THE CROSS AS ITS FOUNTAIN.1. So wholly was He made like unto us in all things, sin only excepted, that man could not discern that He, the holy God, was not (shocking to say) unholy man.(E. He became obedient to teach us passive and active obedience to God's will. It is the figure of a warrior before an open grave. To own that title you must not regard it as a figure of speech. The penalty of breaking away from their Master was perpetual bondage under the curse (Galatians 3:10).2. The first we like well, but the latter not so (Luke 6:46).5. (5)As a child of God He fulfilled the spiritual law.2. Heaven's device in this case was that Christ should be the worker for life and salvation to poor sinners; and that they should get life and salvation, through Him, by His grace, and so work from life and salvation received, as sons entitled to the inheritance antecedently to all their working (Romans 6:23; Romans 4:4, 5). A. That Scripture types might be fulfilled — Isaac, the offerings, the brazen serpent, etc.3. To bear up under fierce pain for a few hours is a greater test of moral strength than the lifelong efforts of a healthy person. Human nature was not left in a state of neutrality, as if God should look upon it without wrath or favour, hut was again to become the subject of Divine complacency.III. (2) Had He died otherwise, He might have seemed to purchase our welfare at a somewhat easier rate. Remove the superstition and retain both. That staggers the best of us. (3)The Spirit assisting the Son to offer Himself without spot.2. Besides the knee is only dumb acknowledgment, but a vocal confession utters our mind plainly, and this He calls ἐξομολόγησις. UPON WHAT GROUNDS CHRIST THUS HUMBLED HIMSELF TO DEATH.1. Mortality, with Him, was a consequence of disobedience; and so Jesus, in becoming human, had He seen fit, might have been exempt from the law of death, or might have passed away by a translation, such as is recorded of Enoch and Elijah, and such as did transpire in His own history after He had risen, to die no more. (1)Voluntary — "humbled Himself."(2)"Obedient. They in heaven "cast down their crowns and fall down" and confess Him singing (Revelation 4:10); they under the earth are thrown down and made His footstool (Psalm 110:1); they on earth, as in the midst, partake of both. True, but by a kind of anticipation, for it never had its perfect verification till after the crucifixion. The atoning value of the Cross lay in the removal of a hindrance: its meritoriousness acquired a positive gain. Things that are exalted seem not to be so until their name go abroad in the world. He became obedient unto death. Without a name what is exalting? What is necessary therefore is for us to become the recipients of His grace? It was humiliation indeed for God to become man; much more, being man, to die.(J. This death best suited the character of His undertaking. (2) He has no need of your service, but ye were in absolute need of His service for you. It affords strong engagements to charity, to know that out of compassion for us Christ suffered.9. (1) These are outward acts: so the exalting of the soul is not enough. No point is more fruitful in wholesome instruction, more forcible to kindle devout affections, more efficacious in affording incentives to a pious life.1. The exemplification of the hardest duties of obedience and patience.III. As a child He was subject to His mother — but if interfered with in His work there were the "Woman; what have I to do with thee?" Shall we therefore abandon hearing as well as kneeling? 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