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How intimate an Let us not be mithe world, or self.

tiplied and strong ties are here! union! Lord Jesus make us thine. serable slaves of sin, or Satan, or Let us be only, and wholly, and unalterably thine. Blessed be that love which took its rise from 'eternity: that love which is stronger than death, which cannot be quenched by many waters, which cannot be drowned by the deepest floods. All the impiety and ingratitude of mankind, for four thousand, years, did not hinder thee from assuming their nature at the appointed time. Nor was it weakened in the least degree by all the contradiction, persecution, contempt, hatred, treachery, cruelty, which thou sufferedst from them in thy life and death. Still it brake out and flamed, conquering all opposition. It prayed for thy enemies when they were murdering thee. And in heaven it makes intercession for them, that they may be converted and saved: nor will it cease till it bring them to glory. O God of love, how great is thy love to unworthy and unthankful men. Let heaven and earth praise thy blessed name.

It appears from this, that the devil puts horrid designs into the human heart. O merciful Saviour, who camest to destroy the works of the devil, and deliver us from his power. But how shall we know what comes from him; that we may be filled with horror at the first thoughts of it? Thy word says, "He that committeth "sin is of the devil." Whether therefore the temptation come from our own lusts, or from Satan working with them, if we comply with it, we shall serve that wicked spirit. Save us then from entertaining the first motions to sin, but with horror. And as Satan is described in thy word, an unclean and proud spirit, a liar and a murderer; and Judas is stigmatized as a thief, and covetous, and a hypocrite; may we have a particular horror at all these kinds of wickedness. pents grow in our hearts. How it makes us shrink to

O let none of these serCrush them in the egg. consider that we have so

much of the brood of the old serpent within us! Son of God, hear our cry, and deliver us!

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Though thou knewest that the Father had given all things into thy hands, and that thou wast come from God and went to God, yet didst thou humble thyself to perform this servile office. What shall, we think of it? Peter was surprized, and rashly said, "Thou shalt never "wash my feet." But when he had heard thee say, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me;" he soon retracted. Lord, be pleased to teach us the great lessons this singular action of thine was intended to give. First, we see that herein thou hast set an example to thy disciples, that as thou their Master and Lord washed their feet, they ought also to wash one another's feet. Some, we find, have understood this literally. Lord, shew us how it ought to be understood. Certainly the least it can mean is, that after such an example we should not think it below us to perform to the least of thy disciples the meanest services. Again, we see there is something of a spiritual nature meant by washing; for thou sayest, "Ye are clean, but not all." And afterwards, 66 Now ye are clean, through the word "which I have spoken unto you.' And it is said in other places," that thou sanctifiest and cleanest thy "church with the washing of regeneration," and "wash"est them from their sins, in thy own blood." In like manner, it seems, we ought to understand what thou sayest here. He that is washed, needeth not save to wash "his feet, but is clean every whit." But what is this spiritual washing of the feet? Is it not, Lord! that those who have been washed, and justified, and sanctified in thy name, and by thy Spirit, at their first conversion, should yet seek to be daily washed from the guilt and filth they contract by journeying through this evil world?

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Lord, grant that we may indeed be in a washed and cleansed state, and that we may daily make fresh application to the fountain of thy blood; the promised influences of thy Spirit; the purifying promises and precepts of thy word; and may have our ways cleansed thereby.

7. Jesus answered and said knowest not now; but thou unto him, What I do thou shalt know hereafter.

Many of thy dispensations we do not know the meaning of; but it becomes us to wait patiently, till thou shalt be pleased to explain them. We do not see how any good can come out of these things; but by thy grace we will go on in the way of prescribed duty: thou canst make us see it hereafter.

8. Peter saith unto him, Thou | but not all. 11. For he knew shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean whit and ye are clean, every

who should betray him therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. 12. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was sat down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13. Ye call me Master and Lord and ye say well; for so 1

am.

Blessed Master! Gracious Lord! how delightful is it to call thee by these names! May we have a true zeal for our master's honour, and be faithful in thy service, according to the talents committed to us. Give us grace both to know and to do thy will. And let us not be ashamed to imitate thy divine lowliness, which humbled itself to serve its own servants.

14. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16. Verily, verily, I say

VOL. I.

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unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord; neither
he that is sent greater than he
that sent him. 17. If ye know
these things, happy are ye
if ye
do them. 18. I speak not of you
all; I know whom I have cho-

sen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth

bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

Blessed be thy name, that when it appears thou hast chosen any to believe thy gospel; to be converted from idols to serve the living God; to resemble and follow thee, and to wait for thy coming from heaven; these are sure signs that thou hast chosen such persons to everlasting life. O give us, therefore, to see the certainty of our election, by the certainty of our calling; and to see the certainty of this, by the graces of thy Spirit flourishing in our hearts. May we add to our faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. Let us not be satisfied with our condition, while these are wanting. And when we can see thou hast bestowed them upon us, may we rest assured of our election, by thy free, unmerited, adorable grace. Blessed be thy name, for choosing any of the sinful posterity of Adam. Blessed be thy name, that all the fruits of election are freely offered in thy gospel to every human creature. And blessed be thy name, that when any are enabled to believe in thee, they may assuredly gather that thou hast elected them to everlasting life.

SECT. XXIX.

The Treachery of Judas, and the Fall of Peter, foretold.

19. Now I tell you before it come, that when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 20. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. 21. When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, That one of you shall betray me. 22. Then

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the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

23. Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom, one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25. He then, lying on Jesus' breast, saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26. Jesus answered, He it is to whom I shall give a sop when

I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27. And after the sop, Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. 28. Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 29. For some of them

thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; | or, that he should give something to the poor. 30. He' then, having received the sop, went immediately out and it was night.

It is said thou wast troubled in spirit, when thine eneinies buffeted thee, and spit in thy face; but thou wast troubled in spirit, that one of thy apostles should betray thee. O keep us from every degree of this hell.

What are we to think, blessed Lord, of these words spoken by thee to the traitor, after Satan entered into him, "That thou doest, do quickly." Surely thou didst not approve of what he was doing: but thou sawest the hellish plot coming to the birth, and shewedst by these words, that thou wast not afraid of him, or of Satan, who had now got possession of him, but wast resolved to suffer all that the scriptures had foretold. Blessed be thy constancy and patience! O save us and all men from giving place to the devil. He first put it into the heart of Judas to betray thee; and then he entered into him, and completed the wickedness.

31. Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32.

If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

Thy ignominious death, brought about by the treachery of one of thy apostles, was to be the great means of thy glory. Adored be that wisdom which knew how to bring the greatest good out of the greatest evil. Thy Father, whom thou always glorifiedst, was also eminently glorified by thy death: and he glorified thee at that time in the midst of all thy sufferings and in three days raised thee from the dead, and soon after received thee up to heaven, to enjoy that glory with himself, which

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