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Christ Touched.

Christ Touched.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JAMES GALLOWAY COWAN


St. Mark, v., 30.

And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue
had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and
saidt Who touched my clothes ?
BY JAMES GALLOWAY COWAN


St. Mark, v., 30.

And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue
had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and
saidt Who touched my clothes ?

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CHRIST TOUCHED.BY JAMES GALLOWAY COWASt. Mark, v., 30.And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtuehad gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, andsaidt Who touched my clothes ?A CROWD always waited on our Lord whenHe taught or walked openly. In this case,there was an unusually great crowd following andthronging Him, because it had become knownthat He was on His way to work the miracle of raising up a child from the point of death. It isnot hard to guess what were the elements of thiscrowd. First, there were the idle, curious mul-titude ever to be found where novelty or excite-ment is promised. Then there were those whoknew not why they were come together, whowere there because others were, who had no mindor interest in the matter. (There are alwaysCHRIST TOUCHED. 229many of these in every crowd) Then there werethe scribes and lawyers, always talking about,listening to, or disputing religious truths — nevercoming, or caring to come, to the knowledge andpractice of the truth. Then there were theseekers after loaves and fishes, who hoped to getsomething by coming. Then there were the en-trappers and enemies of our Lord, seeking forwitness against Him, hoping to see some work done, to hear some word said which might formthe ground of accusation against Him. And,
 
lastly, there were some — a few only — whom faithimpelled to seek from Him the healing of theirdiseases, the relief of their burthens; and whomlove drew after Him, to see Him, to serve Him,to dwell upon the gracious words that proceededout of His mouth. Of the last class was a womanwho had been afflicted with a grievous malady fortwelve years, who had tried all earthly means of relief, and had grown worse under them, who wasdespised and shut out from the company of man-kind by reason of her visitation, who had becomedestitute in seeking cure. All things were againsther. Her misfortunes were what many woulddescribe as more than could be borne. Her casewas hopeless. othing seemed left to her but tosuccumb to helpless misery, and wait in ^<^«ss&2S0 SERMO XV,and tears for death — when, lo ! a sudden gleam of brightest hope burst upon her, there was aPhysician Who could cure all diseases, and Hisremedy was to be had without price I It does notappear whether the fame of Jesus had reachedher in some remote place, whence she had draggedher poor afflicted body, sighing and groaning,wandering many days, searching in many places ;or whether, being ** accidentally," as men say,near where the crowd passed, she had now heard,for the first time, of the new Prophet; and,gathering from the passers-by that He was goingto restore a dying damsel, concluded that theposssessor of such power, so graciously exercised,could and would heal her too. Be that as it may,she had full faith in His ability : " If I may buttouch his clothes I shall be whole." And, havingsuch faith, she resolved to act upon it, making herway through the crowd, and doing that, through
 
which her faith suggested the power would betransmitted. How she came to propose to herself,or who proposed to her, such a course, how muchof ignorance and superstition there was in it, isbeside our present consideration. Her faith, herperseverance, her humility, are rather the thingsto be noted. Her faith, which was so stronglyconvinced of the existence in Jesus, and theCHRIST TOUCHED. 231certainty of being able to obtain from Him thegrace of healing. Her perseverance, poor, feeble,tottering woman I which was not overawed by thegreatness of the crowd, and did not give up whenshe was dragged hither and thither, hard pressedhere, shut out there — perhaps even thrown downand trampled on more than once. Her humility,which — eager as she was for cure, bent, too, as shewas upon having it — made her fear the eyes of the crowd, though she cared nothing for theirthrusts and hard usage, which dared not face herHealer ; which caused her to shrink back from thefirst touch, and seek to hide herself, and stealaway with the blessing.Pausing here for a moment, brethren, to con-sider that this woman, in her malady, is a type of all who are affected with the disease of sin ; thatin the fruitless issue of her recourse to earthlyphysicians, she allegorises the vanity, the mockery,of all human expedients to restore or amelioratemoral distempers ; showing that such " remedies "do but cause to suffer more, and make worse — pausing, I say, to consider this, and to reflect thatherein we have a representation of ourselves assinners, of our helplessness but for Christ, of our greater suffering and sure deterioration,

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