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this time, "Believest thou on the Son of God?" We believe, Lord! O help our unbelief. We worship thee. Thou art the Son of God! Thou art the king of Israel.

39. And Jesus said, For judgement I am come into this world; that they which see not might see, and that they which see might be made blind. 40. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard

these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41. Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin : but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

For judgment thou art come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. Lord, keep us from thinking with the Pharisees, "Are we blind also?" We know by sad experience that we were blind in the things of God; and we fear, it is but very dimly that we yet see. Blessed be thy name, for any degree of spiritual light thou hast been pleased to give any of us. Lord, open our eyes more and more.

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In the mean time we would not be unthankful for what thou hast done for us. The blind man could say, "One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I "see." may we all by thy grace be able to say, Whereas we could once live without prayer, now we cannot be happy without it: Whereas we once made no conscience of our thoughts, now it is otherwise: Whereas once we did not make thy word the rule of our conduct, now we would examine every passage of our life by it. Yea, that whereas once we were wretched slaves to sin, now we are truly thy servants. Lord Jesus hasten our real, thorough conversion; or be pleased to give us clear evidence that it is already past.


Christ announces himself to be the Good Shepherd, and proves that he is the Messiah


VERILY, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold,

but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Here, Lord, thou hast warned thy disciples to beware of teachers who enter not by the door into thy fold. Such as enter not by thee, thou hast said, are hirelings, who care not for the sheep: when they see them in danger, they leave them, and flee from them, and suffer them to be scattered and devoured. They are thieves and robbers, who come not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. Lord, pity and pardon men of this character, and give them repentance; and keep poor souls. from being deluded by them.

2. But he that entereth in | hear his voice: and he calleth by the door is the shepherd of his own sheep by name, and the sheep. 3. To him the leadeth them out. porter openeth; and the sheep

O thou great Shepherd, be pleased to raise up many faithful shepherds under thee, who, having come to God by thy mediation, and being well acquainted with true religion in their own hearts, and entering into the pastoral office by thy call, shall be heard and followed by thy sheep, and shall take particular care of them, calling them by their name, and leading them out, and going before them in the ways of holiness.

4. And when he putteth | from him: for they know not forth his own sheep, he goeth the voice of strangers. 6. This before them, and the sheep parable spake Jesus unto them: follow him for they know his but they understood not what voice. 5. And a stranger will things they were which he spake they not follow, but will flee unto them.

Thy sheep, thou hast said, will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers but they know thee, and they hear thy voice, and follow thee, and by thee they enter into a state of salvation, and go in and out, and find pasture. O take us among them, if thou hast not already done it. Our souls were long like lost sheep; but didst not thou graciously condescend to seek us, and bring some of us home? If it is not so, O let it be so now.

7. Then said Jesus unto, and scattereth the sheep. 13. them again, Verily, verily, I The hireling fleeth, because he say unto you, I am the door of is an hireling, and careth not the sheep. 8. All that ever for the sheep. 14. I am the came before me are thieves good shepherd, and know my and robbers: but the sheep did sheep, and am known of mine. not hear them. 9. I am the 15. As the Father knoweth me, door: by me if any man enter even so know I the Father: in, he shall be saved, and shall and I lay down my life for the go in and out, and find pas- sheep. 16. And other sheep I ture. 10. The thief cometh have, which are not of this not, but for to steal, and to fold: them also I must bring, kill, and to destroy: I am and they shall hear my voice; come that they might have life, and there shall be one fold, and and that they might have it one shepherd. 17. Therefore more abundantly. 11. I am doth my Father love me, bethe good shepherd: the good cause I lay down my life that I shepherd giveth his life for the might take it again. 18. No sheep. 12. But he that is an man taketh it from me, but I hireling, and not the shepherd, lay it down of myself. I have whose own the sheep are not, power to lay it down, and I seeth the wolf coming, and have power to take it again. leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: This commandment have I reand the wolf catcheth them, ceived of my Father.

Praise to thee, thou good Shepherd! whose goodness knows no parallel or example; for thou laidst down thy life for the sheep. Thy Father knew thee, as thou knewest the Father; and therefore he loved thee, because thou laidst down thy life, that thou mightest take it again. No man took it from thee, but thou laidst it down of thyself. Thou hadst power to lay it down, and thou hadst power to take it again: this commandment thou receivedst of thy Father. Instead of coming to kill, and to destroy, thou camest that thy sheep might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly, though it was by the sword of the Lord of hosts awaking against thyself, and piercing thy own soul. All glory to thee!

19. There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20. And

many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

When thou thyself, blessed Lord, wast thus reviled, why should thy servants think to escape? O give thein all a sound mind, and to speak the words of truth and soberness; and then, not to be discouraged, though they be called mad by the ignorant or the profane.

I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 26. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28. And I

21. Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? 22. And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.give unto them eternal life; and 24. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not; the works that

they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.

29. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and none is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

Happy beyond expression are the sheep of thy pasture! Thou givest to them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of thy hand. Thy Father, who gave them thee, is greater than all; and none is able to pluck them out of thy Father's hand. Thou hast said, "What man of you having an "hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave "the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that

which is lost until he find it? And when he hath found "it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when "he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and "neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for "I have found my sheep which was lost." Thou gatherest the lambs with thy arm, and carriest them in thy bosom, and gently leadest those that are with young. How sweet are the promises of thy Father!" Behold, I, "even I, will both search my sheep and seek them out, as a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he "is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places,

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"where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, "and gather them from the countries, and will bring "them to their own land, and feed them upon the moun"tains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall "their fold be there shall they lie in a good fold, and "in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of "Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them "to lie down, saith the Lord God. I will seek that "which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and "will strengthen that which was sick. And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David: he shall feed them, and he shal "be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, "and my servant David a prince among them. I the "Lord have spoken it. And I will make with them a

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covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land; and they shall dwell safely in "the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. And I will "make them and the places round about my hill, a "blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down "in his season: there shall be showers of blessing. And "the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth "shall yield her increase; and they shall be safe in their "land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have "broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them "out of the hand of those that served themselves of "them. And they shall no more be a prey to the hea"then; neither shall the beasts of the land devour them; "but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them "afraid." The meanest and weakest of thy flock have an interest in these promises, and have ground to say, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want: he makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me be"side the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he lead"eth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's "sake."

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