As doctor Luke continues to tell our Lord’s story, He makes a brief diversion. He takes us off the beaten path to a farming community of Nain. Jesus happens onto a funeral. A widow is burying her only son. The procession is coming out of the city gate and Jesus and His guys meet up with them. Jesus sees the widow, the community, and takes compassion on the widow. Jesus raises the son from death and returns him to his mom. What a great story!
That is, however, only part of the story. To understand the depth of love and grace God has for us, let me throw out a couple extra facts. Nain was well off the beaten path to other communities. Jesus would have had to be going there for a specific purpose. It was a long and arduous walk to the edge of a mountain. So, Jesus walking there to coincidentally meet a funeral precession is simply unlikely. Truth be told–Jesus set out very early that morning to meet a woman in great need. He was the only solution to her life–a life that was now decimated.
Luke’s sidetrack was one of the great character revelations demonstrated in God’s word. It is a physical example of God’s personal care. This widow in this small farm town lost everything when her son died. Her dear boy, her protection, her livelihood, and her standing in the community all now lay in a coffin. Jesus went way out of His way to meet the widow, the coffin, and the boy to restore what this woman had lost. The people in the town were rightfully amazed, but this was a small town–so what. The “so what” is the reminder that God loves us personally! He will travel anywhere to meet us in our times of need; and He will restore what we have lost.
I love Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” It is a spiritual version to Jesus journey to Nain. God knew our need and he went way out of His way to meet us. He comes to our funeral and restores us. We can never forget that God’s sacrifice was not made at a point that we deserved it. No, He made the sacrifice only because He loves us personally and completely.
Thanks Lord, for allowing Luke to demonstrate that character trait in the little town of Nain.
God Bless You
Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.” 17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding countryside.