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in order to your salvation, provided always you receive it for the purposes and ends it was designed to accomplish. But if as yet you have no faith, you have as yet no Redeemer. And with what consistency then
you, commemorate his death for you? Speak I in the hearing either of a speculative infidel or a practical unbeliever? God forbid I should say there is no Saviour for you; but I must and do say, you have as yet no Saviour. You are as yet on the verge of the pit of destruction. Yea, you are at this moment hanging over the bottomless gulf, suspended only by a single thread, the feeble thread of life, which the God you have offended can in a moment snap asunder. Is it true that he that believeth shall be saved? Then is it equally true—for it was uttered by the same voice, and rests on the same authority—“He that believeth not is condemned already?” My fellow-sinners, the Lord Jesus this day offers himself to you in a manner peculiarly affecting and impressive; he exhibits himself not merely in the gospel preached us on ordinary Sabbaths, but he sets himself forth in the Lord's Supper visibly crucified in your sight. Pointing to his bruised body and bleeding side, he says to your impenitent hearts, “Do ye now believe ?" I appeal to those among you who have often had messages of mercy, but who have not yet embraced them, who have neither been awed by judgment nor wooed by love; I address to you warning, invitation, entreaty; once more I do it as over the sacred memorials of the Lord's dying love, of his agony and bitter sweat, his cross and passion,-Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
Thirdly, -Every worthy communicant will, like the centurion, view the death of Jesus and its attendant prodigies with penitential contrition and pungent sor
This, if not expressed, is evidently implied, in its being said that he feared greatly. It was the same feeling which filled the hearts of other spectators who had come together to witness the sight, of whom we read that when they beheld the things which were done, they smote their breasts and returned; they looked on him who was pierced, and mourned, mourned for that accursed thing sin, which was the cause of all his sor
We have spoken of the determination of Providence and the fulfilment of prophecy, of Jewish malice and heathen cruelty. These were indeed the occasions and instruments of his sufferings, but they were not the real efficacious cause.
It was sin, your sin-my sin, which nailed him to the cross and sank him to the grave; and shall we behold the Saviour hanging on the cross, and enduring woe unparalleled and inconceivable, and feel no grief for sin, no hatred to iniquity? The communicant who does not come forward to that holy table cherishing an intense, a deadly aversion to sin, and who has not formed a humble resolution, in the strength of God's grace, to depart from all iniquity, and especially to lay aside the sins that more easily beset him, that man comes unworthily, and need expect neither acceptance nor favour. We read in history of a certain barbarian monarch, Clovis king of the Franks, that when he heard for the first time of the events of which you have this day heard, he exclaimed in the simple language of an untutored mind, " Ah, had I been there with my brave Franks, we should have avenged his death !" Chris
tians, I call upon you to act in the spirit of that declaration, “ Whilst with a melting broken heart your murder'd Lord you view, Raise your revenge against your sins and slay the murderer too !”
Finally, every worthy communicant will view the death of Jesus with grateful remembrance of the past and joyful anticipation of the future. Sing unto the Lord, for he hath done excellent things. This is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, rejoice. We joy in God through the Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the atonement. It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who also maketh intercession for us; and to them who look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. He now this day gives you the opportunity of remembering him; you show forth his death till he come again. By this affecting rite you hand down the knowledge of a dying Saviour to those who shall come after. This day's service is one of the links in the chain that connects the death of Jesus and his second coming. But, oh,
what a contrast do the two scenes present! when he who was a babe at Bethlehem and a man of sorrows at Calvary—the scourged, derided, buffeted, crucified Nazarene, shall appear in his own glory and his Father's, and all the holy angels with him! Ere then, brethren, the mists of error and ignorance shall have vanished. The bow of promise shall be seen on the dark and retiring cloud of idolatry and superstition. It will be the symbol of a spirit of love, union, peace,
pervading the whole world of believers. Shade will melt into shade, and colour blend with colour, in clear distinction, yet in perfect harmony. Its ample arch shall
span the whole heavens, and touch the horizon in both extremes. On the summit of its bright circumference shall be erected the sapphire throne of the Son of Man, and the shouts of adoring multitudes, who walk in its light, shall roll upwards like the thunder: “ Salvation unto our God, and to the Lamb! Hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.” Amen,
“ So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of
Moab, according to the word of the Lord.”—Deut. xxxiv. 5.
THERE is recorded the fact, respecting which details are given in the rest of this chapter. Arranging these details in their natural order, as descriptive of some of the circumstances which attended the death of Moses, I remark, 1st, The death of this eminent servant of the Lord was penal; it was a special and appropriate punishment of sin. Death, indeed, is always to be considered in that light, in as much as it was sin, and sin only, which brought death into the world, and all our woe. But the abridgment of the life of Moses, and the fact of his not being permitted to enter into the promised land, were the results of a peculiar personal offence. Of this result he had been forewarned by God immediately after its commission, and he is now again reminded of it when the sentence is about to be executed. The Lord said unto him, in the language of this chapter, at verse 4, when spreading out to his enraptured sight the land of promise from the top of Pisgah—“ This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine
eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there, not in the