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a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb; which he took and ate 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 are written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me. Then he opened their understandings, that they might understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Now ye are witnesses of these things; and behold I send the promise of my Father unto you; but tarry ye in Jerusalem till ye be endued with power from on high."

Now Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said unto him, “ We have seen the Lord." But he said unto them, “ Unless I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Eight days after, again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “ Peace be unto you." Then saith he to Thomas, “ Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said unto him, “ My Lord and my God!” Jesus saith unto him,

Thomas, because thou hast seen me thou hast believed ; blessed are they who have not seen, and yet believe."

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain, where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they did him obeisance; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “ All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, unto the end of the age."

THE ASCENSION OF JESUS INTO

HEAVEN.

(Acts i. 3-11.)

JESUS CHRIST, after his resurrection, shewed himself alive to the Apostles by many infallible proofs, being seen by them for forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And when he had assembled them together, he commanded them, saying, “ Depart not from Jerusalem ; but wait for the promise of the Father, which ye have heard from me. For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit, not many days hence.

And ye shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses to me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”

When he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly towards heaven, as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; who also said, “ Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go up into heaven.”

THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

(Acts ii.)

When the day of Pentecost was fully come, the Apostles were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house in which they were. And there appeared to them cloven tongues, as of fire, and it settled upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were at Jerusalem devout men out of every nation under heaven. And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because every man heard the Apostles speak in his own language. And they were all amazed, and marvelled, saying one to another, “ Behold, are

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