J O H N.
It was a melancholy account which we had in the
close of the foregoing chapter of the dishonour done to our Lord
Jesus, when the scribes and Pharisees proclaimed him a traitor to
their church, and put upon him all the marks of ignominy they
could: but the story of this chapter balances that, by giving us an
account of the honour done to the Redeemer, notwithstanding all
that reproach thrown upon him. Thus the one was set over against
the other. Let us see what honours were heaped on the head of the
Lord Jesus, even in the depths of his humiliation. I. Mary did him
honour, by anointing his feet at the supper in Bethany, ver. 1-11. II. The common people
did him honour, with their acclamations of joy, when he rode in
triumph into Jerusalem, ver.
12-19. III. The Greeks did him honour, by enquiring
after him with a longing desire to see him, ver. 20-26. IV. God the Father did him
honour, by a voice from heaven, bearing testimony to him, ver. 27-36. V. He had honour done
him by the Old Testament prophets, who foretold the infidelity of
those that heard the report of him, ver. 37-41. VI. He had honour done him by
some of the chief rulers, whose consciences witnessed for him,
though they had not courage to own it, ver. 42, 43. VII. He claimed honour to
himself, by asserting his divine mission, and the account he gave
of his errand into the world, ver.