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SERMON I.

A DISCOURSE

DELIVERED PREVIOUS TO THE COMMEMORATION OF • THE SUFFERINGS AND DEATH OF CHRIST IN THE ORDINANCE OF THE LORD'S SUPPER.

BELOVED in the Lord, being assembled at this time, in order to the celebration of Christ's sorrows, agonies, blood-shedding, sacrifice, and death, by waiting upon him in the ordinance of his Supper, in which a believer in Jesus cannot but long for some divine fellowship with his beloved Saviour:- I have chosen the following words, as affording suitable matter for our present meditation, from

ISAIAH LIII. 3.

A MAN OF SORROWS.

As the subject-matter of the Lord's Supper

is the sufferings and death of Christ, so such as truly know and believe on him to the saving of their souls, in their ap

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proaching the table of the Lord, long to have their souls more enlightened, their hearts afresh inflamed, their faith strengthened, and their affections quickened by a spiritual, solemn, devout remembrance of- the amazing love, infinite mercy, and incomprehensible GRACE OF CHRIST, manifested in his inexpressible sorrows, tremendous sufferings, and expiatory sacrifice, to the end they may give him the glory of his finished Redemption.

This chapter, from whence I read the words of my text, represents to the view of faith Christ crucified, the person of our adorable Mediator, his covenant-engagements with God the Father on the behalf of the Elect, his incarnation in time, the immaculate obedience of his life, his soul travail, sufferings, and sacrifice, and the fruits and benefits of his most precious blood-shedding; together with his complete conquest and victory over all his and his people's enemies; these glorious doctrines, with all the blessings which flow and redound therefrom, are most divinely, fully, and clearly expressed and exhibited in it.

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