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. that mourn, to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, and to give unto them beauty for afhes, the oil of joy for mourning; and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (a). He exercised most tender compassion to dark, doubting and tempted fouls. The bruised reed did he not break, and the smoaking flax did he not quench, until he brought forth judgment unto truth (b). He strengthened the weak hands; and confirmed the feeble knees; and said to them of a faint heart, be strong, fear not (c).--He warned the carelefs and secure finners of their mi. sery and danger; and proclaimed unto them the day of vengeance of our God (d). He warned them to be wise, to serve the Lord with fear ; and to kiss the Son, left he would be angry, and they perish by the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little (e). -He made the path-way of salvation plain before the eyes of all those who believe in him ; like an highway, where the wayfaring men, though fools, could not err (f). He considered his people as his flock; and took care of them, as a most watchful and careful Shepherd. He fed his flock like a Shepherd, he gathered his lambs with his arm, he carried them in his bofom, and gently, led those that were with young (g).
I next proceed to give you a view of our Lord Jesus Christ, as the great High Priest of our Profeffion. As such, he undertook to make an atonement and expiation for our sins. He bore our griefs, and carried our forrows; the chafiisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. God laid upon him the iniquity of us all ; and he made his foul an offering for our fins (h). Thus be finished the transgreffion, made an end of fin, and made reconciliation for iniquity (i). He likewise wrought
(a) Ifa. Ixi. 1, 2, 3. (b)"Ifa. xlii
(c) Isa. xxxv. 3. (f) Isa. xxxv. 8. (i) Dan. ix. 24.
out a perfect righteousness for finners, whereby they should be justified before God, and accepted of him. God raised up this righteous branch unto Da. vid, in whose day Judah is saved, and Ifrael dwells fafély; and this is the name whereby he is called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (a). He is one who speaks in righteousness, mighty to save (b). For he has brought in everlasting righteousness (c). As a Priest likewise, he brings us into a covenant-relation to God. He is the Messenger or Angel of the covenant (d). The Lord in an accepted time heard him; and in a day of salvation has helped him, has preserved him, and given him for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth (e). By the blood of his covenant, God has sent forth his prisoners out of the pit, wherein there is no water ; and God has promised that he will keep his mercy for him for evermore ; and that his covenant fall stand faft with him (f). Thus the counsel of peace was between God the Father and him.--In a word, as our Priest, he is our advocate with the Father, and makes interceffion for transgref. fors (g). Thus we see, that according to God's oath concerning him, he remaineth a pries for ever, after the order of Melchizedec (h).
This blessed Saviour sustained likewise the office of a King. God hath set this his King upon his holy hill of Zion.(i).- -The throne of God (our Saviour) is for ever and ever; and the sceptre of his kingdom is a right fceptre (k) -As a King he reigns in the hearts of his people, brings them into subjection to himself; and makes them willing in the day of his power (1). As a King be fits at God's right hand; and rules in the midst of his enernies (m). In his Ma.
(a) Jer. xxii. 5, 6. (b) Ifa. Ixiii. 1. (c) Dan. ix. 24. (d) Mal.
(e) Isa. xlix. 8. (f) Psal lxxxix. 28. (8) Ifa.
(i) Pfal. ii. 6.
(k) Pral, xlv. 6. (1) Pfal. cx, 3. (m) Pfal. cx. I, 2.
jii. I. liii. 12
jesly he rides forth prosperously; and his arrows are Sharp in the heart of the King's enemies (a). His regal office was not limited to the time of his bodily residence among us ; for of the increase of his govern. ment and
peace there is no end. He fits upon the throne of David, and in his kingdom, to order it and to esta. blish it, with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever (b).-Such cause bad Zion to rejoice greatly, and the daughter of Jerusalem to shout ; for, behold, her King came to her, juft, and having falvation (c).
Having thus shewn, from the prophetic account of our blessed Saviour, the time of his manifefta. tion, his descent, the place of his birth, and the place of his principal residence, with the circumstances of his appearing in the world, and the characters in which he appeared, I proceed to observe some of his distinguishing qualities, and the more remarkable incidents of his life and death.
