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which comprehends not the light shining in it. Give us to know thee as the Word of God, and as the true light that enlighteneth every man that cometh into the world. Thou wast in the world, and the world was made by thee, and the world knew thee not. Thou camest to thy own, and thy own received thee not: but as many as received thee, to them gavest thou power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe in thy name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Lord, give us to believe in thy name; to receive thee, as true believers in thy name do. We desire to receive thee with our whole hearts, most thankfully and joyfully to receive thee in all thy offices to receive thee as the unspeakable gift of God to perishing sinners: to receive thee truly, and in the full meaning of the expression. Lord, grant it may be so, and we shall then have the glorious privilege of being the sons of God, and of being born from above, by thy Spirit.

14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,

the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

O Word made flesh, and dwelling among us, full of grace and truth! give us to behold thy glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, and out of thy fulness to receive grace for grace. Let a portion of every grace of thine be mercifully communicated to us, as to thy first disciples. O wonderful! that any of mankind should be allowed to ask such a thing; and still more wonderful, that it should be actually bestowed. But we are utterly miserable, if we receive not out of thy fulness; and it is thy glory to communicate of thy fulness to the poor and needy. Give us of it, gracious Lord; for there is enough in thee richly to supply us all.

SECT. II.

John the Baptist's Testimony concerning Christ.

15. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me for he was before me. 16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17. For the

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law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus. Christ. 18. No mán hath seen God at any time; the onlybegotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

We acknowledge the glory of thy law, which was given by Moses; but thy gospel hath a glory that excelleth. The law worketh wrath; but the gospel brings grace, mercy, and peace. The law had the shadow of good things to come; but in the gospel thou hast brought the good things themselves. No man hath seen God at any time the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. Oh, declare his name to us, and declare it more and more, that (according to thy own gracious words) the love wherewith the Father hath loved thee may be in us, and thou

in us.

19. And this is the record of | Esaias. (Isa. xl. 3.) 24. And John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20. And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 22. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23. He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet

they which were sent, were of the Pharisees. 25. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26. John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 27. He it is, who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 28. These things were done in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

[See the Reflections on Matt. III. v. 1-11. p. 7, 8.]

SECT. III.

Jesus is declared to be the Lamb of God, and makes himself known to Andrew and to others.

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29. The next day John disciples heard him speak, and seeth Jesus coming unto him, they followed Jesus. $8. Then and saith, Behold the Lamb of Jesus turned, and saw them God, which taketh away the sin following, and saith unto them, of the world! 30. This is he What seek ye? They said unto of whom I said, After me him, Rabbi, (which is to say, cometh a man which is prefer- being interpreted, Master,) red before me: for he was be- where dwellest thou? fore me. 31. And I knew him saith unto them, Come and see. not: but that he should be They came and saw where he made manifest to Israel, there- dwelt, and abode with him that fore am I come baptizing with day for it was about the tenth water. 32. And John bare re- hour. 40. One of the two cord, saying, I saw the Spirit which heard John speak, and descending from heaven like a followed him, was Andrew, dove, and it abode upon him. Simon Peter's brother. 41. 33. And I knew him not: He first findeth his own brobut he that sent me to baptize ther Simon, and saith unto him, with water, the same said unto We have found the Messias, me, Upon whom thou shalt which is, being interpreted, The see the Spirit descending, and Christ. 42. And he brought remaining on him, the same is him to Jesus. And when Jehe which baptizeth with the sus beheld him, he said, Thou Holy Ghost. 34. And I saw, art Simon the son of Jona: and bare record that this is the thou shalt be called Cephas, Son of God. 35. Again, the which is, by interpretation, A next day after, John stood, and stone. 43. The day following two of his disciples; 36. And Jesus would go forth into Galooking upon Jesus as he walk-lilee, and findeth Philip, and ed, he saith, Behold the Lamb saith unto him, Follow me. of God! 37. And the two

We rejoice to hear the voice of this great prophet proclaiming thee "the Lamb of God, who takest away "the sin of the world, and directing all to behold thee." Lord, open our eyes, and give us to look unto thee, that we may be saved. With the two disciples of John, we would follow thee, and want to know where thou dwellest, that we may abide with thee. The places of thy abode upon earth were very mean; but now thou

dwellest in heaven at the right hand of thy Father. O draw our hearts after thee. O give us an interest in thee, and make us sensible of it; and we will, like Andrew, tell our relations and friends, that we have found true happiness, and will exhort them to seek it in thee only.

44. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph. 46. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48. Na

thanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the figtree, I saw thee. 49. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

Lord, make us like Nathanael; Israelites indeed, in whom there is no guile. With him we acknowledge thee to be the Son of God, and the King of Israel. Thou seest us in our most secret retirements: Thou hast already given some of us to experience many things tending to beget and to confirm faith: but we hope thou wilt shew us still greater things than these.

51. And he saith unto him, | open, and the angels of God Verily, verily, I say unto you, ascending and descending upon Hereafter ye shall see heaven | the Son of man.

How was this accomplished, Lord, may we humbly inquire? Is not here a reference to that mysterious ladder which Jacob saw in his dream, that was set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and the angels of God ascended and descended on it? Was not that an emblem of thy mediation betwixt heaven and earth, and of thy divine and human nature? The angels ministred to thee while upon earth, and attended VOL. I.

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thee when thou wast received up into heaven. O glorious Mediator betw xt God and man, thou knowest what reason some of us have to be affected, when we read the words that were spoken to Jacob on that occasion. O grant, that as they have already been accomplished in those who are now in heaven, they may be accomplished in us also. O be with us, and keep us in all places whither we go, and do not leave us until thou hast done that which thou hast spoken.

SECT. IV.

Water turned into Wine at Cana.

CHAP. II.

AN ND the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there : 2. And both Jesus was called and his disciples to the marriage. 3. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6. And there were set there six water-pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And

they filled them up to the brim. 8. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was, (but the servants which drew the water knew,) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom. 10. And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. 11. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

Here we learn that the marriage state is honourable and sacred. We see also thy blessed mother, though a most eminent saint, and highly favoured of God, reprimanded for meddling in what was thy own proper work, and not waiting thy time. But she received the check with meekness and humility, obeying thee herself, and willing others to do the same. May we learn

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