Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither! 26. Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you for him hath God the Father sealed. 28. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29. Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, That ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may

see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31. Our Fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

34. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on ine shall never thirst. 36. But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not.

Let us seek thee, O Lord Jesus, not for loaves, but for the salvation of our souls, and for thy own sake. Let us work not for the meat that perisheth, but for that which endureth to everlasting life, which the Son of man, whom the Father hath attested and sealed, shall give to us: Cause us to work, in the first place, this work of God, to believe in thee whom he hath sent! O true bread given us by thy Father from heaven! O bread of God, which camest down from heaven, and givest life to the world! let our souls evermore feed on thee; do thou nourish, do thou refresh, do thou strengthen our hearts. O bread of life, give us to come to thee, and we shall never hunger, and to believe on thee, and we shall never thirst.

37. All that the Father giv- | I came down from heaven, not eth me shall come to me; and to do mine own will, but the him that cometh to me I will will of him that sent me. 39. in no wise cast out. 38. For And this is the Father's will

1

which hath sent me, That of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40. And this is the will

of him that sent me, That every one which seeth the Son. and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

" Him

For ever blessed be thy name, for declaring, "that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out." Thou knowest those who have been long supported by these words, and the words of thy Father, "As I live, "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked." O heavenly Father, who hast sent thy Christ into the world, not to condeinn, but to save it; draw us to him; for no man can come to him except thou drawest him: Teach us, O Father. Make us to hear and to learn of thee, that we may come to him: Abba Father! has not Christ revealed thee in some measure to our souls? And is not this a sign that thou hast given us to him? O cause us to come to him, and to know that we have come. Son of God, who camest down from heaven, not to do thy own will, but the will of him that sent thee; thou hast assured us that this is the Father's will who sent thee, that of all which he hath given thee thou shouldst lose nothing, but shouldst raise it up again at the last day: And that this is his will, that every one, that seeth thee, and believeth on thee, may have everlasting life; and thou wilt raise him up at the last day. Thou hast also said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, he "that believeth on me hathi everlasting life." O give us rightly to believe in thee, and we shall be perfectly safe and happy. Thy Father's love and thy love shall both be engaged for our salvation. We shall live to thee while in this world; and when we fall asleep, nothing of us shall be lost; our souls shall go to thee in paradise: And our bodies, though laid in the grave a while, as thine was, shall be raised up in glory at the last day. O give us that precious faith, merciful Saviour; give us by thy Almighty Spirit that true faith in thee which is the ¡nstrument of all this blessedness.

66

41. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42. And they said, Is not this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 43. Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God; he hath seen the Father. 47. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48. I am that bread of life. 49. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not

die. 51. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh which I will give for the life of the world. 52. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

54. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

58.

Thou art the living bread which came down from heaven, of which if any man eat he shall live for ever: And the bread that thou givest is thy flesh, which thou hast given for the life of the world. Lord, grant us to eat thy flesh and drink thy blood, otherwise we have no life in us. Grant us to eat thy flesh and drink thy blood, and we have eternal life, and thou wilt raise us up at the last day: For thy flesh is meat indeed, and thy blood is drink indeed. Grant us to eat thy flesh and drink thy blood, and we shall dwell in thee, and thou in

us.

Grant us to feed on thee, and we shall live by thee; as the living Father hath sent thee, and thou livest by the Father: Thou art that bread of life, that bread that came down from heaven: Not as the Israelites did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead: He that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

59. These things said he in, the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an bard saying; who can hear it? 61. When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62. What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63. It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words

that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, That no man can come unto me, except it were given unto 1 m of my Father. 66. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

The Jews murmured because thou saidst, "I came "down from heaven;" but they were soon to see thee ascend" back into heaven." They thought it a hard saying, that the eating thy flesh and drinking thy blood was necessary to life. But when Paul was converted, he could say, "I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: And the life which I now live in the flesh, I "live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, "and gave himself for me.' himself for me." Lord Jesus, give us to know by experience this true life: And may all the words which thou hast spoken to us be spirit and life to our souls, and quicken us more and more.

[ocr errors]
[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

We trust thou wilt never suffer us to go away from thee. No, Lord, for to whom shall we go? Thou only hast the words of eternal life: And we believe, and are sure, that thou art that Christ the Son of the living God. Let us therefore live and die, and have our lot eternally with thee.

SECT. XV.

Jesus reproves his Kinsmen, and goes to Jerusalem privately.

CHAP. VII.

cause I testify of it, that the

AFTER these things Jesus works thereof are evil. 8. Go

walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2. Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5. For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6. Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come but your time is alway ready. 7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, be

ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. 9. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. 10. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11. Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12. And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. 13. Howbeit no man spake openly of him, for fear of the Jews.

Some of thy near relations did not believe in thee, and therefore they spake so indecently and presumptuously. There was a great difference betwixt them and thee. Their time was always ready, because they did not eniploy every part of it according to the will of God; but thy time was all laid out with perfect wisdom for the accomplishment of thy great work and every thing done in" its season. The world could not hate them because they were worldly in their temper and conversation; but thee

« AnteriorContinuar »