RESURRECTION BEGINS A CONVERSATION
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
The first thing the resurrected man does is talk. Perhaps he is asking what is happening and how did he get here. He looks at Jesus first and starts talking.
When a miracle happens, a conversation begins. Jesus reputation grows. There is an awareness that God cares about people. This is the meta-message of miracles. By seeing someone healed or changed dramatically, the God conversation starts again.
Miracles pull back the curtain and reveal the Kingdom of God. What does this miracle mean? It means that God cares about people and sometimes does the unexpected.
If a miracle does not happen, it does not diminish God’s heart of love for people who suffer. The Beatitudes reveal a God who keeps track of everything and surprises everyone on the day when coffin lids open again.
The Psalms describe a loving God who has a bottle that he stores your tears in. Every tear counts to God. Whether you have a pill bottle or a keg of tears, God knows where each tear comes from.
On our resurrection day and in the healing days prior, Jesus has the right to say to us, “Do not cry.”
God has come to help his people.