Lk.7:14 – “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!'”

This is one of the beautiful stories in the Bible recorded only in the gospel of Luke. This gives us a look into the mercy, compassion, and power that Jesus displayed in His ministry. He showed mercy on this widow who had now lost her son. Jesus told her not to weep as He proceeded to return her son back to her arms. He showed compassion as He cared enough to come to this insignificant town to give this young man his life back. He also displayed His power over death. One touch and one word and the young man came back to life. Here is Matthew Henry’s thoughts on this miracle:

“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.”

One thing that grabs my attention in this story is how Jesus helped someone in their utter helplessness. There was no solution to this problem. The mom could do nothing for her son and obviously the dead boy could do nothing to reverse death in his life. That’s where we all are- total dependence on the mercy and loving kindness of our Lord. What a safe place to be. He will come in our desperation and put His hand on our coffin and speak His word over us. When that happens the end result is sure, you will arise and live and your testimony will bring glory to the Lord. Think about this, Nain would be a forgotten town from the past except the Lord stopped by and changed its future with His touch. One touch and your story will also be never forgotten.

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