Monday, July 15, 2019
It is increasingly dark around us. Normal, hopeful, peaceful life is dying. Dreams are dying, and with them the ambition to create new ones. Hope is dying, and with it the ability to believe in anything good. Peace is dying, and has taken security down the tubes with it. We are surrounded by a large crowd that empathizes with our condition because it is so similar to their own. But instead of helping us carry out our dreams to fulfillment they come to carry out our dreams to a place of burial. We are left hopeless and helpless, with nowhere to go but to the graveyard of memories.
Luke 7:11-17 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out – the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
But Jesus comes along to resurrect the dream. He restores our hope and returns our peace. He says to them, “Get up!” and gives them back to us. That is my favorite part of this story – Jesus gives the son back to the mother. Jesus works to give us back what has been taken away. He does not do it for Himself; He does it for the one whom He loves. His heart goes out to us in our situation and He works His grace on our behalf to restore to us what has died.
This is how we witness to the world. We have the message of resurrection and restoration. We have the ministry of reviving dreams and hopes that have died. We get to come along and cross the paths of people mourning death and restore a spirit of celebration of life. Through Jesus we give them back their hope and their dreams.
What an incredible motivation to get up every day and get on with God’s work. We get to bring life to a dying world. News will spread quickly throughout our society when we become people who are known as the ambassadors of Jesus Christ who have been sent to help His people. People need help, and the help we have is Jesus Himself. Let’s bring His life-giving help to everyone in need.
We may not be much help in solving their crisis, but we can be their help in changing their perspective. It’s amazing how small and unimportant the problems of the world become when the focal point of life becomes Jesus Christ. The troubles of this world are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us when we see Jesus face to face some day.
Deliver hope to someone today.