“Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’”
-Luke 7:14 NIV
I remember my mother’s funeral like it was just a few weeks ago. I still miss her, but I don’t know what I’d do if someone came up and did what Jesus did in the verse above. My mother, and all those who have died in the faith are at peace in the perfection of heaven. What selfishness to allow my temporary sorrow to interrupt her eternal glory. But Jesus did it for this widow from the town of Nain. Jesus brought her dead son back to life. I don’t know if that boy was in heaven, but I’ll assume he was. Why would Jesus bring him back? 1)Because Jesus has compassion. He knew the widow’s grief and his heart went out to her. 2)Because He could. Jesus proved to everyone present, and to all who believe God’s Word, that HE has power over death. Death does not have the final say, Jesus does. 3) To show us that as life entered that boy’s body a second time, so life will be restored to us. Not temporary, earthly life, but perfect, heavenly, eternal life. By HIS death and resurrection Jesus has seen to that.