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ed) is the mighty God, and the everlasting Father, as well as the Prince of Peace, Ifa. ix. 6. He is that God, whofe throne is for ever and ever, Pfal. xlv. 6. andi though a man, yet fuch a man, as is alfo God’s own fellow, Zech. xiii. 7. Now, if we confider his defcent, with refpest to his divine perfon, it muft necessarily be, that though he be God the Father’s Son, and begotten by him, Pfal. ii. 7. yet his going forth muft have been from of old, from everlasting. And it is accordingly true, that the Lord possessed him in the beginning ef his way, before his works of old: He was fet up from everla/ting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was, Prov. viii. 22, 23. Being thus necessarily stopt from looking any further than to eternity, and to him that inhabits eternity, in confidering the original of his divine perfon; I proceed to take notice, that in his human nature, he , defcended from the loins of Abraham, Gen. xii. 3. of Isaac, Gen. xxvi. 4. and of Jacob, Gen. xxviii. 14. from the tribe of Judah, Gen. xlix, 1o. and from the royal family of David; Pfal. lxxxix. 35, 36. and that in away furprifingly different from any ordinary human generation, a virgin conceived and brought forth this Son, whose name is Immanuel, Ifa. vii. 14. and this new thing did God create in the earth, that a woman hath compased a man, Jer. xxxi. 22. The place where our blefied Saviour was born, was Bethlehem-Ephratah. This town, though but little among the thousands of Judah, was honoured with being the place out of which he came forth who is the fupreme ruler in Israel, Micah v. 2. Here he was born : but this was not the place of his chief and principal refidence ; that was Galilee of the nations. This people who had walked in darkne/, /aw this great light among them : even upon them who had dwelt in the land of the fhadow of death, hath this light fbined, Ifa. ix. 1, 2. The circumftances of his appearing in the world, were low, mean and abafed; very different from the exećstations men had entertained of the Meffiah; and therefore he was de/pi/ed and rejested of men, they hid their faces from him, he was despised, and they esteemea him not, Ifa. liii. 3. Nay, many were asioni/bed at him,

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his, vifage was fo marred, more than any man ; and his form more than the fons of men. Ifa: lii. 14. fo far was his appearance from that glory and majesty, that pomp and fplendor, which was expećted in the Meffiah, that he was confidered as a worm and no man, a reproach of men ; and despised of the people, Pfal. xxii. 6. Even the priests and rulers themfelves, who should have been the builders of the Jewish church, refused this /fone, which is become the head of the corner, Pfal. cxviii. 22. And the reafon of this was, that they faw no form nor comelinefs, no riches nor honour, no magnificence nor beau : ty in him, that they should defire him, Ifa.liii. 2. The charaćters, in which he appeared in the world, were thofe of a Prophet, Prieft, and King: to each of which, it is proper tofpeak fomething particularly. The Lord our God did in the perfon of our blefied Saviour raife up unto his people a Prophet, like unto Mo fes, the greatest and most eminent prophet of the Jewish church : he puts his words into his mouth, that he might /peak unto them, what/oever he commanded him : and held his people under the strongeft injunĉtion upon their peril, to hearken to the words, which this prophet /bould/peak in his name, Deut. xviii. 18, 19. And as our Lord 7efus Christ, was defined by God the Father unto the prophetical office, he chearfully undertook it. Lo, I come, (fays he) in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, 0 my God : Yea, thy law is within my heart, Pfal. xl. 7, 8. And as he chearfully undertook, fo he diligently and faithfully difcharged this facred and important truft. He as a wonderful Coun/ellor, Ifa. ix. 6. preached constantly to the people, and made known the whole mind and will of God to them ; and could make this appeal to his heavenly Father, I have preached righteoufneß in the great congregation, Lo, I have not refrained my lips, 0 Lord, zhou knowest, I have not hid thy righteoufne/; within my beart. I have declared thy faithfulnef; and thy falvation- I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and thy truth from the great congregation, Pfal. xl. 9. He confiantly preached among the people the blefied and joyful news of a