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SACRED NARRATIVE. AND Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria : and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.—Matt. iv. 23, 24.
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.-When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent). He went his way therefore, and came seeing. The neighbours, therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash : and I went and washed, and I received sight.-John ix. 1-11.
And the disciples of John showed him of all these things. And John calling unto him two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in the same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus, answering, said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.---Luke vii. 18, 22.
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the whole world itself could not contain the books that should be written.—John xxi. 25.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE SACRED NARRATIVE. Christ having wrought miracles in his own name, proved that he possessed this power in himself as an inherent energy. But how superior is this power to all that can be boasted by the greatest men who have ever lived! What conqueror would not cheerfully barter all the power in which he glories, for the control of wounds and diseases, of winds and waves, of life and death? This power exhibited Christ in the midst of all his humiliation, as greater than any, and than all the children of Adam: and surrounded his character with a splendour becoming his mission. I need not illustrate how important, how necessary, this greatness was to Christ, as the “ Mediator between God and man!" Dr. DWIGHT.
Our Lord gave sight to the blind. He poured day upon those hopeless and benighted eyes, which had never been visited with the least dawning ray. The dumb, at his command, found a ready tongue, and burst into songs of praise. The deaf were all ear, and listened to the joyful sound of salvation. The lame, lame from their very birth, threw aside their crutches, and, full of transport and exultation, leaped like the bounding roe. He restored floridity and beauty to the flesh, emaciated by consuming sickness, or encrusted with a loathsome leprosy. All manner of diseases, though blended with the earliest seeds of life, and riveted in the constitution by a long inveterate predominancy;— diseases that baffled the skill of the physician, and mocked the force of medicine ;—these he cured, not by tedious applications, but in the twinkling of an eye; not by costly prescriptions, or painful operations, but by a word from his mouth, or a touch from his hand, nay, by the fringe of his garment, or the bare act of his will. Any one of these miracles had been enough to endear the character, and eternize the memory of another person. But they were common things, matters of daily occurrence with our Divine MASTER.
Rev. J. HERVEY.
The man was born blind: the blind man sat begging.–The way is made ; our Saviour addresses himself to the miracle ; a miracle, not more in the thing done, than in the form of doing it. What must the beholders needs think, when they saw the clay upon the holes of his eyes ? Is this the way to give either eyes or sight?
Purposely, did our Saviour make choice of such a subject for his miracle: a man so poor, so public. The glory of the work could not have reached so far, if it had been done to the wealthiest citizen of Jerusalem. It could not be, but that many eyes had been witnesses of this man's want of eyes. He sat begging at one of the temple gates. Not only all the city, but all the country must needs know him; as thrice a year they all came up to worship at Jerusalem. Besides his blindness, his trade made him remarkable ; his importunity drawing the eyes of all passengers ; not in an obscure village of Judea, but at the gate of the temple of Jerusalem !
How could the neighbours do less than ask where he was that had done so strange a cure? Now, as prejudiced against Christ, and partial to the Pharisees, they bring the late-blind man before those professed enemies unto Christ. Hear him stoutly defending that gracious Author of his cure, against the cavils of the malicious Pharisees : I see him, as a resolute confessor, suffering excommunication for the name of Christ, and maintaining the innocence and honour of so blessed a benefactor. I hear him read a Divinity lecture to them that sat in Moses' chair; and convincing them of blindness, who punished him for seeing! How can I but envy thee, O happy man, who, of a patient, provest an advocate for thy Saviour ; whose gain of bodily sight made way for thy spiritual eyes; who hast lost a synagogue, and hast found heaven; who, being abandoned of sinners, art received of the Lord of Glory?
“ He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” This might almost have blinded a man that had sight. But what could it do towards curing the blind? God works either with or without means, and all the creatures are only that, which his almighty operation makes them.
“ And said to him, Go wash at the pool of Siloam.” Perhaps our Lord