Reading with the Pastor
Mark 8 and Psalm 44
Verses 12 and 13 arrested my attention.
Sighing deeply in His Spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other side.
There it is in all of its mystery and majesty. The Son of God sighing deeply–such a human thing for a God incarnate, God clothed with human flesh. Stunning. Synapses collapse trying to process the information.
I sigh when I am overwhelmed . . .
when I am frustrated,
when I am pressured,
when I am facing a deadline,
when I am confused,
when I am tired,
when I can’t find the right word to express a thought,
when I look at the piles of “things to do” or the boxes to unpack
when I am filled with anxiety and lacking wisdom over some pressing situation,
when I don’t know how a person is going to respond to the hard truth that I am responsible to deliver.
Which of these caused my Savior to sigh? To even ask the question is to probe mysteries that I am neither smart enough nor godly enough to comprehend.
But there it is in the text.
Jesus “sighed deeply” in His spirit.
The Pharisees came out (again), arguing with Him and seeking a sign from heaven to test Him (cf. vs 11). They were supposedly students of the Torah. They were readers of the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, and Daniel, and Micah, and Malachi. They had seen His miracles. They had observed His goodness. They had heard stories of His compassion but still, they asked for a sign. And so, “He signed deeply” and told them He would give them none.
And so, they found Him turning His back and going away (vs 13). He who had taken on human flesh turned and walked away. He had come to lay His life down. He had come to save His people from their sin. He had come to be nailed to a tree–a tree He created and men fashioned into a cruel instrument of torture and death. But from that tree and out of our wickedness, He would fashion redemption for all those who repent and believe.
Lord, don’t let me see your back. Help me to see You in all Your splendor in the pages of Your word til one day I see You in all Your majesty, face to face. For the sake of Your name, for the coming of Your kingdom, hear my prayer O God. Amen.
He who came and died
would rise up to be our help
and redeem us for the sake of His righteousness.
(cf. Psalm 44:26)