The Widow of Nain
Luke 7:11-12 “And it came to pass the day after, that he(Jesus) went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city were with her.”
There are several things to mention concerning this miracle.
1.The man was dead. He was in a coffin (bier), going to be buried.
2.Jesus knew that he was the only son of this woman, and that she was a widow. Widows were cast off people, at this time, unless they were rich. They were dependent on their sons to care for them; take them into their homes, or provide for them. There was no government assistance. No social services, nothing but family for her to rely upon. Without this son, she would be destitute.
3.It was Jesus’ compassion that caused Him to raise her son; not her request, or the request of the many people that were with her.
4. He spoke first, to the widow, “Weep not”. A comforting command, which stressed that He would do something about her grief. Luke 7:13 “And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.”
5.Though He touched the coffin, He simply spoke to the son, to raise him from the dead. Luke 7:14-15 “And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.”
6.Jesus raised him for his mother’s sake; and returned him to his mother, when the son sat up and began to speak.
In all of this, it is not what others did:
Their names were not told.
Whether the mother spoke, or what the son said when he was raised up, is not told.
Nothing is important here, but what Jesus did, and said.
Jesus raised a son, because of his compassion for the mother.
Compassion here means tender mercy.
Jesus spoke first to the mother: a command and a comfort. “Weep not”, but believe on Me. “Weep not”, for I will restore your son.
It is Jesus’s heart that is shown here; His mercy endures forever.
And He will show it to us, as well.