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hath/*/ him upsrom everlajting. Who then shall ever be able to shake his throne and government, Psal. xi. i—6. &c.

10. See what good reason we have to celebrate our Christian passover, and to set him up sacramerxally, by perpetuating his memory upon earth, until his second coming This sacrament of. the supper is a public owning and confessing him, and his dying love, and glorious achievements in the work of redemption, before God, angels, and men. It putting honour upon .him, and avouching him as our Redeemer, our Mediator, oui Prophet, Priest, and King, in lie face of the devil and his angels, who are looking on us with vexation: It galls the devil, and stills that enemy and avenger, to fee Christ, who bruised his head upon Mount Calrarj, exalted and set up among the children of men, at a communion table, Heb. ii. 14. "Through death he destroyed bin that had the power of death, and spoiled principalities am powers." How tormenting then must it be to the devil, « fee? Christ at his table, dividing the spoils among a company 0 poor sinners, who once ill a day were his vassals and bond slaves?

But now let us go on to celebrate actually the memorial of the death of our glorious Immanuel, and to divide th spoils of his victory over fin, and Satan; death and hell, whic is the great work of the day.

THANKSGIVING SERMON.

ABRAHAM REJOICING TO SEE CHRIST'S DAY
AFAR OFF.

John viii. 56.—Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my£&) and he saw it, and was glad.

THE Jews, as you will fee in the preceding part of lh| chapter, valued themselves exceedingly upon thil account, that they were the natural feed and posterity 0 Abraham, the father of the faithful; and they were offend*1 at our Lord, for comparing himself to Abraham, ver. 51- $1 Our Lord, in the words that I have read, proves, that he was greater than Abraham; namely, becaufe Abraham having gotten a promife of the Messnh to come of his lineag.-, he earnestly desired to fee that happy day: And accordingly^ though he did not fee the real incarnation of the Messiah, yet hs got a sight of it by faith, to the unfpeakable joy and admi? ration of his foul: Your father Abraham rejoiced to fee my day: trndhefaw it, and iuat glad. In which words we may notice,

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ift, Abraham's ambition and desire; he rejoiced to fee my day. . ...

2i//v, Abraham's sight, by faith; he faw the day of the Mefsiah.'

idly, Abraham's frame, which was the fruit of his faith; he was glad*

ift, I fay, we have the height of Abraham's ambition and desire expressed inthefe words,- Abraham rejoiced to see my day. The word agaliaftato signisies, he leapt at it. Though the .. word commonly is put for rejoicing, yet here, it must rather signify a tranfport of desire, than of joy: Otherwife there would be a tautology in the latter elapse of the verfe, where it is faid again, He faw it, and was glad, The nptices he had received of the .Messiah to come, had faiftd in him ah expectation of fomething, that was fo exceeding great, that he reached ousi and stretched himfelf forth to fee it. He never leapt fo much to fee the promifed land, that God was to give to his posterity, as to fee the day of the Son ot man.

Olferve, That they who difcern the dawning3 of the Sun of righteoufnefs, cannot but with to fee his rising. The mystery of redemption, is that which angels desire to look into $ much more fhould we, that are more immediately concerned in it.

idly, We have Abraham's sight of faith ; he faw it, i. e. he faw the day of the Messiah ', he fiw it by the fpirit of prophefy, he faw it by the eye of faith acting upon that promife, " la thy feed fhall all the nations of the earth be blessed:" And he lud his faith consirmed by the sight, of Melchifedec, one "made like unto the Son of. God, the Priest of the most hii;h God, and King of peace, and of righteoufnefs:" He taw the ar.gel of the covenant, with two other angels, in the pains of Mamre. And in ossering Ifaac, and the ram in the tcorn of Ifaac, he faw a double type of trie great facrisice that was to be ossered up in the fulnefs of time. And his calling the place Jehovah Jireh, "In the mount of the Lord it shall be feen," lays, that he faw fomething more in it, than others did, which time would produce.

idiy, We have Abraham's frame as the frui: of his faith; Vol. III. 3 F lihe -was glad. He -was glad of the Lord's favour and kindnefs to himself, and of the mercy, grace, and love, which he faw God had in store for all the nations of the earth, in the promised seed. But the words will he further cleared', in taking notice of the following observations from them.

Obf. i/?, That the time of the gofpel is the day of Christ, in a way of eminency and excellency.

idly, That the Old Testament faints breathed and longed much for a sight of the gofpel day, and for the actual coming of the great Messiah. Abraham here leapt, as the word signisies, through the strength of defire after it.

3i//y, That even the panting desires of the foul after Christ, though he be not enjoyed in a senfible way, are accompanied with a great deal of joy. So Abraham rejoiced to fee my day; or his desires after it was that which silled him with a holy joy.

qthly, That the breathing or longing desires of the foul after Christ shall not be difappointed. Abraham, though he did not see the Messiah actually manifested in the flesh, yet he got fuch a sight of him, and his day, as yielded a great deal of fatisfaction and joy.

Sthly, That faith is the eye of the foul, whereby it takes up Christ, and the glorious blessings that come along with him, as ht'ld out in the revelation of the word. So here Abraham faw the day of Christ, by faith acting upon the promifes and types of him, that were prefented before his view.

