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Christ ascends

8. Luke.

into heaven 49 | And, behold, I send

51 And it came to pass, the promise of my Father f up- while he blessed them, he was on you; but tarry ye in the parted from them, and carried city of Jerusalem, until ye be up into heaven. endued with power from on 52 And they worshipped high.

him, and returned to Jerusa50 I And he led them out lem with great joy ; as far as to Bethany; and he 53 And were continually in lifted up his hands, and bless. the temple, praising and blessed them.

ing God. Amen.

PREFATORY REMARKS

TO THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN.

The history of St. John as well as of the other apostles, is involved in much obscurity. We know however, he was the son of Zebedee, and the brother of James the Greater, or Elder, and that he was by occupation a fisherman of Bethsaida in Galilee. It was James and John, whom Jesus, for their zeal and fidelity in his service, distinguished with the name of Boanerges, or sons of thunder. John was one of the three, whom Jesus admitted to be witnesses of the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter, of his transfiguration on the mount, and of his agony in the garden; and he was honoured among the apostles by being the one, whom Jesus loved. John alone of all the apostles, had the courage to follow Jesus to the cross and see him expire.

Soon after the death of Jesus, we find John with eight other of the apostles returning to their former oceupation on the sea of Tiberias; but this was soon left for the more glorious work, to which they were appointed. Hence John became a preacher of the Gospel, and a pillar of the chureh in Judea ; and it is supposed he continued here till the tine approached for the predicted destruction of Jerusalem, and that he then went into Asia Minor, and resided some years at Ephesus. It is probable he continued here some time and preached the Gospel, and, as he in the Revelation expresses it, was for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus, banished thence to the island of „Patmos, in the Archipelago sea, which probably happened in the persecution under the Roman emperor Domitian; that of The promise of my Fatber, The Holy Spirit.

Divinity, humanity, and Chap. i. office of Jesus Christ. after the death of that emperor he returned to Asia Minor; that he lived till he was nearly a hundred years of age, having survived all the other apostles, and then died a natural death, at Ephesus, in the reign of the emperor Trajan, being the only apostle who escaped martyrdom.

The precise time, when John wrote his Gospel, is not ascertained; but it is thought most probable he wrote it after his return from exile near the close of the first century, at the request of the churches in Asia Minor, where he resided in the latter part of his life. The particular objects, for which his Gospel was written, were probably to supply what had not been felly

communicated in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and also to refute the errors of Cerinthus and the Gnostics, who taught many extravagant notions concerning God and Jesus Christ.

1 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN.

him

CHAP. I.

6. There was a man sent 1 The divinity, humanity, and from God, whose name was

office of Jesus Christ. 15 The John. testimony of John. 39 The my The same came for a calling of Andrew, Peter, witness, to bear witness of the &c.

Light,b that all men through İN the beginning was the him might believe. , and the

8 He was not that Light, but with God, and the Word was was sent to bear witness of that God.

Light. 2 The same was in the be ğ That was the true Light, ginning with God.

which lighteth every man that 3 All things were made by cometh into the world.

; and without him was 10 He was in the world, and not any thing made that was the world was made by him, made.

and the world knew him not. 4 In him was life ; and 11 He came unto his own, the life was the light of men. and his own received him not.

5 And the light a shineth in 12 But as many as received darkness; and the darkness him, to them gave he power to comprehended it not.

become the sons of God, even

to them that believe on his - And the light, &c. And the Mes siah appeared in this dark and sinful world, and the world, by sin and pre

13 Which were born, not of judice , would not understand that he blood, nor of the will of the

b Light, our Saviour.

name:

was the Messiah.

John's testimony

S. John.

of Christ. flesh, nor of the will of man, sent us; what sayest thou of but of God.

thyself 14 And the Word was made 23 He said, I am d the voice flesh, and dwelt' among us, 'of one crying in the wilderness, (and we beheld his glory, the Make straight the way of the glory as of the only begotten Lord, e as said the prophet of the Father,) full of grace Esaias. and truth.

24 And they which were 15 John bare witness of sent, were of the Pharisees. him, and cried, saying, This 25 And they asked him, and was he of whom I spake, He said unto him, Why baptizest that cometh after me is pre- thou then, if thou be not that ferred before me; for he was Christ, nor Elias, neither that before me.

prophet ? 16 And of his fulness have 26 John answered them, all we received, and grace for saying, I baptize with water; grace.c

but there standeth one among 17 For the law was given you, whom ye know not. by Moses, but grace and truth 27 He it is, who, coming came by Jesus Christ.

after me, is preferred before 18 No man hath seen God me, whose shoe's latchet I am at any time; the only begot- not worthy to unloose. ten Son, which is in the bosom 28 These things were done of the Father, he hath declared in Bethabara beyond Jordan, him.

where John was baptizing. 19 | And this is the record 29 | The next day John of John, when the Jews sent seeth Jesus coming unto him, priests and Levites from Je- and saith, Behold the Lamb of rusalem to ask him, Who art God, which taketh away thou?

sin of the world! 20 And he confessed, and 30 This is he of whom I denied not, but confessed, I said, After me cometh a man, am not the Christ.

which is preferred before me; 21 And they asked him, for he was before me. What then ? Art thou Elias ? 31 And I knew him not; And he saith, I am not. Art but that he should be made thou that prophet? And he manifest to Israel, therefore answered, No.

am I come baptizing with wa22 Then said they unto him, ter. Who art thou ? that we may

32 And John bare record, give an answer to them that saying, I saw the spirit de

d I am one whose voice crieth. c Of bis fulness have we all receiv e Lord, in the Old Testament feed fulness, even grace for his grace.

bovah.

the

Andrew and

Chap. i.

