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The Supper Chamber.

The Supper Chamber.

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BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,




John xiii. 23— 2G.

Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus
loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it
should be of whom he spake. He then, lying on Jesus' breast, saith unto
him, Lord, who is it ? Jesus answered, He it is to whom I shall give a sop,
when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to
Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,




John xiii. 23— 2G.

Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus
loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it
should be of whom he spake. He then, lying on Jesus' breast, saith unto
him, Lord, who is it ? Jesus answered, He it is to whom I shall give a sop,
when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to
Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

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THE SUPPER CHAMBER. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A., John xiii. 23— 2G. ow there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then, lying on Jesus' breast, saith unto him, Lord, who is it ? Jesus answered, He it is to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. The incidents of the supper chamber on the night of our blessed Lord's betrayal are full of spiritual instruction. It is to some of these I would particularly direct the reader's attention in the verses I have selected for consideration. The Lord's Supper presents to our view the real distinc- tion and difference between the sacrificial system of the Old Testament and the spiritual nature of the present dis- pensation. In the Old Testament the distinctive feature of the sacrificial system was a remembrance of sin once a year. In the Lord's Supper it is " in remembrance of Me ;" that is, of Him who has put sin away. " In the same night that He was betrayed," when our everlasting salva- tion was being accomplished, at the same moment, the foulest treachery was going on. Thus it may be that in the midst of our highest privileges there may be the be- trayal of Christ. The work of Christ has a double effect; 7
 
98 COUSELS FROM THE WORDS OF TRUTH. it pardons the sinner in the court of heaven, while faith brings that pardon into the court of conscience. Two striking events are recorded together, connected with this betrayal, the fall of Judas and the restoration of Peter ; and they are recorded together in order that we may have warning and encouragement side by side. These are a few thoughts that will naturally suggest themselves on glancing at this scene in the supper chamber. Let us now direct our attention to the passage we have selected for consideration. " ow there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples whom Jesus loved." Mark, reader, when it was that the beloved disciple was leaning on Jesus' bosom. It was when treason was going on in the room. The darker things grow outside, the nearer should we draw to Jesus. The more Satan puts forth his power in things around, the closer should we draw to our Beloved. What a picture of the world was this supper chamber ! There were together the Son of God and Satan. There was one, and he a disciple, as far off from Christ as a sinner can possibly be. There was another, and he too a disciple, as near as saint can ever be, nearer even than an angel, " leaning on Jesus' bosom." What opposite things were going on in this chamber at the same moment, Christ and Satan ; John and Judas ; another, Peter, half way ; one leaning, another betraying ; one his whole soul penetrated with the love of Christ ; another, his whole heart filled with hatred and destruction. Surely it is a picture of our world, drawn with the pen of the Spirit of God ! But where, in the midst of all this, is the true disciple found? " Leaning on Jesus' bosom." The weight is laid on the permanent resting-place. (l Cast thy burden on the
 
THE SUPTER CHAMBER. 99 Lord, and He Bhall sustain thee." The very posture of the liple si lows us the repose of his affections in Christ. What a sweet resting-place for the heart! He who had not where to lay His head presents His bosom for us to lean upon. Reader, may this place of nearness and repose be your place, now that treason is gathering round the person of the Lord and His truth on every side of us. " Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom He spake." .Mark, reader, there were three kinds of disciples in this room, corresponding exactly with three in the world now. There was one very near to Jesus, with a heart filled with His love ; this was John. There was another, a true disci- ple, but at a distance, and with the evidences of distance in his character, hesitation, want of confidence, fear ; this was Peter. There was another, bearing the profession of disciple, but with Satan in his heart; this was Judas. These are the three classes of disciples now in the world, and there are no others. But what use did the beloved disciple make of his nearness ? He used it for the brethren's sake, to ask their questions, to relieve their minds, and to solve their doubts and difficulties. Peter, conspicuous on all occasions for boldness of character, is not generally the last to ask a question. In this case he is. As he looked on John in that place of nearness and intimacy, he feels that he is the one to ask the Lord that question, because the bosom of Jesus is such a place to ask it from. Words which must halt with fear and dread anywhere else, may flow freely there. "Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him." Ah, the boldest know how to value the disciple leaning on Jesus.

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