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When he was lifted up, he would draw all Men to him.
307 Taid, An Angel spake to while others, who were nearer, said, It was an Sect. 148. him.
Angel spake to bim from Heaven. 30 Jesus answered and
But Jefus answered and said to his Disciples, John XII. faid, This Voice came not who stood near, and distinctly heard it, This Voice 30. because of me, but for your from Heaven came not chiefly for my Sake, who fakes.
was before assured of the Affection of my Father,
of the Sufferings which are coming upon me.
I am going to conquer and condemn, that by my
be convinced of Sin, that believe not in me: (Compare Gal. i. 4. and John xvi. 8, 9.) Yea, now shall Satan, the Ruler and God of this World, be cast out from that Empire, which he has so long usurped over the Minds of Men, and especially over the Hea
then Nations. (Compare Eph. ii. 2. and 2 Cor.
the Trophy of mine Enemies, yet such shall be
as the great Prophet of the Church, at his Transfiguration ; (Mat, xvii. 5.) and now again, when he had made his publick Entry into Jerusalem, as a King.
(8) Now is the Judgment of this World.) Mr. Massey renders this, (in his Vernac. Sacra, pag. 8, 9.) Now is this World come to its Crisis: And Grotius, and More, (in his Theological Works, pag. 207.) explain it of the Redemption of the World, or its Vindication from the Bondage of Satan. But this is so unusual a sense of the Word, that I chuse with Dr. Whitby to understand it, of the Condemnation of the World, or of the Judgment passed upon its wicked Principles and Practices, and of the Victory which Christians were to gain over it in Consequence of the Death of Christ. See John iii. 18, 19. xvi. 8, 11.
(b) When I am lifted up from the Earth. I think Dr. Whitby's Note on this Text sufficiently vindicates this Version of eay utwba. See the Greek Version of Deut. vii. 1. Judg. vi. 3. xxi. 21. 2 Sam. vii
. 12. 1 Kings xiii. 31. Job vii. 4. Prov. iii. 24. iv, 12. Jer. iii. 16. and compare John xiy. 3. 1 John iii. 2. and 3 John ver. 10. where Edv enow may fignify, when I come.
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The Jews are offended at what he says of the Son of Man Sect. 148. all Nations, to list themselves under the Banner
I raise. (Compare John iii. 14, 15. Sect. 26.)
33 (This he said, fignithe Earth, as fignifying by what Death be should fying what Death he should die, even by Crucifixion, in which the Person
suffering was lifted up on high, and hung as it 34 were between Heaven and Earth.
34 The People answered neral, it was understood by the People, as im- him, We have heard out of plying some violent Death shortly to come upon for ever : and how fayeft
the Law, that Christ abideth him. The Multitude therefore answered him, We thou, The Son of Man must have heard it taught as a certain Truth out of the be lift up? who is this Son:
“ that his Kingdom is an everlasting King-
. 25. Dan. ii. 44• vii. 14.) And how then dost thou, who now plainly profesfest thyfelf to be the Messiah, say that the Son of Man must be lifted up from the Earth, and die a violent Death ? Who is this Son of Man (i)? Is he, as such Language as this might seem to intimate, a different Person from the Messiah, whom we have been taught to expect under the Title of the Son of Man ? This was faid by some of the Multitude, who were illaffected towards him, and desired to find something to object against him.
Then Jesus said to them, Do not cavil at what 35 Then Jesus said unto I now say; but remember, how short this Op- the Light with you: walk
them, Yet a little while is portunity is, which thro' the Divine Goodness
you now enjoy : Yet a little while is the Light with you,
which you may derive from me, or my Servants, who shall come to
(i) Who is this Son of Man?] A Writer of great Note interprets this, as if they had faid, “ Who is this, that fo absurdly, and inconsistently with the Prophets, speaks of him“ felf as the Son of Man, while he talks of being lifted up, and dying ?" (See Dr. Sykes of Christianity, pag. 110.) But the Sense given in the Paraphrase appears to me more natural, and I am pleased to find it in Grotius. This was a real and important Difficulty; but it was fit fome Obscurity should for the present be left upon it, left the Plainness of the Prediction should have prevented its Accomplishment. Our Lord therefore gave the Dif
a useful Turn, and a few Days more proclaimed the Mystery, which he had before revealed to his Apostles in private, when he set out on his laft Journey to Jerusalem. (See Mat, xx, 18, 19. pag. 264.)
He retires in the Evening to Bethany.
