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with them in the fame blissful Society, and behold the glorious Recompence of their Piety, their Sufferings and Services. Any Man that hath any Enlargement or Generosity of Soul, or any Disposition for relishing the Joys of Friendship and Society, cannot but be ravished and transported with the Thought, and feel a Divine Pleasure within, in the very Prospect of such a State of Things; and what then shall the actual Enjoyment be?
I have suffered my Thoughts to expatiate on this Occasion, and I hope it may nos be altogether without it's Use.
Having thus considered the Perfons represented here as coming from Heaven to fee and talk with Jesus, viz. Moses and Elias,
Secondly, The next Thing to be inquired into is the Manner of their Appearance. St. Luke tells us, Chap. ix. 31, that they appeared in Glory. This is undoubtedly designed to signify the Splendor with which they were arrayed, a Glory resembling that of our Lord Jesus Christ, though inferior to his. We are assured tha,t at the last Day, when Christ, who is our Life, Jhall appear, then Jloall we also appear with him in Glory. Col. iii. 4. So on this Occasion, when our Lord Jesusx even in the Days of his Humiliation here on Earth, thought fit to exhibit a wonder
ful Display of his Glory and Majesty, Mo~ ses and Elias appeared with him in Glory. They attended him in their heavenly Garb, in the Glory with which they are invested in those Regions of Bliss. Thus, whenever Christ displayeth his Glory, he will have some of his Saints to be with him, and to make up his shining Train. He taketh Pleasure in their Glory, as well as in his own. And, in the heavenly World, all the Blessed Inhabitants shall appear in Glory. It may farther be observed, that Moses and Elias appeared as Men. Hence it is said, that there talked with him two Men, which were Moses and Elias. They appeared in a human Form, and probably not merely in airy Bodies, just assumed for that Purpose, as the Angels sometimes have done; but in their own proper Bodies, the Bodies they had whilst on Earth, though now wonderfully transformed, and rendered very resplendent and glorious. Concerning Elias there is little Difficulty: For he was rapt up bodily into Heaven, without seeing Death. His Body, without being separated from his Soul, underwent - a wonderful Change, probably like that which, St. Paul informs us, shall pass upon the Bodies of the Saints that shall be found alive at Christ's second Coming, who shall not die, but shall be changed^ as. in a Moments merit, in the Twinkling of an Eye. I Cor. xv. 51. And in this his Body, in which he had been translated into Heaven, he came to wait upon our Lord. As to Moses, we are expressly told that he died, and that the Lord buried him, and that no Man ever knew of his Sepulchre. Deut. xxxiv. 5, 6. If therefore he then appeared in his proper Body, his Body must have been raised from the Dead; though, when this was done, or whether it was first done on this Occasion, we cannot pretend certainly to determine. And, if so, then as, at our Lord's Resurrection, he was attended with Numbers of the Saints that had died, and who rose out of their Graves, by his Divine Power, to render his Resurrection more illustrious, and heighten the Triumphs of his Kingdom over Death and the Grave; so even, at his Transfiguration, when he niade the brightest Displays of his Glory here on Earth, and which was an Earnest of his Resurrection and Ascension, Moses, the most eminent of the Old Testament Saints, was raised from the Dead to attend him, and do him Honour.
Thirdly, The last Thing here to be considered is the Converfation which they, Moses and Elias, had with Jesus. The Evangelists Matthew and Mark only tell
us in general, that they talked with him. H was not a dumb Shew, designed merely for Pomp, but they conversed with him. And who would not be desirous to know what was the Subject of their Conversation? When three such illustrious Persons had an Interview, when Moses and Elias came from Heaven to our Earth to fee Jesus, and they were only to be together for a very short Time, we may be sure, if they conversed together, it was about a Matter of considerable Importance to the Glory of God, and to the Good of Mankind. And the Evangelist Luke acquainteth us, what the Subject of their Conversation was: They Jpake of his Decease, which he should accompli/h at Jerusalem. They conversed .with him concerning the grievous Sufferings he wasJTindergo, his deep Humiliation, and the cruel and ignominious Death he was to submit to for our Sakes. A Subject this of the highest Importance, and which contained in it such Depths of Wisdom, of Love and Goodness, as are fit to employ the Understandings of Angels and Men. We here find that, when some of the most eminent among the glorified Saints came to make a short Visit to our Earth, it was in conversing about Chris's Dying for Men that they employed their precious Moments. These are Things which the
Angels themselves desire to look into. And now that our Lord Jesus Christ is ascended into Heaven in that human Nature in which he submitted to such amazing Sufferings, •and to Death itself, the Death os the Cross, the Blessed above behold him with Wonder and Love and Joy. The Lamb that •wasstain is the Object of their devout Admiration, their Blessings and Praises. And they consider that all the Glory they enjoy is the Purchase of his Blood, and the Fruit of his dolorous Agonies and Sufferings. There is no Subject on which the Inhabitants of Heaven more delightfully expatiate than on the Methods of our Redemption through the Sufferings and Death of the Lord Jesus. It shall furnish Matter for their Meditations, for their Discourses, and for their united Praises to- Eternity. And Jet this therefore be the frequent chosen Subject of our Meditations here on Earth. It is to keep up the affectionate Remembrance of the Death of Christ in the Church below, that the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was instituted. There is nothing that it more nearlyconcerneth every Christian to know, than Jesus Christ, and him crucified. To an unbelieving World a suffering Redeemer may appear to be without Form or Comeliness, but .to every true Believer, that hath his Mind duly enlightened, there