A WORD OF EXHORTATION, BY MR. ANDREW
AT KIRKLISTOUN, Upon the 12th of June, 1653.
I SUPPOSE, there are some of us here this day, that it
had been better for us we had been at a mountain side. I suppose there are some
of us here this day, that would have given their consent to the murdering of
Christ Jesus. I think faith is away, and God away too: and would ye know the
reason of it? It is, we feed and feast without Christ.
I do not desire to
enter upon a description of Christ, neither do I desire to conceal his comely
beauty. But, 0 believers, and expectants of heaven! there are five parts of
Christs blessed body that might overcome you, and constrain you to cry
out, that ye are content to take him.
First, Does not the face of
Christ overcome you? And is not that a pleasant part of him, is there not much
beauty there? Yea, as much beauty as might overcome these cursed hearts of
ours. And we may say this of him, there was never one person saw him, that
turned to be his enemy.
The second part of Christs body that
may overcome you, and constrain you into subjection to him, is, his blessed
speech: heard ye never him, that spake as never man spake?
part of Christs body that sometimes overcomes his own, and makes them
yield to him, is, his blessed feet. When they behold his dispensations, they
are constrained to cry out, How beautiful is he, whose legs are as pillars of
gold, set upon sockets of silver! O to see the stately goings of this Prince in
The fourth part of Christs body that useth to
overcome his own, is, his blessed eyes. It was but one look of him that made
Peter go out and weep bitterly'. And let me say this by the way, I think
this communion had been the better, if some of us had not been here; and it is
an evidence that there are but few sights of Christ among us,
fifth part of Christs blessed body that useth to overcome his own,
is, his blessed hands. 0 what a life, think ye, is it to lie betwixt the
breasts and arms of him? This is a feast above the feast of Ahasuerus, that
lasted for a hundred and fourscore days. But there is a feast above that, that
will not have an end. And I would ask you this question, will ye go there,
Would you know what these elements are ? I shall tell you what
they are, they are even the portraiture of Christ; they are even Christ drawn
upon the cross, and all these five wounds that he had. Know ye the language of
the wound in his side? It says, Come, come; and the wounds in his hands say,
Come, come. And who would not come then? Now, in that night wherein he was
betrayed. - (that decreed night, that blessed night, that remarkable night,
which night, if it had not been, we should never have had this day - 0 bless
him for that night! in a manner, when Paul speaks of him, he sets him out in
general terms, he says, He, (and it says this to us, that Paul thought it an
endless work to recommend precious Christ) - he said, Eat and drink in
remembrance of me. I think Christ knows not forgetfulness, but in this, he
forgets believers wrongs that they do unto him; but he will never forget their
good works. However, that ye might have a complete feast, He took the cup,
saying, drink ye all of it. I would ask three questions at you, and I would
have you think on them.
The first question I would ask at you, is,
what are your present thoughts of Christ? 0 if he would come in and say, Behold
me! behold me! one sight of Christ would make us all lie dead at his feet, and
cry out, Woe are we, we are undone! What would ye give for a sight of a
crucified Saviour, if he would come in and say, friend, behold the wounds that
I received for you?
The second question I would ask at you, is,
would ye not give much for half an hours faith and tenderness? What would
you give for that?
The third question I would ask at you, is, does
the tasting of this feast make you to hope to taste of that feast that is
above, that they that are there are drinking of? I confess, we drink of the
streams, but they of the fountain. 0 when shall these blue heavens be rent, and
we admitted to the marriage supper of the Lamb?
I shall say no more, but
long for the day, when all the language of heaven and earth shall be, Come,
come. Then shall Christ be crying, Come, come. And ten thousand of angels
crying, Come, come. And the bride that is below shall cry, Come, come. And they
that are in the exercise of faith, saying, Come, come. What a blessedness will
that be, think ye, that ever these cursed thoughts of ours shall yet live to
cry out, Come, come, blessed Lord Jesus? 0 for one sight of him, we would even
take him in our arms! Would ye be content with this, that this place were your
graves? Now commend precious Christ, and let him bless his ordinances to you,
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