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cies he met, upon his first coming into the world, were answerable to this. No sooner was he born but his life was fought after : the distressed parents fly their country, and the child is carried into banishment, before he knew to distinguish between: good and evil. His youth was spent in the difficulties of poverty, and his hands employed in the works of it; and when the time came that he was to be made known unto Ifrael, and stood forth in the power of the Lord, confirming his doctrine with mighty signs and wonders, the opposition to him increased, and every act of charity he did to others brought new sorrow and misery to himself. During this time, in which he went about doing good, he had not, as he himself has told us, where to lay his head. When he cast out devils, he was immediately charged to be in league with the prince of them. When he healed the sick of their infirmities, and forgave their fins, then he was a blafphemer, an incroacher upon the prerogative of God, When he restored the withered hand, and cured the lame or the blind on the fabbath-day, then he was no longer fit to live: these were such offences, as nothing but his death could expiate. Consider what he suffered, and he was the lowest of the fons of men : consider what he did, and he appears, as he truly was, to be the Son of God.

But still there remains behind the gloomiest fcene of forrow. When the powers of darkness prevailed, and the time of his being offered up drew near, all things conspired to make his death bitter and terrifying. In his life he had chosen twelve to be his constant companions, and they at least adhered to him, and willingly partook in his afflictions : but now one of these bosom-friends conspires his ruin, and sells him for thirty pieces of filver. The rest

, though they were guilty of no such baseness, yet proved no comfort in his distress,

As the danger drew near, our blessed Lord, who. was in all things tempted like unto us, sin only exçepted, felt the pangs of nature at the approach of death, and retired to prayer, the only support of an afflicted spirit. In this his grief he chose Peter, and the fons of Zebedee, to be his companions, that they might watch with him in his sorrow: but even here they forsook him, and, insensible of their Mafter's agony, fell asleep. They were soon awakened; but they awoke only to fly, and Christ was left alone. Peter followed, but it was afar off; and he only followed him to deny him. Thus betrayed, and thus forsaken, he is carried to judgment. When he is filent, he is reproached with fullenness: when he speaks, he is charged with blasphemy. Sometimes he is buffeted and spit on; by and by, in cruel sport, they pay him the mock honours of a prince, he is crowned with thorns, has a reed put into his hand, and in derision he is faluted, Hail, King of the Jews. And that nothing might be wanting to shew, how vile and contemptible, he was to the people, the question was put between him and a murderer, which should be released ; and with one voice the people answered, Release unto us Barabbas. Thus was he despised and rejected, of. men. Follow him but one step farther, and you

will find him hanging upon the cross between two com

mon robbers, groaning under the bitterest agonies of death. Nor yet can all this misery create in the lookers on any pity or compassion. See how they shake their heads, and say, Come down from the cross, Son of God, come down, and we will believe thee. But neither the pains of the cross, nor those pangs which drew from him that complaint, My God, my God, why haft thou forsaken me, nor all the malice and scorn of the crucifiers could make him one moment forget his love and tenderness towards them. You hear no complaint from him, no appeals made against them to a future judgment : instead of this, with latest breath he pleads their cause, excuses their weakness, and begs for their pardon ; Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

And here let us close this scene, and return to ourselves with this question, What reward shall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits that he hath done unto me? Let us also answer for ourselves in the words of the Psalmist, I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. We have nothing to return but our love and obedience, and nothing else is required of us; he hath borne our griefs, and carried our forrows; let us not call for them again by our iniquities : let them be buried for ever, but let us arise to a new life of righteousness in Christ Jesus, that when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, we may also appear with him in glory.

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then be rifen with Christ, seek those things which are : above, where Christ fitteth on the right hand of God. How much the metaphorical language of Scripture has been mistaken, and what errors and absurdities men have fallen into, under pretence of adhering to the literal sense, is well known. The words of the text are hardly capable of being so abused; for it is not possible to imagine that St. Paul should intend to tell the Colossians, or that the Colossians should believe him if he did, that they lived no longer in this world, but were, in the literal sense, men raised from the dead. But, as our state and condition in this world is often set forth in the Scriptures in metaphorical language, it has not fared so well in all parts of it, but men have sometimes loft sight of the metaphor, and raised very absurd notions from a literal interpretation, as I shall have occasion to observe to you in treating upon this subject.

· The words now read to you are an inference from what had been before faid, as is evident from the

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