LIFE OR DEATH
CONDITIONS FOR A DEATH-DENYING MIRACLE (Continued)
The next miracle we shall examine concerns the raising of the son of the widow of Nain from the dead. In the following verses from the Gospel of Luke, we again focus only on the conditions that were met for the execution of this powerful miracle:
Luke 7:11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
7:12 Now 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 was with her.
7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare [him] stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
7:15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
7:17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.
When examining the conditions surrounding this miracle the compassion of the Lord, of course, is the Centerpiece. Jesus pitied the widow. In the Book of James it reads, “...the LORD is very pitiful and of tender mercy.” James 5:11. The word used to express pitiful in this verse is the extreme of the word compassion from Luke’s Gospel above. James’ attributes of the LORD, or Kurios which means the Owner, April be expressed as extremely compassionate and of tender mercy.
James further sheds light on the conditions for this great miracle of mastering death. We shall see it momentarily. Throughout Scripture it is readily noted that God loves the widows and the orphans. In Exodus 22:22-23 it states, “Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto Me, I will surely hear their cry.” James 1:27 reads, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit (underline added for emphasis) the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Did you notice the people responded to the miracle of raising the widows son by saying “...God hath visited his people?” Jesus visited the fatherless and the widow in their affliction indeed!
Pure religion and undefiled along with God’s compassion create another ripe atmosphere for complete victory over death. Jesus knew no sin but became sin for us. As an undefiled and obedient Son of God, he moved mightily in power and demonstration of the Spirit no matter what event challenged Him. A touch from the Master’s undefiled Hand rendered death totally ineffective.