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ad been begotten of my own body. Those within a am still, in an apparently dying condition. All busiinile of the church still had the greater weight on so ness is quite given over; and I can no more, as matters lemu occasions."
stand, correspond with any about the MSS., or any Whilst he was at Etterick, any time that he could thing else, but must leave them to the Lord, and the spare from other duties was devoted to the publication management of my friends, as he shall direct them. I of his works, and to the composition of a treatise on the do not doubt but your God, who has seen meet to row Hebrew points. His practical works, especially his you into deep waters, will, in due time, bring you out; “ Fourfold State,” will never be forgotten while there but there is need of patience. are Christians in our country to read it. Some there “ I cannot insist.–The eternal God be your refuge, are, indeed, who are prevented from perusing his writ- and underneath the everlasting arms, and plentifully reings, by a sort of floating imagination, that though a ward your twelve years' most substantial friendship.very good man, he was a weak man. And true it is he I am, my very dear Sir, yours most affectionately,” &c. knew his own weakness, but this is the very reason why He died on the 20th of May 1732, aged 56. We the power of godliness was so well known to him. li, know but little of his latter end. His public serhowever, any would regard him as weak compared vices in the church of Christ were not much interwith others, we venture to say, that few have equalled rupted by his indisposition; and when he was so de· him in mental power, any more than in piety. His bilitated by it as to be unable to go out to the church, practical writings may shew this truth, but his “ Miscel- he preached from a window in the manse, the auditory laneous Questions” shew it still more clearly. Though standing without. His fortitude in the immediate prosit is not to be expected that all who read them will be pect of dissolution never forsook him. His patience convinced by his arguments, considering that the sub- under the chastisement of a Father's hand was uninterjects involve the most difficult points in Theology, yet rupted. Inured to athictions, as well personal as doail who read them will acknowledge that there have ex. mestic, he bore them with that quiet submission, and isted few more skilful reasoners. Indeed, there is one unreluctant resignation, which a filial spirit can alone piece which he wrote to prove that the world, properly inspire. Viewing them as originating from his heavenly speaking, was not created once only, but is created anew Father, the habitual language of his heart was,
“ Shall every instant, where his reasoning is almost identical I receive all good at the band of God, and shall I not with that of President Edwards, on the same subject ; | receive evil." and although the conclusion of both may be admitted to be erroneous, to err with Edwards is an honour to
HONESTUS; which very few men can attain.
OR, THE MAN THAT CRIED, The reputation which Boston obtained as a Hebraist
ANY GOOD ?" 18, we believe, not generally known; but on this subject it may be enough to mention, that Michaelis, the most
BY THE Rev. ROBERT LEE, celebrated scholar of his day, speaks of him as the
Minister of Inverbrothock, Arbroath. “ most illustrious and most learned Boston," and says,
“ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will .:: that he had handled the subject of Hebrew punctua give you rest. tion with so much ingenuity, accuracy, cautious solidity,
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and low
ly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. assiduity and attention to the natural principles of the
"For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."—MATTHEW, xi. 28, doctrine, as to leave all others whom he had seen or read far bebind.”
“ Rest !” This is the very thing which all men everyHis domestic character is perhaps better depicted in where are seeking-—which they are anxiously running the following brief quotation than could be done by hither and thither in pursuit of—and alınost all comvolumes. “While I was walking up and down my closet plaining that they cannot find. Solomon was the wisest in heaviness, my little daughter, Jane, whom I had laid in of men, and he thought he might find what others had bed, suddenly raising up herself, said she would tell me sought in vain. He had all the means and the will A note, and thus delivered herself :- Mary Magdalene to make the search, and accordingly he ransacked the went to the sepulchre—she went back again with them whole world. If you read his Book " Ecclesiastes," to the sepulchre; but they would not believe that you will hear him complaining much like a man who Christ was risen, till Mary Magdalene met him, and he had been to “ gather tigs of thorns and grapes of this. said to her, “ Tell my brethren"—they are my brethren tles.” None of us will ever have the power to make yet.' This she pronounced with a certain air of sweet this experiment on the same scale as Solomon ; but it
It took me by the heart. • His brethren yet,' we had, we should infallibly come to the same conclu(thought I,) and may I think that Christ will own me sion. We should all of us become preachers from bis as one of his brethren yet? It was to me as life from text, “ Vanity of vanities.” The whole world lies in the dead."
