Reading: Luke 7: 11-17
It must have been a powerful scene for all involved. Imagine the onlookers as Jesus approaches the funeral procession. Those carrying the young man’s body stop as Jesus draws near. Jesus reaches up and touches the coffin and says something. The anticipation that has steadily build explodes as the young man sits up and begin to speak. Jesus returns the son to his mother and continues on His way. The story concludes with powerful words being spoken about Jesus and the story spreads throughout the area.
We can relate to this story from three angles. Some of the time we are like the widow. We are at a place in life when we feel a deep weight upon us. Something in our family or at work has occurred and we we are filled with a sadness over our loss. In these places Jesus enters our lives and speaks words of healing and wholeness and peace. From these experiences we have powerful personal stories to tell.
Sometimes we are like the son – dead to God because of our sins. A serious temptation or sin has us ‘stuck’ and we feel so far removed from God that is seems like He does not even exist. Shame and guilt have created what seems an impossible chasm to cross. In these seasons, Jesus Christ desire to walk up to us, to touch us, and to call us back to our journey of faith. The story of redemption and His love is a powerful story to share as well.
And sometimes we are the crowd – observers of some amazing act of Christ. We are privy to seeing a lost soul saved or a person who finds miraculous healing from a disease or illness. We feel the buzz and want to share the story with all we meet.
Our faith impacts us in so many ways. Each encounter with the living Christ is another story to share with those we know and meet. May we ever tell the story of His love.