In our passage we see the blessings of God’s Kingdom pouring over into Gentile territory through Jesus Messiah! What this means is that God’s rescue mission through Jesus Christ was indeed for the world! I’d like to take a moment to focus our attention on the second story (Mark 7:31-37) involving the man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. Jesus’ treatment of the man provides us with a wonderfully clear picture of the gospel! By taking him aside and touching the areas in need of restoration, his mouth and ears, Jesus was using sign language to enter into his world, a world of hurt and pain, a world of deep shame and loneliness. He was saying, “I know what’s not working, namely what’s resulted in shame and ridicule, and I’ve come to restore it.” Don’t you see? This whole scene is a microcosm of the incarnational love of God! The Son of God became man and literally entered into our world! He was seen, heard and touched and He spoke in human language the message of God! He came into our messy and broken world to bring hope and healing through His life, death and resurrection! We too, as Christ followers, are called to enter into the lives of those in our relational worlds, those who are broken and hurting. We imitate Christ by identifying with their hurt and pain and by bringing them face-to-face with the beautiful gospel of God! Look around in your relationship world at those who are currently living without Christ and engage them with the life-changing news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection!