When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” – Luke 7:13
I love the writings of Dr. Luke! He observes and writes about the awesome and tender moments between Jesus and women. The compassion that our LORD extends to us goes beyond any other, and there are times when I need to read these accounts and be reminded that there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He loves me above anything that I can ask or think. He knows me better than anyone. He comforts my aching soul and encourages me with the words, “Don’t cry.”
I wish Jesus could come and sit beside me and hold my hand – I mean really hold my hand, you know? But we heard him say He would not leave us alone, didn’t we? Before He ascended to heaven, we heard Him say He would leave His Holy Spirit with us. It is His Holy Spirit that tells us that it’s going to be okay – and we need to stay strong until the end.
Can you imagine the grief of this mother? Her only son was being carried out – dead. She feels so hopeless and can’t believe this is happening to her again. Dr. Luke said that she is already a widow – so she has gone through the funeral for her husband.
The good doctor tells us that there is a sizeable crowd from the city weeping with her. We’re thankful for neighbors and friends when we suffer loss, aren’t we? They were there to support her, and she’s so glad because she apparently has no other family left.
Then there’s verse 13 – When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”
The story doesn’t end there… Jesus was not finished yet.
And He (Jesus) came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”
This mother got her son back. She was no longer alone, but better still, she and the large crowd witnessed first-hand the miracle that Jesus performed. He went about doing good to glorify His Father in heaven.
So hear God’s Holy Spirit speak to your spirit today… don’t cry. God has every situation under control. We’re broken today – but one day in heaven, we will be whole and together. 🙂