Welcome to day 2 of our Jesus Week, today we are going to discuss the miracle side of Jesus’ ministry. There are a lot of verses in the Bible that talk about the miracles that Jesus performed and when I started doing research for today’s topic I came across Luke 7:11-17. Let’s look at the verse:
Luke 7:11-17 [AMP]
11 Soon afterward Jesus went to a city called Nain [near Nazareth], and His disciples and a large crowd accompanied Him. 12 Now as He approached the city gate, a dead man was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her [in the funeral procession]. 13 When the Lord saw her, He felt [great] compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 And He came up and touched the bier [on which the body rested], and the pallbearers stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise [from death]!” 15 The man who was dead sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 Fear and profound awe gripped them all, and they began glorifying and honoring and praising God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people [to help and care for and provide for them]!” 17 This news about Him spread through all of Judea and in all the surrounding countryside.
I must be honest I can’t ever recall reading the story of a widow whose son was brought back to life by Jesus. Maybe I did read it but never really took it in. I went and watched a video on YouTube where they showed this scene and it really shook me. The scene started where the widow was walking through the town behind her son that died, then Jesus walks in on the funeral procession and sees the grief of this woman.
Suddenly, here I am crying! It was like I could feel the compassion God had towards her. One thing that stuck in my head was something that René once said, she said that God is a gentleman. This story just confirms it completely! Jesus could have gone and raised the son from the dead, but He chose to comfort the woman first. He saw her heart’s cry and knew that she has no one left anymore, her husband and only son is dead.
Jesus goes to her first and tells her to weep no more and THEN He turns towards her son and brings him back to life. I can only imagine what happened next, the son opens his eyes and he speaks, (I wonder what he said when he woke up) did he know that Jesus the Son of God was standing next to him?
There is just so much we can take from this, the fact that Jesus never forced Himself on anyone but rather approached them with love, kindness and compassion. He knew what everyone needed at that specific moment He came in contact with them. He cares about each one of our individual needs and that says a lot!
To me the miracle wasn’t in the son coming back to life, it was in the moment when Jesus went to the woman first and told her; “Do not weep”, He acknowledged her pain and loss first and acknowledged her as a child of God. We often expect miracles to be big and full of Godly power but most of the time it is in the details, the “emotional miracles”. Lives get changed when compassion, love and kindness comes into play.