6thly, That faith acting upon the promife, will fee Christ through many vails, and at a prodigious distance. Thus we are told, Heb. xi. 13. that Abraham, and others, faw the promises of Christ afar oss, and they embraced them: Faith is a quick-sighti d grace, it takes up things at a vast distance.

"lthly, That faith's views and uptakings of Christ sills the foul with joy and gladnefs. "Whom'having not seen, ye love; in whom though now ye fee him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unfpeakable, and full of glory," 1 Pet. i. 8.

I shall abstract from all these doctrines, and difcourfe a little upon the words themselves. And fpeak a little,

I. Of the day of Christ.

II. Of faith's views and sight of this day.

11T. Of the joy and gladnefs arising from a sight of this day.

IV. Whence it is, that a sight of Christ, and of the day of Christ, brings fuch joy and gLdnefs. - V. Apply.

T. The firft thing is to difcourfe of the day of Christ. Ami here I will tell you,'

)/?, Of fome notable days of the Son of man. idly, Give you fome qualities of the day of Christ, ^dly, Some notable sights that are to be feen in his day.

1/?, I would tell you of fome notable days of the Son of nun.

1. There \s the day of his eternal destination to be your Redeemer. This is a day of a more ancient date, than the day of the world's creation; for he was verily fore-ordained before the world was made. "I was fet up from everlasting, from the beginning, &c. Of this day the pfalmist fpeaks, Psal.ii. "Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. I will declare the decree the Lord hath faid unto me." Which decree was fully manifested in his refurrection from the dead, as the apostle Peter fhews, Acts ii.: al! the prophefies, promifes, and types of the Old Testament, were nothing elfe but fo many gradual openings of what was conceited in the council of peace from' eternity

2. There was the day of his actual incarnation, or manifestation in the flefh. When the eternal Son of God was made of a woman, made under the law: This was the most furprifing day that ever the world had feen; a more remarkable day than that, when the foundations of the world were laid. This was a day in which a host of angels are difpatched from, the throne of glory, to proclaim the glad news to the fhepherds, Luke ii. " I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

3. The day of his folemn inauguration and instalment into his mediatory ossice. This was a day of great folemnity; then the heavens were opened unto him, and a voice isfued out from heaven, faying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am Well pleafed :" And the Spirit of the Lord defcended on him, in the likenefs of a dove ; never fuch an ordination of a minister as this of Christ; for that day he was anointed with the oil of gladnefs above his fellows.

4. Another notable day of Christ was the day of his oblation or death, when by one ossering he for ever perfected them that are fanctisied. That day the work of our redemption was perfected in a way of purchafe. Hence it was, he cried out, "It is sinished, and bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." This day, the little stone cut out of the mountain, which broke in pieces the kings and kingdoms of the earth, was himfelf broken in pie:es, by the heavy hammer of his Father's wrath. Oh! was it net a notable day, when the Father drew his glittering fword ngainst his only and beloved

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Son, and bathed it in his blood for our sins ; wounded him for our iniquities, and cried, " Awake, O fword, against the man that is ir.y fellow."

5. The day of his refurrection was a notable day; for then, and thereby, was fulsilled the sign of the prophet Jonas, which was the confummating evidence of his Messiah-fhip, Rom. i. 4. He was " declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holinefa, by the refurrection from the dead.'' Was it not a remarkable day, when Christ as our Surety having defcended into the grave, he came forth again as our Surety, like Samfon, carrying the gates and bars of the prison along with him, crying to his friends, "I am he that liveth, and was dead, and behold I arrt alive for evermore," &c. ** And becaufe I live, ye shall live alfo," His refurrection is our difcharge of the debt, and we are raifed up together with him. Christ's refurrection was a greater miracle, than if all the race of Adam had been brought out of the grave in a moment: for he had the heavy stone of the curfe of God, and of our sias lying upon b.im. And who could roll away this " stone from the door of the fepulchre ? .and yet it was not posfible that he fhould be held therein. He was taken from prifon and from judgement."

6. The day of his folemn afcension into heaven, and his sitting -'}. down.on rhe right hand of the majesty on high," Heb. i. 3. There was but little of the folemnity of that day feen by the inhabitants of this world; only the difciples, wheR upon Mount Olivet, in company with him, they stood gazing \ip into heaven as he passed out of their sight. But 0! it was a day of great folemnity in the eyes of the invisible world of fpirits I All the trumpets of heaven founded, and all the siery chariots of angels attended him in his passage; "God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the found of {i trumpet. Sing praifes to God, sing praifes: sing praifes unto our King, sing praifes," Pfal. xlvii. 5 6. and lxviii. 1:"The chariots of God are twenty thoufand, even thoufands of angels: the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the holy place."

7. The day of Pentecost was a remarkable day, when, like a mighty Prince newly come to the throne, he fcattered h:i gifts among his fubjects; when, like " the rufhing of a mighty wind," the Spirit was poured out ftom on high, t" Jiis miraculous and extraordinary gifts, endowing the apostles and others with the gift of tongues, in order to the propagating and fpreading the gofpel among all nations of the world; and whenioraethoufands of sinners (feveral of whom bza

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