The Raising of the Widow of Nain’s Son
(Luke 7:11-17)

Father God we bless your Name tonight and thank you for your peace. Help us to focus on your Word and the lesson you've had prepared for tonight. Jesus we glorify you and praise you for the awesome price you paid to redeem us. Holy Spirit we look to you as our teacher and pray that you will open the eyes of our understanding so we can glean life wisdom from the Word.

satan, we bind you and rebuke you tonight and command you to leave this study in Jesus Name, before during and after the lesson. satan we also bind you in the other rooms and command you not to cause conflict at this time.

In Jesus Name. Father God we ask that an awesome anointing of peace and love come over your children tonight.

OlePappy - Thank You Father. Father God we know that the enemy is attacking this site because souls are getting saved, and we pray that you will alert your saints to that and give them an extra measure of peace. AMEN

Luke 6:47-48 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

When Jesus was concluding His Sermon in the Plain recorded in Luke 6, He compared someone who heard and obeyed His sayings to a man that built his house by digging deep and laying his foundation on bedrock. Last time we studied the bedrock faith of the centurion. Although he was a Gentile, he dug deep into what he knew and experienced about life and God, and developed a great faith that amazed Jesus. This was the kind of faith that Jesus had been looking for in Israel, and had been teaching about in the previous chapter of Luke.

Now we move on to an occasion when Jesus demonstrated His power over death. If you fear death, or have lost someone close to you to death, stay tuned, because Jesus can set you free of that fear and comfort your heart!

Luke 7:11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.

Shortly after the healing of the centurion's servant in Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd of followers went to Nain. The walled village of Nain was located on the slopes of Mt. Hermon about 6 miles SE of Nazareth. Jesus was on a teaching circuit around Galilee and appeared at the gate of this town just as a funeral procession was coming out.

"Soon afterward" is literally "next it came to pass". The word translated "soon" here is "it came to pass" in the KJV, and also has the meaning of fulfilled or wrought as in a miracle. This indicates that it was not a coincidence that Jesus came to Nain just as a funeral was occurring.

Luke 7:12 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.

Nain means "beauty" but there was nothing beautiful in this heavy day for a poor widow who had lost her only son. This young man was probably being carried in an open coffin, as was the Jewish custom of the day.

If this funeral was typical, it would have been lead by women (since Eve was the one whose sin caused death to come into the world). Then would follow the funeral orator, proclaiming the good deeds of the deceased. After those would come the family (in this case the mother), followed by the coffin and then the sympathetic crowd.

We don't know this dead man's age, but the fact that he was called a man meant that he was over 12, the age that a Jewish boy technically become a man, and since he was called young, we can surmise that he was under 33, the age at which men were considered mature, that is no longer young.

Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."

People died all the time in the area Jesus was teaching. Why did his heart go out to this particular woman?

Amazing Grace - cuz she was a widow with 1 child male

A widow had no means of support except for her children. And here lay her only son, dead, and a lifetime of poverty and need stretched before her. They didn't have welfare or social security back in those days, and there weren't any professions that a woman could go into except for prostitution. So this widow's needs were desperate.

Jesus' heart went out to the grieving mother and He told her not to cry. Jesus heart of compassion still goes out to the grieving today and His message to us still is "Don't cry". He has overcome death and hell, and for those who trust in His compassion, death has no sting.

James said in James 1:27 that Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

One mercy that Christians were known for was to take care of their widows. Now today we have social security, but it really barely meets the needs of people. Maybe this is something we need to think about today as well.

The word for "heart went out to her" is splagchnizomai {splangkh-nid'-zom-ahee} meaning to have compassion or be moved with compassion, literally "to be moved as to one's bowels" for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity by the Greeks. This would be similar to our expression, "I have a feeling in the pit of my stomach". This indicates a very strong feeling on Jesus' part, He was physically and emotionally involved, and felt the grief as if it were His own.

Jesus said "Don't cry". The word for cry here is klaio {klah'-yo} meaning to mourn, weep, lament as the sign of pain and grief for the thing signified (i.e. for the pain and grief), specifically of those who mourn for the dead, to mourn for, or bewail. When we lose someone we love, we do grieve. This is to be expected - a natural reaction to a great loss. But we don't grieve as those who have no hope! When our loved ones die in Christ we know we WILL see them again!

