And he called the apostles and commanded them
To go through the world, and teach all nations,
To preach to Jews and Greeks, and all mankind,
To drive away devils, and heal the sick,
To raise the dead and cleanse the lepers,
And to do to others as he had done to them;
To possess neither gold nor silver,
But to be content with food and raiment.
To love one another, and to be at peace,
Then he promised them the heavenly kingdom,
And to those which were spiritually poor:
But he that would know who they are, would quickly number those,
That would be poor of their own accord,
Then he told them what should happen,
How he ought to die, and afterward rise again,
And he told them the signs and wonders
Which ought to happen before the end.
Many excellent parables he spoke to them and the people,
Which were written in the New Testament.
But if we will love Christ, and know his doctrine,
We ought to watch, and read the Scripture,
Where we may find when we shall read,
That only for doing well, Christ was persecuted;
He raised the dead by divine power,
Her made the blind to see, which never had seen,
He cleansed the lepers, and made the deaf to hear,
He cast out devils, working many miracles;
And by how much the more he did good, so much the more was he persecuted.
The Pharisees were they which persecuted him;
And the people of Herod, and the others, that is them of the clergy:
For they envied him, because he was followed by the people;
Because they believed in him and his commandments,
They sought how they might torment him and put him to death,
And for this reason spoke to Judas and made an agreement with him,
To deliver him for thirty pieces of silver.
Now Judas being covetous wrought the treason,
And betrayed his Lord to those wicked men,
The Jews were they which crucified him,
Nailing fast his feet and his hands,
And putting a crown of thorns on his head,
And speaking many reproaches, they blasphemed him;
And when he said, he was thirsty, they likewise gave him gall and vinegar to drink.
The torments were so bitter and painful,
That the soul parted from the body to save sinners.
The body having suffered this, hung there upon the cross,
In the midst of two thieves; they gave him four wounds, besides other blows.
And after that the fifth, to accomplish the matter;
For one of the soldiers came and opened his side,
And immediately there issued out water and blood mixed together,
Whereupon all the apostles fled, but one returned,
And was there with two women, near unto the cross,
All were very sorry, chiefly his mother,
When she saw her son dead and naked, fastened upon the cross.
He was buried by the good, and watched by the wicked.
He rose out of the grave the third day,
And appeared unto his disciples, as he had said unto them;
Then were they possessed with great joy, when they saw the Lord,
And were confirmed, for before they feared greatly;
And he conversed with them until the day of the ascension;
Then our Saviour ascended into glory,
And said to his disciples, and other followers,
That to the end of the world he would be with them.