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And he said unto him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then, Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; (which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?) Peter, seeing him, saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow Thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony
And being assembled together with them, he commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me: For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me. Then opened he their understanding,
HIS LAST CHARGE.
that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
And he led them out as far as to Bethany. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
And he said unto them,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
and preach the Gospel to every creature,
Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and
if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall re
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them these things, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, and while they beheld, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven, and a cloud received him out of their sight. He was received up into heaven, and sate on the right hand of God.
And they worshipped him.
And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven, as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey;
and they returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
THE LIFE OF CHRIST.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, thine unworthy servants, do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and lovingkindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we may shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end, Amea.
Questions on Section XXVIII.
What did the two angels say to the second party of women who came to the tomb, with spices, to seek the body of Jesus?
How did the Apostles receive their tidings?
Relate how Christ appeared to Cleopas and another disciple, as they were walking together to Emmaus.
What did He say to them?
By what did they discover that it was Christ who was conversing with them?
When He appeared to the assembled Apostles, why were they frightened?
What means did He take to convince them of their mistake, and of the resurrection of the body?
What were the terms of the blessing and the power He then bestowed upon them?
What did Thomas say he would require before he could believe?
How was Thomas convinced?
In what terms did he worship Christ when he became certain of his resurrection?
What was the observation of our Lord?
Relate his appearing at the sea of Tiberias.
What was our Lord's emphatic and thrice repeated charge to Peter?
Which of the disciples is meant by the one "which testifieth of these things?"
What did Christ inform his Apostles was to be preached to all nations, when he appeared to them at Jerusalem? What was the final commission which our Lord gave to his Apostles, when he led them out as far as to Bethany? What were they to teach, besides baptizing?
What was the promise of perpetual support from Christ to his church?
What happened while He was blessing the Apostles?
What promise was then made of His coming again?
For what purpose were all these things written?