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Thus he lost the fruit of his memorable journey, which had been so long before projected. We do not indeed find that after this he returned to Jerusalem, 'except to undergo his trial. Melancholy and fear had deprived him of all presence of mind, and his disciples were under the necessity of reminding him that it was time to celebrate the Passover. They asked him where he wished them to go and prepare the entertainment: He bade them take the first house they met with, which they did. A chamber was provided for them where they assembled with their master, who, ever occupied with his sorrowful thoughts, gave them to understand that this Passover would likely be the last which he should celebrate with them. - His language was mournful; he bathed their feet in order to teach them that humility was essentially necessary when they were weakest. Having afterwards sat down to table, he made them understand in language sufficiently explicit, that he was afraid of being betrayed by one of them. There is every reason to believe that his suspicions fell principally on Judas, whose frequent going to and coming from the houses of the priests might be known to his master. As Judas was treasurer to the party, and consequently charged with paying the expences of the entertainment, Jesus wished it to be understood that they were then regaled at the expense of his life and his blood. “ Take," said he to them in a figurative style, “ for this is my body.” — Thereafter he gave them the cup saying that it was “his blood which * was to be shed for them.” Judas, very readily comprehending the meaning of this enigma, arose from table, and immediately withdrew: but the other apostles did not understand it. It is, however, on this


emblem that some doctors have since built the famous dogma of transubstantiation ; they enjoin rational beings to believe, that at the word of a priest bread is changed into the real body, and wine into the real blood of Christ! They have taken the figurative words of our missionary literally, and have employed them in forming a mystery, or rather the most curious juggle that ever has been devised by priests on purpose to deceive mankind*

After supper our guests retired with their master to the mount of Olives, where they thought themselves in safety ; but our hero did not entertain the same opinion. Scarcely had the Man-God entered the garden of Olives when a mortal terror seized him; he wept like a child and anticipated the pangs of death, His apostles, more tranquil, yielded to sleep, and Jesus, who was afraid of being surprised, mildly reproached them. -" Could you not,” said he, “watch with me one hour?” Judas, whom we have seen depart suddenly and who had not rejoined the party, gave extreme uneasiness to Christ, and every moment redoubled his terror. It is affirmed that an angel came to strengthen him in his situation : Yet he was afterwards seized with a bloody sweat, which can only denote a very great weakness.

* The Protestants are wrong in reproaching the Catholics with the dogma of transubstantiatior. Those who believe that God could be incarnate, ought not to hold others ridi. culous who say that God can be changed into bread. If the dogma of transubstantiation is an absurdity, it is a very ancient one in the church, and only evinces the prodigious cre. dulity of the first of the faithful. St. Paul, St. Ignatius the martyr, St. Irenius, &c. speak of this absurd mystery like Roman Catholics.

The agitated condition of the Saviour appears very surprising to persons in whose minds faith has not removed every difficulty the gospel presents ; they are much astonished to find such weakness in a God who knew from all eternity that he was destined to die for the redemption of the human race. They aver, that God his father, without exposing his dear innocent son to such cruel torments, might by one word have pardoned guilty men, conformed them to his views, and remitted their iniquities: they think that the conduct of God would have been more simple and generous in appeasing his wrath at less expense on account of an apple eat four thousand years ago. But the ways of God are not those of men. The Deity ought never to act in a natural way or be easily understood. It is the essence of religion, that men should never comprehend any part of the divine conduct; this furnishes to their spiritual guides the pleasure of explaining it to them for their money*.

Whatever sentiments we may entertain on this, it is certain that the Man-God, on the approach of his death, shewed a weakness which many ordinary men would blush to display in a similar situation. Meanwhile the traitor Judas, at the head of a company of archers or soldiers, proceeded towards. Jesus whose retreats he knew. A kiss was the signal by which the guards were to recognise the person whom they had orders to seize. Already Christ beheld the lanthorns

* Some have thought that the Clergy might serve as a barrier against despotism, but experience sufficiently proves that this body on all occasions stipulates for its own interests alone.-Boulanger.

advancing which lighted the march of these sbirri ;
and perceiving the impossibility of escaping, he made
a virtue of necessity. Like a coward become despe-
rate, he resolutely presented himself to the party ;
" Whom seek ye ?said he, with a firm tone:
Jesus," answered they. I am he.Here Judas
confirmed with a kiss this heroical confession. The
apostles, awakened by the noise, came to the succour
of their master. Peter, the most zealous among them,
cut off with a stroke of his sabre the ear of Malchus
servant of the High Priest*. , Jesus, observing the
inutility of resistance, commanded him to put up his
sword, set in order the ear of Malchus, (who escaped
at the expense of being frightened), and afterwards

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* Is it not extraordinary that Jesus, who inculcated the doctrine of non-resistance so far as to enjoin that “to him who smiteth on the right cheek we should turn the left also,” permitted any of his disciples to wear a sword ? Does not this show that Christ himself felt the difficulty of conforming to his maxims, and at the same time fulfilling that part in society which nature has assigned to all mankind ? According to Lactantius, no christian can be a soldier.

The emperot Charles V. used to say that " being a warrior it was impossible for him to have either conscience or religion." His general, the Marquis de Piscaire, said, “ that nothing was more difficult than to serve, at one and the same time the God Mars and Jesus Christ.” Generally speaking, nothing is more contrary to the spirit of Christianity than the profession of arms; nevertheless, the most christian princes hare most numerous armies, and are perpetnally at war. The clergy also would be extremely sorry if the maxims of the evangelists, or the Christian meekness, were to be rigidly followed. It in no wise accords with their interests. They have occasion for soldiers to give solidity to their doctrines and their divine rights !-How long, O Israel, will ye remain the dupes of an interested priesthood ?

surrendered himself to, and accompanied those who had come to seize him.

It is related that the party who came on purpose to apprehend Jesus, were forced at first to give ground. The fact is very probable: it was dark, and the archers perceiving the apostles but very indistinctly, might believe that their enemies were more numerous than in reality, and therefore be afraid of being surrounded : but plucking up courage they fulfilled their commission.

Whilst they bound the Son of God with cords, he besought the chief of the detachment not to molest his apostles, and as they wanted himself only, he easily obtained his request. St. John believes that Jesus made this entreaty in order to fulfil a prophecy ; but it appears our hero thought it was neither useful nor just to involve men in his ruin, whose assistance might still be necessary to him, or who, being at large, would have a better opportunity to act in his favour.

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