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of a Sinner to JESUS CHRIST; with his
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upon the Four last Things ;
BY JOHN BUNYAN,
And they shall come which were ready to perish.
Isaiah xxvii. 13.
John vi. 37. All that the Father giveth me hall
come to me ; and him that cometh to me. I will in no wise cast out.
A LITTLE before, in this chapter, you [1 may read that the Lord Jesus walked on the sea to go to Capernaum, having fent his disciples before in a ship, but the wind was contrary; by which means the Thip was hindered in her passage. Now about the fourth watch of the night, Jefus came walking on the sea, and overtook them : at the sight of whom they were afraid.
Note, When providences are black and ter. rible to God's people, the Lord Jesus shews himself to them in a 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 Lord and Saviour, when he appeared to them in 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, (although the manner of his appearance be ever so terrible,) is to allay their fears and perplexities.
Then they received him into the ship, and immediately the ship was at land whether it
Note, When Christ is absent from his people, they go on but slowly, and with great difficulty ; but when he joins himself unto them, Oh! how fast they steer their course! how foon 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 Jesus. And when they had found him, they wonder. ing, asked him, Rabbi, when camelt thou hither ? But the Lord Jesus flighting their compliment, answered, “ Verily, verily, ye 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 compli. ments but gracious intentions, that crown the work in the eye of Christ; or thus, it is not the toil and business of professors, but their love to him, that makes him approve of them.
Note again, When men fiill look for friendly entertainment at Christ's hand, (if their hearts be rotten,) even then will they meet with a check and rebuke. « Ye feek me, not be. cause 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 endureth to eternal life, O how willing would Jesus Christ have even those professors 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 uttered by the Lord Jesus, as the conclusion of the whole, intimateth, that since 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 your 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 resteth himself content, after much labour and many sermons spent, as it were, in vain. As he saith by the prophet, “I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain, Ifa. xlix. 4."
But as there he faith, “ My judgment is with the Lord, and my work is with my God;" so in the text he faith « All that the Father gi.