J O H N.
We have in the gospels a faithful record of all
that Jesus began both to do and to teach, Acts i. 1. These two are interwoven, because
what he taught explained what he did, and what he did confirmed
what he taught. Accordingly, we have in this chapter a miracle and
a sermon. I. The miracle was the cure of an impotent man that had
been diseased thirty-eight years, with the circumstances of that
cure, ver. 1-16. II. The
sermon was Christ's vindication of himself before the sanhedrim,
when he was prosecuted as a criminal for healing the man on the
sabbath day, in which, 1. He asserts his authority as Messiah, and
Mediator between God and man, ver.
17-29. 2. He proves it by the testimony of his Father,
of John Baptist, of his miracles, and of the scriptures of the Old
Testament, and condemns the Jews for their unbelief, ver. 30-47.