Christ’s View of ‘Legalism’ Mark 2:18-28

Text: “…Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Thy disciples fast not?”

Mark 2:18.

          “And the Pharisees said unto Him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

Mark 2:24.

 Good morning, sinner saved by God’s Grace!  Unlike the legalists, concerned more with the do’s and don’ts of humanistic religion than being ‘born again’ of the Spirit of God,  you have been made Eternally FREE from all mere efforts of fallen flesh to obtain Eternal Salvation. 

Yours is a Gospel of DONE, rather than a list of rites that must be strictly performed before Salvation is humanly achieved.  You actually believe the cry of triumph from the Cross of Christ – “It is FINISHED!”  Hallelujah!  All necessary for the Salvation of sinner’s souls was once-for-all-time FINISHED, COMPLETED, by Christ at Calvary’s Cross.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration (being born again), and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of Eternal life.”   (Titus 3:5-7)

Sinners – you and I – are saved by God’s Sovereign grace, or we are not saved at all.  Fact!  We cannot convince ourselves of our own sin, for we are born naturally selfish, proud, and self-righteous in sin; nor can we obtain, seek, or possess the faith and repentance from sin necessary, in order to even think of ourselves as sinners against God, or needing His Eternal Salvation. 

The Salvation of sinners like we, Spiritually dead in sin and trespasses, comes to us exclusively by God’s working in us, ‘His people’, granting us His gifts of faith and repentance, and calling us with His effectual calling to Salvation in Christ alone.

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing Spiritual things with Spiritual.  BUT the natural man (unsaved) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.”     (1 Corinthians 2:13-14)

Faith in Christ and repentance from sin are both gifts of God – given only to those whom He has elected to save, from before the foundation of the world.  If we are not blessed with those two gifts from our Sovereign Lord God – we can never be saved by humanistic works.

“For by grace (unmerited favour from our Sovereign Lord God) are ye saved though faith; and that not of yourselves (we cannot earn it, work towards it, our inherit it by human will): it is the gift of God: not of works (human deeds, human will), lest any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained (preordained) that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Legalism Defined: “Legalism: strict adherence to law; the doctrine that Salvation depends on strict adherence to the law, as distinguished from the doctrine of Salvation by grace (theology); the tendency to observe letter or form rather than spirit, or to regard things from the point of view of law. Legalist (noun): someone inclined to legalism; someone knowledgeable about the law.”  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 919)

The late Free Presbyterian Pastor, Alan Cairns, defines legalism as: “The dogma of Salvation by works, the heresy that man must earn a place in Heaven by his personal righteousness…Neonomianism: the theory that woks of obedience are a constituent part of saving faith, rather than its natural fruit…As is often popularly expressed, ‘God has done His part, now it is up to you to do your part.’  In the scheme of the Neonomian, ‘…this doing is the condition of Salvation; it is not the fruit of the free gift of saving faith, Sovereignly imparted by God to His elect.’” (Dictionary of Theological Terms, by Alan Cairns, page 211) 

From verse 18, through to verse 28 of our selected Scripture from Mark’s Gospel, the Scribes and Pharisees revealed their total reliance on such legalism as strict conditions for Salvation: Fasting, Do and Don’t Works; Sabbath Observance – are all set forth in faithless opposition to the freedom of God’s grace being offered sinners by the Lord Jesus Christ.

J.C. Ryle Comments:

“How was it with the Galatian Church? It is recorded in St. Paul’s epistle. Men wished in that Church to re­concile Judaism with Christianity, and to circumcise as well as baptize. They endeavoured to keep alive the law of ceremonies and ordinances, and to place it side by side with the Gospel of Christ. In fact, they would fain have put the “new wine into old bottles.” And in so doing they greatly erred.

“How was it with the early Christian Church, after the apostles were dead? We have it recorded in the pages of Church history. Some tried to make the Gospel more acceptable by mingling it with Platonic philosophy. Some laboured to recommend it to the heathen by bor­rowing forms, processions, and vestments from the tem­ples of heathen gods. In short, they “sewed the new patch on the old garment.” And in so doing they scattered and broadcast the seeds of enormous evil. They paved the way for the whole Romish apostasy.

