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prophecy, which relates to the act of the piercing, was accomplished when your ancestors pierced the side of the crucified Jesus with the spear of the Roman soldier, See John xix. 34, for, though the Roman soldier pierced him, yet, as this was done in common with his other sufferings, i n consequence of their delivery of him into the hands of the Roman Governor, Pilate, and their importunate request to that governor to crucify him, it is most truly asserted, that they pierced him.
Zechariah xiii. 7. presents us with the next passage, which has a reference to the Messiah,'Awake, O sword ,against my shep* herd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts: Smite the 'shepherd and the flock shall be scattered.' This prophecy was fulfilled by its correspondent event, when Jesus Christ was crucified, and his flock, his disciples, dispersed in consequence of their loss of their pastor in him their master. It would be absurd to suppose,, that Jehovah here calls him his 'fellow,' in a metaphysical fense, as
though though he were equal to himself, the Supreme Being, in point of essence, and of the incommunicable attributes of Deity: But Christ might be said to be his fellow, or equal with God, in a rational fense, as co-operating with God in the great work of man's salvation, by being faithful to God, who anointed or appointed him to preach his will to mankind, or as being empowered by God to work miracles in attestation to the truth of his divine commission.
With respect to the following words, Zech. xiv. 4. 'And his feet shall stand in 'that day upon the Mount of Olives,' it appears to me uncertain whether this be a mode of expression, importing that the glory of the Lord God, or a symbolic luminous manifestation of his presence, (hall rest on this mount, or whether the Messiah in person shall descend from heaven on the mount; but I rather think the former, though probably accompanied with the descent of the latter, as it is evident from Luke, both in his Gospel, and in his narrative of M 3 the the Acts of the Apostles, that Jesus ascended from that mount into heaven, and especially as it is declared in the 11 th verse of the ist chapter of the Acts, that ' this 'same Jesus, which is taken up from you 'into heaven, shall so come in like man
* ner, as ye have seen him go into heaven.' This seems to allude to the commencement of the personal reign of the Messiah, agreeably to the express prophecy in Daniel vii. 13, 14. 'behold one, like the Son of man, 'came with the clouds of heaven, and came 'to the Ancient of Days, and they brought 'him near before him; and there was given
* him dominion,' &c.
Lastly, in Malachi iii. 1. the Messiah is fliled 'the Messenger of the Covenant;' and I hope, my Jewish friends, you will not grudge the pains to bestow a serious thought on the obvious meaning of the preceding large assemblage of passages, extracted from God's prophecies to your ancestors. They seem to me decisive of this great point, that the crucified Jesus was
your your promised Messiah. If you should be happily convinced os this incontestable truth, and, in consequence of your conviction, acknowledge him as such by embracing Christianity, 1 here repeat my intention, to accompany you, with God's permission, in your return to your own land; nay, if but a thousand of you can be collected together, whether British, German, or other Jews, who are from the heart convinced that this Jesus was your Messiah, and you mould want a leader among your own people, to bring you back to your own land, I think you will find me ready to undertake the office, trusting in my God for the success of the enterprize, in that God of your fathers, Jehovah, the Lord your God, the one supreme Lord God of heaven and earth, who has promised not to forsake you, but to remember his promise to Abraham, that he would give you the land of Canaan, as an heritage for ever, and that 'in his * feed all the nations of the earth shall be 'blest.' But it is necessary, you should indulge me with evident proofs of your conversion, before I engage in it.
i M 4 Now Now this crucified Jesus, or Savior, your Christ or Messiah, whom you still 'despise,' whom your nation still * abhorreth,' foresaw by that spirit of prophecy, which God had given him, that fbur ancestors would, in consequence of their rejection and crucifixion of him, be punished with that signal destruction of their city and temple by Titus, so feelingly and minutely recorded by your own faithful historian, Josephus, and with that dispersion into all lands of those, who escaped from the sword, pestilence, and famine, which is continued in you their posteiity to this very hour, a standing miraculous proof of the Messiahship of Jesus,
But how did this compassionate Savior conduct himself in consequence of his foreknowledge of events so tragical and disastrous to his mistaken countrymen? He did not insult over Jerusalem with bitter taunts. No, he wept over it, and expressed his grief in the tenderest accents of heartfelt lamentation, Luke xiii. 34, 35. * O Je