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most precious heart's blood, to quench hell's Games that were ready to break out on us ! Was there ever love like this?
This love is un searchably great : you may sooner find out the height of heaven, the breadth of the eartb, or the depth of the fea, than measure Christ's Love; for it passeth knowledge, kpb. jii. It is an unfathomable ocean, that hath neither, bank nor bottom. O whither did his love carry hiin? Even from heaven to earth, from the throne to the manger, from the manger to the cross, from the crofs to the grave; yea, from the glory of heaven to the torments of hell, and all this for poor creatures, that were despicable as worms, defiled as lepers, deformed as monsters, black as Ethiopians, yea, as black and ugly as hell could make us. . Worle are we than devils, if we be not affected with this lase, that made the glorious son of God leave the heaven of his father's presence, and wade through hell for the dregs of the creation. Did Christ see any thing in us to make him love us? No, he saw much to lothe us, but nothing to love us : yet the time when we were moft lothrome was Christ's time iof love, Ezek. xvi. We were lying polluted in our blood, and all spread over with running ulcers and putrifying sores, when Christ loved us. Our souls were as unlovely as Lazarus's body, whose fores the dogs lick'd ; or Job's body, when he was full of boils and lat in the ashes, and scraped himself with a possherd: yet all this could not cool his affe&tion to us, time' i . ' ; .
The infances of Christ's love are inexpressible, both in their nature and number. Wonder at his condescendency, in becoming not only a creatu-e, but fuch a mean ceasure as man, for us ; yea, not .00ly a man, but in taking on him the form of a servant for us; and being willing not only to ly in a manger, but in a cold grave for us. Wonder that the glorious Redeemer of Israel should be content to be born as a beggar, live as a servant, and die as a base for us?
Wonder that he, who is infinitely pure, should be wil. ing, not only to be numbred among finners, and to bear' our fins, but alfo to be made fin, and likeways a curse for us. Was it not for you and your advan. tage he did all this; and, will you not admire and love him. He was content to endure the poverty of the world, that you might enjoy the riches of heuven : he lived in the form of à fereant, that you might have the adoption of Jons: he humbled himself to live with men, that he might exalt you to live with God; he bowed his foul to death, that he might raise you to eternal life: he was shut up forty days with the des vil, that you might not be shut up with him for ever ;he was hungry, that you might be fed : he was num. bred among tranfgreffors, that you might have a room among tbe blessed o believer, he wept, that you might rejoice : sorrow oppressed his heart, that everTafling jou might be on your liead: he was fcourged and wounded, that you by his fripe's might be healed of fin's wounds: he was crowned with thorns, that you might be crowned with 'glory : he was andered and condemued before men,' that you might be juflified and acquitted before God: he bore the curse, that you might inherit the bleffing: he drank the bitter and poisonous cup of Gd's wrath, that you might drink the pure rider of life: he was' de Perted of God, that you might not be forfaken by him eternally : he bore the burden of fin and wrath, that you might for ever be freed froin that burden: he hung upon our croft, to advance us to sit upon his throne : he cried out in forrow upon a crofs, that we might shout joyfully in singing God's preise for ever : he thirsted on the crofs, that we might not thirst sternally, with Dires, for a drop of cold water to cool our tongue : be Struggled in a bloody agony, that we might not Itruggle among devils in hell's furnace for ever : oh what Shail we say of this love ! « Lord Jelus, thy pity was
infinite, tliy love hath overflown all banks, and • thy compaffion knew no bounds : thou stoodst be.
-“fore the mouth of hell that I deserved, and ftop: o pedlt the flaming furnace of divine vengeance, that « was breaking out against me : when I was like I. , faac bound to the altar, ready to be facrificed to
juflive, thou oferedit thyself, like the-ram caught o in the thickers, to be facrificed in my room: when , my fins had raised a terrible tempeft, which threat. ned to drown me eternally, thou wast content to be
thrown overboard, like Jonah, to appease the form : , when the word of justice was furbished, and ready
to be Sheathed into my bowels, thou interpofedit be.
