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" Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in
heart ; and ye shall find rest unto your souls."


" Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in
heart ; and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 13, 2013
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TAKE MY YOKE UPO YOU. BY J. COGSWELL, D. D MATTHEW XI. 29. " Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and ye shall find rest unto your souls." A coKsciousEss of guilt always produces a fear of evil. This is the immediate consequence. As the punishment is ex- pected from the person injured, so transgressors endeavor to conceal themselves, and to flee from those whom they have offended. The greater their apprehensions of suffering ac- cording to their demerits, the greater will be their efforts to escape from him, who has power to chastise or destroy them. othing is more distressing to the thoughts of a guilty person than his liability to fall into the hands of the person whom he has wronged, and who is able and disposed to demand satis- faction. And the inability of the malefactor to answer the claims of justice, renders him desperate. He hates the per- son he has without cause injured, and would, if possible, des- troy him. These observations are applicable to all men in their natural state, who are not so perfectly stupid as to be entirely destitute of moral sensibility. They are, in a measure, likewise applicable to every thoughtful and awakened sinner who does not feel the influence of renewing grace, and whose heart is unbelieving. Returning to God, or repentance, seems to him to be giving himself up to be punished and destroyed by his justly and highly offended Sovereign. God appears to him to be a great and terrible enemy. All his purposes or efforts and intentions, however highly his mind is excited, lead 178 Sermon on 1 Matthew xi. 29. him to search only for relief, or for some way by which he may escape from the hand of justice. That illumination which
gives a sinner a view only of his guilt, will always produce such results. We see him anxious, but whence does it arise ? and whither tend ? He is not grieved and broken-hearted, be- cause he has injured God. By no means. He is troubled, be- cause he has exposed himself by his sins to punishment ; be- cause he is detected, and he hopes in some way to effect his deliverance from the death, which his sins deserve. At one time he tries to hide his guilt — at another to excuse it. At one time he dwells on the imperfection of human nature, and the power of temptation in the present state — thus justifying him- self, and tracing his sins to God as the cause ; at another time he pleads that he has done all he is able in his attempts to comply with the commands of God, when, in fact, he has made no attempt to return to his offended Sovereign, but has only labored to escape from his hand, and found himself unable. At one time he blames God and his servants because they have not given him such strong views of his situation as to be suf- ficient to move him to escape by his own power and virtue the wrath to come. Here it is manifest that he still trusts in himself, and refuses to give himself up without reserve to God. The guilty person cannot endure the thought of meeting the person whom he has injured. How can he, unless extremely hardened, behold him, who cannot but look upon him with expressions of anger and scorn? God is angry with the wicked every day. *' He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh (that is at the weakness, and folly of sinners) — the Lord shall have them in derision." To be smitten is quite as tolerable as Sermon on Matthew xi. 29. 179 to be despised. The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity ; but a wounded spirit, who can bear ? ow God, who is infinite in knowledge, in wisdom, and in benevolence, has devised, adopted, and published a method of salvation, exactly suited to the wants of this rebellious world.
Some of its prominent features, as brought to view in the text, will be noticed in this discourse. 1. The attention of the guilty and fearful are directed in the gospel to one in human nature— one born of a woman — one, who at his advent was a little child, and one too who died on the cross, the just for the unjust. Here is an object which we can contemplate, and of which we can have some idea, and on which our thoughts, accustomed to wander in darkness for a refuge, may rest. All our meditations on the attributes of Jehovah, which are discoverable by the light of nature, or of reason, leave us in total darkness with respect to our salva- tion. But Christ is God manifest in flesh. He is the bright- ness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person. This is an object we need not fear to behold or to approach. We can look at the holy child Jesus, because we discover in his eye pity and forgiveness, " no terrors clothe his brow." It is impossible to persuade an impenitent sinner, conscious of his guilt, and terrified with apprehensions of the wrath of his offended Sovereign, to return to God out of Christ, or to re- turn to God as revealed by the light of nature. But those who are farthest from God may be encouraged to look to Jesus, and to come to him. One object of the gospel is to make the im- pression on the mind of every one that hears it, that God can be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. But it is exceedingly difficult to persuade sinners that it is safe for them to make a full confession of their sins, and to submit 180 Sermon on Matthew xi. 29. without reserve to Christ. They are afraid that in some way they shall fail of obtaining forgiveness. Men are not willing to bear witness against themselves, when their own testimony is to be the chief ground of their condemnation. The little child that has done wrong conceals his guilt as long as possible  — endeavors to excuse it, and to hide himself from his offend-

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