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A Sermon for Good-friday

A Sermon for Good-friday

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. ADAM EMPIE, D.D.,


1 Peter, ii., 24.

" Who, his oicn self hare our sins, in his own body on the tree ;
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness : by
ivhose stripes ye tvcre healed."
BY REV. ADAM EMPIE, D.D.,


1 Peter, ii., 24.

" Who, his oicn self hare our sins, in his own body on the tree ;
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness : by
ivhose stripes ye tvcre healed."

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A SERMO FOR GOOD-FRIDAY BY REV. ADAM EMPIE, D.D., 1 Peter, ii., 24. " Who, his oicn self hare our sins, in his own body on the tree ; that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness : by ivhose stripes ye tvcre healed." My brethren, were I called upon at this time to address you in relation to the sufferings and death of one of the greatest, best, and most valuable of men — one whom you had great reasons to esteem and love — one to whom you were under gi-eat obligations — who had done you the most signal services, and who had been to you the kindest and best of benefactors and friends — might I not promise myself your most profound attention — might I not expect to excite your tenderest sympathies — might I not hope to move you to the performance of everything that respect, and duty, and gratitude required "? If, besides all this, it should appear that your departed friend had spent his whole life in laboring to do you good — that he had exposed himself to every species of suffering, and every species of indignity — and, finally, that he had consented to undergo the most excruciating death, solely for the purpose of contributing to your happiness. More- over, if it should appear that all tliis was done from the purest friendship — done to save you from suffering and death — done by one who might otherwise have Jived in per- fect happiness ; but who, for your sake, became poor and miserable. In fine, if it should appear that, notwithstand- * Written at Wilmington, . C, 1817. 196 A SERMO FOR GOOD-FRIDAY. ing all this, the gi'eat mass of those whom he had thus
 
blessed, had not even been thankful to their kind and affec- tionate benefactor — that he had offered them additional blessings, and they had rejected them even with disdain — that he had required them to do certain things for their own good, and for their own good solely, and they would not, and that they had retm-ned to him evil for good — that they had nei- ther thanked, nor loved, nor obeyed him, nor done him a single kindness, even when he stood in need of it^ — and that they were his acknowledged enemies at the very time he laid down his life for their sake. Should I make all this appear to you, would you not say that such a friend was more than human ; and that such friendship could dwell only in the bosom of God ? Would you not say that you were imder obligations to him which you never could discharge ? And, my sinful hearer, would not your indignation kindle against yourself, for being ungrateful and disobedient to such a benefactor? and would you not be ready to tear your own heart from your bosom, if it remained at enmity with him ? Would you not be ready to call down vengeance upon your head, for such diabolical ingratitude ? Would you not be alrhost constrained to acknowledge that you had forfeited all claim to mercy, and that you deserved the heaviest wrath ? On this mournful day, my dear hearer, your own eon- science is sufficient to make tlie intended and obvious ap- plication. You have come here to see displayed, in the cross of Christ, the mercy, holiness, and justice of God, the damning nature of sin, and the unquenchable love of Christ. You have come here to sympathise with the friends, and to weep, not only over the sufferings of the Blessed Kedeemer, but also over those sins that caused those sufferings. And well may you sympathise — well may you weep — well may you spend this day in mourning over your transgressions. It is sacred to the memory of " the Man of Sorrows." Let no unhallowed thought intrude. It is consecrated to the service of the God-man Redeemer ; let the presumptuous and illogi- cal, and exj^loded reasoning of mere theory and hypothesis be forever hushed, in the presence of the well-established, prophetic, and miraculous facts of revelation. The subject
 
A SERMO FOR GOOD-FRIDAY. 197 lies infinitely beyond the reach of reason. Let " Thus saith the Lord" be made the only ground of faith and of adoration. The doctrine of the redemption of the world by the atoning blood of the incarnate Son of God, who suffered in the human nature which He had taken into an everlasting imion wdth his di\ine nature, in order that He might thus display to the universe the justice, holiness, and mercy of God, and the sinfulness of sin, and that He might thus make it com- patible with his perfections and laws, to save penitent offen- ders — this doctrine is purely a matter of revelation. Let reason judge of the legitimate evidences of revelation; but let her receive this mysterious doctrine upon the authority of Almighty God. May all our thoughts, words, and actions, therefore, my brethren, be suitable to the character of this day. It is a day distinguished in the annals of the world. It will never be forgotten throughout the ages of eternity. The prince of darkness with his subjects will never forget the day on which they were overthrown. The humble fol- lowers of the Lamb will never forget the day on which they were ransomed from destruction ; and never will the inhabi- ttvnts of Heaven cease to remember the time when the ever- Blessed Son of God, shrouded in human flesh, expired upon the cross. And shall not we, sinners — we whom He died to save — shall not Ave this day feel ourselves peculiarly interested ? Shall not we call our ways to remembrance, and inquire whether by our sins we have not " crucified the Lord afresh 1" Shall we not bring ourselves to serious reflection on this day, once distinguished by so many unparalleled crimes and won- derful events — this day, on which all the wickedness of man and all the malice of infernal spirits were united, in perse- cuting the meek, and innocent, and helpless Lamb of God ? But wherefore did He, " who knew no sin," become a man of sufferings ? Why did the glorious Son of God " take upon himself the form of a sei'vant, and make him-

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