Mk.7:34 – Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

I wonder what Jesus saw when He looked into heaven. Did He have feint memories of the glory He had experienced with His Father in eternity past? How much did He realize of what man had lost from the fall and the consequences we bore physically as well as spiritually? He saw the struggle of this man who couldn’t hear or speak and as He looked into heaven He groaned. I wonder if Jesus is groaning for me today? I wonder if He sees what I lost and is interceding that I would come into the fullness of my inheritance. Here are some thoughts from the Pulpit New Testament about this passage.

“He looked up to heaven, because from thence come all good things — words for the dumb, hearing for the deaf, healing for all infirmities; and thus he would teach the infirm man by a manifest sign to what quarter he was to look for the true source of his cure. he sighed; literally, he groaned. Why did our Lord sigh at such a moment? We know indeed that he was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;” but now we might almost have expected a momentary smile of loving joy when he was about to give back to this afflicted man the use of these valuable instruments of thought and action. But he sighed even then; for he was touched with the feeling of human infirmity, and no doubt his comprehensive eye would take in the vast amount of misery, both bodily and spiritual, which has come upon the world through sin; and this, too, immediately after having looked up to heaven, and thought of the realm of bliss which for a time he had left “for us men, and for our salvation.”

Jesus is actually seated in heaven today praying for each one of us. He is still in His human body, still remembers the pain of humanity, and is praying for us as He is moved by the struggles that we all face. Just as He took this suffering man aside and ministered to Him personally, He will take time for you. He remembers you and is more involved in the details of your life than you know. He is close enough to breath His spittle on you like the man in the story. He is able to make you completely whole.

2 thoughts on “HE LOOKED UP TO HEAVEN”

  1. Through Jesus we see the heart and compassion of God, we also see the power available, and Jesus’ intervention to bridge the gap man has created. God seems to have a self imposed line that He will not cross, taking control of man. We chose our way (extremely short sighted mistake) and without Jesus, its easy to imagine man wiping himself out of existence and completely destroying the earth these last 2000 years, especially lately. Thank you Jesus for talking to the ones who want to listen and keeping that from happening.

  2. How much did He realize of what man had lost from the fall and the consequences we bore physically as well as spiritually?
    All of it.
    Thank you Jesus that the Holy Spirit you sent, groans under the burden that I place on Him, a burden that I can never bear. By His intercessions I find out the Will of God for me. In Him alone will I trust.
    But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
    I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. Psalm 52:8.

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