She was a woman without. Without a husband, without rights, without legal protection, without financial resources and without power. All she had was a son and today was his funeral. For her, this was the worst day of a life filled with worst days.
Jesus had to stop as he entered the village of Nain to allow the procession to go by. Then he saw her. Jesus always seemed to see those others did not. Her agony and grief filled him with compassion and he said, “Don’t cry” and then commanded the boy to get up. And life entered his body and get up he did.
Are you dealing with the devastating effects of death and loss today?
(Luke 7) He was a military officer of some esteem who had a treasured servant who was about to die. Rather than oppress the Jews; this officer had built excellent relations with the community, believed in the power of God and even financed a synagogue. He was a good man in a bad place and he had sent his people to Capernaum to see if Jesus would come and heal his servant.
As Jesus was headed his way, a second delegation met them with a message to Jesus from the officer, “There is no need to come to my house, just say the word and my servant will be healed.”
Jesus was amazed at his faith and by the time they made it home, the servant had fully recovered.
Are you a committed Christian whose heart breaks for others?