Did You Hear Jesus Sigh?

September 25, 2012 — Leave a comment

 

earsWhy did Jesus sigh? The definition of sigh is to take a deep audible breath (as in weariness or relief)

Mark 7:31-37 is such a great passage. So much is going on it’s hard not to be overwhelmed with joy when you read it. The people brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and had a impediment in his speech. They begged Jesus to touch him.

The first thing that jumps out at me is the care and concern of the people. They knew Jesus was the answer and they would bring people to him. In fact they would bring people and would begged Him to do something. All through the scripture we see this beautiful pattern of care, this pattern of people bringing other to Jesus but I wonder how much of it happens in our day and age? Do we rely on the “church show”, to bring them in?

Do we look to bring people to Him? Do we pray for our lost friends and love ones to be touched by Him?  After all, the scriptures tell us to go out and compel them to come in so that the house will be full. I wonder…is there much “compelling” going on in Western Christianity?

Next Jesus takes him aside. Now isn’t that just like our amazing God! He pulls us away from the multitude in order to take care of us, to love on us…to heal us. Jesus always had compassion on the crowd but He did His greatest work on individuals.

What was healed?  His ears were opened and his speech was set free. That is what happens to us when God shows up. He opens us open to hear Him and when we hear Him our hearts are changed and our speech is set free to speak of Him.

Finally, the passage says, “He Sighed…”
I’m not sure where I read it or heard it but the reason He sighed was because we were never suppose to be broken or separated from Him. (See Genesis 1:26-31) We were created to live forever as the good creation He created. It was our choice to sin that broke the relationship and it was and is the curse of sin that damages us and this world. There is only one answer…that answer is Jesus.

Well, I could just go on and on but I’ll save it for another time.

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Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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