The Way to God is Clear and Open

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. For us however, the veil is rent. Jesus entered once into the holy place, and as He passed the heavy folds were rent in twain from the top to the bottom. Surely no priest that witnessed it could ever forget the moment, when, as the earth trembled beneath the Continue Reading

John 18:13-27; Christ before Annas and Caiaphas; The Fall of Peter; Christ Arraigned; Peter Again Denies Christ; Note, Yielding to one temptation invites another, and perhaps stronger; Satan redoubles his attacks when we give ground; One lie needs another to support it, and that another; It is the devil’s politics “Male facta male factis tegere, ne perpluant–To cover sin with sin, in order to escape detection.”

Christ before Annas and Caiaphas; The Fall of Peter; Christ Arraigned; Peter Again Denies Christ. John 18:13-27 13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.   14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.   15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple Continue Reading

John 16:23-27; Encouragement to Prayer; “Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full; Ye shall ask in My name;” Here is an express promise of a grant; The preface to this promise is such as makes it inviolably sure, and leaves no room to question it.

Encouragement to Prayer. John 16:23-27 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.   24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.   25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show Continue Reading

John 15:26-27; The Comforter Announced; It is here promised that the blessed Spirit shall maintain the cause of Christ in the world, notwithstanding the opposition it should meet with; Christ, when He was reviled, committed His injured cause to His Father, and did not lose by His silence, for the Comforter came, pleaded it powerfully, and carried it triumphantly; Here is an account of Him in His essence, or subsistence rather.

The Comforter Announced. John 15:26-27 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:   27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. Christ having spoken of the great opposition which his gospel was likely to meet with in the world, and the hardships that would be put upon Continue Reading

John 11:45-57; The Consultation of the Pharisees; The Prophecy of Caiaphas; A Conspiracy against Christ; It is an aggravation of the sins of wicked rulers that they commonly make those that are under them instruments of their unrighteousness; But not withstanding this proclamation, though doubtless many knew where He was, yet such was His interest in the affections of some, and such God’s hold of the consciences of others, that He continued undiscovered, for the ‘Lord hid Him.’

The Consultation of the Pharisees; The Prophecy of Caiaphas; A Conspiracy against Christ. John 11:45-57 45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.   46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.   47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. Continue Reading

John 11:33-44; Christ at the Grave of Lazarus; The Resurrection of Lazarus; Jesus wept: Here we have, Christ’s tender sympathy with His afflicted friends, and the share He took to Himself in their sorrows; If Christ’s friends, whom He loves, die,–if His Church, whom He loves, be persecuted and afflicted,–we must not impute it to any defect either in His power or love, but conclude that it is because He sees it for the best.

Christ at the Grave of Lazarus; The Resurrection of Lazarus. John 11:33-44 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,   34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.   35 Jesus wept.   36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!   37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the Continue Reading

John 11:17-32; Christ at Bethany; He considered the circumstances of their affliction, and that losers think they may have leave to speak, and therefore overlooked the rudeness of this welcome, and gave us an example of mildness and meekness in such cases; Tears of devout affection have a voice, a loud prevailing voice, in the ears of Christ; no rhetoric like this.

Christ at Bethany. John 11:17-32 17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.   18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:   19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.   20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.   21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Continue Reading

John 11:1-16; The Death of Lazarus; In this chapter we have the history of that illustrious miracle which Christ wrought a little before His death–the raising of Lazarus to life, which is recorded only by this evangelist; for the other three confine themselves to what Christ did in Galilee, where He resided most, and scarcely ever carried their history into Jerusalem till the Passion-Week: whereas John’s memoirs relate chiefly to what passed at Jerusalem; This passage therefore was reserved for his pen.

J O H N. CHAPTER 11 In this chapter we have the history of that illustrious miracle which Christ wrought a little before his death--the raising of Lazarus to life, which is recorded only by this evangelist; for the other three confine themselves to what Christ did in Galilee, where he resided most, and scarcely ever carried their history into Jerusalem till the passion-week: whereas John's memoirs relate chiefly to what passed at Continue Reading

John 10:19-21; Sentiments Concerning Christ; We have here an account of the people’s different sentiments concerning Christ; there was a division, a schism, among them; they differed in their opinons, which threw them into heats and parties; The power of His miracles; Devils are not such lords of the power of nature as to be able to work such miracles; nor are they such friends to mankind as to be willing to work them if they were able; The devil will sooner put out men’s eyes than open them.

Sentiments Concerning Christ. John 10:19-21 19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.   20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?   21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? We have here an account of the people's different sentiments concerning Christ, on occasion of the foregoing discourse; there Continue Reading

John 9:13-34; The Cavilling of the Pharisees; The Cavilling of the Pharisees Refuted; One would have expected that such a miracle as Christ wrought upon the blind man would have settled His reputation, and silenced and shamed all opposition, but it had the contrary effect; instead of being embraced as a Prophet for it, He is prosecuted as a criminal; Note, Proud men scorn to be taught, expecially by their inferiors, whereas we should never think ourselves too old, nor too wise, nor too good, to learn; Those that have much wealth would have more; and why not those that have much knowledge? And those are to be valued by whom we may improve in learning.

The Cavilling of the Pharisees; The Cavilling of the Pharisees Refuted. John 9:13-34 13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.   14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.   15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.   16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man Continue Reading