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Whatsoever Christ suffered was only for us : not only for our Good or our Example, as the Socinians would have it, but in our Stead, and to expiate and make Satisfaction to God's Justice for our Sins. For, Į. He is said expresly to die in our Sreads.
'Αντίλυτρον υπέρ πάντων, 1 Τim. ii. 6. Λύτρον ανη
Tom@v, Matt. xx, 28. 2. To be a Sacrifice and Propitiation for our
Sins, Eph. v. 2. Ilegopopg's vej Ovoid, Heb. ii. 17.
c. iy. 1o. irague's 3. Our Sins were laid upon him, Ifa. liii.
4, 5, 6.
He was made Sin for us, 2 Cor. iv, 21. And a Curse for us, Gal jii. 13. 4. He had no Sin of his own to suffer for,
and therefore he could not have suffered
but for our Sins. And he being God as well as Man, his Suffe
rings could not but be of infinite Value and Merit for us.
I. Hence see how odious and offensive Sin is
to God. 2. When we read or hear of Christ's Suffe
rings, how should we be affected with it, considering that they were all for our Sakes,
and Sins. 3.
How much more when we see him crucified before our Eyes in the Blessed Sacrament ?
3. What did our Lord suffer for us?
1. The first kind of Sufferings he underwent, were in his Temptations soon after his Baptism : of which note, Matt. iv. I. 1. He was led by the Spirit, Luke iv. 1. that
which even now descended upon him. 2. Into the Wilderness, a Place remote from Men, and filled only with Beasts. 1. To fulfill the Type of the Scape-Goat,
Lev. xvi. 20, 21, 22. 2. To give the Devil all the Advantage he could desire in his Temptations, Matt. iv. 2.
3. There he fasted Forty Days and Forty Nights: So Moses had fafted, Exod. xxxiv. 28. and Elias, 1 Reg. xix. 8.
Our Saviour fafted this Time, 1. To shew the Harmony between Law and
great Work of the Ministry.
This gave the Occasion of the Churches observing Lent every Year, which she always did; and therefore it is no Piece of Popery.
4. After these Forty Days he was an hungry, to
shew he was truly Man.
5. The Devil observing this, thinks he had got the Advantage over him, and therefore sets upon him, not doubting of conquering, having overcome the first Adam in Paradise it felf.
And so first rempts him to prove himself to be God,by turning Stones into Bread, Matr. iv. 3.
Luke iy. 41,
2. All his Life afterwards he was subje& to
the Infirmities of the humane Nature > He was weary, John iv. 6. He was revilede Matt. xii. 24. Stoned, John viii. 59. C. X.
31, 32 3. His greatest Suffering began in the Garden of Gethsemane,
Where behold him, 1. Exceeding Sorrowful, Matt. xxvi. 37, 38. 2. So great were the Apprehensions of what
he was to undergo, that he prayed against
it, ver. 39. Whatsoever God had prepared for him, he still crys out, Thy will be done. His own Disciples Traytors. Soldiers to apprehend him. False Witnesses to accuse him. Judges to arraign him. Thorns to crown him. A Rabble to abuse him. A Cross to crucifie him.
Still, Thy will be done. 2. Behold him in his. Agony! Luke nii. 44:
Luke xxiii. 33. And when they were come to the Place
which is called Calvary, there they crucified him.
TOW was the Power of Darkness let loose
upon our Lord, Løke xxii. 53. Gen. iii. 15. I. He was betrayed by one of his own Disciples, Psal. xli. 9. Fobn xiii. 18. Pfal. Iv. 12, 13. and that with a kiss too, Matt. xxvi. 49.
II. Apprehended. Where observe, 1. They came upon him with Swords and
Staves, as if he had been a Thief, Matt.xxvi:
47, 55. 2. He confessed himself the Person they fought
for, Jobs xviii. 5. which daunted them so,
that they fell to the Ground, Fobn xviii. 6. 3. His Disciples making fome little Resistance,
and Peter cutting off Malcbus's Ear, Fobnxviii.
10. Jesus cured it, Luke xxii. 51. 4: Then they bound him, John xviii. 12. al
tho' he could have had Twelve Legions of
Angels to affist him, Matt. xxvi. 53. III. Arraigned. Where observe, 1. When they had first carried him to Annas
to take his Counsel, Fobn xviii. 13. Then they led him to Caipbas the High-Prieft, Matt.' xvi. :57. Where the Sanhedrim or Council was then held.
Here they fought false Witness against him,
Mitt. xxvi. 59..
bụt he answered nothing, Matt. xxvi. 60,
67. Here Peter denied him thrice, Matt. xxvi.
72, 75 Here they accufe him of Blasphemy, Matt.
xxvi. 65. Here they took Counsel to kill him, c. xxvii. 7. Here Judas recanted, and hanged himself,
c. xxvii. s.
2. Luke xxiii. 1, 2, 3; 4.
where he was abused, v. II. 4. From Herod to Pilate again, Lüke xxiii. 11,
who excuseth him, Lúke xxiii. 14, 15. John xix. 4. and would have released him, Luke xxiii. 16. but they rather chose Barabbas, v. 18. and cried, Crucifie him, v. 21. His Wife sent to him, Matt. xxvii. 19. and Matt. xxvii. 24. But they accuse him of Treason, John xix. 12. Hence Pilate condemns him, John xix. 16.
IV. Being condemned, they carried him to be crucified. 1. They crown him with Thorns, Matt. xxvii.
29. Gen. iii. 18. And abuse him, Matt. xxvii. 30, 31. 2. They laid his Cross upon him, Joh. xix. 17.
Gen. xxii. 6. But left he should be weary, and so not so sensible of Pains, they com.