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Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. — Math. xi. 28.

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. — Math. xi. 28.

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THE HEAVY LADE. BY J. COGSWELL, D. D Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. — Math. xi. 28. The word of God may be compared to a perfect mirror, in which we see things as they are. In this particular it is an invaluable treasure. As we are partial in our judgments respecting ourselves; so we should never in our sinful state have a just view of our character and condition without an unerring standard and a faithful teacher. In the volume of revelation we see what man is by 9^, T H E H E A V Y L A D E  . uature, the tendency'of his conduct and whither he is going. We see also in the scriptures wliat God is, how liis government is administered — how he feels toward those, who disobey his laws and make light of the gospel of his Son. W ho can meditate on the sub- lime truths of revelation till time, when compared with eternity, appears to be but a point without notic- ing the amazing rapidity, with which the generations of men pass from the cradle to the grave? They enter the world ignorant of God and of the duties required of them — their powers are gradually unfold- ed, their choice of occupation is made — their character is formed, and they hasten to the places for which they are fitted, where they will praise and enjoy God for- ever, or forever blaspheme his name and suffer his wrath. As they pass over the stage of life, where the light of the gospel is enjoyed, Christ meets them — looks upon them with pity, offers to save them, and to
guide them to heaven. Few only accept the offer — leave the broad way, and join themselves to his follow- ers. They receive in this world an earnest of the happiness they will forever enjoy. In my text we now discover Christ upon the stage — over which we are rapidly passing. He is here by his Spirit. Of this we are assured by his word. His words are so simple, that children may understand them. They cheer the hearts of his real friends and disturb the consciences of unbelievers. The indiffer- ence and stupidity of some arise from their neglect of the means used for their salvation. But there can be no neutrality. He that is not for me, said Christ, is against me ; and he that gathereth not with me scat- tercth abroad. THE HEAVY LAD E  . 93 Think, my hearers, of the long journey the Son of God has performed with a view to offer you salvation. From the depths and darkness of infinity he has come to this world, not to execute vengeance on his Father's enemies, but to suffer and die for their redemption. Think what a price has been paid to save you from ruin. The glory of God in your salvation is the ob-  ject, he has in view. If we admire the philanthropy of the celebrated Howard, who visited the prisons of Europe for the purpose of diminishing the temporal sufferings of his fellow-creatures, and who died among strangers, when engaged in this work ; how much more ought we to love and admire the name of him; who left the most delightful place in the universe to explore this dark rebellious province of his Father's empire, where men are bound with '^stronger fetters than those of iron, and not merely to diminish our temporal sufferings ; but actually to effect our deliver- ance from the bondage of sin, and from the wrath of
God — and who to accomplish all this took the sinner's place and suffered the death of the cross ! This is the person, my hearers, who is now address- ing you. He looks upon you with pity, desirous of your salvation. Listen, I pray you, to his words, which are full of grace and truth, and which express the deep feelings of his heart. Come unto me, he says, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Jn the followinor discourse I shall consider, I. The character and condition of the persons ad- dressed, and II, The import of the invitation given them; 94 T H E H E A V Y L A D E  . III. The motives, which should influence them to accept it. Our Lord might have in view in the text three classes of persons — the disappointed, afilicted and oppresed men^of the world — awakened sinners — and mournino- Christians. Among men of the world we find none, who are satisfied with their condition. They seek happiness where it cannot he found. Many are the cares, per- plexities, afiiictions and troubles of the rich. The poor envy them — the dishonest endeavor to defraud them. Their splendid habitations, costly apparel, and rich viands afford them no security against the most painful and fatal diseases. Those, whom worldly men most delight to honor, are, perhaps, among the most unhappy. Few, if any, who occupy the highest

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