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what Jesus had said when they were in Galilee, Luke xxiv, 6,7.
12. They went immediately towards the city, yet taking a different way from the one Mary had taken, or going in such a way that they did not meet her when she was returning from the city with Peter and John, Matt. xxviii. 8. Mark xvi. 8. "They said nothing to any man, Luke xxiv. 9, 10.. In Luke xxiv. 10, it is said that it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, that told ihese things to the disciples. Not that Luke affirms that they were together when they told them, but that the information was given by them, though perhaps at different times.
13. While they were gone, Mary Magdalene returned to the sepulchre, following Peter and John, who came running, John xx, 2-9. They examined the sepulchre, and found that the body was really gone; but as yet they did not know the reason, no having seen the other women to whom the angel had told the cause, and Mary Magdalene having lest the women before the angel had spoken to them. As yet, therefore, she was ignorart of the reason of his removal.
14. Peter and John then left the sepulchre, returned home, and left Mary alone, John xx. 10.
15. While Mary was there alone, she looked into the sepulchre, and saw two angels, probably the same that had appeared to the other women, John xx. 11--13.
16. Jesus appeared to Mary while she was alone at the sepulchre, John xx. 14–18. Thus, according to Mark, xvi. 9, he appeared to Mary Magdalene 'first.'
17. Mary then went to tell the disciples that she had seen him, but they did not fully believe her, John xx. 18. Mark xvi. 10, 11.
18. Afterwards Jesus appeared to the other women, Matt, xxviii. 8. As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. This would seem, in Matthew, to be immediately after they had left the sepulchre the first time. But the words as they were going’ might have been rendered, ' after they were gone. They do not imply, of necessity, that the appearance took place immediately, but only after they were gone, without speci. fying the time. Probably it was not long after he had appeared to Mary Magdalene. They would probably return to the garden after they had informed the disciples, and linger around there that they might ascertain what had become of him, or learn whether he had been seen by any one. It was then, probably after they had been away and returned, and after he had been seen by Mary that they saw him.
II. APPEARANCES OF JESUS AFTER THE RESURRECTION, 1. To Mary Magdalene, John xx. 14. Mark xvi. 9. 2. To the other women, Matt. xxviii. 9.
3. To Peter, 1 Cor. xv. 5. Luke xxiv. 34. 4. To two disciples as they were going to Emmaus, Mark xvi. 12, 13. Luke xxiv. 13–32.
5. The same day at evening, to the apostles, in the absence of Thomas, 1 Cor. xv. 5. Mark xvi. 14. Luke xxiv. 36. John xx. 19-24.
6. To the apostles when Thomas was present, John xx. 26–29.
7. In Galilee, at the sea of Tiberias, to Peter, Thomas, Na. thanael, James, and John, and two others, John xi, 1–14. This is said to be the third time that he showed himself to the disu.ples, that is, to the apostles, when they were assembled together, John xxi. 14.
8. To the disciples on a mountain in Galilee, Matt. xxviii. 16. 9. To more than five hundred brethren at once, I Cor. xv. 6. 10. To James, one of the apostles, 1 Cor. xv. 7.
11. To all the apostles assembled together, 1 Cor. xv. 7. He was seen by them forty days after he rose-probably conversing with them familiarly.
12. To he apostles at his ascension Luke xxiv. 50,51. Acts i. 9, 10.
13. To Paul, 1 Cor. xv. 8. Acts ix. 3--5; xxii. 8.
JII. THE ASCENSION.
1. It was forty days after his resurrection, Acts i. 3.
2. He ascendied from the mount of Olives, near Bethany, Luke xxiv. 50. Acts i. 12.
3. It was in the presence of all the apostles, Luke xxiv. 50. Acts i. 9, 10.
4. He was received into a cloud, and ascended to heaven, Acts i. 9-11. Luke xxiv. 51. Eph. i. 20—22.
The following extract from the Commentary from Henry and Scott,' published by the Religious Tract Society, differs in some particulars from Barnes, and our readers will derive benefit from comparing the two accounts together:
THE RESURRECTION AND EVENTS CONNECTED THEREWITH. ON THE DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION.- Friday evening, when Joseph of Arimathea had obtained permission to bury the body of Jesus, the women, both those who had approached the cross, John xix. 25, and those who stood afar off, Matt. xxvii. 55, foló lowed his remains to the sepulchre. This was similar to many burial-places among the Jews, a small room about six feet by nine feet, hewn out in the rock, the door being closed with a stone slab, and having a small enclosed court besore it. There the body was left, after it had been hastily wrapped in linen bandages with the spices brought by Nicodemus. Most of the women then returned :o the city without delay, and prepared spices and ointments hefore the sabbath came on, but Mary Magdalene and Mary the wife of Cleopas, remained weeping near the tomb.
We may here notice the circumstances of our Lord suffering on the day immediately before the Jewish sabbath, and in a place near to which one of his disciples had a new sepulchre. Had his body been left in the hands of his executioners it would have been cast into the common grave of the malefactors. But, as Isaiah prophesied, “ His grave was appointed with the wicked, but with the rich man was his tomb." And this place was one close at hand, where it could be deposited immediately and secured by the Jewish rulers till the third day, that the evidence of Christ's resurrection might be indisputable. Again, had the body been given up to the immediate followers of our Lord, who had no place of sepulture at hand, they would have carried it to sume house, that they might perform the requisite acts of attention to the corpse, but the sabbath beginning before these could be completed, the body would not have been buried at the time appointed for the resurrection, which also would have been the case had the body remained on the cross, as it probably would have done if the sabbath had not approached. Thus God in his providence overrules the actions of men for the accomplishment of the Divine purposes, which, although set forth in prophecy, remain unintelligible to us until fulfilled.
