This world is one messed up place, isn’t it?
Sure, there’s beauty, and there are many good, selfless people.
But then we also have cancer and heart disease and genetic defects, as well as tornadoes, hurricanes, and forest fires. Not to mention corruption, deceit, and violence.
All the more reason to look forward to the day when God fixes it all.
That’s what Mark is pointing to when he includes this saying about Jesus: “He has done all things well.” Read the story here:
Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak” (Mark 7:31-37).
He has done all things well. Doesn’t that sound great?
Many of Mark’s readers would’ve immediately thought of this verse: “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).
Mark is hinting at the fact that Jesus’ ability to remove some of the “messed up” parts of this world—curing people of hearing, speech, and visual impairments, raising the dead, etc.—points to His role as the Messiah, the One who came to set things right.
In Genesis 1 God created everything to be perfect. We broke it, of course, but then Jesus—God in the flesh—came to earth to bring perfection back to God’s creation.
Now, of course, we still live in a messed-up place, but we’re fully confident that He’ll come back to create the “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:13).
When we read about Jesus’ healing the sick, we should see more than evidence of His deity, though that is there.
It should remind us of a coming world that’ll be restored to the way it’s supposed to be: no hearing or speech problems, no cancer, no natural disasters, no sin, no violence.
He has done all things well, and heaven will be perfect.
I can’t wait to see what it’s like, can you?