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October 5, 2012


The Sigh of Jesus – Mark 7: 31-37

31  And again going out of the coasts of Tyre, he came by Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst the of the coasts of Decapolis.

32  And they bring to him one deaf and dumb: and they besought him that he would lay his hand upon him.

33  And taking him from the multitude apart, he put his fingers into his ears: and spitting, he touched his tongue.

34  And looking up to heaven, he groaned and said to him: Ephpheta, which is, Be thou opened.

35  And immediately his ears were opened and the string of his tongue was loosed and he spoke right.

36  And he charged them that they should tell no man. But the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal did they publish it.

37  And so much the more did they wonder, saying: He hath done all things well. He hath made both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.



At the commencement exercises for Purdue University’s engineering schools, graduates of each school stood en masse to be recognized by the dean of engineering. When the aeronautical-engineering students rose, they launched a swarm of paper airplanes toward the stage, where the university’s president and other dignitaries were sitting. After students from all the schools had risen in turn, the president stepped up to the rostrum. Looking at the paper planes covering the stage floor, he remarked, “I’m very glad the agricultural-engineering graduates decided not to throw anything.”

– Unknown



And looking up to heaven, he groaned and said to him: Ephpheta, which is, Be thou opened.

How it must have saddened the heart of Jesus to walk through this world and see so much human misery! There is a story of a sculptor who wept as he saw at his feet the shattered fragments of his breathing marble on which he had spent years of patient, loving toil. Jesus walked through this world amid the ruin of the noblest work of His Own hands. Everywhere He saw the destruction wrought by sin. So His grief was twofold, tender sympathy with human suffering, and sorrow over the ruinous work of sin.

It is a precious thought to us that we are so dear to Jesus that the beholding of our grief touches and stirs His heart. What a wonderful revelation it is to us that we are thought of by Him, and that He cares enough for us to be moved to sorrow by our woes and sufferings!

Then Christ’s help does not end in the thrill of sympathy. That is about as far as human help usually goes. People stand over us when we are in misfortune or trouble, and heave a sigh, and then pass on. Sometimes this is all they can do. Human sympathy in suffering is a wonderful help. But the assurance of Divine sympathy is infinitely more uplifting. Then Christ gives real help. He was moved with compassion as He saw the widow of Nain in her lonely sorrow, and restored her dead son to her. He wept with Mary and Martha, and then raised their brother. He sighed as He looked on the misfortune of this deaf man, and then opened his ears. He is ‘touched with the feeling of our infirmities,” and  then gives “grace to help in time of need.” Not only does He pity us when He finds us deaf to all the sweet voices of love and grace. But He is ready to open our ears. We have only to bring to Christ our infirmities, and He will take them and give us back in place souls with all their lost powers restored.


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