And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
— Mark 7:37

But oh, kids, that’s just the beginning! For when he looks up to say “Eph-pha-tha – Be opened” he’s not just talking about the ears and the eyes of the deaf and blind but about heaven itself. Heaven, be opened! Heaven, spill out your glory. Heaven has given forth its King, its honored Son, the firstborn of all Creation. Heaven has opened up and given us God in the flesh. Heaven has opened up and shown us glimpses of new life beyond the veil, glimpses of life AFTER life after death. Heaven has opened up in the life and ministry of Jesus showing us the kingdom’s coming to earth, renewing all things. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak, yes, but Behold!, he also, according to Revelation 21:5, is making ALL THINGS new!

And he does all things well! So the newness is well done. It glistens with eternity, it has the glow of the radiance of the glory of God about it. When he gives life, he gives it abundantly (John 10:10). When he gives a burden and a yoke, he makes sure it’s a light one and an easy one (Mt. 11:30). When he welcomes the weary, he gives them rest (Mt. 11:28). When he sets a person free, they are free indeed (John 8:36). He does all things well.

He justifies us. He sanctifies us. He glorifies us. His work grounds our adoption. Our union. Our reconciliation.

He does all things well.

Look back over your life and if you see the valleys, see how the Lord has brought you out of them time and time again. His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). His lovingkindness endures forever (Ps. 100:5). His promises are yes and amen (2 Cor. 1:20). He will not leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5). Nothing can separate you from the love of God (Rom. 8:39). No one can snatch you out of his hand (Jn. 10:28). Lo, he is with you always, even until the ends of the earth (Mt. 28:20).

He has done all things well.

But don’t just see the valleys, see the mountains. He has given you heights of joy, if you care to see them. At his right hand are pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11). He fills you with joy inexpressible and filled with glory (1 Pet. 1:8). The joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh. 8:10). He has made your feet like the deer’s, setting you on secure heights (Ps. 18:33) and lifted you up on wings of eagles (Is. 40:31). Time and time again, he has brought you through and delivered you and given you victories expected and unexpected.

He has done all things well.

And as you view the majestic peaks of his faithfulness throughout your life, beautiful snowy peaks in a breathtaking mountain range glistening in the light of heaven, see the one standing tall above them, the most high, the Mt. Everest of God’s faithfulness to you – Mount Calvary, where Christ took your sin and its death to the cross, bore your punishment, casting it away into the void, and thereby declared not “It is mostly done” or “It is begun” but “It. Is. Finished.”

He has done all things well.

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