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The Cross of Christ the Christian's Glory.

The Cross of Christ the Christian's Glory.

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BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

" GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD GLORY, SAVE IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY WHOM THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, AND I UNTO THE WORLD." Gal. 6 : 14.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

" GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD GLORY, SAVE IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY WHOM THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, AND I UNTO THE WORLD." Gal. 6 : 14.

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THE CROSS OF CHRIST THE CHRISTIAN'S GLORY.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
" GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD GLORY, SAVE IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY WHOM THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, AND I UNTO THE WORLD." Gal. 6 : 14. The apostle Paul, whose words these are, had good reason for glorying in the cross of Christ. He tells us, in the text, how useful it was to him. And whoever obtains the true knowledge of " Christ crucified," will, like him, " determine to know nothing else," and " esteem all things but loss for the excellency of it." It is well known that the cross of Christ was "a stumbling-block" to the Jews. Nothing offended them so much as the plainness, the poverty, the sufferings and death of Jesus : but St. Paul gloried in the cross ; yea, he would glory in nothing else. The Jews gloried in their relation to Abraham, in their temple, in their religious cere-monies ; but he who knew that these were but " shadows of good things to come," gloried in the substance, gloried in the cross of Christ. "The cross of Christ" signifies either our sufferings for him, or his sufferings for us. In the former sense, we are "to take up the cross, and follow him;" but here, we are to understand his sufferings for us, for these are what the apostle gloried in. "The cross of Christ" sometimes in-
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cludes the whole gospel, the doctrine of him who died on the cross, of which his meritorious death for sinners is the prin-cipal part. As the cross of Christ is of so much use to a Christian, let us, 1. Take a view of it, or contemplate the sufferings of Christ upon it ; and then, SERMON XLV. 475 2. Consider its practical uses, or the reasons we have for glorifying in it I. Let us CONTEMPLATE THE SUFFERINGS of OUr Lord. But how, or where shall we hegin ? Let no one rush into this solemn work in a thoughtless manner. Few per-sons are properly prepared for it. A mind polluted with sensual pleasures, or a heart crowded with worldly cares, is ill-qualified for the task. When Moses approached the burn-ing hush, he was commanded to take off his shoes, for the place on which he stood was holy ground. Gethsemane and
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Calvary are also holy ground. Let us approach with godly fear, not with vain curiosity ; and may the good Spirit of God, the glorifier of Jesus, take these sacred things, respect-ing his " agony and bloody sweat, his cross and passion," and so show them to us as that we may repent, believe, and rejoice. We ought to remember, that the whole life of Christ was a life of sufi'ering. He was " a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." For our sakes he became poor, and. endured the contradiction of sinners against himself. But we must now confine our meditations to his last sufferings in the garden, during his trial, and at Golgotha. Our blessed Lord having " loved his own which were in the world, loved them to the end ;" and gave a most affecting proof of it, by washing their feet, celebrating the Passover with them, instituting the sacred Supper, and by his pathetic discourse and affectionate prayers. He then went forth out of the city, accompanied by all the apostles, except Judas, who was preparing to betray him, to a garden where he used to retire, and had spent many nights in devotion. At the entrance of this, he left eight of the disciples, taking Peter, James, and Jolm to a separate place, where they were spec-tators of his distress.
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