Luke 7: 11Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd. 12Now as He approached the gate of the city, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. 13When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”15The dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!” 17This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district.
This wasn’t Jesus’ first funeral, so why here and why now? Was her grief lounder? Was her love deeper? Did she have more faith? Nothing in the text would indicate that this Mama did anything differently from any other widow who buried her only son. No, I believe it speaks of the motivation for every healing or miracle of Jesus. He seems to always be moved with compassion and love whenever He performs a sign and a wonder! I also wonder if Jesus wasn’t looking ahead to that day when his own mother would lose her son. Certainly the plight of the widow has a place in the Father’s heart!
Death where is thy sting? Grave where is thy victory? Jesus holds the keys! I am trying to imagine the shock of the Pallbearers. The difference between fear and the “fear of the LORD” is that the fruit of the “fear of the LORD” is worship, glory, and honor to God.