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Pressing Through to Christ.

Pressing Through to Christ.

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BY E. E. SHELHAMER




Text: Luke 16:16. "The law and the prophets were until
John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and
every man presseth into it."

There is another verse like unto this in Luke
13 :24, which says, "Strive to enter in at the
strait gate : for many, I say unto you, will seek to
enter in, and shall not be able."
BY E. E. SHELHAMER




Text: Luke 16:16. "The law and the prophets were until
John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and
every man presseth into it."

There is another verse like unto this in Luke
13 :24, which says, "Strive to enter in at the
strait gate : for many, I say unto you, will seek to
enter in, and shall not be able."

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Pressing Through to Christ.BY E. E. SHELHAMER Text: Luke 16:16. "The law and the prophets were untilJohn: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, andevery man presseth into it."There is another verse like unto this in Luke13 :24, which says, "Strive to enter in at thestrait gate : for many, I say unto you, will seek toenter in, and shall not be able."This word strive in the original means ago-nize and the word strait, a difficult entrance. Sothat it would not do violence to this verse to say,"Agonize to enter in at the difficult gate, for many,I say unto you, will have a spasmodic, or emotion-al desire to enter and shall not be able." WhileGod does not make the way to heaven unnecessar-ily hard, yet on the face of these texts we haveenough proof to forever and everlastingly dis-count the so-called hand-shaking and card-signingrevivals.In Mark 5 :25-34, we find an account of "a cer-tain woman, which had an issue of blood twelveyears,"And had suffered many things of many phys-icians, and had spent all that she had, and wasnothing bettered, but rather grew worse."When she had heard of Jesus, came in thepress behind, and touched His garment."For, she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I
 
shall be whole.167.168 Heart Searching Sermons"And straightway the fountain of her 'blood wasdried up; and she felt in her body that she washealed of that plague."Here we find a poor, emaciated woman, doubt-less poorly clad, without a commanding appear-ance, or an influential friend to introduce her. Sheundertakes the stupendous task of pressingthrough the surging and motley crowd in order totouch Jesus. Perhaps we are safe in concludingthat on this occasion there were thousands of peo-ple standing about the Healer.As she came to the outer circle, composedlargely of the rabble and those who were follow-ing Him for the loaves and fishes, we see her try-ing to press through between some rough lookingmen, and upon inquiry as to what she intended todo, they denounced Christ as an imposter, tellingher that it was utterly useless for her to undertakesuch a thing; that if she did succeed in reachingHim, He could not give her any permanent relief.But she disregarded their jeers and pressed herway through.ext we see her coming to a different strata of society. These believe in His divinity, but tellher that she had better wait until some more con-venient season; that she will be trampled underfoot long before she reaches Him; that just theother day a man was trampled in the surgingcrowd. But she turned a deaf ear, brushed aside
 
all discouragement and continued to press herway toward the center of the throng.At last she comes to the immediate bodyguardAnd Sayings. 169of Christ and undertakes to press in betweenPeter and John, when she is halted with the de-mand that she show her credentials certifyingthat she belonged to the "lost sheep of the houseof Israel," for these alone have any claim uponChrist.Moreover, perhaps she is told that she mustnot interrupt the Master at this juncture for Heis now clinching one of His forcible argumentsagainst the Scribes and Pharisees. But she in-sists that she must touch Him and, with one lasteffort, reaches the goal and immediately receivesnew virtue and vitality.In like manner just as this woman againstgreat odds, single handed, pressed her waythrough to Christ, so must you, sinner friend. Butas she gloriously succeeded, so may you. BlessHis ame!There are different circles around Christ — that is, there are people living at different dis-tances, just as was the case when He was uponearth. There was the five thousand circle, thenthe three thousand who followed Him for theloaves and fishes, and there were the five hundredwho saw Him ascend ; then inside of this, anothercircle of one hundred and twenty, then anothercircle of seventy who went out, two by two; in-side of this there was another circle of the twelve

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