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from this striking example to beware of preventing thee in any thing. May we patiently wait thy time, and endeavour ourselves, and exhort others, to obey and submit to thy will in all things. By the miracle thou performedst on this occasion, it is said, thou manifestedst forth thy glory, and thy disciples believed on thee. May we humbly inquire, Lord, how this was? Perhaps there was something in the manner of doing it, and in thy presence and behaviour, which discovered a peculiar glory to thy disciples. One ray of thy glory we see, that thou wouldst not let the affection which these poor people bore to thee go unrewarded; thou wouldst rather supply their wants by a miracle. Another thing remarkable was, that thou madest their water to become wine. In this perhaps there was an intimation, that they who feared God, and waited for redemption in Israel, as these poor people did, were now to have their sorrow turned into joy; for thou wast sent to comfort the mourners of Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Glory to thy name for making thyself known to any of us, and bringing our souls out of a dismal night into a pleasant day of serenity and joy. Then our water was turned into wine indeed. O what base ingratitude and folly, to lose by our sins this sweet peace. Lord, pardon and sanctify us, and restore to us the joy of thy salvation. Thou canst, Lord, if thou pleasest, yet make us say, "Thou hast kept the good "wine until now." But if it should not be so, Lord, give us real grace, a true interest in thee, and then the best wine will certainly be kept to the last; for in a little time we shall, through thy merits, be admitted into that blessed society, with whom thou drinkest it new in the kingdom of thy Father. Praise to thy name for ever.

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12. After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mo

ther, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued

there not many days. 13. And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15. And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen;

and poured out the changers" money and overthrew the tables; 16. And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandize. 17. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. (Psalm Ixix. 9.)

O give us a zeal like thine for the purity of thy Father's house, of his living temples. May we be deeply and earnestly concerned, that every one who names thy name may depart from iniquity, and be purged from every thing unsuitable to their being consecrated and devoted to thy service. These bodies of ours, if we be thy disciples, are certainly temples of thy holy Spirit Why then, O Lord, why are we thus? Why do these vain thoughts lodge within us? How long shall it be? Let not our Lord be angry when we plead with thy church of old, Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of "thy glory where is thy zeal and thy strength, the

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sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercy towards "us? Are they restrained?" O zealous and almighty Saviour, make haste to do in our souls what thou didst in the temple of Jerusalem, and we will rejoice in thy salvation.

18. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19. Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. 20. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21. But he spake of the temple of his body. 22. When therefore he was risen from the

dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. 23. Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast-day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men ; 25. And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

When the Jews, not content with the miracles they saw thee perform, sought a sign from thee, thou referredst them to the great miracle of thy resurrection, which thou elsewhere callest the sign of the prophet Jonas. They did not, it seems, through their inconsideration, and unbelief, and hardness of heart, understand thy words; but afterwards perverted them to be matter of accusation, as if thou hadst threatened to destroy the temple of Jerusalem. But thy disciples remembered them after thou wast risen from the dead, and believed the scripture, and the word which thou hadst said. May we seriously weigh thy important words, and observe their accomplishment in the course of thy providence; and how they throw light on one another, and on the other parts of scripture; and thereby may our belief of both be confirmed more and more. It is said, "Many be"lieved in thy name when they saw thy miracles; but "thou didst not commit thyself to them." Was this be

cause their faith was not of a right kind? or only because it was weak, and attended with such imperfections as imprudence and rashness? Lord, give us true faith in thy name, that faith of divine operation, which unites to thee, purifies the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, and perseveres to the end. And O take out of our hearts every thing that is offensive to thee. Thou knowest all men : thou needest not that any should testify of man, for thou knowest what is in man, What a wonder, that thou shouldst love those of whom thou knowest so much evil!

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man be born when he is old?, 9. Nicodemus answered and can he enter the second time said unto him, How can these into his mother's womb, and things be? 10. Jesus answerbe born? 5. Jesus answered, ed and said unto him, Art thou Verily, verily, I say unto thee, a master of Israel, and knowest Except a man be born of wa- not these things? 11. Verily, ter and of the Spirit, he cannot verily, I say unto thee, We enter into the kingdom of God. speak that we do know, and 6. That which is born of the testify that we have seen; and flesh is flesh; and that, which ye receive not our witness. 12. is born of the Spirit is spirit. If I have told you earthly 7. Marvel not that I said unto things, and ye believe not, how thee, Ye must be born again. shall ye believe if I tell you of 8. The wind bloweth where it heavenly things? 13. And no listeth, and thou hearest the man hath ascended up to heasound thereof, but canst not ven, but he that came down tell whence it cometh, and from heaven, even the Son of whither it goeth: so is every man, which is in heaven. one that is born of the Spirit.

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Lord Jesus, we come to thee, with Nicodemus, to be instructed in the way of salvation. We know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do those miracles which thou didst, except God be with him. The first instruction thou givest is, Except a man be "born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Lord, give us thus to be born again: give us that in our souls which is spirit, born of the Spirit. Thou sayest, "Marvel not that I said unto you, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou "hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it "cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is "born of the Spirit." O grant that we may know we have undergone this great change by its visible effects on our hearts and lives. Thou speakest the things that thou knowest, and hast seen. We willingly and thankfully receive thy testimony concerning both earthly and heavenly things; for thou canst neither deceive nor be deceived. No man hath ascended into heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even thou the Son both of God and man, who wast in heaven by thy divine nature, while thy human nature was upon earth. We adore thee as true God and true man in one glorious person.

14. And as Moses lifted up | he that believeth not is conthe serpent in the wilderness, demned already, because he even so must the Son of man hath not believed in the name be lifted up; 15. That who- of the only-begotten Son of soever believeth in him should God. 19. And this is the connot perish, but have eternal demnation, that light is come life. 16. For God so loved into the world, and men loved the world, that he gave his darkness rather than light beonly-begotten Son, that whoso- cause their deeds were evil. ever believeth in him should 20. For every one that doeth not perish, but have everlasting evil hateth the light, neither life. 17. For God sent not cometh to the light lest his his Son into the world to con- deeds should be reproved: 21. demn the world; but that the But he that doeth truth cometh world through him might be to the light, that his deeds may saved. 18. He that believeth be made manifest that they are on him is not condemned: but | wrought in God.

Blessed be thy name for declaring, that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so it behoved thee, the Son of man, to be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in thee should not perish, but have eternal life. Thou seest, Lord, how sin and the old serpent have stung and poisoned us: we are all over one wound. O thou blessed Antitype of the brazen serpent, we look to thee lifted up on the cross; (give us to look aright.) We look to thee lifted up in heaven. We wait for thy healing virtue. O save us for thy mercy's sake. Glory be to God in the highest, that ever he so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Glory and praise to God, who sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. How just and dreadful is the condemnation of those who believe not in the name of the only begotten Son of God! Thou, who knowest what is in man, testifiest, that this unbelief flows from loving darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. Lord, deliver all who are under this condemnation. Give them to repent of their evil deeds, and no more to hate the light. Give them to do truth, and then they will be willing to come to the light, that their deeds

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