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whereby they should be justified before God ; and accepted of him. God raised up this righteous branch unto David, in whose day Judab is faved, and Israel dwells safely; and this is the name whereby he is called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, Jer. xxiii. 5, 6. He is one who speaks in righteousness, mighty to Jave, Ifa. Ixiii. i. For he has brought in everlasting righteousness, Dan. ix. 24. As a Priest likewise, he brings us into a covenant-relation to God.

He is the Messenger or Angel of the covenant, Mal. iii. 1. • 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,' Ifa. xlix. 8. • By the blood of his covenant, God has fent forth his prisoners out of the pit, wherein is no water ;' and God has promised that he will keep his mercy • for him for evermore; and that his covenant shall • stand fast with him,' Pfal. Ixxxix. 28. Thus the counsel of peace was between God the Father and him. In a word, as our Priest, he is our Advocate with the Farher; and makes intercelion for transgressors, Isa. liii. 2. Thus we see, that according to God's, oath concerning him, he remainetha Priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedec, Psal. cx. 4.

This bleffed Saviour sustained likewise the office of a King. God hath set this his King upon his holy hill of Zion, Psal. ii. 6. The throne of God (our Saviour) • is for ever and ever; and the scepter of his kingdom ( is a right scepter,' Pfal. xlv. 6. 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, Pfal. cx. 3. As a King he fits at God's right i hand; and rules in the midst of his enemies,' Psal cx, 1, 2. • In his majesty be rides forth prosperously; and • his arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's ene• mies.' Psal. xlv. 4, 5. His legal office was not limited to the time of his bodily residence among us; for

of the increase of his government and peace there is no

end. He fits upon the throne of David, and in his • kingdom, to order it and to establish it, with judg nent, . and with justice, from henceforth even for ever, Ifa.

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ix. 7. Such cause 'had Zion to rejoice greatly, and the daughter of Jerufalem co shout; for behold, her King came to her, just and having falvation,' Zech ix. 9.

Having thus thewn from the prophetick account of our blessed Saviour, the time of his manifestation, his defcent, 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

i and in that respect, fairer than the children of men. Grace was poured into his lips, therefore God hath bleled him for ever, Pfal. xlv. 2. He was God's righteous fervant, and there was no deceit found in his mouth, Ifa. liii. 9, 11. He was the fun of righteousness, which arose upon his people, with healing under his wings, or in his rays, Mal. iv. 2.

He was of a meek and lowly disposition. This King of Zion came to her, not only just and having falvation ; but shewed himself lowly, by most astonishing condefcenfions, Zech. ix. 9. 'He gave his back to the smit. « ters; and his cheeks to them who plucked off the hair ; • he did not hide his face from shame and spitting,' Ifa. 1. 6. Though he was oppreffed and afflicted ; yet he opened not his mouth,' Ifa. liii: 7. He did not cry,

lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the « ftreets. Ifa. xlii. 2. * He was endowed with astonishing wisdom and capa. city. The Spirit of the Lord refted upon him, the

fpirit of wifdom and understanding, the spirit of coun. « fel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear r of the Lord, Ifa. xi. 2, 3. Thus did the servant of o the Lord deal prudently, he was exalted and extolled, « and was very high,' Ifa. lii. 13. He, and only he, of all the human race, could say, counsel is mine, and « found wisdom, I am understanding, I have strength.' Prov. viii. 14.

Previous to his entering upon his publick ministry, there was a Meffenger sent before him, to prepare the

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hearts of God's people for his reception, whose voice cried in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desart a high way for our • God. Every valley shall be exalted; and every moun.

tain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall • be made straight, and the rough places plain ; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed; and all fileth shall

see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath 1po"ken it. Ifa. xl. 3, 4, 5. 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 Neffenger to prepare his way before him; and then the Lord whom they fought, came fuddenly to his temple,' Mal. iv. 5, 6. When he entered upon his publick ministry, God gave him the tongue of the learned, that he should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary : and he was most painful and diligent in his work, he was awaken’d morning by morning, his ear was awaken’d to bear, and vigorously to attend to the great business before him. Isa. 1.4. He began his ministry 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 publised salvation, who said unto Zion, Thy God reigneth, Ifa. lii. 7. As he resided in Galilee (as was before observ'd) fo his ministry early and peculiarly enlighten'd those dark corners, the land of Zebulon, and the land of Napthali ; though they had dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, this light shined upon them. Ifa.ix. 2. But then, his ministry was not limited to them. This Star which came out of Jacob, Numb. xxiv. 17. enlightened the whole land of Israel, in that time of gross ignosance, and thick darkness. They might all be called 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, Ifa. lx. 1, 2. He preached righteousness in the

