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JOHN vi. 68. Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall
we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.
HE character of a teacher, which our blessed Sa
viour affumed when he entered on his public ministry, naturally engaged the attention of his coun. trymen, and procured him a great number of followers. Thousands crouded to him from all quarters, to hear his doctrines; when they beheld the miracles which he wrought, we are told, that “ Great fear came on all, and they glorified God, saying, that a great prophet is risen up among us, and that God hath visited his people.' Luke vii. 16.
Of the vast multicudes, however, which attended the ministry of Christ, it was not to be supposed that every
individual j ustified
individual could have a distinct idea of his undertaking,
many influenced by the views of worldly ambition; not a few attended bin from curiosity and the love of wonder; and it may be adınitted, without any reproach to Christ or bis caute, that fome followed him from principles of a still more exceptionable nature.
This being the case, it cannot be surprising, that our Lord's discourse in the fynagogue of Capernaum, which the Evangelist hath recorded in the preceding part of this chapter, Mould have given tuch general offence to his hearers Disappointed in their expectations, and neither relishing nor rightly comprehending the sublime truths which he delivered, many of his dirciples, we are told, went back, and walked no more with him Christ observing this aportacy, put to his apofiles the question contained in the foregoing verse, " Will ye also go away?” To this question, Peter, in the and, no doubt, with the concurrence of the rest, replied in the words of our text, “Lord, to whom mall we go? thou haft the words of eternal life.”
This answer expresses a deliberate resolution of ad. hering to Christ and his religion, proceeding from a just conviction that Jesus was the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world; and that the dispevsation of mercy, which he came to publish and execute, was the oniy foundation upon which they could safely rest their hopes of eternal life. And if the Apofles can be