Luke 7:11–17 (ESV)
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and
a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to
you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17
And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
Today’s reading a neat story about Jesus compassion. He heals a dead man, by giving him life.
I want to list several observations in today’s readings or... left out of the readings.
∙ A great crowd is following Jesus (Word is getting out).
∙ They run into a funeral crowd. Did the widowed mother ask for help?
∙ Jesus has compassion for the mother and said “Do not weep.”
∙ Jesus touched a dead body which would make him spiritually unclean.
∙ Without anyone asking, Jesus raises the dead man back to life.
∙ When the dead man came to life, he raised up and began to speak (proof of life).
∙ Fear seized the people, but the glorified God.
Could you imagine walking in a funeral procession and a man raised up the dead person in the casket and he became alive! This is a true story. What does this tell you about God? I’ll let you ponder it.
I pray: O Lord, you intervened without anyone asking. Performed a great miracle of raising a dead man back to life. Lord help me to see you at work in my life and around me and use me to help carry
out your will. Help me to learn to have your compassion. Amen.