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meekness, truth, and righteousness, wherein he shines conspicuous, and rides forth in majesty : the lustre of these, no length of time can diminish, no accident make any impression upon. The wisdom of the most enlightened of mortals, what is it but Egyptian darkness, in comparison of that infinite wisdom, which takes in all things, past, present, and future, at one view; which so surprizingly contrived and executed the stupendous works of creation and redemption, and which daily so skilfully orders the affairs of all its creatures? Whether then we admire wisdom, grandeur, or power, where can we find an object so worthy our admiration as him who is all these in a degree of infinite perfection: and must we not then adore with the profoundest veneration our great Saviour in the exertion of all these his glorious attributes, and with wonder break out into the Psalmist's exclamation, great is our “ Lord, and of great power ; his understanding is “ infinite?” These perfections, however, command only our veneration, and place him only in the light of a great and bountiful Creator and King. But love to Christ implies,

II. Esteem,--as an object of which, he is represented in scripture, as “ Emmanuel, God in

our nature; the Prince of Peace; the Lamb of “ God, that taketh away the sins of the world; “the friend of mankind;" as “ fairer than the “ children of men;" as “the father and husband, " the elder brother, and the good shepherd of his

people.” Those virtues which command our esteem with regard to men are, goodness, condescension, meekness, faithfulness, and constancy. ----And where can we meet with all these expressed so sweetly as in our loving Redeemer, whose whole life on earth was spent in the exercise of these graces, and who even now, in his glorified state, discovers himself daily in those amiable lights to his own children? The goodness of the best of men is but narrow, circumscribed, confined to an object or two, very often constrained, low, and selfish ; but the goodness of Christ is free, unbounded, unmerited, disinterested; it is an ocean without either brim or bottom; extends not to one, or two, or a thousand objects, but is open to all that will share it.The goodness of the most tender relation may oftentimes relax: even “ a mother may forget her

sucking child,” and have no “ compassion

on the son of her womb;' but Christ will not forget, cannot overlook, any of his children. Condescension among men is estimated according to the distance between the person who shiews it, and him to whom it is shewn: which, though

exhibited by the highest enthroned monarch, to the meanest dunghill beggar, even so far as to exchange situations with him; is not once to be compared with the condescension of “ him “ who, though he was rich, for our sakes became

poor;" who, though he was “ the heir of all " things," was contented to be without so much as a place “ where to lay his head;" who though he was “ prince of the kings of the earth, did not “ think it beneath him to appear in the form of

a servant," and submit to the most servile offices, even to the washing of his disciples feet. The meekness of the mildest son of Adam is apt to be ruffled and discomposed: the jarring passions, that sometimes by turns, sometimes at once possess the breasts of mortals, render it impossible for them to preserve evenness of temper; even a Moses may speak unadvisedly with his lips; but not so the meek and lowly Jesus ; " when he was reviled, he reviled not again ;' when he “ suffered, was buffeted, spit upon, led “ from prison, and from judgment, he threatened “ not ;" when “ he was led as a lamb to the “ slaughter, or as a sheep to the shearing, he was

dumb, and opened not his mouth.” The fidelity of the most constant friend may fail: we are naturally fickle, changeable creatures; what we love most earnestly to day, is often our aversion before to-morrow; but “ whom Christ loves, he loves to the end; with him there is no variable66 ness nor shadow of turning;" his faithfulness never fails; “ heaven and earth" shall sooner

pass away,” than his word, his promise fall to the ground:-and thus is he possessed of every quality that can engage our esteem as well as command our veneration. It is our duty, our delight, to esteem a kind and bountiful master; an indulgent father, an affectionate brother, a zealous and faithful friend. What a flow of affectionate esteem then is due by all, and will be paid by every generous heart, to him who is all these, and much more than all these endearing relations in one, to his people!—But this is not all; there is another ingredient in love to Christ, which in every sensible ingenuous mind will rise fully as high as any of the other two, which was the

Third particular to be illustrated, namely, gratitude.--As an object of this, the Bible represents him to us, as “ wounded for our transgres“sions, and bruised for our iniquities;" as “ the « Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the “

world ;” as.“ a propitiation” for the sins of lost mankind; as “ the good shepherd laying down " his life for the sheep;" and in a variety of other

images no less striking and affecting, which occur in a great many passages of the book of the prophet Isaiah, and through the whole of the New Testament. What, with regard to men, commands gratitude, is a great favour unmerited; and he that is capable of returning evil for good, hatred for love, is justly detested and abhorred, by a mind that is sensible of any thing noble and generous: but the highest possible pitch of human generosity, as the apostle Paul supposeth, is, that “ for a good man, peradventure, some « would even dare to die." But what is even that, if human nature be capable of it, in comparison of what Christ has done for

every individual member of his family? This will appear in the most striking light, if we consider what Christ is, what he has done, and for whom. He is God, equal with the Father; the second person of the adorable Trinity; possessed of all possible perfection and happiness. This state of consummate bliss, which he enjoyed from all eternity at the right hand of the Father, he, “ in the fulness of “ time,” withdraws himself from, leaves heaven's glory, descends into this world, clothes his bright divinity in a veil of human flesh, wherein he becomes subject to, and fulfils the whole of his own law; submits to all the hardships and sinless infirmities of mortality, and even, at last, to the

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