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the mind, subjecting the one to misfortune, pain, and disease; the other, to ignorance, temptation and guilt; so as to leave scarce one trace or feature of the divine purity remaining.

But worse than all this was yet behind. His infirmities and miseries he might have borne: but the anger of an offended God who can bear? His conscience told him that he had abused the talents committed to his charge, and therefore had nothing to look for but fiery indignation. What therefore shall he do in this hour of distress, or what satisfaction can he offer to appease the justice of a righteous Judge? Shall he fly to thickets for shelter, and hide himself in the trees of the garden? But will these conceal his guilt from the eyes of an all-seeing God? No: his voice will find him even there, and compel him, with amazement and trembling, to cry out, “I " heard thy voice, and was afraid.” Shall he then confess himself to God, and profess amendment and obedience for the future? Still that obedience must be imperfect, and therefore could be no reparation for his past transgression. Or even, if God should have been willing to have pardoned him upon his sincere repentance and renewed pbedience, yet this could have given him no hopes of a reward too, and that no less a reward than eternal salvation. And yet, unless

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this be added to pardon, nature must for ever have remained unsatisfied, and the path that leads to the grave,' must have appeared both to him and us all, dark, dreary, and uncomfortable.

Should he then, by way of satisfaction, offer unto God a bullock out of his house, or a hegoat out of his fold? But will God then eat bull's-flesh, or drink the blood of goats? Or if hre were so disposed, are not all the beasts of the forest his, and the cattle upon a thousand hills ? Is not the whole world his, and all that is therein ?

-What satisfaction therefore could he hope to make by giving unto God that which was his already? And after all, though God was pleased to accept of such sacrifices under the Jewish dispensation, yet it is impossible that the blood of bulls and of goats should ever take away sin.

It appears then, that only two methods could possibly be devised, which could afford our first parent the least glimpse of hope of appeasing the Deity's offended justice, namely, repentance

and sacrifice; and both these totally insufficient to procure salvation.

, “ He looked, therefore, but " there was none that would know him; and he " wondered that there was no intercessor.”

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His miseries, indeed, and the horrors of a perishing world, did strongly plead for a Redeemer : but where should this 'Redeemer be found, or who is able to deliver his brother from deatli, and make an agreement unto God for him?

Yet thus difficult as the task is, of finding a Redeemer, it is not impossible with him to whom all things are possible. There was yet one method, which lay hid in the gracious bosom of Providence, and which we could never have discovered, if it had not been revealed to us.

For see! when human invention was staggered, and conscious guilt was sinking under the apprehensions of divine justice, tlre arm of the Everlasting brought salvation, and the angel of his presence saved them. The Son of the Most High, who alone had the power of reconciling God's mercy to his justice, became man for our sakes, and by one oblation of himself once offered, made a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.

Here then let us stop for a moment, and contemplate this most extraordinary and astonishing act of divine love to man. What a surprizing H 2

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mercy was it in God the Father to find out such an expedient for us, and to send his only begotten Son to be exposed to the insults of an impious and ungrateful world! How astonishing again was it to see him, who was the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his

person, putting on the lowly form of a servant; submitting not only to be man, but even to be the least and lowest of men ! For such he was in every stage of life, even from his cradle to his grave.

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circumstances of his birth were such as were not only void of all worldly pomp and grandeur, but even such as would naturally expose him to the scorn of the haughty, the contempt of the rich, and the derision of fools. Though he was born a king by his office, yet mean swadling clothes were his imperial robes, and a manger his royal cradle. And no sooner was he born into the world, though the obscurity of his situation might well have concealed him from public notice, than he was doomed the victim of a tyrant's jealousy, nor could any thing less than banishment from his country deliver the helpless babe from the edge of the sword.

And even after this escape, this foreboding prelude, as it proved, to his misfortunes, what was his whole ministry on earth but one con

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tinued scene of hardship! Though his life was laid out and employed in acts of benevolence, though he even spent himself in doing good to the souls and bodies of men, yet all this could not save him from the combined malice of men and devils. Nay, his very miracles were so far from mitigating the bitterness of his persecutors, that they inflamed their rage and venom against him still more. They cast down at his feet the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the dumb; and by his all-powerful word the eyes of the blind were opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; the lame man leaped as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb did sing: yet in vain did these marvellous acts bespeak the finger of God; he met with no better return for them than that bitter and malevolent reproach, "he casteth "out devils through Beelzebub, the prince of "devils."

Yet is not this all that he did for us miserable sinners, nor did his sufferings for us stop here. The present solemnity calls upon us to take a farther view of his love to us, and to accompany him to the last act of his life, compared with which his former miseries were slight and inconsiderable.

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