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. S. EASTER-DAY. O Blessed day! which brought glad tidings of great joy, our Savior's fecond birth-day to a more glorious life! who is become the first fruits of those that Rept! 1 Cor. 15. 20. and has brought life and immortality to light! 2. Tim. 1, 10. And gave us assured hope fin God, that it shall beļto us according to Jefus his Word. Why do we dream thus about these things ? let us awake and stir up in our felves the most piercing belief and sense of 'em. Our Savior is risen, and calls unto us with a mighty voice, saying, 3 am He that liveth and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Rev. 1. 18, Need there any more words to persuade us to go and rejoyce in his love, which made Him give Him. self to dy for us? and in the love of God which accepred of his oblation, and rewarded his sufferings with a glorious Resurrection to an endless life? 'And in that Power, Might, and Majesty wherewith He is crown'd? So that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow , of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. Phil.2. 10. It is too little to say, that we will go and thank Him at his holy Feast, forwhat He has done for us, and for what we hope He will fill do: We will go and offer our selves-abfolutely to Hini : We will make a Vow of love to Him, and Charity to all the World: We will triumph in his praise; and glory in the service of the Prince of Life: We will dedicate our felves to be everlasting monuments both of his Death, and of his Resurrection from the dead. We will fo Remember his Death, as to dyour selves to fin: and fo Remember his Resurrection, as to rise again to walk before Him, in Newness of Life ; aud his Dying no more, so that Sin (ball not have dominion over us, nor reign in our mortal bodies, that we should obey it in the lufts thereof. Rom. 6. 14 y 12. His Humility shall be remembred so, as to kill our Pride; and his Charity fo, 'as to kill our Coverousness. We will Remember his Pains so, as to mortify all inordinate desires of Pleasure; and his Patience lo, as to subdue our Anger, Passion, and Peevishness; his Love to his enemies shall make us forgive others, and do good to Those who do evil to us; and his absolute obedience make us take up our Cross, and be obedient to the very Deach.
Do we not already begin to feel the remembrance of his free-giving Himfelt for us, animate us to a chearfulness, und forwardness in well doing? Does not his full Trust in God, when He laid down his life, that He should receive it again, raise in us a strong confidence in his Almighty Word? Is Inot the Power He hath over Helland Death, of mighty, force to incourage our Hopes, and make us victorious over all our Enemies? How do our hearts beat within our breasts? what thoughts and pillions do they travell withal? Do they not begin to fend up admiring thoughts towards Heaven where Jesus is? Do they not burn with strong desires? are they not ready to burst' forth into the highest expressions of love and joy? Are we not inraged against all those fins which murthered the Lord of Life? are they not all condemn'd to be crucified and Nain? Do we not resolve to live like those that believe in. Felus, and profess themselves to be his faithful followers? we must then thiok, when we go to celebrate zbe memory of his Death, that Jesus stands in the midst of us, as He did among his Disciples when Ile was newly risen from the grave, saying, Peace be unto you. s. 7ohn 20. 19. Eat, O my friends; rejoyce and be exceeding glad: as tbe Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you : continue ye in my love, S. John 15. 9. Behold here the sensible figns and seals of my love. By these I give my self to you, as once I gave my self for you. By these tokens I convey to you all that I have. I make over to you that Inheritance which I have purchased by my Bloud; and that is eternal life in the Heavenly places : for I am Che first and the last, which was dead, and is alive. Rev. 2.8. Amen Lord Jesus, live, live for ever : Who haft said, B. John 14i 19. Because I live, ye Shall live also. Thou knoweft how to pity us, because Thou art He who was dead and Thou wilt never cease to pity us, and help us; we lanowing that Christ being raised from ihe dead, dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him, Rom. 6. 9. Because Thou waft tempted in all things like unto us, and walt dead; Thou are sensible of our Infirmities, and able to fuccour us in all the trials of life and death. And because Thop livest, Thou canst make thy death become powerful and effectual co us: Thou 'canft make good all thy own promises, and put us in pofleffion of the purchased Inheritance. Blessed be the God, aud
Father of our Lorch Jefus Cbrift , which according to his abundant mercy, bath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Chrift from the dead. I.S.Pet. 1. 3. Death is swallowed up in victory. o death where is thy filing? Osmane, where is thy vittory R. 1 Cor. 15:54, 55. Thanks be 1o Gød Wlio bach not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain falvation by our Lord Telus Christ. Who died for us, that whether we make or fleep, ne f bould live together with Him. 1 Thes. 5. 2, I9. Knowing that He bobich raised up the Lord Jesus Sball raise up us alfo. by Jesus. 2 Cor. 14.: And Shall present us fänittefs before the prefer.ce of his glory with exceeding joy. Jude 24.
