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scepter, and who is destined to reign while eternity endures. “His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom." “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end."

(2.) Now also the typical customs of the law were to cease.

The Levitical priesthood here ended; the sacrifices here were abrogated, no longer to burn acceptably upon God's altar. The blood of bullocks and the ashes of a heifer no longer availed; for, the “Lamb of God” which had long been prefigured by those offerings, was about to take away the sins of the world, by the sacrifice of Himself.

In fine, the symbols all ceased at the final hour of the Son of Man, who henceforth is to be contemplated “as the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

III. This was the hour of atonement, when the all-availing Sacrifice was offered in behalf of the world.

Its virtue to save extends back to the first transgression, and then reaches onward through time to the final consummation and throughout eternity. From the cross, as from a high altar, flowed that precious blood which makes atonement for our fallen race.

Now Justice demands satisfaction. Jesus had promised, “Lo, I come; in the volume of the book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O God.” He has come; He ratifies His promise ; He magnifies the law; He bears the penalty.

; Justice is therefore satisfied; the Father is glorified ; and Mercy is sent to proclaim salvation to all sinners.

The evangelical prophet, looking through the mist of time, contemplates the great work of this hour, and the event as so certain, he represents it as having already transpired. He exclaims, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”' Paul testifies, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man." The Scriptures abound with testimony in confirmation of this doctrine, so honorable to God, so worthy of the Saviour, and so encouraging to a guilty

race.

"'T was great to speak a world from naught;

'T was greater to redeem."

If the hour when worlds were spoken into existence was great, when from non-entity this

beautiful globe, at the bidding of Jehovah, appeared, and caused “the sons of God to shout for joy” – still more illustrious the hour when a fallen

"world was restored, when from guilt and misery it rose to peace and felicity. In view of that hour well might the announcing angel say, “Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people.” And then, in view of the glorious results of a Saviour given, I wonder not that the angelic choir sang in heaven's sweetest melody, “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good-will to men."

Surely it becomes us to shout from grateful hearts,

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IV. This was the hour of transition from the Old to the New Dispensation.

The Mosaic ritual, which was composed chietly of types and shadows “of good things to come,"? terminated in that hour; and the Gospel, the antitype of all those types, the substance of all those shadows, was then established. From Cal. vary, as from a commanding eminence, we behold the Levitical priesthood, with its ceremonies, retiring into the shades of oblivion, no longer to be observed as guides through the path of righteousness to the city of habitation. And here we behold the Gospel, with its simplicity, power, and efficiency, supersede the law, and as the last, the best dispensation with which man has ever been favored, receive the seal. The testament was here duly executed, being sealed with the precious blood of Jesus. And now Jews and Gentiles are placed on equal ground, and both, through the Cross, can participate in a present, a full, and a free salvation. The final hour of Jesus abolished the law, and introduced the Gospel. And with this change of dispensation the burdensome rites of the former were succeeded by the plain and easy requirements of the latter. Then was the templeservice superseded by that which is more spiritual. Then was the Fountain of which Zachariah spake opened,

“Whose streams the whole creation reach,

So plenteous is the store;
Enough for all, enough for each,

Enough for evermore."

V. The hour was come for the consummation of the suffering of Jesus and of His triumph, for His great humiliation and for His glorious exaltation.

This world never beheld such a Sufferer, and shall never look upon the like again. “If,” as an eloquent writer observes, “hunger and thirst, if revilings and contempt, if sorrows and agonies, if stripes and buffetings, if condemnation and crucifixion, be sufferings, Jesus suffered. If the infirmițies of our nature, if the weight of our sins, if the malice of men, if the machinations of Satan, if the hand of God, could make Him suffer, our Saviour suffered. If the annals of time, if the writings of the apostles, if the death of the martyrs, if the confession of Gentiles, if the scoffs of Jews, be testimonies, Jesus suffered."

Contemplate Iim from the manger to the cross, and we behold Him a consummate sufferer. Truly did Isaiah exclaim, “He is a man of sor- . rows and acquainted with grief.” Paul, actuated by heavenly wisdom, said, “For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." And being made perfect, lle has become "the Author of eternal salvation to all them that obey Him."

When our Redeemer was thus walking low in the valley of humiliation, thus “treading the wine-press” of wrath, He ever appears clad in

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