And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.…
I. OUR FAITH MAY BE EFFECTUAL IN SAVING OTHERS. The faith of the centurion obtained a cure for his servant. Such instances prove that, in all .eases, we may help on the salvation of our friends; that in some cases our faith may stand in the place of theirs. Another one's faith may do for an infant, a lunatic, for one who has an insurmountable obstacle m the way of coming to Christ. Apply this to the case of sponsors in infant baptism. We are related to God, and members one of another.
II. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DISEASE AND SIN. Christ goes deeper than the outward evil, to that which is evil — sin. The consequence of sin often traced in suffering. The consequences of past deeds remain.
III. CHRIST THE RESTORER OF HEALTH AND THE FORGIVER OF SIN. We have no right to argue there was no repentance: he felt his need of Christ. Christ spoke to the suffering sinner; giving first that we may return to Him of His own. There may be s crowd of evil thoughts, doubts between you and your Saviour; let none of these hinder you.
(C. B. Drake, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.