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and not accuse it of having had a | his death shall be thy life and antihand in buffeting and reproaching dote; with that offering of himself, him? Can I think of my pride once made, he will expiate thy guilt, and wrath, and not bid them look and perfume thy services, render on the wounds they made in that
them acceptable to God, give thee a holy flesh? Can I reflect on my right to heaven, comfort thee in all wantonness and impure thoughts,
thy tribulation, and say unto thy words, desires, gestures, actions,
soul, “Be of good cheer, thy sins be and not be angry with them for forgiven thee.”-HORNECK. having struck nails into his hands
HYMN. and feet? And what is said of
When I survey the wondrous cross these particular sins must be applied
On which the prince of glory died, to the rest that we are either guilty My richest gain I count but dross, of, or inclined to. They must be And pour contempt on all my pride. represented to our minds in their
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, odious shapes, as having been acces Save in the death of Christ my God; sary to his death. And if this be
All the vain things which charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood. done, we cannot but proclaim war against them, and maintain that See from his head, his hands, his feet, war all our days.
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, Christians! As great as the ago
Or thorns compose so rich a crown! nies were, thy sins did put him to;
Were the whole realm of nature mine as great as the torments were, he
That were a offering far too small; felt upon thy account; as bitter as Love so amazing, so divine, the death was, he suffered and tasted Demands my soul, my life, my all. for thee ; yet, if thy soul relents,
Watts. and if that which made him die becomes loathsome and abominable in thy sight, if a deep sense of thy
N XCII. unworthiness fills the channels of thy
CHAP. XXVII. 39–49. heart, if the weight of thy sins presses thy soul into a holy self-abhor
Christ, on the cross, is reviled. rence, if his sufferings can fright thy sins into a languishing condi- 39 | And "they that passed tion, and his broken body proves a by reviled him, wagging their motive strong enough, and obliges heads, thee to break loose from the govern- 40 And saying, “Thou that ment of hell ;—then, behold, those
destroyest the temple, and very wounds thou madest shall be thy balsam : and the blood thy sins did
buildest it in three days, save spill, shall turn into oil to heal thy | thyself. If thou be the Son broken bones, and with it thy soul of God, come down from the shall be washed; that which was cross.
41 Likewise also the chief g Ps. xxil.7; & cix. 25. Mark sv. 29. Luke xxii. 36. priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 he saved others; himsell READER.–And they that passed he cannot save. If he be the bu, reviled him, 80.–To add to the King of Israel, let him now afflictions of the Lord Jesus, the come down from the cross, and rulers and the chief-priests mocked we will believe him.
and reviled him in these words, 'He 43 * He trusted in God ; let
trusted in God; let him deliver him him deliver him now, if he will
now if he will have him ; for he
said he was the Son of God. This have him : for he said, I am
was a judicial blindness indeed; that the Son of God.
they should use the very words 44 'The thieves also, which which the Spirit of God had, in their were crucified with him, cast own Scriptures, foretold would be the same in his teeth.
said to him whose hands and feet 45 m Now from the sixth should be pierced ; Ps. xxii. 8. hour there was darkness over
Amazing blindness! They could all the land unto the ninth
not see that they were themselves
fulfilling that prophecy of the Meshour.
siah.—Others railed upon him, and 46 And about the niuth hour
said, He saved others ; himself he * Jesus cried with a loud voice, cannot save. Let him come down saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabac from the cross, and we will believe thani ? that is to say, 'My
him to be the king of the Jews.' God, my God, why hast thou What blind and ignorant creatw forsaken me?
we are when left to ourselves! These
people did not consider that faith is 47 Some of them that stood
the gift of God; without which all there, when they heard that,
| the miracles in the world will not said, This man calleth for make us believe what we have no Elias.
mind to believe.—To add still to the 48 And straightway one of Redeemer's affliction, the very malethem ran, and took a spunge,
factors, one of them at least, reviled P and filled it with vinegar, and
him; the other (as St. Luke informs
us) his heart being touched by the put it on a reed, and gave him
all-powerful Spirit of Christ, acknowto drink.
ledged his sins, and had the com49 The rest said, Let be, let fortable assurance of a pardon. By us see whether Elias will come these two instances we may receive to save him.
instruction. By one of them we are | warned to be careful and afraid to
th vinegar, him
, and baddon. By
continue in sin till we come to die, sion of its greatness; whilst by lest we provoke God to leave us to silence and wonder we confess it ourselves, for then we shall never great beyond our expression, or, repent, never be saved; while the which is all one, great as the other may preserve the greatest sin- burden and baseness of our sin.ners from utter despair, for we do TAYLOR not know how far God's mercy may My God, my God, why hast thou extend.—Wilson.
forsaken me? The last sufferings of Let him now come down from the Christ were either corporeal, as cross, and we will believe him.—If we shame, mockings, buffets, trials, would increase much in holiness, scourging, condemnation, and an igand be strong against the tempta nominious and cursed death ; or spitions to sin, let us view much and ritual; and those were principally so seek to know much, of the death of Jesus Christ. Consider often at First : A punishment of derelichow high a rate we were redeemed tion; My God, my God, why hast from sin, and provide this answer thou forsaken me? There was for all the enticements of sin and of some kind of separation between the world. Except you can offer God and Christ during the time of my soul something beyond the price his sufferings for sin in that cursed that was given for it on the cross, I manner. For understanding wherecannot hearken to you. Far be it of we must note that he had a fourfrom me, will a Christian say, who fold union unto God. 1. In his considers this redemption, that ever I human nature, which was so fast should prefer a base lust, or anything united in his person unto the divine, in this world, or it all, to him who that death itself did not separate it gave himself to death for me, and either from the person or from the paid my ransom with his blood. deity. It was the Lord who lay in . His matchless love hath freed me the grave. 2. In love: and so there from the miserable captivity of sin, was never any separation either ; and hath for ever fastened me to the but when he hanged on the cross, sweet yoke of his obedience. Let he was still the beloved Son of the him alone dwell and rule within me; Father, in whom he was well pleased. and never let him go forth from my 3. In the communion of his Spirit, heart who for my sake refused to and holiness; and in that regard come down from the cross.- likewise there was no disunion, for LEIGHTON.
