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Summary: What seems to be a passing incident turns out to be a deep and powerful picture of the tenderness of Jesus and of His mighty resurrection power.

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WIDOW OF NAIN’S SON RAISED

Luke 7:11-17

[Some of the material contained in this message is borrowed from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon on this passage]

INTRODUCTION

A. HUMOR

1. Jackie Cahill took her four-year-old great-grandson to Leavenworth National Cemetery where her husband is buried. While there, they heard the sound of a bugle. "What's that?" asked Jeremy. "‘Taps.’ They play it at a soldier's burial," she explained. A minute later came the honorary rifle salute. With eyes bugging out, Jeremiah asked, "Did they just shoot him?!"

2. JOKE #2

a. An Angel appeared at a university faculty meeting and told the Dean, "In return for your unselfish and exemplary behavior, the Lord will reward you with your choice of infinite wealth, wisdom, or beauty."

b. "Give me infinite wisdom!" declared the Dean, without hesitation. "Done!" Says the angel before disappearing into cloud of smoke.

c. All heads now turn to the Dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. "Well," says a colleague, "say something brilliant." The Dean stands and, with the poise of Socrates, opines, "I should've taken the money." (Henry Mixon)

B. TEXT

“11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country” Luke 7:11-17.

C. THESIS

1. We’re going to look at the event of Christ raising the Widow of Nain’s Son, and see the implications it has for us today.

2. title: “Widow of Nain’s Son Raised.”

I. PRE-MIRACLE HAPPENINGS

A. MIRACLES DAILY, WITHOUT DELAY

1. Behold, the ever-flowing power of our Lord Jesus Christ! He had worked a great healing on the centurion’s servant, and now, only a day after, he raises the dead.

2. Did He save you yesterday? His readiness to intervene is the same today. If you seek Him, His love and grace will flow to you today. Never is our Lord compelled to pause until He has recharged His resources. Virtue goes out of Him forever.

B. ANY TIME, ANY PLACE

1. Notice, also, the naturalness of the outflowings of His life-giving power. Jesus was travelling and He works miracles while on the road—“He went into a city called Nain.”

2. He doesn’t seem to have come to Nain [NOT] at anyone’s request to heal. But He was passing through the city for some reason which is not recorded.


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