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twice; and when Peter heard the Cock crow, Jefus, ftanding now before the High Prieft, turned and looked upon him ; and his Heart melted within him; and he went out and wept bitterly, Mark xiv. 72. Luke xxii. 61, 62.

16 Q. What Accufation did they bring against Chrift?

A. Several falfe Witneffes accufed him about Words that he fpake; but they agreed not together, and therefore they could not find fufficient Caufe to condemn him, though they sought it earneftly, Mark xiv. 56.

17 Q. How did they condemn him at laft? A. The High Prieft afked him, Art thou the Chrift, the Son of God? And Jefus faid, I am; and ye fhall fee the Son of Man fitting on the right Hand of Power, and coming in the Clouds of Heaven. Whereupon they condemned him as worthy of Death for Blafphemy, Mark xiv. 61—64.

18 Q. Did they then put him to Death immediately?

A. The Jews being under the Government of the Romans, had not the full Power of Life and Death in their own Hands; but they fhewed their Spite against him by many Indignities offered to him, and never left him, till they had procured a Sentence of Death against him from the Roman Governor.

19 Q. What were thefe Indignities?

A. They fuffered their Officers to mock and infult him, to fmite and fpit upon him, to blind his Eyes and buffet him; then they bound him and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, Mark xiv. 65. and chap. xv. 1.

20 Q. What became of Judas the Traitor, when he saw the Priefts had condemned Chrift?

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A. He repented of his Treachery, brought the thirty Pieces of Silver to the Priests; and went away and hanged himself, and falling down, his Body burft, and his Bowels fell out, Matt. xxvii. 1-5. Acts i. 18.

21 Q. What did Pilate determine concerning Jefus ?

A. Pilate found him to be an innocent Man, and that the Priefts and Elders had accused him out of Envy, and therefore he would fain have releafed him, Mark xv 9, 10. and Luke xxiii. 4.

22 Q. How did Pilate propofe to release him, when he was charged as fo great a Criminal by their Accufations?

A. It was the Custom at the Pafs-over to release fome Prisoner, and he offered to release Jefus to them at that Seafon, Mark xv. 6-9.

23 Q. Did the Jews accept of Pilate's Propofal? A. No, they chose rather to have Barabbas releafed, who was a Robber and a Murderer, and demanded Jefus to be crucified, ver. 7, 11, 13.

24 Q. Did Pilate yield to their Demands?

A. Yes, at laft he released Barabbas; and when he had fcourged Jefus, he delivered him to be crucified, even against his own Confcience, ver. 15.

25 Q: How came Pilate to be perfuaded to crucify an innocent Man?

A. He did it partly to please the Jews, and partly left he should be counted an Enemy to Cæfar if he fpared Chrift, who did not deny himfelf to be a King, Mark xv. 15. John xix. 12, 13.

26 Q. What further Indignities were caft on our Saviour?

A. They ftripped him of his own Clothes, and put on him a scarlet Robe in Mockery, because he did not deny himself to be the King of the Jews;

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they platted a Crown of Thorns, and put it on his Head, with a Reed in his right Hand; they bowed the Knee before him, and mocked him, faying, Hail, King of the Jews! they fmote him with a Reed, and fpit upon him, Mark xv. 17—19.

27 Q. How did the bleffed Jefus carry it under all thefe Affronts?

A Being reviled, he reviled not again, but food before his Accufers and his Judges as an innocent Lamb ftands filent before the Shearers; and made very few Replies to all their Accufations, Charges, and Inquiries, Mark xiv. 61. AƐts viii. 32. 1 Pet. ii. 23.

28 Q. In what Manner did they crucify him? A. They put his own Garments on him again, they carried him to Calvary, the Place of Execution, and there they nailed him on the Crofs; where they also crucified two Malefactors, one on his right Hand, and the other on his left, Mark xv. 20. Luke xxiii. 33.

29 Q. Did our Saviour then make no Refistance, nor give a Rebuke to their wicked Cruelty?

A. He only prayed for them, and faid, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do, Luke xxiii. 34

30Q. What was the Infcription fet over his Head? A. This is fefus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews; and it was written in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, John xix. 19.

31 Q. What Affronts did he fuffer on the Crofs? A. When the Soldiers had caft Lots for his Garments, the Rulers mocked him, many of the Jews reviled him, and fo did one of the Thieves that was crucified with him, Luke xxiii. 34-39.

32 Q. How did the other Thief carry it towards him?

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A. He rebuked his Fellow, acknowledged his own Guilt, and the Innocence of Chrift; he prayed that Jefus would remember him when he came into his Kingdom, Luke xxiii. 40-42.

33 Q. What Answer did Chrift make to his Faith and Prayer?

A. Jefus faid, Verily, To-day fhalt thou be with me in Paradife, ver. 43.

34 Q. What Refpect did Jefus pay to his own Mother Mary, when he faw her near the Cross?

A. He commended her to the Care of John, his beloved Difciple; and from that Time John took her to his own Houfe, John xix. 26, 27.

35 Q. What were fome of the last Words of Jefus on the Cross?

A. He cried out, My God, my God, why haft thou forfaken me? And a little after he said, It is finished; then he cried with a loud Voice, Father, into thy Hand I commend my Spirit, and died immediately, Mark xv. 34 Luke xxiii. 46. John xix. 30.

36 Q. What remakable Occurrences attended the Death of Chrift?

A. 1. At the fixth Hour there was Darkness over the whole Land till the ninth; that is, from Noon till three o'Clock in the Afternoon, Mark · 33.

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2. The Veil of the Temple which divided the holy Place from the Holy of Holics, was rent from the Top to the Bottom?

3. There was an Earthquake, the Rocks were rent, Graves were then opened, and many of the pious Dead arofe after his Refurrection, and appeared to feveral Perfons in Jerufalem, Matt. xxvii. 51-53.

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37 Q. What was done to the Body of Jefus, after his Death?

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A. When they broke the Legs of the Thieves who were crucified, that they might die the fooner, and be taken down from the Crofs before the Sabbath, they broke not the Legs of Jefus, because he was already dead, but a Soldier pierced his Side with a Spear, and there iffued Blood and Water, John xix. 31-37.

38 Q. How was Jefus buried?

A. Jofeph of Arimathea, a rich Man, went to Pilate, and begged the Body of Jefus, wrapped it in clean Linen, with Spices, laid it in his own new Tomb, and rolled a great Stone to the Door of the Sepulchre, Mark xv. 43-45. Luke xxiii. 56. John xix 40.

39 Q. What was done by the Enemies of Chrift to fecure him from rifing again?

A. The Jews defired Pilate to set a Guard of Soldiers about the Sepulchre, and that they might know if the Tomb had been opened, they fealed the Stone that was rolled to the Door of it, Matt. xxvii. 62-66.

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there was a great Earthquake, an Angel rolled back the Stone from the Door, and fat upon it, bis Countenance was like Lightning, and his Raiment white as Snow; the Keepers fhook for Fear, and Jefus rofe and departed, Matt. xxvii. 1—4.

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