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this miracle. 19. The Phari- | vail nothing? behold, the world sees therefore said among them- is gone after him.

selves, Perceive ye how ye pre

[See the Reflections on Matt. XXI. ♥. 1—11. p. 92.]

SECT. XXVI.

Jesus foretells his Death in the presence of some Greeks.

20. And there were certain Greeks aniong them that came up to worship at the feast: 21. The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Gahlee, and desired him saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 23. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified. 24. Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father ho

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What shall we learn, gracious Lord, from thy words spoken on this occasion? Thou art glorified when men, from a sense of thy excellency, and of their own necessity, are desirous to come to thee. And the great mean of thy being glorified was thy death, which was necessary to the multiplying thy disciples, as the dying of a corn of wheat is to its bringing forth fruit. Thou also teachest us not to love our lives, for that is the way to lose them; but to hate our lives in this world, that we may keep them unto life eternal. Thou addest these most encouraging words: "If any man serve me, let "him follow me; and where I am, there also my servant shall be and if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. How mean and poor is all the grandeur and glory of the world to this! O give us the honour of serving and following thee; let who will take all the rest.

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27. Now is my soul troubled; | name. Then came there a voice and what shall I say? Father, from heaven, saying, I have save me from this hour: but for both glorified it, and will glothis cause came I unto this rify it again. hour. 28. Father, glorify thy

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Thy soul was troubled in the view of the dreadful death thou wast to die, inexpressibly more dreadful than all the torments of thy martyrs; so that thou prayedst, "Father, save me from this hour." But immediately thou addest, "For this cause came I unto this hour: Father, glorify thy name." The glory of thy Father was dearer to thee than all things; and thy Father glorified his name by glorifying thee: therefore there came a voice from heaven, "I have both glorified it, and will "glorify it again." Thy Father's naine had been glorified in thy miraculous birth; in thy preservation from the cruelty of Herod; thy victory over Satan in the wilderness; thy casting him out of the possest; thy healing all manner of diseases; thy raising the dead to life: and it was to be farther glorified by thy own death and • resurrection, and the effusion of the Holy Spirit to subdue the world to thy cross. Unhappy are they who do not see God glorified by these great events.

29. The people therefore that stood by and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 30. Jesus answered and said, This voice

came not because of me, but for your sakes. 31. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be

cast out.

Now this world was to be judged, and the prince of it to be condemned and cast out. He had long deceived the nations, and taught them idolatry, uncleanness, falsehood, cruelty; instead of which thou wast to bring upon the earth the spiritual worship of the true God, purity of heart, truth, mercy and all nations were by a divine attraction to be drawn to thy cross. Adored be the wisdom and power of God, which triumphed over the violence and craft of the old serpent by such unlikely means. Blessed be thy name, who willingly gavest thyself to suffer such a death for the glory of thy Father, and the salvation of mankind. As thy prediction has been so remarkably fulfilled already, O grant that it may be so more and more. Draw unto thee all men that now live upon the face of the earth, O almighty Saviqur!

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Lord, help us to take the advice thou gavest the Jews. Thou, the true light, art now with us. Give us to walk while we have the light, lest darkness come upon us; for he that walketh in darkness, knoweth not whither he goeth. Keep us from the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of error, the darkness of sin. May we know thee, and follow thee, and we shall not walk in darkness; we shall know whither we are going; for thou hast said, "Where I am, there also shall my servant be." O heavenly Light, we believe in thee; help our unbelief. We would keep thee still in our eye and follow whithersoever thou leadest. Lord, make us children of light, having no fellowship with any work of darkness, but loving the light; and in all our behaviour, words, and thoughts, working none but the works of light. O that we had done so from our youth. Give us, Lord, henceforth to do it, and we shall no more be ashamed.

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SECT. XXVII.

The Unbelief of the Jews.

37. But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

Save us from that blindness which hindered the Jews from understanding with their hearts, and being converted and healed. When thy evangelical prophet saw thy glory, and spake of thee, he complained, that few of that nation would receive thee. This is melancholy;

but what follows is most joyful. "He shall see his "seed; the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his "hand; he shall see the travail of his soul, and shall "be satisfied. By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many." O that we, and all our friends and country, yea all mankind that now live upon earth, might be in that number.

38. That the saying of Esaias | the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? (Isa. liii. 1.) 39. Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40. He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor under

stand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. (Isa. vi. 10.) 41. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. 42. Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue :

Save us from imitating the rulers in this respect. May we believe in thee with our hearts, and confess thee boldly with our mouths. Let us never be ashamed of thee, or of thy words, before a wicked and adulterous generation. What is it to us whether men praise or condemn, if thou, the Judge of all, approvest? O make us to know from thy blessed word, in every instance, what is approved by thee.

43. For they loved the praise lieveth not on me, but on him of men more than the praise of that sent me. 45. And he that God. 44. Jesus cried and said, seeth me, seeth him that sent He that believeth on me, be

me.

Give us to believe on thee, and to keep thee continually in our view.

46. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world,

but to save the world. 48. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49. For I have not spoken of my

self: but the Father which sent | I know that his commandment

me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50. And

is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak, therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

May we therefore receive thy words as spoken to thee by thy Father. Blessed words of life, spoken by the Son of God to men with a human voice, but first given by the Father to the Son. O how far superior to the wisdom of men! Teach us, Lord, by thy divine Spirit, rightly to understand them; to love them with our heart; to keep them in our memory; to meditate upon them; to observe them as the rule of our whole conduct so shall we never be ashamed. We are to be judged by them at the last day if they absolve us now, they will not condemn us hereafter.

SECT. XXVIII.

Jesus washes his Disciples' Feet, and teaches them Humility.

CHAP. XIII.

NOW before the feast of the
passover, when Jesus knew
that his hour was come that he
should depart out of this world
unto the Father, having loved
his own which were
in the

world, he loved them unto the

end.

2. And supper being ended, (the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him,)

Though the death thou wast to die was most terrible, yet was it a departing out of this world unto the Father. The same privilege thou hast purchased for all thy followers. Death, in whatever form it comes, takes them out of this evil world, this world of temptation and sin, this vain, this troublesome world, this world which was so unkind to their master; and it carries them to thy Father, and their Father. O happy change!

Blessed are they who are thine, thy own, thy subjects, thy servants, thy disciples, thy friends, thy family, thine by the gift of the Father, thine by thy own choice, thine by their self-dedication, the purchase of thy blood, the members of thy body, one spirit with thee. What mul

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