[Jesus] came, indeed, to seek and to save the soul, principally.  But, He did not overlook the body.  He healed the diseased.  He fed the hungry, and has taught us to be merciful to the temporal wants of our fellow creatures.  And, even in carrying on His own peculiar cause and endeavoring to promote the religion of the Bible, He allows us not to employ force or to impoverish or imprison or in any way persecute.  The weapons of His warfare are not carnal, but spiritual.  “My kingdom,” said He, “is not of this world, else would My servants fight.”  Indeed, they would.  Yes, they have fought – men, women, children have fought.  They have fought with more than the courage of heroes.  They have prayed and lived and taught and wept and bled and died.William Jay (1769-1853), from a meditation on Luke 9.52-56.


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