Jesus and his disciples stop as the funeral procession passes by. The widow at the back of the procession is burying her only son. Tonight she will make dinner for one and conversation with none. When Jesus sees the mother, his heart begins to break, and he tells her, “Don’t cry.” The pallbearers stop marching, and Jesus turns his attention to the dead boy and calmly says, “Young man, come back to life again.” Gray-pale cheeks blush. The dead man sits up.
Luke’s description of what happens next is captivating. “Jesus gave him back to his mother.” Jesus must have smiled as the two embraced. Stunned, the crowd breaks into cheers and applause. And someone proclaims the undeniable, “God has come to help his people” (Luke 7:15-16).
I’ve been preparing to do a celebration service for an ole friend who passed from this life yesterday. My friend lived a life for others; and his focus was always about you when you were in his presence! Paul had this genuine gift of caring and loving others first!
Sounds like Jesus?!?
In his speech, in his agenda, in his stewardship of life - especially with his time or monies - Paul was always loving others. His life was never famous; but Paul was cherished and loved by anyone who ever knew him.
What do people remember about us? Our love? Our generosity? Our kindness to the least of these?
What do you remember about Jesus today?
Miracles & Blessings will never happen in our lives, unless the focus is about Jesus rather than us. The resurrection must be lived everyday about the one who first loved us - Jesus!
Jesus loves us...