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Christ, and show them to us. He must bring to our recollection, and write upon our hearts, the precious truth of God.

Above all, without the Spirit's teaching we cannot love Christ; and certainly if we do not love Him we cannot obey Him. Our Lord dwells on this in the passage before us. “If ye love me,' He says, keep .

' my commandments.' True love and obedience will always go together. And then a little further on, in the twenty-first verse,

· He that hath


commandments, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.'

Upon this one of the disciples, Judas (not Iscariot, not the wretched disciple who betrayed our Lord, but the other Judas, whose name was also Lebbæus) puts this question to Him, "Lord how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world ?' He could not understand what Jesus meant, when He spoke of making Himself known to those who love Him, and that in a way in which He does not make Himself known to the world generally

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And yet it is so. There are some to whom the Saviour manifests Himself (or reveals Himself) in a peculiar manner. There are some who see in Him a preciousness and a power which others cannot feel. And who are these highly favoured ones? Who are these to whom the Saviour thus reveals Himself? It is those who come to Him with true and loving hearts, and who earnestly desire to do His will, and to obey Him in all things. He vouchsafes to them His light and love.

Yes, if you and I are true to Christ, if we love Him and try to serve Him, this promise will be fulfilled in our case, ‘I will manifest myself to him.'

How truly blessed are those who thus know the Saviour, and not only have the love of God and of Christ in their hearts, but have God Himself and Christ Himself thus dwelling within them! "My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.'


And in addition to all these promises, so great and so comforting, our Lord adds yet another, a promise most blessed at all


times, but still more so, now that their heads were bowed down with sorrow at the prospect of parting from their Lord. He tells His mourning followers that He will leave them a legacy more valuable than that of money or of the richest earthly possessions; Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.'

The near approach of His death, and of His departure from them, must indeed have been a bitter trial to them; but He sustains them with abundant promises, that He will give them another Comforter to supply His place and that for ever; that He and His Father will come and dwell in their hearts; and lastly that He will breathe into their souls such a peace as they had never experienced before, and as the world could never bestow.

You have perhaps tasted of this inward peace.

You have felt quietness in the midst of confusion, joy in the midst of sorrow, calmness in the midst of turmoil. You have found in Christ a haven of rest amidst the billows and storms of a troubled world. Christ has spoken to your inmost


heart. He has manifested Himself to you. You can look up to Him, and say, 'Lord, I have found thy promise true, and I shall find it so in time to come; thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon thee, because he trusteth in thee.'

We now come to the four concluding verses of the chapter. In these verses our Lord tells His disciples three things.

First, that although He was going far, very far, from them, He would be only returning to His own home in His Father's presence; and therefore instead of mourning, they should rather rejoice, both on His account and theirs; "because,' as He adds, 'I go to my Father, for my Father is greater than I.' By this He meant, not that the Father was greater as to His eternal Godhead ; for Jesus had Himself declared, “I and my Father are one;' but greater, because at the time He spoke, He was in the form of a servant, and was going to die for us.

In that respect ‘His Father was greater than He.' And His Father's house to which He was going, was like a glorious palace compared with that earthly tabernacle which then contained Him; so that they should rather rejoice to think of Him in that heavenly home, so full of glory and happiness.

Yes, Christ is now exalted to His Father's right hand. There He lives for ever, and though the world seeth Him no more;' though He is altogether hidden from them; His people still behold Him with the eye of faith, and live upon Him spiritually; as He says in verse nineteen, “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more ; but ye see me; because I live, ye shall live also. Thank God, we may look to Him daily for that strength which we so much need, and live a life of the closest union with Him, just as the new-born infant clings to its mother's breast for life, or as the branch feeds upon the vine and lives.


Another thing which Christ told His disciples was that a conflict with Satan was at hand; but they might be comforted from knowing that the assaults of the Evil One would not really hurt Him; “Hereafter I

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