twixt me and it, and receivedlt the blow into thy ' heart; when I was shipwreck'd and perishing, thou ,' cast thyself in as a plank of mercy to save my life. Bc Can I think on this, and my heart not burn? Can • I speak of it, and not seek, with Jo'eph, a secret I place to weep in ?',
View the furpassing nature of Christ's love. No love like to it; yea, Christ's love to us transcends his love to all other things : he loved us more than angels, for be would not put on their nature: he loved us more than heaven ; for he left that, to come and save us : he loved us more than riches and how nour ; for he chused poverty, and became of no re. putätion, to redeem us: he loved us more than the comforts of life; for he parted with these, and became a mau of forrows for our sake: he loved us more than his blood; for he willingly parted with that for us : he loved us more than his foul or body ; for he gave both these to be an offering for our fins : he was more concerned for us than for himself; he Tejoiced more in our welfare than in his own; he wept and prayed more for us than for himself; and in the time of his greatest strait, when heaven, earth and hell were all at once rushing upon him, we have liis prayer, John xvii. yet it is all spent for us, ex. cept one verse or two for himself. Again, Christ lo. ved us more than his life, and all that a man haih wiil he give for his life ; yet Christ willingly parted
with that for our fake : but, is there nothing that is better than life? Yes, David tells us of one thing that is better, Pfal. Ixiii. 3. Thy loving kindnefs is better than life. The faints and martyrs that parted with all other things, would by no means part with that, they'd rather part with a thousand lives than quit with that ; yet Chrift, who had infinitely more of it than ever apy saint attained to, for our fakes parted with it, and had the light of God's counteDance totally eclipfed from him on the cross ; so that he cried out, My God, my God; why haft thou forfakeri
II. If you would bave the facramental graces quickned, particularly faith, take a view of Chrilt in all his sweet offices and relations: Look unto me, and be ye faved, all the ends of the earth, Isa. sty. 22. O communicant, endeavour upon the norning of a communion-Sabbath to give a believing look to Christ, in all his blessed offices and relations ; and this will strengthen and quicken faith, and help theo to act it the more diftinctly at à communion-table.
I. Look to Christ, as a bankrupt-debtor to his furety, an't say, Lord, I owe many thoufands 6 more than I can pay, but thou hast a fufficient rano .fom to pay all my debt: I flee to thee as my sure.
ty ; Lord, undertake for me, and satisfy thy fa• ther's justice, that I be pot seized on and dragged • to hell's prison for ever. 'n town
2. Look to him as an able physician to cure thy wounds ; fay, Lord, here lies a job full of boils, . a Lazarus full of fores at thy gate; here a paraolytick hand, here a blind eye, here a' hard heart, ( here a plague, and there a wound, thar have scorna • ed all other physicians, and despited other remedies ; " let me this day get the baim of Gilead, even tie
fovereign plaster of thy blood, to ny various maladies ; one touch of the hein of thy garınent, and I lhall be whole.''
3. Look :. 3. Look to him as a ranfomer of captives, and say,
Lord, it was thy errand to proclaim liberty to the
captives ; I look to thee this day to knock off my • fetters, loose all my bonds, and brirg my foul out of prison, that I may praile thy name.'
4. Look to to him as a mediator and peace-maker, to remove all enmily and quarrels betwixt God and thy soul, and say, Lord, stand betwixt me and the
Aaming sword ; let thy atoning blood this day quench the fire of thy father's anger, and bring the news of peace to my soul.'. .
5. Look to him as an advocate to plead for thy guilty soul : say; · Lord, my crimes are great, and 6 my cause is bad; but never any cause miscarried " that thou took in hand: be thou mine advocate, • and let every one of thy wounds this day be as so o many open mouths to plead for me ; let thy blood • speak, that speakesh better things than the blood of • Abel.
6. Look to him as thy refuge-city and hiding. . place, and say, “ Lord, I fee to thee for my life ; • for the avenger of blood, the law and justice of
God, are at my heels pursuing me ; and, if they - find me afar off from thee, I am slain without mere
cy: the clefts of the sock are my only hiding. • place ; Lord, be a safeguard to me.', $ Heathen could say, when a bird scar'd by a Hawk flew into his bosom, I will not give thee up 10. tbine enemy, Jeeing thau, cameft to me for fan&i uary : and furely, thou wilt mot deliver my loul, when I fee to thee for shelter,
7. Look to Christ as the ark, that can only fave thee from being drowned by the flood of God's wrath : Say, 'Lord, there is no ark to fave me but thou alone; • I am shipwreckt in Adam, and there is no plank • but Christ to bring me to More; I clasp to thee by • the hand of faith : Lord, fave me, else I perish
8. Look to him as a reliever of burdened souls : Say, ' Lard,here a heavy laden finner coming to