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This hath been always the method of Pharifees and highpriests, when they have been taking counsel against the LORD JESUS, and his dear anointed ones. But they need not have been afraid on this account: for our Saviour's kingdom neither was, nor is of this world; and the only way to have preferved their place and nation, was to have countenanced, and as much as in them lay, caused all to believe on JESUS. How miferably were they out in their politics! The death of JESUS, which they thought would save, was the grand cause of the utter deftruction both of their place and nation : And fo will all politics formed against CHRIST and his gospel end at last in the deftruction of those who contrived them.

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O'the desperate wickedness and treachery of man's deceitful heart! Where are the fcribes, where are the infidels, where are the letter-learned difputers of this world, who are daily calling for a repetition of miracles, in order to confirm and evidence the truth of the chriftian religion? Surely if they believe not Mofes and the prophets, neither would they believe, though one rofe from the dead. Here was one raised from the dead before many witnesses, and yet all those witnesses did by no means believe on JESUS. For divine faith is not wrought in the heart by moral perfuafion (though moral fuafion is very often made ufe of as a means to convey it); faith is the peculiar gift of God: no one can come to JESUS unless the Father draw him: and, therefore, that I may draw near the close of this discourse, let me fhut up all with a word of exhortation.

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Come, ye dead, Chriftlefs, unconverted finners, come and fee the place where they laid the body of the deceased Lazarus, behold him laid out, bound hand and foot with grave-cloaths, locked up and ftinking in a dark cave, with a great stone placed on the top of it! View him again and agained go nearer to him; be not afraid; fmell him, ah! how he ftinketh. Stop there now, paufe a while; and whilst thou art gazing upon the corpfe of Lazarus, give me leave to tell thee with great plainnefs, but greater love, that this dead, bound, entombed, ftinking carcafe, is but a faint representation of thy poor foul in its natural ftate: for, whether thou believeft it or not, thy fpirit which thou bearest about with thee, fepulchred in flesh and blood, is as literally dead to GoD, and as truly

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dead in trefpaffes and fins, as the body of Lazarus was in the cave? Was he bound hand and foot with grave-cloaths? So art thou bound hand and foot with thy corruptions and as a stone was laid on the fepulchre, fo is there a ftone of unbelief upon thy ftupid heart. Perhaps thou haft lain in this state, not only four days, but many years, ftinking in GoD's noftrils. And, what is ftill more affecting, thou art as unable to raise thyself out of this loathfome, dead ftate, to a life of righteousness and true holiness, as ever Lazarus was to raise himself from the eave in which he lay fo long. Thou mayeft try the power of thy own boafted free-will, and the force and energy of moral perfuafron and rational arguments (which, without all doubt, have their proper place in religion); but all thy efforts, exerted with never so much vigour, will prove quite fruitless and abortive, till that fame JESUS, who faid, SUS, who faid, "Take away the ftohe," and cried, "Lazarus, come forth," comes by his mighty power, removes the stone of unbelief, fpeaks life to thy dead foul, lodfes thee from the fetters of thy fins and corruptions, and by the influences of his bleffed Spirit, enables thee to arife, and to walk in the way of his holy commandments. And O that he would now rend the heavens, and come down amongst you! Othat there may be a stirring among the dry bones this day! O that whilft I am fpeaking, and faying,

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Methinks I fee fome of you affected at this part of my dif courfe. What fay you? Are there not fome ready to complain, alas! we have fome relations prefent, who are fo no toriously wicked, that they not only hug their chains, but make a mock of fin, and ftink not only in the fight of Gon, but man. Dear fouls! you are ready to urge this, as a reafon why JESUS will not raife them; and think it hard, perhaps, that JESUS does not come, in answer to your repeated groans and prayers, to convert and fave them. But what JESUS faid unto Martha, I fay unto you, Believe, and you fhall fee the glory of God." Think it not a thing incredible, that GOD fhould raife their dead fouls. Think not hard of JESUS for delaying an answer to your prayers; affure yourt felves he heareth you always. And who knows, but, this day JESUS may vifit fome of your dear relations hearts, upon whofe account you have travelled in birth till CHRIST be formed in them? You have already fympathized with Martha and Mary, in their doubts and fears; who knows but you may also be partakers of that joy which their fouls experienced, when they received their rifen brother into their longing arms. wor bluew on tedi O baA O Chriftlefs fouls, you do not know, what grief your con tinuance in fin occafions to your godly relations! You do not know how you grieve the heart of JESUS. I befeech you give him no fresh caufe to weep over you upon account of your unbelief: let him not again groan in his fpirit, and be troubled. Behold how he has loved you, even fo as to lay down his life for you. What could he do more? I pray you. therefore, dead finners, come forth; arife and fup with JESUS This was an honour conferred on Lazarus, and the fame has nour awaits you: Not that you fhall fit down with him per fonally in this life, as Lazarus did; but you shall fit down with him at the table of his ordinances, efpecially at the table of the Lord's-fupper, and ere long fit down with him in the kingdom of heaven wil noy toda nit graft as I ob Happy, thrice happy ye, who are already raised from fpiritual death, and have an earneft of an infinitely better and more glorious refurrection in your hearts. You know a little, how delightful it must have been to Martha and Mary and Lazarus, to fit down with the blefied JESUS here below; but

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HESE words contain part of a gracious promise, which the bleffed JESUS was pleafed to make to his weeping and forrowful difciples. The time was now drawing near, in which the Son of man was firft to be lifted up on the cross, and afterwards to heaven. Kind, wondrous kind! had this merciful High-priest been to his difciples, during the time of his tabernacling amongst them. He had compaffion on their infirmities, answered for them when affaulted by their enemies, and set them right when out of the way, either in principle or practice. He neither called nor used them as servants, but as friends; and he revealed his fecrets to them from time to time. He opened their understandings, that they might understand the scriptures; explained to them the hidden myfteries of the kingdom of GOD, when he spoke to others in parables nay, he became the fervant of them all, and even condefcended to wash their feet. The thoughts of parting with fo dear and loving a Master as this, especially for a long feafon, muft needs affect them much. When on a certain occafion he intended to be absent from them only for a night, we are told, he was obliged to constrain them to leave him ; no wonder then, that when he now informed them he must entirely go away, and that the Pharifees in his abfence should put them out of their fynagogues, and excommunicate them; yea, that the time fhould come, that whofoever killed them,

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