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her first-born fon, and wrapped him in swaddling cloaths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

He so humbled himself in the Course of his Life, undergoing the Miseries of this Life. The Kind of Life that Christ had in the World, was a poor, forrowful, despised, tempted, and toiled Life, in which he felt Weariness, Hunger, and Thirst: 2 Cor. viii. 9. For ye know the grace of our Lord

Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your fakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. Compared with Matth. viii. 20. 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of • the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not « where to lay his head.' If. liii. 3. 'He is despised

and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and ac

quainted with grief : and we hid as it were our • faces from him ; he was despised, and we esteem6 ed him not.' Psal. xxii. 6. 'I am a worm, and

no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.' Luke iv. 13. And when the devil had

ended all the temptation, he departed from him <for a season.' Acts x. 38. 'Jelus of Nazareth

went about doing good, and healing all that were * oppressed of the devil : for God was with him.' Compared with Mark iii. 20. And the multitude - cometk together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.' John iv. 6. 'Jesus therefore

being wearied with his journey, lat thus on the & well. Matth. iv. 2. And when Jesus had fast

ed forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards an hungred. Compared with Chap. xxi. 18. "Now in the morning as he returned into the ci"ty, he hungred.? He lo humbled himself to an Extremity, in re

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spect of his Soul and his fpiritual Life, undergom ing the Wrath of God: 19. liii

. 10. Yet it pleased • the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to grief : " when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,' &c. Pfal. lxix. 1. 'Save me, O God, for the wa

ters are come in unto my soul. & xviii. 5. ' The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the • snares of death prevented me.' The Wrath of God did operate on his Soul, filling it with Trouble, fore Amazement, Heaviness, and exceeding Sorrow, and casting him into an Agony, even to his sweating great Drops of Blood, and at length bringing over it a total Eclipse of Comfort, and as it were melting it within him: John xii. 27. ' Now

is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Fa. • ther, save me from this hour : but for this cause

came' I unto this hour. Mark xiv. 33. 34. ' And "he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John,

and began to be fore amazed, and to be very heavy, and faith unto them, My soul is exceeds ing sorrowful unto death.' Luke xxii. 44. ' And

being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly : ' and his fweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Matth. xxvii. 46, And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama fabachthani ? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou for, 'faken me?' Psal. xxii

. 14. '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. That was a spiritual Death, such as a holy Soul was capable of. Now the Wrath of God could justly fall upon Christ a Person perfectly innocent, inasmuch as he stood Surety for Sinners: Heb. vii. 22. By so much was

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• Jefus made a surety of a better testament. Compared with Prov. vi. 1. 2. ' My son, if thou be

furety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy • hand with a stranger, thou art snared with the • words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the • words of thy mouth.' 2 Cor. V. ult. For he hath

made him to be fin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God & in him.'

He humbled himself to an Extremity, in respect of his Body and his natural Life, undergoing the curfed Death of the Cross: Phil. ii. 8. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled him

felf, and became obedient unto death, even the • death of the cross.' He did really die, and not feem to die only : Mark xv. 44. 45.'' And Pilate . marvelled if he were already dead; and calling • unto him the centurion, he asked kim whe“ther he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the

body to Joseph.' His Death was real, in that his Soul was separated from his Body: Luke xxiii. 43. ' And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in para. * dise'. verf. 46. And when Jesus had cried with • a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I • commend my spirit: and having said thus, he

gave up the ghost." Yet neither was his soul nor his Body separated from his divine Nature in his Death: Luke xxiii. 43. forecited. John XX. 13.

And they [the angels] say unto her, Woman, (why weepest thou? She faith unto them, Be• cause they have taken away my Lord, and I • know not where they have laid him. The Death he died, was the Death of the Cross : Phil. ii. 8.

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He became obedient unto death, even the death s of the cross.? The Death of the Cross was a painful, shameful, lingering, and cursed Death. Christ's Death on the Cross was a painful Death, in that his Body was fixed to the Tree by Nails driven through his Hands and his Feet :'Luke xxiii. 33. And when they ere come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him.' Psal. xxii, 16. The wicked pierced my

hands and my feet. It was a shameful Death, in that he hung on the Cross stript of his Cloatha ing: Matth. xxvii

. 35. 'And they crucified him, ' and parted his garments, casting lots. Heb. xii. 2.

Jesus, for the joy that was set before him, en

dured the cross, despising the shame,' &c. What that Thameful hanging on a Tree had a particular Eye to, was our naked first Parents linning by eating the Fruit of a Tree. It was a lingering Death, in that the Wounds being in the extreme Parts of the Body, he was alive on the Cross, from the third to the ninth Hour : Mark XV. 25. 'And it

was the third hour, and they crucified him.' vers. 34.' And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with

a loud voice,' &c. It was a cursed Death, inasmuch as it was written in the Law, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree, Gal. iii. 13. Com. pared with Deut. xxi. 23. 'He that is hanged, is

accursed of God. The Curse denounced in the Law, on thofe hanged on a Tree, was a ceremo. nial Curse, not hindering the Salvation of Penitents : Luke xxiii. 33.

And when they were come ' to the place which is called Calvary, there they

crucified--the malefactors,' verf. 43. ' And Jea sus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To

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day shalt thou be with me in paradise. But the Curle that lay on Christ in his Humiliation, was a real and substantial one, whereof the Tree of the Cross was but the Sign and Badge : Gal iii. 13. • Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of • the law, being made a curse for us : for it

is written, Cursed is every one that hang• eth on a tree.' The Instruments of the cruel Death Christ was put to, were the Jews and Romans : Acts iv. 27. For of a truth against thy

holy child Jefus, whom thou hast anointed, both « Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and

the people of Israel were gathered together.' But every Point of it was determined before, in the eternal Counsel between the Father and the Son, for the Salvation of Sinners, verf. 28. For ' to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel de

termined before to be done. Compared with Zech. vi. 13. ' Even he shall build the temple of

the Lord, and he shall bear the glory, and shall fit and rule upon his throne, and he shall be a priest upon his throne, and the counsel of peace

Thall be between them both. Howbeit, the wicked Instruments had no Eye to that in what they did: Afts xiii

. 27. 'For they that dwell at • Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew hint not, nor yet the voices of the prophets

which are read every sabbath-day, they have ful.

filled them in condemning him. Neither did it excuse them from the Guilt of most horrid Murder in their crucifying the Lord of Glory : ACTS ii. 23. Jesus of Nazareth being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,

wicked hands have crucified and Nain. Chap. vii. 52. Which of the

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