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world. ' '

Pilate knew that the Lord had done no wrong. He tried
to release Him, for it was the custom to release some pris-
oner at the feast; but they asked for Barabbas, a robber
and murderer, and cried out that Jesus should be crucified.




{Copyright, 1903, by William H. Kau, Phila.)

Under the walls of Jerusalem.



AT PILATE'S PALACE.



475



The voices of the priests and people grew loud and angry.
Pilate was afraid to oppose them. He washed his hands in
water before them, as if that could free him from guilt, and
delivered Jesus to their will. The Lord was scourged as was
the custom before crucifixion, and the soldiers in the palace
put on Him a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns and put
a reed in His hand, like a sceptre, and mocked Him sa3 7 ing,
' ' Hail, King of the Jews ! ' '

Once more the Lord came forth before the people, wearing
the robe and crown, and we believe that the Lord Himself
spoke the words, "Behold, the man!" The priests and peo-
ple cried, ' ' Crucify him. ' '
Who was in truth the per-
fect man and king! The
priests driven on by cruel
passion, Pilate fearing to
do right, or the Lord who
conquered every selfish
feeling, and who stood
before them in the
strength of perfect truth
and greatness?




And straightway in the
morning the chief priests held
a consultation with the elders
and scribes and the whole
council, and bound Jesus, and
earned him away, and delivered
him to Pilate. And Pilate
asked him, Art thou the King
of the Jews? And he answer-
ing said unto him, Thou sayest
it. And the chief priests ac-
cused him of many things : but
he answered nothing. And
Pilate asked him again, saying,
many things they witness against thee,
so that Pilate marvelled.

Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever
they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with
them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in
the insurrection. And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to
do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will



A Jerusalem street.

Answerest thou nothing'? behold how
But Jesus yet answered nothing;



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ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? For he knew that the
chief priests had delivered him for envy. But the chief priests moved the
people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate
answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto
him whom ye call the King of the Jews 1 And they cried out again, Crucify
him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he clone"? And
they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And so Pilate, willing
to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus,
when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Prsetorium; and
they call together the Avhole band. And they clothed him with purple, and
platted a croAvn of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to salute
him, Hail, King of the Jews ! And they smote him on the head with a
reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And
when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put
his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. — Mark XV. 1~20.



AT GOLGOTHA.



A sad procession moved from the palace of Pilate through
the narrow streets of the city towards the northern gate.
The Lord was clothed in His own garments, and carried the
beams which were to form the cross ; soldiers walked at the
sides. At such times usually a written notice showed for

what crime the prisoner
was to die. Probably
now they carried the
board which Pilate wrote
in Hebrew and Greek
and Latin: THE KING
OF THE JEWS. The
priests objected, but
Pilate would not change
it, and it was fastened
to the cross. With the
Lord there walked two
thieves, each bearing his
cross and guarded by
soldiers. As they passed by, women wept at the sad sight,
and the Lord said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for
me, but weep for yourselves and for your children." Near
the city gate they met a man named Simon, from an African




(Copyright, 1903, by William H. Ran, Phila.)

The hill Golgotha.



AT GOLGOTHA.



477



city far away, and they compelled him to bear the Lord's
cross.

Outside the city near to the busy road was a bare, round-
topped hill, perhaps with caves in the side, and called from its
shape, Golgotha, the place of a skull. We may still see such
a hill outside the northern gate of Jerusalem. Here they
crucified the Lord and the two thieves, one on either side;
and the Lord said, ' ' Father forgive them, for they know not
what they do." There were kind women in Jerusalem who
used to bring to those in this great suffering, wine mingled
with myrrh, which deadened the sense of pain. They brought
it to the Lord, but when He had tasted it He would not drink.

