A Funeral Interrupted

Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard

“Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’ The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother” (Luke 7:14-15).

Only Jesus could do this.

Death has such vast power that when we read this story of Jesus and the dead son of the widow of Nain (a small village a few miles southeast of Nazareth), we wonder if it could be true.

Only Jesus could do this.

Death frightens us because we have no power against it. No matter what we do to avoid it, death lies at the end of the road for all of us. The statistics are sobering. One out of every one person dies. 

Only Jesus could do this.

We are now just a little over three weeks from Easter. The end of our Lenten journey is in view. But the road to Easter goes through Good Friday. Before the Resurrection, there is Crucifixion. Jesus himself will soon experience what the widow’s son went through. He will fully taste death. But he will not stay dead. 

Only Jesus could do this.

Here is God’s final answer to the problem of death. He will enter the grave, but he will not stay there. The world knows all about death, and so does Jesus. But the world knows nothing about resurrection. Jesus will change all of that.

For the moment the widow of Nain rejoices with her son who has come back to life. “They were all filled with awe and praised God,” and they concluded that “God has come to help his people” (v. 11).

What a Savior!
On that happy day in Nain, Jesus did what only Jesus can do. 

Lord Jesus, you even interrupt funerals because you have conquered death. Why should we fear anything now? Amen. 

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Originally published March 07, 2018.

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