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The Mystery of the Marriage in Cana ex-
SIER MO N XIV.
Jefus foretold by Mofes and the Prophets.
JOHN i. 45.
We have found him of whom Mofes in the Law, and the Prophets did write, Jefus of Nazareth, the Son of Jofeph.
HE Seafon, good Chriftians, that commences this Day is that of Advent, with which it is the peculiar Computation of the Church of England to begin her Year, and to renew the annual Course of her Service; therein differing from all other Accounts of Time whatfoever. The Reason of which is, because fhe does not number her Days, or measure her Seafons fo much by the Motion of the Sun, as by the Course of our Saviour; beginning and counting on her Year with him, who, being the true Son of Righteousness, began now to rise upon the World, and, as the Day Stars on high, VOL. II.
to enlighten them that fat in Spiritual Darknefs.
The Defign of the Church in fetting apart this Season is to prepare us for a religious Commemoration of the Advancement or Coming of Christ, in the Flesh. For which Reason the Prophecy of Isaiah is reserved to this Time, in the Table of Leffons both for ordinary Days, as well as Sundays; (he being the most Evangelical Prophet, and containing the clearest Predictions of our Saviour) and the Epiftles and Gofpels appointed for those Sundays, all affure us of the Truth of Chrift's first coming; and as a proper Means to bring our Lives to a Conformity with the End and Defign of it, they recommend to us the Confideration of his fecond Coming, when he will execute Vengeance on all those that obey not his Gospel.
I conceive therefore that the most suitable Provifion for your Thoughts at this Time, will be firft to lay before you the clearest Prophecies and Predictions of the Meffiah in the Old Teftament; and then to fhew you from the New, how those several Prophecies and Predictions were fulfilled in our Jesus. And in order to this, I have chofen the Words of my Text as naturally leading us to both these Topicks.