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the lame man leaped as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb fung (a). In that day the deaf heard the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind saw out of obscurity and out of darkness; the meek also increased their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men rejoiced in the holy One of Israel (b). ?
When the Atretching out of Immanuel's wings had thus filled the land of Judah, it might have been expected, that he would have met with a most joyful entertaininent amongst the people ; but the case was otherwise. Though he was for a sanctuary to fome, yet he was for a Agne of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel
, for a gin and a fnare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; and many among them stumbled and fell, were broken, and snared and taken. For the testimony was bound up, and the law sealed among his disciples (c); known in. deed and understood by them, but kept hid as a secret from the body of the Jewish nation. Not. withstanding the indefatigable labours of our bles. sed Lord, in instructing his people, though God made his mouth like a fharp sword, and made him a polished shaft in his quiver; yet did he find cause to complain, that he laboured in vain, and spent his, Arength for nought and in vain(d). Who among all the Jewish nation were there, that believed his report? and to whom was the arm of the Lord reveal, ed? He was rejected and despised of them, and they hid their faces from him (e). It is true, he bad a considerable number of temporary followers, there ap. peared fome numbers of the children of Zion, who rejoiced greatly; and of the children of Jerufalem who shouted when they beheld their King come to them, just, and having salvation ; lowly, and riding upon an afs, and upon a colt the fole of an afs (f). But
(a) Ifa. xxxv. 5, 6. (b) Ifa. xxix. 18, 19. (c) Isa. viii. 8, 15, 16.
(d) Isa. xlii. 2, 4. (e) Ifa. liii. I, 3. (f) Zech, ix. 9.
we shall quickly fee, that this joy was all turned in. to hatred, and rage, and malice.
I proceed next to thew the manner of our Savi. our's sufferings from the hands of this people. When their rulers took counsel together against the Lord, and against his Anointed (a), he was
betrayed into their hands by one of his familiar friends, in whom he trusted (b). They wounded and bruised him; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, that by his Aripes we might be healed (c). He gave his back to the fmiters; and though they buffered and spit up. on him, yet such was his alhonishing meekness and patience, that he gave' his cheeks to them that plucked of the hair, and hid not his face from shame and spit. ting (d). They pierced his hands and his feet (e). And when they had nailed him to the cross, they gave him gall for his meat, and in his thirst gave him vine gar to drink (f). They mocked and upbraided, and even laught him to scorn, they shot out their lips, they shook their heads, saying, He trusted in the Lord, that he would deliver him, let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him (g). In time they cut him off from the land of the living (h). Thus was the Mefiah cut off, but not for himself (i). For the transgression of God's people was he stricken. He made his soul an offering for fin, and he poured out his soul unto death, that he might bear the fin of many, and make interceffion for transgresors (k). After his death, his inurderers parted his garments among them, and cast lots upon his vesture (1). And being dead, he made his grave with the rich (m), that is, he was buried in a rich man's tomb.
(a) Pfal. ii. 2. (b) Pfal. xli. 9. (c) Ifa. liii. 5. (a) Ifa. l. 6.
(e) Psal. xxii. 16. (f) Pfal. Ixix. 21. (8) Psal. xxii. 7, 8. (h) Isa. liii. 8.. (i) Dan. ix. 26." (k) Isa. liii. 8, 10, 12. (1) Pfal. xxii. 18. (m) Ifa. liii. 9.
Thus I have followed our blessed Saviour to the grave. But could the grave detain him? Could it keep him its prisoner? No! I know that my Re. deiner kveth, and that he Mall stand at the latter day upon the earth (a). His fch might go to the grave, and rest in hope ; for God would not leave his soul in kell, ncr fufer his holy One to be so long under the power of death, as to see corruption (b).-After his Joul was made an offering for fin, he faw his seed, and prolonged bis days (). He ascended to the right hand of God; and the Lord said to him, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy foot. ftool (d).-He ascended on high, that he might lead captivity captive, and give gifts unto men (e).
Having thus given you some account, from the ancient propliecies, of the life, death and resur. rection of our Lord Jesus Christ, I thall now pro. ceed to thew you some of the consequences of this great event.
