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Sunday Sermon Quotes: A Beautiful Unusual Miracle

Quotes from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on :

"Throughout Mark's story a range of characters appear in the story, encounter Jesus, and then disappear again. From among these minor characters a group of thirteen can be separated out and labeled 'the suppliants.' Mark pays greater attention to these 'suppliants', giving each of them a whole scene where their story is told. These are the ones who come to Jesus with a need for healing or exorcism, which Jesus meets. This group of thirteen suppliants shows us a slice of life in the first century world. Despite their variety, together they illustrate a world in great need, a world under the shadow of death. They also show that the Jewish religion was completely unable to help them in their need. In fact, it probably even made their situation worse by excluding them as unclean and so making God seem even further away." Peter Bolt

"One of the most beautiful, as well as perhaps one of the most unusual of all the miracles." Sinclair Ferguson

"By himself the needy man is simply another face in the crowd of Gentiles. But in removing him from the crowd, Jesus signifies that he is not simply a problem but a unique individual." James Edwards

"The laying on of hands would of itself have been sufficiently efficacious, and even, without moving a finger, he might have accomplished it by a single act of his will; but it is evident that he made abundant use of outward signs, when they were found to be advantageous. Thus, by touching the tongue with spittle, he intended to point out that the faculty of speech was communicated by himself alone; and by putting his fingers into the ears, he showed that it belonged to his office to pierce the ears of the deaf." John Calvin

"The Gospel of Mark is very sparing in its description of Jesus' expressions of emotion." Sinclair Ferguson

"The choral exclamation of the crowd is the response of faith which recognizes in all the works of Jesus the promised intervention of God." William Lane

"Any man can sing when his cup is full of delights; the believer alone has songs when waters of a bitter cup are wrung out to him. Any sparrow can chirp in the daylight it is only the nightingale that can sing in the dark. Children of God, whenever the enemies seem to prevail over you, whenever the serried ranks of the foe appear sure of victory, then begin to sing. Your victory will come with your song. It is a very puzzling thing to the devil to hear saints sing when he sets his foot on them. He cannot make it out: the more he oppresses them, the more they rejoice. Let us resolve to be all the merrier when the enemy dreams that we are utterly routed. The more opposition, the more we will rejoice in the Lord: the more discouragement, the more confidence." Charles Spurgeon

"Here also we are meant to see our Lord's power to heal the spiritually deaf. He can give the chief of sinners a hearing ear. He can make him delight in hearing the very gospel he once ridiculed and despised. Here also we are meant to see our Lord's power to hear the spiritually dumb. He can teach the hardest transgressors to call upon God. He can put a new song into the mouth of him whose talk was once only of this world. He can make the vilest of men speak of spiritual things, and testify to the gospel of the grace of God. He that healed the deaf and dumb still lives. Let us remember it as we look back over the days past in our lives, from the hour of our conversion. 'Our Lord has done all things well.' In first bringing us out of darkness into marvelous light; in placing us where we are, and giving us what we have-how well everything has been done! How great the mercy that we have not had our own way! Let us remember it as we look forward to the days yet to come. We know not what they may be, bright or dark, many or few. But we know that we are in the hands of him who 'doeth all things well.' He will not err in any of his dealings with us. he will take away and give; he will afflict and bereave; he will move and he will settle, with perfect wisdom, at the right time, in the right way. The great shepherd of the sheep makes no mistakes. We shall never see the full beauty of these words till the resurrection morning. We shall then look back over our lives, and know the meaning of everything that happened from first to last. We shall remember all the way by which we were led, and confess that all was 'well done.' The why and the wherefore, the causes and the reasons of everything which now perplexes, will be clear and plain as the sun at noon-day. We shall wonder at our own past blindness, and marvel that we could have ever doubted our Lord's love." J.C. Ryle