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"of others; for we have heard thee ourselves, and "know that thou art indeed the Christ, the Saviour of "the world."


Jesus declares his Zeal for God's Glory.--The Conversion of the Samaritans.

S1. In the mean-while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32. But he said

unto them I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

Thy hunger, and weariness, and thirst, were all forgot, while thou wast employed in gaining a soul to God. This was thy meat, to do the will of him that sent thee, and to finish his work. O give us to be like-minded; for surely, Lord, it is not presumption to ask what is graciously promised. May we also have this meat to eat, which the world knows not of: may it be our meat to do thy will, and to finish the work thou hast appointed us.

33. Therefore said the disci- | whereon ye bestowed no laples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34. Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38. I sent you to reap that

bour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. 39. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41. And many more believed because of his own word; 42. And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

While men are very busy and careful about an earthly harvest, thy harvest, O gracious Saviour, is the salva

tion of souls, and gathering them into heaven. Blessed be thy grace, which makes the fields at any time white, and ready for harvest. O send forth thy servants to reap and receive wages, and gather fruit unto life eternal. Delightful task! blessed wages! But, above all, joy unspeakable and full of glory, when he that soweth and he that reapeth shall rejoice together. O what a jubilee will it be, when all thy prophets, and apostles, and ministers, shall rejoice in seeing the innumerable multitude of precious souls brought home to heaven. Thy joy, O glorious Lord, will then be above all the rest, as thy love is above all. And the whole glory will be thine; for thy servants only enter into thy labours. It is to thy labours, thy sufferings, thy blood, that every redeemed soul owes its salvation; let the praise therefore be entirely ascribed to thee.


The Nobleman's Son healed.

43. Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. 44. (For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.) 45. Then, when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast. 46. So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And

there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. 48. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. 49. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

The centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy that "thou shouldst come under my roof; but speak the "word only, and my servant shall be healed." This nobleman besought thee to come down from Cana to Capernaum to heal his son, as if thou couldst not command him to be healed, without coming. Is not this the reason, O Lord, why the faith of the one is commended,

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and the faith of the other so diminutively spoken of? yet thou didst not reject him. When with the same weak faith he continued earnestly to plead, Sir, come "down ere my child die;" thou grantedst his request, saying, "Go thy way; thy son liveth :" at the same time strengthening him to believe the word that thou hadst spoken unto him. We hope, merciful God, thou hast said to many of our souls, Live: yea, when we were in our blood, thou saidst, Live, (Ezek. xvi. 6.) and enteredst into a covenant with us. Alas! how unthankfully, how wickedly, how provokingly, have some of us behaved! O remember thy covenant with us, and establish to us an everlasting covenant. Establish thy holy covenant with us, and make us to know that thou art the Lord; that we may remember, and be confounded, and never open our mouths any more, because of our shame, when thou art pacified towards us for all that we have done.

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But if our souls were never yet made to live, Lord, have mercy upon them now, before they die for ever; and have mercy upon the souls of all our relations and acquaintance that are yet unconverted. We believe, Lord help our unbelief, every word thou hast spoken. We believe these words: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” And, And, "If ye, being evil, know "how to give good gifts to your children, how much "more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit "to them that ask him?" In this belief we now pray :



O heavenly Father, hear us for his sake, who hath assured us of this most comfortable and glorious truth. O give us thy holy Spirit savingly to convert us all. Lord, thou canst do it this moment, without the least O speak the word, and it shall be done.




Jesus heals a Lame Man at the Pool of Bethesda, and vindicates himself against the persecuting Jews.


AFTER this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2. Now there is at Jerusalem, by the sheep-market, a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first, after the troubling of the water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5. And a certain man was there which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7. The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool :

but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked and on the same day was the sabbath. 10. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath-day; it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.. 12. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13. And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Blessed Lord, it was prophesied of thee that thou wouldst deliver the poor, and him that hath no helper. Here was a remarkable instance of it. This poor man had been long diseased, and had long waited for a cure;

and met with many disappointments, because he had no man to put him into the pool. In this helpless forlorn condition he lay, when thou camest to his relief. O merciful Saviour, had not some of us long lien under the most dreadful spiritual diseases, and no creature could help us, when thou wast pleased first to visit us with thy salvation. Didst thou not then restore health to our souls, and begin that cure which thou wilt perfect? If we are deceiving ourselves; Lord Jesus, come and look upon us. Thou seest we would fain be made whole, and have long been using the means, and have none to help us. O thou helper of the helpless, pity us, and say, Arise and walk. Thou didst not wait till the water was troubled, or till the sabbath was over, but commandest deliverance for the poor, diseased, helpless man, that moment. O do the same to us. And say

unto us,

"Behold, ye are made whole: sin no more.'

15. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus which had made him whole. 16. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath-day. 17. But Jesus answered them,

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My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his father, making himself equal with God.

Divine instructor! how sweet is it to sit at thy feet, and hear these heavenly truths thou hast revealed concerning thy Father and thee. O give us a clear view and a lively faith of them; and cause them to enter into our very hearts, and to be the means of producing there all suitable gracious dispositions. Thou sayest, " 'My "Father worketh hitherto, and I work." All that men call the course of nature, is nothing but the continual operation of God. All is the Father's work and thine. May we see and adore thy Father and Thee in all.

19. Then answered Jesus, and said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: VOL. I.


for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself do

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