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A Plain and Profitable
The Cause, Truth, and Manner of the
Coming of a Sinner to Jesus Christ;
And they hall come which are ready to perish.
Isa. xxvii. 13.
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COME, and WELCOME
A PLAIN and PROFITABLE DISCOURSE
On JOHN VI. XXXVII.
ples before in a Ship, but the Wind was contrary;
Nete, When Providences are black and terrible
them in wonderful Manner; the which, sometimes they can as little bear, as they can the Things that were before terrible to them. They were afraid of the Wind and Water ; they were also afraid of their Lord and Saviour, when he appeared to them in thatState.
Bụt he said, Be not afraid, it is I.
Note, That the End of the appearing of the Lord Jesus unto his People (though the Manner of his Appearance be never fo terrible) is to allay their Fears and Perplexities.
Then they received him into the Ship, and immediately the Ship was at Land whither it went.
Note, When Christ is absent from his People, they go on but slowly, and with great Difficulty ; but when he joineth himself unto them, Oh! how fast they steer their Course ; how. foon are they at their journey's End.
The People now among whom he last preached, when they saw that both Jefus was gone and his Disciples, they also took Shipping, and came to Capernaum, feeking for Jesus. And when they had found him they wondering asked him, Rabbi, when camelt thou hither? But the Lord Jefus fighting their Compliment, answered, Verily, verily, ye seek me, not because ye saw the Miracles, but because ye did eat of the Loaves and were filled.
Note, A People may follow Chrift far for base Ends, as these went after him beyond Sea for Loaves; A Man's Belly will carry him a great Way in Religion : Yea, a Man's Belly will make him venture far for Christ.
Note again, They are not feigning Compliments, but gracious Intentions, that crown the Work in the Eye of Christ: Or thus, It is not the Toil and Business of Professors, but their Love to him, that makes him approve of them.
Note again, When Men fall look for friendly Entertainment at Christ's Hand (if their Hearts be rotten) even then will they meet with a Check and
Rebuke; Ye seek me not because ye saw the Miracles, but because ye did eat of the Loaves, and were filled.
Yet observe again, He doth not refuse to give, even to those, good Counfel; He bids them labour for the Meat that endureth to eternal Life. O how willing would Jesus Christ have even those Professors that come to him with Pretençes only, come to him fincerely that they may be saved.
The Text, you will find, is after much more Discourse, with and about this people, and it is utterred by the Lord Jesus, as the Conclusion of the Whole; and intimateth, that since they were Professors in Pretence only, and therefore fuch as his Soul could not delight in, as fuch, that he would content himself with a Reninant that his Father had bestowed upon hina. "As who should say, I am not like to be honoured in your Salvation; but the Father hath bestowed upor më a People, and they fall come to me in Truth, and in them will I be Jatisfied. The Text before may be called Christ's Repofe ; in the fulfilling whereof he reiteth himself content, after much Labour, and many Sermons spent, as it were, in vain. As he hath by the Prophet, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my Strength for nought, and in vain, Isa. 49. 4.
But as there he faith, My Judgment is with the Lord, and my Work with my God; to in the next Text he faith, All the Fatber giveth me, shall come. to me ; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wife raft out. By these Words therefore, the Lord Jesus comfortech himself under the Confideration of the Diflimulation of some of his Followers. He also thus betook him felf to rest under the Consideration of the little Effect that his Ministry had in Capernaum, Corazin, and Bethsaida ; I thank thee, O Farber, faid he, Lord of Heaven and Edrth, because shou haft hid thejë Things from the Wise and Prudent, ard haft revealed them to Babes; even so, Fatber, B 2