Tag: heart went out
Scripture reading for March 26th: Luke 7:11-35
God’s heart is for widows and orphans! Jesus came to show the heart of His Father to us and He used miracles to emphasize the Father’s love. In today’s reading, Jesus ministers to a widow who has lost her only son. As Jesus was visiting Nain, He came upon a funeral procession with many people mourning. This loss would be especially hard on this widow because her son represented someone who would carry on the family name and could provide for her as she got older.
“When He (Jesus) saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.” 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.” They were all filled with awe and praised God.” (Luke 7:13-16a) Jesus was moved with compassion for this widow and mother. He understood all the pain and future consequences of this untimely death. His first instruction to her was to stop crying. His second command was to the dead son encouraging him to get up. Can you imagine how shocked the pall-bearers were when the dead body they were carrying sat up and began to talk!
The response to this miracle brought praise to God and great awe of God’s power and questions about Jesus Christ. Was He a great prophet, sent by God to help His people? Was He the Messiah promised by the Holy Scriptures? Even John the Baptist’s disciples were sent by John to question who Jesus really was. Jesus used the miracles and even the raising of this widow’s son as a testimony of who He was!
This miracle turned the mourning of the widowed mother and the crowd of mourners into joy and dancing! This miracle is a picture of the resurrection of all who believe. There is a time coming when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and arise to eternal life! (John 5:24-29) There will be great joy in heaven, with no more crying, mourning or death! (Revelation 21:3-5) We will be united with our loved ones who have believed and life eternally with our Lord in Glory! Have you responded to His call to eternal life?