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Morning and Evening: 05/07

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What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that He was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at His feet! 

You’d think that if the King of kings is manifest amongst men he would gather crowds of the most important of people. Clean people. People who’ve “got it together”. Rich and stylish cool people. The modern equivalent of someone like David Beckham and Posh Spice. But far from the well adjusted, Jesus received the sick, lame, blind and poor. He gathered and healed the very people who had “Insufficient Funds” written all over them. And he didn’t turn them away either. He healed them all, Matthew records. And they continued to follow him because he gave them what they sought: relief and lasting satisfaction after countless years of suffering. 

I need to stop thinking that I am worthy of the Beckham-Posh crowd and realize that I hail from the sick, lame, poor, etc. group. When the well-to-do crew of the day despised Christ, I get to be of the ones God drew to his Son for healing. Spurgeon writes, “He who on earth walked the hospitals, still dispenses His grace, and works wonders among the sons of men: let me go to Him at once in right earnest.” 
I like Spurgeon’s question at the end of the the evening reading. It begs an answer in the affirmative from each and every one of us.

Courteous reader, is there anything in this portion for you?

YES, YES, a million times, yes!! And so to Christ we go. At once in right earnest!

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