« AnteriorContinuar »
THE GOSPEL OFFER.
JOHN VI. 37.
Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.
These words are part of a most interesting discourse which our Lord addressed to a number of his hearers, whom, shortly before, he had miraculously fed. Highly delighted with such an abundant, cheap, and seasonable supply, when they were worn out with fatigue, and fainting through hunger, and hoping, it seems to be again feasted, by the repetition of the iniracle, they soon renewed their visit to the Saviour. The Lord Jesus inmediately saw, (for how could Omniscience not see ?) the baseness of the principle by which they were
actuated. Ye seek me, said he, not because ye sau the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled. Not because your souls were lost in astonishment at the power, and your hearts melted with the love, of God, displayed in my ministration, but because your animal senses were gratified. My brethren, would to God there were not ground to fear that many who now profess the name of Christ, are governed by no better motives.
The Redeemer, however, who lost no opportunity of doing good, did not neglect to improve the present occasion. After discovering to these people his profound knowledge of their hearts, he leads their views from temporal to eternal things; from anxiety about their bodies, to concern for their souls. Under the metaphor of bread, he opens up his mediatorial character and office, illustrates the spiritual nature of his salvation, and strongly incalcates their absolute need of it. The farther he advances in his important instructions, the closer he brings his doctrine to their consciences. Having pointedly charged them with unbelief, that he might at once alarm their fears, and humble their pride, he solemnly tells them, All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and to encourage their hopes, he adds, Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. Can tongue express, can heart conceive, the glory, the riches, of this precious promise ? On this promise, many