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disciples, told them that his kingdom was. This importunate request had its desired very different from those of the present world, effect on the Son of God. He stood still, and the greatness of his disciples did not, like aud called them to him, that, by their manthat of secular princes, consist in reigning | ner of walking, spectators might be convinover others in an absolute and despotic man ced they were really blind. As soon as they ner. “ Ye know that the princes of the Geu approached him, he asked them, What they tiles exercise dominion over them, and they requested with such earnestness ? To which that are great, exercise authority upon them. the beggars answered, that they might reBut it shall not be so among you ; but who ceive their sight. " What will ye that I soever will be great among you, let him be shall do unto you? (they say) Lord, that your minister ; and whosoever will be chief our eyes may be opened.” This request was among you, let him be your servant; even not made in vain ; their compassionate Saas the Son of inan came not to be ministered viour touched their eyes, and immediately unto, but to minister, and to give his life a | they received sight, and followed him, glorirauson for many.” Matt. xx. 25, &c. Ye fying and praising God.. know that rank and precedence denote merit of character here ; but Christian greatness After conferring sight on these beggars, and spiritual precedence consist in bumility, Zaccheus, chiefof the publicans, having often of which Christ your Saviour was made an, heard the faine of our Saviour's miracles, eminent pattern.
was desirous of seeing bis person ; but the lowness of his stature preventing him from satisfying his curiosity, “be ran before, and
climbed up a sycamore tree to see him, for CHAP. XXVIII.
he was to pass that way. (As Jesus apo
proached the place where he was) be looked Thebenevolent Saviour restores Sight to the up, and saw him, and said unto tim, Zac
Blind. Kindly regards Zaccheus the cheus, make haste, and come down, for to
4, 5. Money. Accepts the kind Offices of Mary. Makes a public Entry into Jerusalem. 1 The publican expressed his joy at our
Lord's condescending to visit him, took him TESUS, with his disciples, and the multi to his house, and shewed him all the marks U tude that accompanied him, were now of civility in his power. But the people. arrived at Jericho, a famous city of Palestine, / when they saw be was going to the house of and the second in the kingdom. Near this a publican, condemned his conduct, as not town Jesus cured two blind men who sat by | conformable to the character of a propliet. the road begging, and expressed their belief Zaccheus seems to have heard these unjust in biin as the Messiah. “And as they de- , reflections ; and, therefore, was willing to parted from Jericho, a great multitude fol. | justify himself, before Jesus and his atlowed him : And, behold, two blind men tendants. “ And Zaccheus stood, and said
sitting by the way-side, when they heard that | unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of · Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have my goods I give to the poor ; and if I have
mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. taken any thing from any inan by false aoAnd the multitude rebuked them, because cusation, I restore him four-fold. And Jesus they should hold their peace : but they cried said unto bim, This day is salvationi come to the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O. this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Lord, thou Son of David.” Matt. XX. Abraham.” Luke xix. 8, &c. 29, &c.
Our Saviour, further to convince the peo- unto every one which hath shall be given, ple that the design of his mission was to seek and from him that hath not, even that he and to restore life and salvation to lost and | bath sball be taken away from him. But perishing sinners, adds, “ The Son of man those mine enemies, which would not that is come to seek and to save that which was I should reign over them, bring hither lost."
