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MATTHEW.. MARK. - LUXE.. . JOHN.
CHA P. II.
whence it was, (our the servants which drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And faith unto him, Every man at the beginning doch ser forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of mi. racles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
12 After this, he went down te Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and they concinued there not many days.
C H A P. XI. Jesus goes to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. He drives the Traders
out of the Temple, and reproves them who dislike the action. He foretels his own Resurrection. Many believe on him, but he does not trust himSelf among the Jews. His Conference with Nicodemus.
HE foregoing transactions happen'd in the month of March, towards the lat
ter end of the sixteenth year of Tiberius, reckoning from the beginning of his Proconsular Authority; for the Passover was approaching, which that year, according to the Cycle the Jews make use of, fell upon the twenty ninth of March. The Passover being near, Fesus went to Ferusalem. Being come thither, he went into the Temple, where he saw those who had brought Beasts for the Sacrifices, and the Money-changers, selling their Commodities, and trafficking in the outward Court of the Temple, a place consecrated solely to Divine Worship. Filld with Indignation, hereupon, he made a Whip of littie Cords, and with stripes drove 'em out of tlie Temple, overturn'd the T'ables of the Money-changers and their monies; the sellers of Doves also he commanded to depart with their Goods, bidding 'em all
take it as a warning for the future, not to turn the Temple of his father into a booth for Merchandize. Which things when his Disciples faw, they call'd to mind that Passage of the Psalmist, which is much more aptly applied to Jesus than to him, Psal. 69. 9. The Zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. But the other Jews who were then in the Temple, contended that this Fact could not be warranted but by a prophetical Authority, which Authority they faid they would then believe him to have receiv'd from God, when they had feen him perform fome Miracle. But Fesus told them they should receive this. Miracle from him; namely, after this Temple shall be demolish'd, I will raise it again in three days.
The Fews replied, they could not conceive how it was possible for him to raise the Temple in three days, which was fix and forty years a building, from the time that Herod the Great undertook that work. But Fesus spoke concerning the Temple of his Body, which his Disciples (remembring this saying of his) understood after he was risen from the Dead: by which Resurrection they were confirm'd in their belief of all that had been predicted concerning the Mefiah, and the promises of their Master, fo remarkable a part of which they saw hereby. accomplilh'd,
Many were converted by the Miracles he did at Ferufalem during the Feast of unleavened Bread. But Fefus did not trust himself among the Fems, nor discover himself to them, as knowing that their Faith was too wavering to be relied upon; nor did he stand in need of any outward information concerning 'em, being able of himself to penetrate into the most hidden secrets of the Heart.
There was at that time in Jerusalem one Nicodemus, of the Sect of the Pharisees, a member of the great Sanhedrim, who being a pious Person, and having heard of the Miracles wrought by Fesus, came by night to him, and thus accosted him (not daring to converse with him openly and in the day time, for fear of his Collegues, whose pride and contumacy he was well acquainted with): Master, I make no doubt but thou art fent by God unto us'; for no man is able to do those Miracles thou dost, without having receiv'd his power from God. Having premis'd this, he was about to ask Fefus what it behoved him to do to become partaker of the Felicity of the Kingdom of God, which he heard was near at hand. But Fesus knowing his intention prevented him, interrupting him with these words : No man can be partaker of the good things of the Kingdom of God, unless he be born anew.