“How is it with many professing Christians in the pre­sent day? We have only to look around us and see. There are thousands who are trying to reconcile the service of Christ and the service of the world, to have the name of Christian and yet live the life of the ungodly, —to keep in with the servants of pleasure and sin, and yet be the followers of the crucified Jesus at the same time. In a word, they are trying to enjoy the “new wine,” and yet to cling to the “old bottles.” They will find one day that they have attempted that which cannot be done.” (J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 1816-1900)

Thought:  Christ came to set us free from sin by His free grace – let us not seek to drink His new wine from the old bottles of humanistic legalism.  The Truth has set us free!

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Jesus Only Saves Sinners! Mark 2:13-17

Text: “…They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Mark 2:17.

 Good morning, redeemed sinner!  Every true and genuine Christian has a shared experience absolutely necessary to ever being graciously saved by the Lord Jesus Christ – we must ALL first confess that we have been, are, and shall always be Hell-deserving SINNERS.  Fact!


“…For there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (the absolute righteous Holiness of Christ Himself!).”  (Romans 3:22-23)


Our selected passage for Marching In Mark’s Gospel today, centres primarily on what we might refer to as ‘the calling to discipleship of the tax-collector, Levi’.  (V.14)


Tradition has it that Levi’s name was changed later, probably by the Lord Jesus Himself, to Matthew, the writer of Matthews Gospel.  However, one thing we know for absolute certain is that, the one necessary prior requirement for Levi’s calling, was the fact that he was a sinner, called to full repentance from his sin; repentance that was immediately followed by a ministry of discipleship in the close fellowship of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Genuine repentance is a two-way process: in Christian repentance, we turn a full 180% away from following hard after selfish-sin; to a full committed following of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holiness.  The old life ends, the new life in Christ commences, and never ends.


“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed (or are continually passing) away; behold (look, and fully understand), all things are become (or are continually becoming) new.  And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)


Levi, the one-time vile and despised Tax-Collector, was called to follow Christ; given a new name; filled with God the Spirit; and immediately started to serve his Master and Lord in the ‘ministry of reconciliation’ – reconciling sinful men and women to a thrice Holy Lord God, though man’s one Mediator, Jesus Christ.


Preaching/teaching the Gospel of Christ and Him Crucified for sinners is the ONLY ‘ministry of reconciliation’ – an Eternal reconciliation between sinful mankind and a Holy Lord God, through the Atonement Sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Praise His Holy Name!


“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we (sinners) might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)


J.C. Ryle Comments:

 “The person who is called Levi, at the beginning of this passage, is the same person who is called Matthew in the first of the four Gospels. Let us not forget this. It is no less than an apostle and an evangelist, whose early history is now before our eyes.


We learn from these verses, the power of Christ to call men out from the world, and make them His disciples. We read that he said to Levi, when “sitting at the receipt of custom, Follow me.” And at once “he arose and followed him.” From a publican he became an apostle, and a writer of the first book in that New Tes­tament, which is now known all over the world.


“This is a truth of deep importance. Without a divine call no one can be saved. We are all so sunk in sin, and so wedded to the world, that we should never turn to God and seek salvation, unless He first called us by His grace. God must speak to our hearts by His Spirit, be­fore we shall ever speak to Him. Those who are sons of God, says the 17th Article, are “called according to God’s purpose by His Spirit working in due season.” Now how blessed is the thought that this calling of sinners is committed to so gracious a Saviour as Christ!


“When the Lord Jesus calls a sinner to be His servant, He acts as a Sovereign; but He acts with infinite mercy. He often chooses those who seem most unlikely to do His will, and furthest off from His kingdom. He draws them to Himself with almighty power, breaks the chains of old habits and customs, and makes them new creatures. As the loadstone attracts the iron, and the Southwind softens the frozen ground, so does Christ’s calling draw sinners out from the world, and melt the hardest heart. “The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation.” Blessed are they, who, when they hear it, harden not their hearts!


“We ought never to despair entirely of anyone’s salva­tion, when we read this passage of Scripture. He who called Levi, still lives and still works. The age of miracles is not yet past.” (J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 1816-1900)


“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (homosexual), nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)


By this verse from Paul’s writing to the Corinthian church, we see that, like the reviled Tax-collector, Levi, you and I were also reviled sinners, living far from our Holy Lord God.  However, the grace of God in Christ called us out of our darkness and sin, and gloriously redeemed us by Christ’s precious and sinless Blood.  Thank God He saves sinners like we!