The hours passed from nine o'clock till noon. The sol-
diers sitting by divided His garments among them. The
priests mocked as they passed by, saying, "Let him now
come down from the cross, and we will believe." Among
those who looked on were
some who loved the
Lord. Mary was there
and the disciple John.
The Lord saw them
standing near and said
to Mary, "Woman, be-
hold thy son;" and He
said to John, "Behold
thy mother;" and John
took Mary to his own
home. From noon till
about three o'clock there
was darkness over all the
earth. Then the Lord
cried with a loud voice,
"My God, my God! why

hast thou forsaken me?" He was not looking for help to
those around, but to the Divine power within Him, which
had strengthened Him through all His life. Then He said,
"I thirst." A sponge was dipped in vinegar and given Him
to drink. "It is finished," He said. "Father, into thy
hands I commit my spirit." With a great cry He bowed
His head. The earth quaked. The veil in the temple was
rent in twain from top to bottom.




Rock tombs, near Jerusalem.



478 ON HOLY GROUND.

A great conflict had been taking place in the Lord's heart,
between His great love for men and all the powers of evil.
As we look upon the scene we are watching the greatest battle
that ever took place on earth, and the fate of all men on earth
and in heaven depended upon its result. "It is finished. "
The victory is won, and what a wonderful peace is over all.

It was now three hours past noon. At sunset the Sabbath
would begin. There came a rich man, Joseph of Arimathsea,
to Pilate, and asked leave to take down the body of the Lord.
Joseph with Nicodemus, the same who once came to the Lord
by night, took the body and tenderly wrapped it in linen
cloths with spices. They did it hastily, for the sun was low,
and they laid it in a new tomb cut in the rock in a garden
beneath the hill. The door of the tomb was closed with
a great wheel-shaped stone and the priests sealed the stone
and set a watch. Faithful women who loved the Lord saw
the place and hastened to prepare spices that after the
Sabbath rest was past they might bring them to anoint the
body of the Lord. They did not yet know what they would
learn when they came again to the tomb on Easter morning.

We must read the story just as one of the Gospels gives it.

And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him,
and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out
of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And
they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The
place of a skull. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh :
but he received it not. And when they had crucified him, they parted his
garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it
was the third hour, and they crucified him. And the superscription of his
accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him
they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his
left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered
with the transgressors. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging
their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest
it in three days, save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise
also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He
saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel
descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that
were crucified with him reviled him.

And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole
land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud
voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted,
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that



RISEN.



479



stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he ealleth Elias. And one ran
and filled a spnnge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to
drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him
down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the
veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when
the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and
gave up the ghost, he said,
Truly this man was the Son jBf^fcv
of God. There were also
women looking on afar off:
among whom was Mary Mag-
dalene, and Mary the mother
of James the less and of Joses,
and Salome; (who also, when
he was in Galilee, followed
him, and ministered unto
him;) and many other women
which came up with him unto
Jerusalem.

And now when the even
was come, because it was the
preparation, that is, the day
before the sabbath, Joseph
of Arimathsea, an honour-
able counsellor, which also
waited for the kingdom of
God, came, and went in
boldly unto Pilate, and
craved the body of Jesus.
And Pilate marvelled if he
were already dead : and call-
ing unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while
dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the
linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and
rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and
Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid. — Mark XV. 20-47.




Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.



EISEN.



Eaely in the morning the first day of the week the women
came from the city, bringing the spices which they had pre-
pared. There were five or more of them. As they started
it was still dark; the sky was brightening as they went, and



480



ON HOLY GROUND.



when they came to the sepulchre the sun was rising above
the Mount of Olives.

They remembered the sepulchre as they had seen it on
the Friday evening. They remembered the garden, and the
chamber cut in the rocky hill-side, and how the door was
closed by the great stone. As they went they were thinking,
Who shall roll us away the stone from the door; but when

they came near to the garden
II and could see the door the
stone was rolled away and
- , the Lord was not there.

, Mary Magdalene, who

was one of the women,
hastened back to the city
to tell Peter and John that
the sepulchre was empty.
She believed that the ene-
mies of the Lord had taken
Him away. Meantime the
other women came to the
sepulchre and they saw
angels there. One with face
like lightning, and with garments white as snow, had
come from heaven, and while the earth shook at his pres-
ence he had rolled back the stone from the door and sat
upon it. Other angels were with him. One spoke to the
women and bade them not to fear, for the Lord was risen,
and he showed them the place where the Lord had lain.
And he sent them to tell the disciples that the Lord was
risen.




