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of Jesus CHRisT was singularly adapted to the healing of wounded minds *.
51. The doctrine which MESSIAH should preach was to have a powerfully transforming influence upon the minds of men.--The Gospel of Christ had all this effect upon the dispositions and conduct of every one of his genuine disciples t.
52. Messiah was to be peculiarly kind and affectionate 10 young, distressed, and tender-spirited persons.- Jesus ChessT was singularly attentive to all such characters I,
53. In confirmation of his divine mission, Messiah was to display many wonderful works among the people.--Jesus CHRIST wrought abundance of miracles in confirmation of his pretensions, and the doctrines he taughtg.
54. MESSIAH was to have but little success in preaching the gospel among his countrymen the Jews.---Jesus Christ was almost universally rejected by them.
55. The minds of the Jews were to be so veiled that they should not know their MESSIAH when he came among them.The minds of the Jews were so sealed up, and enveloped in prejudice against Jesus Christ when he appeared, that he was treated by them as an impostor and deceiver **.
56. MESSIAH was to be the chief corner stone in the building of his church, elect, precious.-Jesus Christ was the chief corner stone, elect, and precious tt.
57. Messiah was to be rejected by the builders, but yet made the head stone in the corner.- JESUS CHRIST was almost universally rejected by the great men of his nation; but yet he was made both Lord and Christ the
58. MESSIAH was to preach the gospel to the poor, and to be embraced by a considerable number of that description.
Compare Isaiah Ixi. 1–3; Matthew xi. 28-30; John xiv, 1-3. + Compare Isaiah xi. 6-8; with Acts ii. 41-47.
Compare Isaiah xl. 11; Iv. 1-3; Ixi. 1--3; Matthew xii. 20; and Mark x. 13-16.
Compare Isaialı xxxv. 5, 6; with Matthew viii. and ix. chapters, aud John xxi. 25. Il Compare Isaiah liji. 1; xlix. 4; Rom. x, 1-3, 21.
Compare Isaiah vi. 9-13; xxix. 9–14; 2 Cor. iii. 5–18. # Compare Isaiah xxviii. 16; Acts iv. 11, 12; 1 Peter ii. 6–8. 11 Compare Psalm cxviii. 22; Isaiab viii. ' 13, 14; Johu vij: 48; Matthew xi, 25, 26; 1 Corinthians i. 26-31; 1 Peter ü. 7, 8.
-Jesus Christ preached the gospel to the poor, and various of that rank believed in his name*.
59. MESSIAH was to be despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.-Jesus Christ was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grieft.
60. MESSIAH was to be seen riding into Jerusalem, sitting upon a young ass, as a token of the humility of his mind.- Jesus Christ answered this prediction, as well as every other that went before concerning him, in the most minute circumstance I.
61. When Messiah should enter Jerusalem in this meek and humble manner, great crouds of the common people should welcome him with shouts and rejoicings.—When Jesus Christ rode into that proud metropolis in low disguise, the general cry of the mob was, Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD: Hosanna in the highest §.
62. MESSIAH was to be actuated with such a burning zeal for the house of God, as even to be endangered by it.- Jesus CHRIST displayed that zeal upon various occasions ||
63. Messias was to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies by the treachery of an intimate friend.--Christ was betrayed by one of the disciples whom he had chosen**
64. MESSIAH was to be sold for thirty pieces of silver.Jesus Christ was sold for the sum predictedtt.
65. MESSIAH's price, the thirty pieces of silver, was to be cast to the potter in the house of the Lord.--All this was done when Judas betrayed his MASTERITE
66. MESSIAH was to be condemned in judgment, and suffer death under the colour of public justice.-Jesus
Compare Isaiah Ixi. 1; Luke iv. 18; Matthew xi. 5; James ji. 5.
+ Compare ísaiah liï. with Matthew xxvi. and xxvii. chapters, and Phil, ii, 7, 8. See too CHANDLER's Defence, p. 178--194.
Compare Zechariah ix. 9, with Matthew xxi. 1--11.
Christ underwent a mock trial, was declared innocent by his very judge, and yet delivered over to be crucified *.
67. The followers of Messiah were all to forsake him in the time of his greatest need. When Jesus CHRIŞt was apprehended, and put upon his trial, all his disciples forsook him and fled +
68. Messias was to finish his public employment, in confirming the covenant, in about three years and a half. Jesus Christ began his public office at thirty years of age, and was put to death at thirty-three and a halft.
69. MESSIAH was to be ignominiously scourged by his persecutors.—Jesus Christ was treated in this manner 8.
70. MESSIAH was to be smitten on the face in the day of his humiliation.— Jesus Christ was basely buffeted by the hands of vile slaves 1.
71. MESSIAH was to have his face befouled with spittle.Jesus Christ condescended for our sakes even to this indignity without complaining **.
72. Messiah was to be wounded in his hands, even by his own friends.-Jesus CHRIST had his hands nailed to the cursed tree by his own countrymen tt.
73. MESSIAH was to be so marred and disfigured in his visage by the ill treatment he should receive, that his friends would scarce know him.-.And was not Jesus CHRIST so disfigured and despoiled It?
• Compare Isaiah lix. 8, 9; Matthew xxvii. chapter.