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

People in the world without Jesus have no hope - and here the Apostle Paul is telling the Christians of the church at Thessalonica that he doesn't want them to be ignorant of this hope in Jesus. Those who have fallen asleep in Jesus will be made alive and will come to meet us when the church is taken out of this world.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Won't this be glorious saints? When Jesus returns and the dead shall rise to meet us in the air? Will YOU be there? I pray that you will be faithful and waiting for Jesus' return!

sherry - The dead will meet us in the air?

Yes Sherry, in fact they will be raised first and be given glorified bodies. And then we will be changed also, and together go away with Jesus!

1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Here Paul is encouraging the Thessalonians to take Jesus at His Word. We have a marvelous hope in Jesus. The dead will rise and those that are still alive will meet them in the air.

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.

Then we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore we should encourage one another with these words. Death doesn't have the final say. It didn't back in Nain when Jesus grasped the young man's coffin. And it certainly doesn't have the final say THIS side of the Cross and resurrection. Death has been defeated!

Now Jesus knew when He grabbed a hold of that coffin that day in the town of Nain, that His death would conquer death, and that death itself would one day die. And that for believers in Him physical death would only be a resting time until the time of His coming back to earth.

ron50 - to die is to be with him amen

I Corinthians 15:21-22 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

Amen ron, to live is Christ and to die is GAIN Death was not a part of God's original creation. He created man to live forever, and planted the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden to insure man's immortality. But the man Adam made the choice to disobey the ONE commandment God gave, and brought physical and spiritual death to us all.

I Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. But through Jesus Christ our Lord one day that physical death will no longer have any effect on us, because we shall have bodies just like HIS.

Revelation 21:4 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

Glory! NO MORE DYING, no more pain!

ron50 - we praise his name

I Corinthians 15:49-50 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Because Adam sinned, we bear his likeness and have inherited physical and spiritual death. When we are born again we become spiritually alive but still are subject to physical death. But in these mortal bodies we cannot inherit the kingdom of God - they wouldn't stand the trip to Heaven, much less be able to live in Heaven.

There is no death in Heaven, so nothing with death in it can live there. So what does God do? He takes the death out of us - he takes the perishable, the deadly, the dying, the corruption out of us, and makes us incorruptible, imperishable, undying, alive evermore! Glory to God forever!

sherry - When the Lord says we can't enter heaven with spot of blemish is it really possible to be without sin I was talking to God last night about that and how I don’t want to miss his coming.

Yes Sherry, when we are born again we are given the righteousness, the purity of Jesus Christ. We depend on that by faith, not our works. What gets us into Heaven is not what we've done, but what Jesus has done for us! We do good works out of obedience and love, but our eternal life was purchased by Jesus blood and is given to us as a GIFT

Do you charge people when you give them a gift? Not normally *G*! It's free, you don't have to work for it or earn it, just receive it! When you really get ahold of this truth, Sherry, it WILL set you free! You're in sweetie, just because Jesus loves you and has given you this gift.

I Corinthians 15:51-53 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.

When does this happen? When Jesus returns for us. And WE WILL BE CHANGED instantaneously, in the blink of an eye, when that last trumpet sounds. The dead will be raised imperishable - changed into their immortal bodies - and those that are alive will be changed as well!

I Corinthians 15: 54-55 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

sherry - Aren’t the dead are ready in heaven? I mean their spirits?

Praise the Lord! OP if I get around to dying before the Lord comes back, I want this passage read at my service, and I want you all to shout with joy! Praise the Lord!!!!

Lords Security - the dead are in waiting to hear Jesus say come
sherry - But then were do souls go then when they die? There are people in heaven are they not?

Sherry, their spirits, yes, their bodies no. So the Lord brings their spirits back, their bodies are raised incorruptible, bang! they're back together and off the glory!

leen - Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
sherry - No I thought when one went to heaven they got the new body then ill hush

We don't turn into angels, although we will be worshipping God with them. And then we will KNOW what we've been believing all these years. And then we will KNOW what in faith we've been shouting about!

Lords Security - that is true then what are angels and what spirit causes them to be angels?

No sherry we don't get the new body until Jesus comes and raises the dead, our spirits are with Him though as soon as we die, we're with Him. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, Paul said. LS, angels are a separate order of creation, made by God, but some rebelled against HIM, and became the devil and his fallen angels (demons)

Jesus said in Luke 20:36 that when we are in heaven -"and they can no longer die, for they are LIKE the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection."

rabbit - turtle ( my husband ) to him it is like OJT. when we accept Christ then we begin our OJT and when we die we go to shift work and then when Jesus comes we get our retirement.... That's ok sherry, as long as you're getting something out of this!

