Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them to him…
These words form a very vivid contrast with what is recorded in the former part of this chapter. In Nazareth He did no mighty works. Could not, not would not. It was not because the people there didn't want help. It was as bad to be sick up there as in Capernaum. But it was because of their unbelief. Then in wonderful contrast comes this story of Capernaum. That contrast we can still make. We may have this Nazareth, Jesus in the midst with all His healing power, and yet our hearts unblessed; or it may be to us Capernaum, and Jesus moving in and out amongst us, laying His hands on every one of us and making us whole.
I. THE SCENE HERE PICTURED. The sun was setting; the mountains were lifting up their heads into the golden crimson, and the lake was bathed in the sunset hues. Across the rocky paths came wearied ones from the inland villages with withered limbs; blind men groping their way and asking piteously if they were right; deaf men trying to read the signs of His coming in everybody's face; and, across the lake, boat-loads of sick ones, the glassy surface of the lake just broken by the ripple of the oar; and thus they came, until what a sight it was about the gate of the city!
II. FOLLOW THE MASTER THROUGH THE WARDS OF HIS HOSPITAL. NOW the whisper runs through the crowd, "He comes." He comes — those eyes of His all filled with compassion; and moving about amongst them, " He laid His hands on every one of them." No poor woman was thrust away outside; no poor little child was forgotten.
1. Notice that the power of the Lord is a healing power — "not to condemn the world." And
2. See how the Lord uses this power — with what gentleness.
3. Notice how the Lord deals with men in their individuality — "every one of them."
III. Look AT THE SICK ONES. First, here is a heathen woman. Here stands a sturdy Roman soldier who has been maimed in some fight, &c. In Christ's hospital every case is peculiar.
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Parallel VersesKJV: Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
WEB: When the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.