And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.…
This case is crowded with lessons.
I. Note: HOW MANY UNKNOWN SUFFERERS ARE ABOUT US.
II. CHRIST HAD SENT THIS WOMAN'S ILLNESS AND WAS AS LOVING IN LAYING IT ON HER AS IN LIFTING IT AWAY.
III. SHE IS ANOTHER INSTANCE OF THE "SWEET USES OF ADVERSITY." The afflicted class producing then and now more believers in Christ than any other.
IV. THERE ARE MANY HEMS OF THE GARMENT THROUGH WHICH WE CAN TOUCH THE DIVINE OMNIPOTENCE AND MERCY.
1. Christ's humanity is the great hem of the garment, through which we can touch His Godhead.
2. A word of Scripture is often a hem of His garment, through which we draw in salvation to our soul.
3. A sacrament is a hem of Christ's garment. All these are valueless unless our touch seeks the Divine Christ within them; but they are saving links to Christ when enlightened faith seeks Him.
V. THERE IS ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD BETWEEN PRESSING AND CROWDING ON CHRIST AND TOUCHING HIM. Many crowd Christ, reading much, attending services, singing hymns, and making impassioned prayers, perhaps fruitlessly; while a publican in the temple, or a dying thief — with one word, fall of aim and meaning — finds his soul saved. Be not fussy in religion, but calm your spirit, and speak not until in briefest compass you can name, and lodge, and leave your request with God.
VI. LET MERCIES RECEIVED BE DULY CONFESSED.
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