Lk.7:14,15 – And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
Sometimes we forget just how dependent we are on the Lord. We are all like this young man lying in his casket making our way to our final resting place. Actually we live in a generation characterized by this dead young man. To be more specific I believe this young man represents this generation of children, teenagers, and even twenty somethings. The mom could be the church weeping for her children. Suddenly Jesus puts His hand on the casket and speaks to the young man. “Time to wake up”.
The next thing I notice in this story is that the young man began to speak. He had something to say that everyone would listen to. This generation is awakening from its sleep of death. As soon as they sit up they open their mouths and begin to testify of the story of Jesus. Their is a stirring in the casket, some are beginning to wake up to their new life. Here is how Matthew Henry described this passage.
“The young man was dead, and could not arise by any power of his own (no more can those that are spiritually dead in trespasses and sins); yet it was no absurdity at all for Christ to bid him arise, when a power went along with that word to put life into him. The gospel call to all people, to young people particularly, is, “Arise, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light and life.” Christ’s dominion over death was evidenced by the immediate effect of his word: He that was dead sat up. Have we grace from Christ? Let us show it. Another evidence of life was that he began to speak; for whenever Christ gives us spiritual life he opens the lips in prayer and praise.”
So Christ is crying out again, “awake oh sleeper and arise from the dead. Awake and I will give you life”. I think the church is ready for the supernatural move of God. You can only take so much of ‘how to be a better you’ messages. That will never get anyone out of their sleep of death. Wake up. He may just be calling your name.