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Christ s Love for Individuals

Christ s Love for Individuals

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BY PASTOR ELWOOD

And behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.— St. Matthew ix:20, 21.
BY PASTOR ELWOOD

And behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.— St. Matthew ix:20, 21.

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CHRIST S LOVE FOR INDIVIDUALS BY PASTOR ELWOODAnd behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.— St. Matthew ix:20, 21. THIS event took place when the Lord was going with his Disciples to the house of Jairus, who had summoned him because his little daughter was desper-ately ill. A great multitude of people, excited by the expectation of the dramatic spectacle they hoped to witness, was surging about him, thronging him on every side. Among these innumerable contacts he felt one of another sort. It was the timid touch of a woman, who, abashed and shamefaced and desiring to avoid attention, yet hoping to obtain a blessing, gently touched the hem of his garment. Instantly Jesus stopped and demanded, "Who touched me?" The Disciples were disposed to ridicule him: "Thou seest how the multitude presseth thee, and askest thou, Who touched me?" But he knew the difference. It was the touch of faith he felt, the appeal-
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ing touch of some poor human being who desired help from him, and, though with his clairvoyant senses he knew that faith had met with its response and that the 75 RELIGION AND LIFE timid appeal had been answered, he was not satisfied. He would know more of this suppliant. He would not have her go without a more personal contact with him. He seems to have divined that it was a woman who had done this. "And he looked round about," we read, to see her who had done this thing. "But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was done to her, came and fell down before him and told him all the truth." He did not claim the credit of the act which he had not intended to perform. He did not pretend there was healing virtue in his clothes, but he spoke to her affectionately and kindly, and said, "Daughter, thy faith has made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of thy plague."
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One of the most touching and most marvelous aspects of Christ's life is his love for individuals. Marvelous and touching when we remember the tasks which were his ! Here he was, with his infinite mis-sion and the brief moment of his short life in which to perform it. His life was not measured like ours, by months and years, but by days and weeks. In one year, from one springtime to the next springtime, he must make the everlasting revelation of God, formulate and deliver the thoughts and principles which should be the guiding stars of humanity forever after, call and train his Disciples, preach the Gospel to thousands, and establish his religion so that it should be able to continue without him. Who would suppose that with all this devolving upon him he would have time or strength for aught else? And yet when we 76 CHRIST'S LOVE FOR INDIVIDUALS
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