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Have mercy upon us, who are now before thee, and grant that I may preach, and these may hear thy words and thy doings to our comfort in this world, and to our everlasting salvation in the next
While our Saviour was teaching the people, there came a certain ruler--a man of high rank, and having authority in the church of the Jews and worshipped Jesus, paying him the greatest respect as a person, whom God had raised up and sent into the world, and saying, my daughter is even now dead.
I left her so ill that by this time she has breathed her last. But though this may be the case, though she may seem to be lost to me for ever in this world, yet I know that thou hast power to bring her to life again. If thou wilt come and lay thine hand upon her, she will live, she will be restored to me again. I believe that thou hast power to do this. As soon as Jesus heard him, he arose and fol. lowed him; he left off teaching, and went
with the poor father to do this deed of mercy, to raise a dead, child (for we are told that she was only twelve years old) and give her to the prayers of her fond and distressed father and mother.
While Jesus was on his way to the house of mourning and of death, a great crowd thronged around him, some led by curiosity, others perhaps, by a fondness for his person and for his goodness, all, no doubt, wishing to see this great thing, which he was about to do-no less a thing, than to restore a dead child to life. As he was going along, a woman, who had for twelve years been afflicted with a dreadful flowing of blood, who had spent all that she was worth on physicians, and could not be cured, but was wasting in body, loosing her strength, and sinking by degrees into the silent grave, came bebind him in the midst of the multitude, and touched the hem of his garment. She was modest, and perhaps ashamed: she did not venture to come boldly into the presence of the merciful Saviour. She had, however, faith and trust in him enough: she thought that by only touching the train of his garment, as it flowed along the road, some divine virtue or power would come from his body, and heal ber of the consuming disease, the wasting flux of ber blood. Nor did she hope, and trust, and believe in vain. Our Saviour knew the thoughts of people; he knew all that happened. His eyes were in every place, as the eyes of God, we are told are, beholding the evil and the good, beholding the humble prayer, the meek wishes of the religious and good, the proud thoughts and the wicked desires of the irreligious and the bad. He turned himself about, and looked on her. How she must have felt, my friends, when she found that she had thus attracted the notice of the Saviour of sinners! She was so humble and so modest, that she trembled lest she had given him offence; but knowing, that she had meant none, that she believed in his power, and had felt it in her being suddenly cured, she came forward, and told him how she had touched the hem of his garment, and how she had been healed of her disease. Jesus said to her with great kindness, Daughter, be of good comfort. Thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour: the cure, which had been so suddenly begun, was completed, and that, which so many physicians could not do in so many years, was done in a moment, by only touching the garment of the Saviour -of him, who came from God, and was God.
Jesus now went on to the 'raler's house to restore his daughter to life, and when he came there, he found minstrels and musicians playing on instruments and the people making a noise-a very improper thing to be done, where a dead body is lying in a house, and a thing, which I hope that you who are Christians will cease to do. When it pleases God to take any part of our family from us, we ought to employ the time in a different way, in thinking whether God has seen any sin in us, and bas punished us for it in this way, in thinking on any good example which the dead person may have set, and in praying God that we may follow the example, in thinking on any wrong thing which the dead person may have done, and in praying that we may not do the same: above all, in thinking that this sin was the cause of death, that if the first man had not sinned, he would not have died, and we, his posterity, would not have suffered death, we should be think ing of the Saviour, who has overcome death, through our faith in whom, our bodies will be raised from the grave, and