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“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
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
The day was not one she expected. Her only son was dead, and now it is time to lay his body to rest. What would happen now? Her life was left with many unanswered questions. Being a widow, and now with the loss of her only son, she doesn’t know about her tomorrow. As if dealing with sorrow wasn’t enough, her heart can’t process what might be up ahead.
A lot of us wonder about what’s up ahead for us. Many question their days with hard-to-find answers. What will life look like for me from here on out?
We can only imagine the swirl of emotions afflicting this poor mother as she followed the coffin of her son.
As the crowd moved forward, a commotion came from the front. With compassion written all over His face, a man stepped close to the coffin where her son lay.
Touching it, He peered inside and saw what no one else could.
He saw the brokenness the mother now carried. He saw the worries for the future. He saw the life that wasn’t but could be. He saw a better ending for this family than what they are experiencing now.
He speaks, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” (Luke 7:14). And life returned. Wholeness and healing had come for this family. Their hope for tomorrow was restored.
Seeing the miracle, the people rejoiced, “A great prophet has risen among us!” (vs.16). “God hath visited his people!”
The revelation of their praise was true, more than they could have imagined. The realness of Who was in their midst probably could not really have been fathomed.
Over thirty years prior, an angel encouraged Joseph about the babe Mary carried in her womb:
“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:20-23)
“Emmanuel … God with us”
“God hath visited his people” were on the lips of those who witnessed the widow of Nain’s son raised from the dead.
Friend, God is with us. He has visited His people. He is still speaking life to those who are dead. And He is setting people up for a better future than what they see now.
When Jesus spoke, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), His focus was not only on the circumstances of the day but on all our eternal futures for tomorrow that’s coming.
When we recognize who it is with us now and offers us new life, we can find joy and peace for this abundant living like we never could before.
When we recognize the magnitude of “God with us” and align our lives and hope, in faith accordingly, we will not only find joy and peace now but also for all eternity.
Jesus spoke to the widow, saying, “Weep not” (vs. 13). If you have accepted Christ as your Savior; if you have welcomed into your life, “Emmanuel … God with us” – there will come a day when the Bible declares: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
That glorious future for tomorrow starts by recognizing and accepting who Jesus Christ is in your life today.
More than a prophet has come. God incarnate has taken the stage in history. Let Him take the stage in your life today. Because when God visits, things will change for the better, forever.
Father God, help many souls and hearts to see the true reason for the season: “God with us.” Our Lord came to be born, and to die, and to raise us to a new life in Him. The widow of Nain joyfully received her son back to life and we know that heaven rejoices over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:7) and starts life anew in You. Help many to hear, see, know, love, and accept Jesus Christ for themselves that they might have life, and have it more abundantly for all eternity. In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!
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