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preaching ; in order, that your faith may not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God. The sayings of Jesus, and the priestly life of Jesus in human flesh, so far as it had its blessed exercise in offering the atonement for sin, have their end in the services of this day.' I beseech you, therefore, with love towards Him, with faith in his atonement and righteousness, and with desire to draw instruction from the expressions of his latest breath, to consider for a little space the high and glorious purport of the cry in the text" It is finished !”
I. THE SUFFERINGS UNDERGONE THE GOD-MAN, IN BEHALF OF SINNERS, WERE NOW ENDED. He had drunk the cup of wrath ; He had drained it to the dregs; and not one drop remained for Him, or for those who are one with Him by faith, to taste, thenceforth, even for
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That cup had been large, and full, and bitter :-so large, that only the infinite Godhead of Jesus could have heid the vials of indignation against sin which were poured into it: so full, that it left space for no further indignation against the travail of the Saviour's soul; and not one curse remained for the condemnation of that seed, which Jesus should see growing by faith on Himself, the tree of life, as the Father gave it for fruitfulness in Him ; so bitter, that the nature of any one inferior to the Son of God must have been unable even to taste the least drop of it. He had cried, when his humanity seemed to be bowed down for a moment before the coming trial, with all its overwhelming character of sorrow,
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” But, He was heard in the filial alternative of his petition-"Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt ;” because a remission of suffering would have been inconsistent with his own covenant, and with
the salvation of millions, whose everlasting all was suspended, so to speak, upon the full performance of every engagement, which He had made with God on behalf of man. The Father's will, agreeably to the Son's resigned and obedient prayer—that will, which had for its mighty object the glory and harmony of God's dishonoured attributes, and the reconcilement of a lost world to Him, was now accomplished to the very letter. The sword of justice, which had been sheathed in the blood of Christ, was now to be returned to its place ;-and never to strike a believer in Jesus, because that believer was a member of the body of Jesus, when the sword of God pierced Him, and he died in Jesus. The deep waters that had gone over his head were now retiring ; the ark of God's purpose, in which He had been tossed, was just now resting upon a mountain of glory for Himself and for his people. His sufferings had been many, but they had been now brought to a close. And what must have been his joy, what his delight, what the blessedness of his soul, in seeing the pleasure of the Lord prosper in his hand; in looking backwards, through the ages of faith, in the ancient church, upon all her believers in Himself ; and forwards, through all the ages of faith, in that later church, which should be called by his name, until its dispensation of mercy should close ; and in witnessing the long, and happy, and glorified train of brethren, “ washed, sanctified, and justified, in his name, and by the Spirit of our God!"
The greater the conflict, the more happy the victory. He now knows that God will not chide always, nor keep his anger for ever. The strife hath been fearful; but then it hath been short. The storm, wherewith all the powers of the world were shaken, is now ceasing; and the sky over the Saviour's head is clear and bright, with a sunshine, which must be undimmed by a cloud for ever. The scribes, elders, pharisees, Judas,
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the soldiers, priests, witnesses, judges, thieves, executioners, and Satan, who urged them on, in their tremendous warfare against the Son of God, have wearied themselves in the very fire, with their own malice. The cross has been the battle-field of man's salvation, on which every enemy has been vanquished; and the soul of Christ departs into rest and glory, as the words, finished,” pass from his
pass from his lips. My dear friends, even on this day of commemorating the sufferings of your dying Lord, (after in the past week's ordinances, Jesus hath been set forth, openly crucified among you, and in that sacred ordinance of his passion, which a few minutes hence, many of us, I hope, will partake to our soul's strength and comfort)-even on this day, which especially calls to a holy mourning for sin, I would say to you, Lift up your hearts with joy, that Christ hath suffered; that all his pangs have for ever ceased, and are remembered by Him no more, except as the painful process, through which He