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[June 9, 1754.]
HEBREWS XII. 24.
AND TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT.
And are we, dearest Lord, come at last to thee? O! how our souls have longed for this delightful interview. Alas! what would mount Sion have been, but an uncomfortable desert? what would the innumerable company of angels be? what would the general assembly and church of the first born, and all the spirits of just men made perfect be? how insufficient to entertain or delight us! Yea, the presence of God himself: the all-comprehending, the incomprehensible Jehovah, how insupportable and terrifying would it be, if thou wert absent ! It is thy presence, blessed Jesus, that makes heaven so suitable and sweet.
here—though it is indeed a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined —yet what is it? How tasteless and insipid, if thou dost not grace the table with thy company !
“ To Jesus the Mediator.” What names couldst thou have pitched upon more expressive of thy love to us, or more attractive of ours to thee ? Jesus, which signifies a Saviour. “Thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.” Here, christians, behold your King. See ; r Deliverer, to whom you owe your liberty and your lives, your possessions and your hopes. What was Moses, what was Joshua, what was Gideon, Samson, David, or any of the mighty champions of ancient times, to the all-conquering Jesus And what are all the deliverances and conquests they boast so much of, to the victories and triumphs of the great Captain of our salvation? He hath saved us from the guilt and dominion of sin. He hath conquered death, and him that had the power of death, which is the devil; and hath thereby proclaimed liberty to the captives, and opened the prison doors to them that were bound; and so saved us from hell and everlasting destruction. Surely thou wast not called Jesus for nothing. Thou hast not borne the title of a Saviour in vain.
" To Jesus the Mediator.” What a fund of consolation and joy does every one of thy names contain!