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Summary: Examining the method that Jesus used when ministering to the physically challanged. He tailored it to the individual and his need.

JESUS’ M.O.

I. HE TOOK HIM ASIDE (v.33)

A. Personal attention--value of the individual

B. Private audience--saved him embarassment

C. Almighty God sees us as individuals, not masses

D. Principle: deep and lasting healing comes from

being alone with God

II. HE PUT HIS FINGERS INTO HIS EARS (v.33)

A. The first need of mankind--to have our ears

unstopped so that we can hear God’s voice.

B. The world’s noise and cares make it difficult

III. HE TOUCHED HIS TONGUE (v.33)

A. After we hear God’s voice, it will produce a

desire to speak for Him

B. Spit: symbol of a giving of Himself to us?

C. He knows just exactly where we need touching

IV. HE SIGHED (v.34)

A. His heart was moved by the sight of suffering;

He knew that in this case, sin was behind it

B. Remember how He wept over Jerusalem> Over the

mourning of His friend Lazarus?

V. HE LOOKED UP TO HEAVEN (v.34)

A. As an example to us of His trust in His Father

B. Also expressed the oneness of Jesus to His Father

VI. HE ISSUED A COMMAND (v.34)

A. "Ephphatha": "Be opened" --voice of authority

B. Applies to the whole man--ears, tongue and

whatever else needs opening (the heart?)

C. Jesus specializes in opening things

1. tombs (Lazarus and His own)

2. way of slavation

3. people’s hearts to the truth

4. eyes of the blind

5. gates of heaven to those who believe

In verese 35 - 37 we can see the RESULTS of beint touched by God

VII. MAN’S EARS WERE OPENED (v.35)

A. Immediately

B. Completely

C. "We believe and therefore we speak" (II Cor.4:13)

VIII. HIS TONGUE WAS RELEASED (v.35)

A. Spoke plainly, with conviction

B. Glorified God

IX. CROWD’S REACTION (v.36,37)

A. Glorified Jesus

B. Miracles are meant to be attention-getters!

X. CONCLUSION

A. Once touched by Jesus, life will never again be

the same. You will hear and say things never

dreamed possible

B. Hear the call of God in terms of guidance,

comfort, conviction, challenge, and service

C. Speak as a witness with boldness in order to

glorify God, edify the saints, making sure that

our speech comes from a pure heart.


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Rolando Pañares

commented on Jul 12, 2008

Thank you for your message. I will greatly use this material for my message in the series of the book of MARK. I know our congregation will benefit from it. Thanks and God bless, Rolando V. Pañares Senior Pastor, FBC 1069 Manila-Cavite Road, Sta. Cruz, Cavite, Phils 4100 ptrdong220@yahoo.com

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