A sad Funeral Procession

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Luke 7:13

The funeral procession could not have been more depressing. There she was all alone in the world and crying. She had lost her husband and now her son. No one was able to help. The doctors could not do a thing for her. Her family could not console her. I watched in horror, as my eyes watered up. Then I noticed the stranger. He was like no other. His face displayed strength and seriousness and yet a deep sadness. He was staring at her. It was as if He could not bear this women crying. Then I suddenly became aware. It was Him! It was that prophet, the great man of God who had been traveling across the country side. He had healed the blind and caused the crippled to walk. Others had reported of his power over demons. They said he would simply speak and the demons would flee. Yet others had been critical. They claimed this man was not of God. They complained of his companions and of his work on the Sabbath. Would a man of God heal on the Sabbath? Could He help this woman?

While I contemplated this I saw him make His move. He approached the woman and with tenderness, and a soft pleasing voice, said “Do not weep.”(Luke 7:13) He then turned to the dead man and said these words, which I would never forget “Young man, I say to you, arise.” (Luke 7:14) I couldn’t believe my eyes as his body snapped up. A moment ago this man was dead. I had seen him when he was pronounced dead. The town mourned for this man. A casket was built and I personally helped to place him in it. Now he was alive! All this man said was “arise”, and this dead man did. Who was this prophet?

This man is Jesus, the prince of peace, the Messiah, the son of God. Jesus did the miracle as He had done countless times before, but this time there was something different. He stopped everything, as if to hold time still, and took a moment to tell this woman “Do not weep”. Jesus is the God, who has compassion, the God who loves, the God who feels the pain in your heart and cries with you.

Surely he shall hear your prayers and comfort you in the midst of your trials. He will provide for every need (Psalm 23:1), and as He promised, faithfully be with you to the end. (Matthew 28:20)

(Please note the eye witness, who tells the story was created as a fictional representation of the many that were present at this great event. Please read of this great miracle in its entirety in Luke 7:11-17)

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