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If human kindness meets with love and regard, if an earthly benefactor justly demands our gratitude and esteem, what shall be the measure of our joyful acknowledgment of this blessing of redemption and peace? In proportion as we value the salvation which he has purchased for us by his blood; in proportion as we recognize the great object of his death, in our deliverance from the power, as well as from the punishment of sin; so shall we be anxious that we may not receive the gift of God in vain, but that the great labour of his love may indeed be accomplished in us. As we are bought with a price, and ransomed from the dominion of Satan, and brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God, we are surely bound to shake off the fetters of sin, to submit cheerfully to the law of Christ, and to glorify God in our bodies, and in our spirits, which are God's. We cannot have acquired a true estimate of his love, if we cherish the sins that nailed him to the cross, and pierced him through with many sorrows.

We cannot have learnt the real object of his sufferings, if we seek not to cultivate holiness of life. Christ hiinself bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sin, should live unto righte

ousness.

Knowing, therefore, the terrors of the Lord, and acknowledging also the urgent motives of grateful affection, let us endeavour to follow

him as our example, who died for us as our sacrifice. Let us be diligent in our employment of the means of grace, which he has in mercy given us. By meditation on the wonders of his love ; by fervent prayer for the assistance of his Holy Spirit; and by patient continuance in welldoing, let us wait for his salvation. Need I, on this day, point to that altar on which the memorials of our Saviour's love are spread before you? Need I call upon him who feels the conviction of the love of Christ, to show forth his death in his own appointed way? Need I repeat in his name the holy summons to that sacred feast ? If there be any reality in that atonement, which these symbols commemorate; if there be any efficacy in that death which they represent ;

if there be any glow of faith, and hope, and charity, in the heart that contemplates their mighty import, come, that you may learn more of that salvation which is here assured to you ; come, that you may find each Christian grace expanded and invigorated ; come, that you may raise on earth the song of humble thanksgiving, and prepare yourselves to join in that strain of holy joy, in which the heavenly company of the church triumphant celebrates, with the church on earth, the Saviour and the God of their united praise.

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SERMON XX.

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

(Easter Sunday.)

1 PETER i. 3.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord

Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

To a bewildered wanderer during a dark and tempestuous night, no one can doubt that the first rays of a calm and glorious sunrise would produce almost unqualified joy. The dangers and inconveniences which he had suffered would soon pass away from his mind, or would be remembered only to enhance, by comparison, the beauty of the altered scene. We need not therefore wonder, that after the dark and painful subjects which, during the past week, have been presented to our contemplation, the church should raise her loudest song of joy and triumph, at the glorious result of those sufferings which her Saviour endured. After following the man of sorrows through his bitterest afflictions ; after gazing in deep astonishment upon the cross of his agony, and waiting in silent penitence at his lonely sepulchre, how cheering to view the bursting forth of that glory which shone on the morning of his resurrection, and to see him, who had made the reed his sceptre, and the thorn his crown, arrayed in light and majesty, coming forth as a conqueror, travelling in the greatness of his strength !

The contemplation of the scheme of redemption leads us through a series of wonders. Wherever we tread is hallowed ground; every where we observe the manifest presence of Deity; and well would it be for us, if, like Moses before Horeb's bush of flame, we obeyed the command to reverence that holiness, and tread with humility where even angels tremble.

Yet, though we are surrounded with wonders beyond our comprehension, we do know sufficient, to discover the adaptation of the whole system to our wants and infirmities, to our necessities and our prospects.

We cannot, even in the material world, trace out the natures or the uses of those myriads of celestial orbs which adorn the firmament; but their regularity confirms to us one of their acknowledged purposes, that they are “ for

signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. The same magnificent consistency is observable in the wonders of revelation; the ample provision made for the complete salvation of mankind, and the exact proportion of each part of the system to the rest, exhibit equally the goodness and the greatness of the Divine author.

Having, in a previous discourse, considered the death of Christ as a real sacrifice and atonement for the sins of the whole world, and thus intended for a higher purpose, than merely to confirm the truth of that revelation which he came to deliver to mankind, I would at present consider the resurrection of Christ, in some of its most important bearings on the system of Christianity, and on the condition and hopes of Christians.

The resurrection of Christ is the most eminent proof of the truth of his claims, of the divine authority by which he was commissioned. It might appear impossible, that any additional testimony could be given to the truth of Jesus Christ. Miracles unknown, or at least unequalled, had been given to confirm his mission. At his touch the blind saw, and the deaf heard ; at his voice the lepers were cleansed, and the violence of disease was rebuked. He had arrested the progress of corruption, and had called forth from the

grave the lifeless form of the departed. He had walked upon the waters of the deep, and its

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