Summary: This sermon is about the widow of Nain and how she touched the heart of Jesus. leading to Jesus rising her son from the dead. Our pain alone can move the heart of God. Can be used as a Mother's Day message or a stand alone message.
She Touched The Heart Of Jesus
Today we take a moment to recognize the gift of women not only to the body of Christ, but also to the world. As we look at our new testament verses from Colossians 3:12-14. I want you to think about a girl or woman or who has touched your life by having done what this verse tells us all to do. Who comes to mind when you think of a girl or a woman who demonstrated compassion toward you, who demonstrated kindness toward you, who demonstrated humility toward you , who demonstrated gentleness toward you , and who demonstrated patience toward you.
Who is a woman that bore with you in some difficult circumstances, who is woman who willingly forgave you even though you might not have deserved it? Who is a woman that simply chose to love you? Because of what they did for you, your heart was touched by them.
Today we are going to look at a woman who touched the heart of Jesus. There are a couple of women who touched the heart of Jesus through what they did. There was the widow who put in the two copper coins into the temple treasury which was all the money she had left to live on. Jesus commended her for giving for more than the wealthy people did.
There was the single woman who poured very expensive perfume on Jesus to anoint his body. Jesus commended her for her love and thankfulness for being forgiven. There was the mother of a child who was a foreigner that begged Jesus to heal her daughter. Jesus commended her for great faith. All of them did something that touched the heart of God.
But the lady we are going to look at today, touched the heart of Jesus without doing anything, without knowing who Jesus was and without asking Jesus to do anything. I want you to know today, that you might be touching the heart of God right now without even knowing it. You may not even know God, but I can assure you that God knows you, and God knows far more about your situation that you can imagine. God is intervening in your life and you probably are not even aware of it.
In Luke’s gospel chapter 7 in the first 10 verses, we find a Roman officer who had at first asked Jesus to please come and heal his servant. A group of Jewish leaders told Jesus, look this man has done a lot of good for our people and he even built our synagogue at his own expense. So Jesus went to the city of Capernaum to heal this man’s servant.
But on the way, a delegation from the man met Jesus, and said, “the Roman officer did not feel himself worthy to come into your presence, and he knows that you have such authority, you don’t even need to come to the house. If you just say the word, he knows that his servant would be healed.” Jesus said, “Wow, now that’s what I call faith. I don’t usually find this even among the people of God.” So Jesus sent the men back, and they got home and discovered Jesus had already healed the servant. News of the healing spread quickly.
We come to our text today in Luke 7:11 which reads, soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. Nain was about 25 miles from Capernaum so it was a good trip walking by foot. The name of the town means “Beautiful” or “Pleasant.” Jesus had just recently chosen his twelve disciples in the chapter before.
This large crowd of people that was following Jesus was made up of people who had all kinds of motives. Some enjoyed the way Jesus preached. Some enjoyed the songs before the preaching. Some were amazed at the miracles that Jesus was doing. Some were hoping they might be healed next. Some just like being where ever the action was. Jesus was the social media of his day with some people liking him, some trying to friend him, and some trying to unfriend him. Some were there because their friends wanted them to come along and they were just trying to make them happy. Some were there and complained about it the whole time.
There a lot of reasons people come to church that were no different than the crowd that was following Jesus. Anybody is welcome to come to church and to come to Jesus. But the only reason to follow Jesus, is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who came into the world, because God loved us so much, that God wanted to save us from our sin. It is when the Holy Spirit lets us know that our sin keeps us separated from knowing God that we discover, this is why I should follow Jesus.