. 6. ASCENSION-day, or Srınday. AH! how duskish are our thoughts in these houfes of clay! how. dull our affections under this load of flesh ! Our Savior is in Heaven crown'd with glory and honar. Heb.2.7. He it is that afcended up for above all heavens. Epb.4. '16 Who, os gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels, and authori ies, and powers being made fabject unto Him. I S. Peter, '3 22. And we can scarce cast a look thither, but are instantly polld down to this Earth again. Bleffed be his goodness who has left us a lively image of Himself to help our infirmities; to represent his dying and departure out of this world; and to be a pledge like wife unto us that we shall one day afcend up to Heaven; And Go Shall we ever be with the Lordi 1. Thes, 4. 17.0 blessed news! the hope of it fills us with joy already, and raises us a little toward that high and holy place where fe fus dwells. We will go and bless the Father of :nvercias for his great charity towards us; that He would accept of an Offering for Sinj and that He would be satisfied without demanding of Ús the Debt; that He would grant new and easy con'ditions of Salvation for us thro' the Bloud of his Son; and seal a gracious Covenant in that same precious Bloud. We will go and testify our love to Him, even by our joy that He is gone unto the Father, and hath triumphed over his enemies after Hehad overcome 'em, and spoiled Principali. ties and Powers, Col. 2:15. De led captivity' captive's and save giftanto meno: Epb.4. 8. Hading received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghoft. Art.2.33.and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb.12. 2. Weis Lord of all*. AZ. 10: 36.
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tontinueth ever, and bathan unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore He is able also to save them to the attermost, that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercesion for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from finner's, and mude higher than the heavens, ch. 2. 24, 25, 26. Fronthenceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. We having boldness to enter into the boliest by the bloud of Jesus.ch:10.13, 19. IDhither the forerunner is for us entred, even Jefus. 1.6.10. 31. go to prepare a place for you , says He. And I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where 7 am, there ye may be also. s. 7ohn, 14. 2, 3. But Wha shall afcend into the bill of the LORD? an.I who shall stand, is his holy place? He that has clean hands anil a pure heart; wha bath not lift up his foul unto vanity, nor
sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blefling from the LORD, andrighteousness from the God of his Salvation. Psal. 24, 3, 4, 5. We will go then and offer Him our hearts, that they may be formed to his likeness; Bha didno fin, neither wasguile found in his mouth. 1 S. Pet. 2. 22. We will go and submit our selyes to Him as the Lord of all: and renew our Covenant of Love and friendship with Him. We will vow again that we will fight valiantly under his banner (who is the captain of our Salvation, and made perfect thro' sufferings, Heb.2. 10.) against the Flesh, the Worla, and the devil. We will be faithful to Him unto Death; and no sufferings shall deter us from following the Prince of Life. Fot we doubt not but the Sacrifice He made was moft acceptable to God, and that when He hadby Himselfpurged our sins, He fat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Heb. 1. 3. and will nelpand fuccourall his faithful followers, and send forth his Angels to minister unto us, and will bring us to Glory, and reward us with a Crowa of life. O det uslift up our felves when
we come to the Tableof the Lord; and now, if ever ; listen to the Priest of God, when he calls, saying , your hearts, now is the season above all others, to answer with the whole Quire of pious fouls in that joyful voice, we lift them up unto the Lord. Let us rear our ielves aloft, and look beyoad these thadows, and fix our eyes on the fplendor of that Majesty wherewith our Savior shines; and think we hear Him calliag unto the whole company of Believers, faying, Come, come my beloved, for whom I died, come and dwell with me, lcis ftill my will and delire that you may be with me
where I am; and that you may behold my Glory which my Father hath given me. S. John 17.24. Come on therefore, Whithe er I am gone, ye know, and the way ye know.ch. 14. 4. Tread upon all the glittering templations of the Country where you are , as dirt and dung.in compare with the Kingdom which I will give you. Make haste unto Me, and let nothing hinder you; for I expect you, and long, when you are meet for it, to see you. The Travel of my soul will not be satisfied, till you be with me. Why do we Linger? why do we look atrer any thing so much as this eternal lite? why should we be discoura. ged or faint in our Minds? This Lord of Glory came to his Throne out of as low a condition as we can poslibly be in. He was once à servant,the meanest of feryants: He humbled Him. felf to be subject to the batest Usage, and to suffer the greatest despite and publick reproach. Let us be assured then that He will not defpife the poorelt wretch, now that He is in his glorious state, And let us not think it ftrange if we be despised and reproach'd for righteousness fake; For S. Peter says in his ! Epistle, ch. 4, v.13. Mejopre, in as much as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may beglad also with exceeding joy.
S. 7. APRIL AMONG the innumerable swarms of people that are upon the face of the earth, how tew there are that know the great Love of God in Chrift Fesus our Lord! Among those few that know it, alas, how small a number are there that remember it, and celebrate it constantly with those praises and thankful acknowledgments which it eternally deserves! O what a grace is this, that we are partakers of , that we should be made fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the houshold of God. Eph. 2.. 19. That we should be of the num. ber to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in
the hope of glory. Col. 1. 27. We are infinitely indebted tu the Divine goodness, which inclines our hearts also to go and commemorate this love in the assembly of his faints who all like a spiritual building fitly framed together, grow unto an holy temple in the Lord. Eph, 2. 21. There the Lord's Name is continually praised. There He delights to dwell, and has chosen them for his habitacion, There is the voice of joy and gladnels; and there he showers down the