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A New Earth

A New Earth

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. F. MCFADYEN.

When Jesus was asked point blank whether the
Kingdom had already come, He not merely mentioned
His medical work among the proofs, but put it in the
very forefront. " Blind men see again, lame men walk
about, lepers are being cleansed, and deaf men hear."
BY J. F. MCFADYEN.

When Jesus was asked point blank whether the
Kingdom had already come, He not merely mentioned
His medical work among the proofs, but put it in the
very forefront. " Blind men see again, lame men walk
about, lepers are being cleansed, and deaf men hear."

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A ew EarthBY J. F. MCFADYE.EVERY spirit moulds its environment, and the newspirit that Jesus gives will revolutionise the worldand life. In the Gospels there is abundant materialto show at least the general direction the revolutionwill take. It is characteristic that Jesus conceivesof Himself as saving not the soul, nor the mind, northe body, but the man. He came to give physicaland temporal life as well as spiritual and eternallife ; and it is a simple matter of fact that thegeneral adoption of the principles of Jesus would atonce raise the standard of health, vital energy, andlongevity, to a standard such as the world has neverconceived.When Jesus was asked point blank whether theKingdom had already come, He not merely mentionedHis medical work among the proofs, but put it in thevery forefront. " Blind men see again, lame men walk about, lepers are being cleansed, and deaf men hear." 1Jesus once refused to help a man who thought hehad been wronged in a question of property. 3 Henever took up the position that questions of healthor disease, pain or freedom from pain, are unimportant.* See Luke 7". Luke I2M.208A ew EarthWhen patients came to Him He might have explainedto them that pain and sickness have their spiritual
 
uses, that health and strength misused may becomeinstruments of cruelty and vice, that a sick-bedmay be a centre of light and love. He did none of these things ; in no recorded case did He refusea request for healing.As the spirit of Jesus prevails in a community,more and more will the prophet s vision be realisedof the time when " death shall be no more, neithershall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore." 1 Death and pain and disease must be ina mortal world ; but where the spirit of Jesus is,they will never usurp the place that was meant forlife and health and joy. In the early days of thestruggle between God s Kingdom and Satan s kingdom in any country, we measure progress by thenumber of our Good Samaritans and of the hostelriesat their disposal for their charitable work. Asthe Kingdom triumphs, the test of its progressis then the extent to which we no more need ourGood Samaritans, and can close the doors of ourhospitals and asylums because their work is done.The world war has bitten into our minds thetruth that Jesus tried to enforce by gentler methods,that everyone who deliberately or by indifferenceis responsible for stunting the growth or enfeeblingthe bodies of our youth is committing treason againstthe state. Our eyes have been at last opened to thefact that we have been emptying our villages, andRev. 2H.20914Jesus and Life
 
permitting an annual slaughter of the innocents inthe slums of our big cities ; that squalor and dailyanxiety and bitter poverty will not give us usefulcitizens any more than it will give us good soldiers.In the war we would have given untoldmillions to have had fighting for us in living flesh andblood the phantom army of those who had diedbefore their time even in the previous generation.Their lives were no more precious to us in war timethan in peace time, but God was teaching us byHis old method of insight rather than maxim.While Dives had Lazarus at his door, the thoughtthat Lazarus might have any kind of relation to his lifenever occurred to him. 1 When there was an impassable gulf between them, then Dives discovered thatLazarus had feet which would make him a usefulmessenger and hands that might bear cool watereven to Dives. Had Dives discovered the importanceof Lazarus in this world he would have had no needof him in the next.In the great Judgment scene at the end of Matthew xxv., the test of our citizenship isnot the eloquence of our preaching, the orthodoxyof our theology, the magnificence of our contributions ; but the measure in which we have foughtagainst hunger and thirst and nakedness, ill-healthand homelessness and friendlessness. The Christianbelieves in the resurrection of the body, its resurrection even in this life. Who can add a few inchesto his stature ? asks Jesus.* And the answer is ;* Luke 16^. Matt. 6 3 7.210

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