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of something they like to do or calling for a greater commitment than what they’re willing to give, they flee. If Jesus doesn’t deliver in the way they expect they conclude that He doesn’t care.

And at times that’s all of us. When He’s pushed for us to gather for more instruction in His word at Bible Study and family devotional time, we’ve pushed back. When we’ve asked for healing of ourselves or our loved ones and He’s said, “No, that’s not the good I have in store for you right now. I’ve got a better time or I’ve got a more complete healing waiting in heaven,” we’ve doubted Him rather than trusted. And that makes this a very uncomfortable place to be this morning. I imagine it was for the man who couldn’t hear or speak that day too. But then we must remember. This is Jesus who does all things well. This is Jesus who had nothing but the man’s well being in mind. This is Jesus who doesn’t wish to drive us away nor lead us astray; but now having our attention desires nothing less than to open our ears to the truth of His word, our eyes to who He truly is, our hearts to receive Him by faith, our hands for greater service, our mouths to sing His praises before others; and out of an undying, always “open for service” devotion for us He has set out to do just that again today.

As Jesus was quoted to say in the 12th chapter of this same Gospel, "I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." Jesus took not only this man aside to set his attention on Him. He’s taken the eyes of you and me and the whole world and fixed them upon Him on the cross so as to speak to us in a way we couldn’t help but understand.

In His suffering and death and in His being forsaken of God we see the seriousness of our sin. We see just how far we have drifted from the will and way of our God. Yet we see more. In His silence and complete willingness to go to the cross without a fight, we see the merciful intention of God to remove our sin from us Himself because He knew we could not. In His words He would have us know that we have a God who forgives the greatest of offenses. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing." With the care he showed for His mother, we’re assured that He cares for us. "Mother behold your son. Son, behold your mother." Our well-being is important to him, but our salvation is essential. It’s the top priority, and He’s done everything that needed to be completed. "It is finished." It’s something we ought not forget when things don’t go according to our way, when God’s will is something different. In His wisdom He doesn’t always give us exactly what we ask, not because He doesn’t care, but because He has something better, always with our eternal life in mind and that of others. We see that loving care in His blood, sweat and tears, in the giving of His all so as to open for us the way to eternal life. And with His hands opened wide He would communicate that He intends to give