The Generous Jesus — Just Fish

The Generous Jesus — Just Fish

by Bill High

The passage goes like this:

Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.  As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had

died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Luke 7.11-13

It’s a tragic situation.  He’s the only son of a widow.  That phrase is chock full of meaning.  In Jewish society, there’s no Social Security.  There’s no government aid.  She’s a widow, and without her son to take care of her, she’ll be all alone.  There is no safety net.

There’s a large crowd, and you can imagine the sadness.  And the whispers.  How will she take care of herself?

Now note, Jesus is on his way somewhere.  He’s got a large crown with him too.  But he interrupts his mission for another mission.  He interrupts the procession (think about it–not cool–how many people interrupt a funeral procession?!!).   Jesus speaks, “young man arise!”

Here’s what I love about this passage.  It says that the young man sat up and began to speak.  And Jesus “gave him to his mother.”

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Published November 17, 2016

Topics: A Life of Faith

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