Luke 7 and Mark 5 • Pastor With • 3/6/16
Jesus raised three people from the dead in the Bible as far as we know. It is written in John 21:25,
25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.
One thing is sure, All dead, all alive. Today, the beginning of our Easter Month, I would like to talk about two of these lives from the Bible and next John will talk about the third.
But first let’s define ALIVE, the title of our series:
Alive – having life : living : not dead
ALIVE 1 – Luke 7
If I picked a main thought to this first story, I would pick the last phrase… Jesus gave him back to his mother.
Okay A certain woman had a son, and she could not help him. The circumstances were out of her hands. Her son was dead and she was devastated. Then along comes Jesus, and everything changed.
– Jesus saw the situation, He had compassion on this woman, He touched her dead son and the young man was raised from the dead.
– I invite you to look with me to verse 11 as we consider:
- THE CROWDS (vv11-12)
11 Soon afterward (just healed the centurion’s very important slave in Capernaum they they walked about 20 miles to Nain, now Nain is very close to Jesus’ home town of Nazareth) Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her.
1. This young man was not just sick…HE WAS DEAD !
2. We are told that a “large crowd” followed Jesus and a “large crowd” with with the Widow.
In this day, The mother would have been at the front. Those who carried the coffin would be behind her. The coffin would have been open as they make their way through town. Behind the coffin would be the mourners. This crowd may have included the friends and family of the deceased. It was also common to have paid mourners at a funeral. Then at the rear of the procession would have been the people of the city following as a sign of respect for the dead.
Notice with me in verse 13:
II. THE COMPASSION (v13)
13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said.
1. Jesus saw this woman and He had compassion on her.
This lady was not looking for Jesus. But Jesus arrived at the moment that she needed Him the most. She may not have even known who He was… but He knew her. She may have not heard of the many miracles that He had performed. But she was about to experience a miracle first hand!! Jesus comes and tells her “Don’t Mourn, Don’t Weep, Don’t Cry!!”.
2. What a Strange comment to make to a mother at her son’s funeral. It may have seemed strange to those present, but Jesus knew something that they did not know!
3. Things may seem devastating in your life right now, but Jesus Knows some things that you don’t!
– There were many people who felt sorry for this widow woman. There were several people in that crowd who had compassion on her. But that was as far as they could go… NOT THE CASE FOR JESUS!! Jesus went further than having pity on this woman. He saw her problem and did something about it.
– In verses 14-15 we see:
III. THE COMMAND (vv14-15)
14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
1. Can you imagine the scene as Jesus interrupts this funeral? He walks to the open coffin and begins to speak to the corpse. He said the simple words “young man, I say unto you, Arise!”. I am sure there were some who thought for a brief moment…”THIS MAN IS CRAZY!”. But before their very eyes this young man sat up and began to speak!
2. Can you imagine the reaction of the pallbearers, the mourners, his mother, the disciples, and the man who was dead? Obviously there were many different emotions present on that day. Fear, confusion, amazement and most of all joy! That is what happens when Jesus comes on the scene. When Jesus shows up people are amazed! Some may be fearful, sometimes He does things that confuse our simple minds… Oh, but when Jesus comes on the scene there is always joy and excitement at the miracles that He performs
Summary…When the two crowds met and Jesus encountered the widow, “his heart overflowed with compassion.” No one had asked him to do anything. No one had recognized him. Moved to compassion, he told her, “Don’t cry.” He then touched the coffin, raised the man to life, and “gave him back to his mother.“
ALIVE 2 – Mark 5
1. THE REALITY (vv21-24)
21 Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, 23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” 24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.
1. Jairus Cared more for his Daughter than his Position.
a. This was no small act for Jairus…a well known and respected man.
Jairus was the Leader of the Synagogue. Synagogues were buildings where the Jewish people met to study God’s word and worship God. Jewish people still meet and worship in synagogues today. It is sort of like our church here. As ruler of the synagogue, Jairus would take care of the building and choose which people would participate in the services in the city of Capernaum. He would have been a very well known and respected man. Jairus was an important Jewish leader, but now he was helpless. His 12-year-old daughter was dying (Mark 5:42).
b. Jairus had faith that Jesus was Able to heal his Daughter.
Jesus loved Jairus and did not hesitate to go with him. Jesus is full of compassion (Matthew 14:14, 20:34). That means He feels the pain that His people feel. Jesus was pleased that Jairus had the faith to come to Him (Hebrews 11:6).
II. THE REMINDER (v35-36)
35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” 36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
a. Jesus had been Delayed on the way to Jairus’ home. I can’t even imagine the pain that gripped Jairus’ heart when he heard the news that it was too late. But Jesus, the author of peace, was quick to say to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith”
b. Jairus trusted Jesus and continued walking with Him
III. THE REMOVAL (vv37-39)
37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” 40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.
1. Jesus told the people there is no need to cry…they Laughed !!
a. These people did not have faith in Jesus. They were not invited to enter the home and witness the miracle.
IV. THE RAISING (vv41-43)
41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
PICTURE Most likely around the time of Rembrandt (1650). They say some was trying to copy Rembrant’s style of painting. It is help at the Harvard Museum
a. It only took a Few words for Jesus to raise the girl. This shouldn’t surprise us too much, because it was God’s spoken word that created the world and all the life that is in it!
b. Of course, the girl’s mother and father, and Peter, James, and John were completely amazed.
They each knew that Jesus had power over sickness. And the disciples knew that Jesus had power over nature and evil spirits. But now, this handful of people knew that Jesus had power over death.
Do you think that Jairus and his wife realized at that moment that God’s own Son was sitting in their daughter’s bedroom? How blessed they were! Not only was their daughter fine, but they had also come face to face with the long-awaited Messiah.
1. The Widow didn’t call for Jesus, know Jesus, or see him coming, yet Jesus brought life.
- Jesus arrived at a funeral & left a party!
- He restored a mother and a son!
- He replaced fear with hope! He replaced death with life! He replaced sorrow with Joy!
2. Jairus put his trust in Jesus, and Jesus brought life where there once was death.
- In the kingdom of God, suffering ends, hearts are mended, and new life takes the place of death.
– What Jesus did that day in Nain and Capernaum, He can do for you right here right now. Though you are desperate and things seem hopeless…He can deliver you from those sins, He can remove desperation and give you hope and life eternal!!
– What should you do? Just Give your life to Jesus! Just Give our Burdens to Jesus!
ALIVE, Week 1
Luke 7 and Mark 5
Pastor With • 3/6/16