December 23 - A Kingdom of Life (Luke 7:11-17)
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Let Your Kingdom Come
Joy to the World
Jesus Son of God
11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 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. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesusgave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
As we conclude our series celebrating Advent, we consider another miracle story from the gospel of Luke. In the little town of Nain, Jesus will show compassion to a grieving widow who has now lost her only son. As crowds look on, his tenderness will move into action as he raises the man from the dead, displaying his glory as the One who will one day "wipe away every tear....and death shall be no more" (Rev. 21:4). The people erupt with fear and awe, though the question remains: Do they really know who is standing before them? God indeed has visited his people, God incarnate.
Review and Apply
How does this short story cause you to love Jesus more?
Do you sometimes question God's love for you? What life circumstances have brought this doubt?
We are all marching towards death. How does this passage bring us hope?
How would you respond to someone who viewed Jesus as a great prophet and teacher, but did not seem to grasp that he is God-in-the-flesh, the one who came to save sinners?
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