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About-Him Devotional 07-05-03
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
83: At Nain - Lu: 7:11
The next day after healing the centurion's servant, Jesus traveled about twenty five miles to the city of Nain and again great crowds followed Him.
84: The Widow's Son Raised - Lu. 7:12-17
Luke 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
Jesus and His large procession neared the city of Nain. A large funeral procession was coming from the other direction. A widow was burying her only son who was probably her sole means of support. They met at a point where the road was extremely narrow. A procession of death meeting the giver of life. The immovable object meeting the irresistible force. Something had to give.
What a contrast: The happy rejoicing crowds following Jesus and the professional mourners who were doing their best to keep the occasion sad and somber.
Jesus had compassion on the widow and told her not to weep. He disregarded the restriction against touching the dead and reached out and touched the young man's body. Just as He had spoken the world into existence by the power of His word, He said, "Young man, I say unto thee, arise." The man sat up and began to speak and the pallbearers took him to His mother.
Great fear came upon the people and they glorified God by saying that they had been visited by a great prophet. The fame of Jesus spread throughout the whole country.
Conclusion and Application:
Our natural life may be compared to this procession of death. We, like the widow, may feel that all is lost. We are being led to a spiritual graveyard by the prince of darkness. The professional mourners of guilt, fear, doubt, depression and oppression are singing a funeral dirge as only they can sing it. Suddenly we come face to face with Jesus. His light shines across our dark path (Psalms 119:105) and we realize that there is hope. He speaks to us with the compassion that only our Creator possesses and with a simple word restores us to life. The devil and his assistants quickly flee (James 4:7) and we join the great crowd in the presence of our God.
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Two friends rented a boat and fished in a lake every day. One day they caught 30 fish. One guy said to his friend, "Mark this spot so that we can come back here again tomorrow."
The next day, when they were driving to rent the boat, the same guy asked his friend, "Did you mark that spot?"
His friend replied, "Yeah, I put a big 'X' on the bottom of the boat."
The first one said, "That's not too bright! What if we don't get that same boat today?";
Love not sleep, lest tho come to poverty... - King Solomon
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