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the carriage and commission of the lovely Jesus. For, O Lord! where didst thou ever put fire and sword, prisons, halters, and gibbets, into thy commiffion? Or what was ever seen in thee, that could look like approving of any such kind of methods ? Hadst thou ever said to thine apostles, go-preach the gospel, beginning at Jérusalem ; and they that will not believe, as you bid them, plunder, imprison, and starve them? Didst thou ever give thine apostles such powers ? Are men to be forced by pain into the belief that this Jesus was the most merciful being, that his religion was the kindest thing in the world, and that his ministers are all fons of benignity and peace; and if they will not believe it, to call for the jailor and the rack to prove it. Such a commission would rather be supposed to come from Apollyon the destroyer, than from Jesus, the Saviour of mankind who came into the world not to destroy men's lives, but to save : to make the lamb and the wolf feed together--that there might be no more destroying nor hurting, in all thy holy mountain.
If the history of the world had ever afforded an instance of a good prince, whose government was most rightful; his administration, according to the best laws, tempered with equity and moderation; his temper gentle and mild, most affable and condescending; one that treated his subjects as any father could do his children, laying himself out entirely for their benefit and service ; fo that the people could not but own he had done all things well : How surprising would it be to find, after all, that this good prince was assassinated by those whom he had most obliged ; that there fhould be any beings, on this side hell, capable of such a thing ? Well-in the last agonies of his life, he calls fome friends about him, and says to this purpose-I am dying of the wounds they have given me; I had reason to expect a kinder return--however, I forbid all revenge upon any of those that relent upon it; and, before I die, I order that there be an act of
forthwith drawn up and proclaimed, for the pardon of my murderers, upon condition only, that they be sensible of what they have done, that they acknowledge their faults ;, and to give them afsurance that they may depend upon it, I will have it fubfcribed and sealed with some of that very blood which they have drawn. And since I find myself dying away, I do command, with my last breath, that the heralds who shall proclaim this, do send the first copy of it to him that gave me the first wound, and the second to him that struck the deepest--and so gave up the Ghost. How would all the annals have rung of such an instance as this? What a noise would it have made in the world! His name would have stood for the figure of all goodness ! Arts and sciences would have lavished all their treasures upon the memory of so much grace, the historian, the orator, the poet, the painter, the statuary ; nor would they have refrained froin raising altars to so much divinity incarnate. —There is a persoir of whom all this is fact; there is a name to which this is due—-'tis thine, Oh Jesus! that lovely name ; even Jesus, that hath delivered us from wrath to come, by dying under our hands and for our fakes.
Jesus! with what a mind and frame of foul didit thou leave this world and go up to heaven? And art thou still the same? Has the highest place in heaven only enlarged thy power of doing good according to the established economy and order of grace? And is that grace still as free, as full, as extensive, as sufficient, as when first offered to Jerusalem. Then I am thy captive, for who can hold out against all this? Who can deny any thing to it? Hear me but in the following prayer--that some portion of the same fpirit that renders thee so lovely, may defcend upon me, and then I am sure to be beloved by thee ; for if this be thy carriage towards thine enemies, what is thy heart towards them that love thee as their own souls ? Let, therefore, all those passions and affections, that held the apostles in ecstasy of attention, when they beheld at parting, the sweet majesty of thy humble grandeur ; when they beheld the marks of thy late sufferings, and of present authority, of all power in heaven and earth, and of brotherly love, at once seated in thy divine aspect ; when they beheld the heavens opening, heir Lord ascending, and followed thee with eyes drowned in love, and stretching with curious wonder into the celestial presence; let the same passions and affections so possess my soul, and devote me to thyself and service, that I may never give over looking upwards in expectation—till I shall behold thee, IN LIKE MANNER, COMING THE SECOND TIME, WITHOUT SIN, UNTO SALVATION. Amen.
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