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loss, also, has descended to their posterity. To restore our ruined race to the enjoyment of these blessings, Christ, with infinite compassion, left his own glory, lived in our world, a frail, suffering man, and died a death of shame and agony.
He, who created Paradise at first, can create it again. He, who gave immortal life and youth, He, who communicated spiritual knowledge, refined affections, and spotless holiness to our first parents, can communicate them to us. By creating them at first, He has proved that he is able; by becoming incarnate, living and dying for our sakes, He has proved that He is willing. Dwight.
THE VOLUNTARY VICTIM.
DIE he or justice must; unless for him Some other able, and as willing, pay The rigid satisfaction, death for death. Say, heavenly Powers, where shall we find such love? Which of ye will be mortal, to redeem Man's mortal crime, and just the unjust to save ? Dwells in all heaven charity so dear?
He ask'd, but all the heavenly quire stood mute, And silence was in heaven; on man's behalf Patron or intercessor none appear’d, Much less that durst upon his own head draw The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set. And now, without redemption, all mankind Must have been lost, adjudg’d to death and hell By doom severe, had not the Son of God, In whom the fulness dwells of love divine, His dearest mediation thus renew'd :
“Father, they word is past, man shall find grace; And shall grace not find means, that finds her way, The speediest of thy winged messengers,
To visit all thy creatures, and to all
“ HE BARE OUR SINS.”
“On Me, on Me," Exclaim'd the Son of God, “ on Me alone “ Let all Thy wrath be pour’d: their's was the offence, “Be mine the punishment.” He spake, and left The golden city's hyacinthine walls; And thro' the middle of the eastern gates, Hewn from one solid emerald, as He pass’d, The angel bow'd obeisance. Earth receiv'd Her gracious visitant. By Him subdued, Legions of spirits accursed their mangled prey Reluctant quitted, and with horrid yell Howl'd hideous; touch'd by Him, the palsied hand, Long wither’d, felt the genial warmth return, Circling through every vein. He spake, and straight From the thick film was purg'd the visual ray. Awed by His potent word, the grave op'd wide His marble jaws, and yielded back to life His putrid dead. But what could all avail ? Insulted, scorn’d, betray'd by those he lov'd, He fell. Yet bleeding on the accursed tree, While the last breath hung quivering on His lips, His mercy still endured. Towards Heaven he cast The last faint glances of His closing eye, Forgive them, oh forgive !~and bowd, and died.
JUSTICE AND MERCY,
OR, THE GREAT SACRIFICE. METHINKS that a very extensive grave-yard makes its appearance, full of dead men's bones, like Golgotha, being walled round about with death and destruction, much stronger than the ancient walls of Babylon; having massy iron gates, bolted and locked by the divine threatening of the law; with this inscription on the doors—“ In dying thou shalt surely die!” inscribed by an omnipotent hand. Divine Love and Mercy were often observed looking in through the iron gates, on the inhabitants of this dreary place, with pity and compassion, and at length exclaiming, “Let mercy be built for ever. Let love be commended by God and man. Oh! that we may be permitted to enter the grave-yard, to visit the prisoners of death. We would very soon apply the balm of life; and we would plant the tree of life in the yard of death; and would justify and sanctify an innumerable company of the poor wretched inhabitants." But without a Mediator there was no admittance. “ Mercy, break the locks and enter in !"_“No, I would not; for the locks are the locks of Justice; and are under the sanction of the moral law.”
Methinks I perceived, on an ever-memorable day, at the very dawning of it, Divine Mercy and Love resorting to the gates of the grave-yard, accompanied by an august personage, in form like unto the Son of Man; who proved to be the Seed of the Woman. Their countenances appeared more cheerful, and their steps bolder. They cried out, “ Divine Justice, where art thou ?”-He sternly replied, “I am here.” The divine visitants said, “ Permit us to enter thy territories, and save the inhabitants with an everlasting salvation ?” “ No," replied Justice ; “ without shedding of blood there is no remission.” “Wilt thou accept a surety?" “ Yes ; provided he should be of sufficient worth and dignity to counterpoise the weight of sin.” Then Jesus (who stood by) said, “ Wilt thou accept my name instead of theirs ? Behold I come.”* “ Yes," replied Justice. “Be
hold, then, if thou dost acquiesce, put down my name in the roll of the book.” Jesus then asked, “ What must be the sum I must pay for them ?” “Thou must make the law honourable, by living and dying in their room—die, the dead to save.” 6 When and where dost thou fix the time of payment?” At the expiration of 4000 years.” “ Where ?” “It must be from Bethlehem Juda to the Place of Skulls. There thou must appear covered with their shame, to taste their death." Jesus replied, “I accept the condition.” His name was put in the bond ; and the keys of the grave-yard were delivered to Mercy in the name of Jesus.
During the long period, from the sacrifice of Abel to that of Jesus, thousands of rams, lambs, bullocks, and bulls, were brought to the altars for sacrifice. The fire from heaven consumed them all to ashes. None of them ever appeared alive again among their companions, as recovering from the burning altars_this was a sign of their insufficiency; therefore the fire was stronger than them all.
Behold a new wonder comes to view. Yonder, at the summit of Calvary, a new kind of sacrifice makes its appearance ; and it is drawn by heaven, hell, and earth, to the horns of the altar, to be a burnt-offering for sin. The holy fire comes down from heaven and begins to consume it, saying, “I consumed millions of rams and bulls, and am not quenched. My flame is still unquenched; I will hurn to the lowest hell if I get not satisfaction. Woe to the inhabitants of the grave-yard !” It continued burning from the sixth to the ninth hour; but at the ninth, the fire touched the divinity of the Victim, and immediately expired, saying, “ I am satisfied.”