Stop the Funeral

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!” (NIV).

Yesterday we saw how Jesus ministered to the emotional needs of a widow who had lost her only son. Today I want to bring to your attention how Jesus went about healing her physical need as well. He is concerned about every area of your life, and His desire is for you to be made completely whole. Hallelujah!

By earthly standards, when Jesus arrived in Nain, He was too late. The widow’s son was dead, and family and friends were on their way to bury him. The funeral procession was already taking place. Notice Jesus was undeterred. He walked up to the young man’s emotionally distraught mother and embraced her.

I can only imagine what went through her mind as Jesus hugged her. “You’re a little late there, Jesus. My only son is in that coffin. Thanks for the hug, but he is still dead!” Jesus met her emotional need, but that did not erase the fact she had experienced a great loss. In her mind she probably thought it was over. She was going to bury her son just like she had buried her husband.

Sadly, there are many people today holding funeral processions for various situations in life they consider to be dead. Maybe you’re one of them. Perhaps you have lost hope of ever receiving a certain physical healing. Do you have an unsaved family member you’ve given up on? Perhaps you are currently making arrangements for your marriage’s funeral. The truth is you could have any number of dead circumstances in your life, but God has the power to breathe life back into all of them!

The key is to stop the procession, and give Him an opportunity. Those who were carrying the widow’s son stopped when Jesus touched the coffin. They could have brushed by Him, but they didn’t. Don’t tie Jesus’ hands with your unbelief. Give Him a chance.

Luke 7:15 — The dead man set up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother (NIV).

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