Luke 19* The conversion of Zaccheus. (1-10) The parable of the noblemanand his servants. (11-27) Christ enters Jerusalem. (28-40)Christ laments over Jerusalem. (41-48)1-10 Those who sincerely desire a sight of Christ, likeZaccheus, will break through opposition, and take pains to seehim. Christ invited himself to Zaccheus' house. Wherever Christcomes he opens the heart, and inclines it to receive him. Hethat has a mind to know Christ, shall be known of him. Thosewhom Christ calls, must humble themselves, and come down. We maywell receive him joyfully, who brings all good with him.Zaccheus gave proofs publicly that he was become a true convert.He does not look to be justified by his works, as the Pharisee;but by his good works he will, through the grace of God, showthe sincerity of his faith and repentance. Zaccheus is declaredto be a happy man, now he is turned from sin to God. Now that heis saved from his sins, from the guilt of them, from the powerof them, all the benefits of salvation are his. Christ is cometo his house, and where Christ comes he brings salvation withhim. He came into this lost world to seek and to save it. Hisdesign was to save, when there was no salvation in any other. Heseeks those that sought him not, and asked not for him. 11-27 This parable is like that of the talents, #Mt 25|. Thosethat are called to Christ, he furnishes with gifts needful fortheir business; and from those to whom he gives power, heexpects service. The manifestation of the Spirit is given toevery man to profit withal, #1Co 12:7|. And as every one hasreceived the gift, so let him minister the same, #1Pe 4:10|. Theaccount required, resembles that in the parable of the talents;and the punishment of the avowed enemies of Christ, as well asof false professors, is shown. The principal difference is, thatthe pound given to each seems to point out the gift of thegospel, which is the same to all who hear it; but the talents,distributed more or less, seem to mean that God gives differentcapacities and advantages to men, by which this one gift of thegospel may be differently improved. 28-40 Christ has dominion over all creatures, and may use themas he pleases. He has all men's hearts both under his eye and inhis hand. Christ's triumphs, and his disciples' joyful praises,vex proud Pharisees, who are enemies to him and to his kingdom.But Christ, as he despises the contempt of the proud, so heaccepts the praises of the humble. Pharisees would silence thepraises of Christ, but they cannot; for as God can out of stonesraise up children unto Abraham, and turn the stony heart tohimself, so he can bring praise out of the mouths of children.And what will be the feelings of men when the Lord returns inglory to judge the world! 41-48 Who can behold the holy Jesus, looking forward to themiseries that awaited his murderers, weeping over the city wherehis precious blood was about to be shed, without seeing that thelikeness of God in the believer, consists much in good-will andcompassion? Surely those cannot be right who take up anydoctrines of truth, so as to be hardened towards theirfellow-sinners. But let every one remember, that though Jesuswept over Jerusalem, he executed awful vengeance upon it. Thoughhe delights not in the death of a sinner, yet he will surelybring to pass his awful threatenings on those who neglect hissalvation. The Son of God did not weep vain and causeless tears,nor for a light matter, nor for himself. He knows the value ofsouls, the weight of guilt, and how low it will press and sinkmankind. May he then come and cleanse our hearts by his Spirit,from all that defiles. May sinners, on every side, becomeattentive to the words of truth and salvation.
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