"Take this and divide it among yourselves." - Luke xxii. 17.
Precious Lord, such was thine unbounded love to thy people that thou
gavest all to them! And, dearest Jesus, what didst thou reserve for
thyself? And how wisely was thy love manifested! To every one grace
according to the measure of the gift of Christ; for the purchase of
redemption, in the case of all, cost thee the same. If, indeed, a lamb
of thine be weak, or diseased, or torn, or scattered, thou wilt take it
to thy bosom, while thou wilt gently lead those that are with young.
But every one, and all, shall have thy care; all, as their several
wants may be. Here then, Lord, to thy table I would come. Thy death
hath confirmed all thy purchased blessings. And in the holy supper I
would seek grace, that my right may be confirmed in them. Before God,
and angels, and men, I would take the seal of thy gift. In thy blood
thou hast signed them: in the word of thy gospel thou hast recorded
them: in the ordinances of thy church they are published and brought
forth: and by thy Spirit thou givest the tokens and the pledges of them
to thy redeemed. Witness for me, then, ye angels of light, that I
accept of all in Jesus and in his free gift, the purchase of his blood,
and the tokens of his love. Sweeter are they to my mouth than honey and
the honeycomb. Blessed Jesus, thy love is better than wine.