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derer to Jesus, he condemned our Lord, and delivered him to be crucified.
On this they immediately led him away to the place of execution; he bearing a part of his own cross, to which he was to be nailed. But they took off the purple robe from Christ, before they led him forth to execution, and put his own raiment on him; and on his arrival at Golgotha, he was again stripped; which, if we consider his bruised, mangled, wounded body, must be like flaying him alive; since the clothes must be as though they were glued to his body, by means of the copious effusion of his clotted precious blood; therefore his wounds may be conceived to be torn open afresh by pulling off his garments.
His body, which was immaculately pure and holy, the immediate formation of the Holy Ghost, in which dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead, was stretched on the cross, his arms distended, his hands nailed, his feet bored with pins of iron, and the cross, with his body fastened to it, lifted up; when it fell into the pit digged for it, inexpressible anguish must
be felt and experienced by our Lord in his humanity! How are both his sufferings in soul and in body at this time most pathetically expressed in the following words: "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint, my heart is like wax, it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth unto my jaws; and thou hast brought me to the dust of death." As
he hung upon the cross, the people, rulers, and soldiers, mocked and reviled him; and on it he hung from nine o'clock in the morning, till three in the afternoon; and for his greater disgrace, two thieves were crucified with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Our Lord having hung from nine o'clock to twelve, the Sun was darkened ; and he underwent an eclipse, all divine consolations being suspended, he actually felt and sustained in his own soul the whole confluence of divine wrath; for three hours he opened not his mouth. At the close of these tremendous hours, he cried out, “My God, my God, why
hast thou forsaken me?” He was, as. one expresses it, forsaken of God in regard of the sensible comforts of his
presence, though not in regard of the invisi. ble sustentations of his soul. The union of the two natures was not dissolved, but the comforts of the Father's presence were suspended. Christ (says a worthy
man, the learned Charnock) endured all • the law imposed upon sinners ; whether ' in regard of loss by desertion, or in re
gard of sense by malediction. Hence - he is said to be made a curse. (Gal. iii. 13.) He is also said to be made sin. (2 Cor. v. 21.) And if so, he bore the punishment due to us; since the law • threatened a curse, and Christ bore the ..curse according to the threatening of " the law ; he suffered that which the law
demanded of us, and was made such a curse as the law required. He suffered those agonies which were of the nature
of the torments of hell, and that deser“tion of God, which is the sting of hell.'
Now, our Lord having, in every faculty of his soul, and every member of his body, suffered and sustained all that '
wrath and curse due to the sins of all his people cried “It is finished.”
After which, with a loud voice, he cried, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:" and having said thus, he gave up the Ghost. At which time the earth did quake, the rocks were rent, and the graves were opened; all acknowledging him to be the Death of death, and the Conqueror of the grave.
Having set forth the subject so far as to give you reason to see, and say, that Christ was a man of sorrows, I proceed no further, but leave the subject with you for your devout meditation: praying the . Lord Jesus, to send his holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance, the sorrows he felt, and the sufferings that he sustained; that ye may most joyfully praise him at his holy Table, for his love, which is far beyond all the thoughts of men or angels; for his death, which is the foundation of all your hope; and for the innumerable benefits which he hath obtained for us by his most precious blood-shedding. Amen.
A SHORT DISCOURSE,
PREVIOUS TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD'S
Beloved in the Lord, being met at this time, preparatory to the celebration of the Supper of the Lord, I will, as the Lord shall be pleased most graciously to assist, speak unto you concerning the nature of this most divine institution.
It is a complaint which is sometimes made, by truly gracious persons, that they do not find that spiritual benefit, feeling, and experience; that inward strengthening and refreshing of their souls; nor enjoy that real heavenly and blessed fellowship with God their Father, in Jesus Christ their Saviour, through the sacred influences and breathings of the sacred Spirit within them and upon them, at the Lord's table, as they have hoped and expected, desired and longed for: which, as it oftimes fills them with grief