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at man's tribunal, but to execute judgment on the assembled universe; and then, happy shall they be who have beheld him here with suitable affection; they shall behold his face with inexpressible delight; and be the spectators of his glory and the partners of his throne to all eternity-]

ADDRESS
1. The careless

[Know you what the sins, which you commit so lightly, have occasioned? Go to Calvary and behold your God; and then judge whether sin be so light and venial a matter as you are ready to imagine!—The Jews and Romans were the immediate actors in that bloody tragedy; but your sins, and the sins of an ungodly world, were the real occasion of all that your God endured; and, while you continue in your sins, you “ crucify him afresh, and put him to an open shame”-Ah! Did David cast away the water, for which the lives of three men had been endangered, and will not you cast away the sins which have actually shed the blood of God?p-Let this thought induce you to put away the polluted cups from your lips; and let “ the love of Christ constrain you to live unto him who died for you and rose again”-) 2. The heavy laden

[To you especially the Saviour cries,“ Look unto me, and be ye saved,” “Come unto me and find rest unto your souls”Consider well, who it is that thus invites you; it is your Saviour, and your God: there can be no want of efficacy in his blood, or of power in his arm: he is a strong rock, a sure foundation, an all-sufficient help-Trust then in him; and, as a sight of the brazen serpent healed the dying Israelite, so shall a view of your divine Saviour prove an effectual remedy for all your wants-You shall soon, like Thomas, exclaim with holy rapture, “ My Lord and my God;" or, in the language long since dictated to you by the spirit of prophecy, “ Lo, this is OUR GOD; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him: we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation"'_)

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manger; look, I say, and behold your God!—What marvellous condescension! how does it almost exceed belief! yet, incredible as it appears, we must again say, Behold your God-] 2. As sojourning on earth

[Surely, no sooner could his incarnation be known, than all the world, like the eastern magi, must flock to worship him:k so one might reasonably hope: but what is that “weeping and lamentation” that we hear? The young child's life is sought: the children from two years old and under are massacred through the whole district, that no possibility may be left for his

escape: and he is saved only by the special interposition of his heavenly Father. See his parents fleeing with him by night to a distant, an heathen, land, nor daring to return to their native country till the death of their blood-thirsty persecutor! But this was only the beginning of sorrows_View him afterwards when he assumed his proper office as the Prophet of his church: no sooner did he open his commission, than the short-lived applause afforded him, was turned into the most cruel indignation; and, if he had not by an exertion of his own almighty power effected his escape, his very first sermon had proved his lastm—But to pass over to the period of his death

-Whom is it that we see prostrate on the ground, and bathed in a bloody sweat? Who is it that those cruel soldiers are mocking, buffeting, scourging? Who is it that is nailed to yonder cross; and that we see expiring under such an accumulated weight of shame and misery?- To all this we answer, Behold your God-] 3. As exalted to glory

[Hitherto we have witnessed nothing but his humiliation -But the shame of his cross was quickly rolled away-In vain were the stone, the seal, the watch: he burst the bands of death, and rose triumphant-Henceforth we are to view him ascending amidst myriads of exulting angels, sitting on the throne of his glory, dispensing blessings to the church below, and receiving the adorations of his church above Sinners, lift up thine

eyes to heaven, and behold thy once crucified, but now exalted, Redeemer-Now he shines forth in all his glory, and says to thee, even to thee, “ Behold me, behold me”n_O that every eye might see him, and that all, who have pierced him by their sins, might mourn and be in bitterness, as one that mourneth for his first-born son!o_Soon indeed all shall see him: the time is shortly coming, when he will descend from heaven again, not however to stand, as before, like a criminal

m Luke iv. 28–30.

k Matt. ii. 11.
n Isai. Ixv. I.

i Matt. ii. 16-20,
o Zech, xii. 10.

at man's tribunal, but to execute judgment on the assembled universe; and then, happy shall they be who have beheld him here with suitable affection; they shall behold his face with inexpressible delight; and be the spectators of his glory and the partners of his throne to all eternity-]

ADDRESS
1. The careless

[Know you what the sins, which you commit so lightly, have occasioned? Go to Calvary and behold your God; and then judge whether sin be so light and venial a matter as you are ready to imagine!—The Jews and Romans were the immediate actors in that bloody tragedy; but your sins, and the sins of an ungodly world, were the real occasion of all that your God endured; and, while you continue in your sins, you “ crucify him afresh, and put him to an open shame”-Ah! Did David cast away the water, for which the lives of three men had been endangered, and will not you cast away the sins which have actually shed the blood of God?P_Let this thought induce you to put away the polluted cups from your lips; and let the love of Christ constrain you to live unto him who died for you and rose again”-] 2. The heavy laden