wickedness, and the whole world lies blinded by this In temper he bimself tells us, “ he was timorous and delusion, that in the world itself, in its pursuits, pleahard to enter on, but eager in the pursuit when once enter sures, enjoyments, (as they are called,) there is a subed.” His private walk with God, however, is the most stantial and real good, such, that it being obtained, the striking circumstance of his life. Not merely had he soul will be satistied. And many thousands of immorfamily fasts upon remarkable and sacramental occasions, tal souls pursue this phantom from childhood to youth, but he hardly ever wrote a letter without first asking from youth to manhood, from manhood to old age, and the divine direction and assistance.
thence into the grave, and never will be persuaded that And how did this man die ? Such a question is it is nothing but a phantom ; and the same plantom surely unnecessary. He died as he lived—a citizen of assuming many different forms, to suit the changing that city whose builder and founder is God—one who, tastes of the deluded creatures who chase it. while on earth, lived by faith and not by sight; and Honestus was a boy of good parts and dispositions, one who, amidst much weakness, was strong in the and one that began early to observe and reason for himLord, and in the power of his might. The following self. He thought that if he could escape írom the conletter, written a few weeks before his death to a cor finement of school, and the drudgery of learning his lesrespondent in Edinburgh, and supposed to be the last sons, and were left at liberty to go and do as he arked, letter which, he wrote, shews a soul weaned from this he should be happy. Honestus was surprised, even in world, yet patiently abiding the Lord's good time. childhood and early youth, to find that things did not
My very dear Sir,-I am obliged downright to ac- please him as he expected they would, but that, when quaint you, ibat I have been of a considerable time, and he obtained anything he had desires, instead of resting
with that, his only rest was to begin directly to wish | indomitable energy, that his purposes and their fulfill and seek something else.
ment are never far asunder. What next? Amass a forAs he grew up, vanity put on a new dress to suit his tune, retire, and spend the evening of life in that peace altered taste. He fell into those strong and pleasing which the morning and heat of the day had been forward emotions, in which youth imagines it has discovered the to promise, but slow to fulfil. Here is another Moloch, elixir of life. But that passion was quickly consumed before which this idolater proposes to offer the dearest by the fierceness of its own fame, and it left only asbes, sacrifices—not discerning that this, like all the former, which happily contained some few grains of wisdom. is nothing but a dumb idol—which neither can hear nor
The love of knowledge succeeded, and the ambition to answer his vows. be distinguished for learning. “Oh, how excellent is The love of money is frequently the last load which knowledge !” all around him cried ; and Honestus sigh- the devil prepares for the backs of his faithful slaves. ed, “ amen," and determined that he should not be left | This is very often the last stage of the life of sin and of behind in the race for so noble a prize. Neither was alienation from God. Avarice keeps the last inn on he. But this youth soon learned, what none of the the road which leads to hell, and many, at all times, are books of science taught him, that it was possible to her elderly and reputable guests. But what Solomon know a great many things, and yet be miserable, says of the lewd woman (Prov. vii.) is true of her :through ignorance of the one thing needful. And “ Her house is the way to hell, going down to the inany thought Honestus must be happy because he was chambers of death." Most of the cold-hearted respectdistinguished; they envied the honours which they able class of sinners land here; and as it is a decent supposed satisfying, only because they had them not house (the men are scrupulous about reputation) they while he was wishing he had never existed, or that God are content to dwell in it, though every thing is frozen, had made him one of the irrational creatures, for which and they lead a kind of frozen life, which if it deadens