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he felt, and the anguish which he underwent, were most incomparably far beyond all sorrows of which any person here was sensible or capable.
The evangelists have in such language expressed his
agony, as cannot but raise in us the highest admiration at the Matt. xxvi. bitterness of that passion. He began to be sorrowful, saith Mark xiv. 33. St Matthew. He began to be sore amazed, saith St Mark:
and to be very heavy, say both : and yet these words in our translation come far short of the original expression', which
i The words in the original are #RTAngiv, says Etymologus: and Hethree, λυπείσθαι, εκθαμβείσθαι, and sychius, θάμβος" θαύμα, έκπληξις. domuoveîv. Auteio dai, the first, is of Gloss. Vet. Oáußos, stupor. Philopoa known and ordinary signification, nus, preserved by Eustathius, 'IA. M. but in this case it is to be raised  θάμβος μεν η έκπληξις" θαμβος to the highest degree of its possible δε κατά οξείαν τάσιν ο έκπλαγείς. From significancy, as appears by the words hence the verb Oaußeîv, in termination which follow, περίλυπός εστιν η ψυχή active, in signification passive, percul. Mov. For, as the ancient grammarians sum esse, in Homer, Il. A. 199. Oállobserve, ή περί πρόθεσις επίτασιν Bnrev g''AXLAeús, where it is the obδηλοί, and again, ή περί πρόθεσις servation of Eustathius: Το εθάμβησεν λαμβάνεται αντί της υπέρ κατά λόγον ενεργητικόν ή νεωτέρα χρήσις ουκ έχει υπερθέσεως και περιττότητος : and θαμβούμενοι γάρ, και εθαμβήθη, και τεtherefore tepiXutos of itself must θάμβημαι, φασίν οι μεθ' "Ομηρον• but signify a man possessed with an not universally true. For (as to our excessive grief; as in Æschylus, purpose) we have both the use and [Eumenid. 161.) Teplßapv kpúos, that sense of this word in the Old Testais, according to the scholiast, trepio
ment. As 1 Sam. xiv. 15. r7x7 tanni, Ows Bapú. But beside this Greek και εθάμβησεν η γη, αnd the earth notation, here is to be observed a quaked. And Psalm xlviii. 5. 17:30, reference to the words of David, Aquila O außnonoar, Symmachus Psal. xiii. 5. Ινατί περίλυπος ει η éčemldynoav: as Psal. xxxi. 22. 'Eqw yuxń uov; (vb)] *omninon). So that δε είπα εν τη εκστάσει μου, Aquila θαμit doth not only signify an excess of βήσει, Symmachus εκπλήξει. The like sorrow surrounding and encompass is also in the passive termination; as ing the soul; but also such as brings Daniel expresses his fear in a vision, a consternation and dejection of mind, εθαμβήθην, και πίπτω επί πρόσωπόν bowing the soul under the pressure Mov, Dan, viii. 17. and the wicked are and burden of it. And if neither the described by the Wise Man, Daupouuenotation of the word, nor the relation νοι δεινώς, και ινδάλμασιν έκταρασσόto that place in the Psalms, did ex MEVOL, Sap. xvii. 3. From whence it press that sorrow, yet the following appeareth, that Daußeiobal of itself part of our Saviour's words would signifieth a high degree of fear, horsufficiently evidence it, &ws Oavátov: ror, and amazement. Gloss. Vet. Dayit was a sorrow which like the pangs Boüual, obstupeo, stupeo, pavesco. And of death compassed him, and like the by the addition of the preposition ég pains of hell gat hold upon him, Psalm the signification is augmented. "Excxvi. 3. The second word, used by Barbos, &r TAMKtns, Hesych. passively; St Mark alone, is ék außeiofai, which θηρίον φοβερόν και έκθαμβον, Dan, vii. with the Vulgar Latin is pavere, but 7. actively, i.e. eKTANKTikby. Such an in the language of the Greeks bears augmentation in this word is justifiable a higher sense. θάμβος σημαίνει την by that rule left us in Eustathius, ad
render him suddenly, upon a present and immediate apprehension, possessed with fear, horror, and amazement, encompassed with grief, and overwhelmed with sorrow, pressed down with consternation and dejection of mind, tormented with anxiety and disquietude of spirit.
This he first expressed to his disciples, saying, My soul is Matt. xxvi. exceeding sorrowful; and lest they should not fully appre- Mark xiv. 34, hend the excess, adding, even unto death, as if the pangs of death had already encompassed him, and, as the Psalmist speaks, the pains of hell had got hold upon him. He went but Psal. cxvi 3 a little farther before he expressed the same to his Father, falling on his face and praying, even with strong crying and Heb. v. 7. tears, unto him that was able to save him from death. Nor were his cries or tears sufficient evidences of his inward suffer
ings, nor could the sorrows of his breast be poured forth either 191 at his lips or eyes; the innumerable pores of all his body must
give a passage to more lively representations of the bitter anguish of his soul; and therefore while he prayed more earnestly, in that agony his sweat was as it were great drops of Luke xxii. 41. blood falling down to the ground. As the Psalmist had before declared, I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out Psal. xxii. 14. of joint: my heart is like wax, it is melted in the midst of my bowels. The heart of our Saviour was as it were melted with fear and astonishment, and all the parts of his body at
Iliad. E. (142.] 'H é a pó Cols où ubνον τήν έξω δηλοί σχέσιν, αλλά ύψωμα πολλάκις σημαίνει. Of which he gives an example in ekvoulws, used by Aristophanes in Pluto, 981. though not named by him. And again, ad Iliad. Ν. [278.] Η εξ πρόθεσις επίτασιν δηλοι, όποίαν και το μάλιστα. Εκθαμβείσθαι therefore is μάλιστα θαμβείσθαι, , to be surprised with horror in the highest degree, even unto stupefaction. Gloss. Vet. 'ExOaußoüuar, obstupesco. The third word is 'Aðnuoveîv, Vulg. Lat. tædere in St Mark, mæstus esse in St Matthew: but it hath yet a farther sense. 'Αδημονώ, ακηδιώ, αγωνιώ, says Hesychius. 'Αδημονώ, το λίαν λυπούpas, Suidas. It signifieth therefore grief and anguish in excess, as appeareth also by the origination of it. For, as Eustathius observes: Toù đôn
μονεϊν πρωτότυπον αδήμων, αδήμονος, ο
Isai. liii. 6.
