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.
This story is about two distinct crowds of people coming together from different places. One crowd is led by Jesus the life giver while the other is led by a widow followed by her dead son and grieving relatives. One crowd is about life while the other is about death. The widows’ crowd were without hope as her son was dead and his future gone. Jesus restored both with his touch. News of the miracle spread far and wide.
Guess what crowd I want to be part of? Following Jesus brings life to those around us. If we continue to follow Jesus we will see miracles. I am encouraged that God can restore families when all seems lost. Jesus help us to bring your touch into the lives of those around us, Amen.
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods