September 27th                     What Jesus Does                  Luke 7:11-17

Luke 7:11-17  “Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.”   ESV

Many times we are caught wondering where God is or what He is doing while we face adversity, uncertainty or great trouble.

I think we can find some of those answers in our text today.

  1. Jesus Came
    1. Not accidently
      1. This was not a coincidence
      2. God had a plan
    2. Jesus KNEW
      1. Just as He knows the trouble you are facing today
    3. This trip was not about THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE who were following Him
      1. He already had them wrangled up and had been teaching them
      2. This was about going outside of where they were and ministering in a hurting world.
  • This was about following God’s Will even if it took them away from their homes and into uncomfortable spaces.
  1. God HAS A PLAN for you
  2. Christ is HERE for you
  3. They were willing to go to GREAT LENGTHS for you!
    1. Even to Calvary’s Cruel Cross
  4. YOU NEVER NEED TO STAND ALONE
  1. Jesus Cared
  2. In a world full of uncaring, arrogant and self-focused people it is easy to believe that NO ONE CARES. WRONG!
  3. There are people who care
    1. Most importantly: GOD CARES
  4. He came across this funeral procession and had GREAT COMPASSION
    1. Funerals are for people who have passed away.
    2. The text proclaims that this young man HAD DIED
  5. He found a widowed mother who had lost her husband and now her son.
    • She was hurting, helpless and hopeless
  1. No family
  2. No support
  3. No hope
  1. Jesus Commanded
    1. We sometimes forget that the Words of Christ are the Word of God
      1. The Word became Flesh
      2. We have the written Word of God
  • They were hearing the audible Word of God
  1. DO NOT WEEP
    1. The Words of God gave her peace and assurance
    2. He gave her reason for hope
  • Jesus brought her peace and removed her tears.
  1. Sometimes, the peace God brings is beyond ALL of our understanding
  1. YOUNG MAN, I SAY TO YOU, ARISE!”
    1. The young man who this funeral was being held for HAD NO CHOICE but to obey the Word of God
    2. HE AROSE
      1. And started talking
      2. I wish we knew what he said
      3. If God does a MIGHTY WORK in your life YOU OUGHT TO BE TALKING ABOUT IT TO OTHERS!
  • WHEN GOD SAYS IT THAT SETTLES IT!
  1. I find it interesting that the bearers “Stood Still”
    1. They somehow knew not to interfere
    2. We must be careful not to stand in the way of the Mission of Jesus in our lives and the lives of those around us.
  2. Jesus competed His Work
    1. The lost restored – JESUS GAVE HIM TO HIS MOTHER
      1. Lost son
      2. Lost hope
    2. Family restored
    3. God glorified
    4. The Word of God spread around the country
  3. Will you allow Jesus Christ to come into your life, bringing all His Compassion and Power, to be a positive and saving force FOR YOU?
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