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soul that is burdened with guilt and struggling for deliverance. . He hath provided and revealed à Saviour who is not only able, but willing to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him. No supplicant was ever driven from his throne, or sought relief of him in vain. The Pharisees did not utter a disgraceful, but a delightful truth, when they said of Christ, in a way of reproach, He receiveth sinners. The wretched and forlorn, the helpless and the hopeless, will meet with a kind reception. 'The Spirit and the bride

And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.'

say, Come.

Are you weary and heavy laden? is con. science burdened with reiterated charges of guilt? do you find yourself unable to support the ponderous load ? if so, Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain you.' Flee to this compassionate deliverer, this friend of sinners. Attend to the endearing declaration of his own lips : 'Come unto me, all


that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give

you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest unto your souls.' Encouraging language this. Surely it must- rouse de jection from her torpor, and lay a foundation for hope in the most abandoned profligate on earth. Nothing can be more applicable to his wretched condition, nor better adapted to administer relief,

The Saviour's right of dispensing such incomparable blessings originates in himself. No worthiness, foreseen in the creature, induced him to leave the mansions of glory to become the surety of sinners. His bearing that delightful character, and performing the arduous work pertaining to it, proceeded from his own sovereign' grace. He voluntarily undertook the office of mediator ; and in his condescending to this work, made himself of no reputation ; took upon him the form of a servant, and humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross.' By this expiatory death, he finished transgression, and made an end of sin; satisfied all the claims of law

and of justice on his people; blotted out the hand writing of ordinances that stood against them; and brought in an everlasting righteous. ness for their complete salvation. But this is not all that the divine Jesus hath done : he hath not merely cancelled our obligation to punishment as sinners--he has made ample provision for delivering his followers from the power of guilt, and the dominion of sin.

These are privileges, the conscious enjoyment of which would beggar all description. Your present fears may, perhaps, urge you to conclude that you shall never participate of these inestimable favours. But why not? Is the Lord's hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? hath he no power to deliver? At his rebuke, he drieth up the sea, and maketh the rivers a wilderness.' The Lord will not 'despise the day of small things. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench-He will bind up the broken hearted; proclaim liberty to the captive ; and open the prison to them that are bound-He will bring the blind by a way

that they knew not-he will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will he do, and not forsake them. He that hath graciously begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. He is a rock, and his work is perfect. Grace in the heart, is an earnest of glory.

Seeing, therefore, that we have such an Almighty Saviour, let me entreat you to turn to him, the strong hold, in the day of trouble : for he knoweth them that trust in him. He shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as, rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." To the trembling sin. ner, these considerations must afford un. speakable encouragement; nor will it appear strange, when it is considered that he is not only delivered from the terrours of guilt, the bondage of corruption, the curses of a violated law, and that eternal punishment which is the just desert of sin; but is adopted into the family of God, and constituted an heir of glory.

This is to be free indeed! These are immu. nities suited to the abject state of man: they not only exonerate from condemnation and death, but raise to dignity and splendourto consummate purity and everlasting blessed


Flee, then, to this Jesus_his city of refuge. Say, what makes you hesitate? Why let suspensé engross the moment that comes winged with mercy? What! is there no balm in Gi. lead ? is there no physician there? Yes : and such is the benignity of his heart that, when on earth he went about doing good : healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease. The errand on which he came, was an errand of benevolence: he announced publickly, in the synagogue at Nazaréth, The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor ; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord:' and is his arng shortened at

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