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The following extracts are from an article in one of the editorial departments of the (Methodist) Christian Advocate, entitled "The Touch of Christ:"—

"The wonderful works of Jesus of Nazareth were wrought with perfect naturalness, simplicity, and ease. We see no pompous marshaling of the forces of the universe to bear down opposition, surmount obstacles, and produce astonishing effects. There is no tedious and painful process of surgery or medicine when the sick are to be healed. A word, a touch, a look was sufficient. . . . He took Peter's wife's mother by the hand, and the fever left her. He touched the eyes of two blind men sitting by the wayside, and immediately they received their sight. He touched the tongue of the deaf-mute of Decapolis, and he spake plainly. A woman faint with disease and trembling with fear crept up behind him and touched the hem of his garment, and immediately she was made every whit whole. . . .

"There is power in a touch, provided there be a fountain of life back of the outstretched hand. . . . One, by touching a leper, may contract the malady himself, and communicate it to others in the same way. His touch heals not, but spreads the disease. But in Jesus there was such fulness of life that his touch communicated life and health. When he touched the leper he overcame evil with good. He conquered disease with health. He destroyed death with life.

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April 4, 1901

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