The Raising of the Son of the Widow of Nain
Reflections on Luke 7:11-17 Part 6

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I SAY TO YOU ARISE! (LUKE 7:14) Part 6

(A talk given during a Transform Sehion Ministries Meeting)

The crowd in this text are seized with holy fear, with awe, with wonder, they are overwhelmed by what has happened and precisely because the actions of Jesus fill them with awe, they glorify God in words and deeds. The very ground of their being, their spirit is overwhelmed, the very foundations of their being are shaken by this divine revelation that gripped them, that gave them hope and new life. This was the burial that was not to be, the burial that was cancelled because death was overcome by the power of God who had visited his people after about 400 years of silence; from the time of the last Old Testament prophet, Malachi.

In Jesus we have the final and definitive revelation of God; here we have the perfect image of the invisible God. This does not just belong to the past. The presence of God is still sweeping throughout the whole of humanity. We who were created in the very image and likeness of God, we, in whom Christ is alive, we who are the temple of the Holy Spirit are channels of his awesome and powerful presence. Christ in us is still operating in the world, through our words and deeds. Christ himself establishes the very principle on which this becomes operative: “the Father who dwells in me does his works (John 14:10)”. The same principle is still valid. It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us that does the works the Father has called us to do (Ephesians 2:10). So let us arise and spread the word of Christ’s saving presence
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations ... I am with you always. (Matthew 28:18-20)

As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. (John 20:21)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
The crowd recognised in Jesus a great prophet and saw that through him God has visited his people. Luke sees what the crowd does not, that Jesus is Lord (v.13). The title ‘Lord’ was reserved for Yahweh alone.

His fame spread throughout the whole region. If someone has a genuine encounter with the Lord he cannot help but speak out. “The mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart” (Luke 6:45)

After all, the believer has the logos, the Word within and the very nature of the Word is to speak, to reveal the ways and thoughts of God so that others can have the same encounter. Nothing should hold us back. Nothing! Do we honestly think that the widow’s only son kept quiet about what happened to him? Did the widow keep quiet? Did the crowd? His fame spread throughout the region, thanks to those who spread the Word.

After having experienced the power of the presence of Christ the procession of death changes direction and joins the procession of life marching towards the land of the living, the land of beauty, the pleasant land, the Promised Land. A complete conversion. Jesus is inviting us today to arise and unite with the procession of life, to change direction and march in the direction of life in the company of Jesus as disciples, not as part of a crowd.

We are to bring people to Christ, bring them out of the procession of death into the procession of life, yes but our mission does not end there; we must also help them to progress from being spectators to being disciples so that they, too, may experience the secrets of the Kingdom and the abundance of peace, joy and love in the Holy Spirit. Not in our strength but in the strength of he who is working powerfully with us, in us and through us. We do this by forming prayer communities united in peace, love and power for others, power of loving service. Let us all arise in the power of the Holy Spirit to make disciples.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21)

Robert Walsh

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