LOL rabbit! We are equal to the angels after the resurrection, but we are Sons and daughters of God, His children, adopted into the family, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. The Bible says these things the angels LONG to look in to. We have something the angels don't have - only we can sing the song of the redeemed! Glory, the angels know Jesus as the Son of God, only we know Him as our Savior and Redeemer.

When Jesus comes and we feel that resurrection power flooding through us, then we will KNOW what we've been believing all these years. And then we will KNOW what in faith we've been shouting about!

I Corinthians 15: 54-55 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

sherry - What is resurrection power is that the same as the Holy Ghost

Yes in that this power comes from the Holy Ghost, but this happens when Jesus comes again. When the power of the Holy Spirit quickens our mortal bodies now and we feel like leaping for joy, we're just getting a foretaste of the joy that will fill us as we rise off this earth into everlasting life. Then we can look death in the eye and say - is that the puny, whiney thing that held me in bondage for so long?

Quickens is to "make alive". The Holy Spirit gives life to our physical bodies down here, but when we are resurrected, we will have brand new bodies. Death will be SWALLOWED up in victory! It will have power over us and those we love NO MORE! Its reign will finally be over and we will be FOREVER loosed from its captivity. Hallelujah! We have a bright and promising future my brothers and sisters!

Lords Security - what is the strength of sin is the law… I thought the sting of Death is sin

LS is referring to I Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. It was sin that brought us under death's power. When Adam sinned it brought physical and spiritual death into the world. What does a sting do, like from scorpion or the bite of a snake? It brings death. That's what sin brought is death.

The law of God reveals our sin, and declares us guilty of sin - therefore subject to death. But we are no longer subject to sin or death because of Jesus' redeeming death on the cross. He took our death sentence for us, and gave us the gift of eternal life. So then Paul can say in verse 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Ok, so we've got a glimpse into the glorious resurrection awaiting us when our bodies will be resurrected if we're dead or changed if we're alive, and made to be like Jesus.

Now let's go back to Nain and see what happens to this widow and her dead son. Knowing all of this was coming to pass, Jesus gave us a little taste of it ahead of time. Here was this poor widow lady who had lost her only son.

And I can almost hear Jesus say, death you made a real boo boo this time. Death you gotta let this boy go. Death someday you yourself will die, but right now you're gonna give this boy back to his momma for a season. But someday Death, it's all gonna be over and YOU WILL LOSE THEM ALL. You will cough up all you have taken, and they will live forever with ME! Glory!

Of course Jesus did NOT actually say that... This is what He did say: Luke 7:14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"

Spidey - even the ones that hadn't believed?

Spidey, the ones that don't believe will be resurrected later, but to eternal death, not life.:(

When Jesus touched the coffin, this was in violation of Mosaic Law, which made Him "unclean". A Pharisee wouldn't touch a coffin with a ten-foot pole! The word used for touch is an interesting choice. It is haptomai {hap'-tom-ahee} meaning to fasten one's self to, adhere to, or to cling to. Jesus didn't just lightly stroke the coffin with his fingertips. He grabbed hold of it. He meant for them to stop! The people who were carrying it stood still. And Jesus spoke to the dead man and told him to get up.

Now imagine if you will what this must have been like for those observing. A funeral march through the town's gate, very typical and common for the day. A rabbi was passing the procession in the other direction. The rabbi stops, and GRABS the coffin and then commands the dead man to get up. I can almost hear their sharp intake of breath, and their shocked expressions as these strange events occur.

Jesus command to the dead , "Arise!" is egeiro {eg-i'-ro} (through the idea of collecting one's faculties); to arouse, cause to rise from sleep, to awake from the sleep of death, to recall the dead to life, to cause to rise from a seat or bed, to raise up, produce, cause to appear before the public, or to stir up.

Luke 7:15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

This guy must have been a real chatterbox - the first thing he does is start talking! LOL The dead man sat up! He started to talk! Wonder what he said??? The Greek is laleo {lal-eh'-o} to utter, tell, to use words in order to declare one's mind and disclose one's thoughts.

