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mourning. Earth stands aghast, and Hell seems to triumph! But short was her exultation : for Jesus dies but to conquer; He lays down His life but to resume it, and rests in the grave but to sanctify it. When the time appointed arrives, He comes forth victorious. Satanic wisdom and power, human policy and strength, are all prostrated. He “ascends up on high, leading captivity captive, and granting gifts unto men."
In His humiliation behold Him adjudged at Pilate's bar; from thence see Him bearing His cross towards Calvary's summit; and then contemplate Him, the bleeding, dying Victim. Yet asain view Him, as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, having power to unloose the seal and open the book” of Divine mercy to an astonished world! Great was His humiliation! Glorious was His exaltation!
VI. Finally, that was the hour in which the Redeemer set up a kingdom which is to be perpetuated forever.
Jesus, when interrogated by Pilate, said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” The Jews expected that the Messiah would break the Roman power, whereby they had lost their national liberty, and establish an earthly kingdom, wherein to reign as a secular Prince. Hence, “He was despised and rejected by them,” in the disappointment of their false expectations. “He came to His own, and His own received Him not." Although the Jews were disappointed, yet the Saviour did establish a kingdom. The stone of Daniel's prophecy, “hewn out of the mountain without hands,” was set in motion; and hell and earth combined have not been able to stop it in its onward progress.
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, reigns in righteousness, and His subjects have peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. The law by which they are governed is the Gospel, and this is “a perfect law of liberty." His Gospel, containing the constitution of this kingdom, is to have universal publicity; for its officers are to go forth “into all the world."
The final hour of our Redeemer witnessed the most dignified Sufferer, the most extreme agony, the most perfect resignation, the most rigorous justice, the most astonishing mercy, the most glory to God, the most good to man, the most wonderful sensation in heaven, and the most dreadful consternation in hell, that ever was or ever shall be, from the period when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy,” until the period when the angel
"shall place one foot upon the earth and the other upon the sea, and shall swear by Him that liveth forever and ever, that time shall be no more."
The Sacrament of which we are about to partake, in commemoration of the death of our Redeemer, sensibly reminds us of His final hour. Jesus, but a short time prior, did institute this holy Eucharist, saying to all who love Him, “This do in remembrance of Me."
Dearly beloved, we call upon you this day to surround our Master's board, and by faith partake of the symbols of the broken body and shed blood of Him who was "wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.
May He who has instituted this Sacrament crown it with His gracious presence, and, guiding us safely through life's vicissitudes, may He bring us down to our final hour in peace, and thence raise is partakers of His glorious kingdom above. ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT
"For HE DOTH NOT AFFLICT WILLINGLY NOR GRIEVE THE CHILDREN
OF MEN."— Lamentations iii. 33.
ELLOW CITIZENS:- We are congregated,
this morning, to render our tribute of re
spect to the memory of WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, late President of this Republic. And certainly it befits us, as citizens of these United States, to lament the loss which God, in His inscrutable providence, has called us to suffer.
To us such an affliction is new. Hitherto the great Ruler of nations has dealt mercifully with us.
No one of our Presidents has until now died in office. And now, though “clouds and darkness are round about Him" in this dispensation of His providence, yet it behooves us to say, righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne.” And though we may not fully perceive why He has appointed an event which changes the voice of the nation, lately full of joy and gladness, to sorrow and lamentation, yet Divine Revelation authorizes us to say, “The Lord doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.''
* A Sermon preached, April 25th, 1841, in the Methodist Episcopal church at Camden, New Jersey, by request of the city authorities.
In making an application of this important and appropriate portion of holy writ to the solemn occasion which has convened this assembly, we present for your consideration :
I. The truth suggested in the text, viz., that God does afflict and grieve the children of men.
Man in his pristine state was the chief work of creative energy,— possessed of every property which could render him pleasing and acceptable to God his Maker. He was perfectly free from sin and its attendant afflictions. But through isobedience moral evil has entered our world, and with it a train of woes. And now, in reference to this fallen creature, holy writ testities, "Van that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble." The Lord, for wise purposes, sees fit to chasten him, by appointing or permitting aftlictions and griefs. Where shall we