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.” – Luke 7:11-16.
It was the day after Jesus healed the Centurion’s servant. Jesus left Capernaum and set out on foot towards Nain, about 40 km away. About half a day’s journey? He is accompanied by many of His disciples, including The Twelve, and a large crowd.
As He, and those with Him, nears the city gate, we see a dead man being carried out of Nain. He was the only son of a widow. A large crowd from the city accompanies the widow towards the burial ground.
The two groups come face to face. The Lord sees her. He knows all about her. He has compassion on her. “Don’t cry,” He says to her. He nears the open coffin and touches it. The pall bearers stop. Jesus looks at the corpse and says, “Young man, get up.” Life returns to the corpse and, alive again, he sits up and begins to speak! Jesus presents the young man to his mother.
The crowd is filled with wonder and awe. They glorify God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us,” and, “God has visited His people.”
Two groups come face to face. Chance encounter? Highly unlikely, since Jesus is involved! One led by Jesus; the other by a weeping, heartbroken widow. The real encounter is between Jesus and the widow. She does not say anything. Does she know Jesus? Jesus knows her. He is touched by her sorrow. He reaches out to her, His heart full of compassion. “Don’t cry,” He says. But words offer little comfort to a devastated soul. So, He raises and restores her son back to her. That action heals her broken heart. Wailing turns to laughter and joy! Wonder and awe fill the combined group.
“God has visited His people.” God, whose heart is full of compassion and ever ready to help; to wipe away tears and replace sorrow with joy. So, “they glorified God.”
Ultimately, Jesus gave His own life to rescue, restore, and reconcile us to God. Now He sits at God’s right hand as our Mediator.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. – 1 Timothy 2:5,6.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.