Wouldn't you like to have been there to hear what this young man had to say? Sadly for us, what he said isn't recorded. Perhaps in the excitement no one was really paying attention, otherwise surely it would have been remembered. It would be interesting to compare that to all of the NDE's (Near Death Experiences) floating around today.

Then Luke says that Jesus "gave him back" to his mother. What could this mean? Jesus, who is the giver of all life, brought physical life back to this young man, and thus gave him back to his mother. One meaning of "to give" is to "bestow a gift" to someone. What greater gift could the widow have received than her only son back from the dead? Imagine the joy she must have felt! To have her only son back alive!

Servant - glory must have been joy undescribable

Luke 7:16 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."

Lords Security - through the grace of Jesus … the joy of love and kindness
Sonshine - Can you imagine the looks that must have been on the faces of those around
leen - The oil of joy for mourning.

The KJV translates "awe" as "fear" which is closer to the original phobos, meaning to be terrified, to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm, of those startled by strange sights or occurrences, of those struck with amazement.

In THIS case this fear leads to reverence and veneration, to treat with deference or reverential obedience. And this is exactly what this amazement led to - praising God. This type of fear is often called "godly fear".

But wait, how could fear be a good thing? Doesn't it say in 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of FEAR; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind? When is fear good and when is fear bad?

Sonshine - Do you think that any would have thought of it as something other than from God. they certainly would today.
Joke Christian - Two different fears
Lords Security - fear is bad when you can discern what is right. Good fear is when you know when it is wrong
Sonshine - There are two different fears just as there are two different fires. The fire of the Holy spirit and the Fire of Hell. There is the fear that God says do not have, and the fear of respect that we must have for God.

Good answers. This verse has a different word for fear, deilia, {di-lee'-ah} meaning timidity, fearfulness, cowardice, which is NEVER used in a good sense, and NEVER leads to praise and worship of God.

Lords Security - sound mind will keep you in a good fear, which of course is fear of God because it is a good fear

Fear is good when it leads you to an awe of God. Fear is bad when it causes you to be afraid of your enemy, the devil, and run. This is the kind of fear that Jesus came to defeat, and this is the kind of fear that discourages us and causes us to lose faith. And this spirit of timidity, cowardice or fearfulness against the devil is what Paul is telling Timothy about. Fear can either make us run TO God or run away FROM God.

Sonshine - WE fear our parents, but are not afraid of them, it is respect. "Fear not for I am with thee always"

If we realize that God loves us and that the devil is trying to use fear to destroy us, then we will run TO God, and our amazement at God's glorious works will cause us to be reverent and obedient to Him.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil-- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

leah - We should never be afraid of satan because God gave us power over him through Jesus Christ.

But if we let fear - of death or anything else - control us, we will tend to run FROM God and be held in slavery by the devil. HOWEVER through His death, Jesus DESTROYED the devil who holds the power of death! And we have been set free to run TO God and worship God instead of our former jailer, the devil, and be liberated from the bars of the fear of death that held us captive!

Sonshine - To have faith, we must have obedience. Obedience requires action, FEAR holds us from that action and hinders our faith.

Good point sonshine! Fear holds us back from receiving what Jesus has won for us by His death. I imagine we would be dazed at least if we saw someone raised from their casket on the way to the cemetery today. And terrified might describe our feelings even better!

Servant - there would surely be some doubt if the person was even dead to start out with … today most people explain away God miraculous power that way
Amazing Grace - especially after the embalming

Well like AG said, it would HAVE to be a miracle after embalming! But this type of fear led to them glorifying God - giving God praise and glory for something definitely outside of their physical capabilities. They began to magnify God and celebrate this marvelous miracle.

Lords Security - the question will be if a person has a sound mind and Faith in God. But if a person been evil how will they know how to discern if the evil part is all they know.
Sonshine - I have read where the opposite of faith is sight. When you can see the outcome it does not require much faith and there is certainly no fear. Overcoming the fear of what is calling you to do is a miracle waiting to happen.

Naturally the people were amazed, and proclaimed that a prophet had come among them, and that God had come to help his people. Notice that they did not proclaim Jesus as God, but saw Him as a great prophet sent BY God.

They did NOT say that Jesus was the "Christ, the Son of the Living God" like Peter did. This insight does NOT come by observing miracles, but by divine revelation. Why? Because the devil can counterfeit miracles. It takes something more than a miracle to produce genuine faith.

