Thursday, May 15, 2014

Risen Dead Goes Viral (Luke 7:16,17)

Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and, "God has visited His people!" This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district. (Luke 7:16, 17 NASB)

When the dead son sat up, everyone saw it, and they were "gripped by fear". This is not just a little surprised. They were stunned, having never seen such a thing before, and overwhelmed by the mystery and beauty of the miracle, as well as by the One who had performed it. No one but Jesus could take credit for the miracle, and no one tried.  

As the crowd dispersed, they began to talk among themselves. They could hardly believe what they had seen, but it was indisputable. They had seen the dead son get down from the funeral bier, walk, and talk. They had seen his mother's great joy. They knew it was real.  

One person after another heard the animated conversations and asked about their excitement.  What they heard was unbelievable, but a quick trip to the widow's house confirmed the story. There was living proof. The story went viral. 

Before much time had passed, everyone in Nain knew it, and passersby took the story back home with them. It wasn't long before the story of the dead son walking was spread throughout Judea and the surrounding districts, and Jesus got every bit of the credit. God got all the glory. People were drawn to their Messiah. One word did all that. One single word from Jesus. 

The wonderful truth is that Jesus still does miracles today. He still intervenes in our lives and brings the most unexpectedly marvelous changes. He still transforms our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh and makes us living, breathing testimonies of His grace and power. Those miracles of grace can be used to transform our "Judea and surrounding districts".  They can be used, but only if the story of what Christ has done in us is told, and if we continue to be walking proof of what He has done. 

Are our lives an ongoing testimony of the miracle God has done in us? If not, what changes are needed?

Pray today that our own miracle of grace would be so apparent from our lives that all will hear of it, including those we love the most, and it will cause them to want a miracle of grace for their very own. 
Here's the link to last night's post: