“Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, ‘Ephphatha,’ which means, ‘Be opened!’ Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!
Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, ‘Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak’.” Mark 7:31-37 (NLT)
Jesus had been traveling from town to town, teaching and ministering to people. Word about the miracles began to spread, because the people were impressed by the signs and wonders. A deaf man was brought to Jesus to be healed. Instead of being the spectacle and creating a show for the people, Jesus gave this man a moment he would never forget. Jesus pulled him aside, and this man stood there watching Jesus, but not hearing, as Jesus stuck his fingers in his ears. When Jesus removed his fingers, the deaf man probably thought it was done, but he still couldn’t hear. Then Jesus spit on His hand and put it in this man’s mouth! The anticipation for the deaf man would have been intense. His personal space had been invaded, but the hope that he would speak and hear would have left his heart pounding. Was this the moment that he would hear? This deaf man was near to Jesus, and one word from Jesus changed his situation. The people stood back in awe of what Jesus did.
When Jesus touched this deaf man, it was a very personal experience. Jesus could have spoken the word or touched him with one hand, but Jesus came close. It was an encounter with Jesus that completely transformed this man’s life. All the things that had been said about this man his whole life were challenged by Jesus’ nearness. Jesus came so we can experience his presence in our lives as well. When Jesus invades our personal spaces and brings a miracle into our situation, we can’t be so focused on the miracle that we miss the miracle giver. When Jesus intervenes in our lives, it isn’t the method or the miracle that deserves praise; it is Jesus. One word from Jesus can change your situation. You may have woken up this morning with the greatest need for which you have no solution. His presence has the power to transform. Draw close to Jesus and experience His nearness firsthand.
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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