Ephphatha! Be opened! What does this mean? Who said it? Jesus said it. He said it when performing a healing miracle (Mark 7:31-37). In this Bible story, Jesus healed a deaf mute man. Jesus opened the man’s ears to hear and his mouth to speak. And thus the good news of the man’s healing spread through the people who had witnessed the miracle, perhaps also through the man himself. And later more good news was heard and told in the land of Israel, and this good news spread throughout the world. It didn’t stop, the good news goes on. We just need to be open(ed) to it: Jesus is Lord and Saviour of body – and soul. Read more about this good news from Ari Savuoja’s sermon on Sunday, 18 August 2013. (BF)


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