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THE ACTS OF THURSDAY.
Matt. xxvi. 17-19. Mark xiv. 12-16. Luke xxii. 7-13.
Now the first day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we go, and prepare for thee to eat the passover? And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, Peter and John, and saith unto them, "Go ye into the "city, and when ye are entered into the city, "there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher "of water; follow him into the house where he "entereth in. And ye shall say unto the good "man of the house: The master saith, My time "is at hand, I will keep the passover at thy house "with my disciples. And he will shew you a "large upper room furnished and prepared: there "make ready for us." And they went, and found as he had said unto them, and they made ready the passover.
John xiii. 31-38. xiv. 1-31. And (when they were returned) Jesus said, "Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is "glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, "God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall "straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a "litde while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: "and as I said unto the Jews, whither I go, ye "cannot come: so now I say unto you. A new "commandment I give unto you, that ye love one "another; as I have loved you, that ye also love "one another. By this shall all men know that "ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to "another."
Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, "Whither I go, thou "canst not follow me now; but thou shalt fol"low me afterwards." Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answerd him, "Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Veri"ly, verily I say unto thee, the cock shall not "crow, till thou hast denied me thrice."
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe "in God, believe also in me. In my Father's "house are many mansions; if it were not so, "I would have told you, I go to prepare a place "for you. And if I go and prepare a place for "you, I will come again, and receive you unto "myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. "And whither I go ye know, and the way ye "know."
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, " I am the way, and "the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto "the Father but by me. If ye had known me, "ye should have known my Father also: and "from henceforth ye know him, and have seen "him."
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, "Have "I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou *' not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me, "hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, "Shew us the Father? Believest thou not, that "I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the "words that I speak unto you, I speak not of "myself: but the Father that dvvelleth in me, he "doeth the works. Believe me, that I am in the "Father, and the Father in me: or else believe
"me for the very works sake. Verily, verily I "say unto you, He that believeth on me, the "works that I do, shall he do also, and greater "works than these shall he do; because I go unto "my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in "my name, that will I do, that the Father may "be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any "thing in my name, I will do it.
"If ye love me, keep my commandments. "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give "you another Comforter, that hemay«abide with "you for ever; even the Spirit of truth, whom "the world cannot receive, because it seeth him "not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him, "for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. "I will not leave you comfortless; I will come "to you. Yet a little while and the world seeth "me no more: but ye see me: because I live, "ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know, "that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I "in you. He that hath my commandments, and "keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. And he "that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father, and I "will love him, and will manifest myself to him."
Judas saith unto him, (notlscariot,) Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered, and said unto him, "If a man love me, he will keep my "words: and my Father will love him, and we "will come unto him, and make our abode with '' him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my "sayings: and the word which you hear, is not "mine, but the Father's which sent me. These "things have I spoken unto you , being yet present "with you. But the Comforter, which is the "holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my "name, he shall teach you all things, and bring "all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I "have said unto you.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto "you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be "afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I '' go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved "me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto "the Father: for my Father is greater than I. "And now I have told you before it come to pass, "that when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for "the prince of this world cometh, and hath "nothing in me. But that the world may know "that I love the Father; and as the Father gave "me commandment, even so I do. Arise let us ~ "go hence."
Matt. xxvi. 20-29. Mark xiv. 17-25. Luke xxii. 14-20. And in the evening he cometh with the twelve « (into that house). And when the hour was come (to eat the passover) he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, "With desire I have desired to eat this passover "with you before I suffer. For I say unto you, "I will not any more eat thereof, until it be ful"filled in the kingdom of God." And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this, "and divide it among yourselves." And as they did eat, he said, "Verily I say unto you, one "of you which eateth with me, shall betray me." And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began to say unto him, one by one, Lord, is it I? and t another said, Is it I? He answered, and said unto them, " It is one of the twelve that dippeth "with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. "The Son of man indeed goeth as it is written 'j "of him: but wo unto that man by whom the "Son of man is betrayed: good were it for that "man if he had never been born." Then Judas which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, "Thou hast said."
And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat; This is my body, which "is given for you: this do in remembrance of "me." Likewise also after supper, he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to mem, saying, "Drink ye all of it: This is my blood, (the blood) "of the new testament, which is shed for you, "and for many, for the remission of sins. (This "do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of "me, 1 Cor. xi.) Verily I say unto you, I will "not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, "until that day when I drink it new with you in "my Father's kingdom."
Luke xxii. 24-38.
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, "The kings of the Gentiles "exercise lordship over them; and they that "exercise authority upon them, are called bene"factors. But ye shall not be so; but he that is "greatest among you, let him be as the younger; M and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For "whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or "he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? ** but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye *' are they which have continued with me in my "temptations. And I appoint unto you a king"dom, as my Father hath appointed unto me: M that ye may eat and drink at my table, in my "kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve "tribes of Israel."