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of the Psalmist?. For thou wilt not leave my foul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corruption. Thus the angel assures the woman, “ that Jesus which was crucified is risen as he said." David spake of the resurrection of Christ, “ whom God raised up, whereof,” said St. Peter when he applied this Prophecy to our Lord, “ we are all witnesses.”
The manner in which the Evangelists fhewed the fulfilment of the prophecies by Christ is remarkable, for they applied them not with hesitation, as if they were doubtful as to their fense, or undecided as to their object. Their boldness of affertion bore the ftamp and character of truth. They had the moft clear proofs, more particularly from miracles, that their divine Master was the promised Messiah, and therefore were fully persuaded that all the prophecies centered in him. They appear to have had no conception, that this evidence could in the nature of things be referable to anyone else, and therefore they pressed the arguments drawn from the Old Testament upon the minds of the
Psalm xvi, 10. Matt. xxviii, 6Ads i. 31, 32.
unconverted, with all the sincerity of convice tion, and all the authority of truth.
All persons are encouraged, by the gra: cious example of our Lord himself, to seek
the light, and the evidence thus brought to illustrate the character, and the mission of Christ, the Messiah of the Jews, and the Saviour of the world. For, when he was about to take his final leave of his Disciples after his resurrection, 'and was desirous of pointing out to them the clearest teftimonies, that, in addition to his miracles and his precepts, could confirm his divine mission, “ BEGINNING AT MOSES AND ALL THE PROPHETS, HE EXPOUNDED UNTO THEM IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES, THE THINGS CONCERNING HIMSELF."
Luke xxiv. 27.
The Destruction of the City and Temple of
Jerusalem, and the Subverhon of the Jewish
Chrift. THE awful catastrophe of the destruction of Jerusalem, was a subject presented to the minds of the most distinguished Prophets. Mofes faw, from a remote distance of time, the peculiar calamities that would result from the disobedience of his people. And to close the wonderful feries of predictions, our Lord denounced in terms of pity and affection the approaching fall of the holy city, and fixed the period of its complete destruction, and the total fubversion of the Jewish government. Upon this signal event the authority of Christ as a Prophet very materially depended; and as it took place within the time
he prescribed, with all its previous, concomitant, and subsequent circumstances, exactly as he had foretold, the whole train of occurrences conspired to prove his infallible truth.
This Prophecy, which must fill every mind that considers it attentively with the most exalted conceptions of its divine author, forms an essential part of the Gospel history, and is interwoven with the texture of its most important contents. It is recorded by Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In regard to the precise year in which their respective Gospels were written, there is a difference of opinion among the learned"; but it is universally agreed that they were all written and published some years before the destruction of Jerusalem. And it is probable that these Evangelifts were dead before that event took place. No unbeliever, either of ancient or modern times,
. - The earliest account I have met with is that of - Dr. Owen, who states the Gospel of St. Matthew to have
been written A. D. 38. The latest account brings it down to A. D. 63. St. Mark wrote his Gospel about the year 61. St. Luke a little after, probably in 63. Percy's Key, p. 47. Calmet, vol. ii. p. 155. Du Pin's History of the Canon, vol. ii. p. 26, 41, &c. Townson. on the Gospels, p. 4, 116, 153, 166, &c.
Jew or Gentile, neither Julian, nor Celsus, nor Porphyry, neither Voltaire, nor Gibbon, has ever had the temerity to infinuate, much less to maintain, that it was forged, or inter. polated after the event.
· It appears from the narrative of St. Mark, that our Lord's declaration concerning the buildings of the Temple, “ There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down,” had excited considerable alarm and anxiety among his followers; and that as soon as he was seated on the Mount of Olives, whither he immediately went, four of his Disciples privately entreated him to give them farther information relative to “ the time when all these things should be fulfilled, and the signs which should precede their accomplishment." The parallel passages in Matthew and Luke plainly indicate that this enquiry respected the destruction of Jerusalem, the Second Coming of our Lord, and the End of the world-events which they possibly expected to happen together ----and to which the reply of our Lord evidently refers.
The Mount of Olives commanded a full view of the City and the Temple, the gran