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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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paring His Human Soul to pass through that awful
furnace of affliction with Filial trust, meekness and
love (xi:54).

Thus, our Lord did not scorn to seek an environ-
ment full of sacred associations, in order that, by mem-
ories of the tender Providence and help of the Father
and the Holy Ghost, His human ature might be
strengthened for its Immolation upon the Cross. How
much more do we need to return to God's past deliv-
erances and mercies, when we are facing anxiety and
trouble! Let us store our memory with the answers
to our prayers we have observed, the Divine comfort
granted us in previous suffering, and every other reve-
lation to us of God's infinite tenderness.

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One might have thought that even Christ would have
been too discouraged by the failure of His latest effort
to convert the Jews to enter immediately upon another
campaign to gain souls. There was something very
depressing in the stupidity, as well as in the hardness,
of their unbelief. They had tried to murder Him with
small stones, and He hid Himself and escaped them.
On the next occasion, therefore, when they would slay
Him, they laboriously lifted up blocks of granite to
cast at Him, evidently thinking that they would be
successful this time because of the very bigness of
the stones !

Moreover, when He stood there by the Jordan, at
the scene of His baptism, a proscribed exile from His
own capital, it must have seemed to natural reason that

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His Ministry had moved in a circle and come to an
end where it began. But our Great Exemplar re-
garded not the opinion of man; He considered only
the approval of His Father.

His determination to save souls to the utmost limit
of His opportunities was invincible. He took up His
abode at Bethabara, not only that He might be strength-
ened to go forward in His vocation, but also because
this was the most advantageous position for gathering
the results of the Mission of the Seventy and of His
own recent preaching in Peraea. It is a joy to read
that He was successful in this campaign of His most
generous charity; for *'many resorted unto Him," and
*many believed into Him there.' Shall we, then, ever
permit discouragement? Our Saviour proves to us
that when we seem to be complete failures in our labor
for souls, we are in fact about to achieve some great
success, if only we continue faithfully accepting the
opportunities God sends us.

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The Apostle of Love would have us appreciate the
blessedness of affliction. He has, therefore, selected
for us the death of St. Lazarus and the grief of his
holy sisters, because these three were the object of
Jesus' special love. When the messenger came to an-
nounce the illness of the young man, our Lord knew
that he was already dead. His revelation of the three-
fold purpose of suffering is on this account the more
solemn and impressive: This sickness,' He declared,

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