to them, whom they followed when a brisk young man addressed himself to our home to his house. Whether this was the house Saviour, to know of him by what methods he might of John the Evangelist, as (Nicephorus tells us,) best attain eternal life ;t our Lord, to humble his situate near Mount Sion, or of Simon the leper, or confidence, bid him "sell his estate, and give it to of Nicodemus, or of Joseph of Arimathea, as others the poor” and, putting himself under his discipline, severally conjecture, seeing none of the evangehe should have a much better “treasure in heaven.” lists have thought fit to tell us, it may not become The man was rich, and liked not the counsel, nor us curiously to inquire. was he willing to purchase happiness at such a rate, and accordingly went away under great sorrow and discontent. Upon which Christ takes occasion to let them know, how hardly those men

SECTION V. would get to heaven, who built their comfort and happiness upon the plenty and abundance of these Of St. Peter, from the last Passover till the Death outward things. Peter, taking hold of this opportu

of Christ. nity, asked, what return they themselves should have, who had quitted and renounced whatever All things being now prepared, our Saviour with they had for his sake and service. Our Saviour his apostles comes down for the celebration of the answers, that no man should be a loser by his ser-passover: and being entered into the house, they

* Matt. xviii. 21.
+ Matt. xix. 16; Mark x. 17; Luke xviii. 18.

* Matt. xxi. 1.
+ Matt. xxvi. 17; Mark xiv. 12; Luke xxii. 7.

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