John 2* The miracle at Cana. (1-11) Christ casts the buyers andsellers out of the temple. (12-22) Many believe in Christ.(23-25)1-11 It is very desirable when there is a marriage, to haveChrist own and bless it. Those that would have Christ with themat their marriage, must invite him by prayer, and he will come.While in this world we sometimes find ourselves in straits, evenwhen we think ourselves in fulness. There was want at a marriagefeast. Those who are come to care for the things of the world,must look for trouble, and count upon disappointment. In ouraddresses to Christ, we must humbly spread our case before him,and then refer ourselves to him to do as he pleases. In Christ'sreply to his mother there was no disrespect. He used the sameword when speaking to her with affection from the cross; yet itis a standing testimony against the idolatry of after-ages, ingiving undue honours to his mother. His hour is come when weknow not what to do. Delays of mercy are not denials of prayer.Those that expect Christ's favours, must observe his orders withready obedience. The way of duty is the way to mercy; andChrist's methods must not be objected against. The beginning ofMoses' miracles was turning water into blood, #Ex 7:20|; thebeginning of Christ's miracles was turning water into wine;which may remind us of the difference between the law of Mosesand the gospel of Christ. He showed that he improvescreature-comforts to all true believers, and make them comfortsindeed. And Christ's works are all for use. Has he turned thywater into wine, given thee knowledge and grace? it is to profitwithal; therefore draw out now, and use it. It was the bestwine. Christ's works commend themselves even to those who knownot their Author. What was produced by miracles, always was thebest in its kind. Though Christ hereby allows a right use ofwine, he does not in the least do away his own caution, whichis, that our hearts be not at any time overcharged withsurfeiting and drunkenness, #Lu 21:34|. Though we need notscruple to feast with our friends on proper occasions, yet everysocial interview should be so conducted, that we might invitethe Redeemer to join with us, if he were now on earth; and alllevity, luxury, and excess offend him. 12-22 The first public work in which we find Christ engaged,was driving from the temple the traders whom the covetouspriests and rulers encouraged to make a market-place of itscourts. Those now make God's house a house of merchandise, whoseminds are filled with cares about worldly business whenattending religious exercises, or who perform Divine offices forlove of gain. Christ, having thus cleansed the temple, gave asign to those who demanded it, to prove his authority for sodoing. He foretells his death by the Jews' malice, Destroy yethis temple; I will permit you to destroy it. He foretells hisresurrection by his own power; In three days I will raise it up.Christ took again his own life. Men mistake by understandingthat according to the letter, which the Scripture speaks by wayof figure. When Jesus was risen from the dead, his disciplesremembered he has said this. It helps much in understanding theDivine word, to observe the fulfilling of the Scriptures. 23-25 Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions,affections, designs, so as we do not know any man, not evenourselves. He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secretprojects; his false friends, and their true characters. He knowswho are truly his, knows their uprightness, and knows theirweaknesses. We know what is done by men; Christ knows what is inthem, he tries the heart. Beware of a dead faith, or a formalprofession: carnal, empty professors are not to be trusted, andhowever men impose on others or themselves, they cannot imposeon the heart-searching God.
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