The miracle in a town called LOVELY
Luke 7: 11-17
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” 14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
Two large crowds. Going in opposite directions they merge together at the entrance to the town.
Two only sons. The only son of a widow of that town and Jesus, the only Son of God and the son of widow Mary.
Jesus does not let the important get lost in a crowd. He finds the heart of suffering. He comes for the broken-hearted. He specialises in the impossible. He does the unthinkable.
Jesus touched the frame that the coffin was being carried on, it is called the bier. He made the funeral procession stop, the bearers stood still. It was just a moment of hope perhaps, a moment that his disciples could maybe now have the faith for, (they had seen Jesus heal a centurion’s servant who was on his death-bed and Jesus wasn’t even there, they had never seen him do such a miracle but surely he could do this?!) a moment of silence.
There are times we have to stop everything and change the sound. The train of inevitability needs to stand still. The sound of heaven is more important than the sound of earth. Miracles don’t happen without the right sound.
Here are some questions that didn’t get asked: “How old is the young man? What did he die of? How did his father die? Who is going to provide for the mother now?”
We have a tendency to need to know everything before we do anything. It is as if information is necessary for us to be able to pray properly. It isn’t.
All we need to know is what cannot be done. What could the young man not do? That’s what Jesus declared over him with the same authority he had when the centurion’s servant was healed from a distance and the same authority that he has given to us! The authority to make happen what cannot happen.
All this happened because Jesus took interest in those heading in the opposite direction to him. This crowd turned around and went where Jesus was going, back into their town.
Nain came alive because God had come, He had visited them. May our cities, towns and homes come alive also with awe and wonder of a God who still visits. Jesus is here.