[To you especially the Saviour cries,“ Look unto me, and be ye saved,

“Come unto me and find rest unto your souls”Consider well, who it is that thus invites you; it is your Saviour, and your God: there can be no want of efficacy in his blood, or of power in his arm: he is a strong rock, a sure foundation, an all-sufficient help_Trust then in him; and, as a sight of the brazen serpent healed the dying Israelite, so shall a view of your divine Saviour prove an effectual remedy for all your wants--You shall soon, like Thomas, exclaim with holy rapture, “ My Lord and my God;” or, in the language long since dictated to you by the spirit of prophecy, “ Lo, this is OUR GOD; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him: we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation”!_]

? 2 Sam. xxiii. 16, 17.

q Isai. xxv. 9.

VOL. II.

CLXII. CHRIST'S QUALIFICATIONS FOR HIS OFFICE. Isai. xi. 2, 3. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear

of the Lord.

THE richest promises which God has given to the church, are generally introduced after some awful threatening derounced against his enemies. The prophet has been predicting the utter ruin of the Assyrians, as of 4 tree cut down to the very spump. He then contrasts the state of the church, to which the Messiah should come, springing like a tender sucker from the root of Jesse, after that his family should have been reduced to the lowest state of degradation. He then, in reference perhaps to what he had before spoken respecting the anointing," shews who this anointed person should be, and what was that unction with which he should be consecrated to his office.

From the words of the text, which beyond all doubt refer to Christ, the son of David, we shall be led to con. sider I. His qualifications for his office

The same Spirit that formed Christ's body in the vir. gin's womb, endowed also his soul with all the faculties requisite for the discharge of his high office

[Jesus Christ, as a man, needed to have his mind enlightened, and his 'heart sanctified, even as other men: nor could he have been qualified for his mediatorial work, if he had not been anointed in a superabundant measure, by the Holy Ghost. God therefore anointed him, and caused the Spirit to rest upon him,ded not merely for a time, and for a limited purpose, as he had done to others, but in an immeasurable fulness, and for every end for which he could possibly need it.5

The Spirit came upon him as a “Spirit of wisdom and understanding." He gave to Jesus a full and comprehensive view of all the mysteries which from eternity had been hid in the bosom of the Father: and enabled him also to discern the most secret recesses of men's hearts;k so that nothing, either in heaven or in earth, was concealed from him.'

a Ch. x. 27.
d Acts x. 38.
f John iii. 34.

b Matt. i. 18, 20.
dd John i. 32.
6 Luke iv. 18, 19.

e Ps. xlv. 7.
. Numb. xi. 25, 26,

The Spirit, as “a spirit of counsel and might,” instructed him how to conduct himself in all those situations of difficulty and danger into which he was continually brought; and endued him with such undaunted courage, unwearied activity, and invincible patience, that through the whole course of his mimistry he never yielded to discouragement, or erred by inadvertence.m

The Spirit further enriched his soul with the knowledge (or rather, with the loven) and fear of God." Through his incessant operations, he was enabled to maintain a continual sense of the divine presence, and to act in all things with a view to his Father's glory. Under the influence of this divine prin, ciple He was carried on in one steady course, like the sun in its orbit, causing his light to shine with unclouded splendor through the whole period of his sojourning on earth.9]

By these means Jesus attained the most consummate holiness

[The terms whereby the prophet expresses the quickness of Christ's spiritual perceptions, are taken from that power of smelling; which some animals possess, and which admirably represents the exquisite sensibility which our Lord possessed with respect to every thing that was right and fitting to be said or done. His enemies of every description, Herodians, Pharisees, and Sadducees, endeavoured to ensnare him. Sometimes they tempted him with questions, which, in whatever way they should be answered, would give them occasion against him: but he invariably replied with such consummate wisdom as defeated their purposes, and filled them with admiration. Sometimes they sought opportunity to entráp him by means of his actions: but still he was proof against their malice, and always turned their efforts to their own confusion. He knew on all occasions how to vary his conduct, so as ultimately to

b

Vitringa thinks that the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit are here enumerated. See Rev. i. 4. and v. 6. but we rather suppose that each couplet (not each expression) is to be taken separately, as declaring, in a 'comprehensive manner, the operations of the Holy Spirit.

i John viii. 28. k Matt. ix. 4. 1 John xxi. 17. m Isai. xlii. 2, 4, 6. and l. 4, 7.

See Vitringa in loc. o John viii. 29.

P John vii. 18. and viii. 50. 9 John viii. 46. and xvii. 4. r Matt. xxii. 16–21, 23–33, 34-40. Ś Johin viii. 3-9. Luke vi. 6-11.

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