Thought: The only way to become Holy saints, is by admitting that we are vile sinners.

God’s Forgiveness Mark 2:1-12

Text: “But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts...who can forgive sins but God only?”

Mark 2:7.


Good morning, forgiven Christian!  Being justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in His Atonement for us at the Cross, we have perfect peace with God; that peace emanates from having one’s sins forgiven.  Hallelujah!  Peace with God Almighty! 


“Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ...”.  (Romans 5:1) (Isaiah 43:25-26)


Of all sicknesses, infirmities, and diseases - sin against God is by far the most deadly and dangerous.  Why?  For God hates even “...the garment spotted by the flesh...” of man/womankind’s sinful nature. (Jude 23) (James 1:27) (Joshua 24:14-22) (Zechariah 3:1-4)


God’s eyes are so infinitely pure and Holy that He cannot look upon sin, in any of its vile manifestations, without punishing the sinner for his/her iniquities.  (Habakkuk 1:12-13) (Psalm 119:102-104)


Our filthy, daily, failings and sins took the pure and priceless Jesus to Golgotha’s Hill.  Thus, to remain a Holy Lord God, God is bound by His own Holiness to punish every sin committed.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God with sin on one’s heart and hands.  Yet, we who hear the Gospel message are not without hope.  Praise God!  He is gracious indeed.  (Hebrews 10:30-31) (Ephesians 2:11-19)


Today’s Bible reading reveals three main principles of Christian faith and practice:


          (a)  Jesus loves faith;


          (b)  Jesus hates sin;


          (c)  Jesus heals sinners.


Jesus Loves Faith: (V.5) Jesus loves to see faith in us - for it is His gift to us, and without faith it is impossible to please God.  (Ephesians 2:8-9) (Hebrews 11:1;6)


Jesus saw their faith in practical action.  True faith always inspires worthy actions. 


“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  (James 2:17)


Jesus Hates Sin: (V.5) Christ, confronted by five faithful men, immediately saw their plight.  Yet, ‘ looketh on the outward appearance, and God looketh on the heart.’  (1 Samuel 16:7)

Jesus hated the man’s disease, but He hated his sin all the more.  The man’s disease would kill his body, but his sin would damn his soul to an Eternity of separation from God’s Presence.  Jesus hates sin, and immediately forgave the man his trespasses and sins.  The creature can only sin, in the primary sense, against his/her Creator God.  Therefore, only God can forgive sins!  It’s ironic, but even the otherwise unbelieving Pharisees/Scribes knew this much truth!  (John 8:32)


Jesus Heals Sinners: (Vs.10-12) Disease, thorns, and sweat are the fruit of God’s Curse against sin.  We know this from our reading of Genesis 3:16-19.


Therefore, as our passage reveals, once Christ forgave the man’s sins - revealing He was, is, and always shall be God - He loved the man enough to also heal his disease because it was His own sovereign will to do so.  (Ephesians 1:11)


J.C. Ryle Comments:

“We see, in the last place, in these verses, the priestly power of forgiving sins, which is possessed by our Lord Jesus Christ.


“We read that our Lord said to the sick of the palsy, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” He said these words with a meaning. He knew the hearts of the Scribes by whom He was surrounded. He intended to show them that He laid claim to be the true High Priest, and to have the power of absolving sinners, though at present the claim was seldom put forward. But that He had the power He told them expressly. He says, “The Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.” In saying “thy sins be forgiven thee,” He had only exercised His rightful office.

“Let us consider how great must be the authority of Him, who has the power to forgive sins! This is the thing that none can do but God. No angel in heaven, no man upon earth, no church in council, no minister of any denomination, can take away from the sinner’s conscience the load of guilt, and give him peace with God. They may point to the fountain open for all sin. They may declare with authority whose sins God is willing to forgive. But they cannot absolve by their own authority. They cannot put away transgressions. This is the peculiar prerogative of God, and a prerogative which He has put in the hands of His Son Jesus Christ.

“Let us think for a moment how great a blessing it is, that Jesus is our great High Priest, and that we know where to go for absolution! We must have a Priest and a sacrifice between ourselves and God. Conscience de­mands an atonement for our many sins. God’s holiness makes it absolutely needful. Without an atoning Priest there can be no peace of soul. Jesus Christ is the very Priest that we need, mighty to forgive and pardon, tender-hearted and willing to save.” (J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 1816-1900)


It is not always God’s will to immediately heal folk who suffer from disease, yet all who are saved have been healed from the infinitely more fatal disease of sin.  Christ heals sinner’s souls.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!


