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• whence it was, (but the ser
vants which drew the water knew) the governor of the feast called die bridegroom,
10 And faith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set 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 miracles did Jesus in Cana of Ga* Iilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
12 After this, he went down t» Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and they continued there not many days.
knowing from whence they had it, (for the Servants did not tell him they drew it out of the Water-pots) went to the Bridegroom, telling him 'twas the usual Custom to present the Guests with the best Wine first, and to give 'em the worst when by long drinking they had made themselves unable to distinguish; but that he on the contrary had preposterously kept the very best Wine till the latter end of the Feast.
This beginning of Miracles was perform'd by Jesus at Ctna •, from whence his Disciples concluded he was scnt by God, and thereupon believ'd on him, not as a common Teacher, but a Prophet. Jesus with his Mother, his Relations, and Disciples, went from Cana to Capernaum, a Town situated near the Lake of Genesaretb) but at that time staid only a few days in the Town.
The FIRST PASSOVER
after Christ's Baptism.
i j And the Jews passover was M hand, and Jesus wenc up to Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the changers of money, sitting.
1 $ And wheu he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep and the oxen; and poured out the changers money,and overthrew the rabies;
16 And laid unto them that sold doves, Take these things
Jesus goes to Jerusalem to celebrate the Pajsover. He drives the Traders out of the Temple, and reproves them who dislike the action. He for et els his own Resurrection. Many believe on him, but he does not trust hint' self among the Jews. His Conference with Nicodemus.
Tn H E 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; sortie Passover was approaching, which that year, according to the Cycle the Jews make use of, fell upon the twenty ninth of Ai.irch. The Passover being near, Jesus went to Jerusalem. Being come thither, he went into the Temple, where he law 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 Worfliip. Fill'd with Indignation. hereupon, he made a Whip of little Cords, and with stripes drove em out of the Temple, overturn'd the Tables of the Money-changers and their monies; the sellers ot Doves also he commanded to depart with their Goods, bidding 'em nit
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hence; make not my Fathers house an house os merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembred that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
18 Then answered the Jews, and laid unto him, What sign sliewest thou unto us, feeing that thou doest these things?
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will
, raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews,Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembred that he had laid this unto them: and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
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 few, they call'd to mind that Passage of the Psalmist, which is much more aptly applied to Jestu than to him, Pfal. 60. 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 said they would then believe him to have receiv'd from God, when they had seen him perform some Miracle. But Jesw told them they should receive this Miracle from him j namely, after this Temple shall be demolish'd, I will raise it again in three days.
The Jews replied, they could not conceive how it was possible for him to raise the Temple in three days, which was six and forty years a building, from the time that Herod the Great undertook that work. But J-esut 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 MeJ/lah, and the promises of their Master, so remarkable a part of which they few hereby accomplilh'd.
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a» Now when he was in Jerusalem ac the passover, in the seast-<£y, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24 But Tetas did not commit himseliunto chem,bccause he knew all men,
a j And needed not that any ihould testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
CHAP. nr. 1 TPHere was a man of the
X Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The fame came to Jesus by night, and laid unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
5 Jesus answered and said • unto him, Verily verily I say
unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Many were converted by the Miracles he did at Jerusalem during the Feast of un: leavened Bread. But Jesut did not trust himself among the Jews, 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 Jesus, 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 sent 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 Jesus 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 Jefu* knowing his intention prevented him, interrupting him with these words: No man can be partaker of the good things of the Kingdom of God, unlels he be bom anew.
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4 Nicodemus faith unto him,' How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mothers womb, and be born? % 5 Jesus answered, Verily
verily I siy unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of die Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the • flesh, is flesh; and that which
is born of the Spirit, is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where itlisteth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus. not understanding this figurative expression of Jesm, childishly demanded of him how it was possible for an old man to be born again? must he return into his Mother's Womb, and from thence spring forth into Life again? Whereas Jesw meant that change of Manners and Opinions which might make men seem as it were to be regenerated. Jefiu in answer to him, told him that those who should indeed be made partakers of Celestial Happiness in the Kingdom of God, might be said after the Jewish manner to be born again, not only by reason of their Baptism, but also in respect of their minds, inasmuch as they might seem to become new men by a perfect alteration in their Opinions and Morals.
For those who are said to be born again by reason of some corporeal Rite, undergoing only a corporeal Change, are not at all better'd by it •, but they whose minds are so chang'd as to think and act aright, may properly be said to be spiritual or new men, and are thereby enabled to become members of the Kingdom of Heaven. Nor ought his having said that men must be born again after this Spiritual manner, seem strange unto him, or be doubted by him; it being no Objection to the truth of it, that this change is not actually visible to our Eyes, and that the manner how it is effected is not commonly known unto us: for even in corporeal things, some there are of whose Existence we make no question, which yet are invisible to us, and of which we are ignorant iri many particulars •, the Wind for instance, whose Rise and End are both alike unknown to us. Thus may men be truly said to be renew'd in their minds, tho this spiritual Regeneration be not visible to our Eyes,, and the method of the Operation be unknown to us.