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On the Death of Christ.

On the Death of Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY Dr. James Inglis


ST. MARK, XV. 37.

And Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the Ghost.
BY Dr. James Inglis


ST. MARK, XV. 37.

And Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the Ghost.

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O THE DEATH OF CHRIST. BY Dr. James InglisST. MARK, XV. 37. And Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the Ghost.These words, brethren, refer to an event, at the consum- mation of which the veil that covered the most holy place was rent from tlie top to the bottom, the graves yielded up their dead, the earth quaked, the Heavens were enwrapped in clouds, and nature was convulsed to her centre. This awful event we are now assembled to commemorate. Lend me your attention, therefore, whilst, waving* the cere- mony of preamble, I enter upon the immediate considera- tion of it. The present exercise shall offer four views of the death of Christ; it is an atonement for the sins of the world; it is the substance of ancient types and the accomplishment of ancient predictions; it is a crime on the part of his murderers, un- paralleled in the annals of human guilt; it is a source and spring of perfect morality. In the first place. — We are to view the death of Christ as an atonement for the sins of the world. That such was its nature and tendency; is abundantly evident from the cir- cumstances attending it; and perhaps from nothing more than the otherwise inexplicable terrors which seized our Lord at the prospect of his decease. ever, apparently, was any man more shaken at the approach of death than 198
 
was Jesus Christ; and yet certainly never liad any man so little cause of alarm at the approach of death. ever, apparently, was any man more shaken at the ap- proach of death than was Jesus Christ. Witness Gcthsemane and witness Calvary. The sacred writers tell us of the sorrow he experienced. "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death."* They tell us of his agony: "and heing in an agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great <u ops of blood falling down to the ground."f They tell us of his cries and tears: "in the days of his flesh, he offered up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and tears, unto him that was able to save him from death.":]: They tell us that he used such words as these, "0 my Fath- er, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:**§ and in the extremity of his sufferings, wlien earth and Heaven seemed to keep aloof from the persecuted victim, they xlescribe him as raising the cry of importunate agony to the Almighty Father; "My God! my God! why hast thou forsaken me?"|| Such were the terrors of our Lord at the prospect of death. But certainly never had any man so little cause of alarm on this ground: never man might be expected to meet dis- solution with so much firmness: and that for the following reasons. First. — Christ died confessedly in the service of God and man. But when men suffer for those \\hora they love and revere, their sufferings are ordinarily borne with more patience and tranquillity. Furthtr. — Christ died perfectly assured of the justice of his cause and the guiltlessness of his life. When, in his ex- piring moments, conscience recalls to the sinner the memo- ry of his crimes, where is the heart that will not feel its lash? But who will name the crime that could excite re- morse in the breast of our Redeemer, whose life was a con- tinued exhibition of every virtue and every duty, faith and righteousness, zeal and charity, prayer and meditation?
 
• Mat, xxvi. 38. \ Luke, xxii. 44. \ Heb. v, 7. § Mat. xxvi. 39. tlMat. xxvii. 46. 199 Ji gain.— Chi'ist died fully couvincctl of the soul's immor- tality. He who, having lived an infidel, expires in doubt; wlio, like the emperor of old, asks of his departing spirit, whither, poor flutterer, whither art thou going, and where is thy destination? may well shudder at the black and shore- less gulph of non-exist once. But he who knows that when dust returns to dust, the spirit returns to God who gave it; and that beyond these visible Heavens, blissful abodes are prepared for the spirits of the just made perfect; from him less terror might be expected. Jesus Christ knew this. He knew that the soul is immortal and destined to live ever happy in the realms of glory and peace. For by him who now died was life and immortality brought to light. Finallij. — Christ died assnred of the heavenly recompense. The place of torment; the worm that never dies; the fire that is not quenched; could convey no fears to the divine Saviour, who saw Heaven open to receive him. There were circumstances of more than common splendour to attend his reception. Because he had made himself of no reputa- tion, God was in return to exalt him highly and give him a name above every name. The clouds of Heaven were to form his triumphal car; and angels and archangels and the glorions hosts above were to hail his approach; ^'Lift up, your heads, ye gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in."* I have read of martyrs who have braved all that is se- vere and terrible in death: I have somewhere read of a Chris- tian woman, who, when persecution was at work and mul- titudes having fallen beneath its arm, had reddened with their blood her path to suffering, forgetting the timidity of her sex, said with a heavenly smile, "our persecutors are

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