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Instructing them at the same Time plainly S ERM. and clearly, and not as those before him un der Shadows and Types, and commissioning his Apostles, as soon as they should be endued with Power from on high, to disperse themselves unto the uttermoft Parts of the Earth, Acts 1. 8. to call Gentiles as well as Fews to the Knowledge of the Truth; that so the Faith might no longer be confined to one People ; but that all Nations of the Earth might become one Church, and be all gathered into one Fold under one Shepherd.

Nor were the Miracles which the Christ was to work less clearly foretold than his InAtructions and Doctrine. The Times of the Messiah are certainly understood in that Prophecy of Isaiah Then the Eyes of the Blind Mall be opened, and the Ears of the Deaf shall be unstopped; Then all the lame Man leap as the Hart, and the Tongue of the Dumb fall fing, Ifai. xxxv. 3; 6. Froin which Predictions the Jews themselves in their Talmud and publick Commentaries infer, "That all “ the Miracles of Moses and the Prophets " shall be nothing to the Miracles of the

Messiah when he cometh *.” Upon which Notion undoubtedly was founded that Ques, * Midrash Copheleth, c. 1.

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SER M. tion among the People recorded by St. John;

When Christ cometh will be do MORE MIRA-
CLES than these which this Man has done?
John vii. 31. From which Words it appears
that they expected the Christ should do many
Miracles, and yet

that he could not do more
than had been done by Jesus. And these
Miracles were so unexceptionable, so plain
and obvious, that our Saviour himself puts
the Test of his Mission upon the Evidence
of the Truth. For when the Baptist sent to
him two of his Disciples, and said unto him,
Art thou be that should come, or do we look for
another ? Matt. ii. 3. Jesus in his Answer
supposes that his Works would be a fufficient
Resolution of the Question proposed ; and
therefore he said unto them, Go and few
Föhn those Things which ye do bear and fee :
The Blind receive their Sight, the Lame walk,
the Lepers are cleansed, -the Deaf hear, and
the Dead are raised up; and blessed is be
whosoever fall not be offended in me.

Having thus shewn that the many and great Miracles wrote by Jesus, prove him to be the Meffab foretold by the Prophets ; I shall shew next that the Manner in which he was received and treated by the Jews was another Mark by which several Predictions were

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fulfilled. And hitherto must be reduced all SERM.

IV. the Sufferings of our Lord, with the Indiga nities that were shewn him from his Entrance upon his Ministry, to his Death

upon

the Cross. And here will not improperly come in that Defcription of him in Isaiah, which begins with his Person. He bath no Form, nor Comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no Beauty that we should depre him, Ifa. liii, 2. The Prophet seems to describe a Personage no Way beautiful, but rather uncomely: And fo the most ancient Writers of the Church have interpreted Isaias, and have confessed the fulfilling of it in the Body of our Saviour*. In later Ages indeed they give a contrary Description, and begin to magnify the Beauty of his Person ; every several Nation representing his Picture in the nearest Similitude to the handsomest of their Country t. But what was the real Aspect of his outward Appearance, since the Scriptures are silent, we cannot now know. It is enough that we are assured that the Condition of his Life was in the Eyes of the Jews without Honour and inglorious ; and this those Taunts of theirs sufficiently prove Is not this the Carpenter's Son? Is not his Mother called Mary? and his Brethren, * Pearson on the Creed, p. 87, + Pearon, ibid.

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SERM. fames and Foses, and Simon, and Judas?

and bis Sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then bath this Man all these Things? Matt. xiii. 55, 56. A Man so meanly born and related, they could not think deserving of any Regard; and therefore the Text tells us they were offended in him, ver. 57. And this is sufficient to verify what Isaiah immediately subjoins to the Meanness of his Person, viz. That he is despised and rejected of Men, a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with Griefs: And we bid, as it were, our Face from bir ; be was despised, and we esteemed bim not.

As to the last Passion and Death of our Lord, and those Indignities and Sufferings, which immediately preceded it; the Prophecies in Scripture are so copious and express, as to reach every material Circumstance relating to them. But these and the proper Inferences from the whole I shall reserve for another Opportunity.

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SERMON V.

Jesus foretold by Moses and the

Prophets.

Luke xxiv, 27.
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets,

be expounded unto them in all the Scrip-
tures, the Things concerning himself.

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N examining the Prophecies in the Oldser My

Testament concerning the Chrift, in order to shew, how they were all of them most exactly fulfilled in our Jesus; having at first confined myself to those which related to his first Appearance in the World; viz. such as his Family and Lineage, the Place of bis Nativity, his miraculous Birth, and the Time of his coming ; I was then willing to proceed to sħew further that every important Action, Event, or Circumstance, in the Life, and Death, in the Resurrection, and Afcenfon of the same Holy Jesus, all came to pass, as being particularly foretold in the Old Testament.

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