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[d] 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!”
I believe God can still do miracles (I know He healed my nephew when the doctors had given up all hope, and they had no explanation for his recovery). But He didn't heal him instantaneously. It was a gradual healing, and he had to relearn how to do everything - crawl first, then walk, etc. When Jesus healed while He was on earth it was instant! In my nephew's case, he would have gone from being comatose and the beginnings of organ failure, to waking up talking and walking like he had simply been having a nap. The gradual miracle was amazing, but an instantaneous miracle would've been, quite frankly, scary!
And that's what happened in our passage today, on an even more drastic scale. The man was dead and about to be buried, until Jesus intervened out of compassion for his mother. All it took was one sentence from Jesus and that dead man sat up and began to speak. I can only imagine the utter fear that would've gripped those spectators!
What power! And that is the Jesus we worship and follow today. That power may be veiled for now, but I can't wait until we see it again!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Joshua 16-18, Luke 7:36-50