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feel, and the violent effects it had upon his immaculate body, to deliver us from the dangers and calamities , which now are coming on us.
II. Wy bis Cross and Palton. It is usual in Scrip-, ture to put the Cross, for the Torments which Jeļus suffered thereon, Heb.xii.2. so that we are said to be reconciled by the Cross, Ephesii.16. Col.i.20. but neither there, nor in this our Litany can'that be meant of the wood , but of that cruel death which our Lord cndured on the Cross, and therefore the next word explains what we mean by his Cross,viz. his Pallion : However these two words are intended to comprehend all that Jesus endured in body and soul , the Crucifixion of his felh, and the Passions of his mind : So that we do entreat him by all the Parts of his grievous death, and all that torment that accompanied it to deliver us : By the smart of the whips, the wounding of the Thorns, by the renting of the Nails, and the piercing of the spear, by the pain, the sickness and the languishings of three long hours, we befeech him to think upon us in our extremities, and also by the anguish of his mind, viz, the fear and horror, the grief and all other Pafiions, wherewith his Soul was racked, while he looked upon the fury of his Persecutors, the unkindness of his Disciples, the wrath of his father, and the misery of those who reject this Salvation ; by all and each of these we most efficaciously intercede with himn for Deliverance. And how could the tender mother deny relief to the child of her bowels , if it begged it from her by the Agonyes and Throws, the anguish and tormenting Pain, which she endured in bringing this Child into the world? The same force it must needs have upon the blessed Jesus, when we importune him by all that he fuffered for our fakes : Lord halt thou loved us fo well us to endure all this for us, and wilt thou now negle&t us?
Hast thou submitted to so much to deliver us from Eternal Misery, and wilt thou let us sink under lefserburdens ? These are the Instruments and means by which all Mankind is,
or may be, delivered, there the motives mbich the best of men have prevailed by, therefore by the means and for the fake of these thy sufferings, Good Lord
II). By his precious Death and Wartal, which were the doleful effects of his Cross and Walton. The Death even of a good man is precious, Pfal. cxvi, 15. but the Death of Christ the most precious of all, 1 Pet. 1.19. being accepted by God as a sufficient price to deliver all the world from Death Eternal: Deaty is the greatest of Evils, and the Wages of Sin; but Jesus who had no Sin submitted to it, yea stooped fo low as to delçend into the Grave, remaining in Hades, or the state of the Dead , until the third Day: So that we have now these admirable Condescentions of his for a ground of our Faith, and a motive to our Petitions for deliverance. If his love had been less than infinite he had not done all this, and it it be so great, why do we fear de fertion? He hath dyed for us, and shall his death nothing avail, mult we dye alsó ? When it cost him his life, he refused not to redeem us, and will he leave us, when he may deliver us by one single word? He that was content to lye in the darksome and doleful Cell of the Grave, yea to descend into Hell for us, no doubt hath a mighty pity and affection for us, and by all that Mercy we now beseech him to deliver
IV. 159 bis glorious Kelurrection and arcenficnt. We have followed our dearest Lord through all the fteps of his Humiliation, and the Stages of his misery, and now we turn our Eyes toward his reltauration, and the regaining of his Glory, for his Exaltation as well
as his Sufferings afford us Arguments to crave mercy : His Death and Bartal were precious, his Kesurrecit‘on and ascendon glorious, those declare how much he would, these how much he could do for us. Good will and ability are often separated in Men, fome would deliver us, but cannot, others can deliver us and will not ; but in Jesus they both meet in the highest Degree, he broke the Chains of Death, opened the inexorable gates of the Grave, and is now ascended to where he was before: Are our Calamities stronger than death or more invincible than the grave? Cannot he who did fo illuftriously deliver himself, when under seals and guards, under the power of death, and in the mouth of Hell, cannot he deliver us? He is ascended into glory, and will he suffer us to descend into misery without helpor any succour? Let us then engage him by his infinite power and his unspeakable glory to deliver us, he arose that death might not hold us, he ascended to prepare a place for us, now by the mercy of these molt excellent de tigns, we will pray, Good Lord deliver
Lastly, we the coming of the Holy Ghod. Although our Saviour was not to stay always among us himselt yet he promised upon his departure to send his Holy Spirit to be his Retident here, until his second coming, and that he might Ihew at once the Truth of his own promise, the prevalency of his interest in Heaven, and the continuance of his love to us on earth, he did noft eminently fulfil this Promise within ten days after his Ascention, by the coming of the Holy Ghod:Wherefore we beseech him by his Love in promiling, his Truth in performing, by his Interest in Heaven, and his Honour on Earth, that he will please to deliver us ; the Spirit is the greatest and Lett of all Gifts, and tince he hath given us that, we may well hope for all lesser favours, era
pecially since this Holy Spirit intercedes for us and with us, by unexpressible fighs and groans, that our Good Lord would deliver us: We can now engage him by this Advocate of his own appointing, and doubtless he will grant our Suit, when he hath furnished us with such an Intercessor;by the love which thou expressedAt in giving thy Spirit to us, Good Lord,&c.
Thus we may very effećtually apply them severally, or if we look back upon our own Miseries and compare these Acts of Jesus with them, we shall find there is a falve for every Sore; and if we will be more particular, we may beseech him to deliver us from the Corruptions of our nature, and Original Sin, by his Holy Incarnatton and Nativity; from the Power of Iniquity, by his Eircumcidon and his Baptism; from Famine, by his $atting; from all the Deceits of the world, the flesh and the Devil,by his Temptation ; from the terrors of War,and Lempette, Plagues and other devouring Judgments, by bis agontes and bloody Sweat; from the ww rath of God, by his Cross and Pafton ; from an evil and untimely Death, by his pzettous Death and Borial; from the miseries of a mortal State, by his glorious Kefarrection and arcenton ; and from hardness of Heart, and contempt of Gods Wozd, by the coming of tbe Holy Gbctt: These are the Arguments by which Jesus intercedes for us to his Father, defiring that he will have mercy on us, because he was born like unto us, lived with us, dyed and rose again for us, and we use the same motives to our blessed Mediator , and if we do it fervently, they cannot be deny. ed: And though our misery ought to make us plead by these admirable Arguments very devoutly always, yet I would have it noted, that there are some folemn Times, when every particular Argument comes to be more proper and seasonable, than ordinary: Thus at