PROCEED we therefore now to…offer some considerations, which may serve as so many motives to reconcile us to, and quicken us in, the practice of this duty of self-denial.
1. The first means I shall recommend to you, in order to reconcile you to this doctrine, is to meditate frequently on the life of our blessed Lord and Master Jesus Christ. Follow Him from His cradle to the cross, and see what a self-denying life He led! Shall we not drink of the cup that He drank of and be baptized with the baptism that He was baptized with? Or think we that Jesus Christ did and suffered everything in order to have us excused and exempted from sufferings? No, far be it from any sincere Christian to judge after this manner: for St. Peter tells us, “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1Pe 2:21). Had Christ, indeed, like those that sat in Moses’ chair, laid heavy burdens of self-denial upon us, (supposing they were heavy, which they are not) and refused to touch them Himself with one of His fingers, we might have had some pretense to complain. […]