Here is an excerpt from my sermon for Sunday:
These sacraments which Christ has given to His Church are His fingers and spit for sinners today. By them our ears are opened to hear the voice of our Good Shepherd. By them our tongues are freed from their silent bondage to bless the holy name of Christ and to confess Him before the world. By them sins are forgiven and Christians are made. By them Christ creates and sustains His one, holy, Christian and apostolic Church.
Through these sacraments Christ continues to perform miracles today for us. Like this deaf man, children are brought to the baptismal font and given the new birth of water and the Holy Spirit. Christians hungry and thirsty for righteousness come to the altar on Sundays and other days when the Sacrament is offered to receive from our divine Physician the medicine of immortality. Christians who are troubled by their sins come to their pastor and hear the comforting words of Absolution: “I forgive you all your sins, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…”
…So this Gospel today preaches to us Christians a marvelous sermon. It shows us first of all in this deaf man just how miserable is our condition before God. We too have a spiritual deafness and dumbness that must be healed and resolved by Christ Himself. He did this for us first of all by allowing his own ears to become stopped in death, and His precious voice to be silenced. He became miserable and poor for our sakes, suffering in His own body the penalty for our sins.
But then he also rose again from the dead. His ears and mouth were opened by His Father. He took up his life again, even as He promises that all who believe in Him will receive theirs in the resurrection of the dead. Yes, it is true, dear Christians: all the ailments and problems that you suffer in this life will finally and permanently be healed when these bodies of ours are raised from the dead on the last Day.
That means that your failing eyesight, your inability to hear, your cancer, your headaches, your heart problems will be forever taken away. In fact, Christ has already begun the healing process in you through His Word and Sacraments.
And this is the second part of this Gospel today: that Christ uses not fingers and spit, but water, bread, and wine along with His powerful Word to bring to you all this healing medicine which comes straight from the cross. For this reason we do well to praise and magnify His glorious name, not in astonishment as the people who saw this miracle, but in faith and the fear of the Lord. Amen.