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CHRIST AND THE TWO APOSTLES AT
EMMAUS.

ON the day of our blessed Lord's resurrection, as two of his disciples were proceeding towards Emmaus, a village about seven miles to the west of Jerusalem, they were joined by the Saviour, whom they did not recognise. Probably he designedly prevented their recognising him, in order the better to further the object which he had in view. As they were engaged in very earnest discourse and appeared melancholy, he asked what was the subject of their conversation, and why they appeared so sad. To which one of them replied that their discourse was upon a subject too notorious to be unknown even to the greatest stranger. It was concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a great prophet, one mighty in word and in deed, whom they expected would have assumed the temporal dominion over Israel, have delivered her from the tyranny of her enemies, and have exalted her to the highest state of pre-eminence among the kingdoms of the earth, but to their great disappointment he had been condemned to death by their rulers, and crucified like the commonest malefactor. And, he continued, we have just received the most marvellous information; some female friends of ours, who visited his sepulchre this morning, this being the third day since his death, have stated that his body had disappeared, and they had seen a vision of angels who told them he is alive. Upon this Christ took occasion to reproach them for their incredulity, and expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. When they entered the village the two disciples pressed Jesus to continue with them. "And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight *.”

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THE ASCENSION.

FORTY days was the time of the Saviour's continuance upon earth after his resurrection. This term being nearly expired, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem with a number of their friends, and assembled in a private room for the purposes of devotion. Whilst thus engaged, our Saviour appeared unexpectedly in the midst of them, and, among other things relating to the government of his church, especially charged them that they should not depart from Jerusalem until they had received that miraculous effusion of the Holy Ghost which he had promised, and would shortly send down upon them. Imagining that this effusion had reference only to that temporal dominion over Israel, which they still imagined Christ was about to assume, they asked him if he intended then to restore the kingdom of Israel. He, however, immediately undeceived them, assuring them that after the descent of the Holy Ghost they would be correctly informed upon that subject, and be endued with such heavenly knowledge as would enable them to bear testimony of his life and doctrines among all nations. Having given them this assurance, he conducted the whole assembly from the city to that part of the Mount of Olives nearest Bethany. Here he gave them his parting benediction, lifting up his hands and affectionately blessing them all. "And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen."

This was the consummation of that merciful dispensation of love which has ransomed man from the tyranny of sin and death, and restored him from the bondage of a lapsed, to the liberty of a redeemed, creature.

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