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saying, “ Lord, trouble not thyself; for I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof; wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee; but speak a word only, and my servant will be healed. For, even I, who am a man under authority, have yet soldiers under me, and I say unto one · Go,' and he goeth ; and to another • Come,' and he cometh ; and to my servant · Do this,' and he doeth it.”
When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and, turning round, he said to the people who followed him, “ I say unto you, I have not found such great faith, no not in Israel.” And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well that had been sick.
JESUS RAISES THE WIDOW'S SON.
(Luke vii. 11–15.) And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain, and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, “ Weep not.” Then he came and laid hold of the bier; and they that bare it stood still. And he said, “ Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak; and he delivered him to his mother.
How truly kind and considerate was the conduct of our beloved Saviour on this occasion! This poor woman had indeed much need of his services, for she had
lost her husband, and now her only son, whom she dearly loved, and who had been her sole comfort and support, was also taken away from her. Our Lord saw how distressed she was, and he immediately assisted her. He first bade her weep not; and then he raised her son to life, and restored him to her.
Let us learn from this, that, if we would be like our Saviour, we must not only rejoice with those that rejoice, but weep with those that weep; and not only must we weep with them, but we must be quick and active in rendering them all the assistance in our power.
JESUS STILLS THE TEMPEST.
(Matt. vii. 18, 23—27.) Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side of the sea of Galilee; and when he was entered into a vessel, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the vessel was covered with the waves ; but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him and awoke him, saying, “ Lord, save us! we perish.” He saith unto them, “ Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith ?" Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, “ What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”.
Well might these men marvel, when they saw Christ rebuke the winds and the sea, and they obeyed him. So wonderful a thing as this can only be done by Almighty God, or by some one to whom He gives the power to do it. Since, therefore, we know that Christ calmed the waves of the sea, and brought the dead to life, and did many other things, which no one unaided by divine power could do, we may be sure that he was the holy Prophet and Messenger of God, and that we ought to listen to his words, as explaining to us the will of Him who sent him into the world. He did such works as no one could do unless God were with him, and he spake such words as no one could speak, unless God had taught him.
THE ENMITY OF THE PHARISEES. (Matt. ix. 9–13; Luke v. 27–32; Matt, xii.
1--32.) It might have been thought that all they who witnessed the wonderful works which Jesus performed, would have acknowledged him to be the true Messiah, whom the Jews were expecting to come. But the Pharisees, who were a proud and unreasonable set of men, would not be convinced by these proofs of our