July 16, 2020, 9:00 AM

There is nothing more powerful than a touch from Jesus himself.


There is a tremendous story found in the book of Luke.


Luke 7 (NKJV)

11 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. 12 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. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 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.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.

16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” 17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.

This story is amazing to me because this woman was grieving over the death of a child, her only child (12). Another interesting fact is that not only did she just lose a loved one her only son, she is also a widow and has lost her husband as well (12). Literally in this story we find that this woman has truly lost everything. They were carrying the body of this woman’s son out he was in the coffin, dead and a crowd was gathered for his funeral (11). Jesus was there along with the disciples. The Bible says that in her moment of need, Jesus has “compassion on her” (13).


I can imagine that to this woman, her life was in shambles and everything was lost. Not only has she lost a husband, she has lost her only son as well. Life was gone, she was broken, she was hurting.


One amazing fact in this message that stands out is that the scriptures specifically state that Jesus “touched” the coffin (14). What seemed like hopelessness in the middle of a funeral procession, what seemed to be dead to everyone else in this “large crowd” Jesus gave a simple “touch” and made the impossible possible, took the natural and provided the supernatural.


In this situation, Jesus gave this child some advice and stated the words, “Young man, I say to you arise” (14). As you sit in the darkest place in your life I encourage you with the words of Jesus, “arise”. There is hope where there seems to be no hope that can be found in Jesus. There is life where there seems to be no life, found in Jesus. Today, no matter where you are in life. Arise.


Blessings~ Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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