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Second, Who it is that requires you to look.
Third, For what purpose he requires you to look. And,
, Fourth, The facility of the duty, and extent of the invitation.
First, Consider to what a glorious object you are required to look. It is none other than the Son of God.
Whether we direct our attention to the surface of this earth which we inhabit, or to the wide expanse of the heavens above, we discover an infinite variety of objects, which the human eye is fitted to contem . plate, and which it cannot behold without admiration and delight. But the object to which in the text we are invited to look, is transcendently more glorious than them all. It is he who gave to nature its attractive form, who clothes. the fields with all their beauty, who gave to the everlasting hills their grandeur and strength, who spread out the fair canopy of heaven, who adorned the night with all its shining hosts, and lighted up the glorious luminary of day. And if Christ was the Author of all that
order and beauty which Nature exhibits, how glorious must he himself be ? What must be the splendour of the Sun of righteousness, who shines with uncreated eternal lustre in the highest heavens ? And shall we, my brethren, behold with delight the works of his hands, and not lift up an eye of admiration to himself, their great first cause ? What is it that fills the heavenly host, the shining orders of Seraphims and Cherubims, with admiration and joy ; what is it that perpetuates the sunshine of their bliss, and animates to ecstacy their melodious strains ; is it not the contemplation of the Creator's glory? Is it not their blest employment to surround his throne, and with united voice to sing,
66 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to re“ ceive power, and riches, and wisdom, s and strength, and honour, and glory, “ and blessing?”. This is the voice of the ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands of blessed spirits, in that world where the perfections of Jesus are most fully and clearly displayed. And shall we not join in the harmony of the celestial choir ?
Shall we not echo back their
and reply, “ To him that loved us, and « washed us from our sins in his blood, “ to him be glory and dominion for ever 16 and ever?" : Surely, my friends, this is the most distinguished privilege which we possess above the inferior creatures, that we are formed in some degree capable, even in this distant land, of knowing and contemplating our Creator and Redeemer. Let us then assert our native dignity ; let us rise with noble ambition above the objects of time and sense, and fix our thoughts on the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
But the object to which we are here required to look, not only deserves our highest regard, because he is a Divine Personage, “ equal to and one with the Fa" ther;" but also because he is “ the great « Immanuel, God with us,” in whom the divine and human nature are mysteriously combined. What admiration, O Christians, pervaded the heavenly host, when the mystery of godliness was revealed, “ God manifested in the flesh !" And did this sight attract the attention and
wonder of angels, and shall the sons of men be indifferent? They who are most interested in it,—they upon whom it reflects the highest honour,-on whom it confers the greatest happiness ? 66 Christ took not on him the nature of
angels, but the seed of Abraham.” Our nature in him is advanced above the angels, and is next in dignity to the nature of God. And to what object in the universe shall man delight to look, if not to that which is most honourable to man ;-the human nature in Christ, exalted above principalities and powers, raised to a place of eminence, to which even archangels dare not aspire, united with the Godhead, and invested with universal dominion ? Turn then your eyes, fellow Christians, from earth, where human nature appears so vile and degraded, subjected to such weakness and distresses į so polluted with guilt, so prone to every thing that is base or mean, where, in the course of a few revolving suns, it loses its beauty and its vigour, becomes a frail tottering fabric which quickly drops into the dust, and becomes food for worms ;-turn your eyes
from this humiliating scene to the throne of God, there to behold human nature raised to its highest perfection, shining in eternal undiminished glory in the person of Christ Jesus our Lord and Redeemer !
Such is the object to which we are desired to look-an object which, of itself, ought to attract and fix our contemplation. Does beauty delight the eye? 6 Christ is fairer than the sons of men,” or even the angels of light : he is the uncreated beauty ; the brightness of the Father's glory. Does grandeur excite admiration? He is the great and only Potentate; he is the King of Kings; he dwells in light inaccessible ; resides in the high and holy place ; heaven is his throne, and earth his footstool. Is goodness a delightful object ? He is the source of goodness; his countenance beams benignity and love through creation; his hand with liberal bounty spreads a table for every thing that lives; he is the protector, the friend, and the saviour of man. Is not this an object to which all the sinful sons of Adam ought to look ? Ought they not to withdraw their atten