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and the destruction of his murderers. But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, Matth.
xxvi. 54. that thus it must be? '
If Christ be not risen, then is our preach- 1 Cor. xv., ing vain, and your faith is also vain. And "if he had not suffered on the cross, the predictions of the ancient Scriptures, beginning, as it is written, at Mofes and Luke
xxiv. 27. all the prophets, the types in the Levitical service, the great Passover itself, and every sacrifice under the Law, had been insignificant and vain: no atonement had been made for the sins of man; and the judgment had both come, and for ever
Ver Rom. v. rested upon all men to condemnation. 18.
For it is not posible that the blood of Heb. x. a. bulls, and of goats Mould take away fins : 12. they received their whole virtue and efficacy from that one sacrifice offered for fins for ever, by him who loved us, and gave Ephef.v.e. himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet Smelling favour. VOL.II.
1 Cor.v.9. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
one of these, expressly ascribing them to Rev. i. 5. the same cause. It is he that loved us,
and washed us from our fins in his blood. Rom.v.9. And being justified by his blood, we are
Saved from wrath through him; or, as it di'aúti. might be rendered, through it. But
there is no difference: as it is he who Acts xx. hath purchased the Church; so the price
he has paid for it is his own blood. The New Testament, you fee, teaches this doctrine in places innumerable; and the whole tenor of the Old, not only implies it, but has hardly any other meaning.
When therefore, in conformity to our Lord's inftitution at his last supper, we eat bread and drink wine, as he hath commanded, in remembrance of him; it is in remembrance of his death. It is his death, his crucifixion, his wounded body
and his blood, that are the awful objects then set before us. .
God forbid that any Christian should undervalue the teaching of our Lord. His commands are necessary to be obeyed: and it will be found at last, that it is in vain to call him our Lord, if we do Luke vi. noi the things which he faith. His incar. nation, his birth, life, miracles, and resurrection, are all of them proper objects for our frequent and devout meditations; and can never surely be thought of, withoût the warmest feelings, and the best resolutions.
But yet, when we come to partake of the Lord's supper, according to his appointment; it is not any of these, that is the direct and immediate object of our attention at that time; but his sufferings and death. He is set before us, in this sacrament, as crucified and dying for us. As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this: Cor. xi,
cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
This precise confideration, I should make no scruple to say, is essential to the right discharge of the duty, and to every true account of it. If you take upon you at any time to enumerate the particulars that must concur in order to the performing of this duty, agreeably to the end of the institution, the remembrance of the death of Christ is always to be one, it is to be the chief of them.
It is not a right account, for it is not Plain Ac. a perfect one, to say, that the communi.
cant in a serious sense of his relation to Christ, as his disciple, is to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of him as a perSon corporally absent: absent he might be, had he never died: we are to do it in remembrance of hin, as one who suffered in our stead, and was crucified for us. To leave this out, is to let drop what is indispensably necessary, and turn aside our attention from the very point on which it should be fixed above all others.
To see this, indeed, it is not necessary to go farther than the new Testament, As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this I Cor. xi. cup, ye do Mew the Lord's DEATH till he 20. come; than the four Gospels; nay, if you will bind us to them, than the very words of the institution, This is my body, Luke xxii, which is given for you. Given! how? to "9. be put to death, no doubt; crucified for your fake. St. Paul's words are, which is broken for you: delivered up to 1 Cor. xi. suffer violence on your account. And, 24. .. this cup is the new Testament of my blood, Luke xxii. which is shed for you. Or as the words 20. are in another Evangelift, this is my blood Matth.
xxvi. 28. of the new Testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins.
Look up therefore, Christians, in the