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with a Word of his Mouth; and healed the SE R M.
SERM. John iii. 2. And therefore well might Peter
pronounce him, after he had worked them all, a Man approved of God, by Miracles, and Wonders, and Signs, which God did by bim, Acts ii. 22.
If then he was a Prophet ; a Prophet from God; and a Prophet that spake nothing but the Mind of God; as the Miracles, which he could work only by the Power of God, did evidently shew ; we then surely may admit his own Testimony of himself at last, viz. that he was that one fupreme, anointed Prophet, the Mesas or Christ, whom all the Prophets as well as Moses had formerly foretold. This Character therefore he assumed to himself, when, entering into one of the Synagogues at Nazareth, where the Book of the Prophet Ifaias was delivered to him, be opened the Book, and found the place where it was thus written : Luke iv. 16-21.The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the Poor ; he has 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, and to preacă the acceptable Year of the Lord.—For, as foon as Jefus had read these Words, and
took them for his Text, (and that to the SERM. first Sermon he ever preached ;) be closed the Book; and gave it again to the Minister, and sat down : And when the Eyes of all that were in the Synagogue were fastened on him, he began to say unto them ;—This Day is this Scripture fulfilled in your Ears. By which he gave
his Auditors to understand, that he did not undertake the Office he was performing merely of himself; but that he was anointed and assigned to it by the Holy Ghost: He being that Prophet, whom Isaias, in the Words he had read to them, 'foretold ; and consequently that he was the expected Mesab or Christ.
We confeis that, notwithstanding all his Doctrine and Miracles, the Jews, to whom they were principally applied, received him not: They would neither hear the one, nor be convinced by the other, but rejected both; harassing and persecuting him as long as he lived ; and at last hurrying him to an ignominious Death. But what is it that can be inferred from hence ? Did that invalidate, or confirm his Authority ?_Confirm it surely. For hear me read the latter Part of the Text again :- It shall come to pass that every Soul, that will not bear that Propbet, shall be de. VOL. II.
SERM. Atroyed from among the People. And pray
what are become of that obstinate People who refused to hear him? Where are now the Jews, who rejected and flew him All scattered and dispersed in every Country abroad, and scarce a single Man of them to be found in their own. Indeed had their City and Temple been still standing ; and the Jews continued to dwell and worship there as before ; we might have had Reason to doubt, whether He, whom they had so cruelly used, (and they yet unpunished) could have been that Prophet, the Rejection of whom, according to Moses's Prediction, was to be followed by so severe a Cutting off and Destru. Etion. But since their Temple and City both were,
within a few Years after the Death of Jefus, utterly destroyed, and not so much as one Stone left upon another ; (the Romans rooting up the very Foundations with a Plough ;) and since also the whole Body of the People were either destroyed or carried away Captive, and fold like Slaves in the Markets of all Nations, to the Amount of above 1,100,000 in all ; both which Milfortunes Jesus himself had foretold them should come upon them, for not receiving him ; fince these Things, I say, were the
SERM. Consequences that ensued ; it is another good
VIII. Proof, not only that Jesus was a true Prophet ; but also that he was the very: Prophet foretold by Moses, the Refusal and Rejection of whom should be so revenged. Accordingly St. Peter, when he preached to them the Sermon, out of which I have taken my Text, being sensible that that Judgment was coming upon them, 'called upon them, if they could, to repent and avert it. Repent you therefore (faith he) and be converted, that your Sins may
be blotted out : ver. 19.For Mofes truly faid unto the Fathers, &c. Which Prophecy being now clearly proved to have been perfectly compleated in the Perfon of Jesus ; I shall now
In the Close, and by way of Application, take Notice of the Memento and Call, which both Moses and Peter give unto all Men to hear and attend to him, and the Judgment which they denounce against those that hear
Him Sall ye bear, &C.--As these are Words of great Concernment to all to whom this Prophet is known; I shall endeavour to fix and settle'them in their Minds, by confidering them orderly, Line by Line, and by making my Observations as I go along.