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the earth were made. If we reft in a mere cultivation of the moral temper, we are like bloffoms without fruit, and, by promising, so fairly, we shall but aggravate the difappoint

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"We are to walk," in all refpects, “wor"thy the vocation wherewith we are called.” "The times of" Jewish ignorance, and Gentile idolatry, "God," in compaffion, “winked "at; but now," in this land of light, illuminated by the glorious difplay of the Gospel, "he hath commanded"-and woe be unto thofe who difobey his commands!" all men "6 every where to repent." The Gospel is given us as a light to our feet, and a lanthorn to our paths," to inftruct us in the knowlege of our duty, and incite us to the practice of it. If I had not come and spoken

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to them, they had not had sin, but now they "have no cloke for their fin." The Religion into which we are baptized, is eminently distinguished, by the purity of its doctrines, by the juftnefs of its precepts, the greatness of its promifes, the awfulness of its threats, the certainty of its rewards, the feverity of its punishments. Amiable and excellent Religion! which

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makes our greatest interest our duty, which raifes, improves, ennobles our nature, qualifies us for the happiness of another life, and difpofes our fouls for the true enjoyment of it!

"What manner of perfons, in all holy con"verfation and godlinefs," this Religion requires" us to be," how ferene in our tempers, how exemplary in our conduct, how devout in our affections, as it ought to be the object of our most serious enquiry, fo to be really fuch, will affuredly be an inexpreffible support, and confolation, in our most trying circumstances.

To thofe who live under its influence, who are actuated by the spirit, and enlivened by the comfort, of Religion; to those who, this day, demonftrate their obedience to the commands, and affert their claim to the bleffings, of Chrif tianity, by partaking of its most distinguishing Ordinance; to you I appeal, whether the yoke of Religion is not to be preferred to the freedom of unreftrained licentioufnefs: whether there is not more folid fatisfaction, in medita→ ting on the stupendous means by which your falvation was accomplished, than in the indul gence of your defires, in the poffeffion of wealth, or the distinctions of vanity?

To view the laft fcenes of the life of the Son of God, the proper fubject of this day's medi tation, let us approach, not with the confidence of children, but with the humility of fervants; though he is the Lord of all lords," whilft, in the character of a Son, in the affumption of the human nature, we acknowlege his Divinity, and adore his Godhead, we shall be instructed by his example.

When the life, which was commenced in indigence, and continued in obscurity, was to be clofed with "the fhedding of innocent "blood;" that we might know for our comfort he "was such a high priest as, indeed, be"came us, was fuitable to the ftate of fuch finners, was touched with the feelings of our infirmities; his foul became exceeding forrowful, even unto death:" He prayed, therefore, with the most profound humility, that he might, by the exertion of Omnipo tence, efcape the piercing mifery which vifibly awaited him; "Abba Father, all things

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are poffible unto thee, remove this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will but thine be done." Lord of mercies! didft thou fubject thyself to fuch alarming apprehenfions for rebellious, for apoftate man! Though thy life

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had been never fullied by tranfgreffion, though thy confcience never felt the agonizing pangs of guilt, did thy foul, innocent as it was, fhudder at the thoughts of what an iniquitous tribunal was about to inflict on thee!

To avert, or at least to fufpend the bitterness of malice, the fury of zeal, the impetuofity of revenge, the holy Jefus, the great exemplar of all goodness, appeals to the innocency of his life, and the tenor of his behavior, and then, without an effort of refiftance, or an indication of refentment, refigns himself with this mild acquiefcence, "this is your hour and the

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power of darkness.". How literally was fulfilled the prophecy of Ifaiah? Surely he **hath born our griefs, and carried our forrows, yet we did esteem him ftricken" for his own offences, "fmitten of God, and afflicted" for his own fins. "But he was wounded for our "tranfgreffions; he was bruifed for our iniquities; the chaftifement of our peace was upon

him, and by his stripes we are healed. He *was oppreffed, and he was afflicted, yet he "opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the flaughter, and, as a fheep "before

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"before her fhearers is dumb, fo he openeth "not his mouth.".

His behavior before Pilate, amidst the insults of a defperate, and enraged populace, indicated the fame meeknefs, and humility. When he was brought into the Judgmenthall, "the chief Priefts, and Scribes, vehe "mently accufed him." They proceeded farther; they fuborned "falfe witneffes; but," as is usually the cafe, where perjury is to be the bafis of fuccefs, "their teftimony agreed "not together." So great was the confufion, that nothing could be heard, but "away with "him, crucify him, crucify him." Infatuated men! to prefer a malefactor to the eternal Son of God!

After having recourfe to every expedient which malice could devife, or ingenuity fupply, the auguft affembly who fat in judgment upon him, attempted, like the Herodians on another occafion, by an infidious question, to entangle "him in his talk. "Chrift?" His only reply was,

Art thou the "thou fayeft

"that I am." And was that, Pilate, was that ground fufficient, on which thou mightest

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