Just before Jesus healed the deaf man in Mark 7, we read, "Looking up to heaven, he sighed" (Mark 7:34). The word for sigh here signifies an audible groan. Evidently, Jesus grimaced and a groan came out of His heart. Of course, the man couldn't hear it, because he was deaf—but what was this groan about?
I have read many commentaries about this scene. Yet none bears
witness to what I believe God's Spirit is telling me. I'm convinced
Jesus was looking into heaven and communing with the Father. He was
quietly weeping in His soul over two things. First, He wept over
something that only He could see in this man. And second, He wept over
something He sees today, locked in the hearts of so many people,
especially the young.
What did Jesus see, both then and now? What was He hearing, both in
this deaf man's heart and in the hearts of multitudes today? He was hearing a cry without a voice.
He was hearing a cry of the heart, bottled up, unable to be expressed.
Now Christ Himself groaned with a cry that could not be uttered. He was
giving voice to the cries of all who cannot cry out.
Think of the many nights this deaf man cried himself to sleep because
nobody understood him. Not even his mother or father could comprehend
what he spoke. How often he tried to explain how he felt, but all that
came out were painful, awkward sounds. He must have thought, "If only I
could speak, just once. If only my tongue were loosed for a minute, I
could tell someone what's going on in my soul. I would scream, 'I'm no
dummy. I'm not under a curse. And I'm not running from God. I'm just
confused. I've got problems, but nobody can hear them.'"
Yet Jesus heard the thoughts of this frustrated man's heart. He
understands every inward groan that cannot be uttered. The Bible says
our Lord is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. And He felt
the pain of this man's deafness and tongue-tied condition.