Discipleship

Jesus to the rescue!

In Luke 7:11-16, we find this miracle performed by Jesus:

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photo credit: reflectious.com

Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.  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.

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.  Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”

The above narrative is a reminder for all of us that at a certain point in our lives, when we feel down, when we are desperate, when we are hopeless, God comes to our rescue. God is continually reaching out to us in order to meet our needs.  Its not by accident that Jesus went that way; he could have gone the other way, to another town.

Where there is a need, there is God’s provision. This widow had nobody else; she is alone, she is helpless, and hopeless. And yet in her desolate situation, the LORD came to her rescue. I believe with all my heart that the LORD’s face is always turned towards the sorrow of His people; His eyes are always upon them.

In verse 13, it says that when Jesus saw the widow (and her anguish and pain), His heart went out to her. Jesus can feel her pain! And no wonder because the greater the capacity to love, the greater the capacity to feel the pain. God loves us more than we could ever love Him back; He feels our pain more than we feel the pain of others.

It also shows us that Jesus has the power over death; and He is not even crucified or died or buried or resurrected yet! This could also be a physical foreshadowing of what God will do as the Scriptures testify that Jesus’ body will not see decay.

It gives us hope, it gives us encouragement, that someday our mortal bodies will be raised and be clothed with immortality.

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