Don’t Cry.

Dedicated to all single mothers out there.

Luke 7:11-15

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said,

“Don’t cry.”

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

I love this story.

Let me give you a bit of background. The Jews have always believed till then, women were the cause of the death of humanity.

According to Genesis, the curse came through Eve. So “death becomes her”. Women who become young widows were always considered cursed.

Now this woman did not only lose a husband. She lost a son. As such, she was considered double cursed.

Now.

You are now getting it. Imagine how she felt as eyes fell upon her.

I want you to imagine the sorrow which overwhelmed her.

Her loneliness. Her helplessness. Her hopelessness.

Her emptiness.

She had lost her world. Her tears were as great as the ocean. She was truly, for a better word, in her own hell.

Then Jesus saw her.

Yup.

You heard me.

Jesus saw her. That’s what Luke said. Jesus saw her.

His heart went out for her. His heart. Not his morals. Not his religion. Not his righteousness. Not his holiness.

His heart.

Then he said “Don’t cry.”

Don’t cry.

Luke then tells us he raised the man.

Now listen to this.

Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Jesus gave him.

To many of you who do not know the Law, the first born always belong to God.

Yet our good Lord gave him back to her. He was hers. Not the Lord’s.

Why?

Because he died.

Since he died his relation with the Law ended.

So.

He was freed from the Law.

Jesus gave him back to her.

He was hers.

He was alive because of her.

Her “curse” brought him life from the dead.

As such now she brought him life. She was no longer “cursed”.

Now. I want you to see this.

John 20:17

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Notice something?

1. It was in a garden.

2. She thought he was the gardener.

3. He was the tree of life and Mary held on to him.

4. He told her to tell the good news of life to men.

5. He called the men brothers.

6. He called his Father, Mary’s God.

7. She brought the fruit from the tree of life to her brothers.

I want you to see this.

The woman is no longer the bringer of death. She became the first partaker of the tree of life.

She gave this fruit to her brothers.

She was the bringer of good news to her brothers.

She was the bringer of resurrection life to the church.

Remember her name.

Mary.

It means bitterness.

So to every woman and single mother who has been bitten by the dread of bitterness, I say this.

“Don’t cry”.

Thank you Mike Card for telling me this story.

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