no hell is prepared either in the present world or in the pleasure deadens pain also, till their summons comes, future—that he were a dog, a worm, or a stone. For and they pass to the place where dwell Dives and they he knew of a God, but he did not know God—the por- that gluttons are, with Judas, Balaam, Demas, and all tion and rest of the soul. He knew God enough to feel those who loved the present world and “the wages of that he testified in his conscience against Him-to dread unrighteousness." Hiin as an enemy—to harbour dark suspicions, as if he Did Honestus land here ? No. By the mercy of had been created by one who delighted in his misery. God he escaped that snare. He had long“ suspected He thought of God only as the judge and tormentor of himself a fool.” Lately, “he knew it and he found the wicked, and such he felt himself to be. He dread his place.” When he had finished his professional exed God too much to love Him. He was conscious of periment," he did chide his infamous delay;" and now being God's enemy, and he reasoned that God must be that he was to retire from the world, “he resolved and his, and he knew what he might expect from such an re-resolved," as so many have done who yet“ died the enemy. And then, oh how he wished there were no God! same." Still he is unhappy. Still plagued with his He would have that God out of existence if he could. Had old disease a vacuity of-spirita seeking for what he there been any such power as Fate, he would have knows not where to find. Long custom, indeed, bath prayed to that power that God might no longer be. now taught him better to bear his load ; and as eternity
Honestus then tried pleasure and dissipation. He approaches, it gradually begins to appear to his mind's studied the arts of pleasing in society with great suc eye as if it were further distant. This delusion is cess; for he was soon in universal request. He was strange, yet Honestus was distinctly conscious of it, and now almost never out of the whirl of company. The many others have been so. whole circle in which he moved liked him—so interest. But what ails the man? Surely he has committed ing he was, so gay, so happy he seemed, and then so re some monstrous crime, and is haunted with the terrors spectable, so correct, so moral. Honestus soon found of an evil conscience! Hath he, like another Orestes, this was not the true road. He saw that these people done foul murder, that, like him, he is pursued by a were a set of mutual dupes and hypocrites, who tried to chorus of implacable furies ? To human eyes, the man keep each other in countenance by each smiling in the hath lived on the whole well. He hath not been dispresence of the rest. And all acted the joyful so well, honest, nor dishonourable, nor cruel. And if his youth that each imagined he was the only person who was not was not altogether • stainless, yet he did nothing which so; and tried the game again, to see whether it would the world is not very ready to palliate, yea excuse. All not bring him what it seemed to bring all others, but in that know the man love him, they esteem and even admire truth brought none. What shall this poor deluded man him. Why then doth his open and ingenuous counteseek to next? Is his darkened understanding to be se nance convey nothing but emptiness, sorrow, and fear? duced by more wiles of the devil ? Shall he, like another When Orestes was pursued by the furies for the mur. Sö, be driven over more lands, restless and tortured by der of his mother, who deserved to die, though not by än eternal sting ? Now he dreams he shall find rest in the hand of her own son, he was directed by the oracle travel. He crosses the sea, he“ surveys the cities and to take shelter at the altar of the god of light. Would the manners of many nations," and "holds speech with that all who are haunted with fears—those furies of the people of a strange language." But alas he was forced mind—would listen to that oracle, spoken from Heaven, to admit that it was much easier to flee from his home a "most sure word of prophecy," which directs to seek than from himself—that “ the eye is not satisfied with the temple and the altar of Him, who is both the light seeing, nor the ear with hearing,” and that the void of and the life of the world! Run we then, and lay firm the heart is too large for the world to fill.
