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Cuftom, attended the Punishment of Cruci- SERM. fixion) but that in the Death of the Meffab, who was to be that Anti-type, the Providence of God should so particularly interpose, that not a Bone of Him should be broken. And therefore when the Soldiers came and brake the Legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him; when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, it is particularly remarked, that they brake not bis Legs, John xix. 32, 33:--And let me add further, that the very Manner of roasting the Passover, which was by fixing the Lamb whole and entire on the Spit, and the Spit not turning long-ways, but upright before the Fire, so as that the Head should be upwards, the hind Feet downwards, and it's fore Legs stretched out from the Body, like Arms extended, most exactly represented a Man upon a Cross.
But the Sufferings of Christ were not only thus prefigured by typical Resemblances, but were also expressly foretold by the Predictions of the Prophets. Those Words of the Psalmist.They pierced my Hands, and my Feet ; Pfa. xxii. 17. and that Text of Zachariab. They shall look upon me whom they have
G 2 pierced
SER M. pierced; Zech. xii. 10:—could never have
been fulfilled in him so exactly and punctually, had he not suffered on a Cross, to which his Hands and his Feet were nailed.
But to proceed on; the profligate Companions of his Sufferings, viz. the two Thieves that were crucified with him, St. Mark observes exactly to answer that Prophecy of Isaiab, that when he poured out his Soul unto Death, he was numbered among the Transgresors: Ifai. liii. 12. And in that whole Chapter, the 53d of Isaiah ; the Sufferings of the Christ and his Patience under them, the Ends for which he suffered, and the Benefits that arise to us thereby, are so lively described, that to any that reads it, it seems more like a History of Things already past, than a Prophecy of Things, which were afterwards to happen. Mind how some of it (which I have not yet recited) runs, v. 58. -Surely be bath born our Griefs, and carried our Sorrows : Yet we did efteem him stricken, Smit, ten of God and afilisted. But he was wounded for our Transgressions, he was bruised for our Iniquities, the Chastisements of our Peace was upon him, and with his Stripes we are healed. All we like Sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his oren Way, and the Lord
bath laid on him the Iniquity of us all. HeSERM. was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet be opened not his Mouth, be is brought as a Lamb to the Slaughter, and as a Sheep before bis Shearers is dumb, so be opened not his Mouth. He was taken from Prison and fr.om “Yudgment, and who fall declare bis Generation ? For he was cut off out of the Land of the Living, for the Transgression of my People was he stricken. As to the Particulars that passed upon
nailing him to the Cross, the xxii. Psalm, ver. 7, &c. describes these also to the Life, foretelling the very Taunts that his reviling Enemies should throw at him. All they that see me laugh me to scorn, they shoot out their Lips, and make their Heads, saying, He trusted in the Lord, that he would deliver bim, let him deliver him, if he would have bim. I am poured out like Water, and all my Bones are out of Joint; my Heart also in the Midst of my Body is like melting Wax, My Strength is dried up like a Potsherd, and my Tongue cleaveth to my Gums, and thou shalt bring me into the Duft of Death: For many Dogs are come about me, and the Council of the Wicked layeth. Siege against me. They pierced my Hands and my Feet, I may tell all my Bones ; they stand staring and looking upon me : They part my Garments
SER M. amongst them, and cast Lots upon my Vesturė.
Of the last of which Words it is very re-
Dif. course; we read again in Psalm 1xix. 22. that the Psalmist in the Person of Christ complains. They gave me Gall to eat, and when I was thirsty they gave me Vinegar to drink : Words that could never be true literally of
David, and therefore must respect that fur_SRRM. ther Completion of them at the Crucifixion of Jefus ; for which, when he had cried out in an Agony, I thirst-they ran, and filled a Spunge, and gave him Vinegar to drink mingled with Gall, John xix. 28.
And as thus in his Passion, so after his Death, we find all Things fulfilled in Jesus. of Nazareth, which the Prophets foretold fhould come to pass of the Mesfah. He made bis Grave with the Wicked, and with the Rich in his Death, Ifai. liii. 9. faith Isaiah of the Cbrift: And as the Thieves were buried with whom he was crucified, so was He : Only Jesus was laid in the Tomb of Joseph, a rich and a good, and a just Man of Arimathæa, and an honourable Counsellor. As to his speedy Resurrection from the Dead, the Royal Prophet is carried out into such Raptures of Divine Truft and Holy Hope, as cannot with any Propriety of Speech belong to any but the Christ; and therefore of Him prophetically must David say, Thou wilt not leave my Soul in Hell, neither shalt thou fuffer thine Holy One to fee Corruption : Pfa. xvi. 10. For as St. Peter observes, The Patriarch David himself, is both dead and buried, and his Sepulchre remains unto this Day: Therefore