June 29th, 2018 — IGNITE

Can I just tell you, something was bound to happen. I mean, they should have seen it coming. They should have recognized that what they were facing was about to be met by the complete opposite and there was going to be a collision of sorts, and everything they knew to be true was going to be changed in the blink of an eye. Let me explain what I’m talking about.

One day, Jesus, and His disciples, and a whole bunch of people who were following Jesus, were travelling from town to town, and they came to this little drop in the bucket, tiny town, called Nain.

Right before they got to the gate going into the city, they were met by another sizable group of people who were coming out. This group of people, were filled with sadness, doubt, confusion, lack of hope and uncertainty of future. They were carrying the coffin of a young man who had died. His mom was in the crowd and now she was all alone. This was her only child and her husband had already died.

When the two crowds met, Jesus eyes were fixed right on her and He knew the problem with her husband gone and now her son, that she would have no support – financial, emotional, physical. She was all alone. And when Jesus saw that, His heart was moved.

When the two met, He said to her, “Do not weep” (Luke 7:13). He then went over to the coffin and put His hand on it. Those who were carrying the coffin stopped. Jesus then ruined a perfectly good funeral. He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” (Luke 7:13).

Immediately the young man came back to life, sat up, and the Bible says, “… began to speak.” (Luke 7:15). I’d probably start talking too – asking somebody to explain why I was in that coffin and would somebody please help me get out!

Like I said, something was bound to happen. When Jesus comes to town… when Jesus steps into the room… when Jesus shows up… you can guarantee something is going to happen. Anything and everything you previously knew will never be the same again. You’ll go from dark to light… from death to life. You’ll go from pointless to future bound… from hopeless to hope filled. All the doubt, uncertainty, and fear will be carried away in that empty coffin.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: You don’t have to worry about tomorrow.  You don’t have to be alone. You don’t have to remain silent. This young man couldn’t talk, think or move – he was dead! But when Jesus came into his life – he experienced the fullness of life and so can you! While you still have life and breath, ask Jesus to come into your life and stay. Invite Him to your funeral and allow Him to bring you back to life.

Thank you for life. Fill me with Your life today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen