Lenten Devotionals

Friday, April 12th

Author: Brandon Polk
Verse: Luke 7:11-17
Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son at Nain

11 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12 As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” 17 This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
Long before Jesus gave Himself up for us, He showed us that He has power over death. In these verses, Christ also reveals His true love for those in need. He recognizes a widow whose only son has passed. Not only is she grieving, but during this time period, she likely has no means for a sustained life either. Jesus' presence at this particular place, and at just the right time when there was both a large audience from Jesus' followers but also from locals for the funeral was no mistake; this miracle was very public and well documented. Then, in a true testament to His connection with the God that breathes life, Jesus' healing hands brings the widow's son back to life! What a powerful sight that must have been back then and is still a timeless and relevant truth today; Jesus is the only one with power over death!
Heavenly Father, please open our hearts today and fill us with your glory and grace. Lord, we pray that in everything we think, with all of the words that we speak, and through all of the actions that we take, we bring you honor and praise! Father, we ask for forgiveness for the ways we fail you, and we pray that you use us this day to be an example of Christ's resurrecting love to everyone we encounter.
How will you be an example of Christ's love today and let others see the life He has renewed in you?