31 Again, leaving the region of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking and begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. 33 So he took him away from the crowd in private. After putting his fingers in the man’s ears and spitting, he touched his tongue. 34 Looking up to heaven, he sighed deeply and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”). 35 Immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak clearly. 36 He ordered them to tell no one, but the more he ordered them, the more they proclaimed it. 37 They were extremely astonished and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” — Mark 7:31-37
by Matthew Mezzatesta
Avenue South Campus
I have recently taken an interest in Warren Burger, who was our nation’s fifteenth Chief Justice. Upon his retirement in 1986, he was asked in an interview about the defining moments of his life. Chief Justice Burger recalled his childhood with polio and how he was out of school for a year. His teacher sent him a lot of books about lawyers, and he decided that was what he would do a profession. Chief Justice Burger worked his way through law school and eventually left his mark on history as Chief Justice of the United States. This is quite an amazing story for someone who battled through the debilitating disease of polio to become our nation’s top judge.
Jesus was presented with a man who couldn’t hear or see. The friends of the man pled with Jesus to help. Jesus Himself took him aside, because He wanted to have a personal encounter with him. Jesus always meets people where they are in life. Upon spitting and touching the man’s tongue and putting His fingers in his ears, the man was healed. Jesus has command over any disability, which is why He could say, “Be opened.” He has all authority over every circumstance.
The healed man could not stop praising Jesus for his healing. The man was finally free from a disability that hindered him all his life. The Bible does not tell us what happened to this man after his healing. However, I can only think he lived the life he was intended to live. He never stopped praising Jesus. He had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, and it changed his life.
Jesus has plans for everyone, no matter the circumstance. I offer up prayers for the many people who suffer from disabilities or illness. From personal experience, I can tell you that Jesus has authority in all circumstances, and He has plans for all of us. All we can do is praise Him in the good times and even in the bad. Much like this man and his friends, we know that only Jesus changes lives and can enable us to fulfill our life’s purpose, which is to praise Him.
- Journal something down you can praise Jesus about.
- Pray for those with disabilities or illness. Pray that Jesus will bring them comfort and healing.
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