glorious falvation from their fin, guilt, danger and mifery. The spirit of the Lord God was upon him, becatif the Lord had anointed him to preach good tidings unto the meek, he fent him to bind up the broken hearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prifon to them that were bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to comfort all that mourn, to appoint anto them that mourn in Zion, and to give unto them beauty for afbes, the oyl of joy for mourning; and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, Ifa. lxi. 1, 2, 3. He exercifed most tender compaffion to dark, doubting, and tempted fouls. “ The bruifed reed * did he not break ; and the fmoaking flax did he not o quench, untill he brought forth judgment unto truth,’ Ifa, xlii. 3. “ He strengthened the weak hands; and con* firmed the feeble knees ; and faid unto them of a faint * heart, be ftrong, fear not.’ lfa. xxxv. 3. He warned the careless and fecure finners of their mifery and danger ; and proclaimed unto them the day of vengeance of cur God, Ifa. lxi. 2. He warned them to be wife, to ferve the Lord with fear ; and to kif the Son, left he fhould be angry, and they peri/h by the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little, Pfal. ii. Io, I I, 12. He made the path-way of falvation plain, before the eyes of all thofe, who believe in him, like an high way where the wayfaring men, though fools, could not err, Ifa.xxxv. 8. He confidered his people as his flock; and took care of them, as a moft watchful and careful fhepherd. He fed his flock like a /hepherd, he gathered his lambs with his arm, he carried them in his bosom, and gently led tho/e that were with young, Ifa. xl. I I. I next proceed to give you a view of our Lord Jefus Christ, as the great High Prief of our profession. As fuch, he undertook to make an atonement and expiation for our fins. “ He bore our griefs, and carried our * forrows; the chaftifement of our peace was upon him, * and with his stripes we are healed. God laid upon * him the iniquity of us all ; and he made his foul an * offering for our fins, Ifa. liii. 4, 5, 6, 1o. Thus ‘ he * finished the tranfgreffion, made an end of fin ; and * made reconciliatiòn for iniquity.’ Dań. ix. 24. He likewife wrought outa perfest righteoufness for finners,ix, 7. Such caufe : had Zion to rejoice greatly, and the “ daughter of Jerusalem to shout; for behold, her King * came to her, just and having falvation,” Zech ix. 9. Having thus fhewn from the prophetick account of our blefled Saviour, the time of his manifestation, his defcent, the place of his birth, and the place of his principal refidence, with the circumftances of his appearing in the world, and the charaćters in which he appeared; I proceed to obferve fome of his diftinguishing qualities, and the more remarkable incidents of his life and death. As to his personal properties, he was perfectly innocent, and most exemplarily holy both in heart and life; and in that respeċt, fairer than the children of men. Grace was poured into his lips, therefore God hath blessed him for ever, Pfal. xlv. 2. He was God's righteous fervant, and there was no deceit foundin his mouth, Ifa. liii. 9, 1 I. He was the fun of righteoufne/, which arase upon his people, with healing under his wings, or in his rays, Mal, iv. 2. He was of a meek and lowly difpofition. This King of Zion came to her, not only juft and having falvation; but shewed himfelf lowly, by most aftonishing condefcensions, Zech, ix. 9. “ He gave his back to the fmit« ters; and his cheeks to them who plucked off the hair; he did not hide his face from shame and fpitting,’ Ifa. . 6. * Though he was opprefied and afflićted ; yet he opened not his mouth,” Ifa. liii. 7. “ He did not cry, nor lift up, nor caufe his voice to be heard in the ftreets.” Ifa. xlii. 2. He was endowed with aftonishing wisdom and capacity. * The Spirit of the Lord rested upon him, the • spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of coun* fèl and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear s of the Lord,” Ifa, xi. 2, 3. Thus did “ the fervant of « the Lord deal prudently, he was exalted and extolled, « and was very high, Ifa lii. 13. He, and only he: of all the human race, could fay, “ counfel is mine, and « found wisdom, I am understanding, I have strength.’ Prov. viii. 14. - - - o a Previous to his entering upon his publick ministry» here was a Meffenger fent before him, to prepare the

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