John 21:20-25; Christ’s Conference with Peter; Conclusion of John’s Gospel; The evangelist, concluding with Amen, thereby sets to his seal, and let us set to ours, an Amen of faith, subscribing to the Gospel, that it is true, all true; and an Amen of satisfaction in what is written, as able to make us wise to salvation. Amen; so be it.

Christ's Conference with Peter; Conclusion of John's Gospel. John 21:20-25 20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?   21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.   23 Then Continue Reading

John 21:15-19; Christ’s Discourse with Peter; Three times Christ asks Peter whether he loves Him or no; His fall had given occasion to doubt of his love; Having confirmed to him the honour of an Apostle, He now tells him of further preferment designed him–the honour of a martyr; How his martyrdom is foretold; He prefaces the notice He gives to Peter of his sufferings with a solemn asseveration; He foretells particularly that he should die a violent death, by the hands of an executioner; Those that faithfully follow Christ in grace shall certainly follow Him to glory

Christ's Discourse with Peter. John 21:15-19 15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.   16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.   Continue Reading

John 21:1-14; Christ with His Disciples – Part 2; We have here an account of Christ’s appearance to His Disciples at the sea of Tiberias; How variously God dispenses His gifts; Some excel, as Peter and John; are very eminent in gifts and graces, and are thereby distinguished from their brethren; others are but ordinary disciples, that mind their duty, and are faithful to Him, but do nothing to make themselves remarkable; and yet both the one and the other, the eminent and the obscure, shall sit down together with Christ in glory; nay, and perhaps ‘the last shall be first.’

J O H N. CHAPTER 21 The evangelist seemed to have concluded his history with the foregoing chapter; but (as St. Paul sometimes in his epistles), new matter occurring, he begins again. He had said that there were many other signs which Jesus did for the proof of his resurrection. And in this chapter he mentions one of these many, which was Christ's appearance to some of his disciples at the sea of Tiberias, in which we have an account, I. Continue Reading

John 20:26-31; The Incredulity of Thomas; An express condescension to this weakness, which appears in two things:- That he suffers His wisdom to be prescribed to; Great spirits will not be dictated to by their inferiors, especially in their acts of grace; yet Christ is pleased here to accommodate Himself even to Thomas’s fancy in a needless thing, rather than break with him, and leave him in his unbelief; He suffers His wounds to be raked into, allows Thomas to thrust his hand into His side, if then at last he would believe.

The Incredulity of Thomas. John 20:26-31 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.   27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.   28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Continue Reading

John 20:19-25; Christ with His Disciples; The infallible proof of Christ’s Resurrection was His showing Himself alive; Here is a Christian sabbath observed by the disciples, and owned by our Lord Jesus; (Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.)

Christ with His Disciples. John 20:19-25 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.   20 And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.   21 Then said Jesus to them again, Continue Reading

John 20:11-18; The Resurrection – Part 2; Two Angels in white, sitting one at the head, and the other at the feet, of the grave, Messengers from heaven, sent on purpose, on this great occasion, To honour the Son and to grace the solemnity of His resurrection; They were in white, denoting, Their purity and holiness; The best men standing before the angels, and compared with them, are clothed in filthy garments (Zech. 3:3), but angels are spotless; and glorified saints, when they come to be as the angels, shall ‘walk with Christ in white’.

The Resurrection. John 20:11-18 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,   12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.   13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Continue Reading

John 20:1-10; The Resurrection; There was no one thing of which the apostles were more concerned to produce substantial proof than the resurrection of their Master, Because it was that which He Himself appealed to as the last and most cogent proof of His being the Messiah; Because it was upon this the performance of His undertaking for our redemption and salvation did depend.

J O H N. CHAPTER 20 This evangelist, though he began not his gospel as the rest did, yet concludes it as they did, with the history of Christ' resurrection; not of the thing itself, for none of them describe how he rose, but of the proofs and evidences of it, which demonstrated that he was risen. The proofs of Christ's resurrection, which we have in this chapter, are I. Such as occurred immediately at the sepulchre. 1. The sepulchre found Continue Reading

John 19:38-42; The Burial of Christ; Come and see an extraordinary funeral; never was the like! Come and see a burial that conquered the grave, and buried it, a burial that beautified the grave and softened it for all believers; Thus without pomp or solemnity is the body of Jesus laid in the cold and silent grave; Here lies our surety under arrest for our debts, so that if He be released His discharge will be ours; Here is the Sun of righteousness set for awhile, to rise again in greater glory, and set no more; Here lies a seeming captive to death, but a real conqueror over death; for here lies death itself slain, and the grave conquered; Thanks be to God, Who giveth us the victory.

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John 19:31-37; The Crucifixion; This passage concerning the piercing of Christ’s side after His death is recorded only by this evangelist; Many go to heaven that have bands in their death, and die in the bitterness of their soul; The extremity of dying agonies is no obstruction to the living comforts that wait for holy souls on the other side death; Christ died, and went to paradise, but appointed a guard to convey Him thither; This is the order of going to heaven–Christ, the first-fruits and forerunner, afterwards those that are Christs.

The Crucifixion. John 19:31-37 31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was a high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.   32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.   33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw Continue Reading

John 19:19-30; The Inscription on the Cross; The Crucifixion; Those that were crucified, in dying stretched up their heads to gasp for breath, and did not drop their heads till they had breathed their last; but Christ, to show Himself active in dying, bowed His head first, composing Himself, as it were, to fall asleep; God had laid upon Him the iniquity of us all, putting it upon the head of this great sacrifice; and some think that by this bowing of His head He would intimate His sense of the weight upon Him; The bowing of His head shows His submission to His Father’s will, and His obedience to death.

The Inscription on the Cross; The Crucifixion. John 19:19-30 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.   20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.   21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but Continue Reading