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profligate and iniquitous purposes; was at laft, when the hour of folemn reflection came, convinced of the error of his ways, the deformity and vanity of vice, the beauty of virtue, and the truth and reality of the Gospel system, by reading this very chapter, from whence my text is taken. Every part of the prediction it contains, was fo circumftantially verified in the perfon and sufferings of the BLESSED JESUS, that he no fooner felt the want of falvation in his heart, than he found the SAVIOUR, to whom alone he was to apply, and by whom alone it could be imparted.

The concluding verfe of the chapter contains a fummary of the whole. The former part of this verse refers to the glorious iffue of the MESSIAH's fufferings the latter part, and particularly the words which I have made choice of, evidently point to the occafion of this day's folemnity, and exprefs the nature


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and efficacy of those fufferings. "He "hath poured out his foul unto death.”

When we realize to our minds the awful tragedy, that was this day exhibited on the trembling top of CALVARY; when we behold the Meek and Innocent JESUS nailed to a crofs, and attend to all the aggravating circumstances that confpired to heighten his distress, and to render his agony of the most complicated kind-we are ready to cry out, in the language of the lamenting Prophet, "All ye that pafs by, behold and fee, whether there be any forrow, "like unto his forrow!" Our hearts are entendered at the fcene. The common sympathy of human nature leads us to compaffionate the Bleffed Sufferer. We begin then to think, that our feelings are more than human; and that the love of CHRIST, and a genuine fpirit of devotion, is the fource from whence our tenderness proceeds. But let not paf

fion ufurp the throne of Truth. Let not the Instincts of Nature be mistaken for the Operations of Grace; or a mere attention to the fufferings of humanity, conceal from our view the mysterious depths of REDEEMING LOVE.

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Let us not imagine, that the " Death, "unto which he poured out his foul," was merely the diffolution of his earthly body, and no more than such a temporal death as you and I muft ere long experience millions of our fpecies have fuffered, and millions more must still fuffer, the fame expiring agonies.-NoThe death into which he entered, was the agonizing fenfation, the horror unutterable, the blacknefs of darkness, which furrounds a fpirit, that is shut out from the Light and Love of God. This is death in the true sense of the word. Nought but fuch a death could have made him cry out, in the moment of infupportable diftrefs, "My GOD,

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To the grand fcheme of Redemption by JESUS CHRIST, this feemingly powerful objection hath frequently been made : Granting, that human nature is in a fallen and degraded ftate, and that mankind, as univerfal experience abundantly teftifies, are the flaves of evil and diforderly paffions, yet why could not all be fet right by fome inward and spiritual communications of Divine Light and Strength? Why was it neceffary for the SON OF GOD to take upon him an human body, with all its weaknesses, defires, and temptations, continue for years in a suffering state, and at length finish the melancholy procefs by an agonizing death?

The answer is plain and obvious. It was neceffary, in the first place, that "a body "should be prepared for him," by which


alone he could become acquainted and connected with our nature in its present state, and in and through which alone he could discover and overcome all its evils and disorders. It was neceffary, in the fecond place, that such a body should be prepared for him, that he might therein. exhibit to the view of all mankind, the mode and process, by which each individual should be enabled, through him, to overcome thofe evils and diforders in his own particular body.

Without fuch a lively pattern and exemplar before our eyes of what was to be done and suffered by us, in order to partake of the benefits of Redemption, as well as of the power and strength of him, who was to enable us thus to do and fuffer, we must ftill have remained under the fame ignorance and darkness, with respect to the nature of our malady, and the means of our deliverance, as the Heathen were of old.


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