bold of this altar, on which one sacrifice hath been offer. What shall now be tried ? Is not the man at length ed that purges the conscience from guilt and fear, and satisfied that the evil is not without but within-not in on which the blessed radiance of God's forgiving love his circumstances, but in himself ? Oh! the manifold and mercy beams and rests so sweetly, that confidence wiles of the devil, to keep the soul from God the and hope shall be kindled by it, and that "perfect love” frightful expedients and endless refuges of lies, of which shall follow, which “casteth out tormenting fear," and the corrupt and darkened mind is the dupe and the “ maketh His commandments not grievous," and peace, slave! Once more Honestus will venture a stake-if he the peace of God, “which passeth understanding"_an loses now, he knows not what he shall do. He is pos- indescribable serenity, too perfect a gift to descend from sessed of a small fortune, but he will engage in profes- any but from the Father of Lights, shall keep our xional pursuits, to gain distinction. The prospect pleases, hearts through the knowledge and love of God. till the distinction is gained. For the man is of such Does any one still ask why this respected and ami
able person is not happy? I answer, the causes are only exceptions to this, seemed to be that class of perthese two :- The absence of good is evil, the want sons, who are enthusiastic about Christianity, and who of pleasure is pain, the want of happiness is misery. are commonly called “saints." These men did conThe soul of man has been created with an appetite fidently affirm they had found what all others, and for good, not apparent but real, as his body has been themselves aforetime, sought in vain. Two things rewith an appetite for real and solid nourishment. And specting these people Honestus remarked as singular; without the former, the soul can no more be satisfied first, that they were unanimous in their assertion; and, than the body without the latter. We may deaden second, that they were all very confident in it, and the or mock those appetites. When they " ask bread more enthusiastic they were, so much the more confident. we may give them a stone, when they ask a fish It might not be amiss he thought to try this experiment we may present them with a serpent;" but with also. The hopes of religion extend to another world, out their proper supply they never can be at rest. and therefore, if delusive, they would at least please The bodily appetite and the spiritual may, both of him during the whole of this.
Honestus had never them, be abused with that which has the appearance been a professed infidel,-he had been infidel only in merely of what they crave, but they will rest in this fact and in life. He had never laughed at the Bible, only till the deception has been detected. “ It shall he had only despised it by every thing he did, and even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and be said, and thought. As for atheism, his had never gone hold he eateth ; but he awaketh, and his soul is emp- farther, than “ being without God in the world,” and ty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and behold he wishing there were no God. He bad even sometimes drinketh ; but he awaketh, and behold he is faint, and said his prayers, but God had never given him what his soul hath appetite.”—Isaiah, xxix. Many people he did not wish. And though he went occasionally to think, that if a person has nothing to make him miser- church, which he thought a laudable custom, and useful able he must, of course, be happy. How foolish this for example's sake, he found all he sought there, that supposition: As foolish as to conclude that a man must is nothing at all. therefore be rich because nobody robs him; or strong Honestus knew something of the evidences of Chrisand healthy because no one wounds him ; or live for tianity. He had read Butler's “
Analogy” many years ever because no person stabs or poisons him. Happi- ago, and this was the chief reason why he had not ness is not the negation of misery, though misery is the grown a professed infidel in self-defence.
He now negation of happiness. This is the first cause why Ho- began seriously and diligently to read and study the nestus has all his life resembled that man in the Gospel, New Testament. He was astonished to find the book (Luke xi.) " out of whom the unclean spirit went, and so interesting,—so full of vivacity and variety-such who walked through dry places seeking rest but finding pathos—such power and vividness of description. But none.” Did any one ever think it wonderful that a the thing which now impressed Honestus most, and thirsty person was uneasy till he got drink wherewithal convinced him of the divine inspiration of the Scripto quench his thirst ? or should we pronounce it strange tures was, the true and striking picture which they that he felt still unsatisfied, thongh many things were gave of hiinself; of the wickedness of his heart, and the presented to him which had got the name, but not one misery which accompanied it. They discovered to him of them the nature and properties of what he sought ? more of his condition not only than any other book had
The second cause of this man's discomfort, was a done, but even more than himself had ever discovered certain light which had got into his conscience-a light or known, but which, when discovered, he could not which came from heaven doubtless, but was to him but acknowledge was perfectly true. worse than darkness, for it gave him nothing but fear. But now his distress increased tenfold. He knew He knew thus much, that his whole life had been one himself diseased, of this he had a most painful conseries of rebellions against God, or rather one continuous viction, but he saw not where or what was the cause. act of rebellion. He did not remember, that during He felt much more wretched than formerly; as a prihis whole life he ever performed one action, on the soner, found guilty, condemned, ordered for execution, simple ground, that God required it; and he shuddered is more wretched than one who only suspects he may at the judgment of his Maker therein already pronounc- be found guilty, and if so, may suffer some secondary ed in his own conscience, against more than fifty years punishment. For, as the Bible describes his character of actual and active opposition to His government and in that of “the wicked who through the pride of his will, of contemptuous disregard of His authority. He countenance called not upon God, and in all whose was filled with consternation at his own madness in thoughts God is not ;”, when he perceived himself having so daringly despised an enemy out of whose accurately painted, as “the proud,” “ the high-minded," hands he could not even hope to escape. And when “ the sensual, who have not the Spirit,"
” “ the hater of he awoke in the morning and found himself still out of God," "the covetous ;" when he could not deny that hell, he wondered whether this forbearance on the part he was all these, he saw not how he could be otherof God were an overflowing of mercy, or a refinement wise than cursed, with all the curses uttered against of cruelty, reserving him for a severer punishment. such persons. And now, like Luther, he “ was horriThe devil helped him to favour the last supposition, bly afraid of the day of judgment.” For he no longer which encreased his fear and hatred of God.
