Suggested further reading: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
What sorrow sin has brought into the world! Here we have the
death of the only son of a widowed mother. All this misery is the result
of sin. God made all things very good (Gen. 1:31) but sin entered
the world and death through sin (Rom. 5:12). This world is full of
sickness, pain, infirmity, poverty, labour and trouble. Universally
the history of families is full of lamentation, weeping, mourning
and woe. It can all be traced to sin. How much we ought to hate
sin! Instead of loving it, cleaving to it, dallying with it, excusing it,
playing with it, we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred, waging a
ceaseless warfare against it, abhorring it (Rom. 12:9).
How deep is the compassion of our Lord's heart! He did not
wait to be applied to for help but addressed the weeping mother
(v. 13). A few seconds later the meaning of his words became plain.
The widow's son was restored to her alive. Her darkness was turned
into light and her sorrow into joy.
Our Lord has not changed (Heb. 13:8). His heart is still as
compassionate. His sympathy with sufferers is still as strong. There
is no friend or comforter who can be compared to Christ. In all
our days of darkness, which must needs be many, let us turn first
to Christ for comfort. He will never fail us, never disappoint us,
never refuse to take interest in our sorrows. He lives to heal the
broken-hearted and to be a Friend that sticks closer than a brother.
What almighty power our Lord has to bring the dead
corpse back to life! He speaks to a dead corpse and at once it becomes
a living person. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the heart,
the lungs, the brain, the senses again resume their work and
discharge their duties (vv. 14-15).
This is a pledge of the solemn resurrection. This same Jesus
that raised one man shall one day raise all (John 5:28-29). When
the trumpet sounds and Christ commands, there can be no refusal
or escape. All must appear before him in their bodies to be judged.
For meditation: Pause and ask the question: `Am I ready to