Page images

and that he having accepted the propitiatory offering of Immanuel, was the God of peace to him and all his seed, whom he viewed and pronounced to be holy, righteous, spotless, and complete in him : to whom he saith, I will be merciful to your unrighteousness, and your sins and - your iniquities will I remember no more, (Jer. xxxi. 34.) And here I will give some account of what Christ was raised

up unto. He was raised in the same body in which he bore our sins and felt the curse, with all the same parts and members, but his body was changed from being a weak, mortal body, to be immortal, glorious, powerful, and incorruptible. He appeared on his resurrection morn to be the Lord of glory! He upon surrection entered as it were anew on the display of his mediatorial grace, in the new constitution of him to his mediatorial office. He arose from death as the everlasting conqueror of it, to die no more, and with everlasting triumph over it, having at his girdle the keys of death and hell. He is styled “the first begotten from the dead," and the first born

his re


[ocr errors]

from the dead, the first fruits of them that slept,“ the resurrection and the life:” his song when risen as insulting death, having loosed the death bonds of all his şaints, may well be said to be this, « I will ransom them from the power of the grave,

I will redeem them from death; O death, I will be thy plagues ; O'grave, I will be thy destruction.” His resurrection was his first step to his supreme exaltation, to sit at God's right hand, to appear in the form of God, and shine as the Fellow of the Lord of hosts : he was now invested with all power in heaven and earth; his body was a most glorious body in itself, and a spring of glory unto others.

Of the glory of Christ's body, Peter, James, and John, had a glimpse in the transfiguration, (Matt. xvii.) “He was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." Glory was coeval unto his soul from corruption, but the flowing of it unto his body was stopt to qualify hin for the work of our redemption, for before he wrought by suffering ;. and

if his body had been glorified, his body had been impassable and could not have suffered: but at his resurrection this glory broke forth, and as the love of God in his heart was as a boundless ocean of joy; so the Holy Spirit, who was the principle of all the grace in Christ's human nature, was the fountain of glory to it also, and his glory, and his grace are unmeasurable. And because our Lord was thus glorified and thus glorious at his resurrection, hence, as I conceive, it was he appeared to none but saints, at and after he was risen from the dead. Let it be also added, he arose with the same boundless love in his heart to his people, which he manifested towards them in the garden and on the cross: with the same mercy in his bowels, with the same sympathy, pity, and tender feelings in his affections, rejoicing in and delighting to own the relation which subsisted between him and his : saying to her who had the honour to be favoured with first conversing with him, when newly risen, “Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father


your Father, to my God and to your God.” : And to the very end that all believing sinners to the end of time might know that he was and ever will continue to be Jesus the Saviour, he singles out and makes his first appearance to Mary Magdalen, out of whom he had cast seven devils; to certify how much his delight was in salvation work, and that all the glory of heaven would not alter his heart nor alienate his affections from his people here below. He afterwards appeared to Peter, who seems to be the first of all the apostles to whom the Lord appeared, nor does he speak to him, that we read of, concerning his shameful fall, but he acts according to his office of Prince and Saviour, and says to the eleven, “ Peace be unto you,” which he could now'as their High Priest pronounce unto them, as he had now obtained it for them by the blood of his cross. Believers, you may

well consider the innumerable blessings which flow down from Christ your risen head upon you, and which, by virtue of your union to him, ye are interested and intitled unto. Our Lord's resurrec

tion has its influence in the quickening of your souls from a death of trespasses and sins, in your regeneration, in working faith in you, in every spiritual act of your sanctification, in your resurrection from the grave of death, in your triumphs over sin, death, and hell, and in your final glorification. You are as one with Christ, what he is. His holiness, righteousness, sufferings, and oblation are yours, and imputed by the Father to you, who hath made Jesus to be to you wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. His resurrection is your eternal security, and ye may triumph in all the conquests, victories, and spoils of Christ, over his and your enemies. He hath put sin away for ever, out of the sight of law and juslice by the sacrifice of himself; he hath bruised the head of the old serpent, called the devil, and vanquished all his principalities; he hath borne the curse and wrath of God, and is the deliverer of us from it; he hath conquered death and abolished it; and having lain himself in the grave, hath most sweetly perfumed it, and made it as a bed of spices to all bis; and he is risen from death with the

« PreviousContinue »