And it may be proper, in the first place, to take notice, what were the effects of the Jews thus rejecting and murdering the Prince of life ; and to thew you, that the people of Titus the Ronan Prince came upon them, destroyed the city and the sanctuary, caused the facrifice and the oblation to cease, and the abominations (or abominable armies) with their eagles (and fuperftitious rites) to overspread and to make them defolate (f).-When God had luid in Zion for a foundation, a Stone, a tried Stone, a precious Corner.stone, and a fure Foundation for all that would believe on him, he then took notice of the scornful men that ruled in Jerusalem. He laid judgment to the line, and righteousness to the plummet; the hail swept away the refuge of lies, and the waters overflowed their hiding place. Their covenant with death was disannulled, and their agreement with hell could not stand; when the overflowing scourge passed through them, and they were trodden down by it ; from the time it went forth it took them ; for morning by morning it passed over them, by day and by night, until it was a vexation only to understand the report. For the Lord rose up as in mount Perazim, he was wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, and a consumption was determined upon the whole earth, or upon their whole land (a). The Lord numbered them to the sword, and they all bowed down to the Naughter ; because when the called they did not answer, when he spake they did not hear; but did evil before his eyes, and chose that wherein he de. lighted not ; therefore the Lord said unto them, behold, my fervants (the Chriftians) shall eat; but ye fall be hungry. Behold, my servants shall drink; but ye Shall be thirsty. Behold, my fervants shall rejoice; but ye shall be ashamed. Behold, my servants Mall Jing for joy of heart; but ye shall cry for forrow of heart, and mall howl for vexation of spirit. And ye Shall leave your name for a curse unto my Chofen, for the Lord God Mall Nay thee, and call his servants by another name, Christians, and not Jews (b).
and (a) Job xix. 25. (b) Psal. xvi. 9, 10. (c) Isa. liii. 10.
(a) Pfal. cx. I. (e) Psal. Ixviii. 16. (f) Dan, ix, 27.
Another consequence of the excision of the Meffiah, and his pouring out his foul unto death, was the calling the Gentiles into a Church-state.-Behold God's servant whom he upholds, his servant in whom his soul delighteth, he has put his Spirit upon him, and he hath brought forth judgment unto the Gentiles. He has not failed, nor been discouraged, until he has set judgment upon the earth, and the ifles have waited
for his law (c). Then did the barren fing that did not bear ; she broke forth into
finging and cried aloud, that had not travailed with child; and more were the children of the defolate, than of the married wife.. E
For fa) Ifa. xxviii. 14. to the 22. (b) Ifz. !xy. 12. to 16,
( Ifa. xlii. 1, 4.
For me brake forth on the right hand, and on the left, and her feed inherited the Gentiles, and made the de. Solate cities to be inhabited (a). Thus was our Lord Jesus Christ given for a light to the Gentiles, that he might be for salvation unto the ends of the earth(b). And the Gentiles came to his light, and kings to the brightness of his rising (c).
Thus you have had a general view of our blessed Saviour's life, death, resurrection, ascension, and kingdom, out of the Jewish Prophets,I have not given you all (nor indeed a tenth part) of the predictions of the Meffiah, that are to be found in the Old Testament; and yet I have by these brief hints, given you the advantage to consider, whether these prophecies did not in all circumstances exactly agree to the Lord Jesus Christ; and whether they did, or possibly could agree to any other person in the world.
And now, Sir, I leave it to yourself to judge, whether we can either have, or desire greater certainty of any past event, than these prophecies did directly refer to, and were all accomplished in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Suppose we had as certain direction when to be. gin the forty-two months, or one thousand two hundred and sixty years of Antichrist's reign, as we have with respect to the beginning of Daniel's weeks, and you should find by calculation, that they would terminate in the year 1746; and, being filled with expectations of the events of that year, thould (when it comes) actually see all the Popith Princes of Europe brought into subjection, the Protestant Princes united in confederacy, the city of Rome facked and burnt, and the papal hierarchy every where overturned, the Turkish empire destroyed, and the Jews collected, and brought into the Chri.
(a) Isa, liv, 1, 3,
(b) Isa, xlix, 6, (c) Ifa. lx 3.