Her son, her only son was dead. The grief of that was almost unbearable. It is so hard when parents outlive their children, the pain is terrible. A widow, this broken-hearted mother had already buried her husband. What would she do now? She had nothing, no one to take care of her in her older years. She was alone. How could she survive? The town’s people joined her as she walked next to her dead son, weeping. It was so hopeless.
“Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’ Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers 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. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help his people.’ This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.” Luke 7:11-17
But wait, hopeless?
No, because Jesus was in town. He came into the gate and saw the funeral procession.
There is no situation, no illness, no financial burdens, no emotional scars, not even death that is too hard for Jesus. He can and will, either heal what is going on, or He will walk next to us through it.
Jesus looked at what was happening and had compassion on the woman. He said to her, “Don’t cry.”
Those words might have seemed odd to her since she was walking next to her dead son. But Jesus came close and touched the bier that her son was on. The pall bearers stopped.
Jesus spoke, “Young man, I say to you, get up.”
This grieving mother may have been shocked. She may have been even a little upset. Couldn’t this Stranger who walked over see that her son was dead? This was obviously a funeral. But she didn’t wonder long because the body next to her, her dear son, began to move.
He sat up!
Fear gripped them all as they watched. This dead son sat up on the burial platform and started talking. The impossible had just taken place. The dead son was not dead. He was speaking.
Fear and grief turned to overwhelming joy as they realized that the heartbreaking pain they were experiencing had just encountered the miraculous. And the miraculous had won. They glorified God “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people!”
The realization came that this Man who interrupted the funeral procession was God in the flesh. The report spread. News like this was definitely worth repeating.
The funeral was over and this widow went home with her son, alive.
And what about us? Are we facing a hopeless situation? Do not cry. Jesus is in town!