(Photograph by S. E. Williams. )
Tomb with stone rolled back from the
door.



In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day
of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepul-
chre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the
Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the
door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment
white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as
dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not
ye : for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here :
for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And
go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead ; and,
behold, he goeth before you into Galilee ; there shall ye see him : lo, I have
told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and



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481



great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. — Matthew XJLVIII.
1-8.

Another Gospel speaks more briefly of the first visit of
the women, but tells also how John and Peter ran together
to the sepulchre. They saw that the Lord was not there,
and John believed that He was risen. So they went away
again to their own home.

But Mary Magdalene had come again to the tomb, and she
was the first to see the risen Lord.



The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was
yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the
sepulchre. Then she runneth, and corneth to Simon Peter, and to the other
disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away
the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepul-
chre. So they ran both to-
gether: and the other dis- jSjBSJ sM^i'^ '■'
ciple did outrun Peter, and
came first to the sepulchre.
And he stooping down, and
looking in, saw the linen
clothes lying; yet went he
not in. Then cometh Simon
Peter following him, and went
into the sepulchre, and seeth
the linen clothes lie, and the
napkin, that was about his
head, not lying with the linen
clothes, but wrapped together
in a place by itself. Then
went in also that other dis-
ciple, which came first to the
sepulchre, and he saw, and be-
lieved. For as yet they knew
not the scripture, that he must
rise again from the dead.
Then the disciples went away
again unto their own home.

But Mary stood without at
the sepulchre weeping: and as
she wept, she stooped clown,
and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the
one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had
lain. And I hey say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith
unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not
where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned her-

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(Hufwann : B. Ben da, Lausanne ; Wm. H. Rau, Phila.)
At the sepulchre.



482



ON HOLY GROUND.



self back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus
saitk unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She,
supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have
borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him
away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto
him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me
not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and
say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father ; and to my God,
and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had
seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. — John XX.
1-18.



ON THE WAY TO EMMAUS: AT JERUSALEM.



On that same Easter day two of the disciples walked from
Jerusalem into the country to the village Emmaus. The
name means the "hot spring," and perhaps a spring and ruin

still bearing the old name
little changed, in a valley
southwest from Jerusa-
lem, mark the place.

As they walked and
talked sadly together of
all that had happened,
One drew near and
walked with them.
Their hearts burned
within them as He
talked, and as He
showed them how the
Bible taught that these
things should be. For
in truth all the Bible
stories of Abraham and Joseph and David and Samuel
and the rest in their deepest meaning are about the Lord.
That is what makes them all so holy, and as we learn to
understand them better we shall see that they all tell of
Him.

While they talked and listened they reached the village,
and urged the Friend who had given them such comfort on
the way, to go in and tarry with them. He took bread and




(Copyright, 1903, by C. H. Graves, Phila.)
In an olive orchard.



ON THE WAY TO EMMAUS. 483

blessed and brake it as He had so often done before, and they
knew that it was the Lord.

They hastened back to Jerusalem, though it was now
evening, to tell the glad news to the others. They found them
together and saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and hath
appeared to Simon. ' ' And while they were still telling how
the Lord had walked with them, Jesus Himself stood in the
midst of the disciples and said, ' ' Peace be unto you. ' ' Then
were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord, though at
first they feared and believed not for joy, until He showed
them that it was He Himself.

Again the next week He came to them as they were met
together. He appeared to them many times during forty
days after His resurrection, till they could no longer doubt.
They were not learned men, and many things they did not
try nor need to understand, but they knew that the Lord was
alive and with them still. They felt Him with them, even
when they did not see Him. And He has never left us ; He
is with us still to-day.

Let us read about the Lord's walking with the two to
Emmaus, and about His coming to the disciples in Jerusalem.

And, behold, two of them went that same day -to a village called
Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.* And they
talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to
pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew
near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should
not know him. And he said unto them. What manner of communications
are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the
one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou
only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are
come to pass there in these clays? And he said unto them, What things?
And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a
prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people : and
how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to
death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which
should have redeemed Israel : and beside all this, to day is the third clay
since these things were clone. Yea, and certain women also of our eonnpany
made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; and when they
found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision
of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were
with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said :



* Six and a half miles.



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ON HOLY GROUND.



but hini they saw not. Then he said unto them, fools, and slow of heart
to believe all that the prophets have spoken : ought not Christ to have
suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses
and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the
things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither
they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they
constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the
day is far spent. And he went in to tarry 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 Avere opened, and they knew him; and
he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our

heart burn within us, while he
talked with us by the way, and
while he opened to us the
scriptures? And they rose up
the same hour, and returned
to Jerusalem, and found the
eleven gathered together, and
them that were with them,
saying, The Lord is risen in-
deed, and hath appeared to
Simon. And they told what
things were done in the way,
and how he was known of them
in breaking of bread.

And as they thus spake,
Jesus himself stood in the
midst of them, and saith un-
to them, Peace
But they were
affrighted, and
they had seen




be unto you.

terrified and

supposed that

a spirit. And



he



(Hofmanu: 13. Benda, Lausanne; Wm. H. Rau, Phila.)
The walk to Emmaus.



said unto them, Why are
ye troubled? and why do
thoughts arise in your hearts?
Behold my hands and my feet,
that it is I myself: handle
me, and see; for a spirit hath
And when he had thus spoken,
And while they yet believed not



not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

he shewed them his hands and his feet.

for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And

they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he

took it, and did eat before them.

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, con-
cerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might under-
stand 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



AT THE SEA OF GALILEE.



485



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.— Luke XXIV. 13-49.



AT THE SEA OF GALILEE: THE ASCENSION.

After the Lord's resurrection His disciples saw Him
many times. Once it was by the familiar shore of the Sea
of Galilee, where they had so often walked with Him and
listened to His words, and seen His wonderful works.

Remember the beautiful blue lake lying deep among the
hills, and, at the northwest corner of the lake, the warm,
sheltered plain of
Gennesaret with its
rich fields and gar-
d e n s. Capernaum
and M a g d a 1 a and
other little towns
stood near the shore,
the home of farmers
and traders and fish-
ermen. Many fishing-
boats were on the
strong little
with a mast
three-cornered
They had also



lake
boats
and
sail.




(Copyright, 1903, by William H. Ran, Phila.)
Hauling a net, Tiberias.



heavy oars, for when
the wind died away, or when it was contrary, they must
take down the mast and row. The fishermen fished with
nets from the boats and from the shore. And did they use
hooks! Often the fishing-boats lay near the shore or were
drawn up on the pebbly beach, as the fishermen sat down and
gathered the good fish into vessels and cast the bad away.

How many happy days the disciples had spent on this
shore with the Lord. Once He had taught the people in
parables, sitting in the boat while the people listened from
the land. That night they had crossed the sea and the Lord



486 ON HOLY GROUND.

calmed the storm. At another time He had come to them
walking on the sea. And remember the day when the Lord
walked by the shore and called the disciples, two brothers,
Simon and Andrew, and two other brothers, James and
John. And their net was rilled with fishes when they let
it down at His word.

After the sad days in Jerusalem some of the disciples
went again to their old home by the Sea of Galilee, and their
old work of fishing. They were lonely and sad as they fished
all night and caught nothing. But as the morning light began
to touch the hills and to waken the plain of Grennesaret to
life, they came near to the beach where they had so often




Magdala and the Germesaret shore.

walked, and the Lord was there. Again He bade them cast
their net and it was filled with fishes. They knew that it was
the Lord, and that He would still be with them as they went
out in His name to be fishers of men. But read the story,
and see also how Peter who had denied the Lord three times
on that night in the high priest's palace, now three times
declared his love.

After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the



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