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light and the joy of the world.” 66 is the beloved of the Father; he is the
delight of angels; he is the confidence 66 of all the ends of the earth.'
To him, therefore, the Christian directs his supreme affection. He loves him more than his nearest and dearest earthly relations,—more than life itself. He leaves all, and attaches himself to Jesus. He leans on him as he advances through the wilderness. 66 I have found
my beloved,” does he say, 6 and will 6 not let him go.'
66 Neither life, nor « death, nor angels, nor principalities, “ nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
other creature, shall be able to 6 separate me from the blessed Jesus. -This leads me to observe, in the
Fourth place, That we must look to Christ as an example of righteousness whom it behoves us to follow.
Men naturally imitate those whom they love. They view them in every motion, and in every action, with a favourable regard : even their failings are scanned with partiality, and assume the
appearance of propriety. Hence we are apt to imitate the weaknesses and the foibles, as well as the virtues of those whom we esteem. But in imitating the example of Jesus, we are in no danger of being misled. “ He did no sin, nei“ther was there any guile in his mouth :" “ he was holy, harmless, and undefiled, separate from sinners.”
He appeared on earth in all the beauty of holiness. He came to shew the sons of men how fair, how illustrious human nature was in a state of innocence. He magnified the law and made it honourable. He gave to us an example that we should walk in his steps. Let us then, my brethren, look to Jesus as that living pattern whom it behoves us to follow, and consider his righteousness as the bright mark that is set up to attract our attention, animate our exertions and guide our conduct. How will it give spirit and energy to all our virtues, to set the Lord continually before us ? How will it enable us to support our soul in patience, when we propose for our imitation the blessed Jesus, subjected to the most cruel sufferings, and bearing them with unshaken fortitude? How will it soften and smooth our
tempers, to behold him reviled, yet reviling not again ; enduring injury and insult with the meekest, gentlest spirit; and in the agonies of expiring nature, yielding entirely to the emotions of pity and generosity, praying even for his enemies and murderers? How will it enlarge our hearts, and stimulate the exertions of benevolence, to behold Jesus
going about doing good, visiting the house of mourning, binding up the brokenhearted, preaching the gospel of the poor and to the contrite; continually engaged in some merciful, generous deed; and employing those supernatural powers which he possessed, solely for the benefit of the afflicted ? And how should it inspire us with the feelings of true devotion and piety, to behold Jesus, in the season of repose, retiring from the world, and pouring forth his heart in prayer to his Father and his God? Can we behold him, after all the labours of the day, after all the fatigue and hardships which he endured, all the insults and injuries he had received, looking back with complacency on the good deeds he had done, and hastening to enjoy de
lightful fellowship with his Father ? Can we accompany him to Mount Olivet, see him kneel down in secret, look
to heaven imploring the divine mercy on those who had insulted and persecuted him
;-can we, I say, behold the blessed Jesus in this posture, without the most affecting emotions ;--without seeing and feeling how becoming the sentiments of piety are, and how dignified the character, and how happy the man who walks with God?
Comply, then, my Christian friends, with the advice of the Apostle to the Hebrews, viz." to run with patience the race • set before you, looking unto Jesus," and to imitate him also in carrying forward your hopes to the joys which are yet to be revealed. Though he was in the form of a servant, though he became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, yet for the joy set before him,of being highly exalted, and receiving a name above every name,-for this joy, “ he endured the cross, and despised the 6 shame." And has not the Christian also a joy set before him? Has not Jesus, the forerunner, assured lis followers, that he
is preparing “ a place for them in his Fa" ther's house above, that where he is " there they may be also ?” Has he not said, 66 To him that overcometh will I “ grant to sit with me on my throne, even “ as I overcame, and am set down with
my Father on his throne ?” Has he not “ loved them, and washed them from their “ sins in his blood, that they may be “ Kings and Priests unto God ?” Is not this a joy sufficient to animate the Christian soldier in his spiritual warfare,-to encourage him to fight the good fight,to finish his course, and keep the faith ? Should not this determine him to follow the Lamb wheresoever he goeth, through good report and bad report ; and even to rejoice in being partaker of his sufferings, that when his glory is revealed he also may appear with him in glory ; knowing assuredly, that “ if he suffer with Christ, “ he shall also reign with him,” and be recompensed a thousand fold?
In the fifth and last place, We must look to Christ as our intercessor,
How dreadful, how baneful the effects of sin ? When once it took possession of