he was offered up as a lamb without Now from the sixth hour there was spot or blemish. 4. In the fruition darkness over all the land unto the of the light of his countenance, and ninth hour.—The sun had a veil upon of his glory and favour; and in this his face, and taught us to draw a respect there was, for the time of curtain before the passion, which his sufferings, a dereliction, by the would be the most artificial expres- withdrawing of his countenance, not
by the dissolving of his union. He | victory, far sorer stripes from the looked upon Christ, as a God armed hand of God his Father, who was against the sins of the world which pleased to lay upon him the iniquity were then upon him.
of us all.—REYNOLDS. Secondly: There was a punish- Call to mind, O sinful creature, ment of malediction. Christ under and set before thine eyes, Christ went the curse of the law, he grap- crucified: think thou seest his body pled with the wrath of God, and stretched out at length upon the the powers of darkness; he felt the cross, his head crowned with sharp scourges due unto our sins in his thorns, and his hands and feet human nature, which forced and pierced with nails, his heart opened wrung from him those strong cries, with a long spear, his flesh rent and those deep and woful complaints, that torn with whips, his brows sweatbloody and bitter sweat, which drew ing water and blood; think thou compassion from the very rocks. hearest him now crying in an inAnd surely it is no derogation to tolerable agony to his Father, and the dignity of Christ's person, but, saying, My God, my God, why hast on the other side, a great magnify- thou forsaken me? Couldst thou ing of the justice of God against sin, behold this woful sight, or hear of the power of Christ against the this mournful voice, without tears, law, and of the mercy of them both considering that he suffered all this towards sinners, to affirm that the not for any desert of his own, but sufferings of Christ, whatever they only for the. grievousness of thy were in the kind of them, were yet, sins ? O that mankind should put in their weight and pressure, equally the everlasting Son of God to such grievous with those we should have pains! O that we should be the suffered; for being in all things, occasion of his death, and the only save sin, like unto us, and most of cause of his condemnation! May all in his liableness to the curse of we not justly cry, Woe worth the the law (so far as it did not neces- time that ever we sinned? Omy sarily denote either sin inherent, or brethren, let this image of Christ weakness to break through, in the crucified be always printed in our person suffering), I see no reason hearts; let it stir us up to the why he should not be obnoxious to hatred of sin, and provoke our as great extremities of pain; for no minds to the earnest love of degree of mere anguish and pain Almighty God.-HOMILY OF THE can be unbefitting the person of Passion. him who was to be known by that title, 'A man of sorrows.' And
HYMN. surely, it was far more indignity for
My Saviour, didst thou die for me? him to suffer a violent death of body
For me send forth that bitter cry? from the hands of base men, than to
With bleeding heart thy wounds I see, suffer with patience, obedience, and ! Prepared at thy command to die.
By all thine anguish on the cross,
earthquake, and those things When God thy Father stood afar,
that were done, they feared Rich in thy temporary loss, The church is brought for ever near.
greatly, saying, Truly this was
the Son of God. From far the beamings of thy throne Revive my sympathizing heart ;
55 And many women were Thy love made sinner's griefs thy own,
there beholding afar off, 'which Mine in thy joys must take its part.
followed Jesus from Galilee, Midst all the splendours of thy reign, Think on the sorrows thou hast felt;
ministering unto him : Nor let a mourner weep in vain,
56 " Among which was Mary For whom thy precious blood was spilt.
Magdalene, and Mary the moWhile through earth's darkest gloom I tread ther of James and Joses, and Dart on my soul a cheering ray ;
the mother of Zebedee's chilAnd on the confines of the dead Thy power, as Lord of life, display.
q Mark xv. 37. Luke xxiii. 46. Ex. xxvi. 31. 2 Chron. iii. 14. Mark xv. 38. Luke xxiii. 45. & ver. 36. Mark xv. 39. Luke xxiii. 47. Luke viii, 2, 3, 4 Mark xv. 40.
READER.—Jesus, when he had cried
again with a loud voice, yielded up the CHAP. XXVII. 50–56. ghost.—Let us suppose ourselves to
| be standing or passing by the cross, Christ dieth.
whilst our Saviour was hanging
upon it, and apprehend him crying 50 g ? Jesus, when he had
out, as he justly might, after this cried again with a loud voice,
Ice, or the like manner : yielded up the ghost.
"Is it nothing to you all ye that 51 And, behold, "the veil of pass by? Behold and see if there the temple was rent in twain | be any sorrow like unto my sorrow,” from the top to the bottom; which is done unto me, "wherewith and the earth did quake, and
the Lord hath afflicted me in the the rocks rent;
day of his fierce anger?” Behold
and see what your sins have done, 52 And the graves were
what they have done to me, the opened ; and many bodies of eternal Son of God, the only bethe saints which slept arose, gotten of the Father. See what scorn
53 And came out of the and contempt they have brought graves after his resurrection, upon me, what spittle they have and went into the holy city,
thrown in my face, what gashes they and appeared unto many.
have made in my head, what wounds
| in my hands and feet, what bloody 54 Now when the centu
sweat over my whole body! And rion, and they that were with vet, alas, all that you can see is him, watching Jesus, saw the nothing in comparison of what I