Compare Daniel ix. 27, with the period of our Lord's ininistry in the four Gospels. On this remarkable prediction of DANIEL, consult MACLAURIN's Essay on the Prophecies, p. 103[*], and Sir ISAAC NEWTON's Observations on DANIEL, chap. x, 11.
[*] This excellent work may be purchased at a cheap rate at BAYNES's, Pater Noster-row.
§ Compare Isaiah 1. 6, with Matthew xxvii. 26.
|| Compare 'Isaiah 1.6; lii. 14; Micah v. 1; and Matthew xxvi. 67.
Compare Isaiah 1. 6; Matthew xxv. 67.
11 Compare Isaiah lii. 14, with Matthew xxvii. 29, 30.-If it should be objected that several of these circumstances are trifling and unworthy of the Spirit of prophecy to reveal, it inay be very justly answered, that, “ The more minute some of these circumstances are in themselves, the greater and more convincing is the evidence of divine fore-knowledge in the prediction of them; because the
74. MESSIAH was to be oppressed and afflicted, and yet not open his mouth in complaint. He was to be brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he was not to open his mouth. - Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world, before Pilate held his peace. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing *.
75. MESSIAH was to be taken up with wicked, men in his death.--Christ was suspended on a cross between two thievest. conformity between the prediction and the history is so much the more circumstantial.”
See MACLAURIN on the Prophecies, p. 63. Compare Isaiah liii. 7, with Matthew xxvi. 63, and xxvii. 12-14.
+ Compare Isaiah liji. 9, with Matt. xxvii. 38, 60.
See on this whole chapter APTHORP's seventh discourse on prophecy, and Dr. GREGORY SHARP's Second Argument in defence of Christianity, p. 222-274. A comparison of this 53d chapter of ISAIAH, with the account given in the four Evangelists of the sufferings of CHRIST, was made the instrument of convincing the witty and wicked Earl of Rochester. The narrative given of this remarkable transaction by Bishop BURNET, is worth insertion in this place:-ROCHESTER said to Bishop BURNET, “ Mr. PARSONS, in order to his conviction, read to him the 53d chapter of ISAIAH, and compared that with our SAVJOUR’s passion, that he might there see a propliecy concerning it, written many ages before it was done; which the Jews that blasphemed Jesus Christ, still kept in their hands as a book divinely inspired. He said to me--that, as he heard it read, he felt an inward force upon him, which did so enlighten his mind, and convince him, that he could resist it no longer: or the words had an authority, which did shoot like rays or beams in his mind, so that he was not only convinced by the reasonings he had about it, which satisfied his understanding, but by a power, which did so effectually constrain him, that he did ever-after as firmly believe in his SAVIOUR as if he had seen him in the clouds. He had made it to be read so often to him, that he had gotten it by heart; and went through a great part of it in discourse with me, with a sort of heavenly pleasure, giving me his reflections upon it. Some few I rentember: Who huth believed our report? Here, he said, was foretold the opposition the gospel was to meet with from such wretches as he was. He huth no form or comeliness; and when we shall see him, there arus no beauty, that we should desire him. On this he said, the meanness of his appearance and person has made vain and foolish people disparage him, because he came not in such a fool's coat as they delight in. What he said on the other parts, I do not, says the Bishop, well remember," SHARPE's Second Argument, p. 233-240.
76. Messi au was to be buried in the sepulchre of a rich man.-CARIST was buried in the tomb of a rich counsellor*.
77. Meskau was to be put to death at the end of 490 years, froin the time when a commandment should go forth to restore and to build Jerusalem.--Now it is remarkable, that from the seventh year of ArtAXERXES LONGIMANUS, king of Persia, from whom Ezra received his commission, ch. vii. 8, to the death of Jesus Christ, there are just 490 yearst.
78. Messiah was to be presented by his enemies with vinegar and gall during his sufferings. In this manner was JESUS CHRIST treated, as he hung upon the cross I.
79. The persecutors of Messi A n were to pierce his hands and his feet. So did the bloody Jews and Romans treat the REDEEMER of mankind 6.
80. The enemies of MESSIAH were to laugh him to scorn, and to taunt and reproach him with satyrical language.--So did the Jews conduct themselves towards Christ in the day of his distressl.
81. When Messiah was put to death, his enemies were to part his garments among them, and for his vesture they were to cast lots.-When Christ was crucified, these transactions took place**
82. When the MESSIAH should suffer death, not a bone of his body was to be broken.When Christ was crucified, not a bone of him was injuredtt.
83. When MESSIAH should be put to death, his side was, by some means, not declared to be pierced.When Jesuo CHRisT was crucified, his side was pierced with a spearft.
* Compare Isaiah lii. 9, with Matthew xxvii. 38, 60.
+ Daniel ii. 24. See Sykes's Essay on the Truth of the Christian Religion, p. 20. And for the times of the birth and passion of CHRIST, consult the 11th chapter of Sir Isaac Newton's Observations upon the Prophecies of DANIEL.
Compare Psalm lxix. 21, with Matthew xxvii. 34, and John xix. 28-30.
§ Compare Psalm xxii. 16. with Matthew xxvii. 35.-Crucifixion was a thing not known among the Jews in the time of David, nor for many ages afterwards.
# Compare Psalm xxi. 7, 8, with Matthew xxvii. 39-44.
+ Compare Exodus xii. 45, and Numbers ix. 12, with John xvi. 31–36.
# Compare Zechariah xi. 10, with John xix. S4, 37.