and slay them before me.” Luke xix. 12, While Jesus continued in the house of &c. Zacchieus the publican, he spake a parable to his followers, who supposed, at his arrival ! In this parable we have the characters of in the royal city, he would erect the long- three sorts of men, delineated by our blessed expected kingdom of the Messiah. “ A cer: Saviour himself: namely, the true disciples tain nobleman (said he) went into a far coun. of the Messiah ; the hypocrites, and the try to receive for fiimself a kingdom, and to openly propbane. And the treatmeut these return.' And he called his ten servants, and servants met with represent the final sendelivered them ten pounds, and said unto tences that will be passed upon them, by the them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens awful Judge of the whole earth. The true hated biin, and sent a message after him, disciples shall be rewarded with tlie honours saying, We will not have this man to reign and pleasures of immortality: the hypocrites over us. And it came to pass that when he stripped of all the advantages they so often was returned, having received the kingdom, boasted, and loaded with eternal infamy; then he commanded these servants to be and the open 'enenies of Christ shall suffer called unto bim, to whom he had given the punistiment, severe in proportion to the de: money, that be might know how much every gree of their guilt. man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath But though this is the general sense of the gained ten pounds. And he saith unto him, parable, yet it has also a particular relation Well, thou good servant : because thou to the time when it was spoken; and inhast been faithful in a very little, have thou tended to teach the disciples, that though authority over ten cities. And the secoud they might imagine the Messiah's kingdom came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained was speedily to be erected, and they were five pounds. And he said likewise to him, soon to partake of its happiness, yet this was. Be thou also over five cities. And another not to happen before the death of their Mas. came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy ter ; that they themselves must perform a pound which I have kept laid up in a nap-' | long and laborious course of services, before kin ; for I feared thee, because thou art an they received their eternal reward. That austere man : thou takest up that thou laidst after his 'resurrection, when he had obtained not down, and reapest that thou didst not the kingdom, he would return from his seat sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine of majesty, and reckon with all his servants, own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked and reward every one according to the imservant. Thou knewest that I was an aus provements he had made in the trust comtere man, taking up that I laid not down, mitted to his care: and that he would exéand reaping that I did not sow: Where cute in an exemplary manner, bis vengefore then gavest not thou iny money into ance on those who refused to let him reign the bank, that at my coming I might have | over them, and did all in their power to binrequired mine own with usury? And he said | der the erectionof his kingdoin among others. unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten After speaking this parable, Jesus left pounds (and they said unto him, Lord, he the house of Zaccheus the publican, and hath ten pounds) For I say unto you, That continued his journey towards Jerusalem,
where he proposed to celebrate the pass. great a miracle must have on the minds of over : he was earnestly expected by the the people ; and therefore determined, if people, who came up to purify themselves, | possible, to put both Jesus and Lazırús to ayd who began to doubt whether he would deatla. venture to come to the feast. This delay, however, was occasioned by the proclama Our blessed Lord, though he knew the tion issued by the chief priest, promising a design of the Jews upon him, also knew reward to any who would discover the place that it became bin to fulfilall righteousness; of his retireinent. “Now both the chief and was so far from declining to visit Jeru. priest and the Pharisees had given a wom: salem, that he even entered it in a public mandinent, that if any man knew where manner. When they " were come to Bethhe were, he should shew it, that they might phage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent take him." John xi. 57.
Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go
unto the village over against you, and Six days before the passover Jesus arrived straight way ye shall find an ass tied, and a at Bethany, and repaired to the house of colt with her : loose them and bring them Lazarus, whon, he had raised from the dead. unto me. And if any man say ought unto • There they made him a supper, and Mar you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of tha served ; but Lazarus was one of them them; and straightway he will send them, that sat at the table with hiin. Then took All this was done, that it might be fulMary a pound of ointment of spikenard, filled which was spoken by the prophet, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, saying, 'Teli ye the daughters of Zion, Behold, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sithouse was filled with the odour of the oint. | ting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ment. Then said one of his disciples, Judas ass. And the disciples went and did as Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray Jesus commanded thein, and brought the bin, Why was not this ointment sold for ass, and the colt, and put on them their
three hundred pence, and given to the poor? clothes, and they set him thereon. And a Chew This he said, not that he cared for the poor ; very great multitude spread their garments
but because he was a thief, and had the bag, in the way: others cut down branches froni and bare what was put therein. Then said the trees, and strewed them in the way. Jesus, let her alone ; against the day of my And the multitudes that went before, and burying hath she kept this. For the poor | that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the always ye have wiib you ; but me ye have Son of David: blessed is he that cometh in not always." John xii. 2, &c.
the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the high
est. And when he was come into JeAs Bethany was not above two miles rusalem, all the city was moved, saying, from Jerusalem, the news of his arrival was Who is this ? And the multitude said, soon spread through the capital, and great This is Jesus, the Prophet of Nazareth numbers of the citizens came to see Laza of Galilee.—Matt. xxi. 2, 3, &c. : rus who had been raised from the dead, together with the great Prophet, who had Some of the most strenuous of the deistical wrought so stupendous a miracle, and many tribe have endeavoured to turn this circumof them were convinced both of the resurrec- stance into ridicule ; but in this they discover - tion of the former, and the divinity of the | the heighth of ignorance, because they judge latter : but the news of their conversion, by the prejudices of our own times and countogether with the reason of it being cur- try. And when those who look no farther than rently reported in Jerusalem, the chief | the manners and customs before them, exariests were soon se nsible of the weight so mine this part of the sacred history by the