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.”
Jesus loved so deeply. Open our ears so that we can hear His words and then speak them, passing on the love He demonstrated. He told them not to tell and they couldn’t contain the message. He wants us to hear…
Can we hear the need around us? Can we respond with the same deep love for the individual that He had? Can we become who He says we are and do what He says we can do through Him? We can. Will we? Will we allow the Word of God to be alive and active in us?