When Jesus Sighs
by Krissy Hanna
“Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 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 7:31-37
This is an incredible story! Jesus spits and touches someone’s tongue.
And the more Jesus tells the crowds not to talk about what He’s done, the more they talk.
(We are such a rebellious people!)
But as I sit and ponder this miracle, I am most intrigued by the fact that Jesus sighed.
The Lord of Lords sighed.
Could this sigh from the Son of God be evidence that He is walking around with a weary and burdened heart? Is Jesus tired of being face to face with the world’s most intense problems? He has seen disease, demon possession, sin, ignorance, pain and suffering. He has healed. He has watched. He has listened. Could He be sighing from a deep place of compassion–not because He wouldn’t be able to heal this man as He has healed countless others, but because He is feeling the weight of our broken world?
This poor man could not hear or communicate effectively! Can you imagine? What a tragedy for him especially in that day and age.
Oh, the selfish things that I sigh about.
I have ears! And yet I don’t often hear the cries of the hurting, needy, and poor. I have a voice, and yet I use it to utter foolish things, boast, lie, and discourage.
I sigh and look at my circumstances.
Jesus sighed and looked up toward heaven.
I love when I read about Jesus’ tenderness and compassion. It’s a great reminder to me of His character and the depth of love that he has for God’s people. He feels our pain and discouragement. He understands. He knows the depth of what we are going through. But He also knows where to look for comfort and encouragement.
I wonder what miraculous things happen when God’s creation feels, knows and responds to Jesus’ sigh.