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and Misery ; and undertaking to procure a great Salvation, not for the Jews only, but for all Nations.

In regard to Authority, Wisdom, Power, Justice and Goodness, and likewise in Respect to his Dominion, the Extent, and Duration of it, the greatest Potentates on Earth are as nothing.

Yet how did this most glorious Person, whom the Holy Angels worship and adore, how did he enter into this World ?

Not with Pomp, and Grandeur ; no, he was born of a Virgin in mean Circumstances, tho' descended from David the King; he was born of one deftitute of the Conveniences common to Women in her Condition. And altho he was born King of the Jews, he had no Palace for the Place of his Birth, but his first Accommodations were in a Stable, and to be laid in a Manger.

Behold, O my Soul, the Beginning of thy Saviour's Life! The Beginning of a Life of deep Humiliation and Suffering ! Surely he was a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with Grief, from his Birth to his Death.

And why was all this, but out of Love and Pity to me and other Sinners like myself? And shall I not love him, who so greatly humbled himself that I might be delivered from my natural State of Sin and Misery, and be exalted into a State of Holiness and Happiness?

I pray that I may be enabled always, to love him in Sincerity.

In Isa. liii. 2. the Prophet speaking what would be the Thoughts of the Jews, when the Messiah should appear, fays, He has no Form nor Comeliness : And when we shall see him, there is no Beauty that we jould defire him. That is, none that was agreeable to the carnal Expectations and Wishes of the Jews.

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The Jews therefore despised and rejected him, because he came into the World in a mean, and low Condition, destitute of the Accommodations of the Attendants, and of the Honours, which are common to Emperors and Kings.

But did not the great God bear witness that this Jesus of Nazareth was his Son, and the very Mesfiah spoken of by all the Prophets, notwithstanding his Poverty, and mean Appearance among the Jews?

Did not the Angel of the Lord appear unto Joseph in a Dream, saying, Joseph, thou Son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy Wife: For that, which is conceived in her, is of ihe Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou palt call bis Name Jesus: For be Mall save his People from their Sins ? (Matt. i. 20, 21.)

And when Christ was born, did not the Almighty God make known this grand Event to certain wise Men in the East, and reveal to them that this Child was horn King of the Jews ? (Matt. ii. 1, 2.) and did he not incline them to take a long Journey to visit, and bring Presents, and pay their Homage to him? And did he not by a miraculous Star guide them, and made it pass before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was ? (Matt. ii. 9.)

When the Virgin Mary brought forth her first born Son (in Bethlehem) and wrapped him in Swadling Cloths, and laid him in a Manger, because there was no Room for him in the Inn. (Luke ii. 7.) we read, There were in the same Country Shepherds abiding in the Field, keeping Watch over their Flock by Night: And lo, the Angel of the Lord came upon them, and the Glory of the Lord sone round about them, and they were fore afraid. And the Angel said unto them, fear not : For behold I bring you good Tidings of great C 2

Joy, Joy, which shall be (the Occasion of great Joy) to all People; for unto you (and to all People) is born this Day in (Bethlehem) the City of David á Saviour, which is Christ (or the Meffiah) the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you ; ġe hall find the Babe wrapped in Swadling Clothes, lying in a Manger:

Thus God sent an Angel to publish or proclaim to the Shepherds, that the Messiah was come; that the glorious Saviour was born in Bethlehem, Christ the Lord. (Luke ii. 8, &c.)

But God did not attest this grand Event, by one Angel only, No, For suddenly there was with thet Angel, a Multitude of the Heavenly Host, praising God (on this Account,) and saying : Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace, Goodwill towards Men. (ver, 13, 14.) And when the Singels were gone from them into Heaven, the Shepberds faid one to another, let us now go even unto Eethlehem, and see this Thing, which is come to pass, a lich the Lord bath made known unto us. come with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a Manger. And when they had fecn it, they made known abroad the Sayings which was told them concerning this Child. And all they tkat beard it, wondered at those Things which were told them by the Shepherds.

Thus God himself did bear Witness that Jesus, ho was born of the Virgin Mary, was his Son, and the true Messiah, and thus in the most magnificent and glorious Manner, proclaimed his Birth to the World,

And as at his Birth, so through his Life, and at his Death, and after it did God bear witness to the Truth of his Gospel.

When the Meffiah our great Redeemer was baptized, the Heavens were opened unto him and be jaw the Spirit of God descending like a Dove and

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lighting upon him; and lo, a Voice from Heaven, Saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. (Mat. iii. 16, 17.)

When he was tranfigured before his Disciples, (viz. Peter, James and John,) while he yet Spake, behold, a bright Cloud over madowed them; behold, a Voice out of the Cloud (that is the Voice of God,) which said, This is my belived son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him. Matt. xvii. 5.

It may, and it ought to be observed, that our great Redeemer through the whole Course of his Life shewed a continual Disregard to the Honours, the Riches and Pleasures of this World, and wholely employed himself in preaching the Gospel, shewing the People the Way to be saved, and teaching them those Things they should know, and believe and practise. Daily proving his Mission from God, and confirming his Doctrine by numberless Miracles, cafting out Devils, raising the Dead, and healing all Manner of Diseases.

And in his last Sufferings, when he was dying on the Cross as a Sacrifice for us, Bebold, the Vail of the Temple was rent in twain, from the Top to the Bottom, and the Earth did quake, and the Rocks rent, and the Graves were opened, and many Bodies of Saints, which Nept arose, and came out of the Graves afier bis Resurrection, and went into the Holy City, and appeared (not to a few but) unto many.

And when the Centurion, and they that were with him, wa ching Jesus, Jaw the Earthquake and those Things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (Matt. xxvii. 31, &c.)

Well, after he was dead Joseph, a rich Man of Arimathea buried his Body, and laid it in his own new Tomb, which he had hewn out in the Rock, and rolled a great stone to the Door of the Sepulchre.

The Enemies of Christ remembred his Prediction of himself, viz. that he would rise again the third Day, and intreated Pilate to command the Sepulchre to be made sure until the third Day, And Pilate said unto them ye have a Watch, go your Way, make it as sure as you can, so they went and made the Sepulchre sure, sealing the Stone anch setting a Watch. (See ver. 63, &c.)

Vain Precautions! in Matt, xxviii. 2, &c. it is faid, Bebold, there was a great Earthquake ; for the Angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the Stone from ihe Door, and fet upon it. His Countenance was like Lightning, and bis Raiment white as Snow. And for Fear of him the Keepers did shake, and became as dead Men. And the Angel answered and said unto the Women (mentioned ver. 1.) Fear not ye, for I know, that ge seek Fesus, which was crucified. He is not here, for be is risen, as he said. Come, see the Place where the Lord lay. And after he was risen from the Dead, he often appeared unto his Disciples, and He did eat, and drink, and converse with them. It is said, be Newed bimself alive to his Apostles, by many infallible Proofs being seen of them forty Days, and Speaking of the Things partaining to ihe Kingdom of God. Acts i. 3.

When he left this World, and had taken Leave of his Disciples he did not go from them into a secret Place, and thence by himself alone ascend up into Heaven : No, but as there were many Witnesses of his Death, and of his Resurrection, so likewise of his Ascension into Heaven.

The History of the Holy Jesus written by St. Luke testifies, that two of bis Disciples, (Luke xxiv. 13.) went the same Day (in which our Lord rose from the Dead) to a Village called Emmaus, and that our Lord joined himself to their Company, (ver. 15.) and beginning at Moles, and all the Prophets, be expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the Things concerning himself. (ver. 27.)

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