03/23/20 Interrupting a Funeral

READING: Deuteronomy 6-9, Luke 7

I can just see the scene. An elderly mother—a widow—is in the funeral procession as they prepared to bury her son. I can hear the people speaking, primarily because I’ve heard similar things at funerals I’ve led. “It’s such a tragedy. She lost her husband and now her son.” “I’m not sure she’s going to make it on her own.” “No parent is supposed to bury his or her child.” “I can’t imagine the pain.” Few people, I assume, thought Jesus would come by, interrupt the funeral, and raise the son to life.

That’s just what He did, though.

He was moved with compassion when He saw the grieving mother, and He stepped more directly into the story. The dead man responded just as Jesus commanded—“Young man, I tell you, get up” (Luke 7:14)—and his beginning to speak only verified the miracle. Awe filled the people, and they honored Jesus and spread His fame throughout the surrounding area.

In these days of virus threat and global tragedy, I’m deeply grateful that Jesus is the master of death. No coffin can rob Him of His glory.

PRAYER: “God, thank You for defeating death.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Deuteronomy 10-14, Psalm 5, Luke 8