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may find a remedy for whatever troubles you. Is it guilt ? here pardon. Is it great fins ? here's a Re. deemer's blood that cleanseth from all fin. Are you condemned ? here fufficient righteousness to justify you. Is pollution and filthinefs your fear? here á deep and open Fountain that runs continually. Are you chained prisoners ? here liberty. Are you drowned in debt ? here a Ransom and Surety. Are you diseased ? here Balm. Are you poor? here fine gold. Are you dead? here the Resurrection and the Life. Are you starving? here the manna and the fatted calf. Are you weak, and unable for duty ? here all-sufficient grace and strength. Yea, he “ is able to save them to the utter. all that come to God by him :" And particularly, he says of little children, “ Suffer them to come unto me; and, him that cometh (faith he) I will in nowise cast out.”
4. Let children and young folk carefully attend ordinances this day in the church ; lie close by the pool fide, till it please the Angel of the covenant to come and put you in. Study to remember what you hear, and give an account thereof to your parents when you come home.
5. Early acquaint yourselves with the scriptures; read much of them this day, and meditate on them, Psalms cxix. 9. “ Wherewithal shall a young man cleanfe his way? by taking heed thereunto, according to thy word.” How came Timothy to be fo well acquaint with Christ and his way? but because « from a child he knew the scriptures," 2 Tim. jii 15.
6. Be much this day in prayer; for the prayers of young folk are very pleasant music in God's ears. It would be both very pleasant and profitable, if children of the same family would take some time this day to meet, and read, and pray together; for so the examples, and hearing of one another, would be mutually helpful, and stir them up to a concern about their duty. It is the fault of parents, that do not put them on to this practice. If children did thus begin early to the service of God, it would become habitual and delightful to them afterwards. But, alas ! instead of this, many pa002
rents let their children run and play through the streets, and in the church and church.yard, on the Sabbath, without restraint. But, let such parents remember, that though children die in their iniquities, yet their blood God will require at their hand one day.
JI. I shall close with a word to aged people. You that are old men and women, give ear to what I am to fay. Consider how many Sabbaths you have mil-spent, and mourn for it. In threescore years time you have above three thousand Sabbaths to reckon for, and if God “ Jay judgment to the line, and righteousness to the plumet, you will not be able to answer for one of them. O humble yourselves deeply before God, and employ Christ to clear your counts for you. Put on resolutions in his strength, to improve time better for the future, and particularly. the Sabbaths which God may yet allow you, for securing an interest in Chrift, and making provision for long lasting eternity. Have you not great veed for it? Alas! there are many old persons who have all yet to do. Their glass is near run, and their sun is at the setting ; and yet they have their work to begin, and their journey to set out for, though they have lived threescore years in God's world, yet they never spent three hours of all that time in fincere serving of God, or providing for endless eternity. They never communed with their hearts, thought on their ways, shed a tear for fin, or fell on their knees to cry, “Lord, what shall I do to be saved ?" What hope shall I have in a dying hour? Where will I take up my lodging through eternity? How many old persons are grossly ignorant of the first principles of religion? Yea, many children of five or fix years old will far outstrip them. O what is the reason of all this, but the neglect and mispending of the Sabbath day, and the contempt of the means of grace and knowledge which you might have enjoyed thereupon ? Well then, what resolve you to do for the time to come? Have you not forgotten God and Christ, and neglected your souls and heaven long enough? Or, will you do it to your dying hour? Are you content to go to the grave without Christ, and without hope ? O what a fad fight is it, to see grey hairs and gracelessness meeting together! to see men put to look through their spectacles, but never minding to look to their Saviour! to see them leaning on their staves, but never thinking of relying on Christ for salvation! to see age forcing them to bow and bend their bodies to the earth, but yet never bowing a knee in secret to beg repentance ! O what a shan:e is it to live fifty or fixty years in the w rld, without a fervent prayer, or penitent tear for sin! to live without God, without Christ, and without faith! O what will you answer for the fearful abuse of God's long. suffering patience! Old Ginner, better thou hadst died when a child, or when first born, than to have lived fo long, and go to hell at last. If thou dieft old in age, and old in fin, what a hot and fiery hell mayst thou look for at last! O how many Sabbaths and ser. mons ! how many calls, counsels, and exhortations, have you to answer for! Remember, you will be called to an account for every year, month, day, and hour, you have lived: And, . what account can you give of fifty years spent in fin, fixty years lived in a Christless and prayerless state, or three thousand Sabbaths trifled away? Will you be persuaded then to fee to Christ, as thy Surety and Cautioner, to clear thy counts, and pay thy debts before the door be shut; and improve the time and Sabbaths which remain, for God's glory and your precious soul's advantage. And to him, who can effectually persuade and enable you so to do, be praise for ever. Amen.
(Not published in the former Editions of Willison's Works.)
N our Friday Christ was crucified and laid in the
grave ; on our Saturday, which was the Jewish Sabbath, Christ lay dead and buried all that day in the grave; on the Sunday, or first day of the week, Chrift rose from the grave. " Observe, 1. How low Christ did humble himself for
us; he was content not only to become a man, but a poor man of sorrows for us, yea, a deserted man, a condemned man, a dead man, and lie as a dead corps in the earth for us. This is the lowest step he could de. scend. Psal. xxii. 15. “ Thou hast brought me into the dust of death. . 2. Observe how he humbled himself in his burial: 1. He was not buried by friends, but ftrangers. 2. Not with heralds, escutcheons, hearse, and other solemnities, as became the prince of the kings of the earth, but in a very private, hasty manner. 3. Not in the sepulchre of the kings, and or his father David, not in the buryingplace of his ancestors, but in the fepulchre of a stranger. Behold ! how poor was the heir of all things! While he lived, he had not a house of his own where to lay his head ; and when he was dead, he had not where to lay his body. O deep humiliation! Was he who lay