Resources from John

The Secret of Power in Prayer

Jan 8 THE gifts of grace are not enjoyed all at once by believers. Coining unto Christ, we are saved by a true union with him; but it is by abiding in that union that we further receive the purity, the joy, the power, the blessedness, which are stored up in him for his people. See how our Lord states this when he speaks to the believing Jews in the eighth chapter...

John 15:7

Behold the Lamb of God

Oct 16 JOHN the Baptist’s one business was to bear witness to Christ. He was the morning star which heralds the rising sun. When the sun appeared he had no more reason for shining. You cannot account for John except by Jesus: the one reason for John’s existence is Jesus. I wish it might be so with us; may we be able to say, “For me to live is Christ.” May our...

John 1:29

Love at Its Utmost

Sep 11 IN the love of Christ we find our best joy. The pastures of the Great Shepherd are wide, but the sweetest grasses grow close to his pierced feet. The love of Jesus is the centre of salvation; it is as the sun in the midst of the heavens of grace. I trust that while I lead your meditations this morning towards this golden theme you will be able to enter...

John 15:9

The Blind Beggar of the Temple, and His Wonderful Cure

Aug 14 OUR Saviour had been dealing with the Jews and the Pharisees, who had bitterly opposed, and even taken up stones to cast at him. He felt much more at home when he could fix his eyes upon poor necessitous beings, and bless them with healing and salvation. It is the lot of some of us to be often in controversy with the carnal professors of the present day, and it...

John 9:5-7

On the Cross after Death

Apr 3 CRIMINALS who were crucified by the Romans were allowed to rot upon the cross. That cruel nation can hardly be so severely condemned as our own people, who up to a late period allowed the bodies of those condemned to die to hang in chains upon gibbets in conspicuous places. The horrible practice is now abandoned, but it was retained to a time almost, if not quite, within living memory....

John 19:31-37

Sweet Peace for Tried Believers

Mar 31 THIS most delightful passage occurs at the close of the last of our Saviour’s sermons before he went unto the Father. Let us treasure it as we lay up a man’s last words. Wonderfully full that sermon is: it is of a piece with his last prayer, and that rises above all other pleadings of men. This farewell discourse may occupy but a short space in Scripture, but the thoughts...

John 16:33

The Best Bread

Oct 28 You will observe that our Lord here speaks concerning himself. He speaks not of his words merely, nor of his offices, nor of his work, but of himself. “I am that bread of life.” And herein he teaches us all to fix our eye mainly upon his blessed person, and to think of himself first and foremost. He is the centre and soul of all. There is a tendency about...

John 4:48

A Cheering Incident at Bethabra

Oct 10 BECAUSE our Saviour’s reasoning was unanswerable, “therefore the Jews sought again to take him.” When men are convinced against their wills, when the heart struggles against the head, it usually happens that they turn persecutors. If they cannot answer holy arguments with fair reasonings, they can give hard answers with stones. If you cannot destroy the reasoning, you may, perhaps, destroy the reasoner; and this naturally suggests itself to the...

John 10:39-42.

Love’s law and Life

Sep 30 THIS is a chapter singularly full of certainties, and remarkably studded with ifs. Concerning most of the great things in it there never can be an “if”; and yet “if” comes up, I think, no less than seven times in the chapter; and “if,” too, not about trifles, but about the most solemn subjects. It is, perhaps, worthy of mention that with each of these “ifs” there is something connected,...

John 14:15

Might Have Been, or May Be

Sep 9 “JESUS WEPT:” it does not mean that he shed a tear or two, but that his tears flowed freely. Such is to be gathered from the original word. He wept copiously and continuously, till he became the observed of all observers. He was deeply affected, and his tears were the fit expression of his intense emotion. Love made him weep: nothing else ever compelled him to tears. I do not...

John 11:37