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Abranam s offering up of Isaac was a type of Christ's being offered upon the cross; Isaac's carrying the wood on his shoulders was a type of Christ's carrying his own cross; and the brazen serpent and the paschal lamb prefigured Christ's being lifted up, and his being made a sacrifice for the sins of the people. Our Saviour was buffeted and spit upon, according to the prophecy of Isaiah." "He had vinegar given him to drink mingled with gall, and his garments parted among the soldiers by casting lots, according to David. He was numbered with the transgressors,' being condemned as a malefactor, to suffer with malefactors, being crucified between two thieves. He cried out under his sufferings, according to David," and prayed for his wicked persecutors, according to Isaiah." It was foretold he should make his grave with the rich," and, accordingly, he was put, after his crucifixion, into the tomb of Joseph, a rich man of Arimathea.

Q. What prophecies which related to the resurrection and ascension of the Messiah were fulfilled in Jesus?

A. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was predicted by David ; thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption,* for to this purpose this passage is applied by St. Peter. The time was foretold by Hosea to be after two days," as several of the Rabbies understood that place. And it was prefigured by the type of Isaac's deliverance when he had been offered up, and by the type of Jonas being three days and three nights in the whale's belly. His sitting at the right hand of God, which supposeth his ascension into Heaven, was foretold by the royal prophet,' Sit thou at my right hand till I make thine enemies thy foot-stool. The accomplishment of the forementioned prophecies is a sufficient proof that our Saviour was a person sent from God.

Q. How was Jesus proved to be sent from God by a voice from Heaven ?

A. Just before he began his public ministry, when he was baptized by John in the presence of a great assembly of the people, the Holy Ghost descended upon him, with a voice from Heaven, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice was again repeated, though not so publicly, at his transfiguration on

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1 lsaiah 1. 6.
o Isaiah Jii. 12.
a llosea vi. 2.

Psalm xxii. 18. lxix. 21.
w Isaiah liii. 9.
* Matt. vi. 40.

t Isaiah liii. 12.

Psalm xvi, 10. b Psain cx. 1

u Psalm xxii. 1. y Acts ii. 27. + Matt. iii. 16, 17

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the mount;' and mentioned by St. Peter as a considerable argument of Christ's divine authority. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we have made known unto you the power and coining of the Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty; for he received from God the Father, honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from Heaven we heard when we were with him in the holy mount. And a third time there came a voice to him from Heaven in the hearing of all the people.'

Q. What further evidence is there that Jesus was a person sent from God?

A. Jesus proved that he was sent from God, by the power with which he was endowed of working miracles ; which power, when the miracles are great and unquestionable, and frequently wrought in public, is one of the highest evidences we can have of the divine mission of any person. And that our Saviour did many wonderful things, is confessed by his greates enemies, Celsus and Julian, though they attributed them to the power of magic.

Q. Of what nature were our Saviour's miracles, and how were they wrought ?

A. He healed all sorts of diseases, in multitudes of people, as they came accidentally without distinction. The manner of curing them was above the ordinary course of nature; for a touch or a word alone produced the cure, and often he cured those at a distance from him. The most inveterate diseases submitted to his power : he restored sight to the man born blind : he made the woman straight that had been crooked and bowed together eighteen years; and the man that had an infirmity thirty-eight years he bids take up his bed and walk." He multiplied a few loaves and fishes for the feeding of some thousands ;' which miracles were twice done, and at both times many thousands were witnesses of them :) and, what all men grant to be miraculous, ne raised several persons from the dead, particularly Lazarus," after he had been four days in the grave. All these miracles he wrought publicly in the midst of his enemies, and for a long time together, during the whole season of his public ministry, which was about three years and an

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f John xii. 28.

& Matt. iv. 23, 24. i Matt. xiv. 21. j Matt, xv. 31. k John xd

Matt. xvii 5. e ? Peter 1. 16, 17, &c. k John ix. 7. I uke xir. 13. John v. 8.

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Page Devotions for the fifth Sunday in Lent, called Passion Sunday

291 Devotions for the Sunday next before Easter, called Palm Sunday - 292 Devotions to be used on the Thursday before Easter, instead of the other Devotions for the Season of Lent

293 Devotions to be added to our other Devotions on those Days when the Holy Communion is administered

294 Devations for Good-Friday

295 Devotions for Easter Even

303 Devotions for Easter Day

304 Devotions for the Festival of St. Mark the Evangelist

308 Devotions for t'ie Festival of St. Philip and St. James

ibid Devotions for the Rogation Days

309 Devotions for the Festival of the Ascension

ibid Devotions for Whit-Sunday

312 Devotions for Trinity Sunday

319 Devotions for the Festival of St. Barnabas

ibid Devotions for the Festival of St. John the Baptist

320 Devotions for St. Peter's Day

ibid Devotions for the Festival of St. James

32L Devotions for the Festival of St. Bartholomew

322 Devotions for the Festival of St. Matthew

ibid Devotions for the Festival of St. Michael and All Angels

323 Devotions for the Festival of St. Luke the Evangelist

324 Devotions for the Festival of St. Simon and St. Jude

ibid Devotions for the Festival of All Saints

325 Devotions for the Ember Days

326 Prayer to be used before Self-Examination

ibid Prayer for an effectual belief of the Christian Religion

327 Collects and Prayer for the Church

328 Prayer for a right Observation of Holy Days

329 Prayer for Fasting

330 Prayer for the Divine Favour upon our Fasting

ibid Prayer for the Profession of Repentance

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