After all, this was the simplest and easiest thing that she could do. THE YEARNING OF CHRIST FOR NEARER PERSONAL FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. We shall not get it from Him when He is asleep. So it has been, and so it shall be, in essence, to the end. Really business began to suffer; so I went to him, and he seen put me to rights. MEN'S FAILURES. Christ will not pass us in a crowd.VIII. This narrative shows us also a person undergoing harsh discipline, and perceiving herself in a few moments the kindness which appointed it. Nature cares not for gazers, and when they come to look upon her, she doth not hasten to wrap a mantle over her fair form, or throw a curtain before her grandeur. As a last resource, she came and tried Jesus. Not so. Now Christ calls her up, and conscience cannot disturb her, for He gave her the cure before them all. If you do, you need saving from selfishness.4. Full of hope and gracious incentive for all who believe, however weak their faith may be.2. He said, "Go in peace." Not from displeasure. ("Many," says , "press upon Christ, in outward ordinances, but believers touch Him; it is by faith that He is touched, so as to have virtue from Him. She had been a very timid and trembling woman, but now she would shake off all improper timidity. The gospel tells us we are to he justified by faith; we are to believe in Jesus Christ, and on the ground of His great sacrifice on our behalf we shall be accepted as just, though we ourselves have sinned. It is not so true to say, "God loves man," as to say, "God loves men." She said nothing. "Your son will live." Note well she resolved to trust in Jesus in sheer despair of doing anything else.2. The contrasts of lifeW. He requires from all men the public profession of His name. And now see her grand success; she no sooner touched than she was healed; in a moment, swift as electricity, the touch was given, the contact was made, the fountain of her blood was dried up, and health beamed in her face immediately. We, too, have a need of Christ. I told her that we could make no exception for anybody, and especially not for her, who was so well established in the faith that she could surely answer a few questions before those who were brethren and sisters in the Lord. "Daughter," He said, "be of good cheer;Thy faith hath made thee whole";With plenteous love, not healing mere,He would content her soul.(G. They began by saying, "You have tried So-and-so, but he is a mere quack; mine is a scientific remedy." Evidently what He desired was to bring the woman nearer, and to establish more direct and abiding relationship between her and Himself.III. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'' And however faintly we may turn to Christ, however ignorantly, we can hardly do less than she who hid herself in the darkness and the crowd, and laid trembling fingers on the edge of His garment, to see what would come of that. )The cost of serviceR. A dear lady, who has long since gone to glory, was once an honoured member of this Church: it was Lady Burgoyne, and when she wished to unite with us she said to me, "Dear sir, I cannot go before the Church. Even wigwams and bearskins are no gratuities. She came bravely, and spoke most sweetly for her Lord. Let us mark the contrasts of life presented by these two houses in the "twelve years" twice mentioned by Mark.I. PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGMENT. Jesus did not know her or her story — did not know even that it was she who had touched Him. We see in this story that, in the middle of an impossible situation, to receive God's commendation we need to exercise faith. )The woman who touchedT. No cure without contact. You are doing certain things now that would have startled you years ago, and you are leaving certain matters undone which once you would have thought essential.4. The difference between the two systems is that by the one the attempt is made to check and to extirpate disease by violence, by the other to aid nature by gentle methods to overcome it. The New Testament is the story of the second Man, and how His holiness purified the tainted stream. TO THOSE WHO ARE CONVERTED, BUT WHO HAVE NOT YET ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR FAITH IN THE PRESENCE OF OTHERS.1. Lack of faith, not lack of need. My lips refuse to open; I cannot speak." )Sickness spoils lifeH. For, first, an open confession on her part was needful in reference to the Lord's glory. This poor woman must have found it very difficult to come to Christ, for at least two reasons.1. The weak and sickly are left to their fate, and the sooner it comes the better, for their kindred turn from them, and their friends will not know them. Jesus meant that power had gone out from Him. In agriculture, what we call the bounty of nature, the gift outright, comes a long way short of what is needed even for merest comfort. If you go into his waiting room, you will see some who have had disappointments, blighted affections, &c. When you are shown into his room, you notice how very grave he is — none of the flippancy of the other. It was the touch of a sufferer whose case before that touch had been desperate.2. The comfortable words — "Thy faith hath made thee whole."3. Further, remember that our Lord's miracles were illustrative of His teaching.3. Though there was only one in the crowd who so touched him as to win salvation, that one was not unrecognized. We accept Christ as our representative. Nature cares not for gazers, and when they come to look upon her, she doth not hasten to wrap a mantle over her fair form, or throw a curtain before her grandeur. 2. 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