THE DAY AFTER THE CRUCIFIXION, or Saturday. The chief priests and pharisees, having obtained Pilate's leave, secured the sepulchre by fixing a seal upon the stone, and setting a guard of soldiers to watch it, of course satisfying themselves that the corpse was there. Mary Magdalene, and Mary the wife of Cleopas, with Salome, joined in purchasing spices in the evening as soon as the sabbath was over. The words in Mark xvi. 1, signify that they then purchased the spices, which alone would be sufficient to distinguish them from the party mentioned, Luke xxiii. 56.
THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, Sunday:-Mary Magdalene and her companions set out to go to the sepulchre, very early, as it began to dawn. Before they arrived there was a great earthquake, an angel descended and rolled away the stone and sat upon it, and the guards were affrighted. Our Lord then arose, but none of the evangelists attempt to describe the particulars. The sun was rising when the first party of women already mentioned, drew near, and saw the stone was removed, and that the door-way of the tomb was open.
As the tomb fronted the east, the rising sun would shine upon it, so that this could be seen. Mary Magdalene, without examining further, ran to inform the apostles, Her two companions ventured into the apartment or couri before the sepulchre, where they saw an angel, under the appearance of a young man, clothed with a white garment, sitting on the stone, Iñe women being affrighted, the angel encouraged them to ap
proach, saying, ' Fear not ye;' from which some have supposed that the guards were still remaining on the spot, struck with ter
The angel told them to go and inform the disciples. They hastened quickly, bui were so overcome with amazement, as not to be able to speak to those whom they first met.
In the mean time, Mary Magdalene, having told Peter and John that the body of Jesus was taken away, the two aposties ran to the sepulchre. John arriver first, and standing on the floor of the outer apartment, stooped down, and looking into the care or tomb, saw the linen clothes lie. Peter coming soon after went into the tomb, and observed the orderly manner in which the clothes were laid, folded regularly, and not bearing any appearance of having been removed in haste, or in the trepidation which must have attended a removal by his disciples, in the presence of an armed guard and in a moonlight night, had such an attempt been possible, as it was not, for many reasons. John also went in, and began to believe that his Lord was risen. The apostles then returned to their own homes.
Mary returned to the sepulchre and stood weeping in the outer apartment, but looking into the tomb, she saw two angels, who asked why she wept, and having told the cause, she turned round and beheld Jesus, but knew not that it was he till he had called her by her name. She was then sent to relate the glad tidings to the disciples, and as she went, the other Mary and Salome joined her, and while they were together Jesus himself met them, saying, All hail, and when they had worshipped him, gave them a message to the disciples.
Meanwhile the soldiers related in the city what had occurred, and the council of the elders bribed them to spread a false report, that the disciples had stolen the body of Jesus while they slept. This story, although involving many improbabilities and contradictions, became commonly reported among the Jews.
We have now to notice the second company of faithful women, consisting of Joanna and other Galilean females, with some women of Jerusalem, they, having prepared their spices on the Friday evening, rose at an early hour, but the delay in assem. bling a large party, and other causes, hindered them from arriv. ing at the tomb till after Mary and her companions had left it. On their arrival they found the stone rolled away, and entered the tomb, but finding neither the body nor any to give them information, they were much perplexed, when two angels stood by them, and asked why they sought the risen among the dead, reminding them of what our Lord had told them about his sur ferings and resurrection, while he was in Galilee. These women retired from the sepulchre, apparently in a more composed state of mind than the others, and related what they had seen and heard to the eleven, and to others of the disciples.
Though the apostles received from both companies of the wo men assurances that Christ was risen, they believed not, but still mourned. Peter, however, went again to the sepulchre, but the angels having departed, he only saw the linen clothes.
From Luke xxiv. 34, and 1 Cor. xv. 5, we find that Christ apo peared to Peter before the other disciples, and probably early in the day. His next appearance was to Cleopas and another, in the afternoon, as they went to Emmaus; with them he conversed a considerable time as recorded Luke xxiv. On discovering it was their Lord they returned to Jerusalem, a distance of eight miles, with the glad tidings, and while relating to the apostles what had passed, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, conversed with them, showed his hands and side, and when they distrusted for joy, he did eat before them. At this time he breathed on them, and said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
DURING THE REST OF THIS WEEK those who had seen our Lord informed the other disciples that he was risen, and conversed respecting it, but some still refused to believe, and among them the apostle Thomas.
ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK FOLLOWING, Thomas, and the rest of the apostles, with other disciples, being together at meat, Jesus again appeared to them. He desired Thomas to touch his wounds, who being convinced, exclainied with devotion and adoration, My Lord and my God! Jesus then mildly rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart.
SOME DAYS AFTER, our Lord showed himself in Galilee to the apostles and to more than five hundred of his disciples, who were assembled by appointment for the purpose, agreeably to his words before his death and after his resurrection. On this occasion he appeared first at a distance, when some doubted, but for their satisfaction he drew near and conversed with them, and declared that all power was given unto him, in heaven and in earth.
SUBSEQUENTLY he appeared to Peter and six others of the disciples who had remained together in Galilee. So little had they anticipated their future honourable employment as apostles, that they seem to have resumed their former humble occupation, and were fishing on the sea of Tiberias when Christ had that intimate discourse with them recorded in John xxi.
AFTER THEIR RETURN TO JERUSALEM our Lord again gave instructions to his disciples, and commissioned them to preach tne gospel to all nations. Whether this was done on one or more occasions does not appear, but on the FORTIETH DAY after his resurrection, he led them out to the mount of Olives, to the part where the district of Bethany began, and there ascended in their sight.
A few observations may be added to the preceding account, respecting the chief difficulties experienced by early harmonists; this was, to reconcile the accounts of the different evangelists respecting the visits of the women to the sepulchre. West was the