9. Of His cross what shall I
speak, what say? This extremest kind of death He chose, that not
any kind of death might make His Martyrs afraid. The doctrine He
shewed in His life as Man, the example of patience He demonstrated
in His Cross. There, you have the work, that He was crucified;
example of the work, the Cross; reward of the work, Resurrection.
He shewed us in the Cross what we ought to endure, He shewed in the
Resurrection what we have to hope. Just like a consummate
task-master in the matches of the arena, He said, Do, and bear; do
the work and receive the prize; strive in the match and thou shall
be crowned. What is the work? Obedience. What the prize?
Resurrection without death. Why did I add, “without death?”
Because “Lazarus rose, and died: Christ rose again, “dieth no
more, death will no longer have dominion over Him.”17791779