Resources from John

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

Mysterious Meat

May 23 THE disciples had gone away into the city to buy meat, and for this they cannot be censured. It was necessary that food should be provided, and it naturally fell to their lot to perform that duty. Do not say that they were carnal or unspiritual because of this, for the most spiritual people must eat to live. When they came back from making their purchases, they found their Master...

John 4:31-38

Why They Leave Us

Mar 21 THE prayer of the Saviour rises as it proceeds. He asked for his people that they might be preserved from the world, then that they might be sanctified, and then that they might be made manifestly one; and now he reaches his crowning point— that they may be with him where he is, and behold his glory. It is well when in prayer the spirit takes to itself wings. The...

John 17:24

Our Lord's Prayer for His People's Sanctification

Mar 7 OUR Lord Jesus prayed much for his people while he was here on earth. He made Peter the special subject of his intercession when he knew that he was in extraordinary danger. The midnight wrestlings of the Son of man were for his people. In the sacred record, however, much more space is taken up by our Lord’s intercessions as he nears the end of his labours. After the closing...

John 17:17

Our Own Dear Shepherd

Jan 3 As the passage stands in the Authorized Version, it reads like a number of short sentences with scarcely any apparent connection. Even in that form it is precious; for our Lord’s pearls are priceless even when they are not threaded together. But when I tell you that in the Greek the word “and” is several times repeated, and that the translators have had to leave out one of these “ands”...

John 10:14-15

The Preacher's Last Sermon for the Season

Nov 29 THE officers were after our Lord, and he knew it. He could spy them out in the crowd, but he was not therefore in the least afraid, or disconcerted. He reminds me of that minister who, when he was about to preach, was stopped by a soldier, who held a pistol at his head, and threatened that if he spake he would kill him. “Soldier,” said he, “Do your duty;...

John 7:37

The Nobleman's Faith

Oct 11 THIS narrative illustrates the rise and progress of faith in the soul. While I try to speak of it, I pray that we may experimentally follow the track, desiring that such faith may have a rise in our hearts, may make progress in our spirits, and may become even stronger in us than it was in this nobleman. The point, my brethren, is not to hear about these things only,...

John 4:46

The True Tabernacle, and Its Glory of Grace and Peace

Sep 27 THERE was a time when God freely communed with men. The voice of the Lord God was heard walking in the garden in the cool of the day. With unfallen Adam the great God dwelt in sweet and intimate fellowship; but sin came and not only destroyed the garden, but destroyed the intercourse of God with his creature, man. A great gulf opened between man as evil, and God as...

John 1:17

Nathanael; or, the Man Needed for the Day

Sep 20 THIS morning we had a “behold”— a behold about a new convert. “Behold, he prayeth!” It seemed to me most suitable to occupy the evening with another “behold”— a behold about another new convert, who is just having his eyes opened to see the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to become his disciple. “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” When Jesus says “Behold!” we may...

John 1:47

Immeasurable Love

Jul 26 I WAS very greatly surprised the other day, in looking over the list of texts from which I have preached, to find that I have no record of ever having spoken from this verse. This is all the more singular, because I can truly say that it might be put in the forefront of all my volumes of discourses as the sole topic of my life’s ministry. It has been...

John 3:16