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the race of Adam in bondage to sin, and exposed to all its awful consequences. He was moved with compassion, and so loved man that he sent his only begotten Son to suffer and die for their redemption.

The Greeks relieved by Alexander were his friends, but man was the enemy of God when he sent his Son to die for his deliverance. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5: 8. How wonderful the love of God in sending his Son to deliver man from the bondage of sin.

Christ is wonderful in his origin. In this he differs from that of all other beings. Angels and men were created by God through the agency of Christ. He "is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers: all things were created by him, and for him." Colos. 1: 15-16. All others are the children of God by creation; he is the begotten Son of God and not a created Son.

Christ was wonderful in his pre-existent glory. He had a glory with the Father "before the world was." When the universe of worlds existed only in the mind of Jehovah, ere the outlines of creation were thrown over the rayless eminence of darkness, and yon mighty wilderness of moving worlds trembled into being, or created intelligences awoke from the eternal womb, Christ existed with the Father.

"When the radiant morn of creation broke,
And the world in the smile of God awoke,
And the empty realms of darkness and death

Were moved through their depths by his mighty breath,
And orbs of beauty, and spheres of flame,

From the void abyss by myriads came,"

the Son of God was then clothed in majesty and glory.

Christ was wonderful in his birth. It was foretold by the holy prophets and angels from heaven. The time and place was pointed out ages before he was born. God created a new and brilliant star to guide the wise men of the east to the cradle of the child Jesus; and "a multitude of the heavenly host" came down from heaven to celebrate his birth with songs of praise to God. The birth of Princes and Kings is celebrated with great pomp, but among all the countless millions that have been born into the world, none have been so distinguished in their birth as Christ.

Christ was wonderful in his humility. He filled the highest station in heaven next the eternal throne, and was the honored agent through whom God created the material universe, with all its myriads of inhabitants. He was in the bosom of his Father. Such was his exalted position; but he voluntarily left it and came into the world in the humble form of a servant. "He humbled himself." Diocletian, the Roman Emperor, and Charles V. voluntarily laid aside the robes of regality and descended from the throne to private life; but this was because they could not find the happiness they sought in the possession of power and the splendors of empire. Christ did not leave his throne in heaven because he was unhappy there; but he descended from it and assumed the humble form of a servant that he might make others happy.

Peter II., the great Czar and Emperor of Russia. left his throne, the pleasure and honors of his court, and voluntarily entered the ship-yards of Amsterdam and Saardam and enrolled himself among the workmen, under the name of Peter Michaeloff. There he

lived in a little hut for weeks, made his own bed, prepared his own food, and labored at ship-building. This he did to learn the business that he might provide his empire with an efficient navy. This was a noble example of humility in this great man; but how far it falls short of the humility of Christ. He left a throne in heaven, and became poorer than even the foxes of the earth, and the birds of the air. "Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Phil. 2: 6-8.

What renders the humility of Christ more wonderful is the fact that he humbled himself for the good of his enemies. The Czar of Russia left his throne and entered the ship-yard for the good of his friends. He would not have done it for his enemies. But Christ left his throne in heaven, and humbled himself to the condition of a servant for the happiness of those who were his enemies. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." How wonderful the humility of the Redeemer! "He took not on him the nature of angels." This would have been a wonderful exhibition of humility; but he stooped even lower than this, and "took on him the seed of Abraham." "For ye

Christ was wonderful in his self-denial. know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." 2 Cor. 8: 9. He was rich in the honors of heaven, and the love of the holy angels; but he denied himself of all this to

make others rich. We have seen parents labor with untiring industry, practice great self-denial, and deprive themselves of the comforts of life, to give their children a good education, and prepare them for honorable and useful stations in life; and there are instances on record where parents have suffered greatly for the good of their children. Zalencus, prince of the Loerienes, made a decree, that whoever was convicted of adultery should be punished with the loss of both his eyes. Soon after this, his own son was apprehended in the very act, and brought to public trial. This placed the father in a trying position. Should he execute the law in all its rigor, it would be worse than death to the unhappy youth; should he pardon so notorious a delinquent, this would defeat the design of his salutary law. To avoid both these difficulties, he ordered one of his own eyes to be pulled out, and one of his son's. This is a remarkable instance of self-denial for the good of the child; but it falls far short of the self-denial of Christ.

What renders the self-denial of Christ so remarkable is the fact that it was for the good of his enemies. The prince who suffered the loss of his eye for the good of his son, would not have done it for his enemy. It is not in human nature to do such a thing, Christ abducated his throne in heaven for more than thirty years, to labor for the redemption of his bitterest enemies from the cruel bondage of sin. How wonderful his self-denial! It was the King becoming poor to make his subjects rich; the strong suffering for the weak; the innocent dying for the guilty.

Christ was wonderful in his sufferings. He was "despised and rejected of men; à man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." The agonies of Christ in the

garden were wonderful. His soul was "exceeding sorrowful, even unto death." "Being in agony, he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Cases have occurred in which, through mental presure, the pores were so dilated that blood issued from them." Bishop Pearce gives an instance from Dr. Theon, of an Italian gentleman being so distressed with fear of death, that his body was covered with a bloody sweat. Such was the agony of Christ; and what makes his suffering the more wonderful is, that it was endured voluntarily for the good of his enemies. When he left his throne in heaven, and entered on his mission, he knew just what he would have to suffer.

Washington endured the toils and sufferings of a long and bloody war for the good of his country; but he would not, he could not, have labored and suffered as he did for the enemies of his country. This is something above human nature. The Son of God be came incarnate, led a life of suffering, and died the cruel death of the cross to redeem his worst enemies from sin and death. How wonderful! He might well be called a "man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."

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How great and varied, yet how deeply intense were his sufferings! He suffered calumny, hatred and poverty; he was falsely accused, unjustly tried, and wickedly condemned to die. Earth and hell seemed combined to increase and intensify his sufferings. He was crowned with thorns, clothed in the robes of mock royalty, buffeted, spit upon, nailed to the cruel cross and left there to die.

"O, Lamb of God! was ever love,-
Was ever grief like thins?"

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