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Jesus heard it, he said, They that are whole, they that think themselves well, need not a physician, but they who are sick, need one. I keep company with sinners in order to draw them away from their sins: I seek not the company of them who fancy themselves good and will not hear me. I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Now you must know, that the people, who found fault with our Saviour, were bypocrites, unjust,covetous, proud, wicked. Yet they thought, because they were higher in rank, and were outwardly very religious, though inwardly very bad, that they were righteous, they wanted no Saviour, they had too high an opinion of themselves and despised others. Our Sa. viour never liked these proud, and conceited men. He said that the greatest sinners would go to Heaven before these would: because repentant sinners would humble themselves before God, would repent, and
God's Holy Spirit would enable them to leave off their sins.
· I will not draw any remark from this history, which may lead to wrong notions: but I wish you, my friends, to look upon yourselves in that humble light, as to be the sinners, with whom your Saviour sits, and whom he teaches. He is not present with you with his body: be is with his Spirit. He came to call sinners to repentance: not them who think themselves righteous already, for who can be so? what man is there who liveth and sinneth not? On you your Saviour calls by me in these words: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, who' feel the weight of your sins, and I will give you rest: rest from sin here, rest from its punishment hereafter. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: think humbly of yourselves: think yourselves sinners, and ye will know my value. Ye sball find rest unto your souls, ye shall, in
all your labours, and in all your distresses, find joy and peace in believing on me: the hopes of Heaven will refresh you : the trust that your Father in Heaven is reconciled to you, will keep up your drooping spirits, whatever ye may suffer in this world; and ye shall find rest, peace, and joy unto your souls, both now, and for ever and ever.
And now to God, &c.
ST. MATTHEW ix. 18. While he spake these things unto them,
behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead; but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
Oh blessed Jesus, thou didst leave the glory of Heaven, and didst come into the world to seek and to save that which was lost. Thou didst come to be a light to the blind and life to the dead. Thou didst come to turn us from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that we may obtain an inheritance with thee in Heaven, among all them who are sanctified, or made holy by faith in thee.
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