In Luke chapter 7, Jesus and his disciples left Capernaum where He healed the centurion’s servant and entered the city of Nain.
By now, not only Jesus and his disciples were traveling with him, but also a large crowd. Upon arriving at Nain, He sees a funeral procession. The word says it was a widow’s son. In those times, this woman means of support was her husband, and if widowed, her son would provide for her. So not only did she lose her son but also her sustenance. I cannot imagine her grief, as many things probably went through her mind. One of those could be she would need to resort to begging. Not a pretty picture.
When Jesus saw the widow, He had compassion on her and told her not to weep, and touched the open coffin and commanded the young man to rise.
When Jesus touched the coffin, it was a ceremonially defiling act. But it’s defilement did not taint Him; rather, His power immediately dispelled the presence of all death and defilement.
I noticed Jesus was not asked to raise this young man, He did so on his own initiative. When we come across situations that we can be of service, do we watch or act?
Just a few days ago, I needed to ask for forgiveness for not fulfilling my role as a leader, for not acting and speaking up upon situations that needed to be corrected. When I did that, I felt fear leave and a new boldness come upon me.
Jesus could have just walked away, but that was not in his nature, neither should it be ours. We are called to serve, help, speak out, correct, exhort and extend His kingdom.
Did you know we have the power to raise the dead? This is something I am believing for, and I choose to believe this will happen in my lifetime.
What we touch will not contaminate us because of the power of Jesus working through us
Did you know Nain means beauty? The people saw the beauty of life being restored to this young man, and to his mother.
When God touches one area of our life, it also affects other areas for good.
Believe in the power of Jesus working through you, and you will be filled with compassion, gifts, anointings and the defiled things of this world will not contaminate you.
Scripture reading: Luke 7:11-17