“Ephphata!” – be opened. With a touch and this one word, Jesus restored a man. The man brought by his friends was both deaf and mute. One word from Jesus later and he was healed. With one word his life was forever altered.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to be blind. It would be very different as I rely so much on what I see. From reading to observing people to writing to playing music – I am dependant upon my sight. To not have the ability to talk and sing and shout would be very difficult as well.
Up to this point the man has been dependent on friends and family. A job would be impossible so he would beg or impose. To the Jews, he was ceremonially unclean so he could not enter the temple to worship. Other than those closest to him, many in society would have shunned him or ignored him at best.
Some people in my world need restored and healed. They need to be connected to a community to care for and guide them. They need healing and restoring from a wide variety of things. For some it is addiction, for others a significant loss. For some it is broken relationships, for others it is a string of poor decisions. The list goes on. We all know people who need much. All need healed and restored.
Friends brought the man to Jesus. With a word Jesus restored and healed the man. Faith grew that day – for the man, for his friends and family, and for all who heard the story. We all know people who need healing and restoration. May we all be a part of bringing people closer to Jesus so they can hear Him speak the one word they need to hear: “Come.” Share Jesus so that the restoration and healing can begin.
Mark 7: 31-37