Luke – Doors Wide Open!
When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be…
As I read our next passage this song plays in the background of my mind this morning. Our compassionate Lord and Savior watched a funeral procession and learned quickly (or already knew because He is also God in the flesh) that a mom lost her only son. He felt her pain within him for that is compassion. Jesus knew he could not only raise the boy but he could raise the faith and restore the joy of the mom by giving her back her only son. Wow.
Jesus also raised the hope and faith of all who watched this episode of power. Fear at seeing death to life swept the crowd but praises to God quickly followed. “God has visited his people today!”
When has God visited you with power to raise you up from depression, mourning, doubt, fear, anxiety, worry, and the unknown?
Did you praise Him immediately?
What did your praise look and feel like? Was it all to His glory?
Luke 7, New Living Translation
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.” 17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding countryside.
GOING A BIT DEEPER…
Nain was about twenty-five miles from Capernaum, a good day’s journey away, yet Jesus went there even though He was not requested to come. Since the Jews buried their dead the same day, it is likely that Jesus and His disciples arrived at the city gate late in the afternoon of the day the boy died.
We can only marvel at the providence of God when we see Jesus meet that funeral procession just as it was heading for the burial ground. He lived on a divine timetable as He obeyed the will of His Father (John 11:9; 13:1). The sympathetic Savior always gives help when we need it most (Heb. 4:16).
THINK ABOUT IT…Two only sons met.
One was alive but destined to die, the other dead but destined to live. The term only begotten as applied to Jesus means “unique,” “the only one of its kind.” Jesus is not a “son” in the same sense that we are, having been brought into existence by conception and birth. Since Jesus is eternal God, He has always existed. The title Son of God declares Christ’s divine nature and His relationship to the Father, to whom the Son has willingly subjected Himself from all eternity. All the Persons of the Godhead are equal and each has a specific place to fill and task to fulfill.
What an act of tenderness it was for Jesus to take the boy and give him to his rejoicing mother. The whole scene reminds us of what will happen when the Lord returns, and we are reunited with our loved ones who have gone to glory (1 Thess. 4:13–18).
“Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away”…
Dear Heavenly Father,
What a story of resurrection, of you raising us up as part of your plan. Because you rose again, defeating the final enemy called death, we will rise again and be with you forever! AND in the meantime, you raise us up when we need it most, at just the right time, above troubles, grief, depression, and worry when we believe in you and look to you for help. Thank you, Lord! Thank you for raising my thoughts up to you today. Please continue to raise me up!
In Jesus Name, Amen