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you, can you, think on the state of your souls, -your reasonable souls, and yet be unconcerned ? Come, now, and let us reason together. There is much emphasis in the little word now : for now is the accepted time,-now is the day of salvation. The cross now exhibited to your view will not be seen long; the fountain for sin and uncleanness will not be open long. A morrow is coming, when these things will not be for thee, O sinner! when for thee, there is no cross—for thee, no Saviour—for thee, no pardon—for thee, no salvation—no heaven for thee !-when God, who now would reason with thee in tenderness and compassion, shall come forth out of his place clad in the robes of vengeance, and armed with omnipotent wrath ; “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded: but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof. I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh."
Brethren, against that doom we warn you: to yonder heaven we beckon and invite you. Arise, and call upon thy God; arise, and trust in the Redeemer's mercy; arise, and seek the salvation of your immortal souls, and then the sun of happiness shall gild your immortal destiny; and thus shall come visions of eternal glory, where, united to Him that loved you and washed you from your
sins in his own blood, you shall ascribe to him the praise and the power for
2d, But ye believers in Christ Jesus, ye humble obedient followers of the Lamb, with you, too, your God again kindly reasons; and he reasons with you now in his own house, as you approach his own table. Break off all your sins by repentance. Cling to the
And come now,
cross of the glorious Mediator. Live a life of faith on the Son of God, who loved you, and gave himself for you : and so, when there gathers around you the darkness of the sepulchre, you shall enter a region where the storms of this wintry clime shall have for ever passed away, and the joys of a peaceful, an eternal, an unbounded spring encircle all. and plead with God, who this day brings out to you, from the casket of his mercy, the pearl of great price, and lays before you, in the feast of love, the rich supplies of his grace. He spreads out for you a heavenly banquet, and he says, “ Eat, О friends ;” “ The Spirit and the Bride say, come.
And now let him who heareth say, come ;
and let him that is athirst come; and whosever will let him come, and take of the water of life freely.” And is there one humble soul here who will not come; any awakened who does not wish to see the God of mercy, and to hear the voice which whispers, “ Thy sins, which are many, are forgiven thee?"
Communicants, come now: the times of Calvary are here, the hill of Golgotha is here. Ascend it-stand upon it. Here is the cross—come to it. Yonder is the dying Saviour-fly to him. Here is the altar of
propitiation, with the victim stretched on it-go, surround it; with one hand cling to the horns of the altar, and the other lay on the head of the victim, and confess all It is on this day of high communion that the God of pardon speaks to you with peculiar tenderness and
“ Here is the fountain fill'd with blood,
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins,
Lose all their guilty stains.”
peculiar solemnity; and as he looks to the dying cross, and the empty sepulchre, and the glorious throne of his Son, the substitute and sacrifice, He says, “ Come now and let us reason together; and though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Amen.
“ And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it."
-Luke xix. 41.
THESE, brethren, are very tender, yet very terrible words. They open up to us ideas, in dwelling upon which the soul is overpowered by conflicting emotions, and is constrained, in silence, to adore. Twice only is it expressly recorded in the gospels that He shed tears who fills the heaven of heavens with all its joys; but on both occasions we discover, along with the sympathy of the man, the power and omniscience of the God. Over the grave of Lazarus he wept, but it was when he was about to make that grave deliver up its dead.
And when is it that he weeps over Jerusalem ? Is it when its inhabitants are dragging him to the hall of judgment ? Is it when they are mocking and scourging him? Or, is it when they are leading him forth from the city to Calvary—the hill of ignominy and death? No, it is just when they are in the act of escorting him in triumphal procession into the city as his own royal metropolis. It is when they are strewing the way with palm-branches in token of their Monarch's victory, and are spreading their garments in the way in token of their humble allegiance to his government. It is when the whole multitude are rejoicing and praising God for all the mighty works they had seen, and are crying “Hosanna! blessed is the King of Israel ! blessed be the kingdom of our Father that cometh in the name of the Lord !” It is when the entire city, with one loud but accordant voice, is saying, “ Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest;” and when another and yet another shout is heard, “ Hosanna in the highest!” then it is that, when he comes near, he looks on the city and weeps over it.
Some worldly wise men may assign as the cause of this sudden burst of grief, that Jesus well knew how fickle and capricious is popular applause, and how quickly it may be changed into indifference, if not into hatred and contempt, and that he foresaw this would actually happen in his own case—that the very individuals who now rent the air with their acclamations would soon cry with equal vehemence, “ Crucify. him, crucify him !” that in a few days he would be led forth through the gate he was now triumphantly entering, loaded with execrations, to perish on yonder mount, as an outcast from the society of men; and that it was the thought of all this contumelious treatment and base ingratitude which melted the Redeemer into tears. But that, surely, will by no means account for the affecting incident which is here narrated; nor is it necessary to have recourse to any such supposition, seeing that the real reason of the Saviour's emotion is expressly assigned by himself in the subsequent verses. In weeping over the city, he said with broken smothered sobs, “O that thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things concerning thy peace, but now are they hid from thine eyes. For there shall come days upon thee, (i. e. many days