And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.Luke 7:11
Dear Church and Friends,
When two bodies impact each other things change. If you’ve ever been in a car wreck you know this first hand. After the dust settles both vehicles look different, behave differently than they did before the accident, the passengers are effected to different degrees, traffic is effected to different degrees, and those who witness the incident are changed.
Luke tells us about a collision that takes place in the gate of the city of Nain. Traffic came to a standstill as Jesus was coming into the city and a dead man was being carried out. Coming out of the city was the dead man, being carried by pallbearers, his mother, and as Luke says, “and much people of the city was with her.”
Coming into the city was Jesus at the head, his disciples, and as Luke says, “and much people.” These two columns met at the city gate, one representing grief, loss, and death. The other representing hope, and life. The collision occurred and every thing changed.
- The First Change: And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not (Luke 7:13). In His compassion for the mother He spoke a word of comfort.
- The Second Change: And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still (Luke 7:14a). He stopped traffic with a touch.
- The Third Change: And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother (Luke 7:14-15). He spoke to the man and the dead arose.
- The Fourth Change: And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people (Luke 7:16). The people of the town, the disciples, and the many who followed Jesus on that day glorified God. This had a wonderful effect on the city.
- The Fifth Change: And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about (Luke 7:17). An entire region is infected with the notion that “God hath visited his people.”
What an explosion of God’s glory in a little, out-of-the-way place in Galilee! Death leaves no lasting mark. Meeting Jesus changed everything. May you experience a divine collision today.
Music: You Don’t Love god If You Don’t Love Your Neighbor by Rhonda Vincent.
Prayer Requests: Please pray for the following.
- Lee and Priscilla Harrison, Spring Hill, Tenn. Lee Harrison is an evangelism catalyst serving in Spring Hill, Tenn. “We have two main challenges during this pandemic. One is to be able to reach out to the men I usually mentor one-on-one and personally visit in the jails and prisons. The other need is ongoing care for my mother, who is 90 years old, and dad, who is 87 years old. Both have physical challenges, especially my dad who also has deteriorating mental health challenges. Recently, they both fell at home; my mom fell trying to catch my dad when he fell. We are very grateful for God’s blessings on our lives this year.”
Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]
What profit have we from His Prophetic Office?
Through it we know most plainly His Father’s will.
What other profit do we have?
All revelations and prophesies are finished.
But some things are not yet fulfilled?
That is true, but we speak of things pertaining to His first coming.
Why was He called God’s only Son?
Because He is His only Son by nature?
All my best.
And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.Luke 7:16
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