Jesus the Generous – “Just” a Son
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 crowd 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.”