"He Sighed"

J. D. Conley
May 22, 2016

Jesus was dual in nature. He was Divine as well as human. He was the God-man. One of His names was Immanuel, (Isaiah 7:14, 8:8), meaning, "God with us." Many passages of Scripture make it clear that Jesus was comprised of human flesh, (Luke 24:39-43; John 1:14; Hebrews 2:17; lJohn 1:1-3, etc.). As a man He experienced every human feeling, (Hebrews 4:15). He wept, (John 11:35), He hungered, became tired and thirsty (Matthew 4:2, John 4:6, 7). He became angry, (Mark 3:5). But Mark records this interesting detail about the Lord's humanity in chapter 7 and verse 34: "And looking up to heaven, he sighed,and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened." In the preceding verses a man afflicted with deafness and a speech impediment is brought to Jesus for healing. It is noteworthy that in this brief account additional aspects of the humanity of Jesus are set forth, such as His hand, His fingers, and His saliva, (vv.32, 33). This was indeed a marvelous miracle the Lord performed for this poor man, but the detail this article will focus on His the Lord's sigh.

Why did He sigh? As a man He certainly would occasionally heave sighs. In the next chapter Mark informs that when "...the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him... he sighed deeply in his spirit..." (Mark 8:11,12). This is the only other time in Scripture where Jesus is depicted as heaving a sigh, and the balance of verse 12 clearly informs as to why this sigh was heaved.

But in (Mark 7:34) why did our Lord sigh right before curing this man of his inability to hear and speak plainly? Since the Bible does not tell us, the answer remains unknown. Nonetheless, consider the following: Was it a sigh of:

Aggravation? This can be ruled out because Jesus was always in the frame of mind to help others. Even though countless demands were made on His time He always was unselfishly doing for others.

Exhaustion? Maybe, but again Jesus probably guarded showing His physical weariness to others. Yet again, if Jesus was exhausted, He very well may have marshaled the strength to perform this miracle, hence the sigh.

Sympathy? This may be closer to the real reason for the sigh. He truly felt for the condition of this man. It touched His heart deeply. As He looked heavenward and breathed this sigh, perhaps His thought behind it was, "I want to do this for you!" And then did it!

What A Friend We Have In Jesus!