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and glory, and power. We approach him as Emanuel, and as the great Mediator between God and man; and through him we worship the one Jehovah, who has revealed himself under the relations of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Adam is a type of Christ. How? In this respect: as the former was the cause of death to all his descendants, they did not (like him) eat of the forbidden fruit; so Christ is the cause, author, procurer of righteousness to all his seed, though they have not (like him) been personally obedient; even of that righteousness which he finished for us on the cross. For this reason, to ascertain and appropriate the honour of this righteousness to Christ, as a work not wrought in us, but completed for us on the cursed tree. He insists and dwells upon that very remarkable circumstance, One. He iterates and reiterates the emphatical word One.—Rom. v. He introduces it again and again, and can hardly prevail upon himself to discontinue the repetition, As by one man sin entered into the world. Through the offence of one many be dead. Not as it was by one that sinned so is the free gift.—The judgment was by one to condemnation.—By one man's offence death reigned by one.—As by the offence of one judgment came upon all men unto condemnation. As by the disobedience of one many were made sinners. Thus the Apostle again and again introduces the word One, and can hardly prevail upon himself to discontinue the repetition, That if a Jew should ask how can the world be saved by the well doing of one, or by the obedience of Christ ? You may be able to reply on his own principles, How could the world be condemned by the evil doing of one, or by the disobedience of Adam ?
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
And pour contempt on all my pride !
Save in the death of Christ, my God!
I sacrifice them to his blood !
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Or thorns compose so rich a crown!
That were a present far too small :
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death ; because
he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. — Isaiah liji. 9.
AND now when the even was come, because it was the Preparation, that is the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.—Mark xv. 42-45.
And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore [in Joseph's own new tomb, which he had hewn (Luke — in stone) out of a rock] because of the Jews' Preparation-day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand—John xix. 39-42. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.Matt. xxvii. 60.
And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath-day according to the commandment.—Luke xxiii. 55, 56.
Now, the next day, that followed the day of the Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.—Matt. xxvii. 62-66.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE SACRED NARRATIVE. O, Saviour, the earth was thine, and the fulness of it ; yet, as thou hadst not a house of thine own while thou livedst, so thou hadst not a grave when thou wert dead: Joseph, that rich counsellor, lent thee his, — lent it so as it should never be restored. Thou tookest it but for awhile ; but that little touch of that sacred corpse of thine made it too good for the owner.
O, happy Joseph I thou hadst the honour to be landlord of the Lord of life! How well is thy house-room repaid with a mansion not made with hands, eternal in the heavens! Thy garden and thy tomb were hard by Calvary, where thou couldst not fail of many monitions of thy frailty. How gladly dost thou now resign thy grave to him, in whom thou livest, and who liveth for ever ; whose soul is in Paradise, — whose Godhead is everywhere!
Thus, purely wrapped and sweetly embalmed, lies the precious body of our Saviour, in Joseph's new vault. Are ye now also at rest, O ye Jewish rulers ? Is your malice dead and buried with him ? Hath Pilate enough served your envy and revenge ? Surely it is but a common hostility that can die ; yours surviveth death, and puts you upon a further project: “ The chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that this deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again : command, therefore, that the sepulchre be made sure till the third day, lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen !”
How full of terrors and inevitable perplexities is guiltiness! Wicked and foolish Jews! how fain would ye fight against God and your own hearts ! How gladly would ye deceive yourselves in believing him to be a deceiver, whom your consciences knew to be no less true than powerful ! Lazarus was still in your eye. That man was no phantasm. His death,