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THE END OF ST. JOHN XIX.

THE END OF ST. JOHN XIX.

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St. John, xix. 31.

" The Jews therefore because it was the Prepara
tion, that the bodies should not remain upon the Cross
on the Sabbath-day, (for that Sabbath-day was an high
day,) besought Pilate that their legs migJit be broken,
and that they might be taken away."
St. John, xix. 31.

" The Jews therefore because it was the Prepara
tion, that the bodies should not remain upon the Cross
on the Sabbath-day, (for that Sabbath-day was an high
day,) besought Pilate that their legs migJit be broken,
and that they might be taken away."

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THE END OF ST. JOHN XIX.EDITED BY THE REV. HENRY NEWLAND,St. John, xix. 31." The Jews therefore because it was the Preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the Crosson the Sabbath-day, (for that Sabbath-day was an highday,) besought Pilate that their legs migJit be broken,and that they might be taken away."SEE how, long before, God, foreseeing the sacrifice and death of His Son, had given a lawconcerning His burial! It is written in theBook of Deuteronomy, " If a man be put todeath, and thou hang him on a tree, his bodyshall not remain all night upon that tree, butthou shalt in anywise bury him that day."And this that was written must now be fulfilled. The Sabbath, that is, the Saturday,Easter Eve, was not only holy as the Sabbath,but, in that year, the Passover fell upon it,and this made the Jews the more anxious thatthe law should be fulfilled." Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs134 THE END OF ST. JOHN XIX.of the first, and of the other that was crucifiedwith him."And we may well imagine the revilings andtaunts that the Penitent Thief, in the midst of His earthly agonies, must have had to endure." Lord, remember Me when Thou comest inThy Kingdom." The Lord was gone: Hehad died, to all human appearance, the deathof any other malefactor. His Kingdomwhere was it? His promise what was itworth? His coming again who would dreamof it? Yet the thief s faith failed not. Christ,That had so lately hung in His own agonies,would not leave the companion of those agonies in his last moments. The thief knew inWhom he had believed, and like St. Paul,was persuaded that He was able to keep thatwhich was committed unto Him. He hadcommitted all his life his faith his bodyhis soul : all hung on that one promise, thepromise of a dead Man s lips. Yet he hadsome confirmation of his faith : he must haveseen the darkness that was over all the earthfrom the sixth hour to the ninth he must
 
have known of the earthquake he must haveheard the voice of the centurion, " Certainlythis was a righteous Man." " Truly this wasthe Son of God."And very shortly after, leaving behind himTHE END OF ST. JOHN XIX. 135all the wickedness and misery of this life,he obtained the promise. " To-day," our Lordhad said; and, like a generous Master, Hemade the day short. It is certain that thethief was in Paradise before sunset, because atsunset the Sabbath began; and before theSabbath began, the bodies were taken downfrom the cross, and that was not till after death.There, then, he found a blessed exchange :passing from the cross and the blasphemingcrowd on the hill of Calvary to " Mount Sion,the City of the Living God, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the generalassembly and Church of the First-born, whichare written in Heaven, and to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant."And herein was that saying fulfilled whichis written in the Book of Judges, " They thatare delivered from the noise of the archers inthe places of drawing water." For who wasever so delivered from the spiritual archers,those that sought after his soul to destroy it,as this thief ? and who was ever so deliveredat such a place of drawing water as the side of our Lord, from which there came forth, notonly the Blood which should redeem theworld, but the Water which should cleanseit? And it follows, u There shall they rehearsethe righteous acts of the Lord." Righteous,136 THE END OF ST. JOHN XIX.because His word was pledged for it; righteous, because He died that His word mightbe made good; righteous, because in Hiskingdom there is righteousness as well as happiness for evermore." And he that saw it bare record, and hisrecord is true : and he knoweth that he saithtrue, that ye might believe" St. John wasstanding by, and therefore, alone of all theApostles, could say that he saw it. And no
 
tice the earnestness with which he repeats it" he bare record his record is true he knoweth that he saith true." Because he knewof how great weight in our salvation was this.Here is the fountain opened for sin and foruncleanness here is the first beginning of Holy Baptism: and thus the two great Sacraments are prefigured in our Lord s death.But because two or three witnesses were required by the law to make any testimony certain, therefore St. John brings forward Mosesand Zechariah to prove what he says." For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shallnot be broken" It is written of the PassoverLamb, the most remarkable of all types of ourLord : and now it was fulfilled in the True Paschal Lamb, the Lamb of God, " That takethaway the sins of the world." Here, also, weTHE END OF ST. JOHN XIX. 137find that prophecy in the Song of Solomonmade good : " His legs are as pillars of marble,set upon sockets of pure gold." As marblepillars are not made to be broken, but to standfirm for ever, so with our Lord. Therefore itis written, " They brake not His legs."And again another Scripture saith, " Theyshall look on Him Whom they pierced. 11They shall look but how? His true servants shall look to Him here and live -just asthe Israelites, when bitten by the fiery serpents, looked to the brazen serpent. He thatpierced Christ s side, Longinus by name, didso look, believed, followed our Lord in theworld, and is now set down with Him on high.Multitudes from that time to this have solooked. This same St. John beheld afterwards a great multitude which no man couldnumber, standing before the throne and theLamb, clothed in white raiment : and they hadon their heads crowns, of gold : and of them it wassaid, " These are they which came out of greattribulation, and have washed their robes, andmade them white in the Blood of the Lamb."But it is not His true servants only: theyindeed, shall look on Him Whom they pierced,for their sins also caused His death. But allshall look on Him bad as well as good badas certainly as good : as it is written, " Behold

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