Page images
PDF
EPUB

not to thare the pride and glories of "life, or gratify the carnal expectation of ambitious followers; which, had he affected external pomp, he might Have accomplished, by engroffing, răs he could have done by a word, all the 'fiches of the world; and by the fplendour of his cours, and dignity of his person, had been greater than Solo mon in all his glory, and have at: tracted the applause and admiration of the world :--this every disciple knew was in his power ;- so that the meanness of his birth, the toils and, poverty of his life,--the low offices in which he was engaged, by preaching the gospel to the poor the num. berless dangers and inconveniencies attending the execution -- were all vo. luntáry:—This humble choice both of friends and family out of the meanest of the people, amongst whom he appeared rather as a servant than a master, coming not, as he often told them, to be ministered unto, bur to minifter;---and as the prophet had foretold in that mournful description of him, having no form nor comelia ness, nor any beauty that we should defire him.

Canadian How could a disciple, you'll say, reflect without benefit on this ami able character," with all the other tender pathetic proofs of humility, which his memory would suggest had

God 701, 1960 happened of a piece with it, in the course of his master's life ;-but par

19000036 7 . ticularly at the conclusion and great

itu

[ocr errors]

catastrophe of it, - at his crucifixion ; the impressions of which could never be forgotten.—When a life full of so many engaging instances of humi. lity, was crowned with the most endearing one of humbling himself to the death of the cross,-the death of a Nave and a malefactor,--suffering himself to be led like a lamb to the Naughter,-- dragged to Calvary without opposition or complaint, and as a sheep before his shearer is dumb, opening not his mouth.

O blessed Jesus! well might a disciple of thine learn of thee to be meek and lowly of heart, as thou exhortedst them all, for thou wast meek and lowly :

- well might they profit, when such a leffon was seconded by 349" in noin

such an example ! It is not to be doubted what force this must have had on the actions of those who were attendants and conftant followers of our Saviour onearth';- saw the meeks, ness of his temper in the occurrences of his life, and the amazing proof of it at his death, who, though he was able to call down legions of angels cok his rescue, or by a fingle act of omnis potence to have destroyed his enes mies; yet fuppreffed his almighty power,-neither resented or revenge ed the indignity. done him, but patiently fuffered himself to be numbered with the transgresforsala joyi

It could not well be otherwise, but that every eye-witness of this muft 'have been wrought upon, in

;

[ocr errors]

some degree, as the apostle, to let the same mind be in him which also was in Christ Jefus. Nor will ir be disputed how much of the hou nour of St. Peter's behaviour in the prefent transaction might be owing to the impressions he received, on that memorable occasion of his Lord's death, sinking still deeper, from the affecting remembrance of the many instances his master had given of this engaging virtue in the course of his

life.

St. Peter certainly was of a warm and fenfible nature, as we may collect from the sacred writings,-a. temper fitteft to receive all the advantages which such impressions could give ;-and therefore, as it is a day

« PreviousContinue »