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must take him as our Lord and Master: listen to him as our teacher, trust in him as our Saviour, obey him as our King. We must go to him, saying, Lord, save us from our sins: we have faith in thee, help thou our unbelief: We must say to him, Lord, Lord, and we must also do the things which he tells us.
After Jesus bad raised the dead daughter of Jairus to life, he left the house, and was followed by two blind men, who cried after him, and said, Thou son of David, have mercy on us, and restore us to our sight. He went into a house, and was fol. lowed into it by the two poor creatures, who had lost this great blessing, their eyesight. Our Saviour asked them whether they had faith in him. Believe ye, says he, that I am able to do this? They said unto him: Yes, Lord, we do believe. Then he touched their eyes and said to them, According to your faith be it done unta yon. And their eyes were opened: and so grateful were they for the mercy shewn to them, that they departed and spread abroad his fame in all that coun:
You have all of you, I trust, a faith in Jesus. You all now, I trust, believe, that he came to save you
sins. You all, I suppose know what faith is. When a man of truth, a good man, tells you any thing, you believe in him, you have faith in him. When a doctor, a physician, tells you to take such and such physic, in order to be cured of any sickness, you have faith in him, and take it, because you know, that he gives you that which, with God's blessing, will be of use to you. When one, in whom you can depend, tells you that, by acting in such a way you will hurt yourselves, by getting drank, for instance, you will hurt your health; by stealing, you will bring disgrace and punishment on yourselves, you believe in bim, you have faith in him, and you. You
you will mind what he says. Indeed, in this world, faith is every thing. You have all of you faith enough to believe that the rains will fall at a certain part of the year, and you accordingly get your ground ready, and plant your provisions. Now the same kind of faith must be put by you in that which your Saviour tells are to believe that he is the physician to heal and save your souls, that he is your. best friend in advising you what good things you are to do, and that he will send his grace and Holy Spirit from Heaven to water the ground of your hearts, and to make them bear fruit in good thoughts and good works, till you reap the harvest of everlasting life.
As they went out of the house, some persons brought to our Saviour à man possessed with a devil. It had taken possession of him, and had made him dumb. You may remember that I told you before, that when our Saviour came upon
earth, God had given to the devil great power to trouble and afflict men, in order to shew them that Jesus Christ, who came to destroy the works of the devil, had greater power than his by driving him out of the bodies of men, as he is able to drive him out of their souls. In this instance, Jesus shewed his power by casting the devil out of the poor sufferer. As soon as he was cast out, the man spake, and the multitude around wondered and marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in this country before. . Some proud and conceited people cried out, he casteth out devils by the help of the prince of the devils. A wicked thought, a most infamous saying. It proves to us, that the wicked always like to speak ill of the good, to oppose them, to do what they can to prevent them from executing their good designs. Could the blessed Jesus have been helped by the devil, when we know that be came to do good to men, whereas the devil delights in doing mischief. He came to heal
the diseases of men, and to save thoir souls; the devil delights in destroying both soul and body. Christ was humble, holy, and without sin: the devil is a liar and a murderer, and tempts to all sin and all wickedness,
We are now told that Jesus went about all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues or churches, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. He preached that gospel, those good tidings, which we, his ministers, now preach to you: of that kingdom of joy, and happiness, and holiness, which he has prepared for all that love and serve him. He preached that men should repent of their sins, turn from the evil of their ways, and be saved. He preached, that whosoever believeth in him, and worketh that which is pleasing to him, shall be pardoned for their past sins, helped by his spirit in their journey to Heaven, and re