dreamed about God, and heaven and hell; but he was Honestus, having got out of the world, and having now fully awake and alive to their reality. He felt as found that his calm retreat was only another of the sure there is a God as that he was a man; he had no “ clouds without water," by which a lying spirit had
more doubt there is a heaven than that there is an earth; promised that his soul should be refreshed and satis- and he was as much convinced there is a hell to come, fied, saw at length, with a clearness not to be mistaken, as that he had a foretaste of it in the hell he now car that his whole inner man was wrong; that his whole ried about in his own bosom. He had the faith of notions and sentiments must be radically false ; in devils, he believed and trembled.” The same evil short, that the fault was not without in his conduct, but spirit which had led him formerly to despise, made him within, in his own mind. But how did other men now distrust and disbelieve the mercy of God. “I feel? Honestus was a person of extensive reading and have sown to my flesh,” he said, “ therefore I must observation, and he remarked that the great majority reap corruption;" I have neglected " so great salvation,” of people were not very unlike himself, though not to therefore,®“ I cannot escape.” God “has called" the same degree dissatisfied ; that, when they spoke during more than fifty years, and I all that time “ have candidly, they confessed they had followed shadows, refused ;” and he does what he has threatened," he
sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind." The I laughs at my calamity and mocks when my fear cometh."
And then he thought he must have committed the sin | to escape such a calamity! Jesus Christ, the Son against the Holy Ghost, which will never be forgiven of God, saveth poor creatures; and, oh! how He sembled Judas the Traitor, in his sins and in his des pitied them, when He perceived that, instead of pair; and he would have killed himself like him if he running to Him as a friend who could ease them could have hoped that God would be provoked to an- of their burdens, they fled from Him as if He were nihilate him. But to be brought nearer to what he felt an enemy and a task-master. And here He stands so near already, was to him an awful thought, and this by the wayside, and tries to convince the infatuarestrained him.
ted men, that they are now nothing better than After Honestus had remained in this fearful condi- slaves and beasts of burden, and those who are betion some time, he went to his parish church one
come sensible of this, and feel weary of the gallSabbath morning. From that time Honestus has not known despair nor slavish fear which hath torment, ing yoke, He encourages to cast it off resolutely, but has understood that the gift of God is eternal and for ever, and to take on them his yoke which life through “ Jesus Christ our Lord;" he has had is easy, his burden which is light, and he gives the liberty, and he contides in the love of one in whom them the Word of God for an assurance, that there is the spirit of an adopted child, crying, “ my fa
“ they shall find rest to their souls." ther, my father." Nor hath it since come into his mind to doubt, that as one who is his brother, and the pro- laden," seeking « rest to their souls," but finding
There are many persons “weary and heavy pitiation for his sins," as a God maketh intercession for him with the Father, so the Spirit proceeding from it not, who have heard of Jesus Christ, and these the same Father, maketh intercession in him as a God,“ gracious words which proceeded out of his “ with groanings that cannot be uttered.” Oh, how mouth ;” why then hear they not what the Son of blessed to know, that the yoke and the burden which God so freely offers ? The causes seem to be he had begged all men and all things to take off, and chiefly these : 1st, They want faith in Him that which he found not one of them could remove, hath been removed by the hand of God himself; yea, God makes this gracious offer, they have no confidence who became flesh, for this express purpose of mercy, that He will do what He says; or, 2dly, They that we who have exhausted ourselves in seeking rest, suspect the rest which Christ proposes to confer might from him receive it to our souls.
