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Preached by Pastor Jeff Hamling Sunday, September 5, 2021 Mark 7:31-37 When Jesus Spits Introduction: This story speaks to two very different views of the world. On the one hand there are certain Christians who are only concerned about spiritual matters. For them, to be a Christian means that when you die you go to heaven. This world and this life are just a big waiting room or lobby where we hang out until Jesus takes us away. Oliver Wendell Holms once said, “There are some people who are so heavenly minded they are of no earthly good.” On the other hand, there are people who believe that the material world is all there is. There is no such thing as a supernatural realm. People don’t have souls. There is no God. In the words of John Lennon, “No hell below us, above us only sky.” This story in Mark invites us to ask:
- What if reality is something more than either of these views?
- What if the spiritual realm and the physical world were intended to kiss?
- What if heaven and earth were made for one another?
- Mark reports the geographical journey of Jesus.
- Jesus returns to the Decapolis
- Jesus takes him aside away from the crowd
- Jesus puts his fingers in the man’s ears
- He spits
- He touches the man’s tongue
- He looks up to Heaven
- He sighs
- Jesus says to the man, Ephphatha.
- He used sign language and saliva to speak this man’s language.
- But to do that, Jesus had to become human—take on a physical body. A body with saliva glands, toenails, intestines, and eardrums.
- But not just any body would do. He became a Jewish man in the first century.
- He even identified with him, empathized with him, and felt his anguish.
- He entered his world.
- If you’re a parent and you feel like your kids is always on the screen, playing video games or watching teeny-bopper movies. Instead of just saying, “you should go outside more.” Maybe play some of those video games and watch some of those movies with them.
- If someone you know expresses a view about vaccines or face masks that a different from you. Don’t just tell them how they are wrong. Enter their world and understand, given their background and story, why they think the way they do. (don’t just sigh a sigh of disgust—sign like Jesus and enter their world)
- This healing is a parable of what Jesus will do for his followers
- This healing is a parable of what Jesus will do for all creation
- Not by spiting, but by being spit upon on his way to the cross.
- Not by healing someone’s ears, but by allowing his ears to be clubbed by Roman soldiers and filled with mockery.
- And not by touching someone’s tongue, but by being led like a sheep to the slaughter, he did not open his mouth when he stood trial.