As to his personal properties, he was perfectly innocent, and most exemplarily holy both in heart and life ; and in that respect fairer than the chil. dren of men. Grace was poured into his lips, therefore God hath blessed him for ever (d). He was God's righteous fervant, and there was no deceit found in his mouth (e). He was the Sun of righteousness, which arofe upon his people with healing under his wings, or in his rays (f).
He was of a meek and lowly disposition. This King of Zion came to her, not only just and having salvation, but thewed himself lowly, by most astonishing condescensions (g). He gave his back to the smiters; and his cheek to them who plucked off the hair ; he hid not his face from spame and spitting (h). Though he was oppressed and afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth (a). He did not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets (b).
Though (a) Psal. xlv. 4, 5; (b) Ifa. ix. 7. (c) Zech. ix. 9. (d) Pfal, xlv. 2. (e) Ifa. liii.
(f) Mal. iv, 2. (8) Zesh. (h) lfa.l. 66
He was endowed with astonishing wisdom and capacity. The Spirit of the Lord rested upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord (c). Thus did the Servant of the Lord deal prudently, he was exalted and extolled ; and was very high (d). He, and only he, of all the human race, could say, counsel is mine, and found wisdom, I am understanding, I have Strength (e).
Previous to his entering upon his public ministry, there was a messenger fent before him, to prepare the hearts of God's people for his reception, whose voice cried in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make Araight in the desart a high way for our God. Every valley fall be exalted; and every mountain and hill fall be made low; and the crook. ed shall be made fraight, and the rough places plain ; and the glory of the Lord fball be revealed ; and all fesh shall see it together : For the mouth of the Lord hath Spoken it (f). Thus God sent one to his people in the spirit of Elijah the Prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, to turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers. He sent his messenger to prepare his way before him ; and then the Lord whom they fought came suddenly to his tem. ple (g).
When he entered upon his public ministry, God gave him the tongue of the learned, that he should know bow to speak a word in season to him that is weary ;
(a) Isa. liii. 7. (b) Ifa. xlii. 2.
(e) Prov. vijii 14. iv, 5, 6. and iii, I.
(c) Isa. xi. 2, 3.
(d) Ifa (f) Isa. xl. 3, 4, 5. (&) Mal. (a) Ifa. l. 4. (b) Ifa. lii. 7.
and he was most painful and diligent in his work ; - he was awakened morning by morning, his ear was awakened to hear, and vigorously to attend to the great business before him (a).-He began his mi. nistry in the mountainous parts of Judea; and how beautiful then upon the mountains were the feet of him who brought good tidings, who published peace, who brought good tidings of good, who published salvation, who said unto Zion, Thy God reigneth (b). As he refided in Galilee (as was before observed) so his mi. nisiry early and peculiarly enlightened those dark corners, the land of Zebulan, and the land of Naphthali ; though they had dzvelt in the land of the shadow of death, this light fined upon them (c). But then, his ministry was not limited to them. This Star which came out of Jacob (d) enlightened the whole land of Israel, in that time of gross ignorance, and thick darkness. They might all be cal. led upon to arise and shine, for their light was come, and the glory of the Lord was risen upon them. Though darkness had covered the earth, and gross darkness. the people, yet the Lord arose upon them, and his glory was seen upon them (e). He preached righe teousness in the great congregation (f). He came into the temple (g), and by his preaching there, made the glory of that latter house much greater than the glory of the former, which was built by Solomon (h). In what manner he fulfilled his ministry, has been al. ready considered.
In confirmation of his divine mission, he wrought many wonderful miracles aniong the people where. ever he went. The Lord their God came among them ; he came to Juve them: Then the eyes of the blind were opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped ;
xxiv. 17. (e) Ifa. lx. 1, 26 iji, I.
(h) Hag. ii.g.
(c) Isa. ix. I, 2.
(f) Psal. xl. 9.