is not the kind which will suit them—they cannot The sermon which Honestus heard on the occasion comprehend, that “ learning of Him to be meek above-mentioned, and which was made the means of and lowly,” should prove so pleasant a yoke, as to " to what hope he was called,” (Ep. i. 17–20,) and also, give rest to their souls ; or, 3dly, If convinced whence must come both pardon for past offences and both of the veracity of Jesus Christ, and that His power to do the will of God, was a very plain and burden is as light as he says, yet they imagine it ordinary production; probably the reader hears two is too great a favour for them, they are not worthy much better sermons every week. And the effect to receive it, and that therefore they must remain which so feeble a weapon produced, the minister who preached it always looked upon as a signal illustration weary and heavy laden unto eternity. In order to of the words, Not by might nor by power, but by correct these three mistakes, let us set ourselves my Spirit, saith the Lord;” and of these, -—“ This to answer the three following questions :treasure we have," not in vessels of gold or silver, but 1. Who is the person that makes the promise “ in earthen vessels." This Gospel is oft committed to in the text? Our confidence in the truth of the men who are not able to enforce it by the most powerful message must depend very much on the character arguments, or to press it with the most striking eloquence, of Him that delivers it. But who speaks the pro" that the surpassing power of it might be evinced to mise, “I will give you rest?” The Word of be of God and not of men;" that its effects in appease God speaks it. The wisdom of God speaks it. ing the conscience, purifying the heart, transforming the life
, might be acknowledged to be the issue not of God's Son, His messenger, His apostle, speaks it, any human but of a divine power. And yet his mind in whom His promises are all of them yea and was forcibly arrested in listening to the following amen, i. e. faithful and true, to whose divine comDISCOURSE.
mission the Father set His seal, when there came
that voice from the surpassing glory, " This is my '" Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, beloved Son.” Will any man call God a liar to and I will give you rest."-MATTHEW, xi. 28.
his face? Doubt not, then, reject not His word, It is incredible what pains men take to render turn not away. When God commands, “ hear ye themselves miserable—what diligence they use to Him," i. e. listen, believe, obey. In short, since quicken their progress to hell. They are not content God speaks, let us receive, without the least doubt to be carried thither in the natural course of things, or hesitation, with absolute and implicit faith, but they will strain every nerve to go as fast as pos- whatever He says. For I tell you plainly, that sible, as if terrified lest others should outstrip them God will sooner extinguish hell, and revoke His in the road. If they only walked in ways of their sentence of condemnation against all reprobate own, they would very soon come to the end of men, angels, and devils, than any one who comes their journey, but to arrive in the bottomless pitto Jesus Christ and takes His yoke upon him, very soon, is not soon enough for their impatience shall be disappointed of finding that rest to his and fury, hence they run post-haste, and lose no soul which the Lord Jesus has given him reason time. They appear terribly afraid lest God's to expect. God willeth that all his threatenings mercy should catch them, lest it should rob them should be void rather than any one of his proof their dearly-beloved sins, and forthwith plonge mises should fail to be accomplished. them into heaven. What infinite pains they take 2. To whom does this exalted person speak?
