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    Widow of Nain

     John 7

    11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain

    (Nain means pleasant.  How often we find pain in pleasantville.  Every town has pain.  Death escapes no one.)

    and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.

     12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out (Hope has left town)—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. 

    ( A double curse.  She's been left without anyone to care for her.  No husband, no son--- means no identity in the culture.  It was as if her life had been blotted out.)

    And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her (Other versions say "He had compassion on her) and he said, “Don’t cry.”  (When things seem impossible. Jesus says, Don't waste your tears when the story isn't over.)

    14 Then he went up and touched the bier (A holy man was not to touch death.  This was a ceremonially defiling act.) they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”  (Jesus teaches us to speak to dead things as if they were alive.  When I pray for my wayward son. I pray for him as one spiritually alive even though all signs prove otherwise.)15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

    16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. (God recieves the glory when dead things move.) “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.