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—for which he left the throne of his glory, and laboured, suffered, agonised, and died; and for the promotion of which he lives and pleads and reigns in heaven. Seek his grace to repent and believe the gospel. So may you be added to the number of those in whom he delights to do them good.

2. What a lesson of consolation to believers ! The joy to which the Redeemer looked forward in prospect, has now, in a measure, been realised. When on the earth he rejoiced in spirit, and ever since then, every sinner who has been brought to the knowledge and experience of the truth has added another gem to his crown, and another trophy to his conquests. Nay, the joy of the Lord is increased by every sin in his people vanquished—by every lust in them subdued—every grace by them acquired—every virtue by them practised; and when at last he shall have gathered all his people to himself, into the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, his joy shall be full. Seeing of the travail of his soul, he shall be fully satisfied.

You know that, in proportion to the elevation of any mind, must be the excellency of the object which satisfies it. What satisfies an irrational creature cannot satisfy a rational. What satisfies a child of earth cannot satisfy a child of heaven. What satisfies a saint on earth cannot satisfy a saint or angel in glory. Say, then, what that object must be which satiates with delight the mind of the Eternal Son of God; yea, which satisfied him notwithstanding all his agonies. He puts in the balance, as it were, his sufferings on the one hand, and the result of his sufferings on the other, and he declares that, great and unparalleled as were his woes, they are not worthy to be compared with the joy he shall have in his people. And oh! what a transporting sight it will be to see him surrounded by them beholding his glory!—to hear each one recounting to his fellows the wonders of his love, and to contemplate him looking upon them with ineffable complacency, and declaring that his wishes are satisfied, and that his joy is full! In the meanwhile he delights in showing them favour, and in showering upon them his blessings, as a proof that he still rejoices in the habitable parts of the earth. And what is all this but a fulfilment of the prophet's saying ? « The Lord their God in the midst of them is mighty. He will savehe will rejoice over them with joy-he will rest in his love-he will joy over them with singing." Amen.



“ Did not I see thee in the garden with him ?”—John, xviii. 26.

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This was one of the many searching questions put to Simon Peter on the night of his sad apostasy, with a view to fix upon him the charge of being one of the adherents of the condemned Nazarene. And methinks, if there was one inquiry which was more fitted than another to excite in him the bitterest compunctions of remorse, it was this very question—" Did not. I see thee in the garden with him ?” Other remarks made in reference to Peter, such as the allusions to his Galilean dialect and provincial accent, would rather have a tendency to irritate and harden him; but here was a direct, though unintentional appeal to the most endeared recollections treasured up in his memory, and to the tenderest associations that could be awakened in his breast. If conscience had spoken, would it not have said _66 What! Peter ! hast thou not been with him in the garden ?—the place so well known to Judas and the rest of you, whither Jesus so often resorted for secluded and heavenly converse with his disciples —the garden where he but a little ago distinguished you and the two sons of Zebedee, by his kind preference in taking you apart with him from the rest ;the garden where you have been witnessing the sore

agony of his spirit, and the bloody sweat of his body, and the strong crying of his tears ;— the garden where he so gently said, Simon, sleepest thou ? Couldst not thou watch with me one hour?'—the garden where, to shield you from punishment, he miraculously healed the wound of Malchus by you inflicted, and with generous, self-sacrificing devotedness said to his pursuers, ' If ye seek me, let these go their way;' -the garden where he has afforded you so many and varied proofs of his rich loving-kindness, and of a friendship stronger than death.”

Reflections such as these might have been expected to arise in the mind of Peter, on hearing a question so pointed and personal; but, alas! Peter's conscience was for the time as much asleep as his body had erewhile been in the garden. This and

This and every other interrogation he answered with a flat and false denial; every implied reproach he met with perjury and curses; the scrutinising look of one after another, yea, the concentrated gaze of all, he bore with stolid unconcern and hardened insensibility, until “ the Lord turned,” and, without putting one question, or breathing one reproach, simply looked upon Peter—(oh! what a look must that have been !) and then, but not till then, did Peter think of his having been with him in the garden, “ and when he thought thereon, he wept."

But let us leave the case of the Apostle, and see how this question may be applied to ourselves, and adapted to our present circumstances. We propose to take it out of the connexion in which it was originally uttered, and give it amplification and expansion. We do not (be it carefully observed) bring the words of the text forward as containing in themselves the proof of any

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doctrine or any duty whatever; we fully admit that the only meaning which they can be supposed to express is what we have already stated ; and we are anxious you should understand, in the outset, that we are simply and solely to employ them in the way of suggestive allusion, or (if you will) accommodation-a mode of scriptural instruction, for the occasional use of which we have the highest authority, but which it never becomes an uninspired teacher to employ without guarding his hearers by some previous explanation, similar to what has now been offered.

The course of contemplation, then, which seems suggested by these words, and to which (as not unsuitable to intending communicants) I would endeavour now to guide you, is this—I would invite you to behold and

every sinner in the garden of Eden with Adam, and every saint in the garden of Gethsemane with Christ;" for it is an indisputable Bible fact that, as in the first Adam we all sin and die, so in the second Adam all Christians believe and live. Now it is a striking circumstance, which cannot have escaped your notice, that if it was in a garden man fell, in a garden too he was raised from his fall. In the garden of Eden the first Adam sinned unto death, and we in

and in the garden of Gethsemane the second Adam began to suffer unto death, as our substitute and surety. In a garden the one, aspiring to the rank of God, allied himself to the devil; in a garden the other, by humbling himself unto the dust, exalted us to the enjoyment of God and the glory of heaven. In a garden our first father indulged his own will, to the contempt and defiance of God's, and instead of the expected sweets of fruit forbidden, tasted the bitter

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