Simon called. scending from heaven like a sias, which is, being interpretdove, and it abode upon

him. ed, The Christ.g 33 And I knew him not; 42 And he brought him to but he that sent me to baptize Jesus. And when Jesus bewith water, the same.said unto held him he said, Thou art me, Upon whom thou shalt

Simon the son of Jona ; thou see the Spirit descending, and shalt be called Cephas,h which remaining on him, the same is is, by interpretation, A stone. he, which baptizeth with the 43 1 The day following JeHoly Ghost.

sus would go forth into Galilee, 34 And I

saw,

and bare re and findeth Philip, and saith cord, that this is the Son of unto him, Follow me. God.

44 Now Philip was of Beth35 7 Again, the next day saida, the city of Andrew and after, John stood, and two of Peter. his disciples;

45 Philip findeth Nathanael, 36 And looking upon

Jesus and saith unto him, We have as he walked, he saith, Behold found him of whom Moses in the Lamb of God!

the law and the prophets did 37 And the two disciples write, Jesus of Nazareth, the heard him speak, and they Son of Joseph. followed Jesus.

46 And Nathanael said unto 38 Then Jesus turned, and him, Can there any good thing saw them following, and saith come out of Nazareth: Philip unto them, What seek ye? saith unto him, Come and see. They said unto him, Rabbi, 47 Jesus saw Nathanael (Which is to say, being inter- coming to him, and saith of preted, Master, where dwel- him, Behold an Israelite inlest thou ?

deed, in whom is no guile! 39 He saith unto them, 48 Nathanael saith unto Come and see.

They came him, Whence knowest thou and saw where he dwelt, and me Jesus answered, and said abode with him that day; for unto him, Before that Philip it was about the tenth hour.f called thee, when thou wast

40 One of the two which under the fig-tree, I saw thee. heard John speak, and follow 49 Nathanael answered, and

was Andrew, Simon said unto him, Rabbi, thou art Peter's brother.

the Son of God; thou art the 41 He first findeth his own King of Israel. brother Simon, and saith unto 50 Jesus answered, and said bim, We have found the Mes unto him, Because I said unto

& Christ and Messiah both mean Tenth hour, four o'clock, after anointed.

h Cephas or Peter, means rock.

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Christ turns water to wine : S. John. he purgeth the temple. thee, I saw thee under the fig 9 When the ruler of the tree, believest thou? thou shalt feast had tasted the water that see greater things than these. was made wine, and knew not

51 And he saith unto him, whence it was, (but the serVerily, verily, I say unto you, vants which drew the water Hereafter

ye

shall see heaven knew,) the governor of the open, and the angels of God feast called the bridegroom, ascending and deseending upon 10. And saith unto him, the Son of man.

Every man at the beginning

doth set forth good wine ; and CHAP. II.

when men have well drunk, 1 Christ turneth water into then that which is worse; but

wine, 12 departeth into Ca- thou hast kept the good wine pernaum and Jerusalem, 14 until now. and purgeth the temple. 11. This beginning of mira

AND the third day there eles did Jesus in Cana of Gali. was a marriage in Cana of lee, and manifested forth his Galilee; and the mother of glory; and his disciples beJesus was there.

lieved on him. 2 And both Jesus was call 12 T After this he went ed and his disciples to the mar- down to Capernaum, he, and riage.

his mother, and his brethren, 3 And when they wanted and his disciples; and they wine, the mother of Jesus saith continued there not many days. upto him, They have no wine. 13 4 And the Jews' passo

4 Jesus saith unto her, Wo ver was at hand; and Jesus man, what have I to do with went up to Jerusalem, thee? mine hour is not yet 14 And found in the temple

those that sold oxen, and sheep, 5 His mother saith unto the and doves, and the changers of servants, Whatsoever he saith money, sitting : unto you, do it.

15 And, when he had made 6 And there were set there

& scourge of small cords, he six water-pots of stone, after drove them all out of the temthe manner of the purifying of ple, and the sheep, and the oxthe Jews, containing two or en ; and poured out the chanthree firkins apiece.

gers' money, and overthrew Jesus saith unto them, the tables; Fill the water-pots with wa 16 And said unto them that ter. And they filled them up sold doves, Take these things to the brim.

hence; make not

my

Father's 8 And he saith unto them, house an house of merehandise, Draw out now, and bear unto 17 And his disciples rethe

governor of the feast. And. membered that it was writin they bare it.

come.

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