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HICH Words give us a short account of our blessed Saviour's Life here on earth; it was spent
in doing good. They also reach us after what manner we his Disciples ought to live in this World ; namely, that we should omit no fair opportunity of doing good, according to our several Abilities and Capacities. I Thall speak to them,
1. As referring to our Lord and Saviour,
and describing his manner of Life to us. II. I shall consider them as prescribing to
us our Duty, in imitation of his most
1. As referring to our Lord and Saviour, and describing his manner of Life to us. Now these words, he went about doing good, especially signify these three things:
1. That this was the chief Business and Employment of his Life, to do good.
2. That where he did not readily find, he went about to seek Objects of Pity and Compassion.
3. This he constantly persevered in, notwithstanding the foul Ingratitude and malicious Opposition his good Works met with in the World.
1. This was the chief Business and Employment of his Life, to do good. To propound to you the several Instances of it, were to give you a History and Account of his whole Life, the four Gospels being nothing else but the authentick Records of those good Works Jefus of Nazareth did; containing his excellent Instructions, his free Reproofs, the wise Methods he used for the bettering and reforming Mens Minds, together with those various Kindnesses he shewed to their Bodies
and outward Estates, with a Generosity and Charity not to be paralleld by any thing but the Divine Goodness it felf. I shall not therefore descend to particulars, but only take notice, 1. That doing good was his ordinary daily Employment. 2. That to the same end tended all his extraordinary miraculous Works : and, 3. That this was also the Sum and Substance of his Religion. From all which it will easily appear, that he made doing good the chief Business of his whole Life.
(1.) Doing good was his ordinary daily Employment. He did not only by the by, and on great occasions, exercise his Charity and Compassion, but it was as it were his only Profession, his Meat and Drink, his Bulineis and Recreation too; so that he denied himself the Conveniences of this Life, that he might attend this work. How was he throng'd after, and press’d upon by the miserable and unfortunate, the diseased and pof
came; and can you tell of any one Person whom he ever sent from his presence dissatisfied? It was but saying, Lord have mercy upon me ! and the poor humble Beggar's wants, of what kind foever, were strait supplied.
And by these Acts of Love and Kindness he did engage Men to hearken to his wife Counsels, and obey his gracious Commands for he had a farther design in all this Compassion which he showed towards Mens Bo.
dies and outward Estates, viz. to heal their Bodies and their Minds both together ; to instil and insinuate good Instruction, and to promote Mens eternal Welfare, by contributing so much to their Ease and Happiness in this present Life.
All this good he did with the greatest Rea. diness and Joy; it was his greatest pleasure to spread his healing Wings over every place, continually to dispense his benign Influences and Favours, and to make every one, who had the happiness to converse with him, senfible of his good-will to Mankind. Nor from this would he ever rest, not so much as on the Sabbath-day, tho he was accounted a Transgressor for it
. He consulted the good of other Men above his own Reputation, and would cure the Sick on that day, even before those who thought it a great piece of profaneness and wickedness so to do." He wanted Objects sooner than Will to shew kindness; and nothing grieved him so much as that Men by their own Malice and Perverseness should obstruct and defeat his
gracious designs towards them, and obstinately refuse to be made happy by him.
(2.) This was not only his ordinary daily Employment, but for this end did he always exercise his extraordinary Divine Power, to do benefits. All his Miracles were Mercies to Men, so that his wonderful Works proved him to be sent from God, not more by that infinite Power that was seen in them, than by
that surpassing Goodness they demonstrated to the World.
He never employed his Omnipotence out of Levity or Oftentation, but only as the Necessities and Wants of Men requir'd it. His miraculous Works were not such as the Jews sometimes demanded and expected from him, such only as would strike their Senses and Fancy with Admiration and Astonishment; as the making prodigious and amazing Shews and Representations in the Heavens, or in the Air : but they were all Expressions of a most immense Benignity and Charity to Mankind; such as healing the Sick of all manner of Diseases, making the Lame to walk, and the Blind to see, and the Deaf to hear ; cleansing the Lepers, feeding the Hungry, raising the Dead, and casting evil Spirits cut of those that were miserably pofsessed with them, and cruelly tormented by them.
In such good Offices, so useful and profitable to Men, did he all along exert and manifest that divine Power which God had anointed him with ; thus demonstrating himself to be the most Divine Person that ever appeared in our Flesh, not only by doing the strangest and most miraculous Works, but especially by doing the most good in the World.
(3.) To do good was the Sum and Substance of his Religion. He affected not any precise Singularities, or unusual Severities of Life.