Sermon 17: Messiah Despised, and Rejected of Men
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief.
The heathen moralists, ignorant of the character and perfections of God, the true dignity and immorality of the soul, and the root and extent of human depravity, had no better foundation, for what they call virtue, than pride; no higher aim in their reg ...read
Sermon 18: Voluntary Suffering
Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
That which often passes amongst men for resolution, and the proof of a noble, courageous spirit, is, in reality, the effect of a weak and little mind. At least, it is chiefly owing to the presence of certain ci ...read
Sermon 19: Messiah Suffering and Wounded for Us
Isaiah 53:4,5: Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: ..... He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
When our Lord was transfigured, Moses and Elijah appeared in glory and conversed with Him. Had we been informed ...read
Sermon 20: Sin Charged upon the Surety
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.
Comparisons, in the Scripture, are frequently to be understood with great limitation: perhaps, out of many circumstances, only one is justly applicable to the case. Thus, when our Lord says, Behold, I ...read
Sermon 21: Messiah Derided Upon the Cross
Psalm 22:7,8: All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Fallen man, though alienated from the life of God, and degraded with respect to many of his propensities and pursuits, to a level with the b ...read
Sermon 22: Messiah Unpitied, and Without a Comforter
Psalm 69:20 Reproach [Rebuke] hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
The greatness of suffering cannot be certainly estimated by the single consideration of the immediate, apparent cause; the impression it actually makes upon the mind of th ...read
Sermon 23: No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
Lamentations 1:12 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow!
Although the Scriptures of the Old Testament, the law of Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophecies (Luke 24:44) , bear an harmonious testimony to MESSIAH ; it is not necessary to suppose that every single passage has an immedia ...read
Sermon 24: Messiah's Innocence Vindicated
Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Let not plain Christians be stumbled because there are difficulties in the prophetical parts of the Scriptures, and because translators and expositor ...read
Sermon 25: Messiah Rising from the Dead
Psalm 16:10 For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
That the Gospel is a divine revelation may be summarily proved from the character of its Author. If an infidel was so far divested of prejudice and prepossession, as to read the history of Jesus Christ, recorded by the Evangelists, w ...read
Sermon 26: The Ascension of Messiah to Glory
Psalm 24:7-10 Lift up your head, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LOR ...read
Sermon 27: Messiah the Son of God
Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee?
Though every part of a revelation from God must of course be equally true, there may be a considerable difference even among truths proposed by the same authority, with respect to their immediate importance. There are fundamental truths, ...read
Sermon 28: Messiah Worshipped By Angels
Hebrews 1:6 Let all the angels of God worship Him.
Many of the Lord's true servants, have been in a situation so nearly similar to that of Elijah, that like him they have been tempted to think they were left to serve the Lord alone (I Kings 19:10) . But God had then a faithful people, and He has so in every age. The preaching of the Gospel may ...read
Sermon 29: Gifts Received for the Rebellious
Psalm 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
When Joseph exchanged a prison for the chief honour and government of Egypt, the advantage of his exaltation was felt by those who little deserved it (Genesis 45:4, 5 ...read
Sermon 30: The Publication of the Gospel
Psalm 68:11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it [or of the preachers]
Perhaps no one Psalm has given greater exercise to the skill and patience of commentators and critics, than the sixty-eighth. I suppose the difficulties do not properly belong to the Psalm, but arise from our ignorance of various circumst ...read
Sermon 31: The Gospel Message, Good Tidings
Romans 10:15 [As it is written] How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
The account which the Apostle Paul gives of his first reception among the Galatians (Galatians 4:15) , exemplifies the truth of this passage. He found them in a state of ignorance and misery; alienated from ...read
Sermon 32: The Progress of the Gospel
Romans 10:18 Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the end of the world.
The heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) . The grandeur of the arch over our heads, the number and lustre of the stars, the beauty of the light, the splendour of the sun, the regular succession of day and night, and of the seasons of the year, ...read
Sermon 33: Opposition to Messiah Unreasonable
Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD , and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
It is generally admitted, that the institutes of Christianity, as contai ...read
Sermon 34: Opposition to Messiah in Vain
Psalm 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.
The extent and efficacy [effects] of the depravity of mankind cannot be fully estimated by the conduct of heathens destitute of divine revelation. We may say of the Gospel, in one sense, what the Apostle says of the Law, It entered that sin might abound ...read
Sermon 35: Opposition to Messiah Ruinous
Psalm 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel
There is a species of the sublime in writing, which seems peculiar to the Scripture, and of which, properly, no subjects but those of divine revelation are capable, With us, things inconsiderable in themselves are elevated by splendid imag ...read
Sermon 36: The Lord Reigneth
Revelation 19:6 Hallelujah; for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!
The book of the Revelation, being chiefly prophetical, will not, perhaps, be fully understood, till the final accomplishment of the events shall draw near, and throw a stronger light upon the whole series. But while the learned commentators have been, hitherto, divided and perpl ...read