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great congregation, Psal. xl. 9. He came into the temple, Mal. ii. 1. 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, Hag. ii. 9. In what manner he fulfilled his ministry, has been already considered.

In confirmation of his divine mission, he wrought many wonderful miracles among the people, whereever he went. The Lord their God came among them, he came to save them : then the eyes of the blind were opened ; and the ears of the deaf unstopped ; the lame m.an leaped as an hart; and the tongue of the dumb sung, Isa. xxxv. 5, 6. In that day the deaf heard the words of the book; and the eyes of the blind faw out. of obfcurity and out of darkness, the meek also increafed their joy in the Lord ; and the poor among men rejoiced in the holy One of Israel, Ila. xxix. 18, 19.

When the stretching 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 entertainment amongst the people : but the case was other. wife. Though he was for a fanctuary to fome ; yet he was for a stone of fumbling, and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Ifrael, for a gin and a fnare tothe inhabitants of Jerusalem; and many among them stumbled and fell, were broken, and frared, and taken. For the testimony was bound up; and the law sealed among his disciples, Ila. viii. 8. 14, 15, 16. known indeed and understood by them ; but kept hid as a secret from the body of the Jewish nation. Notwithstanding the indefatigable la. bours-of our blessed Lord, in inftructing this people, though God made his mouth like a Jarp sword ; and made him a polishd shaft in his quiver : Yet did he find cause to complain, that he labour'd in vain ; and spent his frength for nought, and in vain. Ifa. xlix. 2. 4. Who among

all the Jewish nation were there, that believed his report ? and to whom was the arm of the Lord revealed? He was rejected and despised of them; and they hid their faces from him. Ifa. liii. 1. 3. It is true, he had á considerable number of temporary followers, there appeared fome numbers of the children of Zion, who re

joiced greatly; and of the children of Jerusalem who houted, when they bebeld their king come to them, just and having salvation, lowly and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass, Zech. ix. 9. But we shall quickly see, that this joy was all turned into hatred, and rage,

and malice. I proceed next to shew the manner of our Saviour's sufferings, from the hands of this people, when their rulers took counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed, Pfal. ii. 2. He was betrayed into their hands, by one of his familiar friends, in whom he trusted, Pfal. xli. 9. They wounded and bruised him, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, that by his stripes we might be healed, Ifa. liii. 5. He gave his back to the smiters; and though they buffeted and spit upon him, yet such was his astonishing meekness and patience, that he gave his cheeks to them that plucked off the hair ; and hid not his face from thame and spitting, Ifa. 1. 6. They pierced his hands and his feet. Pfal. xxii. 16. And when they had nailed him to the cross, they gave him gall for his meat, and in his thirst gave him vinegar to drink, Pfal, lxix. 21. They mocked and upbraided, and even laughed him to scorn, they shot out their lips, they shook their heads, saying, hé trusted in the Lord, that he would deliver him, let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him, Pfal. xxii. 7, 8. In time they cut him off from the land of the living. Ifa. liii. 8. Thus was the Messiah cut off, but not for himself, Dan. ix. 26. For the transgression of God's people, was he stricken, He made his soul an offering for sin, and he poured out his soul unto death, that he might bear the lin of many, and made intercession for tranfgreffors, Isa. lii. 8. 19. 12. After his death, his murderers parted his garments among them ; and caft lots upon his vesture, Psal. xxii

. 28. And being dead, he made his grave with the rich, Ifa. liii. 9. that is, he was buried in a rich man's tomb.

Thus I have followed our bleffed Saviour to the grave. But could the grave detain him? Could it keep him its prisoner? No! I know that my Redeemer liveth : and that he thall stand at the latter day, upon the earth, Job

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