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rejoiced in their Sufferings for the Sake of Chrijl, and triumphed over Death itself. But that which yielded the most illustrious! Confirmation to this Testimony was, that God bore them Witness with Signs and Wonders, and divers Miracles, and Gifts of the Holy Ghojl, and by inabling them to perform the most amazing Works that ever the World faw, in the Name of Jesus whom they preached: So that, all Things considered, there never was any Testimony more worthy of Credit than that which the Apostles gave to our blessed Lord.
And now, having considered this remarkable Portion of Holy Writ, relating to our Saviour's Transfiguration, let what hath been offered on this Subject confirm our Faith in the Lord Jesus Chrisl, and fill us with admiring Thoughts of his Dignity and Glory. Let us with the deepest Veneration receive the Record which God hath given of his Son, and pay a dutiful Regard to him as the great heavenly Teacher, the King and Head of his Church, whom the Father hath commanded us t» hear and to obey. And, finally, let us look forward with a lively Faith and joyful Expectation for his second Coming, when Christ, who is our Life, /hall appear, and we Jhall also appear with him in Glory. Then Jhall he change cur vile Bodies, and
fashion them like unto his own glorious Body, according to the Working whereby he is able even to subdue all ^Things unto himself. And then shall the whole general Assembly and Church of the First-born be completed, and we may hope to join with Moses and Elias, and with the Saints of all Ages, and with an innumerable Company of Angels in their blissful Exercises and Enjoyments to all Eternity.
On the Excellency of our Saviours 'Teaching.
John viL 46.
— Never Man spake like this Man.
AS I design to lay together some Observations on the Excellency of our Saviour's Teaching, I have chosen to insist upon these remarkable Words, which will very properly introduce what I have to offer on this Subject.
They were spoken by the Officers who were sent by the Pharisees and chief Priests to apprehend Jesus. We are told, Ver. 31, 32, that many of the People believed
on on him, and said, When Christ comet b, will he do more Miracles than those which this Man hath done? The Pharisees heard that the People murmured such Things concerning him, and the Pharisees and chief Kulerssent Officers to take him. These Officers went no Doubt with a full Purpose to execute the Orders given them. They might perhaps (as Grotius supposes). attend him some Days, waiting for a favourable Opportunity; But, whilst they hearkened to his Discourse, probably with an Intention to catch at something from him that might give them a plausible Pretence of seizing him before the People, they were themselves captivated, and disarmed of the mischievous Intention they brought with them. They were so wonderfully struck with what they heard, that, though Persons sent on such Errands are seldom very scrupulous, yet they could not prevail upon themselves to execute their Commission, or to offer Violence to so excellent a Person as they were convinced he was.
In Ven 45. we have an Account of their coming hack to the chief Priejls and Pharisees, who immediately inquired, why they bad not brought him? The Answer they returned was this, Never Man spake like this Man. Surely there must have been something uncommonly excellent in our Saviour's our's Teaching that could extort so noble a Testimony from Persons that had been his Adverfaries, and who were deeply prejudiced against him. And accordingly the Pharisees were very much surprised to hear them fay this: Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived'? Their Manner of speaking shews, that these Officers were Persons they thought they could depend upon, and whom they judged to be far from entertaining any favourable Thoughts concerning him. And therefore they wondered to hear so advantageous a Testimony from them given to Jesus. And indeed they could hardly have expressed themselves more strongly, and more to his Advantage, in so few Words: Never Man spake like this Man. They had no Doubt frequently heard the Pharisees and Scribes, who taught the People, and fat in Moses'j Seat, as our Lord expresseth it, Matt, xxiii. . 2. And yet here they in Effect plainly, tell them to their Faces, that none of them all was to be compared to him: Yea, and they intimate, that they believed there had never been any Person that had taught in so useful, so powerful, so divine a Way as he did.