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334-

Ofthe

PAssiON.

Sermon

1,

reporting the paffion, and thelafl: act of the pafsion (this opening ofthe.

ftde, and piercing the heart of our

Sat~iour

Cbrijl)

faith plainly, thati

11

piercing,

the rvery words of theprop!Jecie were fulfilled, (]{_efficient in me quem.

1•b:

1

9•

37·

tra11Sfixerunt.

Which terme of

piercing

we lltall the more clearely conceive; if With

the ancient Writers, wee fort it with the beginningof.P[alme

22:

)he

Pfalme of the Pafsion. For, in the very Front or lnfcription of this

Pfalme, our Saviour

CH R

1sT is compared

Cer1>omatuti11o,

to

themor.

ning Hart:

that is,

:a

Hart roufed early in the morning, (as from His ve.

·ry

birth He wasbyHerod)hunredandchafedthislifelong, andthis

day

brought to His end,and (as the poote Deere) ricken and pierced

tho~

row fide,and heart and all: which is it,we are ere willed to

behold.

There is no part of the whole courfe<;>f

our .Sal>iour

C!Jrijl's

life or

death, but it is well worthy our

looking

011;

and from each part in it, there

goeth vertue to doe us good : But,of aUother parts, and above thcf\lall,

this !all part of His piercing,is here commended unto our view. Indeed,

how cwuld the

Prophet

tcommend it more, than in avowing it to be

a~

all

ofgrace,asin

the fore-part ofthis verfe,he cloth :

Ejf:.mdamfuper eos

Jpi.

ritum Gratia:,& re.JPicient, &c.

as ifhe fhould fay: Ifthere be any gracein

us,wewill thinke it worth the

/ogking on.

Neither doth the

Prophet

only, butthe

Apoflle

alfo, call us unto it, and

Hcb._J:a.:.

willeth us

•~·f"'

to

looke

unto,and regard,Iefiu the

Author and Finifher ofour

faith.

Then fpecially, and in that act, when for the

loy of our Sail>at

ion

Jet

before Him, He endured the CroJle, and deJPifid thejhame;

that is, in this

fpectacle, whenHe was pierced.

.

· Which (furely) is continually, allourlifelong, to be done by us; and

at all times, fame time to be fpared unto it : But,if at other times,moft

requifite at this time; this very day, which we hold holy t<;> the memory

of His Pafsion, and thepiercing0fHispreciousfide. That,thoughon

other dayes,weimploy our eyes otherwife, this day at leafl:,we fixe them

on this .Object,

!JVJPicientes in Eum.

This day (I f01.y) which is dedicated

r.;b. 3.x 4;

to none other end, but even to lift

up the Son

of

Man ;asMo[es

did

tile

fer–

pent in the Toildermffe,

tbat Toe may lookr upoll Him and lil>e:

When every

Scripture that is read foundeth nothing but this unto us :when by the of–

fice of preaching

lefiu (hrifl

is lively defcribed in our fight, and (as rhe

Gal.p:

Apoflle

fpeaketh) is

l>ijibly crucified among

us?

when in the

memoriallo~

·,

C•.

II.

•6.

the holy Sacrament,

Hu death u jhewedfort

!J

until/ Hee come,

and the

my·

·

fl:erie of this

Hu piercing,

fo many wayes, fo effectually raprefenred be·

fore us. This Prophecie therefore,if at any time,at this rime to takeplace,

!JVJPicimt in Me,&c.

m

TJ '

if<

The principal! words are but two, and [et downe unto us, in

two

· •

w•

••·

points: , The fight it felfe,that is,the thing

to befeene:

and the

fight

ofit;

that is, the act

ofJeeing

or

look.ing.

~em

transfixerunt

is theObjeCl:,or fpe..,

~acle

propounded:

1\f[pi'-i-~nt

in

Em!_l,i~ ~he

Act,

o~

dttty

epjoyned.~

pf