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disciples, and having given both grace and glory, He will withhold no good thing from those who love Him. He who provided for the destitution of his mother, and who removes the desolation of every soul, whom faith, his gift of grace, unites with his fulness, will not be forgetful of lesser interests. He may take away some comforts from his brethren in their pilgrimage ;even as Mary's husband was probably some time dead, and she a widow, and now, Himself was about to be separated from her: but He will assuredly give others in their stead ;-as he committed his mother to the beloved disciple. Rest then, Christians, on Him with the assurance of faith. If by effectual vocation, through the Spirit, He hath called you to his glory, as Joseph called Jacob to join him in Egypt, He will neither allow you to want wagons nor provision for the journey.
(4.) Mary was strengthened in her trial, and sorrow, by the mediatorial power of Him whose death she witnessed, and which
caused her so much sorrow and grief of heart. Thus also doth Jesus say to each of those who are conformed to Him, in suffering,
“My grace is sufficient for thee; my strength is made perfect in weakness.”-Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God," If the afflictions of believers abound for Christ, their consolations also shall abound by Christ, He will stand by them; and he is a very present help in trouble. Live then, ye who thus exercise faith in Him, with a crucified Saviour
a in the eye of your hearts ; and
shall find the support of an Almighty. arm under you. Look to Him,
to Him, not only for pardon, justification, and the whole of a perfect salvation, but look to Him for that sustaining hand of grace ;—that comforting manifestation of the Spirit; and those communications of the tenderest love, which will give you songs in the night, and enable you to glorify God in the fires.
(5.) Did the Lord Jesus Christ fulfil with absolute perfection every duty even as perfectly, as that to his Mother on the cross ? And are his disciples one with Him? Is his obedience to God's law their obedience, his righteousness, their righteousness ? What He was in God's sight, by magnifying the law, and making it honourable, that are they also in Him? Ye then who through faith can lift up your hearts and say,
". This God is our God: for ever and ever," praise and bless Him, that your righteousness is the righteousness of God; and make mention of it only. Exalt it in your soul's gratitude, and glory in it before a world, which glories in the righteousness of men, and thus dishonours Him whose perfect obedience is the only robe in which a sinner may stand before God, and live.
(6.) And ye, who never stand near the cross of Christ, except to look with indifference on his sufferings, with some of the multitude, or to join the enemies who reviled Him, and nailed . Him there, It is my heart's wish for you that you may yet look on Him whom you have pierced : and that, while the sword of the Spirit pierces through your hearts, it may discern their thoughts, and make you conscious of all the guiltiness of your unbelief, and all the misery that must assail your continued rejection of Jesus Christ, and his salvation. Lo, He calls you to faith and broken-heartedness from his cross. May infinite grace enable you to hear his voice in the depths of your souls, and to answer, “Lo we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God."
THE PENITENT THIEF IMPLORING MERCY
(FIRST SERMON ON THE TEXT.)
LUKE XXIII. 42, 43.
HE SAID UNTO JESUS, LORD REMEMBER ME WHEN THOU COMEST INTO THY. KINGDOM. AND JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, VERILY I SAY UNTO THEE, TO-DAY SHALT THOU BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.
It is declared, upon the authority of the Holy Ghost, that “ the wrath of man shall praise God, and the remainder of that wrath, He will restrain.” The sacred volume contains many striking and illustrious instances, in proof, that this declaration has been accurately and won