Friday, September 23, 2011

God Cares About Our Sorrows

Jesus compassion moves him to action.

Luke 7:11-17  Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him.

12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her.

13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.” 17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding countryside.

In our previous study on Luke 7:1-10 we read about Jesus healing the slave of a centurion in the city of Capernaum. The Roman official had amazing faith that was superior to anybody else that Jesus had met.

Today we catch up with Jesus as he is coming to the village of Nain, he has traveled 25 miles southwest of Capernaum, as he was coming in the village gate there was a funeral procession on the way out.

Jesus humanness comes out, as he sees the widow that has lost her only son, he gets very emotional. Jesus compassion for the lady pushed him to get involved, he saw her fears and her sadness, he wasn't asked to step in and do anything but he couldn't stand by and watch without doing something. 

Imagine this scene, everybody is mourning the dead son and then Jesus touches the coffin and tells the boy to get up. Imagine carrying a coffin that starts to wiggle around on it's own, the person sits up and starts talking. All of a sudden the sadness is gone and everybody is amazed and praising God.

Lamentations 3:22-24  The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.  24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

Jesus is our hope, his love and his mercy never end, I must remember how compassionate that God is to us when we suffer. 

Thank you Lord for your concern for humanity. You are so mighty yet you care about my fears and sadness.

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