"White already to harvest"

In the four gospels we read much of the healing work of Christ Jesus among the lepers, those physical outcasts of his day and of ours. The old way was to drive these unfortunates "beyond the gates,"—to send them forth to fare as best they might without shelter and with no provision for food or raiment. The modern way is to isolate them from their fellows, but to shelter them, feed them, and clothe them. The care of these people has advanced in this regard very materially, but one may surely be pardoned for asking what has been done toward their healing.

So far as medical systems are concerned, the leper of today is no more advanced in his hope of healing, than were the outcasts of Palestine before they encountered the great Master, who healed so many of them and bade his followers do likewise. It was with the great Teacher's assurance, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," ringing in their ears, that the disciples did go forth to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead;" and those who believed on him "though their word," did the same "works" for nearly three centuries. That this same Christ, Truth, is today the only hope for these helpless sufferers, incurable from the medical standpoint, which can reasonably be held out by those who are doing missionary work in the far East, is indicated by the following excerpt from the letter of a Presbyterian missionary, who, after spending years in this work in Japan, writes as follows:—

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