And at even, when the sun did set, they brought to him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.…
I. Describe the scene at Capernaum to which text alludes. Presence of Christ among sick. Wonderful change His visit wrought. What happy hearts and homes; what prayers and praises; what jubilant psalms.
II. If we be true Christians, we believe we shall see that same Jesus coming forth to reward those who have done works of mercy in His name. Such works are the only proof of our possessing that charity which is the development and excellence of faith and hope. Such works are within the reach of all.
III. Of such works none can be more merciful than the visitation of the sick. Let us all do our best to prevent disease. Better to keep sickness away than to repair its ravages.
IV. Help those who help themselves, by providing against the time of sickness — life assurance societies, benefit clubs, etc.
V. And those who cannot help themselves. The parish doctor should have less work and more pay.
VI. Do we honour the physician.
VII. And those who nurse and wait upon the sick?
VIII. Do we ourselves visit the sick? So finding Jesus, so taught to suffer and to die.
IX. Appeal in His name and in His words.
(Canon S. R. Hole, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.