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her firft-born fon, and wrapped him in fwaddling cloaths, and laid him in a manger, because there " was no room for them in the inn.'
He fo humbled himself in the Courfe of his Life, undergoing the Miferies of this Life. The Kind of Life that Chrift had in the World, was a poor, forrowful, defpifed, tempted, and toiled Life, in which he felt Wearinefs, Hunger, and Thirft: 2 Cor. viii. 9. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jefus Chrift, that though he was rich, yet for your fakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. Compared with Matth. viii. 20. The foxes have holes, and the birds of "the air have nefts; but the Son of man hath not ⚫ where to lay his head.' . liii. 3. He is despised and rejected of men, a man of forrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our ⚫ faces from him; he was defpifed, and we esteem'ed him not.' Pfal. xxii. 6. ' I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and defpifed of the people.' Luke iv. 13. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a feafon.' Acis x. 38. Jefus of Nazareth ❝ went about doing good, and healing all that were oppreffed of the devil: for God was with him.' Compared with Mark iii. 20. And the multitude < cometh together again, so that they could not fo much as eat bread.' John iv. 6. 'Jefus therefore being wearied with his journey, fat thus on the well. Matth. iv. 2. And when Jefus had fast<ed forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards an hungred.' Compared with Chap. xxi. 18. Now in the morning as he returned into the ci6 ty, he hungred.?
He so humbled himself to an Extremity, in respect
fpect of his Soul and his fpiritual Life, undergo ing the Wrath of God: I. liii. 10. Yet it pleafed the Lord to bruife him, he hath put him to grief: ' when thou shalt make his foul an offering for fin, &c. Pfal. Ixix. 1. Save me, O God, for the waters are come in unto my foul.' & xviii. 5. The forrows of hell compaffed me about: the 'fnares of death prevented me.' The Wrath of God did operate on his Soul, filling it with Trouble, fore Amazement, Heavinefs, and exceeding Sorrow, and cafting him into an Agony, even to his fweating great Drops of Blood, and at length bringing over it a total Eclipfe of Comfort, and as it were melting it within him: John xii. 27. Now is my foul troubled; and what fhall I fay? Father, fave me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.' Mark xiv. 33. 34. And 'he taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and began to be fore amazed, and to be very < heavy, and faith unto them, My foul is exceeding forrowful unto death.' Luke xxii. 44. And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: ' and his fweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Matth. xxvii. 46. And about the ninth hour Jefus cried with a loud voice, faying, Eli, Eli, lama fabachthani? that is to fay, My God, my God, why haft thou for faken me?' Pfal. xxii. 14. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax, it is melted in the midst of my bowels.' That was a fpiritual Death, fuch as a holy Soul was capable of. Now the Wrath of God could juftly fall upon Chrift a Perfon perfectly innocent, inafmuch as he stood Surety for Sinners: Heb. vii. 22. By fo much was
Jefus made a furety of a better teftament,' Compared with Prov. vi. 1. 2. My fon, if thou be furety for thy friend, if thou haft ftricken thy hand with a stranger, thou art fnared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.' 2 Cor. v. ult. For he hath made him to be fin for us, who knew no fin; that we might be made the righteoufnefs of God • in him.'
He humbled himself to an Extremity, in refpect of his Body and his natural Life, undergoing the curfed Death of the Crofs: Phil. ii. 8. And be· ing found in fafhion as a man, he humbled himfelf, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the crofs.' He did really die, and not feem to die only: Mark xv. 44. 45. 'And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead; and calling unto him the centurion, he afked Him whe ther he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the • body to Jofeph.' His Death was real, in that his Soul was feparated from his Body: Luke xxiii. 43. And Jefus faid unto him,, Verily I fay unto thee, To-day fhalt thou be with me in para• dife,'. verf. 46. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he faid, Father, into thy hands I commend my fpirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghoft. Yet neither was his Soul nor his Body feparated from his divine Nature in his Death: Luke xxiii. 43. forecited. John xx. 13. And they [the angels] fay unto her, Woman, why weepeft thou? She faith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.' The Death he died, was the Death of the Crofs: Phil. ii. 8. 'He
• of the cross.'
He became obedient unto death, even the death The Death of the Crofs was a painful, fhameful, lingering, and curfed Death. Chrift's Death on the Crofs was a painful Death, in that his Body was fixed to the Tree by Nails driven through his Hands and his Feet: Luke xxiii. 33.
And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him.' Pfal. xxii. 16. The wicked pierced my ⚫ hands and my feet. It was a shameful Death, in that he hung on the Crofs ftript of his Cloath ing: Matth. xxvii. 35. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, cafting lots.' Heb. xii. 2. Jefus, for the joy that was fet before him, endured the crofs, defpifing the fhame,' &c. What that shameful hanging on a Tree had a particular Eye, to, was our naked firft Parents finning by eating the Fruit of a Tree. It was a lingering Death, in that the Wounds being in the extreme Parts of the Body, he was alive on the Crofs, from the third to the ninth Hour: Mark xv. 25. And it
was the third hour, and they crucified him.' verf. 34. And at the ninth hour Jefus cried with < a loud voice,' &c. It was a curfed Death, inafmuch as it was written in the Law, Curfed is every one that hangeth on a tree, Gal. iii. 13. Compared with Deut. xxi. 23. He that is hanged, is
accursed of God.' The Curse denounced in the Law, on thofe hanged on a Tree, was a ceremonial Curse, not hindering the Salvation of Penitents: Luke xxiii, 33. And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified the malefactors. verf. "And Jefus faid unto him, Verily I fay unto thee, To
day fhalt thou be with me in paradife. But the Curfe that lay on Chrift in his Humiliation, was a real and fubftantial one, whereof the Tree of the Crofs was but the Sign and Badge: Gal iii. 13. 'Chrift hath redeemed us from the curfe of the law, being made a curfe for us: for it is written, Curfed is every one that hangeth on a tree.' The Inftruments of the cruel Death Chrift was put to, were the Jews and Rómans: Acts iv. 27. For of a truth against thy holy child Jefus, whom thou haft anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Ifrael were gathered together.' But every Point of it was determined before, in the eternal Counsel between the Father and the Son, for the Salvation of Sinners, verf. 28. "For
to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counfel determined before to be done. Compared with Zech. vi. 13. Even he fhall build the temple of the Lord, and he fhall bear the glory, and fhall 'fit and rule upon his throne, and he fhall be a priest upon his throne, and the counsel of peace fhall be between them both.' Howbeit, the wicked Inftruments had no Eye to that in what they did: Acts xiii. 27. For they that dwell at Jerufalem, and their rulers, becaufe they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every fabbath-day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. Neither did it excuse them from the Guilt of moft horrid Murder in their crucifying the Lord of Glory: Acts ii. 23. Jefus of Nazareth being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, · ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and flain. Chap. vii. 52. Which of the ' prophets