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Topic: GATHERING (07/14/16)
By Rachel Varghese
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The preacher had a busy day so He decided to go to His own town and spend some time. He had just got down from His ship and there came some people carrying a very sick man in his bed. They brought him to be healed by this special preacher who could also heal people of any disease. The preacher first told the sick man that all the sins that he had committed were forgiven. Some of the people who were there did not like the preacher and were jealous of Him. When they heard Him forgiving the man's sins they grumbled behind the preacher. The sick man was cured right away and the physician told him to carry his bed and walk to his home. The whole gathering was surprised and more came to see and hear Him.
Then the preacher entered a house and sat down to eat. A lot of poor people and people who were branded as bad ones also sat with him to eat and He was very friendly with everyone. The group that was jealous of Him and who always tried to find fault with Him were very upset. They asked His
friends, “How come He sits and eats with all these bad people?” When the teacher heard this question, He said to them that the people that were with Him were like sick people and they needed a physician to help them.
While the preacher was still in the house an important official, a ruler came and asked the preacher to come and heal his daughter. She was very sick and might die at any moment. He also said, “If you just touch her she would be fine.” So He immediately went along with this father. As He was going to this ruler's house there was a huge crowd that was around Him and they all followed the preacher. In the crowd was a woman who was very sick and had suffered for twelve long years. She had spent all her money going from one doctor to another and nothing happened. She was not healed. She had heard about this preacher who heals all kinds of diseases and tried to get to His side. The multitude around Him was so great that she could not go and ask Him. So she bent down and touched the edge of His clothing and felt her disease leave her right away. The great Physician knew that the woman had got her disease healed by just touching the edge of His garment and turned around and asked the crowd who had touched Him. The people were wondering what sort of a question that was because everybody was pushing around. They did not know that the Master of the universe knows every touch and hears every cry.
The woman that was healed did not expect the physician to find out for she had only touched the edge of His garment. She knew that the God of the universe who watches over every sparrow and the flowers of the field looks after His own. The preacher blessed her and told her that her faith had given her the healing that she needed.
The preacher then continued to the ruler's house and saw people lamenting and making a big noise. He told them to stop because the child was only sleeping. When the crowd heard that they all laughed and made fun of Him. But He told the parents to put the crowd out of the house and took only the trusting parents into the house. He went with them to the room where the dead girl was and held her by the hand and lifted her to life. If He could do this for the trusting parents He can do anything that we need for our loved ones if we place our dear ones in His hands.
When the divine healer left the ruler's house two blind men followed Him crying out to have mercy on them and heal them. The preacher went into a house and the men followed Him and pleaded with Him to heal them. The Physician asked them if they believed He could do that and they said that they did. He touched their eyes and said that it could happen according to their faith and their eyes were opened and they went praising God.
Do you have a problem today? Pray to Him in faith and He will carry you through.
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