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!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country. Luke 7:11-17
In today’s verses we have Luke’s account of the first person Jesus raised from the dead. Losing a child is always terrible no matter what the age you live in but for much of human history it was the sons who took care of their widowed mothers. For this woman she lost not only her child but her support. When Jesus came upon the burial party He had compassion on this woman.
Jesus touched the bier to get the bearers to stop and then He said “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the young man sat up and began to speak. Something had just happened that people at any time have no experience seeing, a dead person coming back to life. This was no Mary Shelly novel or modern Sci-Fi or horror movie no this was a person they all knew who had been dead and was about to be buried come back to life.
Is it any wonder that these people were afraid? They had witnessed a miracle. But they also recognized that this was from God and they glorified God saying a great prophet was in their midst and that God had visited them. They were right on both accounts. God’s greatest prophet was among them because this prophet was God. I doubt any there that day realized that Jesus was God but they recognized that someone great walked among them.
So many people witnessed this and other miracles that Jesus did yet so many refused to accept that Jesus was their Messiah. Many times unbelievers today say “if only God would perform a miracle for them then they would believe. Yet we see from the Bible that even those who did witness Jesus’ miracles did not always believe. In fact it appears that most of them never believed what they saw with their own eyes.
Many people are so sure they are right that no matter what proof is presented they will not believe. They will always come up with some other explanation for what they saw. My eyes played a trick on me or it has to be a hoax or if it really happened then there has to be some natural explanation. They will believe anything but God at work.
All the evidence in the world will not change a closed heart and closed mind.
Have a blessed day,