When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,…
I. BY THE DETERMINATE COUNSEL AND FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
1. A wandering star was to be reclaimed from its devious orbit.
2. The locality was most unpromising.
3. What the Church would have missed had this chapter been lacking.
II. THE PEERLESS VALUE OF A SINGLE SOUL IN THE SIGHT OF CHRIST. The narrative is the parable of the Lost Sheep in impressive reality.
III. THE YEARNING PERSONAL LOVE OF THE SAVIOUR.
IV. LET NONE DEEM THEMSELVES BEYOND THE PALE OF CHRIST'S SYMPATHY AND SUCCOUR.
(J. Macduff, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,