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to release fome Prisoner, at the Feast of the Passover, whomsoever they would desire. And there being at that Time, one Barabbas, (who for a certain Sedition) made in the City, and for Murder, was caft into Prison) they requested that Barabbas might be releas'd. But as for Jesus, they infifted upon it that he should be crucified. But Pilate being desirous that JESUS should be releas'd, said to them again, Å Why? what evil bath he done? I bave found 1 no cause of death in bime. I will therefore chastise him for his. Misdemeanour, and then

let him gocan I indo corporis wind Joh. xix. Pilate accordingly had him scourg'd, in

order to his Discharge: And the Soldiers
platted à Crown of Thorns, and put it upon
his Head, and bowing the knee before him,
with the most ignominious Mockery and
Scoffing, endeavour'd to turn him into all
imaginable Ridicule. And, in this Condi-
tion, Pilate brought him out to them again,
to deliver him back into their Hands. But
they no sooner saw him, but they cried out,
Crucify him, Crucify him, Pilate said unto
them, Take ye bim, and crucify bim; if you
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GSM 9:12 This obstinate Persistence of theirs, and their alledging of a "Law, in the Café, made some Impression upon Pilate; so he took Jesus again into the Judgment Hall, and began to examine him anew. And he saith unto him, Whence art thou? But J E s U's gave him no Answer. Then Pilate said unto him, Speakest thou not uno me? Don't you think

worthy of an Answer? Don't you know that I have power either to crucify or release

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your power, you could have none at all, against me, except it were given you" from heaven; which is a Reason, why you should be just and moderate in the Use of it. But, if ic prove 'otherwise," you are not the only Person who will be to blame ; for, theirs will be the greater fin, who delivered me to you,

to you, without any juft Cause, in order to my suffering Death.

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This touch'd the Governor's Conscience from thenceforth he sought to release him and had another Conference with the Chie Priests and Elders about it. But they would not recede from their Demands; faying withall; If thou let this man go, thou art not Cæsar's friend. Whosoever maketh himself a King, Speaketh against Cæsar. And they got the People to join with them in the same Cry; Crucify this man; we will have no

King but Cæfar. Matt. When therefore Pilate saw that he could

not prevail, and found that the Tumult increas'd more and more; he took Water and wash'd his Hands, before the Multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: See ye to it. Then anfwerd all the People, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then Pilate releas'd Barabbas, and sent away Jefus to be crucified, as they desir'd.

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The next Instance we have, is in the Trial and Examination of two of our

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effed Lord's Apostles; even the same vo who had ventur'd into the High Priest's alace, to see what was like to become of jeir dear LORD; Peter and John. CHRIST, aving been crucified, dead, buried, risen gain, and ascended into Heaven, had acording to his Promise, sent the Holy Ghost; o prepare and qualify his Apostles, by the nspiration of sound Doctrine, and a Power of working Miracles, for the Converfion of Mankind.

And these two Apostles, by such extraordinary Assistance, having restor'd to a Acts. iji. lame Man, the Use of his Limbs, and ', &c. thereby gain'd a numerous Audience, and a favourable Reception, among the People; as they were preaching the Gospel, we are told, The Priests, and the captain of the tem- ----iv. 1, ple, and the Sadducees, came upon them; being grieved that they taught the people, and preached, through JE SU S, the Resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in bold, unto the next day; for it was then eventide.

And it came to pass, on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and fcribes, and Annas the High-Priest, and Caiaphas, and John,

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and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the High-Priest, were gatheret tog'ether, at Jerusalem. And when they bas set the Apostles in the midst, they asked, By wbat power, or by what name, bare ye done this? And when the Apostles had answer's them in such a manner as they could taka no Advantage of; and when they saw the Man that was heal'd, standing with them, to attest the Truth of the Miracle, they could say nothing against it. But, when they had commanded them to go afide, out of the council, they conferred among themfelues, faya ing, What shall we do to these. men? Fors that, indeed, a notable miracle bath been done by them, is manifeft to all them that dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the People, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak benceforth to no man, in this name. And they called them, and commanded them, not to Speak, at all, nor teach, in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John, answered and said unto them, Whether it be right, in the fight of God, ta bearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but Speak the things which we bave seen and beard. Sa, wher

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