After the incident with the Centurion, Jesus approaches a funeral and encounters a grieving mother whose son has recently died. The fact that she is a widow makes the scene even more poignant, for in those days a woman needed a man for support, and a widow without a son would frequently become destitute in a very short time. This widow has just lost her son, and poverty is knocking at her door. Of course, she is also grieving because her son died as any mother would do: This is a double disaster for the woman.
Upon seeing her situation, Jesus is greatly moved, and He approaches the bier on which the son is laid out and commands him to rise.
Can you picture that scene in your mind?
It would seem from the text that this created something of a sensation, as the news of this latest incident spreads like wildfire across the region…
In chapter 6, through His great Sermon, Jesus told the people what a citizen of the Kingdom would look like. Here in chapter 7, Jesus is showing us what the Kingdom is as He heals people from their sickness, a consequence of sin, and now when He raises this young man to life showing the Kingdom’s power over death itself. Of course death is the ultimate consequence of sin, and Jesus’ Kingdom will be populated by people who, along with Jesus Himself, have victory over death.