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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. ‘Young man,’ he said, ‘I tell you, get up.’”—Luke 7:14 (NLT)
Have you ever been to a funeral? It’s a hard thing to talk about, isn’t it? Losing the ones we love is never easy, even for believers, because the person we love is no longer physically with us. And so, we grieve because we miss our loved one. Every funeral or wake I’ve gone to ended with the relatives and friends of the deceased saying their final goodbyes, embracing one another, and then being faced with this new reality of having to move on and move forward. I’ve never witnessed a funeral end any other way . . . but here in today’s verse, we read about a funeral that took an interesting turn.
In Luke 7, Jesus and His followers encounter a funeral—a heartbroken widow, a woman who had already known painful loss, was burying her only son. When our beautiful Lord saw this devastated mother, Luke 7:13–15 (NLT) says, “his heart overflowed with compassion. ‘Don’t cry!’ he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. ‘Young man,’ he said, ‘I tell you, get up.’ Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.”
In his exposition, theologian John Gill wrote, “Christ showed his power in raising the dead man, he discovered great humanity, kindness, and tenderness, in delivering him alive to his mother . . . by taking him by the hand, and leading him to his mother, and giving him up into her arms: think what affecting scene this must be!” What an affecting scene, indeed! But I have a better one for you . . .
Christ, our Lord and Savior, by the payment of His sacrifice for our sins on the cross, and by the power of His resurrection, calls out to us in our state of being dead to sin, “I tell you, get up.” He is our life-giver (John 5:21), and He gives life freely to all who would follow Him.
And so, as we hear His words and follow, as we go from death to life through faith, Jesus takes us by the hand and leads us to our Father. He gives us into the arms of our Abba! He raises us to eternal life in heaven, where there “will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4 NIV). Let’s thank Him today for His heart for us, which is ever filled with compassion!
DIG: Read Luke 7:11–16, 8:41–55, and John 11:1–44.
DISCOVER: What do each of these accounts of Jesus raising people from the dead have in common?
DISPLAY: Spend time in prayer today simply giving thanks to our Lord for His compassion and love, which compelled Him to give His life for us.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.