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Monday, April 10, 2017
Luke 7:11 - 17 Thought/Prayer: New Life. Topics: 2 at end.
“Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
“And it came to pass afterwards, that he went into a city that is called Naim; and there went with him his disciples, and a great multitude. And when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow: and a great multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, he said to her: Weep not. And he came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it, stood still. And he said: Young man, I say to thee, arise. And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great prophet is risen up among us: and, God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the country round about.” (DRB) (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)
When we go to a Celebration of Life for someone we have loved, after their life on Earth has ended, we may ponder many events from their lives and particularly consider where our lives intersected with theirs. Sometimes this Celebration of Life is informal, after the memorial service, and there is plenty of opportunity to share and reminisce and share sentiments, many of grief, and many of memory and gratitude for the crossing roads of lives that brought us to this point.
This account of Jesus’ bringing a mother’s only son back to life after he had died, gives great cause for a celebration of life. After this unexpected but wondrous happening, those who witnessed it were glorifying God. Of course! This was not something any of them had ever seen. Great glorifying going on.
The event of a Christian’s death is similar. Of course there is great grief, perhaps extra intense if the death is unexpected. But then there is a “type” of resurrection, for the Christian, in death. No, the person does not come back alive on Earth as did Lazarus after His physical body came out of the tomb. But because of the eternal life promised by our Lord Jesus the Christ, eternal life for those who receive Him as Lord and Savior, there is the ongoing of the person’s spirit, with no more possibility of death. This guarantee brings a celebration of eternal life.
Can this be in some way equated with the birth of a child? Perhaps . . . if we focus on the “new life” on Earth and also the celebration of it. A birth is a celebration of life! And, for each person whose life we celebrate at their death? That person was once celebrated as a new life on Earth, on their natal day.
Lord, thank You for new LIFE, whether it be the raising of someone from the dead by Jesus; the new life in heaven for believers; or the new life on Earth in a newly born person. Help us to pray for all we know, that new life will enter into their lives, through the Lord.
Topics: Pray for new LIFE on Earth, in all of its many forms, but strongly through the Lord.
Silent No More