Living Witness

Jesus’ instructions to the man were clear, “Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.” So that’s exactly what he did. He returned to the region of the Ten Towns and told everyone who would listen what had happened to him. His story of deliverance and restoration amazed all who heard it.

Some months later, after visiting the towns of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus headed south along the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. When he came to the region of the Ten Towns, the people who lived there rushed out to see him. One group brought with them a man who was deaf and could not speak. They begged Jesus to lay his hand on the man.

A personal touch

Jesus took the man aside, away from the crowd. He put his fingers into the man’s ears, then he spit and touched the man’s tongue with it. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him, in Aramaic, “Ephphatha!” Which means ‘Be opened!’

In an instant, the man could hear clearly. But even more amazingly, he could also now speak fluently.

Jesus ordered the man, and those who had brought him, to tell no one about what had happened. But they couldn’t help themselves. They were so extremely astonished by what they had witnessed that they told everyone, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
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