Quiet Talks on John's Gospel eBook

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In chapters thirteen to seventeen He is receiving into closer fellowship those who have received Him, and at the same time wooing them into yet closer touch.  The story of the trial and crucifixion in chapters eighteen and nineteen, puts the most terrific emphasis on the words, “received Him not.”  They not only keep Him out of His own possessions, but do their worst in putting Him out of life.  And the little book closes in its last two chapters with His receivers being received into the sweetest intimacies of tested triumphant love and into the inner secrets of rarest resurrection power.

This is the most heart-breaking of all of John’s heart-breaking sentences.  John had a hard time writing this Gospel of his.  He was not simply writing a book; that might have been fairly easy.  But he was telling about a friend of his, the friend of his life, his one dearest Friend.  And when he remembers how they treated Him his eyes fill up, and his heart beats till it thumps, and his quill sticks into the paper in sheer reluctance to tell the story.

I think likely in the original manuscript, John’s own first copy, the writing was a bit shaky and uneven here.  The dew of his wet eyes drops and blurs the words a bit as he puts down, “He came to His own, and . . they who were His own . . received . .  Him . . not.”

One day a young student was crossing the quadrangles of one of the old Scottish Universities towards his quarters in the dormitory.  He was not feeling well.  His eyes had troubled him and made his work very difficult.  On the advice of a friend he sought the judgment of an expert in the treatment of the eyes.  The specialist made a very thorough examination and then informed the young student tactfully but plainly that he would lose his eyesight, surely and not slowly.

Lose his eyesight?  A sudden terrific actual blow between his eyes could not have stunned his body more than this stunned brain and heart.  Lose his eyesight!  All his plans and coveted ambitions seemed slipping clean out from his grasp.  With the loss of eyes would go the loss of university training, and so of all his dreams.  Dazed, blinded, he groped his way rather than walked out of the physician’s office.

His life was to be joined with another’s.  And now he turned his distracted steps towards her home, hungry doubtless for some word or touch of comfort for his sore heart.  And he was thinking, too, that with this utter break-up of the future she must be told.  And as he talked he said in quiet manly words that under these unexpected circumstances, and the radical change in his prospects, she must be free to do as she thought best.

And she took her freedom!  Yet she was a woman.  And a woman’s mission is to teach man love by the real thing of love, by being it herself, and drawing it out into full flower in him.  That was the second staggering blow.  A second time he groped his dazed way out of the house, down the street, into his lone student quarters.

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