by Thomas Manton
But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.—1 COR. 15:57.
A SERMON PREACHED AT THE FUNERAL OF MR CHRISTOPHER LOVE, IN LAWRENCE CHURCH, AUGUST 25, 1651.
If you fear death, this book will serve as a balm to relieve your fears.
Oh! bless your Redeemer, that hath delivered you from the fear of death; admire his love and condescension, that he should come down from heaven and substitute himself in our room and place, and take the horrors of death into his own soul. It is said, Mat. 20:28, 'The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.' Christ was a prince by birth, heir of all things, yet he came not in the pomp and equipage of a prince. If he had come in state to visit us, and to deliver comfort to us by word of mouth, it had been much; but Christ came not in this way, not in the pomp of a prince, but in the form of a servant, to minister to our necessities, and that in the highest way of self-denial; he gave his life as a ransom for many. Other princes are lavish of their subjects' blood, and care not how many lay down their lives for them: many give their lives as a ransom for the prince, but here it is quite otherwise, this prince layeth down his life to redeem the subjects, and he suffered death that it might not be terrible and destructive to us. Oh! blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ for this love for evermore.