Luke 6* The disciples pluck corn on the sabbath. (1-5) Works of mercysuitable to the sabbath day. (6-11) The apostles chosen. (12-19)Blessings and woes declared. (20-26) Christ exhorts to mercy.(27-36) And to justice and sincerity. (37-49)1-5 Christ justifies his disciples in a work of necessity forthemselves on the sabbath day, and that was plucking the ears ofcorn when they were hungry. But we must take heed that wemistake not this liberty for leave to commit sin. Christ willhave us to know and remember that it is his day, therefore to bespent in his service, and to his honour. 6-11 Christ was neither ashamed nor afraid to own the purposesof his grace. He healed the poor man, though he knew that hisenemies would take advantage against him for it. Let us not bedrawn either from our duty or from our usefulness by anyopposition. We may well be amazed, that the sons of men shouldbe so wicked. 12-19 We often think one half hour a great deal to spend inmeditation and secret prayer, but Christ was whole nightsengaged in these duties. In serving God, our great care shouldbe not to lose time, but to make the end of one good duty thebeginning of another. The twelve apostles are here named; neverwere men so privileged, yet one of them had a devil, and proveda traitor. Those who have not faithful preaching near them, hadbetter travel far than be without it. It is indeed worth whileto go a great way to hear the word of Christ, and to go out ofthe way of other business for it. They came to be cured by him,and he healed them. There is a fulness of grace in Christ, andhealing virtue in him, ready to go out from him, that is enoughfor all, enough for each. Men regard the diseases of the body asgreater evils than those of their souls; but the Scriptureteaches us differently. 20-26 Here begins a discourse of Christ, most of which is alsofound in #Mt 5; 7|. But some think that this was preached atanother time and place. All believers that take the precepts ofthe gospel to themselves, and live by them, may take thepromises of the gospel to themselves, and live upon them. Woesare denounced against prosperous sinners as miserable people,though the world envies them. Those are blessed indeed whomChrist blesses, but those must be dreadfully miserable who fallunder his woe and curse! What a vast advantage will the sainthave over the sinner in the other world! and what a widedifference will there be in their rewards, how much soever thesinner may prosper, and the saint be afflicted here! 27-36 These are hard lessons to flesh and blood. But if we arethoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ's love, this willmake his commands easy to us. Every one that comes to him forwashing in his blood, and knows the greatness of the mercy andthe love there is in him, can say, in truth and sincerity, Lord,what wilt thou have me to do? Let us then aim to be merciful,even according to the mercy of our heavenly Father to us. 37-49 All these sayings Christ often used; it was easy to applythem. We ought to be very careful when we blame others; for weneed allowance ourselves. If we are of a giving and a forgivingspirit, we shall ourselves reap the benefit. Though full andexact returns are made in another world, not in this world, yetProvidence does what should encourage us in doing good. Thosewho follow the multitude to do evil, follow in the broad waythat leads to destruction. The tree is known by its fruits; maythe word of Christ be so grafted in our hearts, that we may befruitful in every good word and work. And what the mouthcommonly speaks, generally agrees with what is most in theheart. Those only make sure work for their souls and eternity,and take the course that will profit in a trying time, whothink, speak, and act according to the words of Christ. Thosewho take pains in religion, found their hope upon Christ, who isthe Rock of Ages, and other foundation can no man lay. In deathand judgment they are safe, being kept by the power of Christthrough faith unto salvation, and they shall never perish.
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