Saturday, January 16, 2016

"His Amazing Choice"

As I was sharing a message during chapel a couple of days ago about Jesus and how compassion was often the response that motivated His next move in a number of His encounters when I was once again brought to a place adoration. Check out the encounter He had in a place called Nain.

   Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 
   And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
   When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
   Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
   So he who was dead Sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
   Then fear came upon all, and they go o tidied God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us," and, "God has visited His people."
   And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region. Luke 7:11-17

Jesus, for no other reason than the compassion He felt for this mother when they came upon her grief gave her back her son. So often, we are told that faith is what motivates God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit to move and to do a miracle, sign, and a wonder but here, in this case, it is simply His choice that raises this young man back to life. This mother was caught up in her grief. She was weeping, consumed by grief at the loss she was expected err silencing at the death of her only son. She wasn't looking to Jesus for help. It wasn't her faith that motivated the raising him up from the dead. It doesn't say that she was even aware of Him. It says that He saw her. He saw her grief and was moved by compassion! He spoke a word of comfort to her and then proceeded to walk to the coffin. He put a hand on the coffin and spoke life to the young man. He chose to give this young man back to his mother. Not because of faith but because HE SAW HER DISPAIR and it moved Him to act on her behalf!

The compassion of the Almighty is very real! The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have made a w-a-y for humanity because of their love and compassion FOR US.They saw our need and have made a way ... even when it looked like death was the only option.  We no longer need to be 'lost in sin and death.' Why? Because He saw ... was moved ... And because of His compassion ... He made a way that we could be raised up to know 'abundant life' with Him.

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