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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Sleeping Beauty

Today’s Verse:

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. ~Luke 7:13


Jesus ministered much throughout the towns and villages surrounding the Sea of Galilee. This area was where He grew up. There were the lakeside cities like Capernaum, Tiberias, Chorazin, and Magdala, which He visited often. There was Nazareth and Cana which were west of the lake that He visited often. The little town of Nain is only mentioned once, and that is in Luke 7:11-16. It is here we see Him perform a special miracle for a widow woman. Nain means “beauty.” It is at the gate of the city where Jesus gave a widow woman hope at her most needy hour.

We see a pitiful THRONG.

“Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.” Jesus arrived at the gate of the city as a funeral procession was occurring. There was a dead man being carried in a bier. There was a woman following it, who was a widow and the mother of this young man. There was a large mass of people from the city that accompanied her. The common theme was that everyone was weeping. There were many people there to support this mother at her time of sorrow. There was sadness, remorse, and many tears. The most that everyone there could offer this woman was sympathy. The saddest person there was that woman.

We see a precise TIMING.

We must not lose sight of the fact that Jesus came at the right moment. He was precise in His timing. Some might think, “Why didn’t Jesus come sooner, and prevent this man from dying?” However, whenever we see a divine miracle in the Bible, it always occurs at the right moment! The Lord is never too early or too late. Are you someone carrying a heavy burden, and burdened down with sadness? Jesus is there for you! Is there something beyond your capability that you need God to do in your life, which will bring great glory to Him? Jesus is ready to act at the right moment.

We see passionate TENDERNESS.

The Lord saw this woman, and had compassion on her. He saw her bent over in grief. He saw the tears of sorrow flowing down her cheeks profusely. He saw deep within her heart that she was pierced with the arrows of grief, loneliness, fear, and powerlessness. As you walk the journey of faith and experience a trial of such proportion that you feel like its weight is about to crush you, remember that the Lord loves you! Remember that the Lord gives you hope! He told her two words: Weep not! In her most difficult moment, He told her to weep not. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. This woman got a foretaste of Rev. 21:4, where we are told that “God shall wipe away all tears.” She felt His compassionate love at her needy moment.

We see a powerful TOUCH.

“And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. 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.” There among a crowd of many witnesses, Jesus did the humanly impossible. He touched the bier that the young man was in, and commanded him to arise. Jesus gave life where, formerly, there was death! Jesus gave hope where, just moments before, there was hurt! Jesus took control of a situation that looked hopeless, and turned it around. The power of His touch and His word publicly showed that in our saddest moment, He is able to change things and revive us. The young man got his life back, and the widow got her son back.

For a believer, death is compared to sleeping. What a beautiful sight it must have been to see this man given back to his mother. In the city of Nain, there was a “sleeping beauty” that day!

Don’t let your circumstances make you lifeless and without hope. The Lord is there at the right moment, ready to powerfully touch you in your point of need.

Have a comforted God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Chronicles 1-2

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