Jesus Meets a Grieving Mother

Luke 7:11-17

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.


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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17 Responses to Jesus Meets a Grieving Mother

  1. Bette Cox says:

    Same thing is happening around the world today, with the same results… a sensation, news spreads, and many are born again. Jesus is still working. I’m so glad!

  2. paulfg says:

    He intercepted your post and rewired it! Just pressed publish at my place (or it would have been a “Little Monk” here) 🙂

    Thank you ((hugs))

  3. What encourages me in that story is that Jesus was moved to compassion by her grief and interceded not because of her or her son’s faith but because of his willingness and power to heal. We serve a great God.

  4. lisa roitsch says:

    Great article! Holy Spirit is wanting His followers to understand, believe and LIVE in His Kingdom daily. It seems everywhere I turn, someone is doing a teaching on the Kingdom. I love what Jesus said…..”everywhere you go, announce, the Kingdom of God is at hand!” We live in this world, yet we are not of it. We operate in a different realm.

  5. In the original Greek, Jesus invited the boy to come back. He didn’t have to. Jesus left the choice up to the boy.

  6. Pingback: The Faith of a Centurion | The Life Project | Re-theologizing

  7. emmanuel says:

    God bless you… that’s so true at this end we’re still waiting to see souls saved

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