Thought:  When one sins against God, God ALONE can forgive that sin.

The Power of Almighty Jesus! Mark 1:40-45

Text: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth.”

Matthew 28:18.


Good morning, weak, sickly, bereaved, and despairing Christian!  If any of these words describe you and I today – there is good news in this morning’s Marching In Mark’s Gospel for us.  Read on, and receive extra faith and grace to continue in the service of Christ Jesus.


The Healing of the Leper: (Vs.40-45) Leprosy was one of the most feared diseases to contract in Gospel times.  If one caught this deadly illness, one could neither hope to live, or live-in community with other people – the leper was a complete outcast, contagious with disease, and condemned as ‘religiously and socially UNCLEAN’.  This is the man that came to King Jesus Christ to ‘worship’ Him, saying, “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.” (V.40)


Use your ‘sanctified imagination’ for a moment, beloved Reader – SEE the scene set before us here; FEEL the hopelessness of this wretched man; EXPERIENCE to some degree, the impossibility of his pathetic request of the Lord God.


Now, SEE, FEEL, and EXPERIENCE the power and ecstatic joy of the Master’s response and answer to the leper’s plea: “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him (unthinkable action!), and saith unto him, I will: be thou clean.” (V.41)


“And as soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.” (V.42) Hallelujah!  The power of Almighty Jesus!


J.C. Ryle Comments:

“Let us try to realize, in the first place, the dreadful nature of the disease which Jesus cured.

“Leprosy is a complaint of which we know little or nothing in our northern climate. In Bible lands it is far more common. It is a disease which is utterly incurable. It is no mere skin affection, as some ignorantly suppose. It is a radical disease of the whole man. It attacks, not merely the skin, but the blood, the flesh, and the bones, until the unhappy patient begins to lose his extremities, and to rot by inches. —Let us remember beside this, that, amongst the Jews, the leper was reckoned unclean, and was cut off from the congregation of Israel and the ordinances of religion. He was obliged to dwell in a separate house. None might touch him or minister to him. Let us remember all this, and then we may have some idea of the remarkable wretchedness of a leprous person. To use the words of Aaron, when he interceded for Miriam, she was “as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed.” (Numbers 12:12)

(J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 1816-1900)

The Leper’s Approach:  Let us note first the attitude of worship, and the sincere words of this poor leper, for they are vital to his receiving any healing or compassion from the Lord.  First of all, we clearly see the leper’s attitude of reverence and worship, as, beseeching Christ, he came, “…kneeling down to Him, and saying unto Him, If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.” (V.40)


The Leper’s Faith:  His reverence to Christ Jesus, evidenced in his humbled attitude, was mixed with that powerful ingredient of FAITH, the free gift of God’s grace to ‘His people’; a gift without which no one can be saved; and no one can ever hope to have anything of miraculous content from the Living Lord God.


“Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is (exists!), and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:1; 6)


“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9)


J.C. Ryle Comments:

“Let us learn, in the second place, from these verses, the wondrous and almighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ.


“We are told that the unhappy leper came to our Lord, “beseeching Him, and kneeling down,” and saying, “If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” We are told that Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will, be thou clean.” At once the cure was affected. That very instant the deadly plague departed from the poor sufferer, and he was healed. It is but a word, and a touch, and there stands before our Lord, not a leper, but a sound and healthy man.


“Who can conceive the greatness of the change in the feelings of this leper, when he found himself healed? The morning sun rose upon him, a miserable being, more dead than alive, his whole frame a mass of sores and corruption, his very existence a burden. The evening sun saw him full of hope and joy, free from pain, and fit for the society of his fellow-men. Surely the change must have been like life from the dead.” (J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 1816-1900)


 Following this Divine manifestation of the Almighty power of Christ Jesus, we find what, in my humble and personal opinion, was a task given the cleansed leper that I personally would find impossible to obey.  The Lord Jesus said unto him: “See that thou say nothing to any man…”, concerning the miracle performed upon him.  Can you imagine it, Reader?  Trying for a moment to keep quiet about such a life-changing event?  Can you and I level blame at this poor healed man for immediately, “…blazing abroad the matter…”?


