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A Plain and Profitable


On JOHN vi. 37,


The Cause, Truth, and Manner of the

Coming of a Sinner to Jesus CHRIST ;
with his happy Reception, and blessed

And they fall come whith are ready to perish.

Ifa. xxvii. 13.



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them in wonderful Manner; the which, sometimes they can as little bear, as they can the Things that were before terrible to them. They were afraid of the Wind and Water; they were also afraid of their Lod and Saviour, when he appeared to themin that State.

But he said, Be not afraid, it is I.

Note, that the End of the appearing of the Lord Jesus unto his People (though the Manner of his Appearance be never so terrible) is to allay their Fears and Perplexities.

Then they received him into the Ship, and immediately the Ship was at Land whither it went. Note, When Chrift

, is absent from his People, they go on but Nowly, and with great Difficulty ; but when he joineth himself unto them, Oh! how fast they steer their Course; how soon are they at their journey's End.

The People now among whom he last preached, when they saw that both Jesus was gone and his Disciples, they also took Shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jefus. And when they had found him they wondering asked him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither ? But the Lord Jesus flighting their Compliment, answered, Verily, verily, we seek me, not because ye saw the Miracles, but because ye did eat of the Loaves and were filled.

Note, A People may follow Christ far for base Ends, as these went after him beyond Sea for Loaves; A Man's Belly will carry him a great Way in Religion : Yea, a Man's Belly will make him venture far for Christ.

Note again, They are not feigning Compliments, but gracious Intentions, that crown the Work in the Eye of Chrift: Or thus, It is not the Toil and Bufiness of Professors, but their Love to him, that makes him a,pprove of them.

Note again When Men Thall look for friendly Entertainment at Christ's Hand (if their Hearts be rotten) even then will they meet with a Check and

Rebuke :

Rebuke : Ye seek me not because ye saw the Miracles, but because ye did eat of the Loaves, and were filled.

Yet observe again, He doth not refuse to give, even to these, good Counsel; He bids them labour for the Meat that endurech to eternal Life. O how willing would Jesus Christ have even those Protessors that come to him with Pretences only, come to him sincerely that they may be saved.

The Text, you will find, is after much more Discourse, with and about this people; and it is utterred by the Lord Jesus, as the Conclusion of the Whole; and intimatech, that fince they were Professors in Pretence only, and therefore such as his Soul. could not delight in, as such, that he would content himself with a Remnant that his Father had bestowed upon him. As who should say, I am not like to be honoured in


Salvation; but the Father hath bestowed upon me a People and they shall come to me in Truth, and in them will I be satisfied The Text before may be called Christ's Repose ; in the fulfilling whereof he reseth himself content, after much Labour and many Ser. mons spent, as it were in vain, As he hath by the Prophet, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my Strength for nought, and in vain, Isa. 49. 4.

But as there he faith, My Judgment is with the Lord, and my Work with my God; so in the next Text he faith, All the Father giveth me, shall come

to me ; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise be cast out. By these words therefore, the Lord Je

Jus comforteth himself under the Consideration of the Diffimulation of some of his Followers. He also thus betook hin self to reft under the Confidera. tion of the little Effect that his Ministry had in Capernaum, Corazin, and Bethsaida ; I thank thee, O Father, said he, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast bid these Things from the Wise and Prudent, and has revealed them to Babes; even so, Father,


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