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Misery upon our blessed Redeemer. If we consider with how unbounded a Love he embraced us in our lowest State of Weakness, and with how cool an Affe&tion we daily approach to him; how much he gladly endured upon our Account, and how unwillingly we suffer any thing upon his; if we reflect how earnestly he laboured to save our Souls, and how carelessly and wantonly we throw them away; what Pains and Sorrows he underwent to perfect our Redemption, and to what empty Pleasures we sacrifice all his Sufferings, and our own eternal Happiness, it will shew us where the true Cause of our Grief lies, and how vainly we compliment our Lord, by venting our Indignation against hisantient Crucifiers, which ought to be spent upon ourselves, who are daily renewing his Shame, and crucifying him afresh.

Whilst therefore I represent unto you this Scene of Woe, and endeavour to place before you this Man of Sorrow, acquainted with Grief, let every Christian Heart supply this necessary Admonition, All this he suffered for my fake; then cast one Look upon yourselves, and see how you have deserved all this Love: This will teach you how to divide your Affections, to admire and adore the un

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bounded Goodness of your Redeemer, and to lament and weep only for yourselves.

Many Prophecies there are relating to our Lord, which regard only fome particular Actions and Circumstances of his Life ; but this in the Text points at no single Calamity that befel him, but is a general Description of his Condition during his Abode on Earth : It begins at his Cradle, and ends with his Cross, pursuing him in every Step, and difcovers to us the Son of God through the darkest Veil of Sorrow and Affliction.

Known unto God are all his Works from the Beginning of the World: In Wisdom he ordained them all, and in Mercy he has revealed some of them to the Children of Men. How gracious was it in him to forewarn the World by the Spirit of Prophecy of the mean Appearance of their Redeemer, that their Faith might be armed against the Reproach and Contempt which attended his Poverty, and the great Scandal of his Cross ! In human Reckoning a mean Condition bespeaks a mean Man ; but here the Case is otherwise : For, when God had foretold the mean Appearance of his Son, his Poverty became a Proof of his Authority, and the Lowness of his Condition Thewed the Ex

cellency Misery upon our blessed Redeemer. If we consider with how unbounded a Love he embraced us in our lowest State of Weakness, and with how cool an Affection we daily approach to him; how much he gladly endured upon our Account, and how unwillingly we suffer any thing upon his; if we reflect how earnestly he laboured to save our Souls, and how carelessly and wantonly we throw them away; what Pains and Sorrows he underwent to perfect our Redemption, and to what empty Pleasures we sacrifice all his Sufferings, and our own eternal Happiness, it will shew us where the true Cause of our Grief lies, and how vainly we compliment our Lord, by venting our Indignation against hisantient Crucifiers, which ought to be spent upon ourselves, who are daily renewing his Shame, and crucifying him afresh. Whilst therefore I represent unto you

this Scene of Woe, and endeavour to place before you this Man of Sorrow, acquainted with Grief, let every Christian Heart supply this necessary Admonition, All this he suffered for my fake; then cast one Look upon yourselves, and see how

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have deserved all this Love: This will teach you how to divide your Affections, to admire and adore the unbounded Goodness of your Redeemer, and to lament and weep only for yourselves.

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Many Prophecies there are relating to our Lord, which regard only some particular Actions and Circumstances of his Life ; but this in the Text points at no single Calamity that befel him, but is a general Description of his Condition during his Abode on Earth: It begins at his Cradle, and ends with his Cross, pursuing him in every Step, and discovers to us the Son of God through the darkest Veil of Sorrow and Affliction.

Known unto God are all his Works from the Beginning of the World: In Wisdom he ordained them all, and in Mercy he has revealed some of them to the Children of Men. How gracious was it in him to forewarn the World by the Spirit of Prophecy of the mean Appearance of their Redeemer, that their Faith might be armed against the Reproach and Contempt which attended his Poverty, and the great Scandal of his Cross ! In human Reckoning a mean Condition bespeaks a mean Man; but here the Case is otherwise: For, when God had foretold the mean Appearance of his Son, his Poverty became a Proof of his Authority, and the Lowness of his Condition thewed the Ex

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cellency of his Person. He was a Man of Sorrow, and acquainted with Grief; and had he not been so, we could never have believed him to be that glorious Redeemer, who, as the Spirit of Prophecy foretold, should be despised and rejected of Men. The Consideration therefore of our Saviour's Sufferings is not only an Argument to inflame our Love, but to strengthen our Faith likewise ; Thewing as well that he is our Redeemer, as how much he underwent for the sake of our Redemption. There are three Things then which

may deserve your Attention in this Sabject :

First, The Wisdom and Goodness of God in determining to send his Son into the World in a State of Poverty and Affliction.

Secondly, The Evidence of Prophecy, that he should so appear in the Fulness of Time.

Thirdly, The historical Evidence, that he did so appear, and that in him the Prophecies had their Completion.

First, The Wisdom and Goodness of God in determining to send his Son into the World in a State of Poverty and Affliction.

The Sufferings of Christ we find often infisted on by the sacred Writers, as an Evidence of the Mercy of God towards Mankind.

Thus

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