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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


The Amazing Jesus

At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mark 7:35-37, NIV).

It only took a moment, and a man’s world changed.

Life had been difficult for him without the ability to hear or speak. At this moment in history, sign language had not been developed — so he had communicated as best he could.

However, adversity had not made him bitter. People don’t befriend one who has a surly disposition. Jesus only needed to heal his body, not his attitude.

Instantly the man could both hear and speak — two of the greatest gifts in life most of us take for granted every day. But how do we use these gifts? Do we listen to the right things? Are our hearts open to the Lord to hear from Him? Do we hear His Word daily from the Bible, and do we listen to the Spirit speaking to our hearts?

And what about our speech? What good is it to have a voice if from our mouthes come words of darkness, bitterness, blame, criticism and cursing? Better to have a closed mouth than one that spews bile.

Early in His ministry, Jesus asked a leper to keep the news of his healing to himself (1:44). But the man disobeyed, and as a result Jesus’ ability to move about freely was curtailed. This time, Jesus repeatedly asked the formerly deaf man and his companions to not spread the news. But they could not stop talking about it. How could anyone stop talking who had never been able to speak before?!

Was Jesus, therefore, serious in giving the prohibition? Absolutely! He was still seeking privacy, wanting some retreat time in the Gentile area of the Decapolis. Jesus surely knew that any healing activity on His part would engender a crowd if the news got out — but He took the risk of losing His privacy to meet another person’s need. It’s a great lesson for all of us who often put our own privacy ahead of responding to the interruptions of those with needs.

People were amazed at Jesus. In the Book of Acts, we also find people were amazed at what the Lord continued to do through His servants (Acts 3:10).

A question: Is anyone amazed at Jesus today because of what is happening in His Church? Or are they bored? Indifferent? Angry? Is it possible that there can be a disconnect between the amazing Christ and an unamazing Church?

As followers of Jesus, we must do everything possible to reflect the glory and splendor of the character and power of our Lord!

It was in the Gentile area of the Decapolis where Jesus was acclaimed as having “done everything well.” It’s a wonderful testimony when Jesus’ church goes into its secular community and represents Him with excellence so that the people living there give the same testimony of the church that the Decapolis citizens gave to Jesus — that we do everything well.

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, may I never cease to be amazed at You. I can too easily take for granted all You do for me — Your great love for me, the salvation and healing You have given me, the home You are now preparing for me. May I truly sing, “All that thrills my soul is Jesus.”

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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