1st June 2019

She Was a Widow!

“Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.”
Luke 7:11-18 (NIV)

It seemed like it was the end of everything! Nain means ‘Lovely’ and that day as always the sun shone brightly, but today to one broken-hearted women the world had come to an end. She was a widow. This tells us that she had already suffered the anguish of bereavement by the death of her husband. Since that time I guess she had lavished all her devotion and love upon her only son and he too had been taken from her. Now she had nothing to live for and her heart was broken! Death! That great enemy of mankind had once again taken its pound of flesh.

Enter Jesus; who is in himself the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). When he saw the widow, he had compassion on her and quietly whispered to her, “Don’t cry.” Then he stopped the bier and said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus reunited him with his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying “A great prophet has appeared amongst us…God has come to help his people.” And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.

How could this happen? Surely, dead is dead! But this young man had come into contact with Christ, the Life and had received from him new life, a resurrection from the dead, if you will; a gift from the hand of God. In a similar way we must all receive spiritual life by coming into contact with the living Christ and receiving life through his Name! This also is available because of the grace of God, who holds out his hand to every one of us and it doesn’t cost a penny, it’s gratis!

But, let’s get back to the widow—now her heart is singing, her joy is complete, her beloved son is now alive again! What a different procession re-enters the city of Nain that day, one filled with great awe, great rejoicing and praise to the God of the universe who comforts all who mourn, and provides for those who grieve, who bestows on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair (Isaiah 61:3). Our great God is a Joy Bringer! He longs to be merciful to every one of us; isn’t that great?

Prayer
Father of all life, thank you for every gift and blessing today, especially for the blessing of spiritual life to those who are dead spiritually.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk