grace, he was sceptered with a reed, and crowned with thorns. To ridicule his pretensions as a prophet, they blindfolded him, and bade him prophesy who smote him. To mock him as a pretended priest, they clothed him with a long robe, which was an emblem of that office. Invested with these tokens of contempt and ridicule, he was exhibited to the multitude in the midst of taunts, and hisses, and vulgar abuse. Such was the overwhelming disgrace into which he was suddenly plunged, that his principal friends forsook him, and left him to sink covered with shame and infamy. But the ignominy of our Saviour's sufferings respects the kind of death he died, the place of his death, and the companions of his death. As it respects the kind of death he died, it was hanging upon a cross ; a death that rendered the person and showed the fact to be abominable. The death of the cross was the most dread- ful of all others, both as it regards the shame and the pain of it. It was so scandalous, that it was inflicted as the last mark of detesta- tion upon the vilest of people. It was the punishment of robbers and murderers, provided that they were slaves ; but if they were free, and had the privilege of the city of Rome, it was then thought a prostitution of that honor, and too infamous a punishment of such a one, let his enemies be what they would. This mode of punish- ment was not practiced among the Jews. Hence it seems a re- markable incident of divine providence in the disposal of events, so that Jesus should suffer the death of the cross. For had he been put to death by the Jews, he would not have been crucified ; or had he have been a Roman citizen, his death would have been of some other kind. Hence it appears that his enemies seized up- on every possible event to tarnish the glory of his fame, and to heighten the ignominy of his death. As it regards the place of his death, he was not crucified in a corner, but upon the top of Mount Calvary ; so that he was fully exposed to the scoffing gaze of the deriding multitude. As it respects the companions of his death, they were the very dregs of mankind, thieves and robbers. By associating the innocent with the guilty, the enemies of Jesus, doubtless, intended to cover him with additional shame and re- proach. Thus we see that our dear Redeemer, who was the glory of heaven, was made the shame of earth ; and he who was the Lord of angels, became the scorn of sinful wretches.