Continuing on his journey Jesus comes to a town called Nain which lies about 4 miles from Tabor and 25 southwest of Capernaum. As he approaches the gate of the town, and with a large crowd following him, Jesus comes across a funeral procession.
A widow is about to bury her only son. Her grief is intense for not only has she lost her only son but also her only livelihood and source of security. But in just a moment everything is about to change. Filled with compassion Jesus demonstrates the power of God’s love and her son is raised back to life.
The miracle is unexpected, unrequested and comes not as a result of the woman’s faith but as a demonstration of the power of God’s love. The miracle points those watching to the fact that in Jesus, God has come amongst them and that his love changes everything. The raising of the widows son is not the only miracle that day, for Jesus has also opened the eyes of the crowd and helped them to see.
And what do they see? They see that God’s love and compassion are for everyone and not just a privileged few. They see that God is not distant and uncaring and that he is actively at work, in and among us, to bring his love and healing to a broken world. They see that Jesus has the power to change everything. They see a glimpse of what heaven will be like when suffering and death will be no more. and they see the one who, ultimately through his own death and resurrection, will conquer sin so that we too might be raised with him and receive the gift of eternal life.
Till next time. Andrew
This week's readings; 1 Kings 17:8-24, Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills