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eth and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 21. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22. For the Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23. That all men should honour the Son, even as they


honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 24. Verily, verily I

say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

O Son of God, who quickenest whom thou wilt, give life to our souls, which are naturally dead in sin. Be pleased to shew us, by thy word, what judgment thou passest upon us at this time: if thou acquittest us now, we are sure thou wilt not condemn us at last. And though we should find we are still in a state of condemnation and death, thou invitest us, and yet canst bring us into a state of justification and life. Blessed be God, for committing all judgment to so merciful a Saviour. May we ever honour thee, as we honour thy Father, with equal reverence, love, dependance, gratitude, and praise. O give us to hear thy word, and to believe on him that sent thee; then may we be assured that we have everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but are passed from death unto life.

25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live. 26. For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27. And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28. Marvel not at this for the hour is coming


in the which all that are in the
graves shall hear his voice,
29. And shall come forth; they
that have done good, unto the
resurrection of life; and they
that have done evil, unto the
resurrection of damnation.
I can of mine own self do no-
thing as I hear, I judge: and
my judgment is just; because
I seek not mine own will, but
the will of the Father which
hath sent me.

As the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. Therefore thou madest

the dead to hear thy voice, and hearing it to live. Thou also calledṣt dead souls into spiritual life, and still callest them and the hour is coming, when all that are in the graves shall hear thy voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Thy Father hath given thee authority to execute judgment upon mankind, because thou art the Son of man. Thou wilt of thine own self do nothing. As thou hearest, thou judgest: and thy judgment is just; because thou seekest not thine own will, but the will of the Father who sent thee. O our gracious teacher and judge, make us what thou wouldst have us be; raise our souls to life, and direct and enable us in all things to do what is well-pleasing in thy sight; for thou knowest it is our habitual desire to approve ourselves to thee. Thou who hast given this desire, fulfil it, Lord!

31. If I bear witness of my- | self, my witness is not true. 32. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 33. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

34. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 35. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

Grant that all ministers may, like John, be burning and shining lights. May they burn with zeal for the glory of God, and the salvation of Souls. May they shine by the heavenliness of their doctrine and exemplariness of their lives. May they willingly spend and be spent in thy service.

voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 39. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify, of me.

36. But I have greater wit-Ye have neither heard his ness than that of John; for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me.


And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. 41. I receive not honour from men.

42. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

Blessed be thy name, for any acquaintance thou hast given us with thy Father. Any spark of divine love; any desire to come to thee for life. O increase all these more and more; or if we are deceiving ourselves, Lord, pity and give us the reality of them; give us to have thy word abiding in us: to search the scriptures for eternal life to beware of trafficking with men for worldly honour and to seek the honour that cometh from thee only.

43. I am come in my Fa- | ther's name, and ye receive me not if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 44. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only 45. Do not think that

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I will accuse you to the Father; there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

These people had many evidences of thy being the Messiah. They had the testimony of John the Baptist, who was universally esteemed for the purity of his doctrine and life, and whom many of them were greatly taken with for a season. They had the testimony of Moses and the prophets. They had the testimony of the works which thy Father had given thee to finish, which were of the same nature with his own works. They had also the testimony of thy Father himself by a voice from heaven. But their carnal and impious hearts rejected all this evidence. They would not receive thee, who camest in thy Father's name, seeking his glory and will only: But the false prophets who came in their own nante, and sought their own glory, them they would receive. Alas! how obstinate are the prejudices of the world against thee and thy religion! and how do they still work at this day. O that thou wouldst conquer them by thy almighty grace, which can make the most hardened infidels thy willing people in the day of thy

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power! Save us from these evils which were, and still are, the causes of unbelief: Unacquaintedness with thy Father: Not having his word abiding in the heart: Unwillingness to come to thee for life: Want of love to God Greater regard to men than to God: Receiving honour from men, and not seeking the honour that cometh from God only.


Jesus feeds five thousand People.


AFTER these things Jesus

went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

Make the men sit down. Now

there was much grass in the

place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11. And Jesus took the loaves: and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were sat down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barleyloaves, which remained over and above unto them that had

2. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 3. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. 5. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6. And this he said to prove him for he himself knew what he would do. 7. Philip answered him, Two hun-eaten. dred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. S. One of his disciples, Andrew Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, 9. There is a lad here which hath five barleyloaves and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 10. And Jesus said,.

14. Then those men,


when they had seen the miracle
that Jesus did, said, This is of
a truth that Prophet that should
come into the world.
When Jesus therefore perceiv-
ed that they would come and
take him by force, to make
him a king, he departed again
into a mountain himself alone.

How different was thy mind from that of the men of this world? Royalty is the great object of their ambition.


But though thou couldst feed thousands with a few loaves; and heal the maimed with thy word'; and raise the dead to life; so that it would have been nothing to thee to have raised and maintained great armies, and soon to have subdued the whole earth: And though they who saw thy miracles, were so desirous to make thee a king, that they proposed to do it by force: Instead of yielding to their desires, thou retiredst into a mountain, without any attendants, infinitely happier there, than Cæsar upon his throne.

[See also the Reflections on Matt. XIV. v. 14–22. p. 69.]


Christ walks on the Sea.

16. And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, 17. And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. 18. And the sea arose, by reason of a great wind that blew. 19. So when they had rowed

about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship and they were afraid. 20. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. 21. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

[See the Reflections on Matt. XIV. v. 23-30. p. 70.]


Jesus rebukes the Multitude for their Selfishness.---Some of his Disciples forsake him.

22. The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; 23. (Howbeit there

came other boats from Tiberias, nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks;) 24. When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. 25. And when they had found

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