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arose: be said to the .corpse of a man, who had been four days in a tomb, come forth, and he immediately came forth. These things are written in the Bible, by men, who saw him do them, who were good men, and would not deceive us, and who suffered death from their enemies for telling these things. If you, my brethren, were to say that you saw me do such wonderful things as these that I have told you of, if you were to be taken hold of by persons, enemies to me, and were to be told, you shall be put to death for saying so; would you, do you think, suffer yourselves to be put to death, for saying that you 'saw me do a thing, when you did not see me? Would
not rather confess that it was a lie (when you know it to be one) and save your lives?
To be sure you
would : I can answer for
would. When therefore, the men, who saw our Saviour do all these wonderful things, said that they saw him, and because they said so, were put to death : when they suffered themselves to be killed rather than deny what they had seen, we must believe them; the things must be true. This is the case with respect to our Saviour's healing sicknesses by a word, and raising the dead by his command. Jesus Christ, then, must be, what he called himself, the Son of God: he came into the world, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but should have everlasting life. Believe in him then, my friends : resolve this night, to repent of all that you have done amiss, determine to be baptized, as soon as I sball determine to christen you, and then lead Christian lives. You will then be among those, whom your Saviour, when he judges the world, will place on his right hand, and will say to you, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Ye are they who have followed me on earth, and ye
you, that you
shall follow me into those blessed dwellings, where ye shall hanger no more, neither thirst any more, where the Lord
God will destroy death, and him that hath the power of death, and will wipe the tears from off all faces.
And though your Saviour is not now on earth to heal the sicknesses of your bodies, yet he is with you by his Spirit, to heal the sicknesses of your souls. He hears your prayers : he can tell the wishes of your hearts to be Christians and to live like such: he can wash off all the stains which past wickedness may have left on your souls: he can cleanse you from every evil habit, and purify you as he is pure. Come unto him, all ye that travail and are heavy laden with the thought of all your past sins, come unto him, and he will give you rest: he will give you peace of mind here, and endless happiness hereafter.
And now to God, &o.
ST. MATTHEW v. 1, 2. And seeing the multitudes, he went up into
a mountain, and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth, and taught them.
SINCE you have been attending this church, I have been telling you a good deal about what Jesus Christ, our ever blessed Saviour, did and suffered : how he was baptized, how he was tempted, how he healed sickness and disease amongst the people by a word. I am now to tell you this evening what he said, and as there is a great deal of it, it will take me several evenings, before I shall be able to finish it. I must, therefore, entreat you to come regularly, not to miss a single evening, and to listen to me with all your care, for, as Jesus Christ is your great Teacher and King, you must know what his commands to you are, before you can obey them, and if you do not obey them, he will have nothing to do with you. All, who wish to be christened, must attend to me most carefully, for, unless you promise me to try to do what Jesus Christ orders you to do, I can never christen you : in fact, you would not be Christians, even although you were christened : baptism would be of no use to you; it would be of harm, because it would add to your sins, and offend the Almighty.
Our Saviour, having gone up on a high place, from which he could be better seen and heard by the multitude of people around him, opened his mouth, and thus began : Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their's is the kingdom of Heaven. To be humble in mind and behaviour is the duty of every Christian. You have all of you great cause to be humble. God has been