The most frequent response to the actions and statements of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark was amazement or astonishment. The people of Jesus’ time had never seen or heard of someone like him. He created a sensation because his presence in the world was changing the way people thought about God’s presence in their lives. Some gave up everything that they had to follow Jesus.
Jesus is still present in the world. Why then are we, who should know better, so un-amazed and un-astonished by the work that is done through Jesus in these times? Have we become jaded, or worse?
Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Jesus touches us, heals us and opens us. We need to tune into his workings in our daily lives. If we do we will be amazed at his power.
Are you ready to be astonished?