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162 JESUS THIRSTING ON THE CROSS.
springs of water. I will give drink to my people my chosen.” God will not strike the rock of his justice, and your hearts together, ye who have begun to feel your perishing need of Jesus ; but the rod of his mercy shall touch the rock, even a crucified Saviour for you;
shall drink, and live for ever.
JOHN XIX. 30.
JESUS SAID, IT IS FINISHED.
In that last prayer, which the Saviour of sinners offered up to God for his disciples, and his Church, to the end of time, He said, “I have glorified Thee upon the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” That assertion, made by the faithful and true Witness, was spoken with reference to his active obedience, now drawing to a close; and the instructions now communicated to those given Him out of the world; as well as in anticipation of the mediatorial sufferings, whereby the Father's purpose of salvation to lost man, which the incarnate Son had undertaken to execute was to be accomplished; and whereby He took away the hand-writing that was against them, nailing it to his cross. But that death of shame and agony, to which He then looked forward, was perfected, when He cried, from his station of unsearchable mercy on the cross, “ It is finished.” The wilderness of suffering was now triumphantly passed ; all enemies vanquished ; and the rest of the promised land, the glory of his double nature, one with God and one with man, was now to be entered upon, in his Father's presence; and to be consummated, with the blessedness of his saints, at the restitution of all things. And surely, if angels desire to look into the act and process of human redemption, they must have listened to this solemn cry, uttered by the Lord of glory, with wonder that filled even their minds, familiar as they were with lower depths in the im
mensity of divine wisdom, than men, the immediate subjects of Christ's great salvation, in their distance of sin and darkness from God, probably could be. When they heard the Lord Jesus utter this cry, the presage
of his final and everlasting victory, before He bowed his head, soon to be radiant with many crowns of glory, and gave up the ghost, they must have echoed it back through all their host, with songs of praise and love to its great Author. My dear brethren, the world through all its generations, has heard and handed down the saying of philosophers and sages ; and they are familiar to our ears, with a reputation for wisdom, at least equal to their deserts, if not to the confidence of their claims : but no words were ever uttered by men, nor angels, nor (so far as we are involved, together with all the mighty and eternal interests of our souls) by God Himself, of higher moment than these of the dying Jesus—“ It is finished !”
I would gladly have so spoken in explanation, and enforcement of the previous sayings of our Emmanuel, as to have kept alive your attention in the consideration of them, during the solemn services through which we have passed: and to have brought you hither, not only with unwearied, but with refreshed and re-invigorated minds, to dwell upon the two remaining cries, now no longer cries of conflict, but of triumph, uttered by Christ Jesus our Lord. But my wish has been ill-seconded by my power. If, however, an angel's love to God and souls, had been seconded by an angel's knowledge, and an angel's tongue,—the knowledge and the language would have been in vain, unless the Spirit of light, and life, and truth, accompanied the word, and made it the power of God to your salvation. And here is the comfort of every minister of Christ, whether the most eloquent and gifted of all his order, or the feeblest stammerer amongst his brethren, that the Holy Ghost saves by the foolishness of