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Compassionate Power

July 12, 2023

Luke 7:12
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.

Recently my daughter had an emotional breakdown over her favorite Christmas toy. I could hear her crying as she came down the stairs with toy in hand. “It’s dead, I’ll never have a special toy like this again”. She’s five, so everything is a big production. She was right it was dead; well, the batteries were dead. As I switched out the batteries and pushed the button and once again the dinosaur roared to her shouts of joy. What was dead was now alive…

Luke 7:11-17 tells the powerful story of Jesus in a similar situation. In this passage, we witness the compassion and authority of Jesus as He encounters the grieving mother. A woman had just lost her only son and as the funeral procession unfolds, Jesus is moved with deep empathy for the widow’s loss. He steps forward, touches the open coffin, and speaks words of life: “Young man, I tell you get up!”

The verses that follow, remind us of the incredible power that resides in Jesus. He has the authority to reverse death and restore life. But verse 12 reveals His compassion. Jesus sees our pain, our sorrow, and our brokenness. He understands the depths of our grief and is ready to intervene with His life-giving power. 

Just as Jesus brought hope and resurrection to this grieving widow, He offers us hope and new life today. In times of despair, He is the One who can lift us up, breathe life into our darkest circumstances, and turn mourning into joy. You can trust Him with your burdens, knowing this, not only is He both compassionate and mighty to save, but He is also aware of our sorrow and struggles, aware and waiting to intervene. 

Tim S

   ’81 / ’99   Middletown NY

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