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John 7 to 21 Devotional Commentary

John 7 to 21 Devotional Commentary

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John 7 to 21 devotional commentary.
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By McVeigh HarrisonOur Lord's brethren were His collateral relatives;those whose names we know were very probably Hiscousins. The ordinary Catholic opinion is that threeof these latter were the Apostles, SS. James, Jude andSimon. The development of their faith in Him wasindeed very slow. At one time they seem to havethought that "He was beside Himself" (St. Mark iii:21). Even after they were chosen among the Twelve,they had for long the conception of our Saviour thatHe was the Messiah of the rabbinic tradition, a greattemporal ruler who would "restore again the kingdomto Israel," — an idea which persisted among the Twelveuntil the Ascension (Acts i:6).Probably it was St. Jude who, in our passage forstudy, presumed to urge our Lord to leave the coun-try and go up to Jerusalem, in order that the wholeJewish world, assembled at the Feast, might see Hismiracles {yv. 3 f.). For it was Jude who, on thenight before the Passion, again asked our Lord whyit was that He would not manifest Himself to theworld (xiv: 22), asserting the same difficulty as on theoccasion we are considering.120 SAIT JOH
Both times, his perplexity arose from the very factthat he beheved in our Lord's Messianic authority andmiraculous powers. Yet, it is evident that he and hisbrethren had not reached the spiritual developmentof many other disciples. For they did not believe ''intoHim" {y. 5). It was easier for Him to convert neigh-bors like SS. Philip and Peter and John, than membersof His own household. It is, in fact, perhaps thehighest proof of His Deity that He succeeded in con-vincing His brethren that He was, not only good, butGod. For the members of His household sufferedfrom the same blindness which afflicts members of theChurch, very often ; they were so familiar with DivineThings, that they failed to appreciate them.a^ontia^ ^ttet tje &iit6 feundap jattet (Kpipfian?As our gentle Master saw that the assertion of HisDivine claims was offensive to the Jews, FEe sought toreduce the external majesty of His approach to Jeru-salem as much as possible. On His first visit to theHoly City as Messiah, He appeared with authority tocleanse the temple, and wrought great "signs" of Di-vine power (ii: 13-23). When He returned to HisCapital the second time, it was as a simple pilgrimwith a multitude of others (v: i). But on this thirdoccasion He went up "unto the feast, not openly, butas it were in secret," that is, apart from the pilgrim-company, alone, like a solitary stranger. When at last,on Palm Sunday, He must for the sake of His peopleassert His Kingship, he yet approached the City witk everjr mark of humility.
SAIT JOH \2\Moreover, He adopted a new method of appealingto those higher classes in Jerusalem who were Hismain enemies. He had come to them once as Messiah,seeking only to purify His people, and again as "theSon," claiming the privilege of laboring for themwithout respite, and both times they had rejected Him.ow He sought to appeal to them as a man of letters,displaying perfect familiarity with the culture of theday, such as was ordinarily known only to the scholarsof the rabbinic colleges {v. 15). Perhaps they wouldaccept the truth, if it came to them under the formof brilliant eloquence. Therefore He stood forth, inthe temple, as a Teacher.Yet He was instant in turning away the praisewhich even the Jews accorded Him. "My teaching,"He answered, ''is not Mine, but His that sent Me,'"and He went on to say that He was seeking the gloryof the Father, not His own glory {vv. 16, 18, R. V.),and He strove to show the Jews that this hurnble atti-tude, which they knew very well was characteristic of Him, was one of His credentials as the true Son of God {v. 18). Thus, in this third way, He sought towin the Jews by humility. In His quest of our souls,too, He uses every ingenious art, but all His devicesbear the one hall-mark of His Lowliness.'?Iue0tiap mtn tlie &«t|i &unliapMitt (Epip^an^

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