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JOHN IV-THE HARVEST GATHERED

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou ? or, Why talkest thou with her ?

28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat ?

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest ? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

39 | And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.

41 And many more believed because of his own word;

42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

43 | Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.

45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the

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The Disciples Baffled

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And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out.Luke, 9, 39.

HILE Jesus and the three disciples were up on

the mountain, while the Christ held converse

with Moses and Elias, the other disciples remaining below found themselves in difficulty. A boy had been brought to them, who was so terribly possessed by an evil spirit that he writhed and foamed and fell down as if dead. Without waiting for the return of Jesus, the disciples had attempted to heal the boy and had failed. Hence all was confusion. They themselves were bewildered; before, when sent out on their mission by Jesus, they had healed such cases. Were they now facing a demon more powerful than the Master?

As Jesus descended the mountain, all men came running to Him, the lad's father appealing for his son, the disciples calling for assistance, the multitude curious and half sceptical. Jesus rebuked them all for their lack of faith. “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you ? bring him unto me.”

To the father He said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." So his son was cured.

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