More than a traveling miracle worker.

It’s a Jesus story for kids. A man can’t hear and can’t speak clearly. His friends bring him to where Jesus was. Jesus sticks his fingers in the man’s ears. And then Jesus spits on his own finger and touches the man’s tongue.

It’s all gross, at least for a kid.

Until the man starts talking. And can hear, but ignores, the request from Jesus to not talk about it.

Kids in Sunday school laugh.

The people watching “were utterly astonished, saying, ‘He has done all things well; He makes even those who are deaf hear, and those who are unable to talk, speak.’”

It wasn’t so much that the man could hear and speak. As awesome as that was. It wasn’t so much that the man was gentile and Jesus touched him. As unlikely as that was.

It was probably that Isaiah had written

“Then the eyes of those who are blind will be opened,
And the ears of those who are deaf will be unstopped.
Then those who limp will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of those who cannot speak will shout for joy.”

And when Mark was writing the story, he wanted to be sure that Jesus wasn’t seen as a traveling miracle worker but as the heartbeat of a bigger story.

I realized that I could attend to that bigger story as context when I’m looking for a traveling miracle worker and disappointed when he doesn’t show.