John 21* Christ appears to his disciples. (1-14) His discourse withPeter. (15-19) Christ's declaration concerning John. (20-24) Theconclusion. (25)1-14 Christ makes himself known to his people, usually in hisordinances; but sometimes by his Spirit he visits them whenemployed in their business. It is good for the disciples ofChrist to be together in common conversation, and commonbusiness. The hour for their entering upon action was not come.They would help to maintain themselves, and not be burdensome toany. Christ's time of making himself known to his people, iswhen they are most at a loss. He knows the temporal wants of hispeople, and has promised them not only grace sufficient, butfood convenient. Divine Providence extends itself to things mostminute, and those are happy who acknowledge God in all theirways. Those who are humble, diligent, and patient, though theirlabours may be crossed, shall be crowned; they sometimes live tosee their affairs take a happy turn, after many struggles. Andthere is nothing lost by observing Christ's orders; it iscasting the net on the right side of the ship. Jesus manifestshimself to his people by doing that for them which none else cando, and things which they looked not for. He would take carethat those who left all for him, should not want any good thing.And latter favours are to bring to mind former favours, thateaten bread may not be forgotten. He whom Jesus loved was thefirst that said, It is the Lord. John had cleaved most closelyto his Master in his sufferings, and knew him soonest. Peter wasthe most zealous, and reached Christ the first. How variouslyGod dispenses his gifts, and what difference there may bebetween some believers and others in the way of their honouringChrist, yet they all may be accepted of him! Others continue inthe ship, drag the net, and bring the fish to shore, and suchpersons ought not to be blamed as worldly; for they, in theirplaces, are as truly serving Christ as the others. The LordJesus had provision ready for them. We need not be curious ininquiring whence this came; but we may be comforted at Christ'scare for his disciples. Although there were so many, and suchgreat fishes, yet they lost none, nor damaged their net. The netof the gospel has enclosed multitudes, yet it is as strong asever to bring souls to God. 15-19 Our Lord addressed Peter by his original name, as if hehad forfeited that of Peter through his denying him. He nowanswered, Thou knowest that I love thee; but without professingto love Jesus more than others. We must not be surprised to haveour sincerity called into question, when we ourselves have donethat which makes it doubtful. Every remembrance of past sins,even pardoned sins, renews the sorrow of a true penitent.Conscious of integrity, Peter solemnly appealed to Christ, asknowing all things, even the secrets of his heart. It is wellwhen our falls and mistakes make us more humble and watchful.The sincerity of our love to God must be brought to the test;and it behoves us to inquire with earnest, preserving prayer tothe heart-searching God, to examine and prove us, whether we areable to stand this test. No one can be qualified to feed thesheep and lambs of Christ, who does not love the good Shepherdmore than any earthly advantage or object. It is the greatconcern of every good man, whatever death he dies, to glorifyGod in it; for what is our chief end but this, to die to theLord, at the word of the Lord? 20-24 Sufferings, pains, and death, will appear formidable evento the experienced Christian; but in the hope to glorify God, toleave a sinful world, and to be present with his Lord, hebecomes ready to obey the Redeemer's call, and to follow Himthrough death to glory. It is the will of Christ that hisdisciples should mind their own duty, and not be curious aboutfuture events, either as to themselves or others. Many things weare apt to be anxious about, which are nothing to us. Otherpeople's affairs are nothing to us, to intermeddle in; we mustquietly work, and mind our own business. Many curious questionsare put about the counsels of God, and the state of the unseenworld, as to which we may say, What is this to us? And if weattend to the duty of following Christ, we shall find neitherheart nor time to meddle with that which does not belong to us.How little are any unwritten traditions to be relied upon! Letthe Scripture be its own interpreter, and explain itself; as itis, in a great measure, its own evidence, and proves itself, forit is light. See the easy setting right such mistakes by theword of Christ. Scripture language is the safest channel forScripture truth; the words which the Holy Ghost teaches, #1Co2:13|. Those who cannot agree in the same terms of art, and theapplication of them, may yet agree in the same Scripture terms,and to love one another. 25 Only a small part of the actions of Jesus had been written.But let us bless God for all that is in the Scriptures, and bethankful that there is so much in so small a space. Enough isrecorded to direct our faith, and regulate our practice; morewould have been unnecessary. Much of what is written isoverlooked, much forgotten, and much made the matter of doubtfuldisputes. We may, however, look forward to the joy we shallreceive in heaven, from a more complete knowledge of all Jesusdid and said, as well as of the conduct of his providence andgrace in his dealings with each of us. May this be ourhappiness. These are written that ye might believe that Jesus isthe Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might havelife through his name, ch. #20:31|.
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