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Easter Sunday Sermon

Easter Sunday Sermon

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BY REV. HENRY BROUGHAM



PREACHED ON EASTER SUNDAY, 1830.



ROMANS, IV. 25.
Who u-a* delivered for our fffencrt, and ii
again/or our justijicalioji .
BY REV. HENRY BROUGHAM



PREACHED ON EASTER SUNDAY, 1830.



ROMANS, IV. 25.
Who u-a* delivered for our fffencrt, and ii
again/or our justijicalioji .

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EASTER SUDAY SERMOBY REV. HERY BROUGHAMPREACHED O EASTER SUDAY, 1830. ROMAS, IV. 25. Who u-a* delivered for our fffencrt, and ii again/or our justijicalioji . We have lately been led to consider the sacrifice and death of Christ ; our feel- ings have been wrung by the recital of his sufferings ; the cross seems still be- fore our eye ; we see the blood that flowed from his side ; the wounds seem bleeding afresh before us ; tlie sound of the cruel mockings, the railing with which he was assailed ; the cries of " Crucify him, crucify him," still ring in our ears ; we hear his dying groan ; we behold his lifeless body extended on the tree ; and then follow it to the tomb of ^(C?5epi of Arimathea, and there we have SJIRMO V. 51 left it. But ah ! is this '' He who should have redeemed Israel?" is this He upon whom our hopes for immortality were fixed ? He has suffered for our ofiences — but is the sacrifice accepted ? Shall we seek the living among tne dead ? Shall we hear a voice that bids us live, issuing from the tomb ? Hopeless hope ! ever in the annals of time — not even when the Patriarch was called to raise the sacrificing knife over the child of
 
promise ; never was human faith put to a trial so severe, as that under which the disciples laboured, when they had seen their Lord crucified and slain — delivered for their offences, and given over, as it appeared, a prey into the hands of death. One anchor yet remained for hope to cling to. He had said, " It is finished." He had drank to its dregs, the cup which his Father had put into his hands. He had trodden alone the wine-press of his Father's wrath, and he had declared the sacrifice complete. Some there were who *' hoped against hope," whose faith pierced even the gates of death, and while they knew not how it was to be ac- complished, yet clung to his word of pro- mise ; and while hope seemed buried in the grave of Jesus, the lamp of Christian love was burning there, illumining the darknessof the tomb, and guiding thither the feet of the believing few. Doubtless they believed and trembled :  — doubtless they had to cry, " Lord, 1 believe, help thou mine unbelief: doubt- less, Satan whispered in their ears, " Your Saviour is dead — your faith is in vain — you are yet in your sins." But Faith replied, " Yet will I trust in the name of the Lord, and stay myself upon my God. To whom can I go, for he alone had the words of eternal life!" Love stronger than the grave, and faith that tramples over death, yet wept and watclied at the Saviour's tomb, " For as yet they knew not the Scriptuies that lie must rise from the dead." But this day, my friends, commemo- rates the event which proved ihe sacri- tice complete, and the ofl'erings accepted,
 
which tore asunder the bond Ihat was against us. The sinner's surety was set free. Therefore the debt must have been paid ; the hand-writing that was against us, " The soul that sinneth it shall die," was blotted out with the blood of Jesus, and in its jjlace we receive the signal stone, engraven, " It is finished."  — " He was delivered for our oflFences, and is raised again for our justification :" ¦ k. SERMO V. 53 therefore, " being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom. iv. 23. v. 1.) Your sins were imputed to him, there- fore he died, bearing your sins in his own body on the tree. He stood as the substitute of the sinner in every respect ; ** The Word was made flesh," that '* flesh might partake of the divine nature." — *• He died the just for the unjust." "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." His blood *' cleaneth from all sin." He " taketh away the sin of the world." Our guilt was cancelled by his punishment,  just as the debtor is set free when his surety has paid the debt. or is this all : had we stood in our own strength, our ground would have been as precarious as that of our first parents ; and, standing in our own strength, like them we might have fallen : but Christ was raised again for our j ustification :" and every believing sinner stands justified in the sight of God, as if he had himself died with Christ, and had then been raised from the dead with him, and by the same Al- mighty power : still farther ; to man, in

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