“Now it happened, the day after that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, 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. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region” (Lk 7:11-17)
This is the first time that our Lord raises the dead. The name of the village is Nain. It means ‘green pastures, lovely and beautiful’. But this same village with a beautiful name experienced great sadness that day. The only son of a widow died. Possibly, she was a rich and famous woman in that village. But death visited her home twice; the first time it took away her husband and now her only son. This is a tragedy. The young man died. Death does not care if you weep or not. Death is an enemy. Men are helpless in situations like these.
Can anyone help the helpless? Yes! It is the Lord Jesus Christ. He died that men may live! The only Son of God gives life to the only son of a widow. What an encounter…The miracle of resurrection brings the fear of God upon the people. They worship God instantly. No one witnesses a genuine miracle and still remains the same. The compassion of our Lord is reveled in this miracle. This is a new thing manifested on earth: Life and love is stronger than death! Proud, unbeatable Death now bows and falls defeated! When Jesus comes to the scene, things are never the same! O, how I love Jesus…
There are two crowds in this story: the first one follows Jesus, the Author of life, the Light of the world and the Source of all miraculous power. They have faith, hope, peace and joy. The second crowd follows the widow whose only son died. It is called ‘the city crown’. These people follow death, darkness, hopelessness, pain and sorrow. This is a good question: where are you in this story? Who do you follow? Which one is your crowd? It is not enough to quietly wish to follow Jesus. You must do it practically! The question still remains: do you indeed follow the Prince of Peace? Are you a disciple of Christ? Jesus said that if you desire to follow Him, you must deny yourself daily, take up your cross and follow Him! O, how I wish you belong to the right crowd…
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I follow Jesus!
I walk on the royal way of the Cross that leads to eternal life and heaven!
I am sure of it!
In Jesus name
In the picture:
NAIN IN ISRAEL
This is the little town called Nain (or Nein) in Israel as it is today. It is an Arab town. It is is near Mount Tabor in south Galilee. This is where Jesus raised to life the widow’s son (Lk 7:11-17). If you have never visited Israel, then pray that God will give you the opportunity and the resources. You should go there and see these places by yourself!