Jesus Himself said in Matthew 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible.

O-ymmoT - But OT, how can someone perform signs and wonders if they are a false prophet?
Sonshine - That is what I was asking awhile ago. Do you think any one thought that it was from something other than God?
OneoftheWay - Demons

Tommy the Word says they can and will do so increasingly as the end nears. Notice that the miracles that false Christs and false prophets can perform are so wonderful that even the ones closest to God, the elect, could possibly be deceived. We must get the Word in our hearts if we are to escape the increasing deception that is being poured out upon the earth!

People are teaching all kinds of strange beliefs - they are mixing the pure Gospel with all kinds of doctrines of devils. I've said this once, and I'll say it again, don't take anything for granted. Test all things by the Word. And test them again, and test them again! Put the Word in your heart, and then you will be able to discern what is true and what is false!

O-ymmoT - But does Satan give them the power to?

Yes Tommy that’s where it comes from! If you see a "miracle", see if it lines up with the Word - if it doesn't beware!

Sonshine - The deception is one! They say they worship god, but is it God, the Father of Jesus Christ?

Some of it's fake, and some of it's "sleight of hand", illusion, but some of it's real- but that doesn't mean it's right. You have to test it by the Word.

OneoftheWay - OldTimer Do you say that it wouldn't be demons empowering false Christs???
leah - that's right. my pastor tells us to bury God's word in our hearts so that we will know if these "miracles" are of God or not.

One, it is demonic power set on fire by hell = satan

OneoftheWay - OK OT I thought I was in the wrong for a minute there

Back to Nain: Perhaps the people thought that since a great prophet was now here to help them that they would no longer die. Perhaps they remembered the miracles of provision and protection wrought by Elijah and Elisha in days of old. Perhaps they even thought that this prophet would some how help them to be delivered from the bondage of Rome. But even with Jesus raising the dead, they did not realize who He is.

O-ymmoT - Why didn't they believe he was the Son of God?
Lords Security - that is true they thought that Paul was Jesus at one time
Sonshine - They were no different than today, we also see Gods miracles everyday and can't see God in them.

Tommy they weren't expecting that kind of Messiah or Christ - they expected to be delivered from political bondage, not bondage to sin. For more than 400 years since the time of Malachi, there had been no prophets of God in the land. There had been many false prophets, but no one of these could offer the credentials that Jesus did in this one miracle.

One reason that the people were so excited is that a long time before the prophet Elisha had raised a young man from the dead in Shunem, less than 2 miles away from Nain (2 Kings 4:18-37).

O-ymmoT - But were they not told the messiah was coming?
Lords Security - yes they were told. It is like people today the words of the Lord are in front of them but they don’t see it. I think that what happen to Jesus. Sin is a blind thing until you seek the Light of the Lord

Oh yes Tommy they were expecting Him! But they had a lot of wrong ideas about what He was going to do and what he was going to be like. And this is why they exclaimed, "A great prophet has risen [again!] among us". The word for "has risen" here is egeiro, the same one used when Jesus raised the young man from the dead. To the people of Nain, having a prophet among them after so long a time, was like being raised from the dead spiritually.

O-ymmoT - So they were expecting some star studded guy and they got a carpenter so they didn't think he could possibly be the son of God?

Luke 7:17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

That's pretty much it Tommy! At any rate, this was exciting news! A young man had been raised from the dead! People were electrified, they were chatting at the village well, they were discussing these things at the village market, and they were telling travelers who came in caravans this thrilling news!

Sonshine - OT, it says that the word of Jesus spread throughout Judea, Without the means of communication that we now have, think of how much of an uproar it had to cause in order for the word to spread in such a way.

And as always, they were putting their own "spin" on it and trying to figure out just who this Jesus was. A prophet? What would He do next? And they spread the news throughout the area. And maybe they even thought that this would make Nain famous. Can't you see it on the evening news now? "Today at 9 am, a young man was raised from the dead in the village of Nain as he was about to be buried"

"The mother in tears told us how happy she is that her son is alive! And the townspeople think that a new prophet has risen among them!" Today somebody would print out t-shirts and set up a hot dog stand! LOL

leah - people today would think it was just a gag. they are blind to the workings of God.
Lords Security - I can see it now OT… Dan Rather Reporting live from a cemetery a young man was risen from the dead by the man they call Jesus.

