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her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloaths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
He so humbled himself in the Course of his Life, undergoing the Miseries of this Life. The Kind of Life that Christ had in the World, was a poor, forrowful, despised, tempted, and toiled Life, in which he felt Weariness, Hunger, and Thirst: 2 Cor. viii. 9. For ye know the grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your fakes he became poor, that ye through his
poverty might be rich. Compared with Matth. viii. 20. The foxes have holes, and the birds of « the air have nests ;' but the Son of man hath not
where to lay his head.' If. liii. 3. He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and ac
quainted with grief : and we hid as it were our • faces from him ; he was despised, and we esteem• ed him not.' Psal. xxii. 6. ' I am a worm, and &
no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.' Luke iv. 13. ' And when the devil had
ended all the temptation, he departed from him « for a season. Acis x. 38. ' Jesus' of Nazareth
went about doing good, and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil : for God was with him.' Compared with Mark iii. 20. 'And the multitude • cometk together again, so that they could not so
much as eat bread.' John iv. 6. ' Jesus therefore
being wearied with his journey, lat thus on the 5 well. Matth. iv. 2. 'And when Jesus had faft
ed forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards
an hungred.' Compared with Chap. xxi. 18. • Now in the morning as he returned into the ci " ty, he hungred. He fo humbled himself to an Extremity, in re
fpect fpect of his Soul and his fpiritual Life, undergoa ing the Wrath of God: IS. liii. 10. 'Yet it pleased
the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to grief: " when thou shalt make his foul an offering for sin,! &c. Pfal. lxix. I. 'Save me, O God, for the wa
ters are come in unto my soul.' & xviii. 5o • The forrows of hell compassed me about: the • fnares of death prevented me.' The Wrath of God did operate on his Soul, filling it with Trouble, fore, Amazement, Heaviness, and exceeding Sorrow, and casting him into an Agony, even to his sweating great Drops of Blood, and at length bringing over it a total Eclipse of Comfort, and as it were melting it within him: John xii. 27. ' Now . is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Fa. " ther, save me from this hour : but for this cause
came' I unto this hour.' Matk xiv. 33:34. ' And
he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, • and began to be fore amazed, and to be very heavy, and faith unto them, My soul is exceed.
ing sorrowful unto death.' Luke xxii. 44, ' And • being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly :
and his fweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Matth. xxvii. 46, And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama fabachthani ? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou for, 'saken me? Psal. xxii
. 14. 'I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint : my heart is like wax, it is melted in the midst
of my bowels. That was a spiritual Death, such as a holy Soul was capable of. Now the Wrath of God could justly fâll upon Christ a Pere son perfectly innocent, inasmuch as he stood Surety for Sinners: Heb. vii. 22. By so much was
Jesus made a surety of a better testament. Com. pared with Prov. vi. 1. 2. My fon, if thou be
surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy
hand with a tranger, thou art snared with the • words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the . words of thy mouth.' 2 Cor. V. ult. For he hath
made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God • in him.
He humbled himself to an Extremity, in respect of his Body and his natural Life, undergoing the curfed Death of the Cross : Phil. ij. 8. And be. ing found in fashion as a man, he humbled him• felf, and became obedient unto death, even the • death of the cross.' He did really die, and not feem to die only : Mark xv. 44. 45.'' And Pilate
marvelled if he were already dead, and calling • unto him the centurion, he asked kim whe, “ther he had been any while dead. And when
he knew it of the centurion, he gave the
body to Jofeph. His Death was real, in that his Soul was separated from his Body: Luke xxii. 43. ' And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say una
to thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in para, . dise'. verf. 46. And when Jesus had cried with . a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I "commend my spirit': and having said thus, he
gave up the ghost Yet neither was his Soul nor his Body separated from his divine Nature in his Death : Luke xxiii. 43. forecited. John XX. 13.
And they [the angels] say unto her, Woman,
why weepest thou ? She laith unto them, Be• cause they have taken away my Lord, and I
know not where they have laid him. The Death he died, was the Death of the Cross : Phil. ii. 8.
He He became obedient unto death, even the death
of the cross.' The Death of the Cross was a painful, shameful, lingering, and cursed Death. Chrift's Death on the Cross was a painful Death, in that his Body was fixed to the Tree by Nails driven through his Hands and his Feet : Luke xxiij. 33.
* And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him.' Psal. xxii, 16. : The wicked pierced my
hands and my feet. It was a foameful Death, in that he hung on the Cross stript of his Cloatha ing : Matth. xxvii
. 35. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots. Heb. xii. 2. Jésus, for the joy that was set before him, en
dured the cross, despising the shame,' &c. What that shameful hanging on a Tree had a particular Eye to, was our naked first Parents linning by eating the Fruit of a Tree. It was a lingering Death, in that the Wounds being in the extreme Parts of the Body, he was alive on the Cross, from the third to the ninth Hour: Mark xv. 25. 'And it
was the third hour, and they crucified him.' vers. 34.' And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with • a loud voice, &c. It was a curfed Death, inasmuch as it was written in the Law, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree, Gal. iii. 13. Compared with Deut. xxi
. 23. ' He that is hanged, is accursed of God. The Curse denounced in the Law, on thofe hanged on a Tree, was a ceremo. nial Curse, not hindering the Salvation of Penitents : Luke xxiii. 33. ' And when they were come
to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified the malefactors. vers. 43. ' And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To
day shalt thou be with me in paradise.' But the Curfe that lay on Christ in his Humiliation, was a reał and substantial one, whereof the Tree of the Cross was but the Sign and Badge : Gal ili. 13.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of • the law, being made a curse for us : for it is written, Cursed is every one that hang. • eth on a tree. The Instruments of the cruel Death Christ was put to, were the Jews and Romans : Acts iv. 27. For of a truth against thy
holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both • Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and • the people of Israel were gathered together.' But every Point of it was determined before, in the eternal Counsel between the Father and the Son, for the Salvation of Sinners, verf. 28. For
to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel de
termined before to be done. Compared with Zech. vi. 13. ' Even he shall build the temple of ' the Lord, and he shall bear the glory, and shall ' fit and rule upon his throne, and he shall be a
priest upon his throne, and the counsel of peace < shall be between them both.' Howbeit, the wicked Instruments had no Eye to that in what they did : Acts xiii
. 27. ' For they that dwell at • Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew
him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets • which are read every fabbath-day, they have ful.
filled them in condemning him. Neither did it excuse them from the Guilt of most horrid Mur. der in their crucifying the Lord of Glory : Acts ii. 23. Jesus of Nazareth being delivered by the i determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,
ye have taken, and by wicked hands have cru. • cified and Nain. Chap. vii. 52. Which of the