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Christ doubtless contained the greatest pains imaginable.
The sufferings of our Lord's human soul, which are represented to us by the wine as poured out, were beyond all conception. He endured in his soul the whole curse due to the sins of all the elect. And as Christ's sufferings in body and soul, together with the dissolution of his human nature, soul and body, by death itself, are what our faith should be engaged on, as the grand subject of remembrance at the Holy Table; so it becomes us, as being one grand end of this institution, to have our minds solemnly engaged in calling over, and pondering upon, the everlasting compact between the Father and the Son; the sacrifice of the immaculate Lamb, being the one grand article of it, and from whence it receives its everlasting efficacy to be available for us. Hence the apostle says, "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Referring to the will of Jehovah the Father, notified to his coequal Son in the council and covenant of peace, according to which Christ acted, and with whom, in the whole of his mediatorial undertakings, work, and sacrifice, Jehovah the Father was well pleased. We should so remember Christ's offering himself, as to put our whole trust and confidence in his propitiary oblation. Let us look up to the Holy Spirit for his gracious influences and presence with our souls, that in waiting upon the Lord at his table, we may inwardly experience, feel, and have actual fellowship with Christ in all the blessings and benefits of his one sacrifice upon the cross.
DELIVERED PREVIOUS TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE
DEARLY beloved in the Lord, being assembled at this time for the mutual ex. ercise of prayer and praise, previous to our remembrance of Christ's sufferings and death in the celebration of his holy supper; I shall, therefore, according to our usual method and custom, as the Lord may be pleased most graciously to assist, give you a word for the employment of your minds and thoughts suitable to the present meeting. I would, if the Lord pleased, lead you to consider the ineffable love, stupendous grace, and everlasting mercy of our great High Priest, Christ Jesus, by whom we draw nigh unto God.
It is an everlasting truth, that Jesus our beloved, is worthy of all our love, thoughts, and affections, and deserves most worthily to have the chiefest place in our hearts and minds; for his glory “is above the earth and heavens,” his love “passeth knowledge,” his mercy is from “ everlasting to everlasting," his redemption is “ eternal," and his fulness of grace and glory is inexhaustible.
When we contemplate Christ's life of essential blessedness and felicity which he lived as “the Son of the living God," as co-equal, co-eternal, and con-substantial with the Father; being by essential union one in the incomprehensible Essence or Godhead, with the Father and the Spirit, who, as such, hath infinite, immutable blessedness in himself, arising from the boundless perfections of the divine nature, and the ineffable, mutual love of the blessed persons in the Holy Trinity, in and towards each other: we may well stand surprised, overwhelmed, and amazed, at the infinite love of Christ towards his church, who from everlasting purposed and engaged to become in. carnate ; and in his incarnate state, to manifest the heights, depths, lengths,
and breadths of his love to his chosen and beloved ones. Under proper views of it, we may
, well fall down before him, crying, “ Salvation, honour, glory, power, and blessing unto the Lord our God."
Upon a former occasion of this kind, I aimed, according to my slender ability, to set before you the account which Paul gives us of the Lord's supper; in which I observed the author of it, the Lord Jesus, the time when, and the manner in which it was instituted and administered by him, the significancy of its several parts, its use and end. I shall now select from the eleventh chapter of the first epistle to the Corinthians, the 26th verse, as containing proper matter for our faith to be engaged upon at this time. The words are these :
FOR AS OFT AS YE EAT THIS BREAD, AND DRINK THIS CUP, YE DO SHEW THE LORD'S DEATH TILL HE COME.".
As these words stand closely connected with the former, which we have already explained, and are addressed to those persons' to whom this epistle is