An interesting thing to meditate upon is this. The centurion had great faith and humility, which moved Jesus to heal the centurion's servant from torment and certain death. But in the account of the Widow of Nain's son, not only was there no faith openly manifested, but Jesus wasn't even asked to assist.

The young man was dead! The funeral was starting. No one believed that there was any hope period. Moved solely by His compassion, Jesus grabbed onto the casket, and raised the young man from the dead.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

This kind of blows our theology out of the water doesn't it? After carefully studying the centurion's faith, and asking the Lord to develop that kind of faith in us, here comes the widow of Nain and gets a miracle without even asking for it! Why?

O-ymmoT - But Why? Why didn't he raise up everyone that died? Doesn't it say that God's no respecter of persons?
Sonshine - Hold on to your seat Lazarus, you got company!!!!!
Athie - Jesus knew the desire of her heart

Mom, I believe that's it! Thank you so much! Jesus was moved by the woman's need and sorrow.

leah - some things we need not know, other things will be explained to us when we get to heaven
Sonshine - Because. Just because, When there are things we don't understand, leave in Gods hands and say "Just because"

I remember one time in my life when I was very depressed, suicidal in fact. No body knew, because I was too angry and proud to reveal what I was thinking of doing. But I had several alternative methods in mind, and had even envisioned my own funeral and how sorry every one would be who had treated me so badly.

So what happened? Obviously I didn't commit suicide, even though that is what my full intentions were. I pictured myself as a broken doll, thrown into a ditch, sodden and filthy. And all of a sudden two loving arms reached down and two loving hands picked me up,, cleaned me off, healed my hurts and set me on my feet. But the most amazing thing was that my heart, which had been filled with hatred and loathing, was now full of love and joy, in the twinkling of an eye.

Now, I had not prayed or asked God for help. I'm sure that my mother and grandmother were praying for me, as they always have, but they didn't know in the physical realm what was on my mind, because I told no one. But in this instant, God reached down to me, and filled me with love and hope, and immediately I realized that I had been looking at life all wrong.

Servant - yes Lord thank you for the ones who love us so much that they pray

I had gotten "saved" 500 times or so, but never really believed God accepted me because I was such a failure in living the Christian life. That's why I kept getting saved, because I thought my salvation depended on my works, and my works were crummy.

But now, scooped up by the everlasting arms of God's love and held in His hands, I could see things from a totally different viewpoint. It was like being raised from the dead and looking down from Heaven and getting the whole picture. God loved me, He sent Jesus who died for me, and accepting that fact was what being saved meant!

Servant - Mom Athie were you praying?
Athie – Yes Servant I was praying.

The point is: Jesus had compassion on a poor struggling fool without a clue. I had no faith to claim a miracle with. My life was a mess. I was as good as dead. But my Lord loved me and raised me up and filled me with love.

So how about you? What are your needs? Jesus can do more for you than you can even imagine asking for. Let Him grab the casket of your life today and raise you from the death of your dreams, the dread of your expectations, the futility of your dead theology. Become alive in Christ! Glory! The devil has got your funeral all planned, the casket is ready and the flowers are ordered! But he don't have the last word!!!! JESUS IS ALIVE AND SINCE HE HAS LIFE IN HIM HE CAN GIVE IT TO YOU!

Father we lift these prayer requests to you and pray that you will meet the needs according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Flood us with your healing, resurrecting power. Quicken us, make us alive by your Holy Spirit in Jesus Name!!! Father help us to retain what we have learned and put it into practice, to be doers of the word and not hearers only. AMEN Father send blessings of joy, waves of peace and oceans of love over all gathered here, and thank you for each precious one who took time to hear the Word! AMEN and AMEN

OlePappy - Father, I lift these to You for Your healing. Healing of back problems and healing for financial problems. Lord You know the need. I give it to You and walk away with the knowledge that you will provide. Thank You father in Jesus name. AMEN

OlePappy - Father, Thank You for all those here gathered in Your name. Lord bless them with Your healing touch and supply their need in abundance. Thank You Lord for the special prayer I lift to You. You know the need and You HAVE the solution, Jesus the Savior, Thank You father in Jesus name. AMEN

Remember, whenever God gives us a revelation, the devil tries to steal it from us. Guard your hearts and meditate on what you've learned!
And put it into practice!

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Original Lesson 11/16/98
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