To what manner of men does He address himself ? | it, groaning on a cross, derided of men, assaulted Perhaps to those who are very joyful, or very sa of devils, forsaken of God ? Hath He done and tisfied, or very good ? To them who are very endured so much to bring us a remedy for our prosperous and very happy ? To such as have weary and labouring spirits, and yet will He not heard of calamity and a sorrowing spirit only by give the remedy but to some, who happen to be the hearing of the ear? Is any among you in dis- weary after a special manner ? This is not the tress, is any in fear and great dismay, harassed by way in which his grace proceeds. If you are present misfortunes and painful doubts? Who is weary and heavy laden, so that you wish to be in perplexity, or despairs of God's mercy, or sus- relieved and delivered, let this be your gratification, pects that he has sinned away all his day of grace,
title and warrant. And let no man and and for him now nothing remains but night and no devil persuade you, that you are presumptuous, thick darkness? Who is there, that when he reads or will be unsuccessful, till Jesus Christ himself the Bible, the message of God's mercy, the good revokes his own words, “ come unto me all ye news of His grace, fancies that the threatenings that labour and are heavy laden.” To thee, o and the curses, the condemnation, the fire and the man, the Saviour speaks, who art troubled and worm, alone were prepared and designed for him ? seekest rest, which thou knowest not where to To thee, O man, Jesus Christ speaks this mes find. Put not away his gracious words which He sage of peace now by his spirit, as truly as if he penned, so that thou mightest understand they had addressed it to thee actually in his flesh. are addressed unto thyself, and, that thou being What persuades the man that he has not a right weary with running elsewhere to seek relief, to obey the command “come,” when Jesus Christ mightest find it here—that thou who art sore gives him that command ? Who should know bet- spent with the huge burdens of sorrow, which sin ter than Jesus Christ ? And how can any imagine, hath loaded thee withal, mightest by that gracithat coming, he will not be heard by Him that ous hand, which touched the blind, and they saw, said, “ I will give you rest,” “ He that cometh and being stretched out, saved the drowning and to me I will in no wise cast out ?” Does the Lord frighted disciple, and broke the symbol of His own Jesus not know what he means ? or not mean body in the sacramental bread, having first been what he says? Does he give us commands which raised to bless it,—by that gracious hand which he does not permit us to obey ? or hold out hopes was fixed through with a nail, and fastened to the which he will never realize ? Resist that thought. cross, which convinced His disciples, and struck “ Let God be true, but every man a liar.” His the distrusting Thomas dumb—that hand which word is true whether we believe it or not, for was lifted up to bless His followers before he left “ He continueth faithful, He cannot deny himself.” the earth, and is even lifted up, in intercession to
Say not, you are perhaps “not weary and heavy the Father, for them in heaven—from the fulness laden” in the particular way, or from that parti- of whose grace, blessings perpetually descend upon cular cause, intended by the Saviour. What them; and that by that gracious hand, thou, o have you to do with particular ways or causes ? my soul, mightest have thy burden taken off, and Not one word does Christ speak about any such mightest run in the way of His commandments, thing. But, to those who are in the state he “ with enlarged heart.” And wheresoever thou art, mentions, by what means soever they may have thou canst find no other just argument to shew come into that state, or whatever may be its pe- that these words are not meant for them, except culiarities, the gracious words of the Lord are this, that thou art not weary and heavy laden. spoken. Do you suspect that the great Physician 3. Such being the person who speaks, and first sends messengers round the world, to assure such being the persons to whom He speaks, let us all people, that every one labouring under a cer hear next what it is He says to them.
« Come tain mortal distemper, shall, on coming to Him, unto me, and I will give you reşt.” First, a combe infallibly cured, but that, when the poor mand, then a promise. 66 Come.” How? As creatures have prevailed on themselves to come a scholar comes to his master -as a patient to his and get the infallible cure, the Physician begins physician—as a man who had taken poison would to explain to one that his distemper, though that to a person who, he knew, possessed an antidote which He promised to cure, did not arise from -as one who hath a great need, to another who that particular cause which rendered him a fit hath an ample store, and a ready will and an open subject for His applications; to another, that heart. “ Come," as a condemned criminal would though he was seized with the genuine disease, apply to him who could reprieve and pardon him, yet there were peculiarities in his case which pre- and had assured him he should have a pardon, if vented his being taken on treatment;—to a third, he would but apply for it. Thus come, ye weary that his disease was not far enough advanced ; and heavy laden souls, to this Master and Lord to a fourth, that his was too far? Oh, who can
Oh, who can of life, nothing doubting, casting away fear, for think thus dishonourably of the great Physician, your own doubts and fears are more formidable who travelled all the distance from heaven to obstacles than all the things you fear. How dare earth, from the throne and the bosom of God, to you fear, when God commands you to hope ? the bosom of a poor woman, and assumed the form How dare you doubt, when God bids you be conof man, of a servant among men; who began fident? Nay, but obey the precept “ Come,” and llis life in a manger among the beasts, and ended | you cannot but receive the promise~" Rest."