the same time inflamed with anguish and agony; well then might that melting produce a sweat, and that inflamed and rarified blood force a passage through the numerous pores.
And as the evangelists' expressions, so the occasion of the grief, will manifest the height and bitterness thereof. For God laid on his own Son the iniquities of us all; and as we are obliged to be sorry for our particular sins, so was he grieved for the sins of us all. If then we consider the perfection and latitude of his knowledge; be understood all the sins of men for which he suffered, all the evil and the guilt, all the offence against the majesty, and ingratitude against the goodness of God, which was contained in all those sins. If we look upon his absolute conformity to the will of God; he was inflamed with most ardent love, he was most zealous of his glory, and most studious to preserve that right which was so highly violated by those sins. If we look upon his relation to the sons of men ; he loved them all far more than
did themselves, he knew those sins were of themselves sufficient to bring eternal destruction on their souls and bodies; he considered them whom he so much loved, as lying under the wrath of God, whom he so truly worshipped. If we reflect upon those graces which were without measure diffused through his soul, and caused him with the greatest habitual detestation to abhor all sin ; if we consider all these circumstances, we cannot wonder at that grief and sorrow. For if the true contrition of one single sinner, bleeding under the sting of the Law only for his own iniquities, all which notwithstanding he knoweth not, cannot be performed without great bitterness of sorrow and remorse; what bounds can we set unto that grief, what measures to that anguish, which proceedeth from a full apprehension of all the transgressions of so many millions of sinners ?
Add unto all these present apprehensions, the immediate band of God pressing upon him all this load, laying on his
shoulders at once an heap of all the sorrows which can happen Heb. iv. 15. unto any of the saints of God; that he, being touched with the Hleb. ii. 17, 18 feeling of our infirmities, might become a merciful high-priest,
able and willing to succour them that are tempted. Thus may we behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto that sorrow which was done unto him, wherewith the Lord afflicted him in the day of his fierce anger. And from hence we may and must
Lam. i. 12.
conclude, that the Saviour of man, as he took the whole nature
That our Saviour did thus suffer, is most necessary to
Godhead is of infinite perfection, and therefore is exalted far 192 above all possibility of molestation. When therefore we see
our Saviour truly suffer, we know his divine essence suffered
Secondly, It was necessary Christ should suffer for the
Thirdly, It behoved Christ to suffer, that he might purchase thereby eternal happiness in the heavens both for himself the Head, and for the members of his body. He drunk of Psal. cx. 7. the brook in the way, therefore hath he lift up his head. Ought Luke xxiv. not Christ to suffer, and to enter into his own glory? And doth he not by the same right by which he entered into it, confer that glory upon us? The recompense of the reward was set before him, and through an intuition of it he cheerfully underwent
whatsoever was laid upon him. He must therefore necessarily
Fourthly, It was necessary Christ should suffer, that we
Fifthly, It was necessary the Son of man should suffer, thereby to shew us that we are to suffer, and to teach us how we are to suffer.
For if these things were done to the green tree, what shall be done to the dry? Nay, if God spared not his natural, his eternal, his only-begotten Son; how shall he spare his adopted sons, who are best known to be children because they are chastised, and appear to be in his paternal affection because they lie under his fatherly correction? We are therefore heirs, only because co-heirs with Christ; and we shall be kings, only because we shall reign together with him. It is a certain and infallible consequence, if Christ be risen, then shall we also rise; and we must look for as strong a coherence in this other, If Christ hath suffered, then must we expect to suffer. And as he taught the necessity of, so he left us the direction in, our sufferings. Great was the example of Job, but far short of absolute perfection : the pattern beyond all exception is alone our Saviour, who hath taught us in all our afflictions the exercise of admirable humility, perfect patience, and absolute submission unto the will of God.
And now we may perceive the full importance of this part of the Article, and every Christian may thereby understand what he is to believe, and what he is conceived to profess, when he makes this confession of his faith, He suffered. For hereby every one is obliged to intend thus much: I am really persuaded within myself, and do make a sincere profession of this as a most necessary, certain, and infallible truth, that the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father, and of the same essence with the Father, did for the redemption of man- 193 kind really and truly suffer; not in his Divinity, which was impassible, but in his humanity, which in the days of his humiliation was subject unto our infirmities : that as he is