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Sunday
May282017

Daily Readings - John 11:38-44

J.R. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 11:38-44

So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father I thank You . . . " (John 11:41)

We should mark the words which our Lord addressed to God the Father when the stone was taken from the grave. We read that he said, 'Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou has sent me.'

This wonderful language is totally unlike anything said by prophets or apostles when they worked miracles. In fact, it is not prayer, but praise. It evidently implies a constant mysterious communion going on between Jesus and his Father in heaven, which it is past the power of man either to explain or conceive. We need not doubt that here, as elsewhere in St. John, our Lord meant to teach the Jews the entire and complete unity there was between him and his Father, in all that he did, as well as in all that he taught. Once more he would remind them that he did not come among them as a mere prophet, but as the Messiah who was sent by the Father and who was one with the Father.

Deep and high is this this truth is, it is for the peace of our souls to believe it thoroughly and to grasp it tightly. Let it be a settled principle of our religion that the Saviour in whom we trust is nothing less than eternal God, one whom the Father hears always, one who in very deed is God's fellow.

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