309 while ye have the Light, left therefore while you have the Light; comply with Sect. 148. Darkness come upon you: the gracious Purposes of God in making these
John XII. ness, knoweth not whither Discoveries to you, and regulate your Temper and
35 he goeth
Conduct by them ; that Darkness may not overtake
that you may not be deprived of the Gospel,
may fall the very next Step he takes; and
Folly of your own Hearts. (Compare John xi. 36 While ye have the 9, 10. Sect. 139.)
Let me therefore once 36
you have the Light thus clearly shining around you,
Holiness, Glory, and Joy everlasting.
Apostles ; and knowing that his Enemies were
IMPROV E M E N T.
W HO can wonder at the Defire these Greeks expressed, to see fo Johnxii. 20,,
celebrated a Person as Jesus was ! We hope there was something 21. more than mere Curiosity in it, and that at length they saw him with believing Eyes, and according to his Prediction glorified bim by, a cordial Ver. 23.
Reflections on the happy Fruits of the Death of Christ. Sect. 148. Acceptance of his Gospel. — His Disciples, we fee, were ready to intro
duce them : And surely every faithful Minister of Christ will undertake Ver. 22.
the Talk with Pleasure, when he sees Souls awakened by Divine Grace,
Blessed be God, it has already in many Instances been seen, that by
be met with in his Cause : Behold the Promise, which he has left upon Ver. 26. Record; “ If any Man, be he ever so mean or unworthy, will but faith
“ fully serve and followo me, whatever his former Wanderings and Rebel-
my Servant be."
How admirable is the Love and Stedfastness of our Redeemer, who procured so great a Happiness for us at so dear an Expence ! and even when his innocent Soul was troubled in the View of his Sufferings, instead of declining them, met them with Joy! How should it animate us to renew that general comprehensive Petition, than which none can
be more suitable to us with regard to all the Divine Dispensations ; Ver, 28. Father, glorify thine own Name ! Glorify thyself, O Lord! and to that
great End dispose of us as thou pleasest; for we should abhor ourselves,
We may be assured, as certainly as by a Voice from Heaven, that this
great End shall be answered ; and in this we should rejoice. Behold, the Ver. 31, 32. Prince of this World is cast out! Behold, Satan is vanquished by Christ!
and Jesus is lifted up on the Cross, for a Standard to all the Nations.
For ever adored be Divine Grace for this Gospel Light, which disco-
Ver. 35, 36.
The Jews are hardened, and will not believe.
311 ences on our Hearts thy Light and thy Truth, that they may lead and Sect. 148. bring us to thine holy Hill ; (Psal. xliii. 3.) and that we may have the Satisfaction of knowing whither we go, even when we walk thro' the dark Valley of the Shadow of Death ! (Psal
. xxiii. 4.)
SE CT. CXLIX.
was returning the next Morning to Jerusalem, be curses
Mark XI. 12,---14.
JOHN XII. 37.
John XII. 37. BY o Triathy Mihechos de lone Now such was the Perverseness of the Jews, Sect. 149
and such the Prejudice they had conceived them, yet they believed not on him : against our Lord, that tho' he had sufficiently
John XLI. declared himself to be the true Meffiah, and tho’
37 he had done so many undeniable and glorious Miracles at this and other Times before them, in their most publick Places and most numerous Assemblies; yet the greater Part of them were hardened in their Infidelity, and notwithstand
ing all that he had said and done, they did not 38. That the Saying of generally believe on him as the Messiah. So 38 Esaias the Prophet might that the Saying of Isaiah the Prophet was plainly Lord, who hath believed fulfilled and verified in them (a), which he spake eur Report? and to whom in the Name of Christ and of his Servants, rehath the Arm of the Lord ferring expressly to the Gospel Times, (Isa. liii. 1.) been revealed ?
Lord, who hath believed our Report ? and to " whom hath the Arm of the Lord been so effectu. ally revealed or made bare (b), as to conquer
(a) So that the Saying of Isaiah was fulfilled.] It is apparent, (as the late judicious Mr.. Jeffery has observed, in his True Grounds &c. pag. 110.) that the Accomplishment of this Prophecy could not be the End they proposed to themselves in their Unbelief; and consequently, that the Expression eve aanpaon must be rendered, as it is here : Which may be applied to several other Passages, and thews, by the way, how precarious that Remark of Mr. Pierce is, by which he would make that Phrasé an Argument, that the Scripture introduced by it is quoted, not in any Instance by way of Accommodation, but always, according to its original Design and literal Meaning.
(6) Hath the Arm of the Lord been revealed ?] I apprehend this Phrase may allude to the Habit generally worn by the Easterns, and especially by Persons of Rank, which was a