John 9:1-7; Sight Given to One Born Blind; Those that would be healed by Christ must be ruled by Him; There is more glory in this concise narrative, ‘He went and washed, and came seeing,’ than in Caesar’s ‘Veni, vidi, vice–I came, I saw, I conquered;’ This represents the benefits gracious souls find in attending on instituted ordinances, according to Christ’s appointment; they have gone to the pool of Siloam weak, and have come away strengthened, have gone doubting, and come away satisfied; have gone mourning, and come away rejoicing; have gone trembling, and come away triumphing; have gone blind, and come away seeing, come away singing, Isaiah 52:8.

J O H N. CHAPTER 9 After Christ's departure out of the temple, in the close of the foregoing chapter, and before this happened which is recorded in this chapter, he had been for some time abroad in the country, it is supposed about two or three months; in which interval of time Dr. Lightfoot and other harmonists place all the passages that occur from Luke x. 17 to xiii. 17. What is recorded in ch. vii. and viii. was at the feast of Continue Reading

John 8:21-29; Christ’s Discourse with the Pharisees; Christ here gives fair warning to the careless unbelieving Jews to consider what would be the consequence of their infidelity, that they might prevent it before it was too late; for He spoke words of terror as well as words of grace

Christ's Discourse with the Pharisees. John 8:21-29 21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.   22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.   23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.   24 I said therefore unto you, that ye Continue Reading

John 7:45-53; The Officers’ Testimony of Christ; “Never man spake like this man;” The Chief Priests and Pharisees are here in a close cabal, contriving how to suppress Christ; Thus the counsel of the Lord is made to stand, in spite of the devices in the hearts of men.

The Officers' Testimony of Christ. John 7:45-53 45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?   46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.   47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?   48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?   49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.   50 Nicodemus saith unto Continue Reading

John 7:14-36; Christ at the Feast of Tabernacles; Christ’s Public Preacing in the Temple; They should in vain expect a place in Heaven; Not only because they are excluded by the just and irreversible sentence of the judge, and the sword of the angel at every gate of the new Jerusalem, to keep the way of the tree of life against those who have no right to enter, but because they are disabled by their own iniquity and infidelity; ‘You cannot come, because you will not;’ Those who hate to be where Christ is, in His Word and Ordinances on earth, are very unfit to be where He is in His Glory in Heaven.

Christ at the Feast of Tabernacles. John 7:14-36 14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.   15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?   16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.   17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.   18 He that Continue Reading

John 6:28-59; Christ the True Bread from Heaven; Christ Welcomes All that Come to Him; Necessity of Feeding upon Christ; We shall live eternally by Him: “Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood,” as prepared in the Gospel to be the food of souls, he hath eternal life, he hath it now; He has that in him which is eternal life begun; he has the earnest and foretaste of it, and the hope of it; he shall live for ever; His happiness shall run parallel with the longest line of eternity itself.

Christ the True Bread from Heaven; Christ Welcomes All that Come to Him; Necessity of Feeding upon Christ. John 6:28-59 28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?   29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.   30 They said therefore unto him, What sign showest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Continue Reading

John 5:31-47; Christ Proves His Divine Mission; Infidelity of the Jews Reproved; Where God demands belief, He will not fail to give sufficient evidence, as He has done concerning Christ.

Christ Proves His Divine Mission; Infidelity of the Jews Reproved. John 5:31-47 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.   32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.   33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.   34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.   35 He was a burning and a Continue Reading

John5:1-16; The Cure at the Pool of Bethesda; The preparation of the medicine by an angel, who went down into the pool, and stirred the water; Angels are God’s servants, and friends to mankind; and perhaps are more active in the removing of diseases (as evil angels in the inflicting of them) than we are aware of; Raphael, the apocryphal name of an angel, signifies medicina Dei–God’s physic, or physician rather; See what mean offices the holy angels condescend to, for the good of men.

J O H N. CHAPTER 5 We have in the gospels a faithful record of all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, Acts i. 1. These two are interwoven, because what he taught explained what he did, and what he did confirmed what he taught. Accordingly, we have in this chapter a miracle and a sermon. I. The miracle was the cure of an impotent man that had been diseased thirty-eight years, with the circumstances of that cure, ver. 1-16. II. The Continue Reading

John 4:43-54; The Nobleman’s Son Restored; When this nobleman applied himself to Christ, multitudes followed, What abundance of good may great men do, if they be good men!; Christ went among the villages, but declined going to Nazareth, the head city, for a reason here given, which Jesus Himself testified, who knew the temper of His countrymen, the hearts of all men, and the experiences of all prophets, and it is this, ‘That a prophet has no honour in his own country’

The Nobleman's Son Restored. John 4:43-54 43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.   44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.   45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilæans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.   46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the Continue Reading

John 4:27-42; Christ at the Well of Samaria, Part 2; They wondered He should condescend to talk with such a poor contemptible woman, forgetting what despicable men they themselves were when Christ first called them into fellowship with Himself.

Christ at the Well of Samaria. John 4:27-42 27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?   28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,   29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?   30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.   Continue Reading

John 3:22-36; John’s Testimony to Christ; Christ’s removal into the land of Judea; The blessed state of all true Christians: He that believes on the Son hath everlasting life; Grace is Glory begun.

John's Testimony to Christ. John 3:22-36 22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judæa; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.   23 And John also was baptizing in Ænon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.   24 For John was not yet cast into prison.   25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.   Continue Reading