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he knew, and he selt, that virtue had her best security, and most universal support.
The sermon preached on the occasion of the Author's deathj is, at the desire of many who heard it delivered, annexed to this vo-v lume; and it is hoped, both on account of the general truths which it contains, and 'the particular applications, that it will afford an. agreeable entertainment to the reader.
There is a sufficient number of sermons yet remaining among the Author's manuscripts to sill another volume equal in size to the present; and if it shall be desired by a respectable number of subscribers or others, it may at some future period be offered to the public, at the expence and hazard of the publisher. The reason for mentioning this at present is, that if the demand should make the second volume necessary, it is intended to give along with it, gratis, in order to suit • the conveniency of subscribers, title pages for a sirst and second volume.
The reader will not be displeased to sind, that he has 12 sermons more than was offered in the subscription papers. The smallness of the type was the occasion of this. The number originally proposed was 18; and that number, in such a type as is usually employed in similar publications, would hate fully sufficed. The Editor hopes, . that the
knowledge. knowledge of this circumstance, together with his limitation in point of time, -will; plead his excuse with the reader of discernment, who may occasionally remark either inpcurracies or repetitions, which otherwsSe might have been more easily prevented.
W. JS. The Sermons distinguished by an asteriik, a»S
XIV. On Christian obedience, and the influence of
The Evidences And Illustration Of Christ's Resurrection.
Matthew xxviii. 6.
He is not here, for he is risen, as he said: come, see the place where the Lord lay.
THE prediction of our Saviour, concerning his crucisixion and death, was now accomplished. His enemies had nailed him to the cross; and he bowed the head and gave up the ghost. During this scene of affliction to the Son of .God, his avowed disciples had forfaken him, and fled. The common ceremonies of burial, and the attendance and respect which all nations have given to the dead, would have been neglected in this instance, if Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, and a disciple of Christ in his heart, had not begged his body from the Roman governor, and laid it in his own tomb. While he was employed in this honourable service, Mary Magdalene, and another Mary, the mother of James and Joses, who beheld the crucisixion asar off, were sitting over-against the sepulchre. The memory of our Saviour's character, and gratitude in Mary Magdalene, for the miracle which he had wrought in her cure, had a more powersul efsect on these pious woB men,