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Luke 7:11-17

Author: Scott Foutz

Text: Luke 7:11-17
Jesus raises the widow's son

Intro: The Perennial Problem of Death: Concrete, not abstract problem

    A. Jesus Approaches Nain (25 miles to west; followed by large crowd)
   B. Jesus Encounters the Funeral Procession
      1. Near city's East Gate; Burial grounds located to the SE
      2. Jewish Funeral Customs
        ("large crowd": mourners, flutist, trumpets, Rabbi, followers = cf Prov 17:5)
      3. Mother's Sorrow: Only son & a widow; implications

I. Jesus Has Compassion Upon The Widow's Predicament
   A. He Is Not Bound By Human Limitations and Customs
      1."Do not weep" vs customary "Come weep w/ them if you have a bitter heart!"
      2. Touched the (Unclean) Bier rather than Followed
      3. Spoke the Word (cf Elijah's Efforts in 1 Kings 17:17-24)
      4. "Gave the son back to the mother" (literally; par. 1 K 17:23b)
   B. He Reveals the Presence and Ministry of the Father
      1. People Respond in fear & awe; The Report Spreads
      2. God is glorified
         a. God has come to help his people (i.e., from their suffering)
         b. A great prohet has appeared among us (cf Elijah)

II. Jesus Has Compassion Upon Humanity's Predicament
   A. The Human Predicament: Malignancy of sin outweighs its attraction
      1. Sorrow & Fear Inevitably Follows life-experiences
      2. Death Renders All Helpless regardless of position, reputation, or merit.
   B. The Divine Remedy 
      1. The Uniqueness of Christ 
         a. over philosophy
         b. over religion
      2. The Adequacy of Christ
         a. Hope covers sorrow: and hope is truly significant
         b. Life covers death: This is the only good news of the Gospel

   A. God's mercy upon us through Jesus is relevant and necessary
   B. The fact that such salvation is free should be cause for rejoicing.
   C. Possession of this salvation should free our hearts and minds to minister to
       others. (verbally, nonverbally, etc)


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