Thought:   If men and women getting saved by Christ today would only be as instant in, “…publishing it much…” to the greater glory of our beloved Saviour, Jesus Christ.

God Does Not Heal Everybody! Mark 1:32-39

Text: “And He healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.”

Mark 1:34.


          “And they were offended in Him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in His own country, and in His own house.  And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Matthew 13:57-58.


Good morning, dear ill Christian!  So often you have heard of the risen Jesus Christ Who is endowed, as the Son of God, with all power and all authority, over all things – and furthermore, you and I fully believe this truth.  However, your illness does not receive healing, and neither does mine, no matter how much you and I, and the church group have prayed for such a healing – and this fact has sometimes been permitted to detract from our most Holy faith in the Lord. 


Please do not let this situation cause us to doubt, or turn away from the One Who has saved our never-dying souls.  God’s will is a Sovereign will, and His will shall be done at all times. 


It is not taught in Scriptures, or recorded in the historical evidence of church history – that the Lord God heals, or delivers, everybody. 


We who are not healed, must still trust in God’s will, for when God’s Sovereign will is done – you and I, and every other unhealed Christian believer, are fully assured of the very best Eternal outcome.  Hallelujah!


“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain my own ways before Him.  He also shall be my Salvation: for an hypocrite shall not stand before Him.”  (Job 13:15-16)


Verse thirty-two of our selected Bible passage for today, informs us of the fact that, “…they brought unto Him ALL that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.”  However, Scripture does NOT record the fact that Christ Jesus actually healed them all!  God, the Holy Spirit, the Divine inspiration of all sixty-six canonical (accepted as legitimate, orthodox Scripture) books of our KJV Bible, inspires precise truth to be written by chosen writers.  Thus, while God inspires His writers to inform us that the people brought ALL needing healing before Christ – He is also most precise to reveal unto us that the Lord Jesus, of all that were brought before him for healing, only actually healed “…many…” from among them.


“And at even when the sun did set, they brought unto Him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.”  (V.32)


Yet, we see what happened when all this group of sick and possessed people came to Christ – some were healed; some were delivered from demon possession – but not ALL!


“And He healed MANY that were sick of divers (various) diseases, and cast out MANY devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.”  (V.34)


The Sovereign Lord Jesus in this Gospel account of Mark, is clearly seen exercising His Sovereign will towards the people that came to Him in Galilee.  Some went home ill; some went home still possessed of devils – God’s Sovereign will was clearly done then, and shall always be done, or the Lord God will cease to be a truly Sovereign Lord God.


“What shall we say then?  Is there unrighteousness with God?  God forbid.  For He saith unto Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So, then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”  (Romans 9:14-16) God’s Sovereign will is always done.


The greatest healing, we can receive from Christ Jesus is His perfect healing from all our sin.  The greatest deliverance we can receive is Christ’s deliverance from Hell.


J.C. Ryle Comments:

“We may see in this case a lively emblem of Christ’s dealing with sin-sick souls. That blessed Saviour not only gives mercy and forgiveness; —He gives renewing grace besides. To as many as receive Him as their Physician, He gives power to become the sons of God. He cleanses them by His Spirit, when He washes them in His precious Blood. Those whom He justifies, He also sanctifies. When He bestows an absolution, He also bestows a new heart. When He grants free forgiveness for the past, He also grants strength to “minister” to Him for the time to come. The sin-sick soul is not merely cured, and then left to itself. It is also supplied with a new heart and a right spirit, and enabled so to live as to please God.”  (J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels 1816-1900)


Let us look with a Divinely revealed logic on this issue of being healed, or not being healed; being delivered from sin, and not being delivered from our sin:  Think for a moment on this subject with the eye of Eternity, and let us ask ourselves this question: What would be the point of God healing a body, mind, etc. if that person wanted none of His Salvation from sin?  Why, the Lord would be merely making souls comfortable that were on their way to a Christ-rejecter’s Hell of Eternal torment!  A complete waste of His Divine and Holy time.


Salvation is a gift of God given only to those souls whom He has elected (chosen) from before the foundation of the world to give to His Son, Jesus, who will save us in His time.


“All that the Father hath given Me shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from Heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” (John 6:37-38)


Thought: One day, we who are healed by Christ from sin - shall be Eternally free from all our illness, and live forever in glorified bodies that shall never be ill again.  Glory…