Meditation for Sunday, March 28.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds,” Heb. 12:3

Consider, that your looking on Jesus will strengthen patience under the cross of Christ. This is the very particular motive of the text.. It is storied of a martyr, that, having offered him a cup of spirits to sustain him, when he seemed to faint under his greatest trial, he returned this answer, “My Lord and Master had gall and vinegar given him to drink;” as if he had been astonished to see himself fare better than Jesus Christ. How may it strengthen your patience in sufferings, to think of Christ’s patience? What, are you served ill? Ay, but Jesus Christ was not served so well. Can you suffer so much as he hath done? “I tell you nay.” O then do you stay your murmurings and repining, bear with patience the little you endure; and, to this end, “Consider him that hath endured the contradiction of sinners.”

Consider that a thorough sight of Christ will increase your outward joy in Christ. “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad,” (John 8:56). A right sight of Christ will make a right sighted Christian glad at heart. I wonder not that you walk uncomfortably, if you never tried this art of Christ-contemplation; can you have comfort from Christ, and never think of Christ? Doth anything in the world gladden you, when you do not remember it? If you were possessed of all the treasure in the earth, if you had title to the highest dignities, and never thought of them, sure they would never rejoice you. Come, look up unto Jesus; fix your eyes, thoughts, and hearts on that blessed object, and then you may expect David’s experience, “My mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips, when I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night-watches,” (Psalm 63:5-6). A frequent access to Christ, in a way of meditation, cannot but warm the soul in spiritual comforts. When the sun in the spring draws near our part of the earth, how do all things congratulate its approach The earth looks green, the trees shoot forth, the plants revive, the birds sing sweetly, the face of all things smiles upon us, and all the creatures below rejoice. Christians! if you would but draw near, and look on this Sun of righteousness, Jesus Christ, what a spring of joy would it be within you? How would your graces be fresh and green? How would you forget your winter-sorrows? How early would you rise (as those birds in the spring) to sing the praise of our great Creator, and dear Redeemer?      Isaac Ambrose

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