The best encounter
Reading: Luke 7:11-17
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.
A woman, who had already lost her husband, loses her only son. And as they were carrying her son to be buried, she and all who were with her met Jesus.
Jesus, who brings life: in this case literally. And do we not see ourselves reflected in that young man? Were we not rescued from a death deeper than the physical one?
Jesus, who has power and authority: Who can give life in this way but the Son of God? This miracle is a further demonstration, in Luke’s Gospel, of the divine identity of the Son of Man. Who but God himself has the power to overcome sin and death?
Jesus, who shows compassion: Jesus’ gaze was a compassionate gaze toward that suffering mother. The Bible tells us that this is the look He has for us, because we are lost and aimless, like sheep without a shepherd.
That Jesus reaches out to us and finds us is, essentially, to receive life. That is the Gospel, that the lost may have direction, that the despised may have courage, that the unjust may be forgiven.
MEDITATE: Let us remember every day that our need is Him.