Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, Do you believe on the Son of God?…
A Christian merchant had in his employ a man awakened to a sense of sin, and earnestly desiring salvation, but stumbled at this believing on the Son of God — its very simplicity was a problem. His employer sent him a note, asking him to his office on a certain day, at a given hour. Promptly, at the specified time, the man appeared at the office. His master looked up in feigned surprise, and said, "Well, James, did you want to see me?" "Your note, sir," said the servant, showing him the missive. "Oh, yes, my note, then you really believed I was sincere when I sent you that?" "Of course I did," said James emphatically, but with surprise. "Then you really thought I would keep this appointment." "I had no doubt about it," again with surprise. "Well, here is a strange thing," said the merchant, "I sent you this one short note asking for this interview, and you promptly respond with the utmost confidence, and yet Jesus Christ has given you so many invitations to go to Him, and accept His pardon, and you will not, because of unbelief." "Is it like that?" said the man, light breaking in upon his mind. "Just like that, James. Go to Christ as promptly and as trustingly as you have come to me, and pardon and peace are yours;" and, acting on this simple plan, the servant found the Son of God as his Saviour.
(J. H. Higgins.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?