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SERMON XV.

John xx. 30, 31.

AND MANY OTHER SIGNS TRULY DID JESUS IN PRESENCE OF HIS DISCIPLES, WHICH ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK : BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN, THAT YE MIGHT BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD; AND THAT BELIEVING YE MIGHT HAVE LIFE THROUGH HIS NAME."

The signs here spoken of, are shewn by the context to be those which our Lord performed after he was risen from the dead ; and we have the assurance of the Evangelist, that although he did not specify them all, yet those he has recorded furnish ample evidence of his being the Son of God. We shall proceed to inquire

First, into the proofs of his Resurrection, “many signs truly did Jesus in presence of his disciples.”

Secondly, into the evidence of Jesus being the Son of God, which his Resurrection furnishes, “written, that ye might believe that he is the Christ, the Son of God.”

And advert thirdly, to the result of believing that truth which the Resurrection establishes “that believing ye might have life through his name."

First—The proofs of our Lord's Resurrec. tion rested on many signs which he did-som: of these were actual miracles, such as he hai frequently performed-while others were only common and ordinary actions, which tende! to prove that he was a human being, and noi a spirit—their master and not another personthus he eat and drank with them and thus also, he shewed them his hands and his side. These signs were many, they occurred so often, that every one of the disciples had a opportunity of satisfying himself by personal observation, that the Lord was risen indeed; and it was impossible for them to be deceived or mistaken, when these opportunities were of such frequent recurrence. These signi were done truly; they were of such a nature as to fall under the cognizance of their senses, and from that very circumstance, they precluded the possibility of deception. They were done also in presence of his disciples

, in presence of those who had known him before his death, who knew that he had been put do death, and who could therefore confidently assert, that he had been raised from the dead For Jesus to have done these or other signs

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before the multitude, would have added nothing to the proofs of his Resurrection; for no one could have been convinced of this fact

from his own knowledge, who had not prei viously been so intimately acquainted with a his person, as to be satisfied at once that he De was the same individual and there must also Does have been added to this, a personal knowledge nask of his having been put to death: wherever 02: this knowledge was wanting, the belief of phone his Resurrection must ultimately have resolved

itself into a belief of the testimony of compether : tent and credible witnesses; and, therefore, our

Lord did signs only in presence of those who were known to be competent, and proved to be credible, and they all believed in his Resurrection. All this is fully stated by St. Peter, in his first address to the Gentiles, “ Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.” Acts. x. 40, 41. All the miracles that Jesus did were not written ; it is not, however, on the evidence of these which might have been, and no doubt, were preserved in tradition, but on that of those which were written, that we are to ground our faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God.

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