On: January 29, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 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.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. [Luke 7:14-17]
In contrast to two days ago, when we anxiously looked at why Jesus heals on some occasions but not others, today let us join with the mother and witnesses of that miraculous intervention in a town called Nain, and celebrate God’s loving goodness. And our celebration should extend to the impact it had on the onlookers who, filled with awe, praised God. Also to those who subsequently heard about what had happened and were drawn to Jesus.
This is God’s hand at work, bringing blessing to many through His goodness to individuals.
Dare we take our eyes off our own needs to pray for how others will be touched by what is happening in our lives? That was the essence of Jesus’ struggle in the garden of Gethsemane – release for himself or freedom for a captive humanity? We know the choice He made.
Dare we take our eyes off our own needs to pray for how others will be touched?
Father God, so fill me with the Holy Spirit, that I might be set free from self to follow in Jesus’s footsteps. Amen.