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you Jesus still says, as he did in the days of his flesh, “ Follow me;" and, like the disciples, arise, leave all, and follow him. Leave all thy sins and follies; it is ruin to retain them. Leave all that would obstruct thy salvation ; He can more than compensate it. “ If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” May your hearts be inclined to the obedience of faith, and be filled with the power of devotion.

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DISCOURSE XVII.

THE FEELINGS SUITED TO OUR LAST SACRAMENT.

MATTHEW xxvi. 29. I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

The last words of a Man of God, at the close of a religious solemnity, are regarded with peculiar attention. The mind of the speaker is then supposed to be under the strongest impulse of devotion ; peculiarly solicitous for the welfare of those with whom he has been associated in the exercises of religion, and with all of whom he is conscious he never shall again meet, and deeply impressed with that final account which will soon be demanded by the Judge of all. The parting warnings, and counsels, and encouragements of such a man, have counteracted the influence of temptations to folly ; have kept the mind steadfast in seasons of difficulty ; have excited to the most arduous duties, and reconciled the heart to the most painful separations.

Our text presents to us the last words of the Lord Jesus at the observance of the Holy Supper --words rich in admonition and in comfort -words which give us the most interesting view of our Saviour's feelings in that trying hour, and which have melted many a heart in pious affection, and inspired many a fearful soul with the most blessed hopes. They

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DISCOURSE XVII.

THE FEELINGS SUITED TO OUR LAST SACRAMENT.

MATTHEW xxvi. 29. I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

The last words of a Man of God, at the close of a religious solemnity, are regarded with peculiar attention. The mind of the speaker is then supposed to be under the strongest impulse of devotion ; pecu. liarly solicitous for the welfare of those with whom he has been associated in the exercises of religion, and with all of whom he is conscious he never shall again meet, and deeply impressed with that final account which will soon be demanded by the Judge of all. The parting warnings, and counsels, and encouragements of such a man, have counteracted the influence of temptations to folly ; have kept the mind steadfast in seasons of difficulty ; have excited to the most arduous duties, and reconciled the heart to the most painful separations.

Our text presents to us the last words of the Lord Jesus at the observance of the Holy Supper,-words rich in admonition and in comfort -words which give us the most interesting view of our Saviour's feelings in that trying hour, and which have melted many a heart in pious affection, and inspired many a fearful soul with the most blessed hopes. They you Jesus still says, as he did in the days of his flesh, Follow me;" and, like the disciples, arise, leave all, and follow him. Leave all thy sins and follies; it is ruin to retain them. Leave all that would obstruct thy salvation ; He can more than compensate it. “ If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. your hearts be inclined to the obedience of faith, and be filled with the power of devotion.

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* Matt. X. 24.

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